Photography is a rewarding art form. It captures the real world and many beautiful scenes. So, how can you go about getting your photography shots to look as great as what the professionals get?
Use more depth.
Adding depth to a photo creates a more detailed layout where the things you are shooting are more dynamic and detailed in their appearance. You can use depth in your street photos to create a beautiful shot where the actions in the image might appear to be more distinct.
You should aim to use three layers of depth in your photos. Start with the main subject in the foreground. This could be an individual person you want to focus on.
Add a secondary subject to the middle ground. This might entail a tree or sign or even a vehicle that stands out from everything else in the local area.
The surrounding ambience of the street scene can work as the background with the exception of that dynamic feature that you added as the middle ground. The local look should fit in well with a nice look all the way through.
To do this, you need to adjust the positioning of the items you are taking a photo of. Allow the primary subject to get several feet away from the middle layer. Look for an angle where the secondary subject is distinguishable from the background too. This is to create a better perspective for your shot that adds a more outstanding look.
You can also use the manual focusing feature on your camera to add a more dynamic look between the layers. A slight adjustable in the focus produces a more intriguing look where the image you take has a clearer look to it while background features can be a little more muted in their appearance.
Look for lines or patterns in your work.
The natural things you see in your work can directly impact how well a scene might look. You do not always have to shoot images of people who getting street scenes. You can look for natural lines in an environment to create some outstanding appearances. These lines may come from poles, signs, buildings and many other things you see on the street.
Look for how lines are formed by individual items in a scene. Maybe a few buildings could mix well with one another to create a more dynamic look to an image. Perhaps a few utility poles move perfectly alongside a street. One tree or other green feature on a street might also stand out a little more from the rest of the street and could make for a nice focal point.
By finding lines or patterns that mix in well with each other, you will produce an image that has a more emotional or detailed look to it. You will show the beauty of the urban world and the interesting planning that goes into it all.
A great idea for finding lines is to look for older buildings and items if possible. Sometimes the worn-out or aged looks of these items can add an interesting look that displays a historic style of its own. You might be impressed at how well the layout is made and how it has a fine appearance all around.
Use a wider angle if possible.
It is a good rule of thumb to avoid using the zoom feature on your camera if possible. Even the most powerful cameras today don’t have lenses that can create dynamic looks when you zoom in all the way.
Look for a wide angle lens if possible. This produces a better look that places an emphasis on a larger amount of space. This might include a focus on the middle part. The middle would be the most important section as it offers a better view while the other items in an area might be a little further off. The natural framing that comes from a wide lens adds a fine look.
A wide angle lens is also smaller in size than a zoom lens. Your subject will not feel overly intimidated if you use a wide angle lens.
Even more importantly, a wider angle lets you get closer to your subject. The immediacy of your photo will be magnified if you are as close to the subject as possible.
The wide lens should be organized well on your camera without requiring you to zoom in at any case. You can always crop out anything that you do not want in your image if needed, but sometimes the extra content you capture might make for a great border that tells more of a story.
Feel free to use any of these tips as you see fit. You could even mix multiple tips for street photography together. Whether it entails the subjects you use, the lines in an area or even the positioning you use, you must look at how well your images will be taken and that you can produce quality looks in any case.
Author Bio: Sohail is a content marketer and a blogger, currently he is associated with Smiletutor.sg a private tuition agency in Singapore. His hobbies include writing, reading books, traveling and gardening.