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The Complete 3-Part Guide To Street Photography

Updated: Dec 17, 2020

Part 1: An Introduction to Street Photography

What is street photography?

Street photography is one of the oldest photographic fields.

Long before cameras had digital sensors that could capture incredible images of everything from the night sky to fast-moving athletes, photographers were shooting candid images in city centers.

In fact, the earliest known photograph of a person is a Paris street scene, shot in 1838 by Louis Daguerre.

Through the long and storied history of the genre, countless photography greats, such as Henri Cartier-Bresson and Vivian Maier, have emerged.

But street photography is about so much more than that. It's about emotion, about evoking the feeling of the human habitat. It's about capturing the collective feeling of being on the streets with others -- or alone.

Perhaps a photo will evoke a memory from childhood or the awe that you felt when standing beneath a skyscraper for the first time. Either way, the mark of a great photo is the feeling it creates for the viewer.

In order to create images that are deeply ingrained with feeling, though, you need a firm grasp on gear and settings.

Part 2: Street Photography Basics