Hints and tips from the presentation given by club member Bob Bishop in January 2018.

Street Photography

What is street photography? ..... Recording of human activity in a street or other environment?

Street photography is photography conducted for art or enquiry that features unmediated chance encounters and random incidents within public places.

Street photography does not necessitate the presence of a street or even the urban environment.

Does it need to be outdoors? ..... not necessarily.

Does the recording of human activity need people in the image?


Travel light.

The smaller the camera the better.

Lenses .... 35mm equivalent or a zoom within this range.

Shoot at a minimum of 250th around F8.

Good footwear and clothing for weather conditions.

Take sustenance for you and your camera!


Wear inconspicuous clothing.

Keep camera and yourself in a state of readiness at all times.

Don't chimp!

If you think you've been spotted after taking a shot, keep camera to your eye.

Have patter ready if you are questioned.

Try putting a friend in the image.

Try shooting from the hip (but results can be varied)

Artists you may want to look at:

Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004)

Considered to have pioneered the genre of street photography.  

A French humanist photographer considered a master of candid photography, and an early user of 35mm film.

Conceived of street photography as capturing "The Decisive Moment".