You are NOT too shy for STREET PHOTOGRAPHY

I think a lot of people use their shyness As an excuse, not to go out And do street photography or take the pictures they actually want to take. I know it’s uncomfortable. And it’s uncomfortable for everyone. No-one is comfortable doing street photography.
And that’s part of it. There is hundreds of examples of people being shy,
Being introvert and taking some of the best photos in street photography. That’s have ever been. For example, this guy (Henri Cartier Bresson) Whos name I’m not going to murder in this street photography video. But he is one of the most iconic street photographers Of our time. When you go through his photos You can see, he is a bystander and he is so far from his subject. So if you are shy and you still want to take photos,
But don’t want to be up in people’s faces Then study guys like this and start with baby-steps. So before you go out and take pictures You should feel good. Whether that’s taking a shower, listen to your favorite music. Putting some nice clothes on. Whatever you need to do, in order to get
comfortable, is probably what you should do. Sometimes, before I go out to shoot, I look at a couple
of Youtube videos from other street photographers. In order to get inspired. Your goal is to just, get in a good headspace. And just before you go out Take three photos at home. Just to make sure you have batteries in your camera And you have an SD-card inserted. Also, if you feel bad, just don’t go out and take pictures. It is not going to be fun for you or for any people participating in the photos. When we think ‘street photography’ we always think This guy, doing these photos, right? Like someone who is up in people’s faces. And I think a lot of people, who think they are too shy to do street photography Is thinking to themselves, in order to do street photography, you should produce photos like this. And that’s not the case at all. Bruce Gilden: “I am talking a picture. I don’t know you owned the street” Bruce Gilden: “Not here, he’s telling me” There are so many sub-genres of street photography. Some people like fine art street photography. Some photographers, just take photos of buildings. Some people like minimalistic looking street photography. Some people like just a color-splash. Or geometrical. And there doesn’t have to be a person in your photo, in order to be “street photography” I don’t think anyone is naturally comfortable,
doing street photography. I am not. I remember when I was growing up. My brother is to years older than me. So when I was 6 and he was 8, he knew everything I knew – plus more. Which made me stay a little bit in the back. And be more an observer than a participant, in most cases. But I also think that helps you – especially in photography. If you are shy and you are introvert, you might
be a better observer, than someone who is extrovert. Okay, lets talk about managing expectations. I’m probably the worst person to give advice on this,
because I don’t know how to manage my own. Whenever I go out and shoot. I do it usually once a week. I hate myself from start to finish. I’m like: Frederik you are a bad photographer. You don’t know what you are doing. You should just quit and you take bad photos. That’s usually how I feel. And I don’t know. I think it’s because I don’t think I
take the photos, that I want to take. I think my taste, I higher than my skill-level when it comes to photography. But it is tough. Going around for 30 minutes, taking photos and knowing
you haven’t taken a single photo that you actually like. Alright, let’s talk about the fear of doing street photography. And it’s a bit related to the confidence and being shy. I also deal with fear in street photography. But I deal with it in a different way I think. I fear not taking a photo, that I knew would be a good picture. Just because I’m scared to take it. Does that make any sense? Usually the fear of the rejection is a lot worse,
than we rejection itself. In terms of like the danger of doing street photography. I have done street photography here in Mexico for 1.5 years. Last year, I think I did 50.000 photos in the streets of Mexico City. And I never had one altercation with anyone, like physically. There was this one time, where there was a guy. Who stood inbetween two cars. And I didn’t ask him, but I just took my camera up to my eye And when he saw that, he immediately turned around and said: Okay, let’s talk actionable tips and tricks And how you can actually go out and do street photography. First thing is, you need a camera. When you pick your camera,
you might not want to pick a big DSLR-camera. My first street photography camera,
Was a Ricoh GR II. But it’s an amazing camera. It’s pretty cheap and it takes incredible photos. In the beginning, if you don’t have a camera, you can also just use your phone. The first photo that got me into street photography, was shot with my phone. And it’s this picture here. I was on a boat with my mom, in a place called Xochimilco. And I saw this elderly couple sitting across us in this big boat. And I took this photo with my phone
and after that I was like: Maybe I want to do photography. So in terms of focal length. I’d recommend something like 50 or 80mm. Because
then you won’t have to be that close to your subjects. So in the beginning you can get a bit easier photos,
because you don’t have to be up in people’s faces. Something that might help you in the
beginning is to go with a friend. Who also likes photography, or someone you can
lurk into going out with you. Because when you are two people around, you can kind of feed of each other. I’m not a big advocate for running around and like
sneaking your way into taking pictures. I think it kind of kills the for fun for you and the person being photographed. But I have a tip! If you are using your phone, you should plug the headphones in. So if you open the photo app on your iPhone or
Android and plug in the headset. Then when you click the volume down and up,
the phone is going to take a picture,. So you don’t have to be standing like this, and obviously taking a picture. And also, if you wanted to. You could take you phone up to your ear. If you have a good framing from there. And you can take a photo with your headset. When I started out doing photography, I was
also more shy and more careful about it. A lot of times I would find a frame, like a background that I liked. And then I would wait for my subject to step into the frame. The cool thing about this tip, is that it’s easy for you to operate the camera. Because you can prepare the shot, before the shot happens. What you should do, is find a wall or a background you care about. And then you should set you camera to manual focus, so you can setup the shoot. The perfect focus. And then you can set your shutter speed to 125 of a second of 250/s To be snappy and catch the moment. Another thing you can do, if your camera can do that, is to
use continuously shooting mode (burst mode) Which means that when you subject walks into your frame. You can just hold down the shutter and your camera will take 10 photos in a second. And then you will be more likely to get the photo you want. In the beginning I shot a lot form the hip, Vivian Maier style. I don’t really love the technique of doing it.
But I think it’s a good way to start. And it can create some interesting photos. And if you want to do that, you should make sure that you have: Your camera set on a focus distance of 1 or 2 meters. So you know how far the subject has be from you, before you press the shutter-button. It would also be a good idea for you, not to shoot with an aperture of like 1.2 But bump your aperture up to something like 5,6 or 7. Because that will increase your chance of having your subject in focus. If you camera have a flip-screen that can also help you. Because you can flip the screen out and see that framing of your photo,
without having the camera up to your eye. If you want to do street portraits, I will go a bit more in-depth in that, in another video. But I have a lot of videos of me doing street portraits on my channel and maybe that can help you. I have a cool photo of that guy actually. I need to print them and send them to him. There is no like, magic way of doing this. Whenever I go out, also today, after having done it every week for a year. I’m still intimidated and I still get this fear
of rejection and whatever might happen. But what you need to work on, is get comfortable feeling like that. It’s about you stepping out of your comfort-zone and just keep doing that. If you haven’t done street photography for awhile. Or maybe
you have never done it, because you though you were too shy. I hope at least you will give street photography a try. Or just sent me a direct message on Instagram and I’ll be happy
to help out and give you some feedback.

12 Replies to “You are NOT too shy for STREET PHOTOGRAPHY”

  1. A link to my camera and gear: 🔥
    If someone wants to do street photography but is really shy, what would you recommend them to do?

  2. Thanks. We moved to QRO Mexico about a year ago and have been trying to push myself in this area. It's getting easier, but not. Generally people are really friendly in Mexico but I don't know how they feel about their photos being taken. Have you experienced more aggression on Mexico vs Other places?

  3. So having watched a couple of your videos I took the bull by the horns and did it … the experience was fantastic … just one rejection, but that was a polite ‘No’ … I met amazing people … my advice to anyone … fight the nerves and just try it … you’ll be surprised how forthcoming, supportive and great people can be! I can’t wait to do it again! – (I wouldn’t have tried it without seeing Fred’s work though) 😊

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