I recently got into shooting street photography to keep myself sharp between my photo shoots. I think street photography nowadays might be considered as easier to get into and here are some of the reasons:

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How street photography benefitted from technology

The technology brought about by the introduction of digital cameras and smartphones has made photography much more accessible. One of the hindrances before was the cost of developing photos shot with a film camera. You can take hundreds of shots without worrying about the developing cost. You don’t have to wait for days or weeks to see the shots you took. You can also adjust your settings on the fly and see the result instantly.

Using street photography to capture the ills of society

Editing Software

Basic editing software usually comes with every smartphone and even on some digital cameras that allow you to fix mistakes or enhance your shots. More advanced software like those from Adobe has features to adjust exposure, correct colors, sharpen, and some creative effects.

Though software like Lightroom and Photoshop have a steep learning curve, learning how to use them will benefit your photography a lot. They can help improve the composition of your shot, remove unwanted distractions, and make your subject or subjects pop. For the photos that you thought were unusable in the past because of wrong exposure settings or white balance, Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop can help you make adjustments.

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Sharing platforms

The vast majority of social media platforms provide a way to share your work with a wide audience and connect with other street photographers. This can be a great source of inspiration and feedback for any budding photographer.

Among these platforms, I think it is still Instagram that has the most number of users and thus more traction for your photos. Though there are others like Flickr, 500px, and the sort of new kid on the block, Vero. No matter if you share on one or all of these platforms, you can find photographers who share your interests and aesthetics, and learn new techniques and approaches and some of them even have online challenges and contests.

Sharing your work online can also help you develop a following and be noticed by a bigger audience. This can motivate you and may also lead to new opportunities. Some photographers may want to collaborate with you on a project or your photos be featured in online publications or galleries.

Additional Points To Consider In Street Photography

Though technology makes it easier to capture photos, street photography still needs you to learn or even requires an eye for composition, an understanding of light, and the ability to capture a fleeting scene. You also need to keep in mind that there are legal and ethical considerations when photographing people in public.

Parting Words

The advancement in technology in digital cameras, more powerful editing software, and online sharing communities has made street photography more accessible and rewarding than ever before. Agree or disagree? Let me know in the comments or send me a message through my contact page.

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