The Basics of Street Photography

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What exactly is street photography? Does it only take place in urban areas? In this video, professional photographer, Ian Plant, provides an explanation.

Ian says, “Working in an urban environment gives you more photographic opportunities, but you can also do street photography in small towns.” The goal is capture visual stories about the places where people gather. You are photographing tangible objects like streets, cars, buildings and people in a spontaneous manner. The great street photographer, Cartier-Bresson, coined the phrase, The Decisive Moment. It’s when form and content, vision and composition all come together.

Join pro shooter, Ian Plant, for ideas on what makes an exceptional street photograph.


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Techniques for Handheld and Tripod Photography
How to Photograph People: Tips and Techniques
Techniques for Capturing Great Street Photographs
Using Shadow Photography to Enhance Your Shot
The Basics of Street Photography
Using Your Photos to Tell a Story
Capturing Artistic Composition in Street Photography
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