Clicking street photographs is a mountainous task. If you are shy, it becomes all the more difficult. You are surrounded by unknown people who might get suspicious when they see you with the camera, your subject might get cautious and angry at you when you try to click a candid, and so many other mental barriers come to your mind when you decide to click street photographs. To help you overcome this self-consciousness and shyness, we have gathered the top 4 most useful tips in this article that you should follow.
How To Overcome Shyness In Street Photography?
Start With Clicking Street Portraiture
When you are an absolute beginner in street photography, it will not be the best idea to start with candids. Instead, start with taking portraits of strangers on the street. At the beginning of your day, just take a few moments to observe the people around you. When you find an interesting subject, simply approach him or her, and ask for permission to take a few portraits. This practice will not only make you more confident but also improve your communication skills. It is true that not many people would agree with your proposal, but the experiences will help you tackle rejection more easily. Over time, you will see that you do not feel awkward among the crowd of strangers anymore, in fact, it pleases you, as you see lots of opportunities to click portraits.
Hold The Camera In The Right Way
It might sound strange, but the way you hold your camera has a direct effect on the people around you in street photography. For example, you should not keep moving your camera away from your eyes frequently. It is not perceived well by most people. If you are shooting candidly, the last thing you would want to invite is people catching you clicking them and well… questioning you for that. So, the key rule here is not to put the camera away from your eyes even when you're done with the candid shot, for at least some minutes. It will make your subject get the assumption that you're not exactly clicking with him/her.
Shoot In A Crowded Area
As a beginner street photographer, your major reason for shyness must be to draw unintentional attention from the people around you. To avoid that, you can start shooting in a really crowded place, where no one will care whether you are clicking their photos or not. It might be a festival, fair, market, etc. It would be even better if there are other photographers as well. Then you will not get noticed differently at all. Another benefit of shooting in a crowded area is that you get a variety of subjects to click on. Especially, the opportunities to click candids will be significantly higher than in any ordinary place. But keep in mind to reach the location in advance, so that you can find a good place to accommodate yourself in.
You must be feeling confident about street photography by now. The more you practice, the less shy you feel. So, plan your shoot today, and have a great journey ahead!!!!
Written By Sanga Basu, Content Writer, WPC.