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Calcutta 2013 2

  1. A good photo asks more questions than provides answers
  2. 35mm as a focal length is generally ideal for most street photographers. 28mm is too wide (most people don’t get close enough) and 50mm is too tight.
  3. My keeper ratio : one decent shot a month, one shot I am proud of in a year.
  4. “When in doubt, click.” – Charlie Kirk
  5. When in doubt, take a step closer.
  6. You will become a better photographer by asking people what they don’t like about your shots (rather than what they like).
  7. A harsh and constructive critique is better than a pat on the back.
  8. A good photo critique needs (at least) 4 sentences online. Preferably 8 sentences or more.
  9. It isn’t the quantity of social media followers you have that matters, rather then quality of followed you have that matters.

Calcutta 2013 1

  1. Be consistent : stick with one camera, lens, film, or post processing approach to develop your style.
  2. Great photography projects generally take at least 5-10 years.
  3. Buy books, not gear.
  4. The only way money will make you happier in photography if you invest it into experiences (travel, workshops, teachers) rather than material things (cameras, lenses, gear).
  5. The best camera bag in street photography is no camera bag.
  6. “The decisive moment” is a myth. Even Henri Cartier-Bresson took at least 5 photos of scenes he found interesting and worked the scene to get the one memorable shot.
  7. Most famous photographers are only known for their 1-3 most popular images after they die. If you accomplish the same, you have done your job as a photographer.
  8. When shooting film, it is better to over expose than underexpose (film has more details in the highlights).
  9. When shooting digital, it is better to unexpose than overexpose (digital has more details in the shadows).
  10. Street photos of people just walking by billboards is boring.
  11. To become a great street photographer you must first understand what a great street photograph is. Study the masters.

Eric Kim Color 1

  1. When shooting street photography with a DSLR, micro 4/3rds, or a compact and you don’t want to worry about technical considerations, just use “P” mode at ISO 1600.
  2. Projects are more meaningful than single images.
  3. Creating a photo book is the ultimate expression of a photographer.
  4. Shoot as if each day were your last.
  5. One camera, one lens is bliss.
  6. Grain is beautiful, noise is ugly.
  7. My favorite films are Kodak Tri-X (for black and white) and Kodak Portra 400 (for color).
  8. Bokeh in street photography is overrated. Shoot at f8-16
  9. With film, your first 10,000 photos are your worst. With digital, it is more like your first 1,000,000 are your worst.
  10. The secret of a memorable street photograph : capturing emotion.
  11. A street photograph without emotion is dead.
  12. No amount of post processing will make a crappy photograph into a good photograph.
  13. Wait at least 6 months to a year before uploading your images to the Internet, to truly understand if is a good photograph or not.
  14. When it comes to editing, remember to “kill your babies.”
  15. Cheesy titles in street photographs don’t make them any better.

Calcutta 2013 11

  1. Watermarks in street photographs ruin the viewing experience for your audience.
  2. Buying a more expensive camera won’t make you a better street photographer.
  3. Shooting film will teach you more discipline in street photography (and may lead you to become a better photographer).
  4. Street photography is the most challenging genre of photography out there.
  5. A great street photograph needs strong content (what’s inside the frame) and form (composition).
  6. Shoot for yourself, not others.
  7. Spend less time on gear review sites and more time on Magnumphotos.com
  8. You can never spend too much money on photo books.
  9. You are your worst critic. Always get critique from others, they will help spot the holes in your photography.
  10. Sticking with one focal length for a long time will help you better pre visualize your shot and master framing.
  11. You are only as good as your worst (public) street photograph.
  12. Secret to good multi subject shots : don’t overlap your subjects and look for emotional gestures.
  13. How to improve your framing : don’t crop for a year.
  14. How to become a better editor : don’t upload photos to social media for a year.
  15. Try to shoot at eye level (or extremely above or below) your subjects. So crouch when taking photos of people sitting down, shorter than you, or kids. Or shoot from a very high vantage point.

Eric Kim Color 6

  1. 99% of street photographs are ruined by messy backgrounds.
  2. To get cleaner street photographs, first find a clean background and then wait for your subjects to enter the scene.
  3. If your mom likes your street photographs, your photos are probably generic and boring.
  4. Always carry a camera with you.
  5. Street photographs don’t have to have people in them (but generally are more interesting with them in it).
  6. You don’t need a Leica to shoot street photography. Be grateful for what you have and use what you got.
  7. Spend 99% of your time editing your photos (choosing your best images) and only 1% of your time post processing them.
  8. Style in street photography is a combination of having consistent equipment (camera and focal length) as well as “look” (film or post processing style) and content (the subjects you generally photograph).
  9. It is better to over shoot a scene then under shoot a scene.
  10. “Shoot from the gut, edit with the brain” – Anders Petersen
  11. It is always nice to have a shooting partner when out on the streets.
  12. “Shoot who you are.” – Bruce Gilden
  13. Taking a photo of an interesting character isn’t enough. Try to capture them in an interesting context or with a good gesture.
  14. Don’t take photos of homeless people and street performers. They rarely make good photos.
  15. Don’t worry if your photos qualify as “street photography” or not. Just aim to make meaningful and memorable images.

Eric Kim Color 2

  1. Telling the truth isn’t the job of a street photographer (it is for the photo journalist).
  2. Don’t be afraid to interact with your subjects when shooting on the streets. Not all of your photos have to be candid.
  3. You can make interesting posed street photographs. But don’t pretend to your audience that they are candid.
  4. There is no one “right” definition of street photography. Define it personally for yourself and just shoot.
  5. You often can’t control the scene when you are shooting in the streets, but you can control whether you share the image or not. Case in point : don’t make excuses for the small failures in your photos, just edit out those shots.
  6. Don’t respect the critique of other photographers unless you have seen their portfolio.
  7. Zoom lenses will prevent you from becoming a great street photographer (you will never master one focal length). Stick to primes (preferably a 35mm full frame equivalent). 28mm and 50mm are okay too (if you can use it well).
  8. A single photo can’t tell a story (it doesn’t have a beginning, middle, or an end). Only photo series or projects can do that.
  9. The photos you take are more of a reflection of yourself (than of the people you photograph).
  10. The importance of looking at great photos : you are what you eat. Fine french cuisine = great photos in books, galleries, or exhibitions. Junk food = most photos on Instagram, Flickr, Facebook (not always, but mostly).
  11. 99% of people on the Internet don’t know what a great street photograph is. Don’t always trust the comments, likes, and favorites you get from the Internet on social media sites. Rather, stick around in street photography critique groups (or private ones).
  12. You will find the best street photography opportunities in the least expected places.

Eric Kim Color 4

  1. When you see an interesting person or a scene, don’t just take one photo and move on. Aim to take at least 5 photos (or more if possible).
  2. Beware using telephoto lenses in street photography. Remember, “Creepiness is proportional to focal length.”
  3. Incorporate your own reflections and shadows in street photography. They often make interesting images (look up Lee Friedlander).
  4. Photos shot head on have more energy and drama than photos shot from the side.
  5. A brief list of great street photographers : Garry Winogrand, Lee Friedlander, Henri Cartier-Bresson, William Klein, Daido Moriyama, Diane Arbus, Weegee, Bruce Gilden, Alex Webb, Joel Meyerowitz, Martin Parr, Josef Koudelka,
  6. After taking a photo of a stranger, make it a rule to look at them, smile, and say thank you.
  7. I never regret taking photos. I always regret not taking photos.
  8. It is better to beg for forgiveness than ask for permission.
  9. Be confident while you are shooting and rarely will you have any issues. Be nervous while shooting and you will ruin into many problems.
  10. The only person you should try to impress with your photos is yourself.
  11. The benefit of getting eye contact in your photos : eyes are the windows to the soul.

Eric Kim Color 5

  1. Don’t make photos. Make connections.
  2. The best place to shoot street photography isn’t New York, Tokyo, or Paris. The best place to shoot is your backyard.
  3. See your scenes with your eyes and shoot with your heart.
  4. If you are working on a project and photographers discourage you by saying “it has been done before” ignore them. Nobody has done it like you before.
  5. Street photography is applied sociology with a camera.
  6. If you aim to get recognition for your photography you will never get it.
  7. If someone gets upset when you take their photograph, offer to email them a copy. Carrying around business cards always come in handy.
  8. Don’t just look at photos, read into them.
  9. To double your success rate in street photography, double your failure rate.
  10. The photos you decide not to show are more important than the photos you decide to show.
  11. Rather than creating photos to please your audience, find an audience that will be pleased by your photos.

Eric Kim Color 12

  1. Street photography isn’t a contest about how many followers, viewers, followers, exhibitions, books, cameras, lenses, and fame you have. There are no winners and losers. Collaborate with one another instead of competing with one another.
  2. Giving away my prints and cameras has brought me more joy than selling it for money.
  3. The friendships I have made through street photography is mode valuable than any of the photos I have ever taken.
  4. Luck is when preparation meets opportunity – Seneca. Make your own luck.

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Eric Kim an international street photographer, educator, and blogger. His passion is teaching street photography workshops and building communities all around the globe. You can connect over on his blog Eric Kim Street Photography or see his portfolio on his website.

  • http://www.putumare.com putumar

    I thought this is 103 things that eric kim learn about street photography ..
    There is no mentioning about rules … or guidance whatsoever ..
    If it was me i only had 1 list

    When a master had spoken .. you listen

  • RFGilbert

    I enjoyed reading this list and, without taking it as a list of rules, I think it will help me to be a better street photographer. To Bob Loosemore, thank you for your insightful comments.

  • orlando

    A. P mode is not for “Professional.” If you can’t shoot street photography in manual mode, that’s pitiful. I believe in the creative exposure. Manual allows you to decide how you want your photographs to look in regards to depth of field, stopping motion, and acceptable noise. B. Zoom lenses are just as great to use as primes. I use both. It depends on how congested it is where I am and how far I might want to and can make a shot from. Some of my best shots are from across the 4 lane street (zoom lens). C. There are too many sweeping generalities and hardline rules that simply cannot be applied across the board. I am glad if these rules work for you. But don’t confuse the nubies.

  • Peter Kotr?ka

    A. you can shoot on automatic compact camera from 2005 for 20 USD from ebay.. but yes, I can aggree that there are modes with which you can get pictures with less pain (and still, you can learn from EXIF (if digital) what ISO, aperture, speed is the best for taking this or that sort of moment)

    B. yes.. but again, telephoto makes picture more “flat”.. and I believe in “if your picture is not good enough, you are not close enough”

    C. hey.. these are not “103 rules to have a good street photo”… you do not have to follow all 103 to be great and if you meet only 102 of them you will suck..YOU (and only you) have to find a way, how to shoot. you can follow the best (mentioned in some “rules”) but you can do it your way (for example, why not shoot everything with fisheye from 10 cm above the road?), your style.

  • Darlene Hildebrandt

    He didn’t say they were rules – just things the author learned. You can use them, or not. Agree, or not. Totally up to you.

  • blumentritt

    I wish this didn’t end at 103. But when it comes to 21, I’d have to disagree. Different strokes for different folks though. :)

  • Nick

    If I read #21 correctly, the key phrase was, “if you don’t want to worry about technical considerations”. That seems to indicate special situations, not an “always do it this way” suggestion.

  • Marston Gould

    I’ll disagree with one point – invest in the best camera strap you can afford

Some older comments

  • putumar

    September 18, 2013 01:58 am

    I thought this is 103 things that eric kim learn about street photography ..
    There is no mentioning about rules ... or guidance whatsoever ..
    If it was me i only had 1 list

    When a master had spoken .. you listen

  • Leisa Ramos

    September 15, 2013 06:04 pm

    I agree w Rob from Sept 13th.. You never know in the "real" streets who is safe to take photos of. Photos of wrong person or group may get you killed. I tend to consider my audience and my location. *Be reminded: Not every person in the streets is an innocent man.

  • Leisa Ramos

    September 15, 2013 05:47 pm

    Some good points you've shared. *I'd like to add: 104. If you do have a questionable dirty background, you can change your photo to black & white. By making this change, it can give it a different look and a more timeless feel. The background is no longer a distraction.

  • Bob Loosemore

    September 13, 2013 11:17 am

    Thanks Fred for your polite questions. I could have been more diplomatic but I did not say the point of view was stupid, but that 'distasteful' was a stupid sentiment in this context. Why? Because street photography and photojournalism generally defines picture making that should be true to the context illustrated - or to some other context. Any image of kids playing with guns is disturbing, and many like myself need disturbing sometimes. Whether or not Mark was disturbed by the image he did not say, but that it offended his 'taste' provoked my comment. Violence is not a question of taste. Do you agree?

  • Fred

    September 13, 2013 06:17 am

    bob loosemore says:

    The picture may have been illustrating ‘messy backgrounds’. It may also illustrate how kids in a violent environment play violence. ‘Distaste’ is a stupid sentiment to express in this context, John Thomas. I don’t think you looked at the picture, perhaps you were busy. (Who is pointing the gun? (One of two))

    Why is Marks point of view stupid? everyone sees art in a different light, everyone wont have the same taste or level of acceptance of situations as you do - the comment "stupid" is as much a personal statement on your behalf as the comment the poster made he finds it distasteful

    Bob I think you need to revisit your thinking and allow others to have there point of view of how they see the art and how it makes them feel, each person will have different emotions this is what makes art so awesome

  • Darlene

    September 13, 2013 06:13 am

    Interesting discussion. Too bad the author hasn't added any comments.

  • Craig

    September 13, 2013 04:26 am

    I love travel and street photography, here is one of my fav's that I took on a recent trip in a small fishing village called Hout Bay in Cape Town South Africa.

    [eimg url='http://pixmag.ning.com/photo/old-friends?context=user' title='old-friends?context=user']

  • Craig

    September 13, 2013 04:19 am

    Great article, I love street and travel photography, here is one of my fav's from my own portfolio...hope it brings someone else as much joy as it does for me.[eimg url='http://pixmag.ning.com/photo/old-friends?context=user' title='old-friends?context=user']

  • Rob

    September 13, 2013 12:13 am

    Do people actually read what is written? "103 things I've learned about street photography" not "103 hard and fast rules about how to take photographs in the street." You look at what is said. You try them out. You see the results. You decide what suits YOU.

    In Belize I was almost assaulted by the first person I looked as though I was going to photograph. A net fisherman casting his net into the surf. Lucky it was on the second day there. Always asked permission from then on.

    thanks for the ideas. Gives me something to work towards.

  • Maïeva Voyage

    September 12, 2013 04:59 am

    Hi Eric and Darren,
    Would you be interested if I translated this article for the French audience?
    Looking forward to hearing from you!
    Maïeva Voyage

  • Maïeva Voyage

    September 12, 2013 04:48 am

    Hi Eric,
    What a great article!!! Thank you!
    Love it and am going to RT and share on FB.
    Thanks,
    Maïeva Voyage
    [eimg url='http://www.manfrottoimaginemore.com/files/2013/08/Tuto-1-Photo-2.jpg' title='Tuto-1-Photo-2.jpg']

  • Govindarajan

    September 11, 2013 10:41 pm

    #18 seems to be questionable. I've always been taught by many to expose to the right in digital. Eliminating data is easy but not adding. So overexposure is always better than underexposure. More than half of the image data is in the right of the histogram. So if in doubt, push exposure to the right, shoot raw and fix it in post processing. It has worked for me.

  • Abelardo Ojeda

    September 11, 2013 05:48 pm

    Watermarks can be useful to be recognise as the author, just a corner with your url. There is no crime in that.

    I like the 71 "A LOT"... you can void 90% of the comments here ;)

    "The best camera bag in street photography is no camera bag." < I disagree, I need to carry a bag with me to put some stuff like hoodie/sweater, umbrella/raincoat (if applies), sunglasses, smartphone, batteries... and why not, a pen and a little notebook. I like that in a backpack.

  • Cliff

    September 11, 2013 04:06 pm

    #71 and #75...

    I've seen plenty of pictures on instagram, flickr, and facebook that are miles better than the pictures you posted... if this is what is representative of your portfolio then I will take your advice with #71 and just save my time not reading the article. the comments here were pretty helpful.

    oh also, yea. #18... you're wrong. digital has more details in the lighter areas as long as you're not blowing out your highlights. well documented and proven.

  • Bob Loosemore

    September 9, 2013 03:14 am

    Edmund. 'Shutter priority' is still a programme where the meter is supposed to know which part of the tonal range you want exposed correctly (on the straight part of the curve, maybe a bit of shoulder). It does NOT know.

    And how can you 'bracket' action- or street-shots? A photographer has to KNOW how to find and set the exposure required. This means knowing that large areas of deep shadow or bright highlight in the metered area can require compensation.

  • Bob Loosemore

    September 9, 2013 03:01 am

    The picture may have been illustrating 'messy backgrounds'. It may also illustrate how kids in a violent environment play violence. 'Distaste' is a stupid sentiment to express in this context, John Thomas. I don't think you looked at the picture, perhaps you were busy. (Who is pointing the gun? (One of two))

  • Mark

    September 8, 2013 08:29 am

    Quote John Thomas
    "I generally try to refrain from any unfair criticism when it comes to these articles, but for the life of me, I don’t understand how a picture in an article of kids aiming a gun at their heads helps to get a point across? I admit I didn’t read all 103 points, but can someone help me understand what point this picture is illustrating? I’m sure there were plenty of other photos could have been provided to illustrate the author’s point. This image I just find distasteful."

    I must disagree. You are conflating your distaste of an image with the standards of appropriateness - a very dangerous slippery slope. The fact that you find it distasteful does not make the image invalid - its subjective, for me it did not bother me at all - John some of us have traveled or seen far worse than this. By your logic war photographers should never show their work. And yet some have opened the world's eyes - would you stifle them because it discomforts you?

    If anything this image creates questions, curiosity, why is that child holding a gun to their head, what were they thinking or feeling etc.

  • Bob Loosemore

    September 8, 2013 06:47 am

    For ray r. I want to hear what the elite have to say - and there must be an elite unless you believe that nothing distinguishes the work and experience of a few from the rest. If you are constantly striving to improve you will reject most images for one or more reasons. However, less than perfect can still be useful.

  • adolf witzeling

    September 7, 2013 05:04 am

    "Shoot from the gut, edit with the brain” – Anders Petersen

  • Steven

    September 6, 2013 10:54 pm

    #41 nails it!

  • Steven

    September 6, 2013 10:51 pm

    Eric, great list!

    Rule #41 Shoot for yourself, not others.

    Why did you not make it #1?

    Love your observations about social media.

  • Zhu

    September 6, 2013 01:30 pm

    Watermarks in street photographs ruin the viewing experience for your audience.

    Yes, yes, a hundred times yes! I get so frustrated when I see great work ruined by ugly watermarks... share your work and accept the risks or just keep it to yourself. No happy medium here.

  • mike Jackson

    September 6, 2013 11:38 am

    awesome article! Now you have me hooked on going out and shooting street photography

  • Richard Madayag

    September 6, 2013 10:08 am

    Thank you very much for the knowledge you have imparted. I have read a lot of tips on stree photography and I agree with Bob Loosemore, This is by far the best compilation of tips I have seen. Great work. Thanks for thee inspiring me to continue with my photography.

  • Renate Flynn

    September 6, 2013 09:41 am

    Ah, Chris Porsz, I love your #104! "Walk for miles"...I heartily, heartily agree.

    I am shy and have trouble asking but try to be respectful and am working on this. I am now wondering whether to zoom or not to zoom. I am intrigued by the idea of sticking to one focal length for awhile. I wonder what the DPS community thinks about the comments regarding social media...

    All-in-all ,this is a thought-provoking and controversial piece. Thank you for writing!

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/renateflynn/8992164787/' title='Bunny Seller - La Cite Outdoor Market - Paris' url='http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3742/8992164787_9b4f2496ae.jpg']
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/renateflynn/8511906835/' title='Metallic Accents and Beautiful Eyes' url='http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8508/8511906835_fda7f7228f.jpg']
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/renateflynn/8487077263/' title='Mother and Son, Golden Gate Park (Explored)' url='http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8247/8487077263_9034fb36cf_b.jpg']

  • jensaddis

    September 6, 2013 08:47 am

    I think that some tips may be useful. SOME. But how narrow-minded can one be and tell people NOT to ask for permission. This may work in the western world. But it is absolutely INAPPROPRIATE in many other societies. I lived for many years in Africa, Ethiopia. I photographed there. In the streets. In cafes. In the houses. Concerts. Cultural and religious events. There in Ethiopia and in many other parts of this world you just can't do something like that many times. But you have to ask and most times you will get the permission. How unbelievable colonialist you would behave in many, many countries of this world when not asking. Another way of colonialisationing and inposing alien behaviour on others. It is like, you know you're entering peoples' private, very private sphere sometimes! All in all a partly useful, partly "posh" and superfluous article. Skip most of the #, stay with a fixed lens, go out and photograph ... and ask. And learn.

  • Patricia Haugen

    September 6, 2013 04:27 am

    Thank You for openly sharing your insights into street photography an area I have not had the opportunity to pursue yet. Many of your points are also applicable in other areas as well. Lots to think about.

  • chris porsz

    September 6, 2013 04:21 am

    Just adopt a few ideas from Eric's list and you will make some great images. No 104, walk for miles

  • Golfzilla

    September 6, 2013 04:00 am

    When making lens size recommendations, please specify what camera format you are referring to (full frame , micro 4/3, APS, other).

  • Steve Schulman

    September 6, 2013 03:25 am

    Easy to quibble on 103 points. Look at the big picture. A great list of pointers on street photography. Thanks Eric for sharing.

  • marty g

    September 6, 2013 03:04 am

    Many, many good points, but #29 made me laugh & is so far the highlight of my day. Thanks.

  • Ray R

    September 6, 2013 02:57 am

    This is the worst article I have ever read on this site. For some reason there is a tendency for hardcore street photographers to say or many righteous things about the art. Who on Earth would want to believe they will only take ten decent photos in 10 years? I could go on and on, but this filled with so much elitism, it makes me angry.

  • Edmund

    September 6, 2013 02:52 am

    Bob, I could not agree more strongly. "Stick the camera on program mode at 1600 ASA". A disaster waiting to happen and very patronising. Also the snobishness of "I only use manual". Even with film cameras 30 years ago I used aperture priority and bracketed if I was not sure, the lattitude on transparency film was not great. Now you can set an auto bracket of between three and seven stops - no brainer.

    The only good tip in this article is using fixed focal length lenses. Mine is 40mm f1.7 (35mm equivilent) as sharp as you can get, tiny pancake, which makes it easy to put the camera in my pocket. Eric Kim disparages micro 4/3 as some form of amateur format. The prints I do with mine are as good as Kodachrome 64 in 35mm with an OM2 / OM4 and the most expensive lenses available (my standard lens was a 35mm shift Zukio). This was manual, had to be manually stopped down, beautiful piece of glass. But the world has moved on.

  • Juan Castillo

    September 3, 2013 12:36 pm

    These are some great points! I definitely to hear a few of these. I tend to switch between zoom lenses and my 35mm. I'm going to try and stick to my 35mm for a while (A year maybe :).

  • Bob Loosemore

    September 2, 2013 07:20 pm

    I am going to disagree with David strongly. (#75) You may not become a better photographer by only looking at the best, you MAY be useless what ever you look at, BUT thinking the average blog pic is normal will destroy any chance you have of learning.

  • Bob Loosemore

    September 2, 2013 07:07 pm

    I agree with majorbokeh, I am 75 and a great admirer of Cartier-Bresson, In his time zoom lenses were rubbish, but his style was very very strong due to his avoidance of wide-angle and long-focus work. Sadly we are not Cartier-Bresson.

    After 60 years of photography most of my best shots have been taken in the last 5 years - with a cheap Olympus SP55OUZ. It only stops action accidently, is noisy at 400 ISO, can't work in sunlight (except landscapes).......

    They are my best pictures BECAUSE of photo-editing - but bad compositions are instantly rejected.

    However Eric is right - Street Photography is about the street NOT the editing skills. This is by far the best compilation of tips I have seen . Ever.

  • Bob Loosemore

    September 2, 2013 06:46 pm

    Yes Shutternutter, #18 is wrong, especially if you have a simple digital camera. Over- or under- MEANS wrong! Latitude in digital is different from film, and empty highlights are empty for ever.

    #21 is badly wrong. NO 'programme' knows what part of the scene you are interested in. Unless you have a very advanced digital you MUST make exposure decisions. I say, spend a few years learning 'manual' and use the histogram to see if your image will edit nicely. ISO 1600 is ONLY for top cameras (and emergencies) - the noise on others will be totally destructive.

  • Michael Klinkhamer

    September 2, 2013 02:26 am

    Rule 104. "There are no rules".

  • steve simmer

    September 2, 2013 02:21 am

    @john thomas: the point of the photo is that it made you feel, caused you to register that feeling, and made you think. All in all a successful photo, I'd say.

  • Mridula

    September 1, 2013 04:40 pm

    I regularly blog and I am impressed that you wrote 103 things! I usually get exhausted by 10. Though I am scared of street photography I am flirting with it once in a while. Loved reading through your list. Many of your tips about social media could be true for other genres as well.

    http://blogs.gonomad.com/traveltalesfromindia/

  • David

    September 1, 2013 06:57 am

    Like Hugh above has said interesting tips but I disagree with a lot of them, especially #28,#29,#75.

  • Gill

    September 1, 2013 06:07 am

    Definitely agree with 74 - I think everything I photograph tends to be a reflection of my inner mood at the time. Not sure about 72 though, personally my favourite lens for street photography is my 18-200 as I find there's less opportunities missed....Recently watched the Kelby Training video of Jay Maisel talking about street photography (well worth a watch), he is a strong advocate of zooms for the same reason. I guess each to their own though!

  • Gill

    September 1, 2013 05:56 am

    Interesting list, Hugh is right though, 18 is factually wrong - there is far more detail in the highlights hence it is better to "shoot to the right" and overexpose slightly for optimum raw processing. Actually I think what you've done is got 17 and 18 the wrong way round.

  • chuck c.

    September 1, 2013 04:43 am

    No. 69 and 74 tell it all. Just go and have fun being who you are. Thank you very much, a lot of great tips. I will be going out later today to shoot around my small town that I live in, population 15,000 . Thanks again, chuck......

  • MajorBokeh

    September 1, 2013 03:01 am

    Many good thoughts, but the article could have been "83 Things I’ve Learned About Street Photography."

    Quite a few of the ideas were redundant. Same thought restated another way. Especially about one camera one lens and critiques.

  • Hugh

    September 1, 2013 02:17 am

    PS. My comment applies to shooting RAW only.

  • Hugh

    September 1, 2013 02:16 am

    Interesting tips, but I disagree with many. I believe #18 is wrong and should be removed or disregarded. Check this out: http://www.dpmag.com/how-to/shooting/overexposing-raw.html

  • Shutternutter

    September 1, 2013 01:18 am

    #17 & #18 "When shooting film, it is better to over expose than underexpose (film has more details in the highlights).
    When shooting digital, it is better to unexpose than overexpose (digital has more details in the shadows)."

    Is this correct? I have always heard that there is more detail in the highlights in digital, so it's better to overexposed digital.

  • John Thomas

    August 31, 2013 11:54 pm

    I generally try to refrain from any unfair criticism when it comes to these articles, but for the life of me, I don't understand how a picture in an article of kids aiming a gun at their heads helps to get a point across? I admit I didn't read all 103 points, but can someone help me understand what point this picture is illustrating? I'm sure there were plenty of other photos could have been provided to illustrate the author's point. This image I just find distasteful.

  • Thomas Leuthard

    August 31, 2013 04:22 pm

    Some typos, but a good list.

    I like #71

  • raghavendra

    August 31, 2013 03:46 pm

    That is a one long list. Need to try a lot.

    http://raghavendra-mobilephotography.blogspot.in/2010/09/one-fine-evening.html

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