Authored By: Clayton Stannard
Street photography, the art of capturing street scenes, has been around since Louis Daguerre took his famous shot of Boulevard du Temple in Paris in 1838. Street photography is not staged; it shows society in a state of candid movements and reactions. In the time of film cameras it was expensive to make photography a hobby because the cost of film and film developing. If you wanted more than one copy, you had to go through the process of printing off the negative again.
Once you take a photo on film cameras, it can’t be edited. If you take a picture with a digital camera and need to edit out a bad spot, sharpen the photo, change the color or whiteness in a photo, you can do it with photo editing software.
A high-quality photo is also easier to capture with digital. Often, photos taken on traditional film are grainy. Digital cameras take a better photo and even if there is some grain, you can use filters to fix the problem. Over the years, photos printed on paper fade, yellow or get torn or bent. Digital photography allows you to copy the photo to your computer and online back up site. The colors will never fade and if you print the picture and it gets damaged, you can simply print another one.
Pictures won’t yellow with age and can be saved on flash drives, which can be plugged into devices to play slide shows. As technology evolves, photography techniques evolve. Photo shoots that are staged or candid, such as street photography, have more options when edited with editing software and benefit from ever-advancing techniques. With digital photography, you mainly just need a good camera and some essential tech tools.
Ephemeris and LightTrac help photographers plan their shoots. If you need to find out where to take a certain type of picture and the best time of day to take it — for lighting and atmosphere purposes — both tools will tell you when and where to go. The most important part of getting a great photo, even a street shot that is not “planned,” is the lighting. It won’t do any good to get a great shot if the lighting throws too many shadows, not enough shadows, creates an over- or under-exposed shot or washes out the colors.
Depth of Field Calculators
A depth of field calculator helps you calculate the focal length, focus distance and aperture settings for a specific depth of field needed for a specific shot.
Social media sites allow the photographer to discuss photography with other photographers. You can glean quite a bit of information from other photographers. Information such as new technology, cameras, when to grab the best landscape or street shots and online back up information is available.
Discussing techniques and photographic technology with other photographers can be extremely helpful. Having an ongoing dialogue with other photographers can bring a technological or artistic perspective to the table that you might not have thought to explore before.