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Jul 9, 2018 10:00:36   #
jackpinoh
 
Silverman wrote:
I am interested in "Street Photography", although I feel I need advice from more EXPERIENCED "Street Photographers", especially the "DO's & Don'ts", and also a would a DSLR or P&S be more advisable.
I presently have a Nikon AFS-C DX D3300 with a 35mm, 50mm, 18-55, 55-200 lens.
I have read other Posts here at UHH, just would appreciate some "FRESH" insight and Advice on "Street Photography".

I prefer the 27mm, 35mm or 50mm (full frame equivalent) lenses for street photography. There is a lot of value in using a prime lens. You generally have a wider aperture with a prime lens which allows you to photograph with a lower ISO. In street photography, look for interesting colors and compositions. Look for small as well as large compositions. This photo was of part of a wall labeled "NO PARKING PLEASE."



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Jul 9, 2018 10:18:53   #
Kiron Kid
 
Whatever Camera you are comfortable with. I use film rangefinders and a film SLR. I prefer fixed primes or wide to medium zooms. The camera is not important. It is all about capturing that special unique or poignant moment.





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Jul 9, 2018 10:21:47   #
Paul J. Svetlik (a regular here)
 
I may shock you. but I am pretty sure that any "credit card size camera" (a dissappearing kind) with 18 megapixels and a retractable zoom from 24mm to about 105 (or longer) will nicely do the job.
(I am not sure if the telephones will have a zoom of this size?)
You will be making pictures like Cartier Breson - the French pioneer of street photography.
This kind of a camera is almost invisible - so you will be more than happy to be able to do a real candid photography. The size of prints 16x20 are easy to make from this miniature.
If you - on occassions need a DSLR, you can always carry your Nikon with a tripod in a backpack (LOL).
Good Luck! and have fun!

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Jul 9, 2018 11:11:22   #
RonBoyd
 
zzzynick wrote:
The one you own



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Jul 9, 2018 11:23:44   #
DaveC1
 
DaveC1 wrote:
I think your set with the D3300 and that 55-200 lens. That is a pretty light and small rig and the 55-200 allows good closeups without being in folks faces.


So this may depend on what and how you wish to photograph (people), since almost by definition you will be photographing people interacting with the environment and each other. It will depend on the light conditions that you are photographing in.

A number of folks here have suggested using sub 50mm prime lens. For what I do in street photography that would not work. You have a number of lens that will work for you depending on what and how you wish to proceed.

Since I am primarily interested in people and faces the 55-200mm lens, like you have works very well for me.

Start out with what you have and see how it goes and what appeals to your sense of composition on the street. If you start with a zoom on a sunny day that increases the chances of getting what you want.

The image below is pretty much what I like to capture as far as the size of people relative the the environment. Unless you wish to be in folks faces, or do a lot of cropping, that requires something like the 55-200 lens that you have.

Good luck and, please post your results for us to view.


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Jul 9, 2018 11:28:12   #
travelwp
 
Silverman wrote:
I feel I need advice from more EXPERIENCED "Street Photographers".


There are no hard and fast rules for Street Photography; but I made a number of videos on the subject that might interest you:

http://travelwp.com/

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Jul 9, 2018 11:47:32   #
RonBoyd
 
As an aside: One of the first (if not THE first) books about photography I bought was Garry Winogrand's "Women are Beautiful." https://www.abebooks.com/9780374513016/Women-Beautiful-Garry-Winogrand-0374513015/plp

That book was single-handedly to blame for my interest in photography. If not for this book I, today, would be much wealthier... although probably not as happy.

Just Google his name to learn much about Street Photography.

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Jul 9, 2018 12:09:23   #
stevefrankel
 
I've done street shooting for 50 years and the two distinguishing attributes of great street cameras are inconspicuousness and fast-handling. That's what made pre-WWII Leicas with 3.5 Elmer lenses so cherished. To these chops I'd add a small, light-weight full-range zoom. I've just ordered the Sony RX100 VI with its 24-200mm range that I think will be the best of the bunch. I know from my previous RX100s that they are fully capable of 16x20" exhibition-quality prints if you don't shoot at very low light level, and you do fill up the frame with your shot. The Olympus OM-D M5 with the 14-150mm lens is another example of this genre. If you're willing to forgo the zoom lens, the Fujifilm X100 series is the other clear winner. See my Amazon box, "Choosing Great Cameras for Cruises & Tours," for more in-depth info.

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Jul 9, 2018 12:13:38   #
ELNikkor (a regular here)
 
What you've got will work; no more equipment necessary. To be more discreet, I often use the fully articulate screen on my D5100, but the same lenses as you already have.

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Jul 9, 2018 12:31:36   #
leftj
 
Architect1776 wrote:
Canon M5 with EFm 18-55mm can't be beat.
Small discrete. The zoom smokes a fixed lens as it allows considerable versatility of quick composition in a very small compact and discrete lens.
If you need to compose by walking up and disturbing the subject then the shot is ruined. This allows for quick composition immediately upon observing the subject with out becoming obvious.
Try it you will love it.
An added bonus the camera takes all EF, EFs and EFm lenses ever made with 100% compatibility of function.
Canon M5 with EFm 18-55mm can't be beat. br Small ... (show quote)


EF and EF-S require and adapter.

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Jul 9, 2018 12:58:55   #
Apaflo
 
DaveC1 wrote:
So this may depend on what and how you wish to photograph (people), since almost by definition you will be photographing people interacting with the environment and each other. It will depend on the light conditions that you are photographing in.

A number of folks here have suggested using sub 50mm prime lens. For what I do in street photography that would not work. You have a number of lens that will work for you depending on what and how you wish to proceed.

Since I am primarily interested in people and faces the 55-200mm lens, like you have works very well for me.

Start out with what you have and see how it goes and what appeals to your sense of composition on the street. If you start with a zoom on a sunny day that increases the chances of getting what you want.

The image below is pretty much what I like to capture as far as the size of people relative the the environment. Unless you wish to be in folks faces, or do a lot of cropping, that requires something like the 55-200 lens that you have.

Good luck and, please post your results for us to view.
So this may depend on what and how you wish to pho... (show quote)

Quite honestly you are not describing Street Photography. The example image is a nice example of people photography and might be called envirnmental portraiture.

All a very reasonable and satisfying genre, but it is not Street Photography.

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Jul 9, 2018 13:15:34   #
burkphoto (a regular here)
 
Silverman wrote:
I am interested in "Street Photography", although I feel I need advice from more EXPERIENCED "Street Photographers", especially the "DO's & Don'ts", and also a would a DSLR or P&S be more advisable.
I presently have a Nikon AFS-C DX D3300 with a 35mm, 50mm, 18-55, 55-200 lens.
I have read other Posts here at UHH, just would appreciate some "FRESH" insight and Advice on "Street Photography".


Panasonic Lumix GX8 or G9. 12-35mm f/2.8 II lens. Or get the 15mm Panasonic Leica f/1.7 or the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7.

The Olympus Pen-F with similar lenses is also a good choice.

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Jul 9, 2018 13:22:26   #
burkphoto (a regular here)
 
https://www.phototraces.com/creative-photography/famous-street-photographers/

This was written by pseudo-intellectuals, but can lead you to decent sources.

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Jul 9, 2018 13:24:27   #
berchman (a regular here)
 
RonBoyd wrote:
As an aside: One of the first (if not THE first) books about photography I bought was Garry Winogrand's "Women are Beautiful." https://www.abebooks.com/9780374513016/Women-Beautiful-Garry-Winogrand-0374513015/plp

That book was single-handedly to blame for my interest in photography. If not for this book I, today, would be much wealthier... although probably not as happy.

Just Google his name to learn much about Street Photography.


Gary Winogrand is my street photography God. I just love his captures, especially the ones he did in NYC.

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Jul 9, 2018 13:27:44   #
berchman (a regular here)
 
Apaflo wrote:
Quite honestly you are not describing Street Photography. The example image is a nice example of people photography and might be called envirnmental portraiture.

All a very reasonable and satisfying genre, but it is not Street Photography.


I'm inclined to agree with you on that example, even if the picture was captured candidly. What seems to be missing is the street.

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