5 Street Photography Tips for Cowards

5 Street Photography Tips for Cowards

I’ve been saying this a lot of time, the biggest obstacle to street photography is not the gears or the skill, but the confidence of the photographer. For this reason alone, what I think as the easiest photography genre ever, can be the hardest. I did wrote about how street photography builds character and how it good for you. But no matter how much the benefit is, there is no use if you don’t start to go out. So for you “coward,” who scared to begin, here are 5 street photography tips for cowards.

 

“Not to call you a coward, master, but sometimes, cowards do survive…”
Starscream, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

And that is why sometimes it scary to do stuff. Especially something we unfamiliar with.

I must say that I don’t mean to insult. But merely stating what it feels when a person goes out,  bring a camera, and go home without taking a single shot. Which I did on my first street photography.

5 Street Photography Tips for Cowards

Bring a Friend

Photographer | 5 Street Photography Tips for Cowards
Photographer with friend

I think this is easy (If you a friend that is). Find someone you know, ask if he/she want to go with you for your Photowalk, and start taking a photo with your friend.

Don’t have to be a friend who is a photographer. But just a friend, as a moral support. It even doesn’t have to be a friend, it can be a family or relative, anyone you familiar with.

Go to a Tourist Site

Prambanan Temple | 5 Street Photography Tips for Cowards
Prambanan Temple

Where is the best place for street photography for a beginner? If you ask this question, I can give you two answers.

One is the place that familiar to a camera. Imagine yourself in an industrial area and you’re taking a photo with your camera, people there will staring at you. Because that is a place to work and not to take a photo. But what if you’re taking a photo in a place that already familiar with the camera, like a tourist site. A camera is an everyday thing for the people there.

So that’s is why tourist site is a good place to start. Because we know that is a normal place to use a camera.

Go to a Really Familiar Place

Yogyakarta City | 5 Street Photography Tips for Cowards
Cityscape scenery that I see almost every day

Second best place for street photography for a beginner is the place that you actually know.

Not just a place you know. But also a place that you already spend many of your time there. It can be your neighborhood. Start walking around and taking a photo.

(I did exactly that the first time I bought a camera)

Go to an Event

Cultural Parade Yogyakarta | 5 Street Photography Tips for Cowards
Cultural Parade

Check the Internet and look for an event in your city. It can be a parade, festival, or holiday event. Go there and bring your camera.

Here is the fun part. There’s no way you’re the only person with a camera. There will be many. Some are just passerby with their phone, some are a photographer with the same attention as you. Follow them, do what they do. If they taking a photo of people, you also take a photo.

And if you up to it, start a conversation with other photographers there.

Go to the Same Place Over and Over Again

One way for familiarizing yourself with a location is to be there a lot. Doing that gives you more the feeling of comfort and even making that place as your comfort zone.

Try to street photography at one commercial street. At first, you don’t have to bring a camera. Just get familiar with the place. Then begin to bring a camera and taking a photo. Do it frequently. In time, you will, your anxiety you feel at first will be gone.


So there you 5 street photography tips for cowards. If you think you’re coward, then follow it.

14 thoughts on “5 Street Photography Tips for Cowards

    1. I get what you mean. I also have a similar problem at first. Then I just did the entire thing I mention in this post.
      Now I can just approach people without a care in the world. In a good way, I mean.

  1. Hello Agrandaiz,
    Happy new year.
    I have just nominated you for a Leibster award. It’s a blogging award that was founded many years ago as a way of recognising new bloggers, and blogs with under 3,000 followers (yes you have more but I love your photography and tips). It provides a way of getting more traffic to your blog, and it can be used as a marketing tool as well. It involves answering 10 questions, and then nominating 5-10 bloggers yourself, and putting some questions to them. Clearly you do not have to do this, but if you are willing to accept the award and be involved then you can find the instructions on my blog https://photosociology.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/the-liebster-award-2018/

    Thanks
    Richard (photosociology)

  2. I have to say, you pulled me in with the title and kept me here with the advice! Great words, and all applicable to novice photographers like myself!

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