“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
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
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
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
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.