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Hand in 5th January 2020
Judged 14th January 2020
Judge Graham Marshall
‘Street photography’ is a genre that records everyday life in a public place (and not necessarily in streets!). The very publicness of the setting enables the photographer to take candid pictures of strangers, often without their knowledge. Street photographers do not necessarily have a social purpose in mind, but they prefer to isolate and capture moments which might otherwise go unnoticed.
For this competition the subject or subjects must be human and the photos should be candid ones with no posed shots.
Street photography in this style is all about telling a story and capturing emotion. It can be a bit intimidating when doing street photography for the first time but you will soon get used to it. Try just sitting somewhere and watching the world go by. Just sit there and look at what’s going on; look at the background and work out what will look good with few distractions; then just start taking some shots.
In terms of settings, you want to keep your shutter speed 1/250 second or faster to stop motion blur (unless you want motion blur). If you’re not fast changing all your settings manually, I would suggest using shutter priority mode as the moment can go past so quickly. Don’t be afraid to raise your ISO because it’s better to have a bit of noise than a blurred shot.