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Street Snap – You Can Do It Better

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#1 macsoft



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Posted 06 November 2012 - 10:09 AM

Since the popularity of camera, mobile phone and YouTube, street snap become a style among young people. It is first due to the demand of the fashion magazine, which use the camera to capture street fashion elements. So this "street show" came into being.

The content of street snap is the moments of social activities, behavior and response of people. Maybe it is a beauty girl, an old lady, a dog or even just the neon light. Numerous of street images and videos you can find on Flickr and YouTube. The quality of them is uneven, below I’d like to show you how to make it better.


Traditionally, street shoots use 35mm lens. This focal length makes you have to be close to the scene. In fact, you do not need special equipment but any camera to street shoot photography.

Here are a few suggestions to make your work simpler: the camera is as small as possible (the means you can get the real response without attracting attention). A large aperture lens can avoid the missing moment of a slow shutter speed.

Be patient and take fast response.

Do not wait to the changes of the scene but capture the one you see, the opportunity is always fleeting. Also do not be too concerned about the lens you missing, shooting opportunities always exist.

Street snap follows opportunity, so we must maintain a keen attention and ready to shoot at all times. Make your camera ready so that you can capture once you see a scene you prefer.

Laws and regulations

Due to the presence of terrorist activities, you should abide by the laws and regulations as the particular location doesn’t allow photographs. Many people are sensitive to be taken pictures in public. We have heard the stories of many innocent photographers are prohibited from working. So follow the guides of particular location.


Go to the place you familiar with or previously explored, you will find a lot of photo opportunities. It is very important to select a suitable site for a success work. Another opposite option is also available: go to the place you have never gone or even heard, you may have fresh idea without any preconceived impression. Different people are suitable for different places.

The key is you.

Remember, the key is observing and to seizing opportunities. You should be patient and creative.

Above are the points before starting street snap. You may fell a little nervous but it will be better later. Street snap is not only a part of work but also a funny thing: you can observe the behavior and reaction to the people's daily life.

If you have never take a street snap before, you can go to a street side café to get your first work, which can help you to enter the state and build confidence. Good luck to you!

Have taken your first photo album or video and try to upload to online video sharing sites? You may need to convert avi to mp4 with avi to mp4 converter.

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