Peering out the window of a coffee shop, I saw a very familiar process unfolding. People were arriving with big signs. I saw what looked like costumes, and over time a small crowd started assembling. In Washington, DC, that usually means a protest is about to start. It also means prime photography opportunities.
No time to finish my coffee, I grabbed my DSLR and headed out to the park to start my shoot.
Whether you happen upon a protest demonstration or even a parade, you have a perfect opportunity to practice street photography that tells stories.
Listen to the podcast
Today’s podcast wraps up an F2 broadcast that I did on storytelling questions with tips from another podcast on photo walks. I mixed it all up in a gumbo sauce that makes an entirely new and tasty meal. :-)
- Take the camera body you know best.
- Medium range zoom - keep it light if you can
- Keep tons of cards and spare batteries
- Shutter priority
- higher ISO
- AF-C / AI-Servo /Back button
- Single point AF vs Auto
- Large number f-stop for larger depth of field
- Start with the action - at the height
- Look for the emotion - at the height
- Tell the story
- Look for the story with in the story. How can you niche it down?
Questions for better storytelling
- What’s the story?
- Who is participating?
- Where is the conflict?
- What are the visual symbols?
- Who is being affected most by the action?
- Who is reacting to the actions?
- What are they doing? What is happening?
- What is important about this?
- Why do you care?
- Where do you want to stand for the best vantage point?
- Are there other points of view?
- How do they feel?
- How do you feel?
- What happens next?
Don’t forget the art
- Find interesting angles
- Look for patterns, colors, juxtaposition
- Avoid the obvious. The first place is the worst place.