You are NOT too shy for STREET PHOTOGRAPHY


I think a lot of people use their shyness As an excuse, not to go out And do street photography or take the pictures they actually want to take. I know it’s uncomfortable. And it’s uncomfortable for everyone. No-one is comfortable doing street photography.
And that’s part of it. There is hundreds of examples of people being shy,
Being introvert and taking some of the best photos in street photography. That’s have ever been. For example, this guy (Henri Cartier Bresson) Whos name I’m not going to murder in this street photography video. But he is one of the most iconic street photographers Of our time. When you go through his photos You can see, he is a bystander and he is so far from his subject. So if you are shy and you still want to take photos,
But don’t want to be up in people’s faces Then study guys like this and start with baby-steps. So before you go out and take pictures You should feel good. Whether that’s taking a shower, listen to your favorite music. Putting some nice clothes on. Whatever you need to do, in order to get
comfortable, is probably what you should do. Sometimes, before I go out to shoot, I look at a couple
of Youtube videos from other street photographers. In order to get inspired. Your goal is to just, get in a good headspace. And just before you go out Take three photos at home. Just to make sure you have batteries in your camera And you have an SD-card inserted. Also, if you feel bad, just don’t go out and take pictures. It is not going to be fun for you or for any people participating in the photos. When we think ‘street photography’ we always think This guy, doing these photos, right? Like someone who is up in people’s faces. And I think a lot of people, who think they are too shy to do street photography Is thinking to themselves, in order to do street photography, you should produce photos like this. And that’s not the case at all. Bruce Gilden: “I am talking a picture. I don’t know you owned the street” Bruce Gilden: “Not here, he’s telling me” There are so many sub-genres of street photography. Some people like fine art street photography. Some photographers, just take photos of buildings. Some people like minimalistic looking street photography. Some people like just a color-splash. Or geometrical. And there doesn’t have to be a person in your photo, in order to be “street photography” I don’t think anyone is naturally comfortable,
doing street photography. I am not. I remember when I was growing up. My brother is to years older than me. So when I was 6 and he was 8, he knew everything I knew – plus more. Which made me stay a little bit in the back. And be more an observer than a participant, in most cases. But I also think that helps you – especially in photography. If you are shy and you are introvert, you might
be a better observer, than someone who is extrovert. Okay, lets talk about managing expectations. I’m probably the worst person to give advice on this,
because I don’t know how to manage my own. Whenever I go out and shoot. I do it usually once a week. I hate myself from start to finish. I’m like: Frederik you are a bad photographer. You don’t know what you are doing. You should just quit and you take bad photos. That’s usually how I feel. And I don’t know. I think it’s because I don’t think I
take the photos, that I want to take. I think my taste, I higher than my skill-level when it comes to photography. But it is tough. Going around for 30 minutes, taking photos and knowing
you haven’t taken a single photo that you actually like. Alright, let’s talk about the fear of doing street photography. And it’s a bit related to the confidence and being shy. I also deal with fear in street photography. But I deal with it in a different way I think. I fear not taking a photo, that I knew would be a good picture. Just because I’m scared to take it. Does that make any sense? Usually the fear of the rejection is a lot worse,
than we rejection itself. In terms of like the danger of doing street photography. I have done street photography here in Mexico for 1.5 years. Last year, I think I did 50.000 photos in the streets of Mexico City. And I never had one altercation with anyone, like physically. There was this one time, where there was a guy. Who stood inbetween two cars. And I didn’t ask him, but I just took my camera up to my eye And when he saw that, he immediately turned around and said: Okay, let’s talk actionable tips and tricks And how you can actually go out and do street photography. First thing is, you need a camera. When you pick your camera,
you might not want to pick a big DSLR-camera. My first street photography camera,
Was a Ricoh GR II. But it’s an amazing camera. It’s pretty cheap and it takes incredible photos. In the beginning, if you don’t have a camera, you can also just use your phone. The first photo that got me into street photography, was shot with my phone. And it’s this picture here. I was on a boat with my mom, in a place called Xochimilco. And I saw this elderly couple sitting across us in this big boat. And I took this photo with my phone
and after that I was like: Maybe I want to do photography. So in terms of focal length. I’d recommend something like 50 or 80mm. Because
then you won’t have to be that close to your subjects. So in the beginning you can get a bit easier photos,
because you don’t have to be up in people’s faces. Something that might help you in the
beginning is to go with a friend. Who also likes photography, or someone you can
lurk into going out with you. Because when you are two people around, you can kind of feed of each other. I’m not a big advocate for running around and like
sneaking your way into taking pictures. I think it kind of kills the for fun for you and the person being photographed. But I have a tip! If you are using your phone, you should plug the headphones in. So if you open the photo app on your iPhone or
Android and plug in the headset. Then when you click the volume down and up,
the phone is going to take a picture,. So you don’t have to be standing like this, and obviously taking a picture. And also, if you wanted to. You could take you phone up to your ear. If you have a good framing from there. And you can take a photo with your headset. When I started out doing photography, I was
also more shy and more careful about it. A lot of times I would find a frame, like a background that I liked. And then I would wait for my subject to step into the frame. The cool thing about this tip, is that it’s easy for you to operate the camera. Because you can prepare the shot, before the shot happens. What you should do, is find a wall or a background you care about. And then you should set you camera to manual focus, so you can setup the shoot. The perfect focus. And then you can set your shutter speed to 125 of a second of 250/s To be snappy and catch the moment. Another thing you can do, if your camera can do that, is to
use continuously shooting mode (burst mode) Which means that when you subject walks into your frame. You can just hold down the shutter and your camera will take 10 photos in a second. And then you will be more likely to get the photo you want. In the beginning I shot a lot form the hip, Vivian Maier style. I don’t really love the technique of doing it.
But I think it’s a good way to start. And it can create some interesting photos. And if you want to do that, you should make sure that you have: Your camera set on a focus distance of 1 or 2 meters. So you know how far the subject has be from you, before you press the shutter-button. It would also be a good idea for you, not to shoot with an aperture of like 1.2 But bump your aperture up to something like 5,6 or 7. Because that will increase your chance of having your subject in focus. If you camera have a flip-screen that can also help you. Because you can flip the screen out and see that framing of your photo,
without having the camera up to your eye. If you want to do street portraits, I will go a bit more in-depth in that, in another video. But I have a lot of videos of me doing street portraits on my channel and maybe that can help you. I have a cool photo of that guy actually. I need to print them and send them to him. There is no like, magic way of doing this. Whenever I go out, also today, after having done it every week for a year. I’m still intimidated and I still get this fear
of rejection and whatever might happen. But what you need to work on, is get comfortable feeling like that. It’s about you stepping out of your comfort-zone and just keep doing that. If you haven’t done street photography for awhile. Or maybe
you have never done it, because you though you were too shy. I hope at least you will give street photography a try. Or just sent me a direct message on Instagram and I’ll be happy
to help out and give you some feedback.

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100 thoughts on “You are NOT too shy for STREET PHOTOGRAPHY

  1. A link to my camera and gear: https://trovatten.com/gear/ 🔥
    If someone wants to do street photography but is really shy, what would you recommend them to do?

  2. I can relate, but the more you practice the better you get and the more you overcome the fear. The hardest part for me is getting a person to give an interesting look, and not one that’s a fake smile.
    jonleachstreetphotos instagram

  3. At some parts it feels like I'm watching a relationship advice/ self improvement video haha
    Thank you for the info, nice video.

  4. One word ….. Brilliant …… Thanks for the insight, an education for sure ……Cheers Trovatten mate

  5. such an amazing and well put together video! you nailed a lot of the points right in the head, and from what i can see a lot of people have something to learn from you, because you've basically managed to conquer your shyness through photography! you constantly went out to shoot and put the anxiety aside, and that's such a commendable thing to do. kudos to you sir, and i hope i get to see more content of this kind from you!

  6. A very self effacing video. I agree with all you have said and a lot of the comments listed below. There is a barrier in our minds when we take to the street. I guess we are on display, even performing with a prop …. the camera. It draws attention to ourselves which can trigger anxiety. As a landscape and architecture enthusiast, I’ve never felt anxious going about my work. I tend to be very focused (No pun) on my subject. I travel to far away places with no qualms whatsoever, but when I’m in a public place I do find anxiety creeping in. I find reasons not to get the camera out. It’s something I need to overcome and deal with. Glad to hear I’m not the only person out there living with this dilemma. Great video Gary. Glad to share my thoughts with you.

  7. I have a question I'm hoping you can answer — something I've wondered about for a long time. I work in corporate America as a creative director, and in my work, a photo is basically worthless without a model release. So many of the great stock photos out there are "editorial use only," which basically makes them unusable for commercial purposes. So when it comes to street photography, is there a commercial market for shots where you don't have a signed release from the subject? And if so, how do you go about making a living (or even a side hustle) doing these types of shots? I love photography and particularly capturing "photo journalistic" shots of people when I travel. But for me, this has always just been a hobby with no perceivable financial benefit. It's one thing to ask someone if you can take their picture. It's a much different (and more awkward) challenge to then ask them to fill out a form. If I can avoid that and still turn my hobby into something that generates income, I'd love to know how. Maybe that would be a good subject for a new video on your channel.

  8. Id just like to mention, introvert are two different things and shouldn't be mixed.
    A shy person can be an extrovert.
    And introverts aren't all shy.

    Feeling the need to hang out and be with other people or not doesn't change you're ability to approach them 🙂

  9. My taste in most things is higher than I can attain 😁
    I shoot from the hip a lot. With a wide angle (35mm equivalent) you can get quite good at positioning the subject by guesstimate. I dangle the camera in my right hand and pretend I’m looking through my phone in my left. Camera (Fujifilm x100s) has a leaf shutter which is silent as well. Nobody really suspects they’re being photographed. I prefer candid shots.
    Followed you on Instagram.

  10. I’ve been trying to do street photography in Mexico City for years and it’s such a coincidence that you filmed this here.

  11. one of the best off-topic stuff that happened in da video: 3:31, when the scrap-car goes on the street lol

  12. No I don’t feel like this people don’t like my pictures they have to look I take what I like I hate taking pictures with my phone I feel I’m in 70 and this is present taking pictures with my phone

  13. Wearing a photo journalist vest helped me a lot to get permission from subjects to take pictures of them

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  15. I just subscribed because not only did I love your content, but it spoke to me. Having just got back into shooting photos again, and learning how to better my images, I am always on the lookout for tips. I remember one time I ended up shooting some shots of a couple of rallies that just appeared out of nowhere. 🙂

  16. Great honest video. Thanks! There's a lot of energy exchanged when we point our camera at another human (sometimes, animals, too!). People notice, especially if you're using a bigger lens or are very direct with the camera. An excellent way to get acclimated to taking photos of strangers is to begin with taking photos of extremities, feet, hands, backsides, etc. The subject doesn't know you've taken the photo, and the results are often quite evocative. This also allows us to slowly gain some confidence in moving in a little closer, towards portraiture. I teach this with my photo students, and it works very well – some never get beyond this point, but they're still getting good photos.

  17. Thanks for making this vid. I love how you said you have a bigger fear of not taking a picture you wanted to take than the fear of taking it. I've missed out on many amazing moments because of worrying about offending people. Thanks for sharing!

  18. do you always ask the people for their ok to take a pic – especially when you're planning to publish the pics online? i'd like to dive into street photography, but i'm very uncertain about legal issues, personal rights, consent and stuff. also, do you keep some kind of proof of the agreement? maybe you could also make a video about that? (:

  19. My style in Street Photography is somehow difficult. I always search for a story behind the photo, I take many shots but I don't post all of them. I only post those which I can create a story or a topic behind them. The street portraits are the easiest, even though they required some contacts with strangers. But I am not into this style of photography because after a while you will get into habit of repeating yourself and there is nothing interesting you can learn from your photos.

  20. If you are having a hard time, bring a friend and pretend to photograph him, while actually aiming over his shoulder at the subject you want to shoot. In time you will gain the courage, but until then, you will miss shots you can't go back on. That's the con of street photography, not being able to re-shoot a scene in most cases. In most other genres, if you mess up, you can at least go back and try again, you know what I mean, lol.

  21. the fact that this is so down to earth and genuine makes it way better than some of the bigger channels. no ego, just a guy trying to help out. subbed!

  22. Very nice advices, I had that same fear and shyness everyone has. It’s just something we need to get comfortable with and for yourself out of the comfort zone. I’ve been doing street photography for 3 years but only one time I was yelled at. Usually people are nice if you SMILE GENUINELY at them.

  23. I happened to stumble on your website while looking for an inspo to get into street photography and I immediately fell in love with your work! I’m glad that you also have a YT channel I can occasionally watch. 💕 I think you’re the best.

  24. Great video!!! Really nice perspectives on street photography, I normally use my lx100 with the 24-70mm on the chest and it works really good 🙂

  25. I enjoy seeing other people’s street photography but when i end up trying to take pictures i usually end up avoiding people so i won’t upset them or have a confrontation

  26. Good video. I used to be discrete but got accursed by an angry father of taking 'sly photos'! I nearly got into a fight when he wanted to see my images I had just taken. Probably better to be obvious and open about shooting people but it did make me think from the other person's point of view.

  27. The batter and SD card test is a real thing. It's caught me out SO many times! Great vid bro. Thanks for the tips and ideas. I'm off to snap the streets of Melbourne 🥰

  28. The guy who lights a joint, turns AWAY from the camera and tells you „this is how you get shot.“ has clearly no idea what he‘s… oh wait.

  29. Thanks Trovatten. This applies to me. Except for me, it's Videography. But it's a similar principle. I appreciate the advice and encouragement for all introverted people

  30. Thanks for addressing this issue. Great topic, great analysis, tremendous ideas for dealing with an apparently common feeling.

  31. And so you ask the people always ? Because of personal rights? Do you ask them afterwards if you can publish them?

  32. I want to go out and take more shots, but I'm scared to shit of the dangers. I'm Studying Visual Communication so if my camera gets stolen I'm toasted.

    Do you have any tips for security regarding street photography?

  33. what if you take a photo of someone that doesnt wanna to be photographed? once i took a picture of a man but he didnt wanted and get pretty angry

  34. Stunning video. enjoyed watching it.
    Continue please.subbed your channel.
    I will welcome it if you support me too please 🙂🙏😃 ❤&✌

  35. Vivian Mayer did not shoot from the hip, she used a Rolleiflex with a waist-level finder typical for medium size cameras!

  36. just found your video, its great already picked up some tips, thanks alot . i subscribed too . great work

  37. I think part of being a creator in general is hating most of your work. I will always see myself as a novice

  38. Came across your channel and so glad.This video spoke so much to me in terms of shyness. New sub and insta follower. Loving your work, tips and knowledge thank you for sharing

  39. Thanks. We moved to QRO Mexico about a year ago and have been trying to push myself in this area. It's getting easier, but not. Generally people are really friendly in Mexico but I don't know how they feel about their photos being taken. Have you experienced more aggression on Mexico vs Other places?

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