Street Style Photography Tips
Street style photography is one of my favorite types of photography. While nature, editorial and portrait photography are cool and I love also, I love the rawness that lives in street style shots. I also love that real people, like me, are can be the subjects of this type of photography. How cool to be able to see real motion, real emotion and something raw in a photo? Although fashion week I where street style photography blew up to what it is now, I believe this style has been around for much longer. We just didn’t know it. If you can’t tell already, I’m very passionate about this subject, and also have learned a lot about it. I thought it would be fun to share some tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way.
Street Style Photography Tips
When shooting street style, there is a lot to take into consideration. For this reason, I always laugh to myself when I hear other making fun of influencers or street style photographers because they have no idea what goes into it all. To create a successful street style photo, you have to know a lot and do a lot. You have to be a model, a director, a photographer, an editor…and so much more. These are a few of the regular questions I get asked and also some tips that I think would be helpful for you:
Tip #1: Choosing A Street Style Photoshoot Location
This subject is actually quite personal and depends what your vibe is. For me personally, I love choosing backgrounds that have something interesting to it but are also clean. You’ll notice, I don’t take many photo’s with lots of people or too many cars in the background. That doesn’t mean that that is the only way to take a successful street style photo, though. I know some people who love taking photo’s with really busy backgrounds and they don’t care who is around and it works great for them. For this, there isn’t necessarily a “right” location — it’s just what best suits you.
To me, lighting is one of the most important factors to a photo. But similar to finding the right location, this is personal. I personally like shooting in soft light. My favorite time of day to shoot is first thing in the morning. I think it is calming and flattering which are two things I think we all can agree are great things. My least favorite lighting to shoot in is harsh, direct sunlight but I know some people who love to do it and it has such a cool edgy look to it. Play around and see what your personal style is — what works for me might not work for you.
I love playing with angles! It is so fun. A slightly different angle can change a photo completely. Next time you’re out shooting, try shooting from above, below, from the side and maybe at a weird angle that doesn’t even seem like it would make sense. You never know what will work best until you try it. Some of my favorite shots are detail shots in those more “awkward” artsy angles.
Which Camera Is The Best For Street Style Photos
A few months ago I did a post on the best time of day to take photos, along with my 3 favorite camera to use. I linked to each camera in the post so that you can see for yourself, but I talked about Canon’s, Sony’s and Leica’s. I love each one for different reasons, but lately the Sony A6000 is my favorite. It is not considered the most professional out of the three, but it’s perfect for being on the go because of it’s size and it actually has all of the same capabilities. The best part is that you can add any type of lens you want to it, so it takes great quality photo’s.
Best Street Style Photographers
Street style photographers have become some of the most in demand, trend setting people. While I haven’t worked with all of them at all, I have some I truly admire from a distance for now and a few that I have worked with and love.
Phil Oh, from @Mr. Street Peeper, is one of my favorites. He is an OG in the street style photography world. You can find him outside of all the top shows at fashion week, shooting for Vogue Magazine.
Jose Martinez, @J2Martinez, I have worked with and I love him. He makes really cool video clips also and just has such a good eye.
Adam Katz Sinding, @le21eme, is an awesome portrait street style photographer. He captures people unclose and in a beautiful way while it still feels in the moment.
Street Style Fashion
What makes something street style vs runway or your everyday style? Subtle things, but a lot. Street style is a blend of runway with everyday. It feels effortless but pushes boundaries. It is something you might be able get away with wearing everyday but realistically aren’t going to, but it’s not quite over the top enough to walk the runway in it. It’s wearing a crop top and suede heels while it’s 20 degrees and snowing.