120 - How to make street portraits
I walked by Frank and Scott three times before I stopped and asked to take their photo. The two tattoo artists were joking around outside a tattoo shop, and I was out shooting street portraits for my 100 Strangers project.
Over the years, I’ve done photographed plenty of street portraits and even started teaching others how to do it. Most people I teach overcome the same initial fears and find that it’s a rewarding experience for them too.
Now, it’s your turn. In this episode, I will show you how you can make street portraits confidently.
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Takeaways from the Episode
Why street portraits vs. street photography?
I make a connection
I get a better story
Who do I approach?
Someone who looks interesting
Looks like there might be a story
The project itself breaks barriers
Approach to make a connection
The story usually follows
Use friendly energy and confidence
Flatter and appeal to our vanity
Use sincere compliments around your story topic
What drew you to this subject?
Start with these two questions. You get the action and the motivation.
What are you doing?
Listen and follow your curiosity
Go where the story takes you
Ask follow-up questions
Direct and collaborate for the best shot
Have your photo ideas before approaching
Direct the shoot. Your subjects expect it.
Pay attention to body language
Try their ideas, too
Take audio notes later (or written)
Be fully engaged when you listen
Should you ask for contact info?
I don't, but it depends on how you will use the photo.
Will you ever need to get a release? That's a good reason to have contact info.
Name your project. It goes over better with your strangers.
Humans of wherever
People in this City with Alvin Mitchell
We are all strangers with Greg Schmigel
Jim Darling - 100 Strangers
Who is off limits vs fair game
My first priority is to tell their story
Show respect and follow the golden rule
I photograph people who 'choose' to be there
Performers are fair game, homeless people get a pass
Unless...they have interesting stories