One of my favorite street photos from Greece . . . it looked to me like this child’s balloon will be lifting him into the air :) The art of street photography relies on many factors, but one of the most important is to always have your camera ready. When I walk through streets I use a wrist strap instead of a neck strap which allows me to always have my finger lightly resting on the shutter button. If I see an interesting person moving quickly in front of me, I will be ready to lift my camera and quickly get the shot.
I am usually the person that advocates getting ‘off the auto mode’, however for street photography I make an exception. And that exception has been very effective . . . it’s called Auto ISO. This ISO setting will make sure that your camera will perform well even in darker streets, as well as early and late morning.
Here are my go-to exposure parameters for street photography: Switch to Aperture Priority, choose your lowest f-stop number (aka aperture number) such as f4.5, f2.8, f2, or even lower if your lens allows for it. Switch your ISO to Auto, and walk through the streets ready for any photo opportunity that comes your way.
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Fujifilm X-Pro2 with 35mm F2 Fujinon, ISO 200, f2, 1/280 shutter speed. Skopelos, Greece. Cropped and edited in #LightroomCC #fujifilm #xpro2 #35mmf2 #skiathos #greece