Street photography is such a challenging genre, different from others out there. It’s challenging because you interact with strangers and don’t know how they can react if they noticed that you’re taking a picture of them.
But one of the toughest challenges to face -since I started shooting street photography- is being invisible, blending in with the environment.
This a list of things I do to be ‘invisible’ while shooting street photography:
1. Don’t behave in a furtive manner
This means to not dress like a secret agent: with sunglasses, a hat, a long black impermeable and a long telephoto lens. Don’t move in a secretive manner, this will only make you stand out and make you look like a pervert.
2. Be a tourist
Tourists are everywhere and nobody is scared by tourist because tourists take photos.
You can be a tourist in a big foreign country and dress and behave like the local people to not stand out or you can be the typical tourist that takes photos of everything.
3. Shoot with a phone
Shoot with a phone instead of a big DSRL, be discrete. Phones are everywhere in our society. Everybody owns and walks with a phone so it’s easy to be unnoticed while shooting street photography.
A technique that I use with my phone is pretending that I’m taking a selfie while my camera is pointed on the other side.
4. Shoot from the hip
Shooting from the hip is holding the camera at waist-level and shooting without looking at the screen. With this technique people don’t assume that I’m shooting them. While shooting from the hip, I often get a more interesting perspective.
5. Get closer
If you get closer to people, especially in a crowded area, you are less likely to be noticed. You can take photos of people right in front of you.
6. Move slower
Don’t take sudden movements, walk slowly toward your subject and don’t ‘jump’ in front of him.
7. Look behind your subjects
Don’t look straight into the eyes of your subjects, never make eye contact with your subjects, maybe look at something behind them. People will assume that you are taking a photograph of something else.
With this technique you can get as close as you want without being noticed.
8. Wear dark colthes
Wear clothes that don’t stand out and blend with the people around you. I recommend to wear dark clothes, because the more vibrant the colors of your clothes are, the more you stand out.
9. Be yourself
At the end shoot street photography in according to your own style. Approach the streets in according to your personality.