Oxford School of Photography

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Candid street photography

Many people would like to have the opportunity to photograph in the streets the way the great French photographers did, we would all like to be Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Doisneau or Brassai . However we all find it difficult, our subjects are often more suspect of our motives and sometimes aggressive to the idea that their picture has been taken. This article by James Maher from the Digital Photography School site has suggestions on how to be more successful.

This article is going to focus specifically on tips to help you get your camera as close to people as possible without them noticing. It is certainly not the only way to do street photography, but it is a very effective way. It helps you catch the world around you in an uninterrupted fashion. And if you happen to get caught then so be it, just smile and own up to what you are doing. You’ll be surprised at how understanding most people are about street photography once you are honest with them.

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