6 Free E-Books on Street Photography

Street photography primarily aims to capture the life on the street, or anywhere in public, for that matter. It’s almost synonymous with candid street portraits – photos of people in public places, shot discreetly, and sometimes with permission.

Street photography presents its own set of challenges when it comes to photographing people. Once you overcome your fear of photographing strangers, you are sure to be rewarded with memorable street photos that capture emotion and tell a story.

If you’ve been looking for resources on how to get better at street photography, look no further. Here are some guides and eBooks on the topic – three of them from Photzy. Do check them out.


1. Quick Guide to Street Photography

This guide by photographer Kent DuFault introduces you to street photography and then goes on to discuss two methods to capture street photos, with practical tips that you can follow for each of the two methods. The last section summarizes some handy tips that you should keep in mind when doing street photography.


2. Photographing Strangers

A lot of people find photographing strangers unnerving for the fear of being confronted or being objected to while taking photos in such a situation. This guide not only addresses that topic, but also provides you with different approaches when photographing strangers, e.g. deciding whether to shoot candid or posed.


3. Street Photography: Ask to Take Their Picture or Not?

This guide by street photographer Diane Wehr tries to look at the answers to the all-important question in street photography: Should you ask to take their picture or not? The author examines the question from different perspectives: legal, cultural, and ethical. Read the guide to know about the different scenarios when you might have to tackle this question.


4. Going Candid

Thomas Leuthard is a street photographer who is known for his adept storytelling through his street images. In this eBook, he writes about his approach to street photography full with inputs based on his experiences all through these years. He has written two more eBooks on street photography: Collecting Souls and Street Faces.


5. Street Photography

This eBook is written by Danish street photographer Daniel Hoffman. The first section of the eBook presents a critique of some of his notable photographs. In the second section, Daniel shares ten tips to capture better street photos that discuss a wide variety of essential topics concerning street photography.


6. Street Photography For The Purist

This eBook by photographer Chris Weeks features the work of a variety of photographers, who talk about what street photography means to them. It is an interesting read that offers different perspectives on the definition of street photography, with some wonderful images to appreciate.


If creating portraits is something that interests you and you would like a more complete training on capturing truly memorable portrait photographs, do take a look at the guide The Art of Portrait Photography over at Photzy. It covers everything you need to know to take great portrait shots consistently – lighting and posing tips, composition guidelines, getting great shots from minimal equipment, and much more. Click here now to check it out.

About the author

Ritesh Saini

Ritesh has been photographing for about seven years now and his photographic interests have varied from nature and landscapes to street photography. You can see his photography on Flickr or on his website.

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