Street Photography can be viewed as voyeuristic, but you need to truly care about the people in front of your lens to reflect a true meaning moment in the frame. Try to not show people in vulnerable situations as well.
Images can be manipulative, and the Point of View can have a deep impact on the image’s message. For example, taking photos of homeless people or children from a high angle will make them see more vulnerable than they really are. On the other hand, a low-angle shot will portray them in a stronger light.
People have wonderful stories, and sometimes they’re delighted to have somebody to talk with – especially older folks. So talk to people. Listen to their stories, and absorb a piece of their lives by paying attention to what they have to say. Every interaction will positively affect your images.
Image by Federico Alegría Show Your Passion
Let's say you have gained people's confidence to enter a very hermetic place. Now you have to talk to them about what you do, and let them know that you do your stuff because of your
passion, not for commercial purposes. Many photographers happen to keep little booklets or even postcards of their work with them. Others keep business cards to give to people who have noticed themselves being photographed on the streets. The techniques may vary, but the important thing to bear in mind is that you need to let people know that you have a deep, abiding passion for photography and that you’re doing something with meaning, passion, and importance. Be In The Know About Local News And The History – Take An Interest
Getting close to certain communities or people
requires homework. Keep yourself up to date on the news inside a city or a town. This is great advice for travelers who love to do social photography. You’re going to be spotted as a foreigner (sorry, but it’s true). Still, you can get a bit closer to the locals by keeping yourself informed about things that are happening in the town. You can get quick updates from cab drivers. They’re like encyclopedias. It’s amazing how much you can learn from them before arriving at a destination. Respect Foreign Cultures And Religions
What makes foreign cultures so interesting is that they are completely different from yours. But you always have to be humble and remember that you’re a foreigner, an outsider, a visitor. You need to
treat people, cultures and religions with respect if you want to keep your relations nice and smooth with the locals. If you’re an open-minded person, you need to respect hermetic, more conservative cultures. If you’re rather old-fashioned and square, you need to respect open-minded cultures. Image by Federico Alegría Try To Blend In
This is a great trick when travelling. Try to
blend in with the crowd by using regular clothes. You can never go wrong with this. Being in a crowd in winter dressed in heavy black clothes is not the same as being at the beach in the same type of clothes. This example is ridiculous, but you get the idea! With these types of photography, composition can play such an important role. It's more than just clicking the shutter button and hope later on you were standing in the right place to compose a photograph which portrayed a story. The “Composition Guide” will ensure your photos are not just good, but great pieces of photography. Summary
The good thing about these tips is that
they work when you travel to foreign places when you’re on a photojournalistic assignment, even when you’re wandering the streets of your city or town. The important thing about Social Photography is to produce images with meaning and elements of great storytelling. Please share your ideas on getting close to people to capture great Social Photographs! Further Resources