As a photographer, I have experimented with different styles of photography but something I keep coming back to is street style photography. I love how it presents fashion in a relatable way, and there are endless possibilities with the city as your backdrop. And it’s nearly impossible to not have a good time while exploring a city and photographing the season’s latest fashion trends!
Also with the rise of social media and blogging, street style photography continues to be in high demand. So whether you are a blogger, a photographer, or you simply want to document your personal style, follow my 5 street style photography tips to improve your photos.
1. Scout a Beautiful Location
There are countless beautiful locations wherever you are! Explore your city and look for pretty spots that would make excellent backdrops for your photo shoot. Then write down the intersection or screen shot your location on Google Maps from your phone so you remember where it was. Some of my favourite locations are quaint streets, old buildings, colourful walls, a field of flowers or a trendy café.
2. Know the Lighting Conditions
Return to your location at the time of day you plan to take your photos to understand the lighting conditions. Shade is convenient because indirect light is flattering to most subjects. If there is no shade bring a reflector to bounce light on your subject or use the inside panel to diffuse the sun. Both methods help to soften harsh shadows.
For more lighting tips read my blog post 5 Different Types of Natural Light Photography.
3. Photograph at a Low Aperture
To achieve a soft, blurred background while keeping your subject sharp, photograph at a low aperture. I suggest photographing at an aperture of 2.8 or lower, or opt for a longer lens such as the 70-200mm. This will create the soft, dreamy backgrounds that are characteristic of street style photography.
4. Direct Movement
For fluid and natural poses instruct your subject to move. Movements can be simple such as walking, putting their hand in their pocket, looking over their shoulder, laughing, or running their hand through their hair. Asking your subject to smile and hold a pose for an extended period of time can look stiff. So instead get them to move and snap away!
5. Capture a Variety of Shots
Lastly, capture a variety of shots so you can photograph one outfit without it looking repetitive. Ask your subject to make small variations to their pose by changing their hand placement, expression or the direction they are looking. You can also move around your subject for a different perspective. Capture several full body, portrait and detail photos of the clothing and accessories to showcase the entire look.
Let me know in the comments which tip you find most useful!
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Location: Outside Notre Dame and Hotel Gault in Montreal, Quebec.
Wardrobe from Zara, shoes from Banana Republic.
Makeup by Annie Young Cosmetiques
Model: Emma Peress from Specs Model Management
Photo shoot Assistant: Gigi Mandanipour
Photography & art direction by Jessica Charuk