TECHNIQUE & APPROACH #24: STREET PHOTOGRAPHY NORTH EUROPE

Street Photography Guide. With a focus on light.

  Stockholm, Sweden , with perfectly set light. Nice and low. Sunlight early morning or late afternoon is perfect. Giving a sort of studio lighting effect.

Stockholm, Sweden, with perfectly set light. Nice and low. Sunlight early morning or late afternoon is perfect. Giving a sort of studio lighting effect.

My obvious choice is black and white film. I guess it’s just the simplistic tones, mixed with good light capturing everyday life.

  Stockholm, Sweden  at twilight. Shallow depth of field, just perfect.

Stockholm, Sweden at twilight. Shallow depth of field, just perfect.

  Copenhagen, Denmark.  Double exposure. Waiting for the right moments. Taken in the middle of the day sheltered by the subject building. Creating some pattern with a double exposure slightly off with the 2nd frame.

Copenhagen, Denmark. Double exposure. Waiting for the right moments. Taken in the middle of the day sheltered by the subject building. Creating some pattern with a double exposure slightly off with the 2nd frame.

  Stockholm, Sweden.  A good mix of tones / grey. Mostly wandering around and looking to see how the light works with the surroundings.

Stockholm, Sweden. A good mix of tones / grey. Mostly wandering around and looking to see how the light works with the surroundings.

  Hamburg, Germany.  Moody tones on grey days. With a splash of light reflection on the window facade.

Hamburg, Germany. Moody tones on grey days. With a splash of light reflection on the window facade.

 Helsinki, Finland. Lined up nicely with a good mix of tones.

Helsinki, Finland. Lined up nicely with a good mix of tones.

 Copenhagen, Denmark. Twilight. Silhouette from shopfront.

Copenhagen, Denmark. Twilight. Silhouette from shopfront.

Lens selection is critical too. And film plane balance. When shooting consider building / vertical upward line distortion. This can either be fixed in post-production or using a tilt-shift lens. This allows you to move the film plane and prevent lens distortion.

If you shoot without panning the camera upwards, this will alleviate wide angle distortion.

This is simply an introduction, I do offer one to one training where I provide you with hands on practical tuition with the accompaniment of basic theory. Whether you shoot film or digital.