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    How to photograph anything: best camera settings for street photography

    | Photography Tips | 08/07/2013 00:01am
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    As our Shoot Like A Pro series on how to photograph any subject you want concludes, we take a closer look at the best camera settings for street photography. Getting sharp photos takes time to master, but here we show you all the best camera settings you should use to shoot candid street photos, urban movement and the city at night.

    How to photograph anything: best camera settings for street photography

    Best camera settings for candid street photography

    For capturing the fleeting moments when shooting candids and street scenes, you need to be ready to shoot in a wide range of situations and conditions.

    Program mode, where the camera sets both shutter speed and aperture automatically, is a good mode to choose, but it doesn’t offer any control over these settings.

    On most DSLRs you can access Program Shift by turning the main input dial. This will give you some control over the shutter speed and aperture that the camera will use.

    So, if you are shooting a candid portrait and want to use a faster shutter speed to freeze any movement, turn the input dial to change both the shutter speed and aperture.

    The main advantage of this over Shutter Priority is that the camera won’t allow you to select a shutter speed that’s too fast to correctly expose the scene at the maximum aperture of the lens.

    How to set up your camera to shoot candid street photography

    Capture fabulous fleeting moments with these settings

    How to set up your camera to shoot candid street photography: use Program Shift

    Exposure mode   Program shift
    Select Program Exposure mode, and use the main input dial to scroll through the available shutter speed and aperture values to suit your situation.

     

    How to set up your camera to shoot candid street photography: use AI Servo

    Focus mode   Servo or Continuous
    Setting the camera to Servo or Continuous focusing mode will allow you to capture moving and static subjects effectively.

    Shutter speed   1/125sec or faster

    Aperture   f/5.6

    ISO   400

    Lens   18mm to 200mm

    Drive mode   Continuous

    White balance   Auto

    PAGE 1: Best camera settings for candid street photography
    PAGE 2: Best camera settings for street photography with movement
    PAGE 3: Best camera settings for shooting a city at night

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