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.
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
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.
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
Lens 18mm to 200mm
Drive mode Continuous
White balance Auto
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