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Top 5 street photography tips to try!

(Image credit: Iryna Demydenko)

Image: Iryna Demydenko

There are so many ways to approach the street genre! From shooting strangers passing by, to documenting an important event. So what do you need to look  for when shooting on the go? In this blog we reveal a few tips and tricks you can use to improve your technique.    

Here are five pictures from the Street seen category of Digital Camera magazine's 2019 Young Photographer of the Year and Photographer of the Year competitions that we have received so far. 

Make sure you enter your shots now to be in with a chance of winning your share of £30,000 worth of amazing prizes!

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1. Look from above 

Image: Debarshi Mukherjee 

Image: Debarshi Mukherjee  (Image credit: Debarshi Mukherjee)

Take a different approach to your subject and get up high. A bird's eye view creates a more dynamic composition and reveals the bigger picture to what's happening below. From this viewpoint watch patterns emerge, and people turn to ant like creatures the higher you get!    

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2. Think about background 

Image: Simon Hadleigh-Sparks

Image: Simon Hadleigh-Sparks (Image credit: Simon Hadleigh-Sparks)

This image by Simon Hadleigh-Sparks highlights this key point excellently! Simon has found a great scene and simply waited for the subject to walk into the frame so he can connect the two elements together. The man in the 21st century looking closely at his phone contrasts nicely against the Renaissance figure heads in the background creating a quirky result.   

 3. Shoot through the action 

Image: Iryna Demydenko

Image: Iryna Demydenko (Image credit: Iryna Demydenko)

This image by Iryna Demydenko sparks many interesting questions making you question the image. What are the old ladies watching burn? Where are they? Why are they there? By creating a story and intrigue in your composition your image will engage more with the audience leaving them wanting more!   

 4. Light it right 

Image: Chee Keong Lim

Image: Chee Keong Lim (Image credit: Chee Keong Lim)

Despite there being so many elements beyond your control in street photography, waiting for the light right or just catching it at the optimum moment makes that difference between a keeper and a deleter! Take at Chee Keong Lim's image for example, the rays of sunlight streaming through the tree in the background pick up the kicked up dust adding loads of atmosphere.     

 5. Play with shadows     

Image: Willem Kuijpers

Image: Willem Kuijpers (Image credit: Willem Kuijpers)

Shadows and street go hand in hand like fish and chips! Look for long casting shadows, silhouetted figures of interest, or quirky shadow shapes to play with. When thinking about your exposure then make sure you expose for the scene and keep your shadows dark and striking. 

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About the prizes

Digital Camera Photographer of the Year is back for 2019, with an amazing prize fund worth £30,000 up for grabs! This year the awards are free to enter, thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, and Affinity Photo.

The expert judge's chosen winner of the Urban Landscape contest will receive a Rohan jacket worth £249. The winner of the crowd vote will receive a year-long subscription to Digital Camera magazine.

The winners will be featured in Digital Camera magazine and on Digital Camera World, as well as sister magazines including N-Photo and PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine, and they will receive additional exposure through Digital Camera’s social media. There will be an exhibition at The Photography Show in March 2019, and winners will be invited to attend a special gala reception.

The overall winner of Digital Camera Photographer of the Year 2019 will win an MPB voucher worth £2,500 GBP, a £2,000 Rohan shopping experience, a Sony A7 III + 28-70mm lens, a Rotolight NEO 2 kit and a CEWE print.  

The expert judge's chosen winner of the Urban Landscape  - 25 & Under contest will win £100 cash and Affinity Photo + Affinity Photo Workbook. The winner of the crowd vote will receive Affinity Photo and a year-long subscription to Digital Camera magazine. The top ten of the crowd vote will each receive Affinity Photo.

The overall winner of Young Digital Camera Photographer of the Year 2019 will win £3,000 cash, Affinity Photo, an iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, a Sony RX10 IV, a Rotolight NEO 2 kit and a CEWE print. 

It could be you! Find out more about the competition here