How to get started in street photography

How to get started in street photography with a simple setup, explains Sebastian Oakley
(Image credit: Future)

I have been taking photographs for as long as I can remember. My mother and grandparents were photojournalists and made me want to pick up a camera at a very early age, which really nurtured my curiosity about photography. My first memory of photography was sitting with my grandparents – both of them showing me their photos and explaining why they took them in the way they did. I didn’t know it at the time, but they were teaching me the importance of composition and emotion within an image.

My interest became a hobby, and that hobby then became a job working for newspapers, first with film and then on digital. Fast forward to today and one successful career shooting international equestrianism later, I was longing for a new venture that would rekindle my photographic passions. Street photography seemed like a good contrast; if I was successful, then it could get me known for my style rather than just being the guy who photographed horses at the Olympics.

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Sebastian Oakley
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For nearly two decades Sebastian's work has been published internationally. Originally specializing in Equestrianism, his visuals have been used by the leading names in the equestrian industry such as The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), The Jockey Club, Horse & Hound, and many more for various advertising campaigns, books, and pre/post-event highlights.

He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, holds a Foundation Degree in Equitation Science, and is a Master of Arts in Publishing.  He is a member of Nikon NPS and has been a Nikon user since the film days using a Nikon F5 and saw the digital transition with Nikon's D series cameras and is still to this day the youngest member to be elected into BEWA, The British Equestrian Writers' Association. 

He is familiar with and shows great interest in street, medium, and large format photography with products by Leica, Phase One, Hasselblad, Alpa, and Sinar. Sebastian has also used many cinema cameras from the likes of Sony, RED, ARRI, and everything in between. He now spends his spare time using his trusted Leica M-E or Leica M2 shooting Street photography or general life as he sees it, usually in Black and White.