Photographer John Free lays out tips to “remove the tension” from street photography and capture better photos (VIDEO)


posted Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 1:47 PM EST


Street photography is a tricky business. It takes a certain amount of self-confidence to put yourself out into the public and photograph strangers. Photographer John Free is very accomplished at the art of street and documentary photography, and in the brief video below he lays out his best tips for helping people take better photos.

Free's charming, rambling rant in the video focuses on "removing the tension," and getting over the internal conflicts and stress that make it hard for you to get the shot you want. His advice applies equally well to other types of photography too, and even doubly so for practicing the craft, and getting to know your gear inside and out. Knowing exactly how your camera will work in any given situation means you'll be that much better informed to snap the perfect shot, Free explains

It's a short video, just under five minutes, and there's a fair amount of wisdom tucked away in it. But no, we have no idea why he's delivering this lecture from the driver's seat of a parked car, either.

(via Reddit)