Work the scene: Eric Kim provides 15 techniques for aspiring street photographers


posted Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 3:30 PM EST


Street photographer and educator Eric Kim has put together an excellent presentation on street photography, based on his own experiences.

His first tip for aspiring street photographers is to "work the scene." What Kim means by this is not to take just one or two photos and then leave, either because you're too shy or you feel uncomfortable, but rather stick around and maybe take upwards of 100 shots of the same scene. "Take as many photos as you can."

While talking about working the scene, Eric discusses a photo he used flash for, which brings us into his second technique, "use your flash." Inspired by Bruce Gilden, Kim doesn't rely solely on natural light when shooting street photography and he doesn't think you should either. If you like natural light, that's great, but using flash will open up new opportunities for you, both in the sort of situations you can shoot in and also stylistically.

To see the rest of his techniques and tips for capturing great street images, watch the video below.

In addition to the video above, Eric Kim maintains an excellent blog with a lot of tutorials and content for photographers and street photographers alike. The best place to start on his site is here.

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