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Street Photography "Themes"
by John Verner
Street Photography “Themes” by John Verner
Themes – aspects of a photograph that makes the image stronger, more cohesive, and compelling. A central idea, concept, or theme.
Color Your World – look for a dominant color to create a main theme for your photo
Frame Your Subject – frame your subject to make a compelling composition; frames create a focal point in your image
Do You Have a Sense of Humor? – look for funny and unexpected moments, look for unexpected situations
What’s Your Perspective? - shoot from high and above, go low; find an interesting angle to photograph, move around
Up Close and Personal – get up close to your subject to capture their personality; talk to the person, get to know them, have fun
The Big Picture – step back to get a large overview of the area or scene, go wide
Patterns, Design, Composition – look for interesting patterns to create your composition, lines, shapes, color, spaces
Silhouettes and Shadows – work with hard light to create dramatic lighting effects (‘chiaroscuro’ means light against dark)
Go Minimal – Find simplicity, create space; eliminate distracting and busy elements, open up your composition
Night Time is the Right Time – try shooting night scenes (best to use a tripod, adjust your ISO to support your shutter speed and aperture)
Far and Wide – expand your horizon beyond city shots; go to rural areas, photograph old houses, factories, interesting buildings, signs
Touchy, Feely – look for scenes that create an emotion or mood, laughter, affection, excitement, surprise, human connection
Post – get creative when editing your images; try black and white in addition to color, experiment with color grading, work with different tints and tones, add a vignette, etc.
Of course, there are many other ideas you can use to make your photos unique and original. Also, try combining different themes. And don’t forget to look at other street photographers to get inspiration. Instagram is a great place to look.
Instagram - @clear_lotus