Earlier this year I took a trip to South Korea to visit some of my family and I was able to wonder the streets with a camera. Street Photography in South Korea is nothing like what it is in the states. Every little thing is different to me and it makes me want to look down all the little side streets.
So I took off with a Nikon D7000 and a Nikon 35mm and went looking for something interesting. First thing is first, When you are out doing Street Photography, you don’t have time to make sure you have the right settings for the environment. I set up my Nikon D7000 in Aperture mode, then I set the ISO to Auto. I limit the ISO to a max of 3200 so I could go from shadows of a dark side street to a bright over head sun on the main road. I set a minimum shutter speed of 1/200 of second. This will let me capture a quick moment in time with out letting every one know that am there taking photos of them.
Street Photography is something I recommend to anyone that has a few hours to spare and willing to go out and see South Korea from the streets. My goal when am out doing Street Photography is to capture the person’s feeling. Sadness, pain, joy, or just plain surprise, the reaction that makes you stop and think about what they were feeling at that moment.
So the next time you want to do some Street Photography, think about what you want to capture. Set your camera up so you don’t have to think about the settings and go out and have fun. When doing your people watching, think about what people are going to do next, anticipate their next move, and capture the moment that no one sees.