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Today on #ThursdaySnapShots we bring you more general photography tips for everyday use on Lets Go Big Tunes blog page

Tip 5. Shooting from the hip

Try taking street photos without looking through the viewfinder. Select your camera's Program mode, set the drive mode to Silent if your camera offers this feature, and manually pre-focus the lens at around five or six feet.

Go for a walk on a busy street with the camera on a strap over your shoulder, and press the shutter release in short bursts.

Review your shots regularly on the rear screen, as even small adjustments to focal length and the position of the camera can make a significant difference to the success of this technique.

Tip 6. Follow an interesting subject

Once you spot a subject with potential, follow them. We're not talking about harrassing individuals, chasing the around the streets.

But if someone with memorable hair, unusual clothes or interesting looking dog crosses your path, make the most of the opportunity.

This approach will work best in areas that you know well. If you keep your street photography local, and have built up a mental map of prime locations, you'll be able to put yourself in a position where subject and background come together.

Tip 7. Use juxtaposition

Look for ways in which you can capture unreal or witty street photos, without slipping into photographic cliches. An old woman walking past a poster advertising underwear is a predictable choice that doesn't say very much.

But finding a composition where the billboard advertising is 'interacting' with a person - a giant hand appearing to push her along - is a different case altogether.

People in front of shop windows that provide a visual 'joke' make for good juxtaposition pictures (a bald man in front of hairdressers is a cliche, but you get the idea). Juxtaposition and forced perspective can also work hand in hand…

Tip 8. Using forced perspective

Force yourself to finding a camera angle that enables you to bring two unrelated and often quite distant objects into the same world.

Think of a fountain in the background appearing to spring from a bottle in the foreground, or someone 'leaning' against an iconic landmark, such as Big Ben.

On a smaller scale, balloons being carried at head height (particularly effective if the balloon has a face painted on it) or dogs appearing to drive cars are classic examples of forced perspective.

You'll need the objects to be in similar light to create a convincing effect, and use a fairly small aperture to extend the depth of field through the scene.

Join us next week Thursday for more photography tips on Lets Go Big Tunes blog page

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