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

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Tip 9. Candids

One of the hardest aspects of starting out in street photography is building the confidence to take pictures candidly.

Chances are, you don't want a subject to see you and get angry - or start smiling for the camera (although it's good to get a few examples of this type of shot in the bag, just to add variety to your street photography portfolio).

Shooting candids is likely to mean working at the longer end of a zoom lens's range, but remember that this may draw attention to you.

In the UK you're free to take photos of people in public places, but bear in mind the sensitivities of certain subjects and locations.

Take some example photos with you so that you can show that you have a passion for photography if you are confronted on the street.

Tip 10. Blurring people in crowds

Using a slow shutter speed to introduce motion blur into your street photos will help isolate and emphasize a stationary subject.

Try using it to show the movement of crowds around one of those silver-sprayed street performers - just remember to give them a tip!

You'll need a tripod to pull off this technique with precision, but if it's too crowded to risk setting one up then you'll have to make do - try resting the camera on your camera bag on the ground instead.

You'll need a small aperture and low ISO in order to achieve a slow shutter speed. Aim for 1/4sec to begin with, check your results and speed up or slow down the exposure as necessary.

If the lighting is too bright to achieve a slow enough shutter speed, fit a standard ND filter or polarizer.

Tip 11. Emphasize color

The urban environment can be populated with rather drab colors and flat tones. Actively look for color to give your street photos a stand-out quality. Carnivals, street parties, urban art, road signs and vehicles can all be used to add vibrancy.

Alternatively, remove color altogether and try the picture in black and white. Shoot color images in camera and do the black and white conversion later in software, adding grain and boosting the contrast for a classic old-school street photography look.

Join us next week on Lets Go Big Tunes blog page for more photography tips and tricks.

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