Some of you have asked what settings I use for street photography. First, let’s make sure you have everything you will need, camera, and the two most important accessories: extra batteries and extra memory cards.
more after the break
In the opening shot I noticed this guy from far away and moved towards him, against pedestrian traffic, as close as I could get, shooting and talking to another Dean&Deluca employee as he was cracking jokes about his co-worker. A fast memory card is essential, especially when shooting raw.
I really like the shot below, because, as I spotted the lady she spotted me, nailed it, this is a good example of “sometimes you only get one shot”, and then the lady turned away.
Nothing is more frustrating when suddenly, in the middle of a photogenic street scenario, the red empty battery symbol starts blinking and you didn’t bring spares. The same goes for memory cards. Because, when you are “in the zone” you start seeing images left and right and all you do is shoot, shoot, shoot. Capturing, or subtracting moments from the flow of life is the essence and beauty of street photography. Un-manipulated, raw, and authentic. Things you couldn’t come up with when staging a shot and if you would, it wouldn’t look authentic .
Since I received my X100s I haven’t touched anything else. I know the camera pretty well by now, shooting everything except jobs with it.
Here are my settings for street shooting:
Auto ISO: 200-6400
Min. Shutter speed limit: 1/125
S or C drive mode: most of the time I am in s mode, c-mode (3fps) if the situation calls for it.
While in AF-C mode (on FW1.00, always awake/never sleep doesn’t work, keep half pressing the shutter from time to time, especially when you spot a potential shot, make sure the camera is not asleep)
Shutter priority at 1/250 or higher in regular light
Optical Hybrid finder vs EVF:
depending on the scene, if it is a context or overview shot, OHVF works, however, I found the EVF preferable for precise positioning of the af point since there is no time to reframe/refocus.
Develop a solid grip on your camera, experiment, strap around the neck or wrist strap. Learn to change +- dial with out looking at your camera, the same goes for shutter speed, keep your eyes on the street. Shoot a lot, that’s it!
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