Recently a dear friend Matti Sulanto made a visit to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and I had the privilege to make a guest appearance in one of his YouTube videos about street photography. He asked if I could share 5 tips on street photography, I immediately jumped and said yes! I can talk about street photography for hours and hours long and you may probably have to stop me. We did a short walk around the central city area of Kuala Lumpur, stopping from time to time to film the contents for his video. I thought the video came out quite well! One of my first few efforts to collaborate with another photographer on a video. As you all know, I am still terribly new to YouTube, so this is quite exciting for me! In case you do not know who Matti is, do check out his YouTube channel, he is an amazingly talented photographer from Finland and is now an active Lumix Ambassador. So there you go, a video with an Olympus Visionary and a Lumix Ambassador together, not discussing gear, but sharing photography tips and heaps of photographs! How about that?
Here are the 5 + 5 tips from me and Matti in no particular order. If you want the full description, and also lots of sample street photos, please watch the video! This is Matti’s video, so it would be wrong for me to summarize everything in detail here.
1. Use simple gear 2. One camera one lens setup 3. Know your camera 4. Slow down your shutter speed for creative effect 5. Be alert and observe your surroundings 6. It is OK to miss shots, you cannot capture everything 7. Shoot first think later 8. Do not obsess over technical perfection 9. Street photography is not just about shooting people, it can be about other things too 10. Remember to have fun doing street shooting!
I had so much fun making the video, and I hope you guys have enjoyed watching it too. I am a fan of Matti too, and any photographer who willingly shares their knowledge and experience openly.