Saturday, January 7, 2012

Street Photography Tips For Your Canon Rebel T3i

Street photography is one means to make use of your Canon Rebel T3i camera as a creative tool. But the camera is just half of the formula. You will also need a decent Canon Rebel lens for shooting portraits. That's where one of Canon's 50mm lens designs will qualify. There are three possibilities, those being the f/1.8, the f/1.4, and the f/1.2.
Street Photography Portrait #021
This was taken with a Canon 50mm lens on a 5D. Click the photo to see more.

Your choice as to which of these lenses you use is not as crucial as it might seem, considering the big difference in price. The f/1.8 is the cheapest bargain at about $100. After that the prices go up to about $350 for the f/1.4 and over $1000 for the f/1.2. Granted, the quality of build is undoubtedly different, but the image quality can be very close with all three.

But, in addition to the lens and camera, there's one more obstacle. If you are not comfortable talking with strangers, this could be a struggle for you to approach someone you don't know to ask for permission to make their picture. However, when you have tried it and succeeded more than once, it will become less difficult. This is particularly true once you see the amazing results. Street portraits are much more exciting than your common family portrait. That is, unless your cousin Jeremy or Auntie Claire is a colorful character and just as fascinating as some of the people you will meet at down-town locations and malls.

There are 5 camera tips which you might utilize to help you to be able to get those amazing shots after you get past the problem of shyness.
  1. Never ever head out without having the digital camera. All of us do it, but it is a better plan to keep on telling yourself that you shouldn't ever leave the house without it. After a couple of weeks of bringing the camera every time you depart office or home, and it is going to grow to be second nature. Absolutely nothing (well, practically nothing) more frustrating than coming upon a fantastic photo op out on the street when you don't have the picture taking tools in hand. And this doesn't imply that you have to carry the whole camera bag along with you. You simply need your Rebel and dependable Canon Rebel lens.
  2. You want to keep Canon 50mm lens on the dslr camera. You will find a couple of advantages of making use of this lens in lieu of one of the different choices. First, the 50mm is a nearly ideal portrait lens because of the high quality and huge aperture. And next, it's smaller and lightweight. It will not wear you out carrying it for a couple of hours. Furthermore, some folks can be put off by a large, showy piece of glass.
  3. Avoid the use of your flash. You will get natural shots with no flash, and on the street, this is also true. You can use the large aperture of the 50mm lens to obtain a good fast shutter speed, and if the brightness is very low, just boost the ISO of the Canon Rebel to speed up the shutter.
  4. Be ready before you decide to ask permission. Make sure all your camera configurations are accurate prior to approaching your prospect. It could actually ruin your possibilities if you have to stop and set fool with your camera as the subject is waiting for you.
  5. Have your model release forms ready. If you're going to display your photos in a public location, you need to obtain a release from the subject. The good news is that there is now an app for the iPad and the iPhone just for this. It is possible to go paperless!
That's it. You, too, could be a street photographer. Just go and shoot!

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