Tips for Taking Photos Outside

Why should a photographer always carry a camera with him? Not even because of every corner of it can wait for a masterpiece. And because the photo can be compared in part to sports: you will not train - you can not do anything, even if you know the theory perfectly well. In photography the same thing: little to know the theory, you need to constantly develop your artistic vision of the world. And this can be done only by photographing.

Nikon D600 - ISO 200, F2.8, 1/250 s, 50.0 mm equivalent, 3.0 MB NIKON D600 INSTALLATIONS: ISO 200, F2.8, 1/250 s, 50.0 mm equivalent, 3.0 MB
Learning to find interesting skits and stories on the street, we develop creative thinking, mindfulness. And who knows, perhaps, a masterpiece is waiting around the corner!

Nikon 10.5mm f / 2.8G ED DX Fisheye-Nikkor - ISO 100, F1.4, 1/800 sec, 50.0 mm equiv., 1.0 MB NIKON D810 / 50.0 mm f / 1.4 INSTALLATIONS: ISO 100, F1.4, 1 / 800 s, 50.0 mm eq., 1.0 MB
Street photography or street photography today - the genre is quite popular, it's filmed and lovers and professionals, it's available to everyone. You can take photos in your hometown, and on trips, on vacation. To create good street frames, you do not need to have a steep camera. The main thing is your observation. For outdoor photography, light, compact and fast cameras are often chosen. Excellent mirrorless type Nikon 1 (Nikon 1 J4, Nikon 1 V3), but larger mirrors are also good at work. What lens is suitable for such filming? Almost any. But, perhaps, the classic solution will be fixed-objective lenses with focal lengths of 35 and 50 mm in full-frame equivalent. As an example of suitable fixed-lens fixes for a full frame, we can name the new Nikon AF-S 35mm f / 1.8G ED Nikkor or well-known to photographers Nikon AF-S 50mm f / 1.8G Nikkor. Taking into account the krop factor for the APS-C cameras, 28-35 mm lenses (for example, designed specifically for the Nikon AF-S 35mm f / 1.8G DX Nikkor or) are suitable, for the Nikon system, 15-19 mm.
Camera settings for shooting outdoors
Regarding the settings of the camera, they can be as diverse as your subjects. A novice photographer can quite do shooting in the "auto" mode, a little more advanced can shoot in the "P" mode (in which the exposure settings are adjusted by the automatics, and the photographer can only adjust the photosensitivity, white balance). In a number of scenes where you need to directly control the aperture, you can use the A mode, adjusting the aperture yourself: on open apertures, the depth of field will be small, but the background will be blurred more strongly (about shooting at the open aperture, read our lesson, "The Magic World of Bokeh"). On closed diaphragms, you can get a greater depth of field. In case of motion shooting, you can switch to the S (shutter priority) mode: so that the movement in the frame does not blur, remains clear, the shutter speed should be set fairly short. The faster the movement - the shorter the shutter speed. The person going can be removed clearly and at an exposure of 1/125 s, while the runner is only at 1 / 250-1 / 500 s.
This frame is made on ultra-wide-angle fisheye-lens. Such optics can also be used when photographing on the street. In the Nikon line, there is a fisheye for full-frame devices. Nikon 16mm f / 2.8D AF Fisheye-Nikkor and specially developed fisheye for the "crooked".
This frame is made on ultra-wide-angle fisheye-lens. Such optics can also be used when photographing on the street. In the Nikon line, there is a fiche for full-frame Nikon 16mm f / 2.8D AF Fisheye-Nikkor devices and specially developed fishes for the "crop": Nikon 10.5mm f / 2.8G ED DX Fisheye-Nikkor.
NIKON D600 INSTALLATIONS: ISO 1600, F2.8, 1/80 s, 16.0 mm eq., 1.0 MB
What to photograph on the street


It would seem that everything is very simple. But when it comes to practice, a beginner photographer may become embarrassed: after all, one should not only select an interesting story from the general reality, but also concisely arrange the picture. Of course, you can shoot people, but you can start with inanimate objects. As a rule, it's easier to work with them. Interesting objects literally surround us: these are interesting elements of the city infrastructure and unusual vehicles, and details of architecture, or even a beautiful combination of textures.

Nikon 10.5mm f / 2.8G ED DX Fisheye-Nikkor - 2.0 MB
Try not to place the subject strictly in the center: this arrangement is rarely successful. Try to position the object closer to one of the corners of the frame, use the rule of thirds. And perhaps the simplest rule of layout - "take an important shot, cut off all unnecessary." Remember about it and do not include unnecessary details in the frame, emphasize the main thing!