Techniques to take stunning street shots
Silhouette Street Photo by Jabbar Jamil

Techniques to take stunning street shots

The decisive moment

You can catch “the decisive moment” by the position of a person in the frame, in their facial expression, in their hand gesture, or their action or movement. It is a moment that happens in the fraction of a second and disappears.

The decisive moment” was a phrase coined by Henri Cartier-Bresson

Photo: Decisive Moment by Jabbar Jamil


Play with silhouettes and shadows

Shadows and silhouettes are classic elements in street photography. They’re mysterious and interesting, yet familiar and commonplace. You can find good silhouettes and shadows everywhere in a city.

As a bonus, they help disguise the identities of the people you’re photographing, so they can remain anonymous

Photo: Flying Kite Silhouette by Jabbar Jamil


Use your eyes

To find a great moment, you actually have to see it with your eyes before you go to take a shot, so embrace this. Focus your energy on looking around and try to be as aware of your surroundings as possible.

Use this simple tip when camera isn’t there but moment is


Street Portrait

A street portrait requires you to interact with your subject. Interacting with a stranger may strike fear into those just starting. However, it’s a great way to meet interesting people and make new friends.

Its a great way to start Street Photography and practice it with people in your hometown.

Jabbar Jamil

Jabbar Jamil is a photographer who has studied B.F.A in Photojournalism, yet his photographic focus is on street photography. Capturing fleeting moments that would normally go unnoticed. Jabbar wants to bring attention to the forgotten ignored areas around him.

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