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  • Writer's pictureIan Miller

Let's get on the street with a camera

Let's get on the street with a camera, but which camera? There are so many options out there, each with its own pros and cons. How do we choose the best one for our needs? Well, that depends on what kind of street photography we want to do. Do we want to capture candid moments of people and their expressions? Do we want to create dramatic compositions with light and shadows? Do we want to document the urban landscape and its details? Whatever our style, we need a fast, reliable, and discreet camera. Here are some factors to consider when picking a street camera:

- Size and weight: A smaller and lighter camera is easier to carry around and less noticeable to others. It also allows us to shoot with one hand and be more flexible in our movements. A larger and heavier camera may offer better image quality and more features, but it can also attract unwanted attention and make us look like tourists.

- Lens: A fixed or prime lens is usually preferred for street photography, as it forces us to get closer to our subjects and be more creative with our framing. It also has a wider aperture, which means more light and faster shutter speeds. A zoom lens may give us more versatility and range, but it can also make us lazy and compromise image quality.

- Autofocus: A fast and accurate autofocus system is essential for street photography, as we often have to react quickly to changing situations and capture fleeting moments. We didn't want to miss a shot because our camera was hunting for focus or focused on the wrong thing. A manual focus option is also helpful for situations where we want more control or where the autofocus may struggle, such as in low light or with complex scenes.

- Image quality: A high-resolution sensor and a good dynamic range are important for street photography, as they allow us to capture more details and colours in different lighting conditions. We also want a camera that performs well at high ISOs, as we may have to shoot in dim or dark environments. Good image quality also gives us more room for post-processing and cropping.

- Features: Some features that can enhance our street photography experience are a tilting or articulating screen, which lets us shoot from different angles and perspectives; a silent or quiet shutter, which makes us less intrusive and more stealthy; a viewfinder, which helps us compose our shots and block out distractions; and a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection, which lets us transfer our images to our phone or tablet for editing or sharing.

These are some of the main factors to consider when choosing a street camera, but ultimately, the best one suits our personal preferences and style. The most important thing is to have fun and enjoy the process of capturing the beauty and diversity of life on the street!

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