Street photography has many facets.
For example: The candid photography (which is recognized by old style street photographers as the only true street photography). The point of this kind of photography is to take pictures of people and their natural behavior in the urban environment. Many times from a short distance, because telephoto lenses are frowned upon. This is an insurmountable barrier for many who want to start with street photography, so they practice other styles of street photography.
Here are some good articles to learn more about the different styles of street photography.
Personally, I like every style of street photography, but I always try to incorporate people or animals in some form or other in my pictures to make it lively. I’m always looking for new challenges and like to experiment, because I get bored very fast, like it’s the case with the situation this blog post is about.
A couple of days ago I drove with my car from Baden (the city where I live) to Graz (my birthplace) to visit my family. Even before the 170 km long drive I already knew that I will take pictures while driving and so I prepared my photo equipment carefully.
Street photography tip – What you need to take pictures without any risks during a car ride
Everybody who knows me is aware that I’m a so-called iPhoneographer. My device is the iPhone 6s, which has a great integrated 12 megapixel camera and is enhanced with all kinds of camera apps, which live up to all photography standards. At least that’s the case for street photography or iPhoneography.
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone- or smartphone mount for the windshield
- Bluetooth remote/delayed-action shutter release
Street photography tip – This is how you prepare to take pictures out of a driving car
Make sure that the battery of your Bluetooth remote is charged. Take a reserve battery with you, if you’re not sure how long the battery will last.
Fully charge the battery of your iPhone or smartphone before you embark on the photo tour. Nothing is more depressing than an empty battery during a photo shooting. If it still happens that the battery is empty than it’s helpful to have a power bank or at least a car cigar jack adapter. So always take your recharger cable with you, to be able to connect your iPhone with the power bank or the car cigar jack, if necessary.
Last but not least you should of course have enough free space on your iDevice.
Now it’s time for the practical part of the street photography experiment.
Install your smartphone mount in the center of the windshield and attach your iPhone. Make sure that the socket of the mount is not in the shot. The following picture shows you how to avoid that.
Calibrate the device (the mount) in such a way that the pictures you take are somewhat straight. You can readjust a little bit when you post process the images with your various apps like Snapeseed, Hipstamatic or SKRWT.
Apropos don’t forget to connect the Bluetooth remote with your iPhone!
Turn the remote on, check if both devices are connected with each other and if that’s the case then you can start.
Street photography tip – You should absolutely consider the following when you take pictures out of a driving car!
You should primarily pay attention to the road traffic! Safety first! What’s the use of a good picture if you’re driving into a roadside ditch or worse if you endanger or hurt someone else?
The lens of your iPhone has a different vision than your eye. Something that appears to be near you is still faraway for your iPhone camera, so you should be near your subject before you press the shutter release. Careful, this is dangerous at high speeds!
Now here some pictures of my street photography experiment – Out of a driving car.
Hope you liked my Street Photography Experiment. Leave a comment and let me know.