India Street Photography

Top Places in India for Street Photography

Street Photography is a massive challenge and those who engage in it are addicts for lifetime. Street Photography captures fleeting moments, expressions, ironies and things we often miss in a hurry. While it can be very difficult to find subjects and get a clear shot, one out of a hundred images will surely be a classic and this rule is applicable to beginners too.

India is rich in culture and vibrant in colours. In the same breath, we can take the liberty of calling a country full of paradoxes. Here is a small list of superb Street Photography places across India.

Mumbai

Known as the financial capital of India, the streets of Mumbai are filled with characters and stories. The hot spots in the city are Marine Drive and Girgaum Chowpatty. These places are excellent for street portraits, irony pictures and silhouettes.

Delhi

Chandni Chowk is the heartbeat of Delhi. Endless rows of sweet marts, food stalls and a healthy clamour of people and vendors. These busy streets are perfect to capture expressions and people. Where there is activity, there is a picture to be made. Clicking a picture of a person hungrily biting into a piece of piping hot parathas, won’t be so hard to get right!

Varanasi

The centre of everything Hindu, Varanasi is a city of Sadhus and the sanctum of Hindu rituals. Walking on the streets, you will see awe-inspiring scenes of little boys with bald heads and pig tails reciting Sanskrit scriptures in cohesion. Images of deep devotion and servitude to a religious belief are apparent in every one at Varanasi.

Lucknow

You’ve got to see it to believe it. The Nawabi (Royal) culture of Lucknow is present in everything from food to people’s demeanour. Subtle gestures of courtesy and Nawabi style of eating a ‘pan’ are jewels that you could capture.

While you roam the streets, there are a few basic tips that you should always keep in mind for Street Photography.

Be Shoot Ready

Street photography is a challenge because you only have that one second to click a natural expression. The minute you raise your camera, click away. The subject may become aware and hideaway or pose. You’d only want to capture natural, non-posing pictures.

Be Inconspicuous

Attracting too attention is the last thing that you’d want, when doing Street Photography. Avoid the gaze and blend into the crowd. When you’ve made your click, move and keep the camera low key.

 

If, they say No. Respect it.

Many a times, people wouldn’t appreciate you clicking them. Respect their wishes. Street Photography can easily be considered as an infringement of personal space. It is important to respect privacy and it is recommended that you carry model release forms with you, if you plan to upload or publish people’s photographs.

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You should also consider exploring cities like Kolkata, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Panji, Kochi, Chennai, Shimla for street photography. These are vibrant cities and should rank high on your must visit list.

Need some technical tips on Street Photography? Click HERE.

 

Thailand

Travel Tips for Thailand by Dang H. Huynh

I am Dang H. Huynh from Ho Chi Minh city but I am currently based in Bangkok, Thailand.

One and half year ago, I left home to seek an adventure for my life across South East Asia. Now I am working for a travel company as a tour leader around India  & China. Now I am kind of living in Bangkok but I rarely spend over a month in each countries. My job required me need to travel all the time. Each of places I passed have its own feature. It’s hard to compare and say which is the best. Thailand is the country where I had lots of experience and fun the most.

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Here are my travel tips for Thailand, I recommend that you should add these to your bucket list:

1. Don’t miss a chance to try street food, it’s a good way to experience Thai cuisine.
It’s also a pocket friendly way to enjoy the local cuisine and culture.

2. Go to Khaosan road to see how the Thai’s nightlife is.

3. Check it out the red light street in Patpong, here is not only about strip club but also has night market

4. Go to Thailand, particular Chiang Mai or Bangkok in April and get absolutely soaked in Songkran festival

5. Get on the boat and cruise along the river to watch the stunning sunset

6. The best way to go around the city is using bus
The ‘Tuk-Tuk’ could make for an entertaining way to travel the city, but use it as a one of experience.

While Thailand offers great scenes for young travellers, it is also an ideal location for people seeking a cheap vacation with peace of mind. Thailand has a host of untouched islands which many local hotels that let you leave behind all your worries.

How to approach the country?

Thailand is predominantly Buddhist, so travellers should respect and obey the dos and don’ts of Thai culture.

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Long Exposure Photography Tips

Long exposure photography blends in the old school knowledge and understanding of camera mechanics along with the latest technology. This form of photography surely involves a fair amount of planning and skill. You have to experiment, chop and change values to get some surreal results. Long Exposure photography will also help you learn about your camera and its capabilities. The thumb rules of photography are all in play as you get set to capture images that have an unreal quality. The time lapse captured is amazing and you can expect some jaw dropping images! Here are some handy tips to get your shots right from the first click:

1. Use RAW format:

Use the RAW format while clicking your long exposure shot. Even at a lower ISO, you will find some noise in the image. These are easy to clean out during the processing phase. It is possible that you may find some red/green/blue pixels at ISO 100.

2. Use a Lens Shade:

Since this is going to be a long exposure, you’d want to ensure that no stray light enters the sensors. It is recommended that you cover the viewfinder with a cap for exposures longer than 60 seconds.

3. Tripod and Cable Release:

Since it is a long exposure shot, a tripod and cable release remote is absolutely essential. You wouldn’t want your camera to shake once the shutter is open.

4. Natural Conditions:

Choose the perfect conditions. Set up your equipment well before the light fades out. This will leave you with enough time to capture time-lapse of the sun setting. These will make for amazing images. It’s needless to say to that you will have to experiment with various settings and values.

5. Lengthen the Shutter Speed to get an unreal feel:

Longer shutter speeds will capture larger time frames. This will surely add a lot of blurry lights from moving cars and swaying trees. Thus enhancing the background whilst creating a more unique image.

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Using these five basic tips will surely give you a good result. You have to judge the situations and the lighting around to make the perfect picture. If you are an advanced user, you can try using Neutral Density filters for better effects and photos. Adding filters will mean certain adjustments in your light metering and focus, which is easy to do. Hope you capture some stunning long exposure images!  Happy clicking!