Today we will talk about the accessories that we can consider inevitable for Street Photography.

Street Photography accessories

Street Photography accessories

Accessories in the bag

in general it is advisable to carry with you the bare minimum, then leave the bulkier accessories such as easel, flash and other objectiveses (such as a 70-200mm). So here’s what the typical equipment might consist of:

  • Backpack or shoulder strap
  • mini tripods
  • camera with garnet
  • second battery
  • documents and business cards
  • Lenses cleaning cloth (better if I’m a paper-cleaner)
  • Memory card (or more than one)
  • Notebook and pen
  • Earphones

Straps and straps

Many photographers who do Street Photography prefer to use the wristband because it allows you to keep the camera hidden more or less to the lude of the hips. Look for a sturdy and safe strap that doesn’t slip out of your hand. Nylon cord models are very durable and tighten around the wrist if the machine gets out of hand.

Other photographers instead choose the shoulder strap because it allows you to hold the camera in the middle of the torso, and therefore closer to the eyes. If you are among them, we advise you not to use the strap supplied with the camera because it will probably bear a flamboyant brand that will immediately identify you as photographers. In any case, practice using straps or straps to make the camera an extension of your hand.

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Flash

in most cases, the use of flash is not necessary in street photograpahy, unless you want to imitate Bruce Gilden and point the machine directly at the subjects’ faces. Although the flash can convey a sense of urgency and make the image more vibrant and raw, it often takes honesty and authority away from the scene, as well as adding an unseathable element of distraction.

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tripod

Our three-legged friend is perfect for photographing landscapes and architectural works but, in most cases, it is an obstacle in street photography. The only exception is when shooting in very poor light conditions, usually urban landscapes, with longer exposures about 1/10s. for these situations it is useful to have in the bag a very small and light tripod, perhaps of those with flexible legs that can be wrapped around a fixed support, for example a railing. (obviously attentive to the total weight of the tooling)

Bags

Your bag will have to be small, comfortable and unusual: it doesn’t have to look like a camera bag. Since you will only carry the necessary tooling, a crossbody bag or a very small backpack is for you. With a small bag you will not be able to give in to the temptation to bring more than necessary, but, if you are still undecided whether or not to use something, do not bring it!.

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