Here's a tip that popped in my mind when I was lying down on my “couch”
(It's in brackets because said “couch” is as soft as a rock, that's life in Vietnam for ya!)
Here it is: The worse number in street photography is 1
And a better number is 3
That's it. Very powerful stuff, no?
What? I need to do some explainin'?
Ok, you win. Here's what I mean.
The worse number is 1 because it is a recipe for boring images is 1.
How so? Well there is:
Images that are all about 1 thing (A person in the streets, a cat, a bicycle)
Images that only have 1 layer (Makes for flat images)
Images that only have 1 dimension (nothing more to the image than what you can see)
I'm not saying not to focus on one subject or anything, but if there's only 1 thing
going on in the frame…there's probably not much going on.
Better number? It's 3
It's a weird thing but street photography resolves around the number 3
How so? Well for starters for a successful image you need 3 ingredients:
For interesting compositions you usually need 3 layers: A foreground, mid-ground and background
One of the most powerful shapes in photography is a triangle…3 sides….
So to make wildly interesting images, have the better number in mind…3
And speaking of threes…
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Be yourself, stay focused and keep on shooting. 1, 2, wait..that's 3 again!