Street Photography in London – the ‘Decisive Moment’ by Ben Hoppen

Street Photography is a fantastic way to capture the life and culture of your city and town in the present moment. It’s a style of photography where you don’t need the rigorous training of what to shoot and how to shoot it. For me, it’s about capturing something interesting, from people rushing to get on the train or skateboarding on the street, it could be anything!

Street Photography from my travels in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Street Photography in London - photography by Ben Hoppen

The rule ‘point and shoot as you see fit’ is being used here. The image encapsulates where I was and what’s happening around me at that exact moment.

Equipment for Street Photography

Ideally a compact camera such as a Canon Powershot or a lightweight portable camera with a fixed wide lens is ideal for street photography. Even a smartphone camera can possess such qualities, especially if you take advantage of the panoramic view option you can shoot with on most smartphones. The tools you need for street photography is an eye for capturing a scene or subject that can speak volumes about its surroundings.

A key term to remember

Look for the ‘decisive moment’. A famous photographer (and one of my favourite photographers) Henri Cartier Bresson came up with this phrase that will always be synonymous with street photography forever. The ‘decisive moment’ is the opportune moment a photographer has to capture an image that can portray what’s happening in the spur of the moment and never be exactly recreated. A classic example of capturing the decisive moment, a dog is attempting to catch a ball it has been chasing, the photographer must be ready to press the shutter to photograph ‘the decisive moment’

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Here is my image of the ‘decisive moment’. The woman on the left was the subject I had to shoot in time as she was admiring the art murals on the wall.

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Street Photography is a fantastic way to capture the life and culture of your city and town in the present moment. Capturing the Decisive Moment by Ben Hoppen
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