(Photos StyleBistro) From learning to pose to getting tips on how to capture that perfect shot, Amy Creyer shared with us some of her best street style photography skills.Don't let the world of street style photography elude you, it's easier than you think. I caught up with the creator of the Chicago Street Style blog and one of T.J. Maxx's Style Scouts, Amy Creyer, to get some insider tips on how to take the perfect street style shot.
Amy Creyer's Street Style Photography Tips:
1) Amy follows a basic photography rule and shoots during the "golden hour." This is the time either during sunrise or sunset and is perfect for capturing a well light, beautiful photo!
2) Photograph something that catches your eye. "The key is fashion, fashion, fashion!" she says. Whether it's a pop of on-trend cobalt blue, funky shoes, or a cool mixed media top, Amy says to look for the little details of an outfit.
(Photo StyleBistro) Amy Cryer shows us how to capture the detailing of these gold loafers.3) Amy suggests using a low aperture (the A or Av setting on your camera) to create depth. This gives that cool fuzzy background many street photographers like. Another helpful hint to getting this look is to position your subject away from a wall. A flat background is boring and limits the visual interest.
4) Make 'em smile! Amy says too often street photographers at fashion week have to throw out a good picture of a subject simply because they weren't smiling. Get your model to smile, to let their personality shine.
5) It's in the details. Amy likes to pick out the little details and qualities that bring a subject's style to life! Look for cool stitching on a purse, funky rings, or piping on a jacket.
(Photo StyleBistro) Try capturing cool details like fun nail polish or playful rings.6) Go to where the fashionistas are. Amy says some of the best places to find the most fashionable subjects are vintage shops, art galleries, and even T.J.Maxx. Who knew?
7) It's your job as the photographer to make sure your subject looks their best. So be sure to fix those flyaways, hide chipped nails, and tuck those tags away! You want your model to look their best.
8) When photographing, use the rule of thirds. This means when taking a picture, imagine your viewing field as divided into nine equal parts by two equally-spaced horizontal lines and two equally-spaced vertical lines. Your most important compositional elements should be placed at those intersections.
9) Lastly, have fun! Make sure both you and your subject are having a good time during the shoot. Make them laugh, tell a joke, complement them, and just have fun!
(Photo courtesy of Amy Cryer's Instagram) Amy teaching me how to pose properly!Use these simple tips and tricks, and you'll be shooting street style shots like the pros in no time.