In today’s article, we are going to be covering a number of Sony a6300 street photography tips that will enable you to quickly and easily up your game as quickly as possible. Although some of these tips may seem obvious, we have noticed that they are often overlooked resulting in a direct effect on your street photography ability.
Invest In A Suitable Lens
Without a doubt, the main thing that we see that is holding people back with their street photography is their lens. When it comes to the Sony a6300 we would recommend that you seriously consider picking up the Sony SEL50F18 50mm F1.8 OSS (Click here to check for product prices and availability). It is a hugely popular lens due to its excellent quality and performance that has grown a dedicated core user base over the years, additionally, there are also a number of people who use it as their go-to street photography lens and report good things.
The aperture of the lens is fast enough to allow you to take advantage of fast-moving objects commonly found in urban environments that you can sometimes use to your advantage in your photographs like trams and trains. Additionally, it also offers some great low light performance to allow you to keep snapping in poor light and variable light conditions without issue.
The image quality offered by the Sony SEL50F18 50mm F1.8 OSS really is excellent and as it also offers some excellent portrait photography performance. You can use this to your advantage to capture some street/portrait photography hybrids with minimal effort.
As it is a prime lens there is no need to worry about zooming, simply aim, tweak your focus and capture. The manual focus ring on the lens offers a smooth turn while also having a nice level of resistance to allow you to tweak your focus without accidentally overturning.
Experiment With A Monopod
Although most street photographers will usually hold their camera in their hands and use more of a run and gun style of photography, we would still recommend that you invest in a small budget friendly monopod (Click here to check for product prices and availability). Rather than use the monopod to add some stability to your camera, they are more often used to life your a6300 in the air to get some unique angles and views of the streets offering unique photographs of commonly snapped locations.
A good monopod will be small, light, and easy to use meaning you won’t even notice that you are carrying it but when you need it you will be able to mount your a6300 on it within seconds. Some people choose to go one step further and pick up an actual tripod if you choose to go with a tripod then our article on what we feel are the best tripods for Sony a6300 cameras may help you pick one out.
Upgrade Your Reading Material
Rather than picking up the paperback version of the book, consider getting the Kindle version. Not only is it cheaper but you can also download the free Kindle app to your smartphone and carry the book with you anywhere you go to quickly reference it when out and about snapping photographs.
Experiment With A Selfie Stick
Although they provide a very similar functionality to using a monopod as explained above, picking up a cheap selfie stick that can support the weight of your A6300 and lens of choice (Click here to check for product prices and availability) can be used to take selfies. Not we don’t exactly mean your standard selfie of you in a popular tourist spot but say you find something unique that you want to capture and you want to put a model in the photo but no one is willing to help.
Simply mount your camera on your selfie stick, position yourself in the frame as you want and then capture the photograph using yourself as the model while also capturing the urban scenery as required. Our article on what we consider to be the best selfie stick for the Sony a6300 goes into more detail about the selfie stick we recommend for your a6300 as a standard selfie stick may struggle with its weight.
Get Your Hands On Some Spare Batteries
This can allow you to stay out perfecting your street photography skills with your a6300 all day without needing to go home when you run out of juice. It is said that to become a master at something, you should do it for 10,000 hours in total, this is the first step in upping your hours when out with your camera.
Take Steps To Prevent Your a6300 Overheating
The Sony alpha range has been known to have a number of issues with the cameras overheating and the a6300 is no different. If you are a fan of the run and gun style of street photography then your camera can quickly heat up, especially if you are planning on recording some high definition video too.
Our article on preventing your Sony a63000 from overheating can fully prevent or massively reduce the chances of your camera suffering from an overheating issue and locking you out while it cools down.
Take Tips From The Professionals
Second, to getting out and about with your camera and actually practicing, we feel the next best way to improve your skills is to take lessons from professional street photographers. Although many charge high amounts for lessons, the video below is totally free, relatively short, and offers some decent tips and tricks that you may find helpful.
Although it is based on street photography in general rather than specifically using your Sony a6300, we would still recommend that our readers watch it.
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Giuseppe Milo – Urban sunset – https://flic.kr/p/nHRcRt