Street photography. It’s scary. Let’s all be honest. Sticking a camera in stranger’s faces is scary. This post isn’t going to tell you how it won't be scary because I at least still find it scary, and probably always will, yet these might stop you from having the feeling that you are going to get punched.
Shoot from the hip/chest
When doing this, yes; especially from the chest people still notice the camera, but normally they aren’t gonna shout at you; cause as such there isn’t any evidence that you were photographing them.
You miss shots, obviously yet one does learn. One gets a feel for when to press the shutter and how to aim.
Yet, be aware you’ll always miss shots doing this. I do too.
If you stand still, when you see an interesting person heading your way you can point the camera down the street until he/she walks through the lens.
Thereby he/she won’t automatically feel captured.
Small Camera, Small lense.
I used to shoot with my Nikon D4s with a 24-70mm. Now while I am typing it, it sounds so dumb. But, I didn’t know better, nor did I own any other camera.
It is crucial to limit yourself to a small body and lens, it is nowhere near as conspicuous making yourself more invisible.
The small lens is to limit yourself. To force you to get up close and personal, and not stand from a distance; sometimes shooting at 24mm and sometimes at 70mm if they are too far away. Get up to them, and take the shot.
Now I use my Leica X (Typ 113) with the 35mm.
Brandenburg Gate, London Eye, Times Square
Start here. Start in your city, in the location with the largest number of people and cameras. Normally these are tourist landmarks. Here, you’ll blend in, being just another tourist with a handheld camera. People won’t feel offended, nor will they probably notice the fact that it’s them your photographing. It gives you ample amount of time to practice and train your eye.
Walk, just walk
Just walk, keep walking through your streets. Whether that be the 1km2 where you live, or whether it be the tourist location closest to you. Just walk, and do this as often as possible. I attempt to walk through the streets, busy ones, at least twice a week. Not to have a stroll, but to take street photography. It really challenges you, because it isn’t an inspirational place (as you know it); one has the pressure to go out and capture.