I've read a number of "Street Photography For Beginners" articles recently , they appear to promote little more than a generic idea of SP , a bit of history, think like an alien , the best camera, black & white or colour, book a workshop ? , bla, bla, bla !
Is it any surprise that Street Photography in the UK is losing its appeal and integrity as new togs are feeling confused & frustrated , "British Street" is becoming formulaic , predictable and detached from the everyday lives that it allegedly represents. British Street Photography is becoming heavily influenced by the New York Street aesthetic , the way newcomers discover SP and engage with the medium in the early days is producing togs that work hard to emulate US visual values rather than innovate a British way of seeing, Individuality based on a authentic original approach is becoming hard to find. You could end up producing work like the self appointed experts if your not careful , don't allow others to corrupt your potential, unique ideas and social vision, you do not need to know the rules , as none exist. !
How difficult can street photography be ? Very simple if you don't get bogged down by unnecessary technique and SP propaganda !
My Very Quick Free Guide to Starting Street Photography In The UK .
1. Shoot your life and the subjects that interest you , shoot what you like and what you dislike , shoot with honesty and integrity.
2 Try to avoid engaging with the work of others initially , just find your own way , take some pictures , make some more and make even more. Edit, Edit and learn .
3. Try to create images that communicate life in 21st century Britain, don't be distracted by the superficial stylized efforts that pass for SP in the minds of those who have nothing to say and want to create "pretty" pictures, traditional aesthetics & pictorial values should be exchanged for a more irreverent, personal, alternative view !. , The World Is Not Beautiful - But its there ! (John Myers ) .
4. Be influenced by the books you read and the music you enjoy, don't be influenced by the Street Photography websites & social media , including mine , value your independence and photographic ignorance, your lack of experience is a opportunity to do it your way , be curious and become the photographer you want to be, slowly ,... slowly ,.. one shot at a time .
One successful special capture each month is a attainable realistic target, if you invest enough time into Street Photography.
Enjoy the journey !