Street Photography Quick Tip (5)

Lost Feet
Lost Feet | Tanzania | 2016
Street Photography Quick Tip 5 – Composition – the hidden subject

In time for some Sunday shooting here is the fifth edition of my Street Photography Quick Tips. Some short, easy to read and easy to use tips that I think could help you while shooting in the streets. Today’s post is a first tip on composition – placing a hidden subject in your photo that catches the eye only on the second pass of the image, thus adding additional interest to the image.

Here, the smiling African boy holding the saw and waving his hand at me is the clear primary subject. But as you take in this friendly African Street Scene you notice the two naked feet sticking out from under the van. Now what happened here? Was another person just run over by the vehicle? Is some guy taking a nap in the shade of the van? Are these just the feet of a mechanic who is working on the van parked in front of a repair shop?

Adding an additional layer with an additional, hidden subject adds interest to your composition.

This photo was taken with my OM-D E-M1 with the mZuiko 14-150mm F4.0-5.6 Travel Zoom with 1/160 sec @ f/5.6 and ISO 250. Focal length was 90mm (equivalent to 180mm full frame with the m4/3 crop factor of 2).

Take your cam, hit the streets and find your own composition with a hidden subject. And have fun!


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  1. I think of something like that as the x-factor – that little something extra that makes a photo go from good to great. Thanks for sharing these tips!

  2. Great shot! And good advice.

    I’m guessing this is a typo: “mZuiko 14-1500mm F4.0-5.6 Travel Zoom”

    Either that or wow!!!

  3. Weirdly what I noticed about this image was the reflective surface of the wing mirror of the vehicle and what looks like people outside of the frame, makes me think “who are they?”.

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