Street Photography Quick Tip (13)

Studies 1/60 f/1.8 ISO 640 PEN-F 25mm
Studies | Berlin | 2017

Street Photography Quick Tip 13 – Shoot in a Coffee Shop

My Street Photography Quick Tips are short, easy to read and easy to use tips that I think could help you while shooting in the streets. Today’s post is for those of you who dread hitting the streets in this awful wet and dull November weather. Take your camera into a coffee shop near your, sit down, enjoy a strong Espresso, observe the other guests and take some candid portraits of scenes that will catch your eye. People in coffee shops tend to be really relaxed, engaged in talks with others, reading papers or books, staring obsessed into their mobile devices or simply use the free wi-fi to blog or do their studies. And believe me, they will not notice you.

The photography above I took last weekend (during my Street Photography workshop with Eric Kim) at the Bonanza Café (Oderberger Str 35) in Berlin with my Olympus PEN-F and the mZuiko 25mm F/1.8 prime lens, image specs are 1/60 sec @ f/1.8 and ISO 640. Raw processing and monochrome conversion in Lightroom Classic CC.

For a few more coffee shop shots continue after the jump…Bar Work


Taking a break


Bar Work-4

So if you want to avoid the rain outside and still shoot Street Photography, had into your nearest coffee shop and try your self at some candid portraits.  You are welcome to post links to your photos in the comment section.

For more of my tips and inspirations around photography head over to my free Learning Center!

Have a great Wednesday!


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Street Photography Quick Tip 8 – Capturing Gesture

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  1. Your tips are really useful and inspiring. I tried my hand on this for the first time and was afraid of people reaction so the shots did not turn out that candid. But will keep practicing.

  2. Marcus, this is a great idea! I love these moments and I love how you edited these photographs in black and white. Each photograph is so emotional!

  3. I find myself wondering about the differences within images created with the f-stops set at 1.8 and 7.1 or higher. Will explore…🙂

    1. It is not all that difficult, Brenda. I focused on the studying girl at the far end of my frame with no foreground. Using a large aperture like f/1.8, everything is in focus. Had I used a narrower aperture like f/7.1 in this situation, the image would look the same.

      It is a totally different story if you focus on a subject that is close to you and that is positioned in front of a distant background. With f/1.8 only the subject would be in focus, everything else would be thrown out of focus, both foreground and background. Using a smaller aperture (higher f-stop number), you increase the are in front and behind the subject that comes into focus. If you want to maximize depth of field, so have everything sharp in your image, you have to focus about 1/3 into the scenery and use a high f-stop number like f/16. This technique is mainly used in landscape photography, while a small depth of field is used in portrait photography, where you want to throw the background behind your subject out of focus. Hope this helps 😉

  4. Excellent idea, I spend lots of time in cafes drinking coffee, but have never as yet taken candid pictures inside. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

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