#1, swings: Showing one set of supports for the swings at the left but not the other at right leaves me with a sense of frustration. (Same advice as not cutting off someone just below the knees.) What story are you telling? If it's "someone's got off the swing and gone into the open door behind", then show only that. You'd use a longer lens.
#2, play equipment: The eye's being led all over the place, by the tree, the ladder, the yellow slide etc. Stand somewhere else.
#3, waitperson: This is a good shot, but just try cropping the bottom off and I think it would be better. As it is, the face on the magazine/menu competes with her face.
#5, gazebo: You broke a "rule", if knowing those matters to you: the path leads *away* from the subject (the gazebo) off to top right. EDIT - of course *I* say this because my native language is written left to right...
#6, geese: This is close to being a very, very good shot. It tells a story - somehow those geese didn't read the signs. The only fault here is that too much of the background is in focus, so it takes a little while to pick up on the witty comment you made. I'd probably use a longer lens shot nearly wide open to blur the building slightly. We don't need the building details, just enough to show it is one. This will also make the geese seem closer to the sign. (With what you have now, try cropping the top off just above "No Swimming" and see whether you like that better. I just noticed that now scrolling this thread window.)
Hi, thank you for your thoughts here. However ,I dont quite get it for number 5. What rule is applied here? which path are you talking about? Can you help me understand more about it?
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This is a VERY heated debate. IMO, generally I feel a wide focal length of around 27mm - 35mm is optimal for street photography. These focal lengths allow you to get close to your subjects and will help you fit your subjects environment into the frame (use small apertures) to give the image context.
Some people use a longer, telephoto lens either because they're a bit nervous / intimidated to get close to their subjects, or because they're making cropped portraits with blurry backgrounds.
I use an 18mm (27mm equivalent) and 24mm (36mm equivalent) lens on my 1.5x camera for street photography.
You'll just have to practice and find the right set of exposure combinations for various lighting situation that yield the results you're after. You're right, try to keep your shutter speed high. In MANUAL mode, set your desired aperture, then your shutter, and adjust ISO as needed to maintain your desired shutter.
Research the following:
Sunny 16 Rule
Do you think MANUAL mode is going to be good with street photography? I read people recommened using program mode for faster reaction to capture the right moment?