What do you enjoy most about street photography?
I love the surprise and excitement of street photography. There’s nothing planned or thought out and I love finding images on almost every corner.
You are a portrait extraordinaire! How do you get your street portraits? What do you look for in a subject?
I generally look for how the light falls on people, or look at striking people with interesting features .
What advice would you give to others who want to take street portraits that make an impact on the viewer?
Follow the way the light falls. Be observant. Everyone is photogenic, you just have to put them in the right frame.
Any technical tips while we are on the subject? Gear, camera settings, etc…?
I have a Canon 70D and I use a 24 – 105 L f/4 lens. its a great workhorse of a lens. I highly recommend it. As for camera settings, generally f/4, shutter speed varies from 125 to 60 even lower or higher (depending on my mood and what I am trying to create), ISO would be also variable. I shoot in manual mode. Of late, I am using the 85mm 1.8 for my 100 Stranger portraits.
Finally, many people say shooting street photography in India is the best. What do you think? And where is your favorite place to shoot?
India is a very colourful country and there is a lot to see on the streets, but I’m sure other countries would offer their own attractions.
I don’t travel much, which is a pity, so I have only Mumbai and Trivandrum, Kerala to recommend as experiences. Of the two, I would prefer the latter, as I still have more to discover and explore there and it’s beautiful. Many photographers I know do recommend Gujarat and Rajasthan as great visual experiences. Maybe I’ll visit someday soon.
See more of Rani’s work on her Flickr photostream.