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Street Photography: The Art of Photographing Strangers

via CreativeLive



  • Confidently approach strangers for street photography
  • Refine your eye for strong compositions
  • Choose the right gear for street photography
  • Tell a story through street photography
  • Write captions to accompany your work
  • Cull and edit your street photography images
  • Use street photography tips for building a career


Find the courage and skill to photograph strangers in public. Work with renowned street photographer Ashley Gilbertson to build both the confidence and skills necessary to succeed as a street photographer. Learn how to capture people moving through everyday life in artistic ways. Find out how to approach people in the street -- and how to photography anonymously in public places when everyone says no.

From understanding gear and the nuances of focal length to working as a documentary photographer in a public space, take your passion for street photography to the next level. This class isn't for beginners learning shutter speed and aperture for the first time -- it's for anyone that's ever wanted to work in street photography but struggles to build the courage to do so.

Watch behind-the-scenes videos following a real street photographer in action. Hear tales -- and see sample images -- of street photography across the United States and abroad, including major cities like New York and Chicago. Build captions and edit images with Photomechanic and Adobe Lightroom Live. Dive into an art form that reveals the complexity of human nature with Street Photography: The Art of Photographing Strangers.


  • Intermediate photographers eager to try the street photography genre
  • Enthusiast photographers branching into documentary style photography
  • Advanced photographers struggling to come out of their shell to approach strangers

SOFTWARE USED: Adobe Lightroom 6.0


Australia born photographer Ashley Gilbertson is a well-respected documentary style artist that many consider among the best street photographers. From working on editorial shoots to personal projects, his work has earned him an Emmy nomination, the Robert Capa Gold Medal, and an American Society of Magazine Editors Ellie award. The street photographer is also the author of two photography books and a regular writer for publications like The New York Times and The Washington Post. Based in New York City, Ashley's work has been featured in major publications as well as museum and art galleries around the world. 


  • Class Introduction
  • What Do You Mean by Photographing Strangers?
  • Why Photograph Strangers?
  • The Psychology of a Street Photographer
  • Establishing Trust When Photographing
  • Decide on a Story to Tell Through Photos
  • How To Tell Your Story Through Photos
  • The Gear You Need For Street Photography
  • Know How to Present Yourself as a Photographer
  • Observe Your Shoot Location
  • Where is Street Photography?
  • How to Approach Your Subject
  • Ways to Connect with Your Subject
  • What to Do When People Say No to Photographs
  • Always Have a Street Photography Backup Plan
  • What to do When You've Finished Shooting
  • How To Find The Right Caption For Your Photos
  • The Street Photography Editing Process
  • Toning Your Photos For Maximum Impact
  • Career Tips For Street Photography

Taught by

Ashley Gilbertson


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