F/8 and Be There?
Quick-fire street portraits are more about capturing the moment than technical accuracy. Legendary New York street photographer Arthur ‘Weegee’ Fellig coined the mantra, “f/8 and be there,” which is as true today as it was in the 1930s. Shooting at f/8 offers enough depth of field to hide focusing errors, while still enabling fast enough shutter speeds to avoid camera shake or blur.
The tendency can be to rush your pictures, since you’ve already bothered somebody enough by asking them to stop for a photo. However, it’s definitely worth spending a few extra seconds to dial in your settings and get the shot you want – shooting with a wider aperture to melt the background will make your portraits stand-out.