F/8 and Be There?

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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.

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