Market Photography

Friday, 16 August 2013

I love a good market, don't you? So many different things to look at, touch and taste ~ and of course, take pictures of! When I'm out and about and come across a market, I'm straight in there, checking out what's for sale and eyeing up potential picture angles. 

Last summer's 
EatnSnap visit to Columbia Road flower market reminded me of why I enjoy this kind of photography and got me thinking about the best ways to approach it. Read my post about the day here.

Chicago

So I've used my recent inspiration to put together a few simple tips for you on how to take pictures at markets...

Boston


1. Get your shutter speed right
Things often happen quickly at busy markets with people unexpectedly passing in front of your lens. Make sure you don't miss a great shot by using a fast enough shutter speed or increase your ISO a little bit to make sure you get your subject sharply in focus when you're shooting quickly.

Chicago

Chicago

2. Talk to the stallholders and get a conversation going
They'll be happier for you to take a few shots if you've built up a relationship with them beforehand. If in doubt, ask if they mind you photographing them or their wares.


Morocco

3. Look for interesting angles & patterns
Try a few unusual shots to mix things up a bit and get people wondering about your picture.

London

Morocco
 
Colombia
 
4. Get some close-ups
You might want to use a long lens to zoom right in and get lots of detail in your picture or take some candid people shots.

Chicago

Chicago

5. Don't forget the people!
There's more to a market that what's being sold. Take some shots of sellers and their customers ~ there's often lots of interesting interaction going on.


Colombia

6. Capture the full atmosphere
Review your pictures before you leave and make sure you've taken a good range of subjects: people, items for sale, close ups, wider angles, signs, perhaps some 'behind the scenes' shots. That way you'll finish with a great photo story of your day at the market.


Morocco

Chicago

London
Do you have a strategy for taking pictures at markets or do you just go with the flow?
 

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