21 Street Photography Exercises to Try

If you're short on ideas or just want to try something different, a few suggestions to give you something to work on:

Beginner
Single lens - use only one prime lens (or leave a zoom lens at one specific focal length)
Waiting - pick a spot and shoot just from there, waiting for people to come to you
One street - try telling the story about a specific street
Tourist spot - choose a famous site, photographing the visitors and their reactions
Reflections - in windows, water, mirrors, glasses...
Color - create images that emphasize a certain color
Shadows - emphasize the shapes of light and shadow

Louis Mendes, Manhattan, New York, July 2015.

Louis Mendes, Manhattan, New York, July 2015.

Intermediate
Self portraits - use reflections for creative self-portraiture
Street portraits - introduce yourself to a stranger and offer to take their portrait
Movement - use panning or blur a subject to emphasize their movement
Wide aperture or zone focus - practice whichever you don't normally do
From the hip - practice holding the camera at waist height for a different perspective
Night - stay out and use available light (street lights, shop windows etc)
Public transport - photograph on a bus, train, subway

Street portrait, Jersey City, July 2015

Street portrait, Jersey City, July 2015

Advanced
Flash - Use a flash, on or off camera, to emphasize a subject
Ground level - Get down low
Decisive moment - When timing is critical to make the shot work
Layers - Combine a foreground subject with one or more background elements
Humor - Use contrast, perspective or anything you can think of to add humor to a shot
Documentary - Document an event, situation or point of view
24-hour project - Shoot for 24-hours solid, documenting the experience

Paris 24-hour project, April 2015

Paris 24-hour project, April 2015

Some can be combined of course, and are often best repeated over multiple outings and locations. Leave a comment to let me know how you get on.