Street Photography Instant Rating System

Okay – here are some more pictures from that Sunday Times assignment photographed some years ago.

If you have been following the thread of these Street Photography posts you will be aware that the commission brief was to photograph Windsor, Eton and the River Thames nearby for The Sunday Times travel pages. I had just one day in which to get everything needed.

Gathering pictures under pressure like this requires considerable effort, tenacity and determination on the part of the photographer.

Street Photography Windsor

Dog walkers stop to chat in the avenue of trees in Windsor Park. You must be alert to these situations all the time you are out with your camera. Photograph by Philip Dunn

It may look easy – and judging by the standards of some of today’s Street Photography, it seems many photographers believe it is. But the techniques needed for success draw on many photographic disciplines – not least the ability to make the most of every opportunity, even those with only an outside chance of success.

Photographers who come on my Photography Courses and wish to expand their skills in this direction are introduced the Philip Dunn Street Photography Rating System. Yes, I like that – sounds very grand. Maybe I should patent it.

Street Photography Sunday Times

A couple of tourists brave the rain to watch the Guards at Windsor. Photograph by Philip Dunn

This is an assessment of every situation at the time with the aim of achieving a successful photograph from the possibilities in front of you. This instant assessment leads to a simple rating system – How much time shall I invest in this subject? The answer might be anything from a couple of minutes to much, much longer.

How you arrive at that decision is one of the techniques I teach to my more advanced students, so I’m afraid you will have to come on a Photography Course if you want the answers to that.

Street Photography Sunday Times

A very simple photograph intended to capture some of the atmosphere of the place - I can't remember whether this was Windsor or Eton. Photograph by Philip Dunn

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