Street Photography: How I approach people on the streets...
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Learn how to get over your fear, how to approach people and how to improve the creativity and quality of your photos.
4.2 (281 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
3,788 students enrolled
Created by Thomas Leuthard
Last updated 10/2014
Price: $100
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  • 6 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • You'll learn how to approach people on the street
  • You'll realise that you can get over your fear
  • You'll see that the camera is not that important
  • I explain, how I take my photos and why I do it like this
View Curriculum
  • Have a camera that you can use
  • Know your camera inside out
  • Understand the basics of photography (aperture, shutter, ISO)
  • Have a basic understanding of how light works
  • Get some spare time to practice Street Photography
  • Be open to some unorthodox thinking about shooting people in public
  • Be prepared to a way of photography which will change your life

Over 2400 students / mainly 5-star reviews / highly experience Instructor

Street Photography can be performed by anyone who owns a camera. It's available everywhere for everyone. But this does not mean that it is easy. You have to be a complete photographer with the knowledge of the technical skills, but also building up knowledge of human nature. You have to see things before they happen in order to be ready for the decisive moment.

In this video training I will show you what is important when we are on the street. You can learn from my experience which I built up during the last 5 years shooting in the big cities of this world and teaching workshops:

- You will learn how to approach people - You will see how I do it in some making of videos - You will learn about the right settings - I show you what to do in order to increase your social media success

All is being taught with a lot of photos and examples from a practical perspective.

You can see some of the videos as previews and you have a full 30-Days-Money-Back-Guarantee. So there is no risk of taking this course. Go for it and enroll this excellent Udemy course about street photography.

Who is the target audience?
  • Novice Street Photographer
  • Advanced Street Photographer
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 48 Lectures Collapse All 48 Lectures 09:23:44
About me & the Training
2 Lectures 06:32

In explain what you can expect from the training.

Preview 02:02

I show you what kind of photos I take and how my way of photography looks like.

Preview 04:30
Introduction to Street Photography
2 Lectures 11:28

I give a short introduction what Street Photography is.

Preview 04:43

I explain the law and how you can handle it.

Preview 06:45
Camera & Settings
3 Lectures 22:20

I explain which type of camera is an advantage on the street and that the camera is not that important on the street.

What camera do I need?

I explain why I shoot in P-Mode and why shooting in M-Mode is not an option. I talk about the 10 things I have to adjust before I can press the button. Settings are overrated...

What settings do I use?

I show you what I have in my bag and what you may need while shooting on the street.

Preview 03:57
Skills, Fear & other Difficulties
7 Lectures 01:05:05

With 10 of my photos I elaborate which skills are really important on the street and which aren't. You will realise that there are some skills which are highly overrated.

Which skills are important?

It may sound silly, but it is also important that you don't dress too good. You should become a stupid looking tourist in order to get more shots home.

Preview 02:07

I show you hove to approach people on the street in order not to get noticed or in order they don't realise that you took their shot.

How do I approach people?

While fear is the biggest problem of the beginner street photographer, I give you some useful hints in order to get over it. Your fear is just in your head...

How do I get over my fear?

I should you where you should go to find interesting subjects and in which places street photography can be executed.

Where do I find my subjects?

At the beginning you might be overwhelmed by the many things on the street. Try to reduce and focus your view in order to see the things you want to capture.

And if I don't see anything?

After 5 years it's getting difficult to be motivated shooting the same things over and over again. I tell you how I keep being motivated.

How do I keep the motivation?
Content & Composition
2 Lectures 34:13

One of the most important elements of a good photograph is content. I explain how you bring content into your street photographs.

How do I add content to a photograph?

Composition is next to the content the most important element of a good street photograph. With a good composition you can add a lot to any of your photos. I explain the basics of composition with several examples.

How do I improve the composition?
11 Lectures 01:40:21

I show with many examples why you should not use a point of view of 1.70m in order to make a good photo.

Point of View

I show some examples of strong shadows included in a black & white frame.

Light & Shadow

I elaborate why a candid portrait does not tell a story and that you have to get more in the frame to really become a story teller.

Full Scenes versus Portraits

I show with some examples how to place lines in the frame that the photo is getting more harmonic.


I show with some examples why the background is as important as the foreground.


An advanced method is to add additional layers to a frame. It's not only the subject and the background, there is more.


I explain you how to shoot a silhouette and show many examples.


I explain you how to shoot an architectural street photo.

Human in Geometry

What about Flash?

One of the most difficult method in street photography is to find and capture juxtapositions. I give you some examples.


Humor is an important element in street photography as the viewer likes to laugh about others.

Editing & Post Processing
5 Lectures 41:24

I show you the process from selecting the photo from the SD card till uploading it to the web.

Editing - How do I select my photos?

I show you how I backup my data and give you another examples how it can be done.

Preview 04:46

I show you how I post process my photos in Adobe Lightroom 5

Preview 11:17

I explain why I don't like color and show you how you can improve your seeing of B&W motives.

Color versus Black & White

I explain why you should not crop and better make it right in the camera.

Aspect Ratio - To crop or not to crop?
Live on the Street
4 Lectures 13:47

For me it's easy to shoot a candid portrait from a short distance. And as you can see, people don't realise what's going on.

Preview 03:10

I show you in this movie how I shoot an exposure of 1/20 in the subway station.

Making of - How do I shoot a longer exposure?

I show you in this movie how I shoot a silhouette.

Making of - How do I shoot a Silhouette?

Someone was following me with a camera to film the making of my shots taken with flash

Preview 04:59
Contact Sheets
1 Lecture 05:28

I show you with a contact sheet how I have made my best shot.

Contact Sheet "Hitchcock"
Advanced Topics
8 Lectures 55:30

I elaborate the advantages and disadvantages of a personal website and will talk about business cards.

Personal Website & Business Cards

I explain who I use social media and where you should upload your photos.

How do I master Social Media?

I explain why you have to shoot for 10'000 hours to become a master in Street Photography

Why I have to shoot for 10'000 hours?

I describe in this video how you get your personal style.

How do I get my personal style?

Why giving your photos away for free will make them spread around much more than selling it. Creative Commons is the key word not All Rights Reserved.

How do I protect my photos?

I explain how you capture the soul of a person.

How do I capture the soul of a person?

Ethics is a difficult aspect in street photography. I explain what is right for me and who you decide on what to shoot or not.

What about Ethics on the street?

I try to explain why travelling changes your view on things and opens your mind.

What is the advantage of traveling?
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About the Instructor
Thomas Leuthard
4.3 Average rating
1,057 Reviews
15,797 Students
6 Courses
Street Photographer

Thomas Leuthard is a street photographer based in Switzerland. Since 5 years he travels to the big cities of this world to witness and document life on the street. He has written several ebooks and also teaches workshops about street photography. He put all his knowledge into the provided video trainings that you don't have to apply for one of his workshops. Enjoy watching how Thomas makes his photos at any time you like.

Thomas has no secrets and will teach you all his knowledge. You will be able to get as popular as he is by following his trainings and of course by practicing a lot. Street photography is a very affordable way of photography which can be performed by anyone, anywhere.