Ending up with Street Photography for me happened in the most sincere form I could imagine. I didn't even knew about street photography, and almost all I ever had knew about disciplined photography could be summarized as still lifes, landscape and fashion. I had a very uplifting social experience, and something inside of me got triggered and started taking pictures of that person that was in front of me.
This is the image I took, it is not and I'm aware that it has tremendous downfalls technically speaking, but it doesn't matter to me. This is the context of the image, this man, (he's name is or was Salvador) had no legs, and was laying in the ground, alone, almost forgotten, in a blood pond of fish guts and stuff over a pier. He grabbed my hand, and I sited with him. He told about how he lose his legs on a bus wreck, and still he had that lovely smile on his face while telling me about how graceful he was with life. This is the image that I treasure the most, because it taught me about the importance of caring about people. My camera is just my way of sharing what I think about things that matter in life. Sometimes I'm gloomy, sometimes I'm cheerful, I know, I tend to be led by my emotions. This man was the best photography teacher I ever had, and he knew nothing about Photography. I've come to think that photography niches or styles are the supreme definers when deciding for gear.
Always carry a Camera with you
If there could be just one ultimate tip for photography (and especially for Street Photography) carrying a camera always with you would be it. In order to develop the Street Photographer mindset, you should not just rely on your phone, because we are so used to having it around, that our mind will not have that special pinch that having a camera with you produces. It almost makes you feel guilty for having a camera with you and not be taking images. This is not a bad thing of course, I’m not saying to shoot like crazy, since we are seeking meaningful stories, but it is like a good self-imposed thing to feel guilty about shooting few images as long as your keeper ratio grows up.
Allow yourselves to be inspired
In the photographer’s life, it is important to have curated quality sources for seeking inspiration. These inspirations can come from books, movies, stories, paintings, podcasts, blogs etc. Allow yourselves to be inspired by the works of others. Your own voice will eventually mature and the cumulus of all your cultural background will help shaping and defining that voice. The work of the masters will be the best school for shaping that style that will define your work.
Be on the known
It is important for all Street Photographers to be on the known of all the social events that are happening around them. We are documenting society in a aesthetic way, and alienating yourselves from the current events is not a wise thing to do. Many people tend to take the neutral position for things like religion and politics, but all these things beat in the society's invisible heart. Get yourselves a good source for news and valuable live information about the things happening near your or the cultures that you get close to while traveling.
Use your spare time
Street Photography could be a profession, but many of us find Street Photography as a creative outlet, and even in this approach of photography, images could achieve impressive levels of quality. Personally speaking I can give you the following example. I have my day job that has little to do with photography, but I have the fortune to move a lot on the streets, and I use those moments to create some of the images I love the most doing. Use your spare time for capturing images that will eventually tell meaningful stories. By having a camera always with you as I suggested earlier, is the best way of using your spare time in a very photographic productive way.
Use public transportation
Many stories could unveil in front of your eyes when getting close to the benefits of public transportation. Some cities around the world have the enormous facility of having solid public transportation systems, but there are other countries where the culture pushes people to getting mobility independence. If you live in a city like this, use the public transportation from time to time.
Walk more often, and always carry a camera with you. Walking has the fortune of allowing people to become more aware about the things that happen on the streets in a closer form. Instead of calling for lunch to be delivered at your places, try walking for getting your bites.
I’ll give a weird example now. Do you know what the true success behind Pokémon Go is? It wasn’t the fun and the addictiveness behind the Nintendo motto of “Gotta Catch’em All”, it was the fact that people started getting outside their places and offices to gather Pokémon on the streets. We are so used to being not on the outdoors, that this curious fact, as the real success of one of the most important social happenings of the year.
Movies are a great source of inspiration and knowledge. Here we have two options. The first one is to watch movies that will inspire us because they tell the life of certain photographers, therefore are movies about Photography itself. And the other way of getting high quality knowledge from movies, is by watching the work of specific cinematographers. Try to discover the reason behind the point of view, cropping, lighting settings and focal lengths in movies' cinematography.
Becoming a Street Photographer has more to do with an inner discipline of getting better and better. The battle is against ourselves, because we are capturing images that matter to us. We love to share them with the world, and the world respond positively or negatively with them. We are not satisfying clients’ needs, concepts or looks; we are capturing meaningful stories that matter to us in the first place, and therefore we are fighting against ourselves.