In this fourth archive story by Kristian Bertel, the photographer is visiting the Pahari Dhiraj in central Delhi, India.
Read the background story of this archive photo by the photographer.
Although Delhi is spread out, the areas of interest to travelers and street photographers are relatively easy to navigate in India. To the south, you can find the New Delhi train station. Near this station, acting as a sort of buffer zone between the old and the new cities, is Paharganj, jam-packed with cheap accommodation and a good place for street photography in India.
Although Delhi is spread out, the areas of interest to travelers and street photographers are relatively easy to navigate in India. To the south, you can find the New Delhi train station. Near this station, acting as a sort of buffer zone between the old and the new cities, is Paharganj, jam-packed with cheap accommodation and a good place for street photography in India.

Street photography in India

India makes it easy for a traveler to present impressive photos to those who stayed at home. Sights of all kinds and hardly a day without colorful festivals and street markets invite you to have the camera at every turn. And in addition a unique willingness of the Indian population in front of the camera, leaves hardly to be desired. What can make your street photography even better, the photographer has summarized here in some interesting points.

What defines street photography?

Street photography, a genre of photography that records everyday life in a public place. The very publicness of the setting enables the photographer to take candid pictures of strangers, often without their knowledge.

Know your camera in India
When the photographer is venturing to India to take photos, of course, the batteries are full and memory cards at hand. In addition, the photographer has preset aperture, exposure and ISO for likely scenarios. That is, he is thinking of what and where he will possibly be photographing and how the lighting conditions will be. The camera he wears by means of a camera strap on the hip and this has the advantages that it will not be seen right away and he has it ready to fire at lightning speed. Anyone who has ever been in not only in Pahari Dhiraj but all over India, knows how fast an interesting subject can appear in street photography. If you have prepared the camera and are still able to change settings as needed, your yield will be even better.

Take your time in India
This is the most important tip that the photographer can give. Nobody wants to be taken a photo of immediately and this leaves an uncomfortable feeling even for the photo-enthusiastic Indians, so be prepared for the situation. Sit down and watch, let the camera down first and arrive. You do not believe how many people you are watching without your noticing it. Whether in the commercial street, the park with the sights, the market or elsewhere, we stand out. It has often happened to the photographer that someone has approached him and asked if he would not like to take a picture of him. He would have seen that the photographer had been here for some time, taking pictures. In most cases, people lose interest in foreigners over time. Much of what is regarded, stylistically and subjectively, as definitive street photography was made in the era spanning the end of the nineteenth century through to the late 1970s, which was a photographic period which saw the emergence of portable cameras that enabled candid photography in public places and many years later the photographer of this website explains:

"For me as a street photographer I try to create fine art photography, which is including street portraits by capturing people in public places, often with a focus on emotions displayed, thereby also recording people's history from an emotional point of view. Social documentary photographers document people and their behavior in public places for the purpose of recording people's history and other purposes"

Communicate when you are doing street photography
The least that one should do before triggering is to point nicely to the camera and ask for permission. It is much better to show interest in your motive. First, let the camera down, have a chat, ask what is being made or sold here, tell about yourself. Show people that you are interested in them, then the invitation to take pictures often comes by itself. Whether that was the audience with a sadhu, the invitation to a wedding, the photographing of street photography, all this did not come about because of his camera, but because he was intentionally interested. Once the first pictures have been taken, they will be displayed on your screen. If there is something to laugh about, the ice is finally broken.
If you fly to India, you generally want to take pictures. As many motives and opportunities as they are in India can be found in hardly any other country everything is new and different. The prohibited subjects include all military facilities, airports, railway stations and various areas of tribal princes. Pay attention to who is in the area it can be expected a variety of reactions that are not always pleasant.

The hilly neighborhood of Delhi
When the photographer ventured into the streets of Delhi, he came by the lively Pahari Dhiraj which is a neighborhood in Delhi with a lot of hills and it is situated in Paharganj, an area which literally means 'Hilly neighborhood' is a neighborhood of Central Delhi, located just west of the New Delhi Railway Station. Known as 'Shahganj' or 'King's Ganj' or market place during Mughal era, it is one of the three administrative subdivisions, of the Central Delhi district, of the National Capital Territory of Delhi, with the other two being, Darya Ganj and Karol Bagh. The area is known for its concentration of affordable hotels, lodges, restaurants, Dhabas and a wide variety of shops catering to both domestic travelers and foreign tourists, especially backpackers and low-budget travelers. Over the years it has become particularly popular as a haunt for international cuisine.

Street photos from India
In India you can take excellent street pictures. Not only the fabulous sights, but above all the faces of the people and the many colors in the country are outstanding motives. The best and easiest way to do this is to check out more tips for street photography, where the photographer has compiled the best photo tips for you and listed them in many of the archive stories here on the India photography website, so that you can revel in vacation memories even more in the future. For the Photographer the topic of street photography is photography that features the human condition within public places like his neigborhood in Delhi. As a traveling photographer he finds that street photography does not necessitate the presence of a street or even the urban environment, but the subject in street photography might be absent of people like the boy portrayed in the street of this archive story or it can be an object or environment where the image projects a decidedly human character in facsimile or aesthetic. Framing and timing can be key aspects of the craft with the aim of some street photography being to create images at a decisive or poignant moment in Delhi or elsewhere in India.

Tips for street photography
• Preparation
• Focusing
• Subjects
• Mono or color
• Equipment

As a street photographer it is essential to be prepared in the streets because this not only can improve the quality of your photography but when your are prepaired by finding a good spot to take the photos is something that also makes it easier and more enjoyable when being in the streets. When you are photogrphing here you should expect to see something different, new or intriguing almost everyday. As a photographer doing this genre of photography in India one should anticipate the actions of people and the result will be a good photograph. Another thing to remember when doing street photography is focusing, not only sharpness but depth of focus or depth of field. More than other genres of photography one need as much of the photograph in focus and the photographer is opionion that it is not so for individual objects but rather for street scenes so set you aperture to f/11 or smaller and manually focus if necessary. Choice of a subject or subjects for your photo walk through the streets of an Indian street can be an effort so think about it before you start. A great idea is to choose a theme or set yourself a little project before starting photographing.

Street photography lends itself to great monochrome images through many Indian masters such as Raghu Rai and the variety of subjects, the contrasting lighting as well as textures and patterns result in wonderful black and white images. A lot of street photography by the more reputable photographers is mainly in black and white but that does not mean color gives good results. One tip here about photographing in black and white with digital, the photographer found out that converting color to black and white after the photo was taken using software most times results in a better monochrome photographer. Just about any camera can be used in street photography. Of course, the better the camera the better the quality of the photo. The photographer uses Nikon and prefers to have a camera or lens that is fairly wide-angled as this allows me to include more of the street scenes in the photo. "- Telephoto zoom lenses are also handy as they allow you to isolate scenes, pick out detail and frame your subjects more tightly. A large aperture helps when photographing in shade or lower light inside markets or public buildings. Overall street photography should be fun and help you grow in your overall skills. It brings you back to reality and sometimes results in you viewing life differently in India, where life is full of characters and subjects that are almost endless in the neverending streets", the photographer says.

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More archive stories

India is a land full of stories. On every street, on every corner and in the many places in India, life is rushing by you as a photographer with millions of stories to be told. In the archive story above, you hopefully had a readable insight in the story that was behind the photo of the street photography in Pahari Dhiraj. On this website of Kristian Bertel | Photography you can find numerous travel pictures from the photographer. Stories and moments that tell the travel stories of how the photographer captured the specific scene that you see in the picture. The photographer's images have a story behind them, images that all are taken from around India throughout his photo journeys. The archive stories delve into Kristian's personal archive to reveal never-before-seen, including portraits and landscapes beautifully produced snapshots from various travel assignments. The archive is so-far organized into photo stories, this one included, each brought to life by narrative text and full-color photos. Together, these fascinating stories tell a story about the life in India. India, the motherland to many people around the world, a land of unforgetable travel moments. The archive takes viewers on a spectacular visual journey through some of the most stunning photographs to be found in the photographer's archive collection. The photographer culled the images to reflect the many variations on the universal theme of beauty and everyday life in India. By adding these back stories the photographer's work might immensely enhanced the understanding of the photographs.