I love to photograph festivals! You really do get a sense of freedom you wouldn’t normally get walking around the streets. People are more open to being photographed and the larger number of people gives you more subject matter and the ability to blend in with the crowd. So in theory you would expect it to be easier to get a great shot but not necessarily… backgrounds are busy, your frames get crowded and the area is filled with tents and rides for the kids. Below is a slideshow from the first Auburn Festival I photographed and I have vowed to head out to some other street festivals in 2012, including the Merrylands festival in my own neighbourhood.

I know these photos aren’t the best but it was a huge learning experience and also a confidence building exercise. Half the struggle with street photography is lifting that camera to the eye and actually taking the photo. More about this later..

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