A couple people have been asking me about setting up kits for street photography. While I don't have a specific set of gear, as people and preferences change, I would like to offer up some tips that may help you get the most out of your setup.
First - packing small is essential. Ditch the battery grip and massive telephoto lens. I have found that a small setup is not only lighter but way more convenient.
Second - while on the lens note. Bring one, that's it. Honestly, in some cases, the fewer lenses you carry the more you'll produce. This is what I have found anyway. Try bringing just a set prime next time you head out the door. Force yourself to work with that length and you might be surprised what you create.
Third - LOSE the branded neck strap. That Nikon/Canon beacon around your neck is a perfect target for would be thieves. If safety is a concern for you, and it should be, ditch that and go for something more subtle and way more comfortable.
Fourth - While on the safety note I would like to leave you with a few simple suggestions:
- Keep your camera on you at all times. If you set it down on the bench next to you and look away, it's gone, that's it.
- If you get robbed, scary I know but it happens, do not hesitate to hand over your gear. No camera is worth your personal safety. I recommend buying a personal articles policy with your insurance agent. You would be amazed how cheap it can be to insure all your gear.
- Use common sense. If you're about to walk down a street and you have a little voice in the back of your head saying "hmmm better not wander down this poorly lit ally in the middle of the night to get a shot of that sweet looking dumpster", listen to it.