As if you needed another reason to get a telephoto lens.
What you'll need:
How to use it:
I am often jealous of photographers that can shoot wider street shots and have everything balance out in perfect composition. That is a skill that I strive to one day master! However, while I work on that I find that a telephoto not only gives you reach, but allows you to narrow down on a frame, thus having less things in frame to compose for. When I was taking the shot above there were a ton of street lights and signs that created a very distracting and, therefore, un-interesting photo. But with the telephoto I simply zoomed in past all of the distracting elements and framed my shot with the trees and wall leading the eye to the crosswalk. My original intention was to wait until a person crossed so that I can have my subject walking through the frame from left to right. While I was waiting this cyclist whizzed by me and provided me with something a little more interesting than my original idea. The compression that the telephoto lens gives you at 210mm is so awesome.
As you can see in the first image below, I zoomed in quite a bit on the buildings windows. I was able to create a shot with a lot of interesting lines without the distraction of the building itself. That's the second major benefit here; having that reach. It is so cool to look around you and just zoom in on one thing that interests you.
Those are my tips for you for shooting street photography with a telephoto lens. Zoom in on your point of interest to isolate it so that you may compose your shot without worrying about composing for any distractions. I have my eye on a 100-400mm telephoto. I will make another post once I've gotten it and taken it to shoot street photography.
Camera: Canon EOS R