Street markets are filled with colorful foods, interesting clothes, and beautiful flowers—all of which makes them a great place to get creative with your photography. Capturing a street market on camera is a great way to document that area’s local life.
Ready to get started? Here are some tips for capturing fantastic photos during your next visit to a local market.
1. Go at the right time
A market can be a busy place, especially in the morning if vendors are selling fresh food and beverages. Check out the reviews of the location on Google Maps beforehand to get tips on the best time to go. If the market doesn’t have any shade at the vendor stalls, you may also want to plan your visit before or after midday—to avoid the harsh sunlight of the afternoon sun.
2. Capture the color
As you stroll around a market, you’ll notice vibrant colors in the goods for sale such as fresh flowers or fragrant fruit. But you should also be aware of neutral colors, too. They help to bring out bold colors and make for an even more striking image.
3. Be a pattern sleuth
If there are bins or shelves full of items for sale, it’s a great opportunity to explore patterns when you are composing your shots. Use patterns effectively and you can end up with dynamic, unique images. To make a strong visual impact, try finding a pattern that extends from one edge of your frame to the other.
4. Shoot wide to set the scene.
While getting great closeup photos at a market is fun, be sure to also shoot an overall wide view to show the depth of the scene. This will capture the atmosphere and visually establish the location. Plus, it’ll give other Local Guides an idea of the variety of vendors located at the marketplace.
5. Get to know the vendors
Don’t be shy! Say hello to vendors and small business owners at the market. It’s a wonderful way to get to know the members of the community and learn about their trades. Remember to ask permission before you start taking photos. Be polite and respectful to vendors as well as other customers. After getting to know a local vendor, you’ll have a deeper appreciation for their work, which can also help you photograph their stall.
Have you taken beautiful photos at street markets? Share your Google Maps links in the comments below and tell us more about your process photographing them!