10 Mar Hip Shooting & LCD Shooting for Street Photography

It’s a slightly controversial approach, and one that will have some purists up in arms, but I think hip shooting has an important role to play in street photography when deployed as part of your wider street photography shooting technique arsenal. With that mind, I thought I’d put together a short little of my top tips for the best results using the hip shot technique for street photography, plus an extra tidbit of advice that will come in handy for hip-level LCD shooting too. So dive into our guide to hip shooting in street photography and head on out to the streets! And if you want to see some examples of the hip shot street photography technique in action, don’t forget to check out a video of Spyros Papaspyropoulos on the streets of Rethymno, Crete in our Street Talk Episode 6 – The Hip Shot Technique in Street Photography.

What is hip shooting in street photography?

Hip shooting most often describes a shooting technique where you will fire the shutter on your camera without composing through your viewfinder, and often without consulting your rear LCD screen (if you have one!). Conventionally, your camera would be located around hip height (hence the name) around where it would dangle from the camera strap around your neck. Obviously the advent of digital compact cameras has led to a ‘relaxing’ of the general agreed terms on what defines hip shooting – so a ‘hip shot’ will now sometimes include a street photo composed a little through the rear LCD – but one thing is for certain – this is a fast, extra subtle form of street photography that does NOT involve the photographer raising the camera (and viewfinder) up to their eye….