If you want to take excellent street shots, the best advice you should heed is to buy the most expensive camera that you can afford. Contrary to what others may think, the best camera for street photography is usually the most expensive one. These expensive cameras usually have the best settings and features — a high number of megapixels; great ISO performance; and the ability to make your photos as sharp as possible. You need all these to be able to take the best photos to the best of your ability, and be respected as a great street photographer.
Buying a new camera can also make you feel inspired to take photos. Finding inspiration is important in the field of photography, it being an artistic hobby or profession. The photographer must feel excited about his subject and the fact that he is taking photos so that this excitement will be reflected in his photographs. Photos taken by uninspired photographers feel less vivid and less dynamic. There is no strong emotion being evoked by the photo if taken by an uninspired photographer. So if you want to really take up photography as a hobby or as a profession seriously, you need to remain inspired at all times.
A new, expensive camera will also make you less conspicuous when taking photographs in public. The sound of the shutter and the clicking of the camera can get quite annoying for passersby, and can potentially make the subject feel awkward. This is especially important if you like taking pictures of people on the street. If they hear your camera’s noisy shutter and click, they might turn away or even get mad at you for impinging on their privacy. Worse, even if they don’t get mad, they can become uncomfortable and unnatural, making your photo of them look contrived. Of course, you wouldn’t want this because as a street photographer, your goal is always to capture images of people in their natural, candid state.
Buy all the lenses that you can as well, as doing so will make you a better photographer and allow you to get more “likes” on Facebook, Instagram, and Flickr. After all, the number of “likes” you get on these social media platforms shows how great of a photographer you have become. New lenses — at least two of them — will address problems of focal lengths when taking photos.
Although a new camera and lenses will cost you money — especially if you buy the best and most expensive one in the market — this will totally be worth it if you think of it as an investment. What matters is that you bought the best camera and as many lenses as your financial capacity would allow.
Before you do buy your expensive camera, always make sure you have enough photography training behind you first to make full use of your brand new camera!