What makes street photography different from all types of photography? By definition, "Street photography is photography conducted for art or enquiry that features unmediated chance encounters and random incidents within public places. Street photography does not necessitate the presence of a street or even the urban environment". What is not street Photography? For sure it's not landscape photography which usually has body of water or nature with a horizon line. You usually would think of it being in a more urban setting. It's also definitely not like studio photography where everything is pre-planned from the background, the model, makeup, hair, background, how it is shot indoors– all in control of the photographer, makeup artist, lighting assistant, etc. There has to be something spontaneous and unplanned when it comes to street photography. It has to be candid. Another misconception about street photography is that it doesn't require people in the image.
Maybe the mystery of not having people in the photo says a lot more about it then with people in it. But the main idea behind street photography is to capture memorable moments that you can look back at forever. That's what my friends are doing constantly and other photographers are doing in the photography community. There's always a sense of genuinity when looking back at the photos taken of friends or the landscapes of the cities in SF. It captures a lot more than what is seen on the picture itself.