Shivery says people often ask him why they're not getting the same results in their own photography as their favorite urban photographers. "I'm using the same equipment," they say, "so why can't I get the shot?"
The answer is easy to say and hard to do: Always take pictures. There's a learning curve in urban photography, despite the fact that cameras have long promised point-and-shoot convenience. "It should not be hard to shoot 40 pictures a day," Shivery says, "even if you don't see any people." Take pictures of interesting architecture, still-life or streetscapes as a way to hone your urban photography skills. With this kind of constant practice, when there are interesting people to take pictures of, you'll be ready.
If you've always got a camera, and you're always taking pictures, you're probably going to be noticed. Keep reading to find out how to take pictures of people in the street while not getting punched out for it.