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The Street Photography Playbook

⭐️ Perfect for all budding street photographers or anyone with a rusty shutter finger looking for a mojo power boost, an escape from their comfort zone, or some fresh inspiration for a project. Inside you'll find pages of contemporary street photos with bite-sized yet intel-rich insights, tips, and techniques to teach you how to get the shot. ⭐️

Pssst... It's not a book made of paper — It's a fully responsive digital platform...

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🚨🚨🚨 Paging all budding street photographers who WANT to improve their street photography WITHOUT spending hours wandering around aimlessly wondering what the heck to photograph...


You go out with your camera but you feel lost not sure what to look for and shoot


You're not sure what makes a great photo and how to take your work to the next level


You sometimes feel street photography takes up too much of your free time

I've been there, I'm here to help!

When I was starting out as a street photographer I remember spending a lot of time walking around wondering what to actually photograph, and what even made a photo any good. Often I didn't have much time and felt under pressure, and ended up returning home with nothing.

But, after spending hours and hours trawling through books, saving random photos on Instagram, reverse engineering the photos I loved to figure out why they worked when others didn't, and then setting myself projects focussing on one ideaand things changed.

Overtime I trained my observation so much so that I can now (on a good day!) make great pictures with limited time on my hands. And that's because I have a bunch of ideas literally programmed into my brain that I can pull out, play with, and expand upon.

Since I started running workshops I've used photographic inspiration that had a specific theme or idea behind them, explained how and why the photo worked and how to get the shot.

This was a way of training observation, and time and time again participants told me how great it was to have a specific thing to focus on and get invaluable insights.

So I found myself wishing there was a resource that could be used as easy reference that was full of ideas, inspiration and insights that was ideal for anyone tight on time, low on mojo or just short of inspiration. That's why I created...

The Street Photography Playbook 

Picture it… expert advice explaining what makes a great picture + nuggets of inspiration to spark a vision for a photograph, literally right there in your pocket on your mobile phone...

⭐️ Are you ready to say goodbye to your comfort zone + hello to more creative street photography? ⭐️



Learn how to take better photos by knowing what works and what doesn't through insights + inspirational photos


Train your observational skills and maximise your valuable free time when you are out taking pictures


Develop your creativity by programming your brain with ideas that help you see photo opportunities

I made this Playbook!

Hello, my name is Polly Rusyn — I’m a pro-photographer and street photography teacher. My street photography has been awarded and exhibited internationally at a number of street photography festivals, and published in various magazines. I give talks about street photography for top brands such as Nat Geo Traveller and Fujifilm. I have contributed to books including 'Women Street Photographers' (Prestel) and 'The Travel Photographer's Way' (Bradt). And most recently in 2021 I was a Finalist in the Series Category at the London Street Photography Festival.

I am obsessed with street photography and love to reverse engineer great pictures to figure out why they work. My superpower is being able to explain things in concise ways so that you can start applying ideas to your street photography straight away, and I'm so excited to share my insights with you in this awesome digital playbook!

"Everything is learnable."

Rave reviews from people who have attended the in-person workshops I run that inspired this Playbook.

"Everybody takes a picture, but taking a picture is very different from making a photograph. A photograph is something that has an idea, that you give shape to, whereas a picture has no consciousness."



So what's in the "BOX"?

You get instant access to a beautifully designed fully responsive digital platform that looks awesome on your mobile phone but can be viewed on any browser. It can also be accessed via an app — how cool is that? (That's right it’s not some clunky book made out of paper that you have to lug around with you when your camera gear is heavy enough.)

It's made from the concentrated juice of over 200 street photography mini-workshops (focussed on different ideas and prompts, compositional challenges and mini-projects), over 20 assignment-based street photography workshops designed around the art of observation and the science of composition. And the result of many months of research, organisation, planning, writing and design, as well as several years of making street photography (and winning a few awards here and there, and being published and exhibited along the way).

The Street Photography Playbook is bursting with ideas, inspiration and insights to get you started in street photography! The Playbook is organised into categories, with a photo to illustrate each idea and bite-size yet intel-rich notes, advice and pro tips to explain how to get the shot.

Ideas are essentially ingredients that can be incorporated into a story in your photo, they are open to interpretation can just be used as inspiration, or they can kick off a project. The more ideas you have stashed in your brain the more opportunities you will see on the street, and the better your experience of street photography will be.

And guess what...?

I’m giving you access to (almost) all of my ideas!

Inside The Street Photography Playbook I share my tips on ways to approach taking the shot, street photography techniques and my thought processes. I promise you won't be faced with endless paragraphs of words. Just enough of them to inform and inspire you, so that you can spend your time making photographs rather than reading (too much!).

You can see it like having a series of DIY mini-workshops at your fingertips on your mobile phone helping you become a better and more confident street photographer.

Your days of wandering aimlessly will be over, your days of taking better, more creative street photography will begin!

Let me (in Playbook-form) hang out in your pocket on your mobile phone!

[No, a mobile phone is not included — cheeky!]

Get the lowdown on the ideas, inspiration + insights behind how to think about + take photos like these...

Inside The Street Photography Playbook you get a whole bunch of street photography goodness INCLUDING:


🔥 11 categories of ideas-packed inspiration


🔥 49 ideas across the categories

To be used as prompts to feed your brainbox and train your observation each illustrated with examples of contemporary street photography (made by me)

🔥 Short-attention-span-friendly insights

Bite-size explainers that contain invaluable insights behind what makes a great photo along with ideas of what to think about and how to approach taking a shot(from an experienced street photographer  — yes, it’s me again!)

🎈Easy navigation between categories so you can work through the Playbook in order, or pick a category and dive on in.
🎈Track your progress through the Playbook by marking the ideas you've tackled (which you can undo and go again!)


(Value: £805) Pssst... this is not the price...

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But WAIT 🖐🏼 That's not all! 

Check out these awesome bonuses:

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Photo Deconstruction Files

Learn what works, what doesn't and what could be better compositionally with this set of 5 case studies that deconstruct five of my photographs. Taking photos using ideas and prompts is one thing, being able to compose them well is another. It’s not enough to snap a photo and hope for the best. 

These case studies reveal:

  • 9 photo 'contact sheet' from each scene
  • The thought process behind the photo
  • Notes on the compositional elements

(Value: £95


Project Starter Pack

Making photos with a project in mind can be really motivating, as you are working towards a goal. These 5 awesome project suggestions will help kickstart your own imagination and creativity, and help generate ideas of series or sets of photos. One idea often leads to another. Just follow the inspiration…

Short-attention-span-friendly field notes including:

  • What, where, when + how for 5 projects 
  • Street photographs to illustrate each one
  • Tips on how to approach each project

(Value: £75) 


Exposure Cheatsheet

This introduction (like no other!) to exposure will give you that all important foundation for understanding how the pesky exposure triangle works. BUT you can always shoot in P-Mode! (Your observations and compositions are much more important than your settings.)

This one-page infographic covers:

  • Explainer of technical terms for newbies
  • Secrets of the exposure triangle - exposed!
  • Manual settings for inky shadows and cloudy days

(Value: £15) 

Total value: £990

RRP: £97

SALE price: £17

The Street Photography Playbook + ALL three bonuses

That’s probably less than 3% of what you paid for your camera...

It’s also gluten free and 100% organic!

Holy Henri Cartier-Bresson! Whaaaaat?! Nope, that’s not a typo. 

Grab it quick before I change my mind!

And… *SPOILER ALERT* - because no one likes surprises - I’m going to offer you another playbook that is the perfect partner to The Street Photography Playbook at an exclusive one-time only reduced price when you hit that big yellow button! And after that I'll even be offering you savings on a Written Portfolio Review). Yes, I have lost my mind. Help me get help. 


Still not sure? Maybe you've got questions... Well I've got answers.

DISCLAIMER - The photos you get as a result of this Playbook are very dependant on your overall street photography skills and imagination — all of which is learnable by the way! This Playbook is designed to help train your observation, not to define what you photograph. It’s been created to inspire you, not to limit you. Use it as a tool and a way to warm up your brain and tune your eyes. Snapping something isn’t enough to make a good photo, you still have to consider the light, the composition, the moment, the story, and all the other elements in the frame. This Playbook isn't a substitute for in-person training but it will 100% give you plenty of ideas, insights, and inspiration to get you started on one of the best creative adventures you've ever been on. 


⭐️ It's like having a series of mini-workshops on your mobile phone helping train your observation, teaching you what makes a great photo + making you a better street photographer! ⭐️

Here's a quick summary of all the awesome street photography resources you get when you treat yourself to The Street Photography Playbook today!

🚀 Lifetime access to The Street Photography Playbook

No need to carry a physical book around or hunt for a PDF eBook that you can't remember where you filed. Your playbook is designed to be viewed on a mobile device (either via a browser or through an app) featuring...
  • 11 categories of easy to navigate idea packed inspiration including: GEOMETRY, COLOUR, SHADOWS, SILHOUETTES, GRAPHICSGLASS, ANONYMOUS, WEATHER, DETAIL, GESTURES + (recently added) THINGS
  • 49 ideas you can use as prompts across the categories to start training your observational skills with intel-rich short-attention-span-friendly explainers, bite-size insights, and pro tips and advice to get you going.
  • Contemporary street photographs illustrating each idea (made by me) to inspire you and show you one approach to making a picture, then it's over to you!

🚀 BONUS #01  Photo Deconstruction Files 

  • 5 insightful case studies so you can see the process of working a scene via a mini 'contact sheet' and get invaluable notes about what works compositionally and what could be better.

🚀 BONUS #02  Project Starter Pack

  • awesome project ideas to kick you off and give you extra motivation as well as that all important extra focus.

🚀 BONUS #03  Exposure Cheatsheet

  • 1 fabulous one-page infographic that demystifies the pesky exposure triangle, and some of the other settings-y things that can put you off getting started.
🎈MEMBERSHIP of Street Social — the DoSP's private Facebook group
  • The opportunity to add-on the perfect partner that will really elevate your street playtime: The Photo Composition Playbook — at a one-time only reduced price at check-out. Be prepared, be very prepared (*insert dramatic music) Aaaaaand, after that you will also be offered savings on a Written Portfolio Review too.

*Lifetime access refers to the lifetime of the Department of Street Photography

Are you in?

This is one small investment for you, one giant leap for your street photography for just..

Total value: £990

RRP: £97

SALE price: £17

(no need to rub your eyes or refresh the page - it’s for reals)

Get hold of this treasure trove of ideas along with the inspirational bonuses for less than it costs to get a round of drinks and a packet of peanuts!

Once you press this button you will be transported to the payment page where you can review your order, add-on The Photo Composition Playbook at an exclusive one-time reduced price (if, and only if you want it) So, grab your debit or credit card and treat yourself. You know you're worth it!

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No thank you! However, I'd like a paper version of the book please.