I'm constantly inspired by some powerful street shots, I always want to shoot in the street, people especially. I don't want to get close to the person, or even reveal too much of their identity as possible, leaving it to be less about the person and more about the situation- so it's anonymous. However, I'm always tentative about holding my camera up to take a shot when I'm shooting downtown. Any tips? Thanks!
That's a healthy concern, but usually not as big an issue as you might expect. In most counties it's totally legal to photograph people in public places. Know your local laws.
As a technique, use a 100+ mm lens to keep further away from your subject. Also, "hide" in plain sight, it's less suspicious. If you're creeping around a corner you will only call attention to yourself.