Street Photography

Posted: June 15, 2013 in Photography
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[music: Where the streets have no name – U2]

I have been doing some reading about street photography. And I thought that it would be useful to post what I am finding with annotation.

Bangkok

Bangkok Fruit Stall

My first stop was this 3 part video documentary called the Human Condition by Chris Weeks that DelnaK recommended me, here are links to part 1, part 2, and part 3. The documentary is interesting, but was of limited value to me. My 2 principal complaints are the following:

1. The suggestions where too general, “you need to understand light”, and sometimes it’s simply non-sensical.

2. Too much emphasis on means that only professionals or the independently wealthy can afford, Leica rangefinders, film cameras….

On the plus side, the video allows us to see street photography in action and see how they do it. And it is interesting to hear from photographers on their views of street photography.

Here is a link to some free e-books on Street Photography (thanks Claus!). I haven’t read them yet, but when I do, I will post my thoughts.

Amongst the hundreds of tips and steps and guides and tricks, I also found this post from Digital Photography School entitled 7 secrets every aspiring street photographer should know. I found these suggestions to be very useful for a beginner like myself. I started to think about some specific goals I could set for myself on my next photo walk : stand still, photograph the eyes, take a photo that’s going to stand out in 30 years.

There are also countless pages on equipment recommendations. Most of these are a waste of time to read, a good photo does not depend upon having that M9. I would say that going out with a fixed focal length lens is going to help you to improve your street photography by forcing you to get close to your subject and interact with the street; there’s no sense in hiding behind a zoom lens, it’s all about what you find down on the street  not espionage or paparazzi photography 🙂

If you have any suggestions, recommendations or links to cool sites, please post them in the comments. Thanks!

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Comments
  1. Steve Culver says:

    Finnian,

    As a “how to” writer, it’s difficult to strike a balance between “Use the proper f stop” and some pages-long dissertation on camera mechanics. The one piece of advice I would offer from my days in the film business is that you can’t get too close to your subjects before they notice you and you become part of the picture. They’re reacting to you. I would recommend a variable-length lens, but if that’s not practical then maybe something a bit on the longer side.

    I’m leaving for the Clean Show on Tuesday morning, and we are working on the software this (Sunday) morning. I got a bad feeling about this.

    I’ll leaving in about an hour to visit my Mom. She’s holding up pretty well, but you can see that she’s fading. She has a very difficult time getting out of bed and walking around, but she wants me to take her to a restaurant this morning.

    Steve

    Follow Howell Davidson’s Adventures at stevenRculver.com

    >________________________________ > From: The ‘Just George’ Blog >To: steve_culver@yahoo.com >Sent: Saturday, June 15, 2013 5:11 AM >Subject: [New post] Street Photography > > > > WordPress.com >Just George posted: “[music: Where the streets have no name – U2] I have been doing some reading about street photography. And I thought that it would be useful to post what I am finding with annotation. My first stop was this 3 part video documentary called the Hum” >

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