Thursday, 11 July 2013

The Most Important Tip for Street Photography

The Most Important Tip for Street Photography

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The Most Important Tip for Street Photography

Posted: 10 Jul 2013 04:34 PM PDT

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If you clicked this link expecting a simple technical tip to improve your street photography then you’ve come to the wrong place. This is not an article about getting closer, zone focusing, hip-shooting, camera settings, or using a wide-angle prime lens.

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Practicing all of these things is important to be able capture what you see out there in our fast moving world, but thinking too much about this stuff can also distract us from what we should be thinking about, which is what we are seeking to capture out there.

Because that's ultimately what photography, and more specifically street photography, is; it is about trying to capture what you see and think about life.

Okay, I know you want this tip. So what is this 'single most important' tip to street photography?

It's simple.

It's that you are photographing yourself out there.

Let me explain. Street photographs may seem like random moments frozen in time, but they're not. When you take all the photos from the body of work of any photographer and put them together, many themes will emerge between those singular images.

And these themes go hand in hand with how the photographer sees and feels about the world.

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“Shades of Red”

Now incase you are asking yourself by looking at these photos, is James Maher an 11 year old redheaded female? I am certainly not any of those things, but I often gravitate towards people that are comfortable in their skin and their unique looks, especially in our world that is so often focused on picture perfect looks and retouched models. If you look at the shot above, with the subject of the photo wearing bold clothing and accessories that match her unique looks, this gives you an example of what I mean. Even the shape of the flowers in her shirt matches the swirl of her red hair so perfectly and in such a self-celebratory way. If you notice, this is the central theme in the photos that I am showing along with this article.

This tip is not only important for shooting; it is just as important for editing as well. I realized that this was one themes in my work over time by looking through my negatives and organizing them. It took me awhile to recognize this.

When you are looking over your work on the computer or on a contact sheet, think about what you are capturing and think about what you are trying to say. If you are actively aware of it then you will be much better at finding and capturing it. Think about what you are like and how that relates to your photos. Are you a romantic; are you angry; are you frustrated; are you quirky or funny; are you an outsider; or are you a social butterfly.

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“Urban Tiger”

Me – half the time I'm overly confident and half the time I'm utterly insecure. It's probably why confidence is an issue that I often search for.

Think about who you are and how you feel and then go out there and try to find it. Seek out those feelings for your photos. You will be much better at noticing them than anyone else.

Street photography isn't about finding those lucky or random moments out there, where everything falls into place. Special moments happen everywhere, yet we each only notice a small percentage of them. And what we all notice is slightly different because we each have different interests and insights about life.

This is why defining street photography is so tough to do, because the definition is different for all of us.

So what insights do you have? What does street photography mean to you?

Go out there and photograph yourself.

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That's me. Confident yet insecure.

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Despicable Team of Thieves Steal a Photographer’s Lens in Seconds

Posted: 10 Jul 2013 02:21 PM PDT

You might not think you need insurance for your photography gear. After all, you take good care of your equipment and you’ve read all the tips on avoiding theft. You’re vigilant about keeping your camera with you on a slash-proof strap at all times. You don’t travel alone. It’s not likely that insurance would ever be worth the cost. Right?

This video of thieves stealing a photographer’s expensive lens might make you think again (for those of you reading this by email, the video can be seen here):

In the short footage, a photographer in Saint Petersburg, Russia is overwhelmed by a group of thieves who steal the lens right off the camera around his neck in the blink of an eye. Organized criminals are able to get away with this sort of offense by distracting their victims and fleeing the scene before anyone can make sense of what is happening. In cases such as these, even the most cautious traveler can be caught off guard.


Incidents such as these are a good reminder for photographers to insure their cameras, lenses, and other valuable gear. Look into your existing insurance policies to see if your camera equipment is covered. Travelers insurance is one option for protecting your valuables while you’re in unfamiliar territory. If you’re a pro, it’s likely Desthat your standard homeowners or renters policy does not cover your gear; there are special insurance programs available through professional photographers’ associations.

Though you may try your hardest to avoid being the victim of theft, there’s always a chance that you’ll be in the wrong place at the wrong time. The value of camera gear makes insurance indispensable. Your peace of mind is worth the monetary expense.

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The Life of Flowers Captured with Incredible Macro Timelapse Photography

Posted: 10 Jul 2013 01:12 PM PDT

Landscapes are often the subject of timelapse videos, but Daniel Csobot has taken a different approach. Instead of looking at the skies and mountain ranges, he has decided to stop and look down at the ground, and very close at that. In this timelapse, Csobot captures the growing and blooming of flowers. The video condenses time so that the flowers appear to bloom in seconds rather than weeks or months (for those of you reading this by email, the timelapse can be seen here):

Macro photography is not something you can learn overnight, and neither is timelapse photography. Both take skill, experience, certain equipment, and most of all, lots and lots of patience. If you want to try to create your own macro timelapse, here are some things you will need to plan ahead for:

  • Framing - Over the course of time, your subject will most likely move or change. You’ll need to think ahead about how and where your subject will change over the period of time you’re shooting it. At the beginning of Csobot’s timelapse, the top 3/4 of the frame is empty because he knows that the flower will start to grow and fill the frame as it does.
  • Timing - Using a little math, you’ll need to figure out how many shots you need to take per minute/hour/day to get the final video at the speed you want it. Keep in mind that 30 fps is standard, so that means that 30 photos will equal one second in your video.
  • Location - If you plan on recording something over a long period of time, think about your location. Will your camera be safe from people, environmental conditions, and animals? Is it someplace where it can stay completely still?
  • Movement - Most of the time you will not want your camera to move at all. This may become an issue when you want to record over a long period of time. Can you change the camera’s battery without moving it?

Equipment used in this timelapse: Canon 7DCanon EF 100mm Macro, Canon 15-85mm, and a Kessler CineSlider for motion control.

macro timelapse flower blooming

Flower appearing to bloom at superspeed

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Check out this COMPLETE guide (146 pages) to shooting, processing and rendering time-lapses using a dslr camera. It can be found here: Time-lapse Photography Guide

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Head Above Water Portrait Photography Techniques

Posted: 10 Jul 2013 01:10 PM PDT

French fashion photographer Bruno Dayan has a distinct style that utilizes deep color to sensualize the female form. Nick Fancher is a big fan of Dayan and sought to create an image like those in a series of his water images. Fancher was particularly interested in the way the light source glanced across the surface of the water in Dayan’s photographs. Watch how Fancher resourcefully used a kiddie pool in his backyard to create a similar look (for those of you reading this by email, the video can be seen here):

To set up his scene, Fancher lined a wading pool with black shirts to black it out. This allowed the reflections in the water to be seen more easily. He used the ambient light from the sky to get the blue color in the water. Once his scene was ready, Fancher tried two different techniques in an attempt to mimic Dayan’s glamorous body of work.

For the first technique, he used the following equipment and settings:

  • high speed sync
  • 4 Canon 430EX Speedlites, all mounted onto one light stand and set at 1/2 power (to reduce recycle time)
  • a shoot-through umbrella
  • wide open aperture of f1.4 to add silkiness to the shot
  • 1/32 second shutter speed



During his second attempt, Fancher used the following setup:

  • lights raised up
  • low shutter speed
  • f10 aperture for a more crisp image
  • half cut of CTO gel on all strobes
  • white balanced according to the gel colors to make the sky color appear bluer



Both images were processed in Lightroom, where Fancher used presets to accentuate the color and contrast that fit with Dayan’s style.

With a little time and critical thinking, Fancher was able to get results similar to a master photographer. Practice like this is valuable to photographers hoping to hone in on their own personal look. Using what you have to emulate your favorite photographer’s style is a clever way to challenge yourself and improve your photography skills.

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