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NOTE: This is a Guest Blog post written by Dan Ginn exclusively for www.streethunters.net.


Anxiety can be a terrible feeling to live with. It can be so constant in your life that it follows you even more than your own shadow. Over thinking situations combined with creating fear within moments that haven’t even happened, can be all too damaging to a person’s all-round wellbeing. I constantly live my life battling my own anxiety, sometimes in healthy ways and sometimes in not so healthy ways. I find myself in a constant fight to find peace and contentment. Anxiety affects me in all walks of life; work, friendships, relationships right through to making day to day decisions. With this in mind, it is not a surprise it also creates conflict within my art, even in times when I am trying my best to use it as inspiration to do something creative.

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10 Reasons I Love Street Photography Digby cover

I have been dreading this day. You have probably noticed that we three Streethunters editors take it in turns to write a ‘big’ article every week. We call them feature posts, and it’s a chance for us to wax lyrical about anything street photography we like. Andrew will often put out an awesome book review or a comprehensive under the influence analysis of some cracking street photographer, and Spyros will review some street photography gear, launch a new street hunt video, or debrief about the latest street photography jaunt he’s been on. Well, this week was my turn, and I had nothing. Zilch. Nada. I was utterly bereft of ideas of what to write about. I’ve had some things going on over the last few weeks which has meant that street photography has had to take a bit of a back seat. Without being able to get out and about with my camera I’ve been a bit stuck for inspiration. So I started to look through some of the old articles on the streethunters.net website. And I hit a goldmine. Both Andrew and Spyros have picked the 10 reasons why they love street photography, but since I’ve joined the team I haven’t got round to it. And what better way to rekindle my passion and get myself back in the groove than remind myself why street photography is so awesome in the first place? So, strap in for the 10 reasons why I love street photography!

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Using a 35mm Lens for Street Photography Cover

Introduction

We all like to chop and change our lens selections from time to time. One of the things I have discovered as I have practiced street photography more and more is that a prime lens is perfect for street photography. There are several reasons for this, but that’s a story for another time. But once you’ve decided that you prefer prime lenses over zoom lenses for street photography a problem presents itself. Which focal length should you choose? After all, you can’t simply switch focal lengths as you would with a zoom lens. You may remember a while back I wrote about my experiences using a 50mm lens for street photography. I’ve also talked about why I currently feel that the 28mm is the perfect street photography lens. This time round I’ve decided to focus on the photojournalist’s holy grail – the 35mm lens. So read on for my pros and cons of using a 35mm lens for street photography!

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Street Photography with the Sony HDR-AS20 Action Cam

Recently I decided to try something alternative with my street photography. I’m finding that the more different cameras I shoot with, the more I learn about photography and the more I broaden my skills and experience. So far my street photography has been focused on shooting with dedicated cameras – namely DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. I haven’t yet tried my hand at street photography with a smartphone, although I intend to.

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Those of you who are familiar with our street hunt videos will be aware that we shoot our videos by mounting ‘action cams’ in a rig on the hotshoes of our cameras. The weapon of choice for both Spyros Papaspyropoulos and myself is two variants of the Sony HDR-AS Action Cam. This is essentially Sony’s rival to the GoPro. They offer 1080p HD video as well as absolutely essential (for our videos) image stabilisation. I used the Sony a couple of times for still photos on the beach and in the pool, and I was pretty impressed with the image quality from the 11.9MP Exmor sensor, as well as the effects from the super wide angle lens. I decided that this, combined with the action cam’s tiny size, might make for an interesting combination on the streets. So I tried using the Sony HDR-AS20 action cam for street photography. Here’s what I learned:

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Back in May we began our annual search for the most influential street photographers of the year, asking you, our readers, to submit names and ultimately vote to decide the 20 Most Influential Street Photographers for 2016 according to the Streethunters.net Readers. As is often the case with our ‘most influential street photographers’ search, our poll generated a fair amount of controversy. Some of it was warranted, and some of it was down to people not fully understanding the nature of the poll. We learn something from the feedback from the posts each year, so this year we decided to write a ‘debrief’ of sorts to help understand and interpret the polls, and to show that we take our feedback very seriously. So read on for the Street Hunters debrief of the results of the 20 Most Influential Street Photographers of 2016!

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Going Public: Putting Your Street Photos Online Cover

I’d like to write about a particularly important decision in a street photographer’s journey, and one that isn’t considered and covered enough I feel. It’s something that’s become more and more easier, and definitely more significant in the modern age, and with the all-encompassing encroachment of the internet into every aspect of our lives. I’m talking about the decision to ‘go public’ and put your work out there, and start to sell yourself as a street photographer.

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NOTE: This is a Guest Blog post written by Patrick Walkowicz exclusively for www.streethunters.net.


Since the first digital cameras were introduced, we’ve seen a rapid technology development over the years. While more than a decade ago it was a luxury to have a camera that produced a clean ISO 800, today’s cameras offer a great picture quality at ISO 6400 and higher. Along with the digital sensor technology advancements came quick and increasingly reliable autofocus, continuous shooting modes, instant picture preview and constantly growing and virtually unlimited storage capacity. Camera manufacturers are competing against one another, releasing even more capable cameras each year. Better high ISO performance, more frames per second in continuous mode, wider dynamic range and better AF performance dominate the headlines with each new camera release. Today’s top camera will be obsolete in 5 years or mediocre at best. This provokes a question – how much is enough? What’s the point of technology advancement where only you and your skills can be a limitation to taking great photographs?

After all, street photography masters a few decades ago didn’t have AF, an ability to choose ISO for each shot, continuous shooting mode, or even a built-in light meter.

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Introduction

In my recent post about my street photography ‘sins’ I touched very briefly upon how a change of location can often serve to help overcome the problem of getting bored with street photography. I felt like this was a subject that deserved an article of its very own, so I’ve put together a list of some of the reasons why I feel travelling and visiting a new place is so important for your street photography. Read on for more…

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ATTENTION

The following views do not necessarily represent the views of the whole StreetHunters team.


A Debate Between Street Photographers

I’ve been thinking for some time how best to discuss what I see as some of the problems that face photography and in particular street photography today. We’ve touched on this subject a little already in Alexander Merc’s guest blog post “The Battle of Street Photography”. For this post, I decided to try something different, by talking with another street photographer, and, rather than putting out a regular style long-form feature post, I’ve decided to transcribe the conversation we had to give you more of a feel for the debate. Photographer A is going to play the devil’s advocate, and Photographer B is going to argue against them. Are you sitting comfortably? Then let’s begin…

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Regular readers of Street Hunters will probably have seen several of our past posts about the different lenses you can use for street photography. We’ve discussed the various merits of telephoto lenses for street photography, wide lenses, and 50mm lenses. Choosing the best lens for your street photography is an agonising decision, because they all have their strengths, weaknesses and compromises. Some photographers will chop and change their lenses and focal lengths a lot, others will pick one focal length and stick to it, while others will go through ‘phases’ of shooting one focal length for a while, then another, and so on. Having done my fair share of lens roaming myself, I am starting to wonder if I’ve finally found a lens that is perfect for my street photography, and that lens is around the equivalent to 28mm focal length on ‘full frame’. Why? Read on for more…