Authors Posts by Digby Fullam

Digby Fullam

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Digby Fullam is a photographer with a passion for photojournalism and narrative documentary photography. He finds street photography to be an excellent storytelling medium. He is the newest addition of the Streethunters.net team. If you would like to see his work you can also visit his Street Hunters Profile.

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Crit My Pic - The Corner

Antonio Toledo’s street photo ‘The Corner’ is my focus for Crit My Pic this week. As with the other Crit My Pic posts of late, I’m still working my way through the submissions that came through while Crit My Pic was off-air – so apologies for the delay Antonio, I’m catching up! Regular readers will be familiar with the criteria by which I analyse a street photograph, but for new readers these are: point of view, composition, exposure, subject matter and mood. I will also make some suggestions for ways I think the photo can be improved. If you’d like me to ‘crit’ your street photo check out the submission rules at the bottom of the page and get emailing!

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Street photography pit stop at Mojo's burger bar in Rethymno after a street hunt.

Introduction

Street photography tends to be seen as a solitary pursuit. The Street Photographer is a lone wolf, pounding (or should that be prowling) the streets in solitude in search of that evasive nirvana – the ‘perfect’ street photo. The Street Photographer will wait for hours at that one spot because “the light is right” – their only company that strange metal or plastic contraption packed with springs, gears, glass, a mirror (maybe!), emulsion (maybe!!), and electronics (maybe!!!). This is The Street Photographer. It has always been thus. But it doesn’t have to be like this – there is another way! Allow me to suggest to you 10 reasons why street photography is so much better with a friend.

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Crit My Pic by Jorge Balarin

This week’s Crit My Pic is a review of a street photo by Jorge Balarin. I’m still working my way through the submissions we received while Crit My Pic was ‘off the air’, and Jorge sent his photo in March of this year, so this photo doesn’t have a title. Jorge’s shot is going to be analysed across 6 different criteria – I’ll say what I like about the photo, and provide any suggestions I can think of if the photo can be improved in any way. As usual, if you’d like to submit a photo for me to review, please read the rules below for submitting a street photo to Crit My Pic, and then get in touch with us!

Pic of the week by Digby Fullam

Photo shot with a Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 L lens and a Canon 6D

I think the best thing about street photography is that it is unpredictable. When you head out onto the streets with your camera in your hand (or round your neck) you never know what will happen. You might be confronted with the most amazing street scene you’ve ever seen within moments of stepping out of your door and be able to start snapping away, or you might pound the streets for hours and not see a single thing or make a single photo. I know the latter is more often than not the case for me! Even if you don’t manage to get any photos, street photography is great because it gets you out there, in amongst it all, surrounded by and witnessing humanity and life in its many varied forms on the streets. If you choose to make street photography your vocation you are able to see and experience things that you just wouldn’t otherwise come across sat at home online or watching tv.

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Cosyspeed Streetomatic

Avid streethunters.net readers may remember our first ever gear review just over a year ago featured a review of the Cosyspeed Camslinger Camera Bag. Now that we’re a bit more experienced and we’ve got some more reviews under our belts, we’ve been given the opportunity to revisit Cosyspeed’s product line. The guys at Cosyspeed were kind enough to send over a preproduction prototype of their new Streetomatic camera bag for me to try out on the streets. Cosyspeed camera bags are quite unusual in that that they offer street photographers the unique facility to wear their camera bags on their hips like a utility belt, and they can also function as a regular messenger ‘sling’ bag if desired. I’ve been using the Cosyspeed Streetomatic for street photography extensively over the last month, and I’m going to share my findings with you in one of our comprehensive street hunter reviews.

This review was amended on 3/9/2015 as a result of planned changes by Cosyspeed to the production model of the Streetomatic. See ‘Update’ for further details. The score ratings remain the same, but the summary text at the end of the review was altered to take into account these changes.

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Crit My Pic - 'Boys Eating Ice Cream'

For this week’s Crit My Pic I’m going to review a street photo by Rich Barbara titled ‘Boys Eating Ice Cream’. Rich actually contacted us over a year ago with a photo submission, but at that time we’d suspended Crit My Pic for a while. Now the feature has returned I can get around to analysing Rich’s work! So sorry about the delay Rich, and thanks for your patience! I’ll be looking at Rich’s street photo across a variety of parameters, such as point of view, focal point, composition, exposure, subject matter and mood. So read on for my analysis, and if you’d like me to analyse your photo, check out our rules below for submitting your photo to Crit My Pic, and then get in touch!

This photo was taken in Rethymno, Crete, Greece with a Canon 6D and a Canon 70-200mm f/4 L lens.

With street photography it’s important to push yourself out of your comfort zone and try something new sometimes. A good way to do this with photography is to try experimenting with shooting with different gear and working within the ‘limitations’ and restrictions this gear can bring. I use quotation marks around ‘limitations’ because you can see from the gear details above that it wasn’t like I was using a Holga or a pinhole camera or something, but I wasn’t using a gear combination traditionally suited to street photography either.

When I shot this photo back in March I was feeling a bit annoyed that the telephoto lens I’d managed to pick up for a great deal back at the start of the year had been sitting relatively unused in my cupboard for a while. I’d actually bought a telephoto with a view to being able to land some sports and wedding photography gigs but none had materialised, and I felt guilty that the lens was being neglected. So, in the absence of any sports events or weddings to gatecrash, I thought I’d challenge myself by using a 70-200 lens for street photography.

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Clay Lomneth - Crit My Pic

Crit My Pic has returned! For our first post since we restarted this feature I’m going to be looking at Clay Lomneth’s street photograph which he actually sent in for review way back in September 2014 when Crit My Pic was on a hiatus, which is why it doesn’t have a title. I’ll be reviewing his street photo across a variety of parameters, such as point of view, composition, colour, subject matter and mood. So read on for my analysis, and if you’d like me to analyse your photo, check out our rules for submitting your photo to Crit My Pic, and then get in touch!

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Top Tips for Street Photography in Rain & Bad Weather

Introduction

This time last year Spyros Papaspyropoulos wrote a set of tips and suggestions for summer street photography projects for all you street photographers to have a go at if you’re lucky enough to be able to get away for your summer holidays. If you’re familiar with that list, you may remember Spyros made lots of suggestions for street photography on the beach, and even in the sea! Now that’s all well and good, as Spyros lives in Greece, and he knows his summer will have the characteristics of an actual summer – i.e., sunny! But not everyone can count on the summer weather, and being British I understand that as well as anyone! As I write this, the UK set to be battered by gale force winds and rain sweeping in from the Atlantic, and my hometown is enduring rain and temperatures of around 15 degrees (60F). So in a gesture of solidarity to those who live in countries with summers that aren’t much to write home about, I thought I’d offer some street photography tips, suggestions, and project ideas for rainy and cloudy weather. Those of you reading this in more extreme weather conditions in the middle of an icy winter should also check out Andrew Sweigart’s guide to winter weather street photography to learn how best to practice street photography in the most adverse of weather conditions. If you’re well prepared there’s no reason to let a day’s bad weather ruin your planned street hunt! So read on for more….

Crit my pic feature image

Long-term readers of streethunters.net might remember we ran a feature called ‘Crit My Pic’ where Casper Macindoe would provide a detailed analysis of a photo one of you guys had submitted to us.

Well, after just over a year on ice, we’d like to announce the return of the ‘Crit My Pic’ as a feature on streethunters.net! Ideally, we want to post a photo critique every two weeks on a Thursday, taking the place of Talking Movies while the latter enjoys a bit of a sabbatical.

What is Crit My Pic?

Crit My Pic is a feature I’ll be running where I take one of your photos and analyse it. I’ll look at things like composition, lighting, colour, subject matter and mood. I’ll say what parts of the photo I like, and make suggestions for where I think the photo can be improved. Check out Casper’s previous analyses for an idea of what this looks like – though I’ll be adding my own take on things. Crit My Pic is not designed to be a negative experience, and I’m not going to be telling anyone their work is terrible. My aim is to offer advice and constructive criticism as an impartial observer – often an outsider’s view on something can be more objective, and they can offer a new perspective on things. After you’ve read through my analysis I want you to feel like hitting the streets straight away, and applying some of my suggestions to your street photography in order to make better photos.