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Spyros Papaspyropoulos

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Spyros Papaspyropoulos is passionate about Photography, especially Street Photography. Because of that passion he considers himself a Street Photographer. If you would like to see his work you can also visit his Street Hunters Profile. He is co-founder of Street Hunters.

Bye bye pirates

Introduction

Since the summer of 2009 I have been living in the lovely little town of Rethymno in Crete, Greece. Rethymno is a small town that is located on the north shores of Crete in the mid-west part of the island. Rethymno is also the name of the county that Rethymno town is located in. Rethymno county is much larger and covers a big area from the north to the south shores of the island. I like Rethymno because of the old part of town that has a strong Venetian influence. Most of the old buildings there are still inhabited, mostly by older people or families and the narrow paths and small squares are almost always full of children playing or of older people relaxing. The reason for this is that no cars are allowed in the Old Town and this makes it safe for families to let their kids have fun in the streets, just like kids had fun in the old days. Those narrow streets and little alleys, the squares and the seaside road are where I practise my art. This is where everything started for me.

Dear Street Hunters Readers,

Starting today, and every Friday from now on, we will feature a photograph of one Street Photographer on our website. The Street Photographer that will be featured is selected by the Street Hunters team. This mini feature will be called “Street Photo of the week”.

We already have made a long list full of talented Street Photographers that we will be featuring through this weekly post, but if you would like to have one of your shots featured on our website, then please contact us by visiting http://www.streethunters.net/contact/.

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Dear Readers,

This is the second Street Hunt video posted by Street Hunters! In this video, I will visit another part of Rethymno in Crete and use a Wide Angle prime pancake lens to capture moments with a more dramatic effect.

In contradiction to video quality in the Street Hunt No1, the video quality this time is much better. I am now using an action camera that has optical steadyshot technology, producing a less shaky result. Of course the viewing angle is much wider, that is in part how steadyshot is achieved, but I think that the outcome is much more acceptable.

The video is all about the choices that a Street Photographer must make. I analyse most if not every decision I take and I try to explain why I choose to take a photograph. Sometimes the explanation makes sense and others not, please forgive me, but Street Hunters do work on instinct most of the time, since they have to “play” an unpredictable game with an unknown outcome.

That’s all for now, please check out the video and let me know what you think of this 2nd attempt!

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NOTE: This is in no way an affiliate linking article. Street Hunters do not share affiliated material and if we ever will, we will let you know. For this reason this post doesn’t offer links to the objects mentioned. You can easily find everything with a simple Google search. If you don’t feel like reading, I have prepared a video in which I read the blog post for you. You can find that video at the bottom of the post.

Introduction

Dear Readers,
The Holidays are upon us and it is a time of joy and gifts! A time where we usually get new things or even better we are given new things! As Street Photographers, most of us are also gadget enthusiasts and in search for the perfect camera accessories. We keep on finding ourselves on shiny eshops looking through they goodies and making our wish lists. Some of us might have basic needs, like a new camera, but others are out searching for that one thing (or many things) that will make all the difference to them the next time they are out on the street, taking photographs. What is on your wishlist this Holiday season? Have you thought about it? Well, I have thought about it and have come up with a short list. In addition I also asked the other Street Hunters what they would like for Christmas as well as some other photographer friends and this is the list filled of their awesome ideas, ideas which you might find useful!

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NOTE: This is a subject that I feel I don’t have the really professional technical knowledge for, so everything I write in this post is from personal experience. If something is inaccurate, please correct me! You are most welcome to do so!

Introduction

A Street Photographer has many camera lens options for when shooting. A Street Photographer can use a camera equipped with a zoom lens, or a prime lens. Zoom lenses provide Street Hunters with focal length flexibility but are usually bigger and not as sharp or as fast as prime lenses. So, naturally primes are widely used in Street Photography, without that being the rule of course. When someone uses primes they automatically have a lighter and smaller kit to carry around, compared to another Photographer who uses a big zoom lens which gives them some advantages in movement and stealth.

There are many different types of Prime lenses. There are ultra wide lenses, wide lenses, normal lenses, classic portrait lenses, telephoto lenses and ultra telephoto lenses.  Today, we will talk about the wide angle lenses and discuss their pros and cons in Street Photography.

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Dear Readers,

This time around instead of writing a blog post about Street Photography, I will show you a video that I recorded. This video is the first official Street Hunters “Street Hunt”! In other words it is just me walking around, talking a lot and shooting photos!

As you will see in the first minute of the video, I have purchased a small Hot Shoe to Tripod adapter or accessory. So, using that thing I have managed to connect my old beat up Flip Camera to the hot shoe of my NEX-6. That way anything my camera sees, the Flip Cam sees and records while I am on the move.

Watching this video you will get a hands on Street Hunt experience as seen through my eyes and processed through my senses. You will see what I decide to photograph, listen for what reasons I take my photos and how my images finally turn up. The photos that have been made during this Street Photography walk are not all high quality photos that I would easily share in Social Media, but they are part of the experience of this Street Hunt so I am sharing them happily with you. Some of these photos, at least two that I can think of, will be shared as photos in future posts of mine for Street Hunters.

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Introduction

Hello dear readers,

Our little group of enthusiastic Street Photographers or “Street Hunters” as we like to call ourselves, has gone through different changes since we first begun a few months ago. We have had Associate Street Hunters join and then leave, we have had an Associate Street Hunter “promoted” to an Official Street Hunter and member of our group and after many jingles and jangles and shifts and shakes we are now 5 of us. 4 members and an Associate. Just so you know we are:

  1. Spyros Papaspyropoulos
  2. Rob Heron
  3. Andrew Sweigart
  4. Casper Macindoe and
  5. Kenneth Lee

The five of us have decided to make some changes to our content that we hope will increase the level of interactivity of our website. We aim to do this by adding some interesting new things to our repertoire. We want to make Street Hunters more engaging and fun for you, our readers, because we want to thank you for all the support you have shown us during these past months.

Introduction

In the last year I have found myself wanting to learn more and more about photography. Books are always a great resource, as are also YouTube videos and blogs. But, I found that I needed something that would give me a ton of objective knowledge in a short amount of time. So, I thought that I should check and see what documentaries I could find online or on DVD that I could watch. Documentaries are always a rich and most of the times objective source of knowledge. So I did some digging and I found many resources that suggested various photography documentaries. I read some online reviews to help me make a short list of the utmost best choices and then I proceeded with watching them, one by one. Today, I am going to share this list with you, because I believe that every Street Photographer should watch these films and enrich their historical and practical knowledge of photography.

Introduction

I always find a plethora of YouTube channels available about any subject, no matter how crazy it is. So naturally I thought that if I searched for Street Photography channels I would get loads of hits in the search results. Well, I was wrong. It turns out that there aren’t many Street Photography YouTube channels out there after all. As a matter of fact I can count them on the fingers of my one hand!

I thought that even though there aren’t that many YouTube channels available it would still be useful to list them all in a blog post, because you never know when you will want to take a look at a Street Photography tutorial, or listen to a Street Photography idea / concept.

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A guide to buying the best digital camera for Street Photography

Update

After quite a few suggestions from you, the StreetHunters.net Readers, this post has been updated. We have re-written the previous DOF paragraph. It is now about Image Quality. DOF is irrelevant. Thank you very much for all your support and your suggestions. We are on a journey of photographic self awareness that would not have been possible without your valuable participation.


Note: This post is about what to think about before buying a digital camera for Street Photography. If you are looking to buy a film camera, this post will only help you partially.

Introduction

Street Photography is a genre of Photography that is versatile and has many definitions. Each member of Street Hunters has their own opinion which you can read by clicking the links below:

I have a feeling that similar posts from other Street Hunters will follow. On the web you can find tens more other posts like the above, each Photographer explaining in their own words what Street Photography is to them. The reason I am making this introduction is to justify my point, which is that you can buy any camera you like for Street Photography, as long as it makes you feel as creative and as inspired as you need to feel when taking photos with it.

At this point you could say, “ok Spyro, thanks for the tip, what’s the rest of the post for?”.

Well my fellow Street Photographers, the point of this post is to help you understand which is the camera that takes you personally, to that creative place. Because, yes, you could buy any camera but how will you know it is the right one for you specifically? This is what this post is about.

About you and about your future camera.