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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.

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Street Photography is a genre of photography that could be argued by most that it has it’s own etiquette. I find this logical since it involves interaction with other human beings and whenever there a more than one human being involved in some sort of interaction, rules must be followed, if not rules then at least something like a customary code of behaviour.

So this customary code of behaviour or etiquette, these DOs and DON’Ts if you prefer, can help us Street Photographers enjoy our Street Hunting to the max, but at the same time without getting ourselves into too much trouble.

In this post, I will share with you some things that you ought to keep in mind while Street Shooting.

I remember, when I was younger, my dad always used to tell me what I shouldn’t do (in a situation), before he told me what I should do. Now that I am a father myself, I understand that he was trying to protect me. So, after careful consideration and following his example, I think that it would be best to share the DON’Ts of Street Photography first and then in a another post, share the DO’s.

So let’s get started.

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Ever since I started shooting in the Streets, I have been hooked to it. I love the way that sometimes scenes just unfold themselves right in front of my lens and I feel so lucky that I am there to press the shutter button to capture them. 

I have noticed that after shooting in the same town or city for a long period of time, I begin to get it’s vibe and I start to comprehend it better and better. When shooting in a small town, this comprehension might come to me faster, depending of course on the complexity of the people and the architecture in the area. I must admit thought, that after shooting in the same streets for many weeks or even months, a time comes when I feel that I have nothing more to capture. I feel that I have explored every corner, that I know every way the light shines in each street and sometimes I even know which people to expect during specific times of the day. When this happens to me, there is always one thing that I do that excites me and makes me feel a new interest for my town.  I go nocturnal.

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I use a Mirrorless camera 90% of the time for my Street Hunting. The other 10% is split into 35mm film Rangefinder cameras and my iPhone. This is not by chance. Mirrorless cameras have many advantages in Street Photography and we will talk about the most important ones below. Before we get into that though, I would like to tell you in simple words what a Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera is and give you a few examples.

A MILC (Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera) is a camera that does not need a mirror to work, as a DSLR does. It uses interchangeable lenses, unlike digital compact cameras and usually has a large image sensor, from Nikon CX, to m4/3 to full frame. A few good examples of MILCs are the SONY NEX System, the Leica Digital M System, the Olympus OM-D, The Fuji X System and more. So, from the above description you can understand that for example the very popular Fuji X100S is not a MILC since it doesn’t offer the option of changing lenses, but on the contrary the Fuji X-Pro1 is a MILC because it works without a mirror and works around an interchangeable lens system.

Introduction

It is 00:50 and I have just about finished posting one of my recent photos on the Social Networks called “Legs”. “Legs” is a photo about a girl in a skirt walking in the street at night. She has great legs as you can imagine by the title and they inspired me to capture her, freeze her in time. What I felt, the anticipation, the satisfaction after the shot, the thrill, all those feelings are some of the reasons why I just love Street Photography!

If you were to ask me: 

“Spyros, what are the 10 reasons why you love Street Photography?”

I would have to say the following: