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7 Tips for Reluctant Street Photographer Cover

NOTE: This is a Guest Blog post written by Hamish Gill from 35mmc exclusively for www.streethunters.net.


Street photography – at least as I think it’s commonly understood – is something I wouldn’t ever say I aspire toward. For a start, I’m not sure I really know what street photography is! It’s such a broad term that seems to get applied to such a vast array of different sub-fields of photography that it’s quite hard to put a finger on.

To my mind, what most people – or at very least the layman – think of when they hear the term street photography is probably closer to the output of the likes of Bruce Gilden. But of course this isn’t really that accurate. The broader field of street photography seems to have laid claim to all sorts of sub-fields of photography. Take Fan Ho for example. I’ve repeatedly read of Fan Ho being classified as ‘street’, but look at his most famous works, and then compare them to Gilden’s. Unless you’re some sort of history of art type with a masters in bullshit, you’re probably going to find it quite hard to find much parity. Both shot/shoot a lot of black & white, both are highly regarded within their respective sub-fields of street photography, yet in pretty much every way they are different in terms of style and output. Gilden is brash and heavy handed, whereas Ho was contemplative, and produced work that feels gentle and light in its touch.

Not only is the field of street photography broad, but also – perhaps because of so many of the greats being easy to classify as such – it’s a very difficult field to find solid a footing within, never mind master. It’s gotta be incredibly difficult to do anything that stands proud amongst so much incredible work. In fact, the moment you classify yourself as a “street photographer” you’re automatically classifying yourself amongst such a vast sea of greatness, where do you even start to attempt to make a mark?

Street photography is a type of photography that aims to document everyday life. If you’re set to master street photography, give these tips a go and you’ll be on the right track.

Unlike other types of photography, street photography is generally about taking candid photos of people in public. It aims to capture stories and emotions without the influence of the photographer, which is, let’s all face it, not an easy thing to master.

But don’t lose hope! Every great photographer starts somewhere. To help you get started on your journey to becoming an impressive street photographer, follow these essential tips.

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Anxiety in Street Photography Cover

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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Street Photography Vlogging setup of a Sony Action Cam on a hot shoe mount on a Fuji X-Pro1

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


If you’re reading this you’re definitely going to be familiar with the concept of blogging. But not as many people are familiar with vlogging. This is essentially a video based version of blogging which allows you to present your ideas and opinions about street photography straight to camera and reach you viewers directly. You can see several examples of vlogging on the streethunters.net YouTube channel with both the Street Talk series and the Street Hunts shot directly from the street photographer’s perspective.

Lorenzo Grifantini Beach Street Photography cover

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


Italian Summer – A Beach Street Photography Project

I took these pictures in different places around Italy—like the island of Salina in Sicily, Salento in Puglia, and Forte dei Marmi in Tuscany. I looked at people of all ages and social stations hoping to find that one common thread of surreal irony. In these difficult times for my country Italian summer is the season when Italians can express their lightness of being and their love for life. Also, as an Italian expat who has lived in London for more than ten years, I can finally see my cultural traits spread out on the beaches of Italy and that evokes strong childhood memories for me of the long happy summers I spent there.

Does Your Camera Even Matter Cover

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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NOTE: This is a Guest Blog post written by Marius Vieth and was originally posted on his personal website.


This is the story of how I wrestled with death twice to live for photography. Before I wrote this article, I told a couple of people about it since it means so much to me. Although some didn’t understand how I could talk so openly about this topic, I decided that it’s my duty to generate awareness and help others even if it means that I’m revealing my biggest weakness in front of the world.

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Ever since I could think I loved being creative. I drew a lot of pictures when I was younger and not one day passed where I didn’t build something new with Lego or just another tree house. When I was a teenager, I wanted to apply my creative drive to as many outlets as possible. It all started with gaming, finding creative, daring strategies to win Counter-Strike clan wars. After a while, building my own maps fascinated me more than anything. I spend day and night coming up with my very own digital worlds to play in. Luckily, one of my maps even made it to the biggest gaming magazine in Germany. To maybe work in the gaming industry one day, I started with coding. If my grades weren’t obvious already, this endeavor soon made me realize how math retarded I actually am.

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NOTE: This is a Guest Blog post written by Anton Fortein for www.streethunters.net


Introduction

So, our young Spyros is coming to do a street hunt in good ol’ Londontown on the 6th of June. The subject of his hunt will be ‘Flash photography on the Street’ and we are expecting a few to tag along for the show. We have planned a circuit of the West End, The City and The South Bank. This will not be the longest trek, but as anyone who knows this town will know that there is loads to take in.

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Photo by Thomas Leuthard, Street Photographer

NOTE: This is a Guest Blog post written by Thomas Leuthard for www.streethunters.net


Introduction

After five years of intense street photography with different cameras I chose to shoot some time with my mobile phone. The reason for that is simple. First of all, I had not always been carrying a camera and also got bored using it. It seemed to me that my subject was repetitive and redundant. I didn’t see a lot of new things and thought about stopping street photography. After purchasing a new mobile phone, I signed up for Instagram again after years of inactivity there. The decision was clear. I wanted to shoot Instagram only for 50 days and built up a community there.

Nikon 1 trinity

NOTE: This is a Guest Blog post written by Mauricio Hernández (a.k.a. Mavritivs) for www.streethunters.net


This is not a review of the Nikon 1 cameras or lenses. This is my general experience using these cameras, primarily for street photography. Lastly, I do not label myself as a street photographer. I am just a photographer who happens to like street photography.

*** The Nikon 1 (CX Mount) lenses have a 2.7x crop. Keep this in mind when looking at the exif data of the following photographs. ***

NIKON V2 : 30mm f/5.6 1/640s ISO 400
NIKON V2 : 30mm f/5.6 1/640s ISO 400

When the J1 and V1 were released, many complained about the sensor size being too small. However, it seemed that most of the negative reviews came from people who did not own or had not used the cameras at all. Everyone who did own or had used them, seemed to love the system. Fortunately, I bought the V1 a couple years after its release which enabled me to enjoy a more mature system with some improvements and wider selection of lenses. At the moment, I own the V1, V2 and V3 cameras along with 5 lenses and the SB-N5 flash.