"How to" posts

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Hip & LCD Shooting for Street Photography Cover

It’s a slightly controversial approach, and one that will have some purists up in arms, but I think hip shooting has an important role to play in street photography when deployed as part of your wider street photography shooting technique arsenal. With that mind, I thought I’d put together a short little of my top tips for the best results using the hip shot technique for street photography, plus an extra tidbit of advice that will come in handy for hip-level LCD shooting too. So dive into our guide to hip shooting in street photography and head on out to the streets! And if you want to see some examples of the hip shot street photography technique in action, don’t forget to check out a video of Spyros Papaspyropoulos on the streets of Rethymno, Crete in our Street Talk Episode 6 – The Hip Shot Technique in Street Photography.

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Keeping Track Street Photo Contests cover

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


As I’m practicing street photography I find contests and different assignments very useful. Not only they help to find new topics within the street photography genre but also sometimes push me out of my comfort zone.

At this point I’m a member of more than 5 groups which have different weekly, bi-weekly or monthly contests, including StreetHunters.net. When I first joined these contest groups I tried to use different text files to keep track of the topics and also the deadlines, so I wouldn’t miss anything. However the text file based method was hard to maintain and also not really mobile friendly, which meant I couldn’t check the list when I was actually away from the computer. As I’m a control freak and “Getting Things Done” enthusiast in my 9-5 job, I figured a specific todo/task list would be perfect for this job!

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Ultimate Street Photography Hacks Cover

In our combined years of experience out shooting on the streets, the Streethunters.net team have picked up a thing or two. The more you practice your street photography, the more little tips and tricks you learn along the way. Things that might not seem obvious at first (or inversely, are blindingly obvious when you think about it), but that actually make a real improvement to your street photography experience. We’ve pooled our knowledge together to come up with a list for you, so strap yourselves in for the Street Hunters Ultimate Street Photography Hacks!

**Update!: This list has been updated with a couple of new hacks inspired by your suggestions, thank you!!**

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Street Photography Cloudy Weather Bad Light Cover

Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone. As a street photographer from the UK I should be pretty familiar with my country’s glorious weather. But I must confess that the sight of a leaden grey cloud-filled sky still fills me with dread. And even more so if I’ve got my camera in hand. As someone who’s fallen in love with the magic potential of powerful natural light my shoulders drop when it’s cloudy, and I lose my mojo. But I’ve resolved to do better, as I can’t forsake all the photo opportunities out there just because the weather is pants. And living in the UK, with our miserable weather, I can’t afford to either, as I can’t expect all that much sun year round here. So, if you’d like to join me on my quest to better my street photography when the clouds come rolling in, read on for my top tips for street photography in cloudy weather and flat light. And, if you’re a really hardy soul who’s not in the mood to let a spot of rain dampen your spirits, don’t forget to check out my tips for street photography in rain and bad weather too.

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.

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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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Fujifilm X-Pro1 Off Camera Flash

As you may or not know, I recently made the decision to swap my DSLR for a mirrorless camera for street photography. One of the huge benefits to using DSLR cameras for photographers – and particularly DSLRs manufactured by the ‘big hitters’ Canon and Nikon – is the massive ecosystem of supported accessories available for these cameras. DSLR technology has well and truly matured now, and the fact that DSLRs have been widely used in the professional sphere for well over a decade means that supported accessories for these cameras (and most importantly a flash system) are easy to come by. By contrast mirrorless cameras as a professional and prosumer tool are newer arrivals on the block, and the flash accessories for these cameras are still developing and being refined.

Fujifilm X-Pro1 Off Camera Flash

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Off Cam Flash in Street Photography

Introduction

Stuck in a rut with your street photography? Looking for a way to add drama and pop to your images? Want to make some up close and personal “in your face” shots like the Magnum maestro Bruce Gilden? Are you yearning to practice some fast street photography at night but can’t afford to shell out for a new low-light monster camera or a fast lens? Then read this guide for how to make some great street photography shots very cheaply using an off-camera flash!!

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Rethymno Venetian port

Introduction

If you are a long time Reader of StreetHunters.net, you might probably know by now that both my partner in crime, Andrew Sweigart and myself live in very little towns that tend to be quiet most of the time, especially during the winter season.

Andrew lives in York. He has written about shooting Street in York, Lancaster, Harrisburg or Baltimore in his post My Favorite Places To Shoot Street Photography. I recommend you take a look at Andrew’s post for some tips if you leave in one of those areas.

I live in Crete. Crete has 2 major cities and 2 big towns. There are other small towns and mostly villages on the island. I live in Rethymno. Rethymno is a big town. During the summer season my town is full of tourists so there are many opportunities for capturing new photographs. During winter, things are not so vibrant. If you check my post A guide to Street Photography in Rethymno, Crete you will notice that the best part of town to shoot is the Old Venetian town and that is but a small part of the greater Rethymno area. That is where I shoot on a daily basis. I can walk from one side of the old town to the other and back in 1 hour. I have taken more than 20.000 photographs here in the past 3 years and I keep shooting. Even though I have published 367 photos on flickr (at the time of this post) I still feel that my little town has a lot of new photographic opportunities to offer me. I have felt myself suffocate here photographically. I have felt myself wither and fade into boredom. I have also thought of never, ever taking another photograph when in Rethymno, but those thoughts are all in the past now. I have found ways to get over the feeling of being bored and I want to share how with you all.

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Introduction

Photokina is the epicenter for gear lust. Held every two years, it’s where a huge amount of manufacturers come to unveil the latest and greatest in all things photographic. The most recent one in Cologne, Germany is just wrapping up as of this writing. The steady stream of of oohs and ahhs from the event has been filling my social media feeds for a week. Needless to say, a few things have caught my eye. From the out-of-my-reach offerings from Leica to more affordable shooters from Pentax, there’s been plenty to drool over.

It’s understandable that shiny new cameras and glass can give us, with our current gear, a feeling of… inadequacy. Totally normal. Expected, even. But this happens to a lot of people with a lot of different things. That hot sports car. The big(ger) screen tv. The sleek new laptop. The refrigerator with WiFi capabilities?

But with photographers, gear lust seems kind of different. Perhaps it’s the same with any sort of hobbyist/enthusiast/amateur (musician, shortwave radio operator, remote-controlled airplane pilot, etc.), but still being fairly new to photography, I find myself consumed by gear lust often and deeply. And when I search around the internet checking out gear, I see I’m definitely not alone. Not by a long shot.

New gear is announced and it seems, almost immediately, debate arises over tech specs by people who haven’t even seen image samples yet or better yet, held the latest and greatest in their hands.