"How to" posts

Motion blur intro

Introduction

A street photo can have a lovely sharp look, where everything is in focus and frozen in time, but is can also be an imperfect image, a shaky photo that is made in such a way though that radiates dynamism and motion. Most of us just set our camera’s to A or P mode and let the camera do all the shutter speed calculations. Unless the lighting is bad, this will usually get us some pretty sharp images. There are other times when we like setting our camera to S mode and adjusting our shutter speed the maximum possible speed, so everything is perfectly frozen at the click of our shutter button. I do all the above 95% of the times I am out shooting, because I feel that if my photographs are crisp, they are somehow better. Most of the times, this is true, but there are times when I do not do anything of the above and I decide to have some fun with my camera in S or M mode by setting my shutter to slower speeds. By doing this, I can become creative with blur, motion blur!

Types of Motion Blur in Street Photography

I can think of 3 types of Motion blur in Street Photography. I am not referring to blur in general, but specifically Motion blur. In this post we will not talk about lens blur or zoom blur. Those are other techniques that don’t produce a sense of speed. Ok, maybe zoom blur does, but not in the way we want, because in zoom blur it is the focal length that changes, not the subjects in the photo or the position of the camera. We will discuss only blur types that can help give your photos movement.

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Snowy street

Introduction

Right now, some of us in the Northern Hemisphere are in winter’s icy grip. I know here in central Pennsylvania, USA, it’s the coldest winter in twenty years! That’s far, far longer than I’ve been shooting, for sure. As tempting as it is to stay inside, safe and warm, street photography in wintery conditions can be very rewarding and yield fantastic images. It’s not without risk, though. If you’re hardy enough and prepared, it can give you great rewards.

The Beauty Of Winter

I love the look of snow blanketing our cityscapes. It adds a new perspective to the same scenes we see 3/4 of the year. It changes it. Not drastically so, but enough to make you look at it differently. I see it as a fresh start… both the end and beginning of a year. It quiets the city some and can slow it down. That being said, it also changes how people move about and how they act.

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Big Pig

Introduction

Our busy lives eat up much of our precious time. Our jobs, families, school, homes and so on are hungry for our precious minutes. Carving out chunks of time for our passion, Street Photography, is necessary. For me, and I’m sure this holds true for almost every one of you, this has to be done. It gives us balance in our lives. It rejuvenates us, just like any other hobby or recreational activity would. For some, it’s what keeps us from becoming drones. From being mindless zombies that are slaves to the grind. I can definitely testify to that.

If you’re like me, the only available time to get lost in shooting is on the weekends. That’s especially true during this time of year here in the Northeast United States Of America. The days are terribly short and the nights tend to be too cold. That being said, by the time a weekend is over, I’m already planning for the next weekend. I start thinking of a plan of attack before Monday even hits. A Street Hunt (a.k.a. Street Photowalk), for me, is rarely just a grab and go venture. I usually know in advance when I’ll be able to steal a few hours to go shoot and I can plan accordingly. So, let me share how I prepare for a Street Hunt.

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Introduction

Street Photography can be a confrontational art. Not the finished product, but the creation itself. The act of snapping that candid moment can be an offensive action to the subject. When you think about it, there’s times where you wouldn’t want to be photographed! You’re not looking or feeling your best, lost in your own world, walking or just standing around. Then, you catch someone taking a candid snap of you. Depending on your mood, your disposition, you may react. Your reaction might be a simple “hey” or “what are you doing?” Another person might be more aggressive. It can become quite the sticky situation.

Doing what we do, this is bound to happen. Fortunately, this has only happened to me a few times. So what’s the best way to get out of an awkward moment when out on the street? I can only answer that question based on my personal experience, so first I have to explain my style when working on the street.

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Introduction

Is there an easy way to better street photography? Is there a system to help me improve my eye? YES!! Although I usually condone “Keep Calm and do this and that” lists, having seen the results of these few steps in action I believe that if you, yes you! take the time over the next twelve months and follow the steps below, your street photography will develop in leaps and bounds. It will take focus, dedication and without a doubt shooting every day. If you’re committed to that; continue reading, if not ; sell your camera.

The six steps are :

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Introduction

Since I began photography in January I have owned two cameras. My first purchase was a Canon SX240 compact camera and then, in July, I purchased a Nikon D7000 with the 18-105mm kit lens along with the 35mm and 50mm 1.8G prime lenses. So, why did I choose a DSLR?

I don’t have any first hand experience with any other types of camera so I would like to talk about why I chose the equipment I did. I will also talk about the positives and negatives I have found so far.

The importance of backgrounds in Street Photography

NOTE: This is a Guest Blog post written by Mario Mancuso for www.streethunters.net


Introduction

Every time we take a picture, most of our attention is on the main subject.

Certainly we must be careful to place it properly in the frame and position ourselves correctly in relation to the subject, we must avoid cutting off important parts of the photo. After all this attention to the main subject of the photo, we should not forget the background.

When reading numerous books and blogs written by professional photographers, I often encounter the claim that a great subject requires a great background. Very often we focus exclusively on the elements we are most interested in which is what our eyes are seeing. So, when we photograph, if we do not make an explicit effort to consider all the other elements that make up the scene, we risk including something that will ruin the final result.

The background is of fundamental importance in the composition of the image emphasizing the subject, improving the photography, or if not adequate, it may cause irreparable damage to the image, making it chaotic.

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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.

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Determining your Street Photography Style

Introduction

So when taking a long, hard look at this title, I had to ask myself an obvious question. “What is my street photography style?”  Talk about a tough one! Do I even have a “style” per se? Hmmm.

Creating a style for oneself is by no means an easy task. Since I’m a new photographer, this is still a work in progress. Figuring out what my style is, as the end product, to me, is a Herculean task. Let me sort of digress and go into the music world. I never wanted to be in a band that sounded like anyone else’s band. My goal was to create our own SOUND. THAT sound encompassed everything aural. Tones, beats, noises, grooves, riffs, samples, lyrics and the singing. All the sounds. I wanted nothing more than for someone to hear us, with an unheard song in a mix, and say HEY! That sounds like Deerheart! To have your style be your identification, without a listener even seeing who you are… that was a goal of mine, personally. And an admirable one too, I thought. I would have loved to be an influence on someone else’s style and hopefully we were. I do know this: we rocked people as much as we turned them away. I thought that was a good start!

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How to file for easy retrieval in Photoshop

Introduction

With a strike rate of one in a hundred, the storage of digital negatives for street photography is critical. I have a method based on the wise words from Don Han and his co authored book ‘On being a photographer’, which every photographer should spend the few pennies and sharpen up their skills.

Storage these days is easy, with external hard drives and the cloud but the process should be equally simple. This is how I do it from SD card to save and close.