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Street Photo Sins & How I Overcome Them Cover

Street Photography, like so many disciplines, is all about ebbs and flows, peaks and troughs. Days when everything goes swimmingly, and days when you wonder what the bloody point is, and why you’re putting yourself through this torture! That’s certainly the case for me anyway. I’m starting to learn that, like so many things in life, success (or even happiness) in street photography can often be down to your attitude, preparation, and skill. So I wanted to share with you what I’ve learned so far about my worst street photography habits, and what I try do to overcome them. So read on for my street photography deadly sins and how I avoid the temptation of falling into their traps.

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Fujifilm X-Pro1 X-Trans image sensor

Introduction

Back in September 2015 I wrote a post titled “13 Reasons Why You Should Shoot Film In Street Photography“. That post had been welcomed by many, especially by all us nostalgic film users. Today I have decided to share with you 15 reasons why you should shoot Digital in Street Photography, because as you know I shoot both and I still can’t make up my mind. What I keep telling myself is that we shouldn’t have to make up our minds and choose one or the other, we can shoot with both. In addition to the above reason, I tried searching on the web for reasons to shoot digital and I couldn’t really find any. It seems that everybody has been writing about reasons to shoot film, so this is a good opportunity for me to go against the trend and even against my own preachings from the previous post.

Let us for one instant imagine that you dear reader and I were chatting in a pub, right now, enjoying our favourite beverages (beer for me), talking about photography, and I was totally and utterly a 100% digital shooter (which I am not) and I wanted to convince you of the benefits of digital technology in Street Photography, this is what I would have told you to make you see things my way.

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Street Photographer Dream Christmas Wishlist Cover

It’s that time of the year again, when lists get made, and street photographers everywhere start hoping for new photobooks, camera bags, and if they’ve been especially good, even new cameras. Here at street hunters, we’ve already put together a list of the best goodies for street photographers to ask for from Santa for Christmas. But poring over that article and Spyros’ attendant video got me thinking – what would my street photography wish list be? What would be the dream selection for street photographers if money (and reality) were no object? Read on for the street photographer’s dream Christmas wishlist to Santa!

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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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Introduction

These days it feels as if everyone is shooting with digital cameras. The reasons are many, but the basic and most obvious one is that like everything else surrounding us, photography too has been digitised. Digital photography produces great results, just as good as film, and some even claim it has now surpassed film. More and more amazing high quality Full Frame and APS-C sensors are being squeezed into small modern cameras with tremendous abilities. But still, there are Street Hunters out there that prefer film over digital. The Romantics of photography, the analogue masters of light. Why though? Why would someone living in our time choose to still use film over digital in Street Photography? What could film offer that digital can’t do even better? I have thought about this many times, especially during my transition from digital to film 2 years ago and I’m come up with 13 reasons why I think you should shoot film in Street Photography.

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Best Locations for Street Photography cover photo

Introduction

Sometimes it can be really difficult to find inspiration for street photography. Or perhaps you’re a new street photographer just starting out on your street photography odyssey and you’re not sure where to begin. I thought I’d put together some tips in the form of a list of the best locations for street photography you can seek out in your local town or city. If you bring yourself, your camera, and a bit of patience to just a few of these locations I can guarantee you’ll find some interesting subjects for street photography! So read on for my list of the best street photography locations.

Warning: Most of the locations I’m suggesting are public places, so (depending on your local laws) you shouldn’t have any problems photographing at them. However a few of the locations will more than likely be privately owned, which means you need to use discretion when photographing at these locations.

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The Best Times for shooting Street Photography

Introduction

They say ‘timing is everything’. Street photography is all about totally unplanned moments and quite often the sheer luck of a perfect moment unfolding right in front of you. But you don’t always have the luxury of spending a whole day wandering the streets in search of that elusive magic moment for a street photo. Sometimes you can only find an hour or two to steal away and hit the streets. So I thought I’d put together a guide to the best times of the day for street photography which you can use as a handy pointer when time is precious and you’re planning to head out for just a little while for a quick burst of photography. So read on for some pointers on the optimum times to be armed with your camera and hitting the streets!

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The 4 Cs of Street Photography

Introduction

A warmest of welcomes and a big thank you to everyone who’s choosing to enter our ViewBug Street Photography contest!

Street photography is, without a doubt, one of the most vibrant and exciting types of photography a shooter can indulge in. It is always evolving and for the most part, does not follow any rules! However, some of you may be new to street photography or unsure of how to approach it. Here is my quick “4 C’s” of street photography to get your feet wet!

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The 20 Influential Street Photographers 2015

The first crowdsourced list of Street Photographers ever made

Two weeks ago we asked for your help to find the 20 most influential contemporary Street Photographers and the feedback we received was amazing. The comments just kept flying in and we are so grateful for that overwhelming participation. You recommended many Street Photographers out of which a list of 75 names was finally made. We think that this has been the first crowdsourced list of Street Photographers ever made and you all made it! Thank you!

You recommended and you voted

A week ago, we asked you dear Readers to do one more thing for us and that was to vote for your most influential Street Shooter out of the list of 75. You voted 21,137 times!

Thank you!

It is understandable that each one of you is influenced by different Street Photographers for different reasons and that is what makes this vote even more interesting. Influences play an important role in the way an artist perceives the world and his/her art, so it is only logical that each one of us has different sources of inspiration, making our perception of what we consider “an influence” unique. What is important is that you all helped us with your vote to find who are the 20 most influential Street Photographers at this time according to you. So here they are:

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NOTE: This is a Guest Blog post written by Yiannis Yiasaris for www.streethunters.net.
Edited by Spyros Papaspyropoulos.


Introduction

Ultra wide angles are very difficult to master. Especially in Street Photography if you are not prepared to get close and personal with your subject and when I say close I mean like two lovers with a glass of wine shared between them, then my advice is to try with a longer focal length.

However if you choose to get close, you will be rewarded with some beautiful cinematic pictures with a strong sense of drama.

One of the hardest things with an ultra wide lens when shooting on the street, is to correctly place your subject into the frame. The reason for this is because wide angle lenses have the ability to “suck everything into your frame” and most of the times some unwanted elements slip in unnoticed that can totally destroy your composition and your photograph. The slightest miscalculation that could bring you a few cm closer or further away from your subject, could have a huge impact on the final result.

Another important thing that you should have in mind when going ultra wide, is the relationship between your subject and your background. What you should remember is that the closer you are to your subject, the further your background is pushed away.

Below I share with you 6 Tips for shooting Ultra Wide Angle Street Photography that I have picked up along the years . I hope you find them useful.