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Introduction

“As long as we live we learn and as long as we learn we live”.

I don’t know when I heard this quote and I don’t remember who said it. I certainly didn’t read it on the web. This was something told to me when I was a kid and it made a huge impact on me. The reasons are obvious and I think self explanatory. 

Every day is a new day, full of new experiences even if we spend our days in the same office room, doing the same job, or going to the same school day in day out, or riding the same bus, the same train etc. Something always happens and we get to experience something new. No matter how minor or major the experience, we learn something and that means that we exist, we grow, we progress at our own pace. Learning and living, living and learning. Those are two things that complete each other as far as I am concerned and that is what the quote means. But it also means one more thing. That we can learn from anything and anyone because as long as we are alive and our brain is working, we are observing and absorbing our surroundings.

I have two daughters. Both of them use cameras. My oldest daughter Pavlina Papaspyropoulou is now 6 years old and she likes shooting Street Photography sometimes. She has been making Street Photos for a year now and I have been escorting her and observing her. She uses my old SONY DSC-V1, a great 5MP, digital camera, as well as some other pocket cameras that lie around the house just incase someone needs to take a photo. I never thought I would learn new things by looking at her shooting and answering her frequent questions about cameras and Street Photography, but I have and I would like to share with you all 6 Street Photography tips I learned from my 6 year old daughter: 

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Introduction

Everyone that shoots Street knows that passion and drive alone are not enough to keep one going for years and years. There are times when the will is not enough because of lack of purpose. This is something that is apparent in many things in life.

Our brains need goals in order to make our life experiences interesting. In Street Photography there comes a point when just hitting the streets and shooting random photos, is not enough no matter how good the photographs. Without purpose the experienced Street Photographer’s eyes can’t see interesting situations.

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One Camera & One Lens for Street Photography

Introduction

Ever since I have started shooting Street Photography I have been a strong advocate of the “One Camera & One Lens for Street Photography” philosophy. If you don’t know of the term, it is pretty self explanatory. It means that I like shooting with one camera and one lens without making any change to my setup while on a project / assignment or just a photowalk. Personally I like simplifying things even more by making that lens a prime lens, always. I feel that zoom lenses do not count for “one” lens. They count for as many lenses as the available focal length offers. So for a example a 16-50mm zoom lens, can shoot like a 16mm lens, a 17mm lens, an 18mm lens and so on and so forth all the way up to a 50mm lens. When I go on a Street Hunt, I take only one camera with one prime lens with me and leave the rest of my gear at home. Have you tried this? You should and here are the reasons why.

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Summer slacking

Introduction

Dear Street Hunters,

The summer is upon us, at least for all of us on the northern hemisphere and everything feels and possibly is more relaxed and toned down. The summer is a perfect time for experimentation, trying out new and exciting things or just moving out of our comfort zones in order to see what will happen. That usually happens automatically by just going on holiday, but as Street Hunters, we can also adjust our Street Photography behavioural patterns to adapt to new habits and situations, just to spice things up.

As you might have guessed, here at StreetHunters.net (here being a virtual plane of existence, since we are everywhere and nowhere but exist as digital information within the matrix of the web) we have had an itch for a break. So, we thought that it would be just great to take a week or two off and recharge our batteries while at the same time shooting Street Photography without the pressure of having to make a good shot in order to share it on a daily basis on our website. Switching to summer mode gives the brain a chance to think on other levels and in different speeds and gives us all the opportunity to take on a fun awesome summer project. A project that doesn’t feel like a project, but more like a game! Great huh?

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Introduction

Street Hunting is a sport for the quick. It requires quick thinking and quick reflexes. You’re not shooting in a studio. You’re not shooting a landscape. You’re shooting on the street and things happen fast. Motion and action everywhere. So much so that it feels like the city, even the streets and the structures are alive. Awareness is key. Scenes, shots… some unfold in an instant. And then some seem to develop in slow motion. The prize, the shot, goes to the predictor. But, even the most accurate of seers can be surprised when their prediction changes course and the shot streams off onto another destination, into a frame that is now lost to the shooter. So the hunter must be aware and decisive. There’s no time for indecision. Again, we return to speed. The shutter is fast, and so should be the shooter’s mind. Analyzing, calculating, and composing… these are all things the hunter’s mind is processing while the eyes seek the target. It’s a beautiful mess of science and art, the left and right sides of the brain colliding in milliseconds before you press the shutter. There’s so much going on, that it can be easy to lose the things we should think about before we fire. Let’s examine some of the things I think about before I press that magic button.

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A while back we published a post called “The 10 most Influential Active Street Photographers“ that was about the 10 Street Photographers that are still active and that influence the Street Photography world in one way or another. Some might inspire with their work, others with the expertise and others with their overall contribution. No matter how though, the important thing is that all the people listed in the post have something to offer to the Street Photography Community. Even though most of the comments we received were positive, we also had the odd troll here and there, one of the most common asked questions was why are there no ladies listed. At first we got this question asked on Social Media Networks and then our Readers asked us on our website. Well, the answer is that we never noticed until you told us. That means that during our research we didn’t choose to look only at the work of male Street Photographers, it just happens that male Street Photographers are more active. It is just something that is what it is. What I am trying to say is that we didn’t leave out the ladies deliberately. Those comments though sparked an interest in us. We searched the internet looking for a list of Lady Street Photographers but we couldn’t seem to find one. So, we thought that since we had been asked by our Readers to add more ladies in our “The 10 most Influential Active Street Photographers“, why not make a separate post with a list of Inspirational lady Street Photographers. So, we did our research and today StreetHunters.net presents you with “25 Inspirational Ladies of Street Photography”.

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Introduction

Let’s have a little fun, shall we? With this post, I’d like to share with you my 7 personal good habits I practice when shooting on the street. These aren’t carved in stone, by any means and they’re definitely subject to change. But, I’ve found these to be the most popular ones I employ and usually the most helpful. So, let’s dive in…

1. Be Prepared

This is simple, but necessary. By being prepared, I mean be ready for any situation that might arise when out on a street hunt. First, I ALWAYS make sure I have an extra battery and that it’s fully charged like the one in the camera. The NEX-6 I use isn’t horrible as far as battery life, but when I’m out, it’s always on. Plus, I have the LCD cranked to its brightest for when I’m shooting from the hip, which I’ve been forced to do a lot of lately. That is a real juice-sucker! I’ve even purchased another battery just to be safe.

Also, you must be ready for the elements. Proper attire and an umbrella are things to have handy.

A different focal length lens is another thing to consider. Different shots may demand another lens. I like to stick to one focal length when hunting, but there’s times where I’ve regretted not having another lens with me. Specifically, a wider-angled one. I usually shoot with the 35 or the 50mm lenses, but I keep the svelte 16-50 powerzoom tucked in my little bag just in case.

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Influential Street Photographers Updated

Update

After quite a few suggestions from you, the StreetHunters.net Readers, we added an extra section at the bottom of the post called “Influential Active Street Photographers recommended by our Readers”. Enjoy!


Introduction

During the past years Street Photography has become widely accepted as a form of art and expression. More and more people have learned to appreciate it and to understand how hard it is to get it right. The reason why Street Photography has become more mainstream is because of some influential few that have managed to spread the word about it through their style, their blogs, their videos and their constant sharing of their experiences. These few Street Photographers that share their ideas with the rest of the world, their methods and their passion for the art have transformed Street Photography into what it is today.

The StreetHunters.net team decided to make a list of those influencers as a way to say “thank you” for their contribution to the world of Street Photography. We understand that some of you dear StreetHunters.net Readers might not agree with some of the names being on this list. We also understand if you feel like it must be longer, or shorter. But, no matter what each and every one of us thinks, it is certain that every single Street Photographer presented here today, has helped re-shape Street Photography as we know it. So here goes:

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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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NOTE: This is in no way an affiliate linking article. Street Hunters do not share affiliated material and if we ever will, we will let you know. For this reason this post doesn’t offer links to the objects mentioned. You can easily find everything with a simple Google search. If you don’t feel like reading, I have prepared a video in which I read the blog post for you. You can find that video at the bottom of the post.

Introduction

Dear Readers,
The Holidays are upon us and it is a time of joy and gifts! A time where we usually get new things or even better we are given new things! As Street Photographers, most of us are also gadget enthusiasts and in search for the perfect camera accessories. We keep on finding ourselves on shiny eshops looking through they goodies and making our wish lists. Some of us might have basic needs, like a new camera, but others are out searching for that one thing (or many things) that will make all the difference to them the next time they are out on the street, taking photographs. What is on your wishlist this Holiday season? Have you thought about it? Well, I have thought about it and have come up with a short list. In addition I also asked the other Street Hunters what they would like for Christmas as well as some other photographer friends and this is the list filled of their awesome ideas, ideas which you might find useful!