Personal Views

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28mm lens for street photography cover

Regular readers of Street Hunters will probably have seen several of our past posts about the different lenses you can use for street photography. We’ve discussed the various merits of telephoto lenses for street photography, wide lenses, and 50mm lenses. Choosing the best lens for your street photography is an agonising decision, because they all have their strengths, weaknesses and compromises. Some photographers will chop and change their lenses and focal lengths a lot, others will pick one focal length and stick to it, while others will go through ‘phases’ of shooting one focal length for a while, then another, and so on. Having done my fair share of lens roaming myself, I am starting to wonder if I’ve finally found a lens that is perfect for my street photography, and that lens is around the equivalent to 28mm focal length on ‘full frame’. Why? Read on for more…

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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Colour in Street Photography

I’ve been thinking about this topic for some time, and Alexander Merc’s Guest Post last week on the Battle of Street Photography further inspired me. Unsurprisingly, as a member of Street Hunters, one way and another, I see quite a lot of street photos every day. The photos I see are a mix of street shots submitted by the established street photography big hitters, photos presented by up-and-coming street photographers, and photos from those just starting out on their street photography journey. The work I see is at all kinds of levels – some of it totally blows me away, at other times I can clearly see when a photographer needs more time and practice to develop their skills.

The Problem With Black and White Street Photography

There is something in particular that I identify more often than not in a street photographer’s work, and it’s often particularly evident in a street photographer who’s at an early stage in their photographic journey. I’m talking about shooting street photographs exclusively in black and white. Or as I see it, neglecting the importance of colour in a street photography. I firmly believe that some photographers when they first start out with street photography are holding themselves back by shooting exclusively in monochrome, and they should really consider using colour.

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Cover Photo from post


Most photographers (myself included) will often go through a period when they worry about their choice of gear. Both the blessing and the curse of getting more into photography and learning about camera equipment is that you realise how good some specialised equipment is for some types of photography, and how bad it is for others. Someone in search of wide landscape shots isn’t going to get on very well with a 300mm lens for instance, and a wide angle lens is far from ideal if you want to take photos of birds in flight. These examples are obviously more extreme, but it’s surprising the nuanced differences that you’ll find over just a small change in focal length, especially in a genre as demanding as street photography. 26mm, 22mm, 15mm or 10mm of difference in ‘reach’ or wideness between lenses can make all the difference between getting a shot or missing one. With this in mind, and having shot street photography extensively with a mix of focal lengths from 16mm to 50mm, I’d like to offer my thoughts on using a 50mm lens for street photography.

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What is Street Photography?


Uh oh. Deep breath. I’m sticking my neck out and putting my head on the proverbial block as I’m going to attempt the impossible and try and define street photography. So strap yourselves in, this is sure to be a bumpy ride.

I’m going to start with the mother of all kop outs though – art is subjective. It is totally and utterly subjective. One artist’s creation will be viewed as a work of unparalleled genius by some, while others will see it as mediocre, average, or just plain boring. Or maybe it won’t even stir any emotion at all in them. I remember giving a presentation at high school where I had to pick my favourite work of art and my least favourite. I chose a Ralph Goings photorealistic painting as my favourite, and an Anselm Kiefer creation as my least favourite. My art teacher and many of my classmates were appalled – I’d committed heresy! Equally Edward Hopper’s paintings used to bore me – now I look at Nighthawks and I almost want to weep because it exudes such a power over me. What I’m trying to say is that art is so fluid and dynamic that applying definitive, absolute labels to it, or pigeonholing it into ‘genres’ is not really feasible, and in a few years our opinions about it might change anyway. But I shall give it a go.

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New Year’s resolutions. I don’t think I ever kept one! In truth, I think I forget about them after a month or so. Why? Being lazy is a big reason. Getting too comfortable in my ways. Change is hard, especially when we’re comfortable. But the reality is usually this: I just think I’m comfortable. Routine can be easily confused with comfort. Being set in your ways does not necessarily equal comfort. Not only that, but it leads to stagnation. No change. No growth. No evolution.

But I speak for myself, not for everyone. Some people may not need change, but I know I do. Not only as a person, but as a Street Hunter. For a little while now, I’ve felt I hit a wall with my photography. The same places. The same routines. The same style. The same shot. And worse yet, shooting less frequently. All these things can lead to creative death. And that can put someone on the fast track to just giving up on photography altogether. And that is, by far, the worst case scenario.

That being said, I made myself some promises in regards to my photography. Resolutions for this new year. Some will be easy to work at, some, maybe not. But I’m going to work at them with vigor and hopefully get the ship righted and on course. Let me share them with you!

Photo by Thomas Leuthard, Street Photographer

NOTE: This is a Guest Blog post written by Thomas Leuthard for


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.

The Best Camera for Street Photography


Dear Readers,

Before you continue reading this post, I want to let you know that this post isn’t about a specific camera make or model, it isn’t about a product that exists out there. No, not at all. This blog post is about the perfect camera that I would like to have in my hands when hitting the streets. It is a selection of features (options) I love in cameras but can’t find them all in one specific one. So just to make things clear, I am not going to present a Fujifilm, a Sony or a Ricoh. A DSLR, a MILC (CSC) or a Compact. This is purely a list of features that I would like my perfect everyday Street Photography camera to have.

I invite you to read and share your ideas

So if you work for one of the amazing Camera companies and you are looking for ideas on how to make the perfect camera for the streets, I kindly ask you to take a look. If you are a Street Photographer like me and find that I have missed something, or you don’t agree with everything and you would like to make another suggestion, please do so! Through conversation and brainstorming we can come up together with the most awesome camera concept to date. I will start by sharing my initial thoughts and then you, dear Reader can add to these thoughts and make the idea better and better and better. I would really appreciate any participation. A comment with a single idea. A large paragraph of ideas. Anything. Whatever you post in the comments, I will add it to the bottom of the list, together with your name and current camera model (as long as you provide me with that info).

Olympus Trip

Well, I did “it”.

I succumbed to peer pressure. Analog bullying, if you will.

I bought a film camera.

You might be saying, “pfft, what’s the big deal?” Well, it is a big deal. I’ve been a digital loyalist from the get-go. I’ve triumphed the ease and convenience of digital cameras for over a year. It’s all I know. Now, in my second full year of being “into” photography, it’s all I’ve shot. An Olympus e620 and the wonderful Sony NEX 5n and 6 cameras. I’ve been so in love with NEX cameras, that I believed I’d never stray. I own three prime lenses, the Sony 35mm and 50mm 1.8 and the Sigma 30mm 2.8. I love them all, but the 35 stays mounted most of the time. The NEX 6 and these lenses still surprise me to this day. How can this quirky looking camera and these relatively inexpensive pieces of glass produce great images with a novice (yes, I still consider myself a novice) behind the lens?

And the speed and ease of it all. Everything is fast. Fun putting the camera up, to downplaying the images and then to editing.

Ah, editing. So easy. I just adjust a few sliders in Lightroom and voila! Done! And I know squat about Lightroom. I’ve only been using it for a few months and really have no idea of what it’s capable of. Someday, I’ll get on that. I have a book. The free time I have, if not spent shooting, is looking at images or reading about great photographers.

So why, why did I buy a film camera?

One Camera & One Lens for Street Photography


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.