Personal Views

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Introduction

It’s hard to top a great day of shooting. Even a mostly fruitless excursion can be considered a success add long as you know there’s one good shot on that memory card..When shooting digital, the urge to immediately review and begin editing can be terribly irresistible. Knowing you have just one great shot on that card can trigger an almost child-like state of impatience.

And if you’re like me, you more than likely snuck a peek at your shots on the LCD. Yes, I’m most definitely guilty of this and I guarantee it does nothing to settle the urge to edit.

But rushing to edit what you just know is a killer shot, or shots, isn’t necessarily the smart move. After a year of taking street photography seriously, I can humbly offer some advice that has worked for me… wait.


NOTE: This Blog post is Part 2 of 2. You can read Part 1 here


Introduction

As the StreetHunters idea became a reality and took flight, the pressure increased. The pressure to deliver the goods. The challenge was on. I had to produce images and I had to write about my journey as a StreetHunter. This was, and still is, no easy feat. I had just dipped my toes into street photography’s waters and I was still definitely at the shallow end of the pool. Both Rob and Spyros had some experience. I had very, very little. It was exciting and intimidating, this challenge… but I welcomed it. I sweated and stressed over it, but I welcomed it. I was falling deeply in love with street photography and I wanted to become a great Street Hunter. I wanted to be a good photographer. Once I embraced the fact that being part of this project would give me the support, the encouragement and the push to develop my skills, it was, and has been, pedal-to-the-metal.

But, it hasn’t been a smooth ride. Like any creative endeavor, each success was followed by multiple failures. Personally, there’s been several moments of doubt. And the StreetHunters project hit rough patches as well. But anything good is worth fighting for and fight we did.

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NOTE: This Blog post is Part 1 of 2. You can read Part 2 here


Introduction

Just barely over one year ago, I began my Street Hunters adventure. Needless to say, it has profoundly affected my life. It has turned into an obsession. It went from being an experiment to a full-blown addiction. Fourteen months ago, if a psychic would have told me I would be consumed by street photography, I would have laughed. If they would have told me I’d forsake hours of sleep poring over images, researching street photography’s masters out writing blog posts like this… I’d laugh harder. And if they would have told me I’d go crazy editing for the weekend, checking the weather forecast and basically praying for a few good hours to shoot… I’d be in tears.

But, it obviously would have all been true. Truth is, I’m thankful to be in the grasp of this thing that we do. I’ve pursued other creative endeavors before. I’ve been a journalist and a musician, and still enjoy making some noise now and again. And I followed my heart with each of those artistic notions. However, I didn’t see street photography coming. It wasn’t even on the radar. The reality is, I was pushed!

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Casper's Yashica

Introduction

Theres been a lot of talk and banter on our G+ community page regarding film over digital. Street Hunters are quite divided on the subject; digital is the lazy art of photography, and analogue some weird ju ju akin to Alchemy or digital shooters are the jedi masters of speed and agility and film buffs doddery relics of a golden age.

I shoot digital, although as an artist I believe having a fixed position, especially when in the early stages of your training is restricting. So with that in mind, a  few weeks ago I happened to be browsing through E-Bay and stumbled upon a Yashica Electro 35. £9 plus £6.15 p+p.( please use a currency converter – in short the camera was being sold for less than four pints of lager) In the description the owner had written ‘ This was my grandfathers, I think it still works.’ As a sucker for the sentimental I was now riven with E-Bay fever. Click, and after 17hrs of waiting, the e-mail arrived! I was now the owner of the Yashica. It arrived 6 days later, and these are my thoughts.

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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.

Introduction

Art is not immune to change. Artists, and the tools that they use, reap the benefits of advances made in technology. Creators, if they allow themselves, can experiment, push mediums or even break new ground with greater ease if they choose to embrace change. Doors and eyes can be opened for the first time, or just opened wider. Photography is a shining example of this. To think how far photography has come in the past two decades is absolutely mind-blowing. Technological growth has affected everything we know, and to degrees that we often shrug off advancements as common, or expected. As photographers in the now, we take change in stride. We embrace the legacy of the greats whose work has inspired us and compelled us to create, but we use the evolving technology to get us to our creative endpoint. Street Photography is not approaching a new age, it’s in the heart of it. The genre is being directly affected by the science we often take for granted. It’s changing the game. Some say for the worse, but I believe for the better. Allow me to present some reasons why we are in a New Age of street photography.

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.

Marble Arch by Anton Fortein

NOTE: This is a Guest Blog post written by Anton Fortein for www.streethunters.net


It could be that deep down I’m a bit of a hipster, an old-school hipster. I’m certainly old enough (having been born before the moon landings) to remember a pre-digital time. A time before Windows NT 3.1 powered systems invaded the workspace, and commodore 64 consoles were a distant memory. And more importantly, I’m young enough not to be seen as an old fart who goes on and on about the ‘good old days’

It could be that I don’t earn enough money (or been given, won or saved enough) to afford a top of the range DSLR, or a mirrorless system camera. I do however have a few ‘old school’ mirrorless cameras… lovingly called rangefinders. Gone are the days of picking up a ‘like new’ YASHICA 35GT, but a few good deals on The Bay are still to be had.

Andrew Sweigart - Street Hunter

Introduction

“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” A very true statement. Imagine, sometime copying your style of photography! How great would that be? You’re a hero, an idol, a GOD behind the lens! But there’s something else even more powerful than being imitated. That’s the power to INSPIRE. Lighting someone’s fire to create, that’s where it’s at. That’s the best flattery of them all! But let me explain why I feel it’s important to us, as photographers, to not copy or imitate someone’s style, but to be our own animal. Our own creature that evolves constantly and maybe inspires someone else to create their own art.

NOTE: This is a subject that I feel I don’t have the really professional technical knowledge for, so everything I write in this post is from personal experience. If something is inaccurate, please correct me! You are most welcome to do so!

Introduction

A Street Photographer has many camera lens options for when shooting. A Street Photographer can use a camera equipped with a zoom lens, or a prime lens. Zoom lenses provide Street Hunters with focal length flexibility but are usually bigger and not as sharp or as fast as prime lenses. So, naturally primes are widely used in Street Photography, without that being the rule of course. When someone uses primes they automatically have a lighter and smaller kit to carry around, compared to another Photographer who uses a big zoom lens which gives them some advantages in movement and stealth.

There are many different types of Prime lenses. There are ultra wide lenses, wide lenses, normal lenses, classic portrait lenses, telephoto lenses and ultra telephoto lenses.  Today, we will talk about the wide angle lenses and discuss their pros and cons in Street Photography.