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Intermediate Flash Street Photography Workshop by Spyros Papaspyropoulos & Digby Fullam

Intermediate Flash Street Photography Workshop

Dear Streethunters.net Readers,

As you might know, every year I visit the Rethymno Carnival here in Crete because it is a rich source of photographic opportunities, surreal moments and amazing characters. During the Carnival season, people are very relaxed, very happy and extremely open to almost anything! So, as you can very well understand, my little town of Rethymno is transformed into a hive of ecstatic, drunk (and dare I say drugged) party animals from all over the world. Not shooting on that day would be a Street Photography sin! If you want to get a general idea of what goes on during these days, you can take a look at the following videos from 2014 and 2015. They will get you into the mood in no time:

Every Carnival Season is like Christmas time for me. I get to roam the streets with my camera in one hand and my off camera flash in the other, absorbing my surroundings and taking advantage of every situation I can. During that period I tend to shoot loads more photos than I usually do and for good reason.

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Off Cam Flash in Street Photography

Introduction

Stuck in a rut with your street photography? Looking for a way to add drama and pop to your images? Want to make some up close and personal “in your face” shots like the Magnum maestro Bruce Gilden? Are you yearning to practice some fast street photography at night but can’t afford to shell out for a new low-light monster camera or a fast lens? Then read this guide for how to make some great street photography shots very cheaply using an off-camera flash!!

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Street Hunt no6

Introduction

This Street Hunt has been shot during the Carnival Day which is considered by many as the most amazing, most crazy day in Rethymno, my home town. In the video I start in the late afternoon around 1 hour before sundown and continue an hour into the night, following the excitement all the way until the end of the Carnival at the grand bonfire and the fireworks. During the video you will notice that the streets are completely packed with people dressed in all sorts of costumes. I try to blend in and take some photos of everyone having fun but I also look for people that are out of place. I always find “out of place” individuals very interesting and if I can, I try and snap them.

In this video you will see lots of laughter, mini parties, joy, funny faces and crazy stuff! You will experience Intrusive Street Photography with a Flash see how amazing this style of Street is. I am not an expert in this style, I have only practised it a few times, but I really push myself this time, mostly because people during Carnival day are more loosened up and don’t mind having a flash stuck in their face and being photographed.

My Gear

In the video I use my APS-C Sony NEX-6 with various settings, depending on the situation but mostly Flash on, a narrow aperture and Manual Focusing with zone focusing. I have pre-focused at about 1m (3 feet) so everything from around 50cm to 2m is in focus mostly. I have added annotations in the video to make sure that I communicate those settings to you all. There is lots of noise and confusion, so I think the annotations will help. The lens I use is a 20mm f2.8, equivalent to 32mm full frame. Zone focusing works with this focal range better. Larger focal ranges are harder to zone focus.

So, stick around, sit down, relax, grab a piece of pizza or whatever makes you feel comfortable and enjoy this month’s paranoid Street Hunt!

Stay Sharp & Keep Shooting!

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Street Hunt no5

Introduction

The Street Hunt that I will be guiding you through today is very interesting and unique in it’s own very special way. Why you might ask? Well, the Street Hunt No 5 has been shot during the night of Tsiknopempti. Ok, so what is Tsiknopempti and how to I pronounce that word? Ha! Well it is the one day the year that people of Greece celebrate by eating only grilled meat! So, on a typical night like this, the streets are packed with people, that are mostly drunk and stuffed with grilled food. In the air there is the smell of grilled chicken, grilled pork, souvlaki, sausages, you name it! Everyone is happy, everyone is excited and everyone is enjoying themselves! Laughter, parties, joy! All the things that let people loosen up and let a Street Photographer like me take their photos with ease. Some even ask to have their photos taken. It is just great!

But that isn’t the only thing that goes on during this night. Because Tsiknopempti is the last Thursday before the official Carnival day, people are already warming up for Carnival Sunday by walking in the streets dressed in funny costumes! Those costumes, add to the fun and excitement and help the people loosed up even more.

My Gear

In the video I use my APS-C Sony NEX-6 with various settings, depending on the situation. This time I have added annotations in the video to make sure that I communicate those settings to you all. Because of the night this is shot, there is noise and confusion, so I think the annotations help. The lens I use is a 35mm f1.8, equivalent to 50mm full frame. I love this lens because it is perfect for nearly any situation.

So, stick around, sit down, relax, grab a bowl of pop corn, or whatever makes you feel comfortable and enjoy this month’s crazy Street Hunt!

Stay Sharp & Keep Shooting!

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