Two things happened to lead to this portrait, a last minute reschedule from a client and a mess around in Set.A.Light 3D Studio. Then it hit me, I could create an idea of a shoot in the program. Then walk downstairs and copy the setup and boom. Sorted.
Last week I had the absolute pleasure of chatting with Peter Hurley for the better part of an hour in order to try and scratch a little deeper into his life, find out what drove him, what keep his motors running, his passion and drive seemingly endless.
I’m not sure if you guys are up to date on who Clay Cook is, but you should be. Because as I speak he’s on his way to Africa to climb Kilimanjaro in aid of Charity, it’s a truly kick ass event! More details here.
So I’ve had this plan for a while now spanning from Lara Jade to Peter Hurley and more where I want to bring you these killer intimate articles where not only do we get to see a serious glimpse into what it’s taken these guys and gals to succeed but also how it’s impacted them into the journey they have today.
Lately, I’ve been inspired to take things “back to basics”. Often I take photography too seriously and forget the importance of always staying a beginner, and sticking to fundamentals. Consider this an opportunity for me to share some practical tips I’ve leaned over the last 10 years in terms of what I think makes a great street photograph (either watch the video above, or read more for the text).
Of course this is not an all-inclusive list; there’s lots of other things which make a great street photograph. But if you’re starting off in street photography, or want a quick refresher, I hope some of these ideas will spark some inspiration for you.
Hey streettogs, if you want to learn some practical tips and techniques when shooting on the streets, check out the video, or read more to see all 15 tips.
Knowing what to shoot and learning how to tell a story in your videos can be a challenge. It’s something you pick up with over time with experience, but where do you begin?
Rob Nelson’s latest video on Rob & Jonas’ Filmmaking Tips helps get you started with some solid story telling advice. While the primary subject is video footage, the same principles also apply to telling stories with a series of photographs, too.
This 4 minute video packs a lot of information into a short space of time and I’m sure many will be able to pick up at least one new trick here, even if you’re been doing street photography for a while.
Simplify. Back to basics. Classic. Timeless.
You see, the biggest criticism I find myself offering to students and friends of mine is to simplify an image. Most importantly, the background. People seem to enter this state of mind where they lock a camera lens down to 1.2 or 1.4 etc and shoot the model or subject anywhere and everywhere as long as the light looks great on them.
“Once the background is blurry it’s all gravy!”, well, I disagree, and I disagree strongly.
Something I’ve always struggled with as a photographer is being willing to put my work out there for the world to see. As a branding junkie, it’s not that I’m not proud of my work, it’s that I want to somehow come up with a cohesive portfolio before I market myself in a particular genre of photography.
There’s a fatal flaw with this sort of logic though, as pointed out in the most recent Chase Jarvis RAW video. No one will ever notice you or see what you’re capable of if you don’t share your work. [Read more…]