It goes without saying that if you want to get better at something you have to practice. Simple, right? The thing is, that unlike more structured pursuits such as sports or music, the idea of practicing street photography seems a bit hard to wrap one’s head around. But before we get into that, we should establish the best methodology for practice in in general.
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5 pieces of street photography advice you should ignore
Street Photographers are not known for their reserve. We are happy to give advice on gear, framing and technique. But I believe the best photographers are those who also seek advice and look to learn from others. But not all advice is equal, and some ideas are outdated, narrow minded, or just plan wrong. In this article I am going to go question some of the advice that has almost become folklore in Street Photography, and pose the question, is it time to move on?
Personal projects are the ultimate secret to developing your street photography
Shooting Street Photography without a project is like food shopping when you’re hungry. You might get a few nice treats, but ultimately you get back and find there is nothing to sustain you.
So, if you’ve ever been out shooting street photography and found yourself uninspired, demotivated by not finding new material, or just not knowing what it is you’re looking for, I have the perfect solution for you – personal projects.
Seven tips for adding impact to your black and white street photography
It feels strange to be watching a COOPH video that actually has a presenter talking to the camera, but that’s exactly what we have here. COOPH approached London-based street photographer Alan Schaller. You might remember Alan from one of SmugMug films’ features last year. This time around, he’s offering up seven tips for shooting more effective black and white street photography.
11 Secrets to up your night street photography game
I’m going to share with you 11 Secrets to up your night street photography game that I teach paying customers on our London Soho Night Street Photography workshops. Don’t worry if you’re coming to one I have many more secrets!
I love the way cities come to life at night with neon lights, the sound of laughter, street lights, reflection, shop windows, it’s a different world which I’ll equip you to not only shoot but shoot well. Before you ask, all of the images here are shot handheld on various Fujifilm cameras, mainly the XT3 with 35mm f1.4 lens which is their 50mm equivalent.
Hasselblad’s new 45mm f/4 “P” lens is the ideal street photography lens for their X mirrorless system
Hasselblad has today announced the new XCD 45P; a 45mm f/4 lens for the Hasselblad X medium format mirrorless system. Officially, the “P” stands for portable, but a lot of people will likely automatically think “pancake”. It’s not, but in comparison to the size of your typical digital medium format lenses, you could be forgiven for thinking that.
This is the smallest and lightest medium format lens that Hasselblad has ever released, although Hasselblad still guarantees the image quality and clarity you’d expect from a lens for this format.
How I describe the world to myself to improve my street photography
One of the best exercises for street photography I ever adopted was to focus my internal monologue into a process of constantly describing what I am seeing. I have always been introspective about the way I work, when it comes to what influences my overarching approach, what draws my eye moment to moment, and what I look for while curating.
Shooting street photography in Ethiopia with the Fujifilm X-T3
Africa has been on my radar for a while. Having shot around Europe, India and South America, I was up for a completely new challenge, and also for exploring a continent that in many ways was different to anywhere I’d experienced. I knew it wouldn’t be easy – I’ve heard stories from fellow photographers on how certain African countries weren’t the most camera-friendly of places, and Ethiopia was one of them. In spite of this, I still wasn’t fully prepared for the intensely challenging experience I was about to embark on.
What it’s like to use a 200-600mm lens for street photography
When you think of street photography, a super-telephoto lens probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But Evan Ranft thought: why not? He teamed up with Chris House to test out a Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS lens in the street. While it still wouldn’t be his first choice for street photography, it does have its perks, and Evan shares his impressions and some photos in this interesting video.
This street photography experiment gives unsuspecting New Yorkers a surprise photo of themselves
This is an interesting take on street photography. A social experiment of sorts. Normally, when we do street photography and people are included, or even the subject, of the images we shoot, those people almost never get to see the images we shoot or even know we shot them. Photographer and YouTuber, Josh Katz decided to try something a little different, as he wandered the streets of New York City recently.
Armed with only his Polaroid, Josh photographed people around NYC as normal, but instead of disappearing and moving onto the next subject, he handed over the picture for the subject to keep and started conversations with them as the prints developed.
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