Henri Cartier-Bresson was the godfather of street photography and one of the most famous photographers of the 20th century. For me personally, he’s also one of the best photographers that I know of. If you share my opinion, perhaps you’d like to learn how to take photos like him. In this video, Frederik Trovatten challenges you to try it. He breaks down the techniques Cartier-Bresson used in his work and takes you on a walk through Copenhagen as he tries to implement them in his own images.
Woman gets under fire after publicly calling out on street photographer for taking photos of her
A young woman recently shared a TikTok video of herself confronting a street photographer in Washington. She publicly called him a creep for taking photos of her and went on ranting even after he deleted the images. “TikTok, do your thing,” she wrote in the caption. And TikTok did –her followers called out on her instead of the photographer.
Lessons I’ve learned over ten years of street photography
I’m not a professional, but I take my street photography seriously. Because I enjoy it so much, I’ve invested a lot of time learning the craft and practicing it. I’m not great, but I’m better than I was.
This article is about the things I’ve learnt or experienced over the last 10 years. When I started out I read stuff like this and it helped me a lot. The following is what I would have told myself if I could go back in time to when I got started.
It might take you half an hour to read the whole article, but if you’ve only a couple of minutes, read the nutshell version.
Don’t sell photos with “I LOVE NY” logo in them or New York state will sue you
Even if you don’t live in New York, even in the USA, you’ve seen the iconic “I ❤ NY” logo on various objects. And if you take a photo of it and want to sell it, beware – the state of New York might sue you.
How street photography changed my life
Today marks 10 years since I attended a photography walk that would change the course of my life.
If you’d have told me at the time that this would lead me to photograph Arnold Schwarzenegger from just metres away, spend an evening alone drinking cocktails in a bar where the drink chooses you (before then going to sleep in a nuclear bunker), star in a toothpaste advert (ironic, given my British teeth), or be chased down an alleyway by an angry Danish man, I’d never have believed you.[Read More…]
Ditch these five bad habits to become a better street photographer
Street photography is one of the genres I personally find the most challenging. Even though I love street photos, I’ve never really managed to master this genre myself. In this video from Roman Fox, I learned why it may be so. He talks about five bad habits that can hold our street photography back, and I recognized myself in most of them. So, if you’d like to become a better street photographer, keep reading and make sure to watch the video.
Focal length feud: 28mm vs 35mm for telling a story
From April to August 2020, our small co-operative of photographers decided to apply our documentary photography skills to tell a story about what seemed to be coming together as one of the most unique summers in recent memory. We started out with the intention of documenting an account of life under the shadow of an emerging pandemic, along with the adjustments required to prevent its spread. We looked at the consequences of lockdown, social isolation, supply shortages, and a permeating sense of unease towards the status quo.
The importance of background in photography composition
Today I will discuss the importance of background in photography composition illustrated with some examples of mine.
Part of a larger series covering elements of composition in photography for which you’ll find links at the end of this article.
I taught myself photography in quite a specific order, I navigated / progressed through various urban photography genres:
Graffiti Photography > Urban Landscape Photography > Street Photography
It’s the reason I realised early how important an image’s background really is, allow me to explain:
Art and coincidence: perfect examples of the decisive moment
Photography has been with me for as long as I can remember. In my childhood, my father had an old Zorki camera, the Russian Leica II copies, and he had a habit of developing films from our trips in the darkroom. That place with unfamiliar smells and substances had a unique charm for me.
I always asked to be there and learn myself the process of film development, as seeing the blank paper turn into an image was magical to me. Later on, I was accepted to the Faculty of Art and focused on visual arts and analog photography.
Photographer rigs an IMAX projector lens to a Canon EOS R
When shooting street photography, you’ll most likely choose a small and discreet lens. But sometimes it’s worth experimenting with bulky ones, and Jay P. Morgan sure took it to a new level. He rigged a huge IMAX projector lens onto a Canon EOS R camera. He used a very DIY approach to make it work, but it was worth the effort because the photos are truly something else.
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