With at least 20% of Afghanistan still in the hands of a resurgent Taliban, the longest war in American history is far from over. Last week, President Barack Obama announced he would prolong the nation’s presence into the country well into 2017 with 8,400 troops expected to remain by the time he leaves office.The news didn’t make front pages, but for Andrew Quilty, who’s been photographing the conflict from Kabul for the past three years, the world’s attention is essential. “Despite arguably good intentions, the 14-year international intervention in Afghanistan has been largely disastrous for all involved,” he tells TIME. “The international community shouldn’t be allowed to just walk away and forget Afghanistan” ……
This week’s featured street photographer of the week, Florence Bonnin, is a pro at capturing the essence of humanity. Florence gets up close and captures scenes and faces that evoke emotion. Florence capturesA people as they are, taking advantage of their action, their background or just their friendly smiles to create street shots that make you take a second look, shots you can identify with. But don’t take my word for it, here is a small collection of Florence’s images and thoughts on a few different topics. Enjoy…..
Took my talents to Cleveland to shoot some street and decided to ditch my Sony a6000 for the Fujifilm X100T. Shooting with Fujifilm again felt so weird, the button layout on the camera was legit foreign to me. The X100T’s lack of grip caused me to hit several of the menu buttons on mistake… Shooting with the camera and it’s shutter lag was extremely frustrating, but despite all of its flaws it didn’t take long to feel like home again. Here were some of the images I captured during our quick 5-hour visit. Let me know what you… Should I go back?…….
When it comes to Street Photography there are not universal recipes, but I prepared this quick guide for those using Fujifilm X100 (S, T) cameras.MF or AF?As a street photographer I don’t have much confidence with AF, no matter how much promises to be fast. I dig manual focus mode. With Fujifilm X100 cameras, you need to reprogram the AE/AF Lock button to work as AF only: this is a great feature to consider. I point at my feet and push the AF lock button and this works most of the time, but sometimes you can also point to focus at a tree to the distance you would your subjects in focus in order to fit better your needs and your approach in the street. Refocusin is a way to go with the AF button: when you think that your subject won’t get covered from the DOF (depth of field) of your current setting, you need to refocus your Fuji. M, A, S or P?I know many street photographers use A, and if it works for you go with this. For Street Photography we need to take in account we are making photos with moving subjects most of the time and a correct exposure is the priority: I prefer S and M.ISOI currently dig the AUTO ISO with my Fujifilm X100S. I usually stay between 400 and 1600. Remember to set the minimum shutter speed to 1/125 sec. in order to have sharp pictures…….
What is a photographer? A photographer is an individual who sees beauty in the mundane. A photographer is an individual who walks at a slow pace, experiences life fully and vividly, and can capture fleeting moments with precision and poise. A photographer is an individual who is always grateful to be alive, to have a pair of eyes, and to be able to visually decipher complexity in the world. A photographer isn’t graded by how many cameras, lenses, awards, or books he/she has. Rather— a photographer is graded only be him/herself. A photographer never judges his/her work by how many likes they get on social media— a photographer judges him/herself based on how much personal satisfaction their photos bring them. A photographer is one who takes visual risks. A photographer pushes to see the world in a unique and idiosyncratic way. A photographer tries to find novel combinations in the world— whether they be color, light, or shade……..
Source: What is a Photographer?
Cameras come and go but when I bought a Leica M 240 I finally had a keeper. It was a beautifully crafted instrument with legendary optics that produced stunning images. So when I decided to sell the Leica and buy a Fuji X100T for street photography my friends nearly staged an intervention. But it turns out there were some very good reasons to make the switch. Hit the jump to find out why! I was totally content shooting with my ultra expensive Leica M 240. It was the pinnacle of craftsmanship and design and the 35mm f/2 Summicron lens produced breathtaking results. Don’t get me wrong – I enjoyed just about everything about the Leica. But when I reviewed the Fuji X100T for the site I realized some very important things about what I need in a camera……….
Rinzi is the photographer who influenced my cross-over from the Olympus OMD to Fuji-X Series cameras and I am very grateful for all his kind advice and for his work being a source of inspiration too. He is a master of light and his manipulation of it and understanding of it in his street photography should be a point if reference for any photographer wanting to excel in this field. His almost celestial and spiritually reflective approach to his work is very reminiscent of Trent Parke and his black and white photographs from his Dream Life and Beyond series. I am thrilled to have him take the X-pert 53mm interview. Here is Rinzi’s X-pert 53…..
Source: Rinzi Ruiz — 53mm
I think I’ve stated enough that I’m a people photographer. That’s why I shoot weddings. I love being around people – well at least when I’m behind a camera. I love to watch people, imagine what they’re up to, what’s going through their heads. I THINK I’m quite good at reading people, and that maybe helps me in my wedding photography? I’ve almost completely lost all interest in landscape photography just now. I find it too static, but in a world overloaded with people & faces, every day offers a remarkable array of photo opportunities. I’m extremely fortunate to be able to do what I love for a living, but I also know that I work VERY hard at it. You have to. To think 6 or 7 years ago when I started shooting a lot again after a few years break, I had said then „I’m not doing weddings again!“ , but then, here I am now, absolutely loving it…….
Thomas Moore is Chicago-based graphic designer and photographer. His main gig is doing design work for record labels, bands and festivals. He shoots bands when the opportunity presents itself and takes his camera for walks whenever he have free time. What inspired you to become a photographer? I first became interested in taking pictures watching my mom use her Argus Brick. The design of that camera really caught my eye……
The sun knocked its way through the curtains and freckled light over our white bedspread. I could tell by the golden hue that it was a spectacular morning. As usual, I had missed sunrise but was still motivated to make the best of my day off, ready for a day out in Tokyo. After adjusting to the light, I quietly wrangled my legs from the tangled sheets and slipped off “my side” of the bed. With coffee mug in hand, I moved into my office. My workstation was impeccably clean with all of my inspiration mindfully placed on the shelves. In contrast, the rest of my space was a catastrophe. A few days worth of consecutive portrait shoots had me spread thin and apparently apathetic about returning my gear to its proper place……