ERIC KIM

Why Sharpness is Overrated in Street Photography | Eric Kim

Sharpness is over-rated in street photography. Even Henri Cartier-Bresson once said, “Sharpness is a bourgeois concept.” I remember when I first saw one of HCB’s exhibitions in person in Paris, I was surprised by how soft most of his shots were. And many of his photos were significantly out of focus (thinking about the famous shot of the man in a bullfighter’s ring in Spain (above). When I stated street photography, I was obsessed with sharpness. This of course, was due to all the nerds on gear forums who showed corner to corner sharpness tests on brick walls. I was suckered into thinking a sharp photo was a good photo. However once I discovered the work or Daido Moriyama, I realized that a good photo didn’t need to be sharp. In-fact, a grainy, out of focus, and soft photo often had more mood, emotion, and soul than an uber-sharp photo…….

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Free Film Street Photography Presets: Portra 400, Fuji Velvia 400
and Neopan 1600 for Lightroom 5 | Eric Kim

Hey streettogs, I just put together some free street photography film presets. These are designed to simulate the look of Kodak Portra 400, Fujifilm Velvia 400, and Fujifilm Neopan 1600 (discontinued, but you can still get Neopan 400). The previews above are on the Ricoh GRD V.

  • The Portra 400 look is a more neutral film-like color preset.
  • The Fuji Velvia 400 look is a high-saturation and contrasty preset.
  • The Neopan 1600 look is a high-contrast black and white and grainy preset.

These should work with all versions of Lightroom (but work best in Lightroom 5). They are optimized for the Fujifilm X-series cameras (like the Fuji x100s and Fuji XT-1) but should work decently with modifications with all cameras…….

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Review of the Fujifilm x100s and Tips for
Street Photography | Eric Kim

Just put together a video review and some street photography tips for the Fujifilm x100s. You can also see the full review I did of the camera here……..

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Review of the Fujifilm x100s for Street Photography | Eric Kim

I remember when the Fujifilm x100 first came out. It was quite the commotion– it seemed like the best camera for street photography. It was designed like a rangefinder, but didn’t have the sticker price of a digital Leica. It sported a compact body, fixed 35mm f/2 lens, and an optical viewfinder. It seemed like the perfect camera for street photography. Early adopters of the camera either really loved the camera or were very frustrated with it. Common complaints I heard was the slow autofocusing speed, complicated menus, and difficulty to use manual focusing with the camera. But for those who stuck with the x100– they learned to work around the quirks of the camera and really made some superb images from it (like Rinzi Ruiz, Jack Simon, Brian Day, and many more). When the x100s came out, it solved a lot of the issues from the original x100. The menus were simpler, the autofocusing speeds were drastically improved, and the sensor was also given an upgrade………

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Debunking the “Myth of the Decisive Moment” | Eric Kim

When I started off in street photography, I believed in the “myth of the decisive moment”. What do I mean by that? Well, when I first heard of “The Decisive Moment” by Henri Cartier Bresson, I had the wrong impression that he only took one photo of a scene. I imagined Henri Cartier Bresson waltzing into a street scene, carefully aiming his Leica, and taking only one shot and creating masterpieces. I thought he was a demigod– a photographer who somehow had this magic behind his lens. However if we look at his contact sheets, it is a different story. He (and almost all great photographers) never only take one photo of a great potential scene. Out of Henri Cartier Bresson’s contact sheets, you can see that almost all of his great images required him “working the scene”– taking multiple photos of the same scene at different angles, moments, and perspectives. He hustled hard to get the shots he wanted– and would spend considerable time with his contact sheets, determining which photos he decided were his “best”…….

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Working on Layers: Manila Street Photography GoPro POV with the
Fujifilm x100s | Eric Kim

 
In this video I shot with the Fujifilm x100s and pre-focused my lens to around 5-10 meters (manual focus), shot at f/8, ISO 800, aperture-priority mode, optical viewfinder, and worked on trying to get more layers in the shot. The technique I used here was trying to get someone in the extreme foreground in the photo, and the subject in the background sharp. You can read more about this approach in my “Multiple Subjects” composition lesson. In addition, I also made a conscious effort to stick around and “work the scene” — by taking multiple shots of the same scene, rather than just taking one shot and moving on…….

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Capturing the Emotional Connection to People, Places, and
Objects: Interview with Christophe Agou from In-Public | Eric Kim

Christophe Agou is a street photographer from France, currently based in New York. He is a part of In-Public, and his published works include “Life Below: The New York Subway” and his newest book: “LES FAITS SECONDAIRES” (SECONDARY FACTS)…….

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How to Post-Process Your Street Photography into Black & White
in Lightroom 5 and Silver Efex Pro 2 | Eric Kim

My good friend and talented photographer Gary Tyson from F8 Photography in Hong Kong has recently put together a very helpful video on how to convert Fujifilm X-T1 RAW files into black & white with Lightroom 5.4 and Silver Efex Pro 2. If you are unfamiliar with post-processing your street photography into black & white, the instructions is a great starting point for any camera. You can also download my black & white Neopan 1600 for Lightroom here. You can download all my Lightroom presets for free here…….

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Real-World Review of the Fujfilm X-T1 for Street Photography |
Eric Kim

X-T1 vs x100s?

Fuji has been quite prolific with their X-series cameras. There are so many models out there now, it might be difficult to choose an “ideal” camera for street photography. I’d say the only 2 “real” competitors for street photography are the X-T1 and the x100s. Why not the X-Pro 1? Well, it is pretty much like an older version of the X-T1 and has really slow autofocus. I’m going to try to list the pros/cons of the X-T1 and the x100s to help you make a better decision when deciding which one to get:

X-T1 Pros:

  •     Interchangeable lens options
  •     Dedicated ISO dial
  •     Faster / more accurate AF

X-T1 Cons:

  •     No optical viewfinder (if you prefer an optical finder)

x100s Pros:

  •     Smaller form factor
  •     Lighter
  •     Optical viewfinder

x100s Cons:

  •     Slower and less accurate AF
  •     Lack of interchangeable lens (if you like a 35mm focal length, then this isn’t a con)

So pretty much at the end of the day this is how I would make my decision: If you absolutely need an optical viewfinder, get the x100s. Otherwise, I’d get the X-T1. Why? The X-T1 is the newer, slicker, more capable, and powerful camera. Not only that, but the AF is far better in the X-T1 than the x100s. Also you can use different lenses (even manual M-mount lenses), and quickly change the ISO with the top dial…….

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Review of the Fujifilm X-T1 for Street Photography | Eric Kim

When I was here in Dubai for Gulf Photo Plus, the guys from Fujifilm were generous enough to give me a new Fujifilm X-T1, the Fujifilm 23mm f/1.4 (35mm full-frame equivalent), as well as the Fujifilm 27mm f/2.8 Lens (~40mm full-frame equivalent). I shot with it everyday for around a week. Overall I like the camera a lot and would highly recommend it (superb image quality, great form factor, and responsive). Some downsides are that the AF isn’t as accurate and quick as other cameras (like the Olympus OMD)– although it is a huge improvement from the X-Pro 1 and x100s. Hope this improves with future firmware updates…..

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