This is the Street Collective.
This is work you must learn from. A collection of the world’s best street, documentary, and fine art photographers. It is energetic. Gritty. In your face and brutally honest. It is a genre of photography not for the faint of heart. Or the unsure. These are images that look for that decisive moment in the chaos. In a lot of ways street photography is one of the most accessible genres to shoot. That’s because there’s no set path, or widely accepted standard. Yet there are some photographers who never stop searching for that perfect moment…..
The Street Collective was the result of many hours interviewing top photographers such as Bryan Formhals (of LPV Magazine) and World Press Award winner Laura Pannack about their process and how they achieve their unique looks. We did this to help our audience learn what it takes to make great street photography. It’s completely free, and we’re trying to get the word out about this.
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This week we have a guest post from Russell Dawson, a landscape photographer turned street photographer. His journey with the Fuji X-Pro 1 makes for interesting reading. The fixed lens X100 is a well respected street camera so I was excited to hear how Russell found the more adaptable Xpro. Russell Dawson started with Landscapes but has branched into street photography. I bought the Xpro after reading many blogs and reviews. I come from a mainly landscape background and most of my recent shots are on a Nikon D200. I have always been a lone shooter preferring my own company and the great outdoors. Street photography was never a style I thought I would be involved with. The series ‘Nothing Lasts Forever‘, along the Jurassic Coast, is a regular project that has created a book of B&W images which I self published three years ago and the new colour work for an exhibition in August here on the South Coast. I have also had a couple of commissions from magazines and done some commercial work. I also taught photography at the local college and for the local Adult Ed.
Finding my way into street photography
I had made several images of people while on location. But it wasn’t something I took too seriously. After having spent the last few years out in the landscape I decided to try a completely different style as a break. I headed into London for a day trip and enjoyed the day much more than I expected to. I came home with some really interesting images and I couldn’t wait to shoot the street again……
See more pictures on www.londonstreetphoto.org
Andre Kertesz is one of the greatest photographers who ever lived. He photographed extensively for over 70 years, which also makes him one of the most prolific photographers. Not only did he help pioneer the genre of street photography, he also had a strong impact on an entire generation of photographers – even including the great Henri Cartier-Bresson. When asked about Kertesz, Henri Cartier-Bresson showed his reverence by saying: “We all owe something to Kertesz.” and even “Whatever we have done, Kertesz did first.” Another famous photographer, Brassai, beautifully captured what made Kertesz so great as a photographer:
“André Kertész has two qualities that are essential for a great photographer: an insatiable curiosity about the world, about people, and about life, and a precise sense of form.” – Brassai
Every street photographer with a desire to learn more about the masters needs to know about Kertesz. I have personally gained a great deal of inspiration from him and will share some insights I have gained from him……
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While Obama continues to play politics with his Russian and Syrian counterparts in hopes of ridding the world of Assad’s chemical weapons, Syrians are getting killed with conventional weapons everyday. There seems to be no end in sight to a bloody civil war that has claimed the lives of over 100,000 people, and made refugees out of at least 2 million more. Most of them came to Lebanon. The UN has registered over 720,000 Syrian refugees here, but the government here says there are over 1 million who have fled the violence back home. Many of them now live in overcrowded urban areas where they are viewed with suspicion and scorn by some of the locals. These pictures were all taken in one of these areas. I had my X-Pro 1 on me but was not able to use it as much as I would have liked. The images here don’t even begin to show how difficult life in Sabra must be. It’s a place that exemplifies some of Lebanon’s biggest problems and how they keep getting more complex with time…..
See more pictures on blog.karimhaddad.com
This is gallery of photographs made with the Fuji X Pro-1 and a Fujinon 18mm, and all were shot from the hip (except one). I wanted to be as unobtrusive as possible, and shooting from the hip allowed me to capture candid expressions I may not have been able to otherwise. Rodeo Drive of Beverly Hills, California is a 4 block stretch of road north of Wilshire Boulevard and south of S. Santa Monica Boulevard, known for its luxury-goods stores. The street is home to some of the most sought-after stores, and is the target of Japanese tourists arriving by the busload every day…..
See more pictures on thestreetleica.wordpress.com
Today was a rainy, dark day. I took my Fuji X-Pro1 out in the rain, brought along an umbrella to protect the camera and myself a bit. Usually sundays in Copenhagen are rather sad and borring. Shops are closed, streets seems empty. Today though, lots of tourists in the streets, a viking market (Not sure, I think that is what was going on) And also a Ironman contest! – Did not expect that.. That gave me something to photograph, try out the focus speed trying to catch focus on the runners, wich went pretty damn bad (I don’t blame the camera, more the photographer… me) My camera was set to 16:9 raw+jpeg, but I ended up editing the raw files and cropping to 16:9. Just wanted to try this format, since I never have tried anything else than the standart. All shot with the Fuji 35mm f1.4…..
See more pictures on louwit.blogspot.de
A few weekends ago I popped up to see Pacific Rim on the IMAX in Waterloo, and thought I would try and get a spot of street photography in down at the Southbank by the river. The lovely thing about the Southbank is the sheer variety of people you see wandering about, and while I’m still working on my confidence in terms of approaching people for photos, there is certainly a lot of scope for getting some great shots. I thought I would round up a few of the shots that I took, and do a bit of a breakdown on the settings I used and reasons why, so others can hopefully benefit. The great thing about street photography is that it doesn’t need any fancy equipment or even expensive lenses – photos usually have a deep depth of field, so any lens will do, and whether you use a zoom lens or just use a prime and zoom with your feet is up to you.
Use a small camera
I was using a Fuji X-E1 as it’s smaller than the average dSLR, and doesn’t draw much attention to itself, so I could walk around with it on, and just lift it to my face, compose and fire in a matter of seconds. If you have a digital camera (or film for that matter) that can be set to manual mode then all the following applies, but for street photography, I would advise a smallish camera…..
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Back to Hong Kong again last month. This time with my new Fuji X100s. Such a pleasure to walk around the town aimlessly and shoot with it. The camera lives up to its claims & reputation. It makes travel and street photography so much easier and fun….
See more pictures on www.devinkhoblog.com
There is so much that I would like to do more with my photography, so many things that I have dabbled with and need to go back and explore in detail. Recently working with longer exposures for landscape, light painting human forms, street shooting at night, street shooting in the rain and at this moment I really like the black and white conversions I can produce with both the X100 and X-E1 using silverfx pro. This takes time and lots of it, don’t get me wrong I am not work shy but when you have a day job to pay the bills that is not photography, fitting in all this experimenting and learning is a challenge, and not forgetting I really like to write and share my effort on my blog and eats more time too…..
See more pictures on simonpeckham.wordpress.com
Recently I wrote an article by Paul Graham titled “The Top of My Todo List” in which he mentioned the article above in how to live a fulfilling life.
He mentioned how we are always so busy and caught up in our to-do lists. He used the article above and used the opposite maxims to create his own list (to prevent regrets in life):
- Don’t ignore your dreams
- Don’t work too much
- Say what you think
- Cultivate friendships
- Be happy
This made a lot of sense to me– as they gave me direct action steps to prevent regret in my life. And what better mentors to give life advice than the elderly who have already lived their lives–and are ready to pass away?
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