blog article: Anatomy of a street shooting session

Mungozan

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I hope this is the right forum to promote a blog story, which kind of falls outside of m3/4 world.

I wrote this article into my blog a couple of weeks ago:
Anatomy of a street shooting session Rawshooter

I thought this might be the last time to post something about that subject from that perspective, since I just placed an order for GF-1 w. 20mm f/1.7 lens.. Might do things differently when that arrives ;-)

rgds,
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You've been moved to my house, The Image Works.....
Thanks for posting this. Maybe you'd like to join the Image Quest.
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Mungozan, thanks for posting this link. I enjoyed reading your blog story about your different approach to shooting. Very thought provoking, which is always a good thing.

I have very little experience with "street photography" though I have tried and do try to take photos of people that are not staged and where they are aware that I am taking their picture...perhaps they are "street photos" without necessarily being in or on the street.

Your blog story was definitely worth reading - and now I'll have to go back in and look around a little more to see what else is in there.:thumbup:
 

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Thanks for the comments.. I really felt a sort of leap to another direction that day, which is why I wrote the article in the first place.. Streeetshooter: Maybe I´ll join the Image Quest after I get the GF-1 next monday..
 

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Nice story, but why do you go for a small m43 camera if you actually want to be noticed?
 

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Because of the weight

Nice story, but why do you go for a small m43 camera if you actually want to be noticed?
The weight: my back and neck tell me that it´s time to cut down some weight on the equipment on everyday shooting. I also believe that smaller camera gives me better contact with people - instead of camera-wielding cyborg, I become this person doing some photography.. That remains to be seen in practice, though :smile:

Besides, sometimes you can´t really get situationals if all the people pose for you, it´s better to be unnoticed at first. It works also like this: see the event folding, take the picture, nod and thank so that the persons know you did that. In a rare occasion they will get mad. (It´s happened to me twice in the last five years I´ve actively shooting the streets)

The article was more about experimenting with something different than usual, but I guess it´s a bit different style of street photography. Depends on the mood as well.
 

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About being invisible

That's a good read... I am kind of interested in going about being invisible though, any tips?
I guess a small camera you can use without lifting it up on your eye level helps.

Although: I don´t really believe that being invisible is the key on street photography (in the beginning at least).

I think it´s more important to actually be seen and established as a photographer. When you do that, you give room for people who don´t want to be photographed, in case they want to move out. Those who have seen you and still remain, won´t object to being photographed. In addition, they will get used to you, the photographer, and start acting naturally again.

Then, after all that, you become invisible.
Just my 2 cents :smile:

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I guess a small camera you can use without lifting it up on your eye level helps.

Although: I don´t really believe that being invisible is the key on street photography (in the beginning at least).

I think it´s more important to actually be seen and established as a photographer. When you do that, you give room for people who don´t want to be photographed, in case they want to move out. Those who have seen you and still remain, won´t object to being photographed. In addition, they will get used to you, the photographer, and start acting naturally again.

Then, after all that, you become invisible.
Just my 2 cents :smile:

Mungozan
Thanks for your answer :), that did come through in your blog post.
 

Mungozan

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Mungozan, thanks for posting this link. I enjoyed reading your blog story about your different approach to shooting. Very thought provoking, which is always a good thing.

I have very little experience with "street photography" though I have tried and do try to take photos of people that are not staged and where they are aware that I am taking their picture...perhaps they are "street photos" without necessarily being in or on the street.

Your blog story was definitely worth reading - and now I'll have to go back in and look around a little more to see what else is in there.:thumbup:
I guess your shooting is situational shooting, which is something most street photographers do mostly.. Anyway, I think You just pointed out the biggest dilemma in street photography: how to take an unstaged picture of a person in the street, with that person knowing he/she is going to be photographed. Sometimes the pose people strike really ruins the picture you saw..

I guess the only way is to let people around you know you are doing photography. Then they will have time to adapt and forget your presence.

Mungozan
 

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Streetphotography is like dancing with strangers with a certain distance in between.

Due to your own daily feeling and mood it can be very frustrating at day X and very exciting and smooth at day Y.

Beside the correct handling of the hardware the streetshooter must have a certain "softness" to "feel" the situation which will be condensed by the photograph, hopefully.....

One thing is sure, good shoes are a must and fresh air is free of charge....:wink:

Cheers
Bernd
 
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