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Street Photography - Advice and Tips please

Discussion in 'Creative Corner' started by BillN, Feb 6, 2010.

  1. BillN

    BillN Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 19, 2010
    SW France
    Street Photography - "googled it" and saw that there were a few tips and stuff, but I would rather ask you guys, (and gals!).

    What is it - it sounds obvious but i am sure that it is not that simple

    As you all know, I'm a newbie, so never done this before as a specific task

    today I had to go into the local town, (small), on the usual domestic duties, (shopping!! - well the driver anyway), so i thought that I would have a go - or whatever you may wish to call it.

    Here are a few I took, (badly), so that I could get some constructive criticism from you experts.

    Comments really appreciated

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  2. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Bill,
    First things first! Get that (badly) out of your post.

    Image 2 is sorta working.....Image 4 is almost but it's just a second or 2 off...
    You have created a scene in 1,3, and 4. The issue is that there is no Punch to the images.

    Think of it as telling a joke...you set the scene up and then you hit the punchline.
    without the punchline, it's not funny....

    So street work and actually all images need to work in that fashion. The interesting ones have the components and sometimes make you search for the punchline...

    Of course you realize that I'm speaking metaphorically. Images don't have to be funny...it's just that I'm trying to give you a formula.

    Image 2 above is interesting because the viewer is not really sure what is going on....it becomes more of a question than an answer....the angle creates unrest and tension but teases the eyes to travel the image...you can almost feel her moving but what is she doing?

    Just keep making images like that one and then you'll be ok.

    I'll post more later but the boss got up and I gotta make her some coffee...
    don
     
  3. BillN

    BillN Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 19, 2010
    SW France
    Thanks Don

    Image two is - "experience the passion"

    image one is "two bags and all that"

    Thanks
     
  4. Chow Monkey

    Chow Monkey Mu-43 Regular

    Check Joel Meyerowitz on streetphotography

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  5. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Bill,
    Something for you to think about...
    Titles are very risky. When you title an image, you are setting up a preconception to the viewer and you in a way force the viewer to see things your way. Sometimes as in advertising, this is very effective.

    For ART...it's best to let the viewer gaze in the image and draw their own conclusions....

    I don't see that as a title for image 2 and in fact, thinking about the title, the image tosses me out....
     
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  6. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus

    Excellent thread. I, too, am very interested in this. Will check back in later. My dog wants me to go out for a walk with him right now.
     
  7. BillN

    BillN Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 19, 2010
    SW France
    Thanks Don and Chow - nice vid

    we are spending a few hours with my daughter in London tomorrow - so I hope I have some good possibilities, (good thing that I have just bought a spare battery!)
     
  8. Brian Mosley

    Brian Mosley Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    I think that, the main thing would be to spend some time in public spaces with a camera - and get comfortable shooting... once you've learned to relax and enjoy 'being there' things should progress better.

    Just enjoy yourself Bill, and post some highlights here for us to discuss?

    Cheers

    Brian
     
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  9. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
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  10. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus

    :hail: Bill Brandt.:cool:  Love him and thanks for reminding me.
     
  11. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus

    Just looking at those archived Brandt photographs:http://www.billbrandt.com/Gallery/cart.html and clicking on them is incredibly humbling. Let alone all the other masters who are listed on the left! Truly a treasure trove of a link, Don.

    One can dream and enjoy! They are fantastic.
     
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  12. hohoho

    hohoho Mu-43 Regular

    170
    Jan 24, 2010
    Tokyo
    Sorry, but Hampshire isn't NYC.

    So yes, Brandt. But also Tony Ray-Jones. And yes, if you have access to a good photobook library some day, Martin Parr's Bad Weather (very different from the photographs for which he's famous).

    More tips? See pinkheadedbug.
     
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  13. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus

    I would think being comfortable in yourself as a photographer is a big one, granted I haven't ever done much of this sort of stuff. Yesterday I did..and I enjoyed my brief moments. I think for those of us who either are new to it all, or haven't touched our cameras seriously in many years, that trying not to be self conscious is key.

    Yesterday I had a couple of experiences with people who either saw me and either apologized for getting in my way (little did they know, eh?) or took a few looks and briefly wondered... I like to think they thought I was working for some great newspaper.:wink: But seriously, most people won't even consider the idea that you may well not have any idea what you're doing.:biggrin: A good point for me, anyhow, to remember.

    P.S. Thanks for that site hohoho - the part about "Shyness" seems very good...I've just started it.
     
  14. F1L1P

    F1L1P Mu-43 Veteran

    390
    Jan 2, 2010
    Europe
    Some of great street photos I admire:

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  15. BillN

    BillN Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 19, 2010
    SW France
    Don and (everyone)

    a few more of my "street" efforts for you to C & C

    What i would really like comments on are - technically - stuff like the exposure is good/bad - you should have used this or that
    and then on subject matter - it is street - it is not street, (i.e. it is just a photo), etc - you know what I mean

    do not be afraid to say what you think - I'm pretty thick skinned! - and it is the only way I will improve!

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  16. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Bill,

    1, 4 have interesting scenes......just waiting for IT to happen.....
    3...is off balance....the dark on the right far out weighs the light on thr left....besides, the scene is cut in 1/2......If you a cropper, well......

    #2 in interesting and what I consider the start to the right path of discovery.......

    forget the exposure crap, the camera will cover you...you work on seeing.....
     
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  17. BillN

    BillN Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 19, 2010
    SW France
    Don

    Visit to london today to see my daughter, (took us out to lunch - she obviously wants money!)

    they were all taken on the 16 x 9 setting

    I have had my "scissors" out a little

    two more

    I know the subject placement is unbalanced on the 2nd

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  18. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Bill,
    Your out there and that's what counts. Keep them coming in..
    I like the CC......
     
  19. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman Subscribing Member

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    Bill

    my only input would be you need to get a bit closer to the subjects... or learn to crop more:) 

    also sometimes it is good to shoot from the hip so get familiar with your camera and be able to work it blind

    here are some of my recents -

    Kevin

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  20. BillN

    BillN Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 19, 2010
    SW France
    Thanks Kevin - I'm new to it but I'm giving it a go...........I probably took 100 shots when I was in London, (my first "street" effort)

    The good thing about the G1 is that you can pretend to look at the flip screen so as not to be embarrassed, personally, when looking at the "human" subject

    You may find that I "crack" the odd joke now and again

    not too many "hips" in second photo are they?

    Oh, and welcome - we spend most of the year in Dept 33 - back once the weather changes
     
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