10 of my favourite tips for the street photographer

The internet is full of tips for street photography and I cannot tell you how many dozens of tips I have read over the years.  I decided to put a list together of those that have helped me and hopefully will add some value to your visit to this humble little site.  So without further ado fellow street shooter - Here are 10 of my favourite tips for the street photographer.

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Another year over

Another year over and a small start for this street photography blog. As 2017 approaches I can reflect on the year that was and think about my favourite street photography images and how much I was shooting and why.  

By far the biggest change for me in 2016 was the change in circumstances with my office location, which made it more inconvenient for me to go shooting before or after work. With all the construction and transport changes around Sydney it made it too difficult to shoot and get to work on time as well as get everything else done that our busy lives demand.

Thankfully a small adjustment in mindset allowed me to at least keep shooting every day, which really is the best way to improve. I started at a 365 project which, although not always and strictly street photography, has forced me to 'see' every day and actively seek out images. Given the time restrictions above the only time I had to do this was during my lunch breaks or in the evenings But it had to happen every single day. 

In order for that to work I needed something super small and portable. So I turned to the street photographers favourite, the Ricoh GR. As it is so small and compact I can slip it into a pocket and literally take it everywhere during the working week when I am not carrying around my X-T2 and 35mm combo. I also made a point of having the camera out and in my hand every time I stepped out into the street. This really makes sure that you just take the shot with no excuses for having the camera in the bag.

By changing my approach to my street photography I was able to navigate out of a disruption to my routine where I could have easily stopped shooting until I had 'dedicated' photography time. I am sure now that whatever the future may bring, in 2017 and beyond, I will keep shooting. 

If you have ever been in a photographic rut or had to make a shift in thinking for your photography, drop me a line in the comments below or on twitter

Happy New Year Everybody!!

Shooting without a camera

Thanks to the tiny yet powerful Ricoh GR and the size and convenience of my mirrorless ILC kit, times that I am caught without my camera are becoming few and far between.

Even so, it is sometimes not practical to stop to take a photo. Whether focusing in on a conversation, cycling along to work and running late, in a crowded bus full of people, hands full of groceries, or being tugged along by a puppy (that’s me), sometimes you just see the moments slip by, or they slip by without you seeing them at all.

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No AF required - Ricoh GR with snap focus for street photography

Fast, discreet, highly portable, possessing the ability to produce great image quality and entirely usable as a second camera to a DSLR or Mirrorless CSC kit. That's the Ricoh GR.  In this post I will outline how I have set up my little GR II to be the ultimate zone focusing point and shoot. 

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Three reasons to shoot jpeg + raw with Fuji. 

Most digital cameras have the option of allowing you to record your images in the camera in both the RAW and JPEG file formats. That is to say, when you press the shutter you are simultaneously creating each of these files on your card. The main reason that this feature has been used for by me prior to coming to the Fuji system is when I wanted to give the images I was making to someone who wanted them there and then, and of course that meant that I needed a processed file that could allow me to do this. The raw file would still give me the insurance that I wanted (as raw files do).

Since the move to Fujifilm cameras (my own journey has been the x100 to the X-T1 and now the x100t and X-T1 as a killer combo for me) some of the limitations and strengths of these cameras have encouraged me to use the practice of shooting raw and jpeg full time. Memory cards are plenty big enough these days so there should be no obstacle to get the benefits below.

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