I was speaking to a friend the other day about street photography. He is what I would call a photography enthusiast and is interested in all aspects of photography, cameras and related topics. On street photography, he said that he didn’t get it - he said that all he saw were the same old pictures of people walking down the street - snapshots of strangers.
It made me think about why he had this impression and what he was talking about and I think I know exactly what he means. There are a lot of images out there on the web, instagram and other photography sharing sites passing off as street photography, and I think there is a lack of substance in the type of street photography that people are putting out there. This is a thought piece on how we all can learn and grow as photographers in general. What I am writing here is very much for me. Hopefully it helps you too. Read More
Some of you out there may not know that I have a twitter account for zonefocus.net where I post links from around the web that are related to photography, focusing on street and documentary. If you would like to follow me on twitter, head on over and follow @zonefocusnet. Here are 12 links I have curated from around the web for the twitter account that I think you will really like Read More
One of the most popular questions on the photography internet is “what is the best lens for street photography?”. Let’s discuss why I think a prime lens will make you a better street photographer, and look at some recommendations. Read More
Searching around YouTube for discussions about documentary photography I came across this gem from silberphotography.tv, interviewing former National Geographic photographer Bob Holmes. Holmes is an award winning travel documentary and food photographer, and in this interview he discusses his approach to what one could call the “National Geographic” style of documentary photography. What this translates to is awesome light, amazing subject matter and effective composition combined with a masterful use of the camera and lens as a tool to tell a story. I'd like to share some of my takeaways from the interview below. Read More
Here is a little tip that has helped all of the aspects of my photography.
It is not a tip about a fancy new lens, a special photoshop technique, or a camera setting.
It is a tip to help develop your confidence and conquer your fear of shooting out in public - a tip that will make you a more confident and positive shooter, allowing you to make connections with the subjects that you photograph, should you choose to do so. Read More
I love the Domke Gripper camera strap. So much so that I have two of them, bought with my own hard earned cash. In fact, I went ahead and bought two so I would have these straps for a very long time. If you don’t know the Domke brand, you should - they are an old school photography company started by a photojournalist called Jim Domke in the 70’s with a great retro looking lineup of bombproof bags and other gear. Read More
I've written previously on the blog about shooting with intent - that is, heading out with a theme in mind and shooting images that match that theme. This provides a focus and a goal for your photography, and starts to create a body of work that perhaps one day could become an exhibition, photo story, book or a series of prints on your wall. One of my favourite themes to shoot is scenes with high contrast shadows and silhouettes, in black and white. Read More
When serendipitous moments happen in Street Photography, it pays to let your camera do the work for you. Read More
There are 1064 artists, 147 exhibitions across 98 locations spread across galleries and locations across Sydney - so how do you know where to go for the best street and documentary related goodness? Read on - I've done the hard work for you Read More
For many casual or even serious photographers, shooting street is something that they might toy around with when they are on holidays. Shooting the occasional street photograph of locas at a holiday destination to record a piece of their vacation for posterity. This sort of shooting may be a little easier to do as there is an inherent permission associated with shooting pictures of an un-orchestrated street scene with people you don't know in it. Especially so when you are a ’tourist’. The thought of photographing street scenes in the suburb, village or city that you might call home can be a scarier proposition for you, but it shouldn’t be. Read More
The Museum of Sydney is planning a Street Photography of the 1930’s-1960’s exhibition for late December 2018 through to mid 2019 Read More
Talk to a traditional portrait photographer and they will most likely tell you that any lens focal length less than 85mm equivalent is not a true portrait lens. Reasons given are usually focused on controlling distortion and using compression and subject isolation. These are all extremely valid and sensible reasons…lets call them rules…that serve as an excellent guide to getting awesome people shots.
However as a street photographer, i am not always looking for the traditional portrait shot, nor am I working in the traditional way that a portrait photographer would work. Shooting street portraits there are always a range of factors in the environment around you that I have no way of controlling. I also am limited in the amount of gear that I carry around with me all day (self imposed but who wants to walk 10-12km carrying a bag full of gear?). Read More
It was one of those sunny Sydney afternoons in June, where that hard sydney winter sun was hitting the concrete and steel in such as way that there were clear forms and shapes wherever something blocked the light Read More
I started to shoot street photography because it gave me the opportunity to be able to shoot every day, in a variety of locations, situations and conditions. I wanted to keep exercising my photographic eye but I felt that it was far too long waiting for a specific photographic excursion or planned shoot, so my camera would go for days without being used.So one day I decided to just put a camera over my shoulder and literally take it with me wherever I went. Read More
If you take a walk around Sydney these days you will notice that there is quite alot of construction going on. Many of the areas that are under development are in historically important and even sensitive parts of the city. Walking around this town during the beginning of the holiday silly season, you are able to get snapshots of what these places looked like in the past, and there is a profound sense of how important image making during these times was, and that street photography matters as a way of recording the way we are today so that others can get a glimpse of the way we were. Read More
I took a fantastic course with fellow Sydney street photographer and teacher Richard Lynch on documentary and street photography recently. In the very first session. Richard showed us a series of increasingly confronting images and asked the class "Would you take the shot?". Read More
Even though I shoot JPEG and raw, I always have Lightroom set to not import jpegs side by side with raw files. Its just annoying and distracting that the catalog fills up with images that are not wanted or used.
But did you know that what ends up happening is that JPEGs you don't want are still copied into your destination folder by Lightroom on import when you do a copy? I didn't - and I found that my hard drive filled up with a load of unwanted JPEG files. Over time you it is surprising just how many there are, taking up space and not being used Read More
We wander the streets beneath a canopy of steel and concrete. The sun beaten skyline casts a jumble of angular shadows on the concrete valley floor of our city like a constantly creeping groundcover of black and grey amidst stark specular silver and white. Read More