Not a guide to street photography

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  1. BrianPhotog

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    At the request of others I tried to write a "how to" for street photography and discovered that I really couldn't.

    The finished article is here.

    Constructive comments are always appreciated.
     
  2. Steve Smith

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    From your article: "Practice until it becomes natural, like breathing. You breathe, don't you?"

    I do normally but I have noticed that I subconciously stop breathing as I take the picture.



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    LOL

    I hope you're not shooting large format, then :wink:
     
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    remember to breathe... LOL
     
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    The non-breathing is only for the shutter pressing bit.

    But I did notice that I did it even if the camera was on a tripod!


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    Brian,

    Thank you for the great article. As you can see from my avatar street photography is rather new to me. I enjoyed and learned from your article, but would like more. You said, “… I know and use the technical aspects of the medium, which are well known and I won't go into here.” I would like to go into them.

    I have just finished “Henri Cartier-Bresson, a Biography” by Pierre Assouline. I read it because I like HCB’s composition and wanted to learn more for my LF work. Now I find that I am interested in learning more about the whole genre called Street Photography. Can you or others direct me to sources?

    Thank you,

    John Powers
     
  7. BrianPhotog

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    I'm glad that you enjoyed the article and that it helped you. :smile: By "technical aspects", I meant things that apply to photography in general...like average exposure, using the aperture to control DOF, shutter speed to control motion & sharpness, etc... .

    I am working on a couple of articles about composition...the things I look for in a scene. You can register at the uCVc or subscribe to the RSS feed of my blog (I will publish the articles in both places) to be notified when I post them.
     
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    I have registered. Thank you.
    Any other sources from you or others would be appreciated.

    John
     
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    hi john.. this maybe a little off, but after reading it, it inspired me.. try it.. by chris weeks...

    click here

    its in pdf format.. you have to download it.. its a nice read...
     
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    Subscribed.
     
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    Ask and ye shall receive.

    Thank you denmark.yuzon. With dial up connection it was a start the download and go to bed process for 165 pages. All has arrived and I will look today. Thank you.

    Just after posting my request I picked up the snail mail. B&W magazine, issue 66, April, 2009 arrived. There is a concentration of articles celebrating the Magnum agency and many of its famous street photographers. I am not sure if this issue has arrived at the booksellers yet, but it looks very exciting.

    Thank you all. I am enjoying a new learn.


    John Powers
     
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    I'm going to head to Page One tomorrow and see if they have it in yet. I really want see that issue.
     
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    "B&W magazine, issue 66, April, 2009" Perhaps I should add that this is the US B&W as even in this hinterland I see an English B&W and an Australian, both vastly different in content. I don't know if there are more countries represented.

    John
     
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    I've never been able to tell if that piece by Chris Weeks was intended to be a spoof, but if anyone really believes that nonsense.... The photos included should be enough proof that he should be taken lightly, let alone the "content" of the piece.
     
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    Yep, the Chris Weeks thing is basically a guy ranting up and down on methods which he'd love to put in motion himself - hence he "teaches" it instead. Serious potty mouth.
     
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    sounds like closing your eyes in the darkroom when loading film.
     
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    I actually do that:D:D Always have...and probably always will and I have absolutely no clue why. Maybe I should kleep taking the meds :D:D

    Bob H
     
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    I only close my eyes when loading metal reels. When loading sheet film in the darkroom I keep an eye open so I can "see" where the sheets falls when I drop it.

    -rob