Most of us are afraid of taking photos of strangers in the street and I think that's one big obstacle for us to express our creativity and share our vision in daily lives. I think that most countries don't have the rule to forbid us to take photos in the street, except in some private places.
I do believe that most of photographers or even lomographers would love to take photos of strangers but sometimes they are too shy or afraid of doing so. I again would stress that most countries don’t have any rules forbidding us from taking photos in the streets which is a good news for us. Some people face strangers who feel offended if you took their photos, so do apologize and walk away immediately. If you already did so, promise them that you’ll send them a copy of their photos or you’ll not publish their photos.
Some would love to ask permission to take photographs which is the most brilliant way but somehow, what’s the meaning of street portraits snapshots if they all just pose and smile (it seems that everybody have the same style)? So why not we take another route and take photos of them spontaneously?
The point I’m trying to say is that you don’t need paid models to fill your frames. Sometimes, it’s good to breathe a new life by jumping to the streets and took street photos. You can see colourful characters and some events may change your perspective in your entire life. If your picture is strong it’s not impossible to change others too. I admit that some of my perspective in my life changed due to certain things that I see when I shoot. A father’s love towards his children, although he may not always seem not to show it , the society problem in my country, and many others. The people in the street can be captured for free and their emotions are completely pure and their smiles are not fake. Just my plain opinion!
The New Petzval Lens is not only known for its elegant brass exterior, but most importantly for the swirly bokeh effect it can bring to photographs. It makes a great portrait lens and performs exceptionally when taking photos of subjects against textured or lit backgrounds, day or night. And it does all these, in wet or dry weather; in any season – winter, spring, summer, or fall.
Don't be afraid of taking photos indoors or under low-light conditions. As long as there's light around us, the camera will be ready to shoot. Here's a tipster for you. Just remember to catch the lights!
Have you ever thought that your photos were worthy of having its own exhibit? Well, maybe it is! Take a chance and show us your most creative photographs. From the accidental shot that was taken from your hip or even the posed perfection you ask of your subjects, send us your best photos that define you as a person.
Lomography Japan has been working with CAMPFIRE, one of the country's largest crowdfunding services. In the past year, we have launched three successful projects such as the campaigns for the Lomography Smartphone Scanner, Petzval Lens and the Lomo’Instant, and Campfire has been helping us reach out to our supporters in Japan. Koh, Campfire's Senior Project Manager, has been involved in all three. Also a lomographer,she is no stranger to our products and has even shot with the new Petzval Lens.
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This article is a tribute to an important street photographer, Edouard Boubat. His pictures are characterized by great poetic touch, strong social sensitivity, and utmost respect for people and places. Inspired by a book which contains Boubat's photos taken in the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea, I pay homage by showcasing some of my photos taken within the same geographic area.
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