If you happen to be both a hardcore gamer and an avid photographer, this article may be an interesting read for you! A photographer recently shared his insights on why it's not surprising for some gamers to become better at street photography. Read on to find out if you agree!
Whether you’re using film or digital, there’s no doubt that it’s a big challenge when you’re shooting out in the streets. Not only do you need to heighten your visual and artistic senses, but also do your best at stealth. Even so, street photographer Jun Shen Chia says if you’re a gamer, you have higher chances at getting better at street photography.
In an article he wrote for good friend and fellow photographer Eric Kim, Jun Shen shares some connections between improving your street photography prowess and playing video games:
1. Many video games require “quick input and even quicker mental prowess.” Often, gamers will find themselves faced with the need to spot enemies from a distance in order to “anticipate and plan an attack.” These, Jun Shen says, are highly necessary skills for becoming an effective photographer.
2. Video games that challenge the players’ hand-eye coordination and motor skills help improve precision, which comes in handy when photographers need to snap “fast, fleeting decisive moments” with their cameras.
3. Finally, some video games like Splinter Cell or Metal Gear Solid will definitely hone and improve your stealth capabilities, “helping you approach subjects easier without them noticing you’re there.”
Still, Jun Shen mentions that getting better at street photography is not just about these connections with video games, but also actually going out there in the streets and “lifting a camera to camera to your eye countless times.” Not everyone will agree to the points above, but still a pretty interesting set of observations, don’t you guys think?
Intrigued? Check out the full article to read more of Jun Shen’s interesting insights!
All information for this article were taken from Jun Shen Chia's article on Eric Kim Street Photography.