Who better for us to turn to for insightful street photography than professional social documentary and street photographer John Free?
It’s safe to say that most, if not all, of us have attempted street photography at one point (or if you haven’t yet, we’re sure you’re planning to sometime in the near future). While some of us have already gotten the hang of it, the rest of us still fumble with getting the right settings and so as to take good shots in a snap. Street photography can be quite tricky, so we really need all the relevant advice that we can get our hands on!
Fortunately, we’ve stumbled upon this short yet helpful video by Los Angeles-based photographer *John Free*. For 30 years he has been working professionally as a social documentary photographer, and focuses on street photography for his personal work, so you know that the man is already an expert on his craft! Keep these tips in mind, particularly the 5 Fs (finding, figuring, framing, focusing, and firing), the next time you head out to the streets with your trusty camera!
It goes without saying that street photography is one of the most exciting and fulfilling practices a photographer can do. But for some, especially the beginners, the prospect of hitting the streets can be a little daunting. Here, we dish out a few tips to help shake off anxiety.
"Is it acceptable to photograph the homeless?" is one of the most hotly-debated topics when it comes to street photography. There are two opposing sides to this: those who believe it is, and those who don't. For those who do, capturing such photographs is mere documentation of the world around us. For those who don't, doing so is a form of exploitation.
This is a tribute to a great English social street photographer, Roger Mayne, who passed away last year. His masterfully documented photographs of the working class life on the streets of London after World War II are poetic and humanitarian.
On the occasion of the German DVD release of Wim Wenders' latest documentary, "Das Salz der Erde (The Salt of the Earth)," on April 9, we asked you to send us your best black and white photographs. You have done your best and so making the decision was quite difficult. Read on to find out who will be celebrating with DVDs and piggies!
This article is dedicated to the Czech photographer, Josef Koudelka, and his book, "Gypsies," a classic in documentary photography. "Gypsies" contains a series of images Koudelka took between 1962 and 1971 in the former Czechoslovakia, Romania, Hungary, France, and Spain. Here, he was able to masterfully depict the simplicity of the gypsy lifestyle, never presenting their situation as a social problem but instead showing their lives as a mix of joyfulness and wonder, sorrow and mystery.
The latest addition to the Lomo’Instant family! Inspired by the Icelandic midnight sky, Get endless creativity, take multiple exposed instant snapshots, experiment with long exposure and light painting shots!
Before he became a professional photographer, Cor Jaring loaded and unloaded ships. During his free time, he photographed fellow Dutch laborers. When he left the docks to pursue photography, he still sought the underdogs and created little cinemas of the marginal life—all the way in Japan.
Beat the June gloom with some new photographic adventures. With a slew of city-wide street festivals and better weather, we've come up with some fun events this month to keep you inspired. Now, go out and shoot!
An Argentinean writer and photographer living in the Pacific Northwest, Lorraine Healy is a long-time fan of plastic cameras and is the author of "Tricks With A Plastic Wonder," a manual for achieving better results with a Holga camera, available as an eBook from Amazon.com. In this article, Healy explains how you can find ways to do street photography even if you live in a rural area.