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Street Photography Tip from Chuck Jines: Embrace the Grain

Street photography is an all out practice. Well, that’s what street photographer Chuck Jines would like to instill into street photographers who are looking to duke it out in fast paced area. Listen to what he has to say after the cut.

Keeping an open eye and a steady hand are one of the things you have to master when practicing street photography. In addition to that, you have to be fully aware of the surroundings and capture the action from a distance but still be close enough to snap that spur-of-the-moment shot. This fleeting area of photography is often riddled with subjects just waiting to be captured on film. Chuck Jines has a few things in mind for fellow street shooters.

His video picks out his basic and probably most important tips in street photography. Jines wants you to push the limit of your camera and the film you use. In view of the fast paced action and split second events, he tells viewers to put everything on a fast setting but warns that this is something shooters should also be careful not to overdo.

  • Use a fast shutter speed.
  • Have a wide depth of field.
  • Set ISO to 1600.
  • Develop your own negatives – longer processing results to higher developing price.
  • Embrace the grain.

Listen to what he has to say about ISOs, developing time in this video. Note how he emphasizes on the importance of grain in street photography. His Grit Street Photography style is all about going hard and fast, focusing on the social, political and human elements of his day-to-day shoots around Chicago.

All information used in this article were sourced from Grit Street Photography.

written by cheeo

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