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Advice to a Young Street Shooter by John Free

Street is one of the scariest but most fulfilling branches of photography to try out. How do you start? Where do you even begin? Veteran photojournalist John Free shares his thoughts in this short video!

Have you always wanted to go out in the streets and shoot shots similar to your favorite Magnum photographers? It sounds simple enough. Step out in the streets, look for interesting scenes and individuals, then just go crazy. But it’s easier said than done. Once your subject is in front of you, fear grips you.

LA-based documentary and street photographer John Free expounds on this fear, on this tension in starting out shooting street and subsequently, other kinds of photography. What is the key to getting the shots you want?

Practice.

Is that it? Do you feel gipped that you’re reading this article and watching the video and all that he and I have to say is to practice?

Practice.

You gain nothing by being an armchair photographer. You gain nothing by sitting in your undies browsing LomoHomes and muttering under your breath how you can do better, how you could have gotten a different vantage point. You get better by doing. Basketball players do it. Professional chess players do it. Students do it. You don’t gain experience by not doing anything, and it is in gaining experience that you learn to recognize what the decisive moment really is, what good composition really is, and what picture perfect moments actually are.

Practice.

written by cruzron

2 comments

  1. superlighter

    superlighter

    Practice makes perfect

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  2. clickiemcpete

    clickiemcpete

    Wow, that was great. Just what I needed, a super pep talk about how to approach street shots, love it! :)

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