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Street Photography

Training Session Week 4

Axel Tanty

on 22 October 2012

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Transcript of Street Photography

Training Session Street Photography Emerged in the 1900s in Paris
Evolved from the "street landscape" genre
Pioneered by Henri Cartier Bresson A bit of history Photos taken in a public space?
Refers to the documenting of street life.
Can focus on a variety of themes, such as:
Youth culture
Social issues
Poverty Defining street photography Focusing is 90% of the time involved in taking a photo!
Importance of aperture!
"Pre-focussing" Focus Technique 1: "Street Photography is impulsive"

Technique 2: "Find a spot and wait" Technique Make sure you're ready, don't fumble!
When changing environments, change the settings!
Otherwise, aperture, shutter speed and ISO are all up to you.

Having a longer SS is often beneficial: Settings Henri Cartier Bresson
The Berlin Wall, 1963 The importance of being patient The Decisive Moment Photos in public places = legal
Photos of private places from public places = legal
Photos in private places = depends on the owner
Persistent or aggressive photography of an individual = harassment
Taking photos of children in public = legal
Taking photos of police / armed forces = legal

No one is allowed to force you to delete photos, even if you weren't allowed to take them in the first place. The Law Henri Cartier Bresson Robert Frank Henri Cartier Bresson
Hyeres, France, 1932 Equipment Street started with rangefinders

The Leica!
The Nifty Fifty

The importance of being low-key Being Discreet Compacts might be better than fat DSLRs
Don't use bulky lenses (unless stalking)
Film SLRs might be a better option
Don't be flashy
Dress to blend in
Cover your camera in black tape?
Turn off any beeping and flashing lights
No camera bags filled with lenses
Don't creep! Technique 3: Ask for permission Robert Doisneau - Les Halles Getting the shots! Look for interesting settings
Iconic architecture
Look for intriguing subjects
Emotional Composition Technique 4: Shoot from the hip Requires a VERY narrow aperture and / or pre-focussing.
Try your luck with autofocus?
Allows for discreet natural images.
Lower perspective There is no set rule on composition, you have to adapt
Some common "rules"
Don't center your subject
Rule of thirds
Fibonacci Spiral
Lights & Darks
Color composition Final Tip: Get used to your lens and its range!
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