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To create our “Street Photography Resource Guide,” LensCulture asked our For the past 20 years, street photography has meant everything to me: from the. Free E-Book: The Street Photography Project Manual Chapter 1: Why pursue a street photography project? Chapter 2: Free download. The book is a distillation of all the lessons I have learned about composition and street photography, and I put it into a handy PDF which you.
Dear streettogs, I am really excited to share that I have another free e-book for you guys because I love you titled: The concept behind the e-book was this: I wanted to put together all the information I knew regarding coming up with ideas with street photography projects, how to shoot it, how to edit and sequence it, and how to publish it. Here is a quick overview of the chapters in this e-book:. I wanted each photograph to be perfect, and stand on its own. However after a while shooting these single-images became a bit boring. Soon I discovered that I was much more interested in pursuing photography projects— projects that would often take a long time several years , would require meticulous editing choosing images and sequencing, and were personal to me.
Street photography presents its own set of challenges when it comes to photographing people. Once you overcome your fear of photographing strangers, you are sure to be rewarded with memorable street photos that capture emotion and tell a story.
Here are some guides and eBooks on the topic — three of them from Photzy. Do check them out. Quick Guide to Street Photography This guide by photographer Kent DuFault introduces you to street photography and then goes on to discuss two methods to capture street photos, with practical tips that you can follow for each of the two methods.
The last section summarizes some handy tips that you should keep in mind when doing street photography.
Want a free cheat sheet for landscape photography? Click Here to Download. Photographing Strangers A lot of people find photographing strangers unnerving for the fear of being confronted or being objected to while taking photos in such a situation. This guide not only addresses that topic, but also provides you with different approaches when photographing strangers, e. This guide by street photographer Diane Wehr tries to look at the answers to the all-important question in street photography: Should you ask to take their picture or not?
The author examines the question from different perspectives: legal, cultural, and ethical. Take your time. Make it good. Let your project age and mature in a positive way with time. In , I got laid off my job as an online community manager at eHow. I remember when I first joined the company, it seemed like a cool and hip Internet start-up— and I expected it to be a lot like Google. There were a lot of free drinks in the kitchen and snacks , people seemed friendly, and I thought I could unleash my creativity through the company.
While it was true that the company was pretty lax and I had awesome co-workers , I started to realize that I was just a cog in the corporate wheel. Not only that, but when I started working at my company, I started to thirst after money, wealth, power, and status.
But after I got laid off— I suddenly felt great relief.
I realized that this relentless hunt for more status and money was self-destructive, and was making me depressed, empty, and frustrated. So now whenever I see guys wearing suits, I see a former self-portrait of myself when I worked corporate. I still have a lot of friends who work corporate jobs, who hate their jobs, but earn a lot of money— and therefore have a hard time quitting. Tips How to come up with ideas for your own photography project So if you want to come up with ideas for your own photography project, here are some of my suggestions: 1.
Write down your emotional state So first of all, I think the best personal photography projects are the ones that are emotional. As human beings— we are an emotional species. We have deep empathy for others. Therefore if you are able to make photographs that can resonate on an emotional level with your viewer, you will make a memorable series and project.
I sometimes find the best photography projects happen after photographers have emotional difficulties and joys in their lives. This can happen after a break-up or entering a new relationship , this can happen during a death in the family or a birth of a new child , or it can happen during a depressing time in a shitty job or the excitement of joining a new job or corporation.
So if you are a street photographer and want to pursue a project— you could do a project in which you focus on a certain emotion, and focus on photographing that. If you want to capture depression and loneliness, look for capturing people who are hunched over with their hands over their faces.
Copy a project that has already been done before For me, I think ideas are dime a dozen. I think more important than any idea in a photography project is execution.
My suggestion is this: look through photography books and projects you already like, and try your best to mimic it. See the structure, the flow, edit, and sequence of images.
What is the opening shot? What characters are in the photo-series? Which shots are detail shots? Which shots are action shots? How does the project end? How does it make you feel? What kind of compositions does the photographer use? Literally try your best to imitate or copy the work the photographer has done but add your own twist to it. Or you can just look at a list of photography projects that have already been done before in terms of subject matter , and try to pursue a similar topic.
Also know that certain subject matter is more photographic-able than other types of subject matter. Only pursue a photography project that you find personally meaningful. Pursue a photography project that you find interesting, not what others find interesting. Remember— when you pursue a photography project, it should be meaningful and fun. Pursue the outside arts One of the best ways to come up with ideas for photography projects is to look at the outside arts.
For example, Alex Webb studied literature at Harvard while he pursued his photography.
I find his photography very poetic and beautiful. Ansel Adams was passionate about nature and conservation— and made his mission as a photographer to capture beauty to protect it. Elliott Erwitt has a great sense of humor you can see it in his photos. Lee Friedlander was a huge fan of jazz which leads to his edgy off-beat images. So what outside interests do you have outside of photography that you might want to pursue photographically?
For example, one project I worked on in the past no longer working on it is photographing people at the gym. Besides photography, I am quite passionate about weight lifting, and go to the gym quite often. Therefore I wanted to combine my passion of weight lifting and photography, to photograph other weight lifters at the gym.
Find re-occurring themes in your work Another way to figure out what kind of photography project to pursue is to look at your pre-existing work, and figure out what kind of re-occurring themes happen in your work.
For example, go through a years worth of your archives in Lightroom or whatever photo-editing software you use and start to tag your favorite images with certain subject titles. Based on what tags you find re-occurring a lot in your work, you can use that as a compass to see what kind of projects you might want to continue pursuing. Chapter 3 summary Coming up with photography project ideas can be challenging if you try too hard. I think it is better to pursue photography projects and fail many times killing off uninteresting projects than never starting any projects.
Not every project idea or photography project you pursue is going to be interesting.
Get out of the photography ghetto. Visit unrelated art exhibitions, learn an instrument, or perhaps pick up painting or drawing.
Pursue any sort of ideas that interest and stimulate you. So my advice is this: pursue photography projects that excite you, make you feel alive, are personal, and are fun. How do you know when it is time to stop a photography project? You know when to stop a photography project when you lose the heart for it.
But then again sometimes these dips in inspiration are good chances to re-evaluate your project, to perhaps switch up the direction you want to take your photography project, whether to ditch it or to continue pursuing it. The dip is a chance that we can re-evaluate our work, figure out whether it is worth pursuing our projects, and figure out when it is worth ditching our projects. Is there a different direction I need to take my photography project? Are there other perspectives that I am missing out in my photography project?
Are there certain subject matter that I need to photograph? Perhaps you can explore other neighborhoods close to your neighborhood. However sometimes we should quit in a smart way. If we are pursuing a project that has no legs, quitting halfway is smarter than wasting valuable time and resources. But the logical thing to do in many cases is to quit halfway, and pursue other projects that might be more interesting and might have more impact. When to ditch and when to keep pursuing a project How do I know which projects to ditch and which projects to keep and continue to pursue?
I simply follow my curiosity. Once a project bores me, I put it on hold— and try to explore different ways to shoot it. But if I have explored all different avenues and ways to shoot it and still am bored — I figure out it is time to retire the project.
I want my photographs to mean something deeper. So to sum up, I think the best way to know when to continue working on a project or ditching it is this: Avoid boredom, and latch onto meaning and purpose. Taking a break Another strategy you can employ when figuring out how important a project to you is taking a break.
Try the following: purposefully leave your camera at home for a week or two, and see if you feel an urge to continue photographing your project. I then would walk around the city and downtown area, and see all these great guys wearing suits. Sometimes taking a break is good for your creativity— as it gives you a chance to recharge your batteries and see things afresh.
Rather, master Judo wrestlers leverage the strength and movement of their opponents and use that energy to throw them to the ground. Rather, I simply take a break, recover, and continue writing when I am rested up. It is all part of the creative process. Use the dip of motivation to your advantage— to give you purpose, direction, and strength. Now what? Get honest feedback and critique First of all, I aim to get honest feedback and critique from other photographers I trust and admire.
The great shots are kind of like oil mixed in water— over time, they rise to the top. Of course there will be conflicting opinions. Some photographers will agree that certain shots are really strong, and other shots they will totally disagree.
In these circumstances, you need to make the final decision as an editor. It is important to get as much feedback and critique on your project as possible, but the final edit of your project belongs to you.
Many famous photographers have done this technique with great success. They sometimes put these walls next to their bed, so the first thing they see when waking up is their photos and also the last thing before they see before going to sleep.
Sometimes by mixing them up randomly, you can start to pair and sequence your images based on similarities or hidden connections. If you plan to do a photography book that has opposing pages for pairing images— I think the only way to do this is with physical prints not on an iPad or a computer.