Four Points of Experience in Street Photography Advancement
- Oct 17, 2019
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If you can't be invisible, try to be polite.
Recently, I saw some friends share their works and experiences of street photography. Some of them took pictures of strangers directly. Some said they were warned, others said they had been scolded, I was chased by dogs, stared at by passers-by, and strangers asked me if I was taking pictures of them. In street photography, you often see interesting people with scenes, and you can't help but want to take pictures. Most Street photographers share two ways, invisible or friendly. There are many ways of invisibility, such as blind shooting, sound east, west, dress up tourists, fast shooting, blinking eyes do not meet. Another way is to be polite. If you are caught shooting strangers, nod, smile, wave and say hello, most people won't make a fuss about taking a picture of you. Street photographers act aggressively, holding their cameras to others, but I believe most of them are not malicious, just want to capture beautiful pictures, moving and interesting pictures, but they are very strange to the people being photographed. Usually they will be shocked, or feel offended, tracked or tracked by strange people. Be photographed. I used to prefer the "invisible" way, not to meet the eyes of the subjects and try not to be found, but recently I found that many times I had to approach the subjects and shoot in front of them to get the picture I wanted. After shooting, if they found out, I would smile, nod, wave and then. They avoid conflict as soon as possible before they respond. I appeal to all those who are interested in street photography to be friendly. Street photographers are motivated to capture beautiful moments, not to "invade" their subjects.
Don't look down at the screen immediately after filming.
There is a funny word among foreign photographers called "Chimping", which means to look down at the LCD screen immediately after taking a picture. The origin of this term is "Chimpanzee gorilla". The reason is to imagine that you took a great picture, looked down at the LCD screen after taking a picture, excited to send out the oh-oh-oh-oh-voice and then greeted others to see it together. It was like a group of chimpanzees surrounded by excitement and looking at something new. Chimping. I've been practicing street photography for a while without Chimping, occasionally, but I admit occasionally, especially when I see great pictures clicking the shutter and I'm not sure if I've got them or not. But before I finished shooting, I really looked down to see if I had done it well, but I found that there were several shortcomings. 1. You will miss a lot of pictures. When you look down at the screen, maybe the next great picture will flash in front of you. 2. The battery will hang up soon. 3. You will accidentally delete the photos you want to keep. Believe me, I've done this foolish thing many times. 4. Stress. Keeping your head down and looking at the screen can put pressure on you to "be perfect," but in fact there is no such thing as "perfect photography". 5. Destroy the sense of rhythm in street photography.
Street photography was started for good-looking images, for stories, and for endless thinking about what "meaning" is. They saw a lot of sharing of senior street photography, or the sharing of foreign masters like Bresson, Alex Webb, William Klein, Joel Meyerowitz, etc. They seem to be looking for it. When it comes to the philosophy or epiphany of street photography, many people will say that if you don't think so much, happy shooting is good. Indeed, "happy" is also a kind of meaning. I took a picture that I classified as "failure" a few days ago. I usually didn't finish the habit of looking down at the screen right away, but now I know that Jiao was not aiming at it. Sure enough, when I came back to look at the picture, the whole theme was blurred, which is the following one. I'm going to shoot this young mom and the baby who has fallen asleep in front of me. When I see this picture, I think, "This will be the best picture I've ever taken recently." The mom walks at a moderate speed. I have enough time to focus beforehand. I stand on the side of the road and aim at the rear rack. Son Focus, wait for her to enter the shooting area, but when I lifted up the camera, I suddenly intuitively adjusted the focus with my hands. As a result, I missed the shooting time and focused on my uncle behind Cool Mother. Because the distance was very close, she passed by only enough time for me to press the shutter once. I could only watch her hang in front of me. The baby floats past quietly. The current reaction is "regret" and "regret", gradually turning to "anger". But after a few minutes, I began to think about why I had just started street photography, because I like to see stories, characters and capture interesting moments on the road. Is it worth getting angry about this missing picture? Even if it's the best picture I think I can take in the first half of the year. Is it worthwhile to be angry at something that makes you happy at first because you expect quality settings and wrong camera operation? After thinking about it, this side should be written, "I feel a lot of comfort in my heart!" Put it down. No, I still have X in my heart (maybe I haven't realized Tao yet), but I have to put it down first. Bresson said a sentence - "Once a moment on the street is missed, it will never happen, never, you can only go forward." I have always felt that street photography can bring me not only the pleasure of photography, but also some things in life, such as seeing beauty from a small place, cherishing every moment, learning to wait, creating opportunities, precisely acting, and knowing to put down. I think I can almost get out of the house if I write it down again. I hope it will be fine tomorrow. Let's go out and take more pictures! ____________
When you are too busy to take photos
It's been a long time since I swayed on the road with my camera. Work during the day, and weekends are full of children and family gatherings. When I recently saw the words related to photography, I didn't think of the same thing as in the past: "How do I take good pictures?" "What street photography skills should we share?" "What are the new photographers abroad recently?" Instead, "I don't have time to take pictures", "I don't have time to take pictures", "I don't have time to take pictures", "I don't have time to take pictures"... Calm down and think about several reasons.
2. Life and work have reduced the motivation. As I said before, ordinary life has been occupied by family and work. Sometimes I wish I could concentrate on street photography, but I think many people are like me, but still need to take care of their stomach.
3. Interest becomes pressure at first to simply enjoy photography, but over time to start self-demand, pure enjoyment becomes the pursuit of higher results. But I forgot that the best work is always the next one. Recently, I saw a New York taxi Street photographer who used his driving time to take Street photographs on the streets of New York every day. The taxi Street photographer asked me to rethink how to use my limited time to photograph. If you, like me, are too overwhelmed by life and work to take pictures every day, try to think about the time available during the day, like commuting and lunch breaks. If you have a family and two children like me, try shaking around your home with your camera on weekends while your child naps. For me, no time is just an excuse. Instead of sitting and thinking, I'd better get up and shoot.