Ask Eric Kim #1: How to Overcome the “Funk” of the Winter Months in Street Photography?

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@mikebeecham on Twitter asked me, “How do you manage the funk of the winter months?”

I think this is a great question, because it is hard to stay motivated during the winter months. I share some of my thoughts, an introduction to this new series, and suggestions in this first episode of “Ask Eric Kim”.

What are some ways you stay motivated to shoot during the winter? Share your tips in the comments below!

How to Harness Your Fear to Become a More Confident Street Photographer

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Provincetown, 2014

Street photography is one of the most difficult forms of photography out there. Not only do you have to rapidly compose, frame, and approach strangers— but you have to do so with the risk of “injury.” They might injure you verbally (threaten to break your camera, give you a dirty look and call you a creep, or curse at you) or they might injure you physically (try to grab your camera, hit you, shove you, etc).

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Book Review: “The Suffering of Light” by Alex Webb

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All photos copyrighted by Alex Webb / Magnum Photos. You can pick up a copy of “The Suffering of Light” on Amazon here.

After my month-long trip abroad in Stockholm, London, and Dubai I am finally (mostly) over my jet lag and have recovered at home. I’m sitting in my apartment and thinking to myself: what should I focus on for the blog?

I have thought about this a lot— and realized that 99% of the photography sites on the internet are gear-related. This includes news about the newest cameras, rumors about upcoming cameras, gear reviews, lens sharpness testing (taking photos of brick walls, and seeing how sharp the edges are).

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A Landscape of Pyramids (Or To Be A Street Photographer) by Hakim Boulouiz

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(Editor’s Note: Today’s guest post and photographs are by Switzerland based street photographer Hakim Boulouiz. Enjoy!)

Hakim: One of the first lessons in photography has to do with the famous quote from photographer and ecologist, Ansel Adams, “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”This magic formula applies to all facets of photography without exception. As soon as we start talking about the “photographic intervention”, we have to question the composition, choice, selection; whether to accentuate certain elements or to do away with distractions as we seek to create an impact for the eye and for the heart. The whole process is a very precise surgical procedure with a little help from Mr. Chance.

However, in street photography, “making” a photograph is out of the question. So how to be a street photographer (or how to go about becoming one)? For starters, here are two steps:

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Streettogs Academy No. 6 “Directions” Results and Analysis

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1x1.trans Streettogs Academy No. 6 Directions Results and AnalysisHere we are once again with the results and analysis! Things have been going fine in the group as I have recently posted new policies and updated the criteria to further clear the mission/vision of what streettogs academy really is. As we go along, I hope people get a lot out of the group and at the same time, enjoy the experience of photographing in the streets. We had around 150++ entries for the “Direction” that was set by Assignment 5 editor’s choice, Enamul Kabir Rony. Cheers again to Enamul for the great assignment theme.

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How to Overcome the “Tyranny of Choice” in Street Photography

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What happens when you have a diet too high in GAS (not all my cameras btw)

I have a problem. It is definitely a “first world problem”.

I currently have too many cameras in my house. This is what is sitting on my shelf at the moment (all the cameras I own):

  • Leica MP
  • Hasselblad 501c
  • Fujifilm x100T
  • Ricoh GR
  • Contax T3

Too many damn cameras.

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Registration Open: Downtown LA & Portland Street Photography Workshops in 2015 (and more!)

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Group selfie from my recent London Intermediate/Advanced Street Photography Workshop

Hey streettogs, I am excited to share that registration is officially open for my upcoming Downtown LA Introduction to Street Photography Workshop (Jan 2-4th) and my Portland Intermediate/Advanced Street Photography Workshop (Jan 9-11th). Make sure you sign up quickly before the early-bird discount expires!

If you want to conquer your fears of shooting street photography, improve your composition, and meet other passionate street photographers– don’t miss out and see my full list of upcoming street photography workshops in 2015 below:

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