Introduction to Street Photography

For the last year or so, I have actually been working on a “Street Photography 101″ book that I plan on publishing into an ebook. However, considering that I don’t know how long it will take before I have a finished product, I plan on posting several bits and pieces of it into this blog for your critique and reading pleasure. First part of this series, a quick intro into Street Photography 101.

What is Street Photography?

There is not one definition which defines street photography. Depending on who you ask or where you find your information, you will come upon conflicting responses. Some street photographers will say that it is about capturing the emotion and expressions of people, while others may put a higher emphasis on the urban environment. However I believe that the most effective street photographs are the ones that synthesize both the human element as well as the urban environment. To capture a moment in which a person is interacting with the environment or in which the environment is interacting with the person is a true mark of a skilled street photographer.

But when it comes down to it, it is basically taking photos on the streets. So instead of chasing sunsets and exotic creatures, you look for ordinary places and ordinary people and creatively compose them in a clever way. Anybody can take a good picture of a sunset. Although there are many technical details which go into capturing a perfect sunset, anybody can simply point their camera and capture a sunset which is inspiring. But when it comes to street photography, you must constantly be looking for either contrasting elements in an environment which make a photograph interesting.

Simply put, the main focus of street photography is taking the everyday and the mundane and making it into something unique and beautiful.

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Upcoming Street Workshops

If you want to conquer your fears and meet new peers in 2015, invest in an experience you will never forget! Check out my full list of upcoming street photography workshops below:

May 9th

San Francisco - Special 1-day Essential Street Portrait Crash Course - SOLD OUT!

June 5-7th

Seattle - Introduction to Street Photography Workshop - SOLD OUT (contact neil.ta@erickimphotography.com for the waiting list)!

June 24-28th

Paris - Week-Long Intensive Travel Street Photography Workshop - OPEN! (Early-Bird Deadline: May 24th)

July 10-12th

Amsterdam - Intermediate/Advanced Street Photography Workshop - OPEN! (Early-Bird Deadline: June 10th)

July 15-19th

Prague - Week-Long Intensive Travel Street Photography Workshop - OPEN! (Early-Bird Deadline: June 15th)

July 31st-August 2nd

Vienna - Introduction to Street Photography Workshop - OPEN! (Early-Bird Deadline: June 30th)

August 7-9th

Berlin -Introduction to Street Photography Workshop - OPEN!

August 14-16th

London - Introduction to Street Photography Workshop - OPEN!

August 19-23rd

Istanbul - Week-Long Travel Street Photography Workshop with special co-host Charlie Kirk - OPEN! (NEW!)

August 28-30th

Stockholm - Introduction to Street Photography Workshop - OPEN + NEW!

October 14-18th

New Orleans - Week-Long Travel Street Photography Workshop - NEW!

You can also learn more about my street photography workshops here.

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