For today’s compositional lesson– I want to talk about color theory— and how you can better utilize colors when it comes to your street photography. Personally around 2 years ago, I made the switch from shooting fully black and white — to just shooting color film (Kodak Portra 400). Since then, I have learned to… Read more about Street Photography Composition Lesson #12: Color Theory
My good friend and talented street photographer Jack Simon (from Burn My Eye) has recently turned 70 years old (he looks about 2 decades younger than he is). In honor of his birthday, he recently published a new book titled: SEVENTY — which is a compilation of 70 great candid photos. He was also generous enough… Read more about “SEVENTY”: A Book of Images of Mystery, Surprise, and Humor in Jack Simon’s Everyday Life
Watch “Everybody Street”: A Documentary on the Lives and Work of New York’s Iconic Street Photographers
If you haven’t heard yet the new street photography documentary: “Everybody Street” is now available to watch via Vimeo on demand. You can either rent the film for $4.99, or buy the film via digital download for $12.99. The film is 101 minutes long, and definitely worth the watch if you are passionate about street… Read more about Watch “Everybody Street”: A Documentary on the Lives and Work of New York’s Iconic Street Photographers
When it comes to composition– one of the first things you should ask yourself is: “Who is the subject?” If you have a hard time identifying the main subject (or subjects) in the photo– you are in trouble. One of the most difficult things to do in street photography is capture multiple subjects well. When… Read more about Street Photography Composition Lesson #11: “Spot the Not”
Erics Note: Rohit Vohra is a street photographer based in New Delhi, India. In a search for new methods to ‘read the city’, his photographs are often about contact with humans and basic living elements. He is also the Editor in Chief of Art Photo Feature. Rohit: Street photography is one of the purest forms of photography. Love… Read more about Reading The Visual Layers of New Delhi: Rohit Vohra
For today’s lesson I want to talk about “urban landscapes.” Urban landscapes aren’t really compositions in the specific sense (compared to lines, curves, etc)– but I still feel they are relevant when creating our street photographs. If you guys have read my prior lessons on composition– I have thought a lot about what a “composition”… Read more about Street Photography Composition Lesson #10: Urban Landscapes
In the late 1960’s, photographer Tony Ray-Jones wrote a hand-written note on his “approach” when he took photographs. I think these tips are lessons all of us as street photographers can learn from him. Read more to see some of his inspirational images (and this list typed out):
Eric’s Note: This project is by Trevor Marcyzlo, a Canadian street photographer currently based in South Korea. He is a part of the collective STROMA. Trevor: Located on the 9th floor of Shinsegae Department Store “The 9th Floor” is a rural themed playground for kids in urban city Uijeongbu. Photos June – October 2012.
“At first, my presence in my photos was fascinating and disturbing. But as time passed and I was more a part of other ideas in my photos, I was able to add a giggle to those feelings.” – Lee Friedlander For today’s compositional lesson I want to introduce the idea of incorporating self-portraits into your street photography.… Read more about Street Photography Composition Lesson #9: Self-Portraits
Eric’s Note: OBSERVE is a new international photography collective focused primarily on the practice of candid street photography. I have sent questionnaires to all 13 of the members, and will feature their responses and images on the blog for the next upcoming weeks. This week’s feature is Danielle Houghton, based in Dublin, Ireland. Danielle: Picking up a… Read more about Observe Collective Interview #3: Danielle Houghton
All photos in this article are copyrighted by their respective photographers. For today’s compositional lesson– I want to talk about curves. To start off, why curves? Well– curves are some of the most dynamic lines that exist.
I can’t remember the exact moment that I discovered the work of Saul Leiter. I think I remember seeing some link on the internet about the discovery of one of the earliest “pioneers” in color street photography. But upon hearing this, I didn’t dig into it too deeply. About a year ago when I was… Read more about 7 Lessons Saul Leiter Has Taught Me About Street Photography