Alec Soth Advice on Approaching Strangers, Working on Projects, Photographing Abroad, and More

While in NYC, I visited the ICP bookstore and picked up “Ping Pong Conversations: Alec Soth with Francesco Zanot” a lovely photobook/series of interview questions. I found it to have lots of great wisdom regarding photographing strangers, editing, and projects. I copied my favorite excerpts which I found was particularly helpful, especially to those of… Read more about Alec Soth Advice on Approaching Strangers, Working on Projects, Photographing Abroad, and More

10 Tips on Shooting Street Photography on Film

I have learned a few things about shooting street photography on film from my own experiences (and the advice of others). If you want to read the full list of things I learned shooting film– read more!

12 Scientifically Proven Ways to Have More Happiness in Street Photography

Photos in this article are from my on-going “Only in America” series. I’m currently reading a lovely book titled: “A Philosopher’s Notes: On optimal living, creating an authentically awesome life and other such goodness.” It is a easy and insightful read– and I have been savoring the book so far. In one of the chapters,… Read more about 12 Scientifically Proven Ways to Have More Happiness in Street Photography

Saigon Diary #6: Trip to Pulau Bidong, Switching to Black & White, Thoughts on Digital

Sorry guys, it has been a while since I last updated my “Saigon Diary” series. A lot has happened since the last time we talked. During that time, I taught a week-long Saigon street photography workshop, I traveled to Malaysia and visited Pulau Bidong (a refugee camp where Cindy was born). I also took a… Read more about Saigon Diary #6: Trip to Pulau Bidong, Switching to Black & White, Thoughts on Digital

Streettogs Academy Assignment No. 2

I’d like to start by thanking everyone who joined our Streettogs Academy facebook page and giving a congratulations to everyone who participated in our first Assignment and props to Helio Tomita who got our Editor’s choice. We hope you learned something new from that assignment. As promised, our editor’s choice will be the one choosing the… Read more about Streettogs Academy Assignment No. 2

Disregard Critics: Make More Art

“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” ― Andy Warhol As street photographers, I think we are all artists. We craft our version of reality from fragments from everyday life.… Read more about Disregard Critics: Make More Art

Why Sharpness is Overrated

Sharpness is over-rated in street photography. Even Henri Cartier-Bresson once said, “Sharpness is a bourgeois concept.” I remember when I first saw one of HCB’s exhibitions in person in Paris, I was surprised by how soft most of his shots were. And many of his photos were significantly out of focus (thinking about the famous shot… Read more about Why Sharpness is Overrated

Shooting the Streets of Downtown LA in my Introduction to Street Photography Workshop

I recently edited some behind-the-scenes footage that my friend Todd Hatakeyama shot of my Downtown LA Introduction to Street Photography Workshop. We had a ton of fun sharing our passion for street photography, interacting with people on the streets, and giving honest feedback and critique on each others’ work– and I was amazed by the… Read more about Shooting the Streets of Downtown LA in my Introduction to Street Photography Workshop

On Free Street Photography

One question I am asked a lot is how I make a living in street photography, and questions about selling prints, and making money. To start off, I am blessed enough to make a living from my street photography in teaching workshops. I make about 95% of my living from workshops (and around 5% from… Read more about On Free Street Photography