Video Lecture: Introduction to Composition for Street Photography

In this video presentation I share compositional techniques to make better street photographs (diagonals, figure-to-ground, curves, leading lines, framing). You can see all the slides for this presentation here. Articles on Street Photography Composition If you want to learn how to improve your compositions in street photography, enjoy these articles: Composition Lesson #1: Triangles Composition… Read more about Video Lecture: Introduction to Composition for Street Photography

Video Lecture: Why it is Important to “Work the Scene” in Street Photography

In this presentation, I share the work of the master Magnum photographers (Henri Cartier-Bresson, Elliott Erwitt, Diane Arbus, Martine Franck) and share the importance of “working the scene” (via contact sheets). So pretty much– you don’t want to just shoot one photograph of a stranger and move on. Rather, you want to continue to “work… Read more about Video Lecture: Why it is Important to “Work the Scene” in Street Photography

60 Street Photography Heuristics (Rules of Thumb) I Believe in and (try to) Follow

I am a big fan and believer of “heuristics” (or rules of thumb). I was first introduced to the idea of “heuristics” from Nassim Taleb (in his book “Antifragile“) and later more from Gerd Gigerenzer (a German psychologist who wrote the excellent book: “Gut Feelings: The Intelligence of the Unconscious“). Below is a list of heuristics… Read more about 60 Street Photography Heuristics (Rules of Thumb) I Believe in and (try to) Follow

How to Overcome Your Fear in Street Photography with “Rejection Exposure Therapy”

This morning on the way to the gym, I was listening to the newest podcast episode of “Invisibilia” (a new NPR podcast on cognitive and behavioral science) and they had an episode titled “Fearless”. The episode was fascinating to me— as I have always been obsessive with this idea of conquering your fear of shooting… Read more about How to Overcome Your Fear in Street Photography with “Rejection Exposure Therapy”

Streettogs Academy Assignment No. 8

Cheers to another Streettogs Academy Assignment done and let’s continue the voyage with the Assignment from editor’s choice, Kirk Lothian. Here’s a hint to what it is: It should make us boldly go where no one has gone before.

Monkeying around with Tavepong Pratoomwong. Interview by Clifton Barker

(A.g.’s Note: Today we have Clifton Barker chatting down with his friend and award winning photographer, Tavepong Pratoomwong from Thailand. Have a laugh and enjoy this one! Interview by Clifton Barker. All photos are by Tavepong Pratoomwong.) Over the last year, the Thai street photography scene has been dominated by one man; Tavepong Pratoomwong. Besides being… Read more about Monkeying around with Tavepong Pratoomwong. Interview by Clifton Barker

Behind-the-Scenes Video: Downtown LA Conquer Your Fear of Shooting Street Photography Workshop 2015

I just finished an epic “Conquer Your Fears of Shooting Street Photography Workshop” in Downtown LA this past weekend and put together a fun behind-the-scenes video above. All of the students did an incredible job building their confidence in the streets, getting closer to strangers, and had a lot of fun getting to know one… Read more about Behind-the-Scenes Video: Downtown LA Conquer Your Fear of Shooting Street Photography Workshop 2015