Streetfoto: Putting Street Photography and San Francisco in the Photo Festival Scene

(Photos used in this interview is used with permission from Streetfoto and the respected copyright of the owners. Streetfoto Poster image by Jack Simon) San Francisco is probably one of the most under rated US cities when it comes to street photography. Home to a lot of hard workers and street shooters, the city will… Read more about Streetfoto: Putting Street Photography and San Francisco in the Photo Festival Scene

You Are Blessed

“Blessings on blessings on blessings. Look at my life man, that’s lessons on lessons on lessons.” – Big Sean (Blessings) Man, we are so blessed. We have so many blessings in our life. We have blessings on blessings on blessings, yet it is easy to forget all the wonderful things we have in our life.

Always Be Prepared

You never know when a good photo opportunity will present itself to you. Always be prepared.

Observations Vol. 1 No. 1 by the Observe Collective Out Now

(Cover Photo by Oguz Ozkan) We’ve always love the hard work that Observe Collective puts out. They understand that photography is not just shooting but also showing your work. Presenting your observations if you will. Which is why we’re happy to know that the Observe collective Magazine aptly named, Observations recently went up online. This issue isn’t a… Read more about Observations Vol. 1 No. 1 by the Observe Collective Out Now

The Photographic Rat Race

They often call the business world the “rat race.” The concept is that we are all like rats on a spinning wheel— trying to earn more money, trying to earn more advancements, trying to work our way up the “corporate ladder.” But the faster we run, the faster the wheel turns, and sooner or later… Read more about The Photographic Rat Race

Ignore Everybody Else

I think one of the most difficult things in the modern world is to ignore what everyone else is doing, and focus on what you are truly interested and passionate about.

Why Is Image Quality Important?

Dear friend, It seems that we as photographers have this overly-obsessive fascination and obsession with “image quality” — through how sharp our images are, how well “bokeh” renders, the depth-of-field or “3d-ness” of images, how much the colors “pop”, or things such as “micro-contrast” (not even sure what this is, but I hear it mentioned… Read more about Why Is Image Quality Important?

Why Shoot Street Photography?

Dear friend, I’ve written a lot of articles on how to shoot street photography— but I realized I have written very little on why shoot street photography. In this article I will outline some reasons why you should shoot street photography, as well as some personal reasons why I personally shoot street photography.

Review of the Fujifilm X70 For Street Photography

I’m currently here in Dubai, and had a chance to check out the Fujifilm X70. TLDR; the X70 is a compact digital camera with the same sensor as the Fujifilm X100T, and a 28mm f/2.8 (“full frame equivalent”) lens.

Streettogs Academy Assignment No. 18

For this month’s assignment, the editor’s choice, Kim Allen, chose “Adapting to the elements!” (Details of joining and more info after the jump!)

Why Travel?

Dear friend, I wanted to write you this letter on traveling; my experiences globe-trotting around the world, my motivations, and things I have learned along the way:

Empathetic Photography

Empathy: “The ability to understand and share the feelings of another.” Sometimes I can be a cold bastard. I see other people in the street suffering and be indifferent to their pain. I often am wrapped up in my own world, and unable to have the time to communicate or connect with others. I am… Read more about Empathetic Photography

Social Photography

Dear friend, I wanted to share some personal thoughts I’ve been having about “street photography” in general— that I feel that “social photography” would be a better definition.

What If You Got Everything You Wanted?

“In the world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.” –Oscar Wilde Sometimes we wish to get something. But once we actually get it, we wish we didn’t get it in first place.

Photography For the Soul

Dear friend, Do you remember when you were a kid and there were those “chicken soup for the soul” books? Yeah, I remember those too. I remember reading these stories as a kid, and feeling so uplifted and inspired.

How to Stay Curious

Another thought I have had on my mind: how to stay curious in life. One of the things I learn most from children is how amazingly curious they are in life. They see the world as full of possibilities, with no limits.

Why Shoot Black and White?

Black and white is where my heart and soul is. I feel that by shooting in black and white, I can better communicate and convey my emotions, thoughts, and feelings. I feel that black and white is less of an aesthetic, but more of a feeling. You don’t shoot black and white because it is… Read more about Why Shoot Black and White?