(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
“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.
You never know when a good photo opportunity will present itself to you. Always be prepared.
(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
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
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.
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?
I don’t know about you, but I love to look.
“The only thing we have to fear is…fear itself.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt I genuinely feel that one of the worst diseases in the modern world is having a sense of “irrational fear.” We have been born with DNA which wires our brains to be “risk averse” — meaning that we prefer to avoid risks… Read more about You Have Nothing to Fear But Fear Itself
in·spi·ra·tion: a divine influence or action on a person believed to qualify him or her to receive and communicate sacred revelation Dear friend, One of the things I am always hunting for is “inspiration” in my photography, life, and my writings. However before we get into the subject of “inspiration” — what does it exactly… Read more about How to Find Inspiration In Your Photography
pas·sion: A strong amorous feeling or desire; love; ardor. From the Latin word “pati”, which means to ‘suffer.’ We are often told in society “follow your passion” — and I do believe that concept (to an extent). Often we cannot control external factors (like whether or not we can make our passion our full-time profession),… Read more about How to Find Your Passion in 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.
Okay, I just got off a 16-hour direct flight from Dubai to San Francisco. Yeah, I am pretty jetlagged (slept last night at 7:30pm, woke up today at 1:30am). Anyways, I am starting to power up with a coffee at Philz in Berkeley, and wanted to share some (very brief) thoughts on the Fujifilm X-Pro… Read more about Review of the Fujifilm X-Pro 2 For Street Photography
Just finished the coolest workshop here in Dubai– the 2-day Experience the Magic of Film Workshop at Gulf Photo Plus 2016. The students all hit the streets with their cool film cameras (some 35mm and some medium-format), and we had a blast shooting film and also learning how to process the film. Check out the… Read more about Student Photos: Film Street Photography Workshop in Dubai
Interview by A.g. De Mesa. All photos by Dayv Matt. Last time we talked with Dayv, he just finished his first book, High Street Low Street: Seoul and was in the process of making his follow up, High street Low Street: Colombo. He’s finally done with the book and is currently running a kickstarter campaign to be able to self-publish.… Read more about Intensely Proud: Checking Back with Dayv Mattt and his Latest Book
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.
As a part of GPP 2016 in Dubai, I just finished a “Conquer Your Fear in Street Photography” workshop with my epic students. I was so impressed to see how much progress the students made in the last two days, taking fantastic shots in Deira (“Old Dubai”) which looks like a mix between Egypt, India,… Read more about Student Photos: Dubai Conquer Your Fear Workshop 2016
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!)
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:
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
Dear streettogs, I am very excited to announce the new edition of the “Henri” Neck Strap (Mark II). This new version is made from a darker-leather, similar to the color of dark mahogany wood or a good cup of coffee. Buy the Henri Neck Strap (Amazon USA) > Purchase the Henri Neck Strap (Etsy International)… Read more about “Henri” Neck Strap (Mark II) & “Henri” Wrist Strap
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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?