My name is Eric Kim and I am a street photographer currently based in Berkeley, California. As an undergraduate at UCLA, I studied Sociology and combined it with my passion for photography to make statements about society through street photography.
When I started street photography, I had a difficult time finding anything on the internet on the approach of street photography. I had questions in my mind like: “How do I take a photograph of a stranger without his/her permission and not get punched in the face?” “What should I be looking for when shooting on the streets?” “What makes a great street photograph?”
This blog was born out of my passion for street photography, and wanting to share the love and knowledge with others. About a year ago I got laid off my former job, which gave me the opportunity to travel the world and teach street photography workshops full-time to those wanting conquer their fear of shooting in the streets and what to be looking for when on the streets.
I put my heart and soul into this blog, and I hope you share the same passion that I do. I try my best to update the blog with tips about street photography as well as hosting inspirational street photographers from all around the globe. Not only that, but I have a huge emphasis on community, because it is about you guys, not myself.
Feel free to check out the blog and start here if you are a newbie just starting off. Don’t forget to join the party on Facebook and share your work and opinions with one another. You can see more of my work on my portfolio page.
Peace and love,
One of my visions when it comes to photography is the idea of “Open Source Photography,” or making photography accessible to all. One of the things that I hate is the elitism that photography can often create, which makes photography more difficult for photographers from all skill levels and backgrounds to participate.
I want to tear down those walls, and dedicate myself to sharing all of my insight, knowledge, and information that I have learned about street photography (and photography in general) and share it with the masses. Whether it be how I take my photos, how I convert my images to black and white, or the plugins or Lightroom 5 presets that I use. Join me on this journey and see where it takes me.
What’s in my bag
- Mini Solo Street Photography Exhibition – Leica Store Huassman (Paris) – Pictures
- “Proximity” – Solo Street Photography Exhibition – Michaels Camera in Melbourne – Video
- “YOU ARE HERE” Street Photography Exhibition – Thinktank Gallery (Downtown LA) – Video
- “The City of Angels” Solo Street Photography Exhibition – Leica Store Korea – Video
- “Proximity” Solo Street Photography Exhibition – Leica Store Singapore – Video
- Angkor Photo Festival Group Exhibition for Street Photography (Siem Reap) – Invitation
University Teaching Experience
- UC Riverside Extension: Introduction to Street Photography
- UCLA: Sociology of Facebook and Online Social Networks
- Interview on VICE
- Interview on Shooting Street Podcast
- Interview on BBC
- Interview on Leica Blog
- Interview on the Candid Frame
- Interview on Salon
- Interview on Typical Shutterbug
- Interview on Depth of Field (Digital Trekker)
- Interview on NowLebanon
- Interview on Korean Beacon
See my upcoming street photography workshops here.
For full-diclosure, I have been sponsored by Custom SLR in the past, have a strong working relationship with Leica Camera (they have sponsored my workshops and flown me out to their events) as well as FUJIFILM (they have paid me to do talks and promotions), with Todd Hatakeyama (he sells these Lens Pouches), and from ThinkTank Photo for their bags. Ricoh have also provided me with free cameras. Also when mentioning things on Amazon, I use affiliate links which gives me a small commission on very purchase you make.
However all the opinions given on the blog are that of my own, and I am never paid to write things that I don’t believe in or agree with.
If you want to contact me regarding a workshop, sponsorship, or speaking engagements, please contact my manager Neil Ta at firstname.lastname@example.org
Frequently Asked Questions
Questions about Equipment
I am thinking about buying a new camera, what camera or lens combination do you recommend?
Check out my “Street Photography Equipment Guide.”
What kind of film do you shoot with and recommend?
What kind of film scanner do you recommend?
I recommend the Epson V700 (that does 35mm, medium-format films, and large-format films). If you only plan on doing 35mm film, I recommend the Plustek OpticFilm 7600I SE Film Scanner (which has the best 35mm scanning quality).
What kind of flash do you use and what flash/trigger do you recommend?
Currently I am using the Leica SF 20 on my camera hotshoe and don’t shoot much off-camera flash anymore.
What camera/lens do you currently shoot with?
What bag do you recommend for street photography?
I recommend the ThinkTank Retrospective 5 for your everyday bag for street photography. If you want to carry around an iPad or an 11” Macbook Air, I recommend the ThinkTank Retrospective 7 (what I am currently using).
Where do you get your film processed?
For my color film, I get them developed at Costco in the states (not all the Costco’s in America or abroad offer this service). For my black and white film, I either process it myself or get it developed in Asia (they do it for much cheaper). I usually get low-resolution black and white film scans done by the labs, and I scan full-resolution black and white scans myself with the Plustek 76000I SE Film Scanner.
Questions about Workshops
When do you plan on coming to my city to teach a street photography workshop?
Do you offer 1:1′s in-person or online?
I offer personalized 1:1 sessions in-person depending which city I am in. I could assist you to overcome your fear of shooting street photography, help you find your own personal style in street photography, and critique and give you direction for your portfolio. If you would like to book a session, contact my manager Neil Ta at email@example.com
At the moment I don’t offer 1:1 sessions online, but may open up these opportunities in the future.
I am a student and cannot afford your workshop. Are there any student-discounts or scholarships available?
Yes I offer student discounts and scholarships for my workshops. If you want more information, send my manager Neil a message using the form below.
Questions about Street Photography
I’m a newbie to street photography and need some direction in terms of getting started. What do you recommend?
Make sure to check out my “Start Here” page which I compiled everything you will need to start off in street photography!
I would to get feedback/critique on my images, what do you think of my work?
To get feedback/critique on your images, post your image to the Streettogs Critique Group on Facebook. The rules are that for every 1 photograph you post, you have to give at least a 3-4 sentence critique to 3 others images in group (that posted before you).
I have a question about street photography in general, could you help me out?
If you have any questions about street photography, make sure to ask it on the Streettogs General Discussion Group on Facebook!
Questions about Guest Blog Posts/Features
Do you accept guest posts and do you take submissions for photographer profiles?
We will consider guest posts provided the content is written specifically for street photographers. Because street photography is a small niche with many terms, gear, and photography masters unknown to many other photography genres, we cannot accept generalized content from third party freelance writers or agencies looking to promote websites, businesses, etc. on behalf of paid clients. If an article is submitted, we cannot guarantee it will be published.
My question isn’t mentioned above, how can I ask it to you?
If you want to contact me regarding a workshop, sponsorship, or any other business matters, please contact my manager Neil Ta at firstname.lastname@example.org