Photographing Feelings with Compact Cameras by Josh White

1x1.trans Photographing Feelings with Compact Cameras by Josh White

Seoul, South Korea.

This article is written by Josh White, originally posted here.

Josh: More fish. After spending the previous weekend in Busan I found it hard to get away from the couple of photos I took there. I feel like I figured something out about myself there.

I’ve always found it really hard to explain why I like the photos I take with small, compact cameras more. It always seemed that if I went on a trip or something no matter how many huge cameras I took the photos I ended up liking the most were the ones from the smaller cameras.

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Please Tell Me My Photos Suck (And How I Can Improve)

1x1.trans Please Tell Me My Photos Suck (And How I Can Improve)

NYC, 2012

We are insecure. We don’t want people to be brutally honest with us. We like feeling liked. We don’t want to hear the truth, or at least what people really think about us and our work. We like it when things are sugar coated (I know I do), and facing reality can be tough.

I remember when I started photography, I thought I was awesome. I thought my work was incredible, and I deserved fame, glory, and attention.

Then one day, I remember stumbling on the work of the masters and the greats of photography. I then realized my work sucked in comparison to theirs.

At first I was discouraged. I though to myself: I could never be as good as them, why bother even trying?

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Streettogs Academy Assignment No. 3

1x1.trans Streettogs Academy Assignment No. 3

Thank you again to everyone who participated in our 2nd Assignment and to everyone who is making Streettogs Academy Facebook Group a nice place to find good people and good photography.

I got to talk to Assignment #2 Editor’s Choice, Jomel Bartolome aka Dada Bear about the next topic. This one is something near and dear to his heart.

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The Benefits of Constraints in Street Photography

I always thought to myself: the day I had unlimited money, unlimited time, and unlimited cameras was the day I could truly be creative.

Funny enough, I found out that wasn’t the case. Out of all photographers I’ve met, the ones that are most creative are the ones that are strapped on resources– the ones that have constraints. 

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Advice for Young Street Photographers

1x1.trans Advice for Young Street Photographers

Toronto, 2012

A few days ago I wrote a letter to my 18-year old self, and gave myself some advice on if I started street photography all over again. I told myself things I learned in the 8 years I’ve been taking street photos. I wish someone told me this when I started off.

Similarly, I was inspired to write this post for young street photographers starting off. I think this can apply to both young photographers (age wise) and also street photographers just starting off (young, experience-wise).

Here I go, I hope you enjoy :)

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

1x1.trans Alec Soth Advice on Approaching Strangers, Working on Projects, Photographing Abroad, and More

Copyright: Alec Soth / Magnum Photos

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 you who want to be more serious about your photography and projects. Read more to learn from him!

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It is Impossible to Take 100,000 Bad Street Photographs in a Row

1x1.trans It is Impossible to Take 100,000 Bad Street Photographs in a Row

I recently read some advice by author Ray Bradbury for aspiring writers:

“Write a short story every week. It’s not possible to write 52 bad short stories in a row.”

I think the same applies for street photography. To change the numbers a bit– I think it is impossible to take 100,000 bad street photographs in a row. I think it was Henri Cartier-Bresson who said, “Your first 1,000 photos are your worst.” I think in the digital age, it is more like “Your first 100,000 photos are your worst”.

Assuming you shot 100 photos a day, that would be 36,500 a year. So at that rate, you can reach the 100,000 street photos mark in 3 years. If you’re more prolific and shoot more– you can reach that 100,000 mark much quicker.

I think it is impossible to take 100,000 bad street photographs in a row.

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