Instagram as a Vessel For Sharing Street Photography

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(Editor’s Note: Words and Photographs by Ryan Tacay)

In a world of instant-gratification and disposable media, it’s hard to take something like instagram as a serious way to share something artistic and long-lasting. Going past the jokes about it being all about the bathroom selfies, things I ate today, or this afternoon’s sunset, it’s actually one of the best ways to get one’s work out there and seen.

For starters, with instagram claiming they have about 300 million active users compared to the 92 million that Flickr has, it’s safe to say that although the images are displayed no larger than a 640×640 pixel square format, there’s a larger audience. Having come from Flickr since 2005, I get more traffic and activity on instagram these days. It has become my preferred method of sharing my street photos.

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Free Presentation: Street Photography 101

I just gave a free street photography webinar, and here are some of the slides that I shared on practical tips, assignments, and “traits of great street photographers”. The video recording of the event will be available in a week or so, will also make sure to share. In the meanwhile, enjoy this presentation!

You can also see the presentation on Slideshare here. You can see the full list of all of my presentations here.

Other Free Video Street Photography Lectures

You can also see some of my other free video street photography lectures below:

  1. Introduction to Composition for Street Photography
  2. How to Overcome Your Fear of Shooting Street Photography
  3. How to Be Invisible When Shooting Street Photography
  4. Why it is Important to “Work the Scene” in Street Photography
  5. Introduction to Editing, Processing, and Workflow in Lightroom 5 for Street Photography
  6. Introduction to Street Photography Projects

How to Succeed and Survive as a Photographer and Artist

Istanbul, 2014

Istanbul, 2014

I am currently reading: “Akademie x Lessons in Art + Life”, which is probably one of the most inspirational art/life books I’ve picked up as of late. It is a beautifully printed and bound book, folding open like a school instructional manual.

I personally never went to art school. I entered college as a Biology major (to become a doctor like a good Asian kid), but upon going into school (and realizing I hated science and math), I switched to the exact opposite: sociology.

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Jared Krause: Inspired by Light and Colour

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(Editor’s Note: Words and Photographs by Jared Krause)

I started shooting in June of 2009. I had causally been thinking about photography and decided to buy a camera. I started posting to a photo blog because I felt like photography was a good way to share my experiences with other people. Shooting street photos gave my photography purpose, a goal and a style to pursue rather than just taking random shots of anything. It was a edgy and new to me. I decided to start posting photos to my blog every day, and did so for over a year. In that period, I got very comfortable using my camera, and quite familiar with light, contrast, colour and the other elements involved in photography. Even though I wasn’t shooting street, I was learning.

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What Music Albums Can Teach You About Street Photography Projects

London, 2014. Part of my on-going "Suits" series.

London, 2014. Part of my on-going “Suits” series.

I love music. I love listening to music when I’m writing (like I am doing now), I love listening to music when I’m driving, and I love having music play in the background when I’m with my friends.

I have a lot of favorite artists and I have found one thing that separates the “successful” artists and from the “unsuccessful” artists: the “successful” artists continue to produce work (and don’t die off).

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Dissecting the Layers of Portland: An Interview with Nick Gervin

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(Editor’s Note: Interview by Eric Kim. Photographs by Nick Gervin.)

Eric: Hey Nick great to have you. Can you start off by telling us a (brief) life story and how you first picked up a camera?

Nick: Thanks for having me, Eric. I first picked up a camera in 1992 at the age of twelve. I wanted to document the graffiti art I was discovering in and around Portland, Maine. At that time, the city was in poor shape and it had a lot of derelict buildings that I would skip school to explore.

I really had no clue what I was doing when it came to photography; I was more of a point-and-shooter then. Still, I felt that the documentation was important and, later on, it would prove to be. Like all things in life, the graffiti didn’t last forever and the photographs I had made then helped document a subculture. I continued to point-and-shoot over the years, mostly with disposable cameras.

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