Lessons Todd Hido Has Taught Me About Street Photography (Part 1)


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You can read part 2 here: “Lessons Todd Hido Has Taught Me About Street Photography (Part 2)“. You can also download the entire article free via .docx, PDF, and Google Doc.


I have really been loving the “Photography Workshop Series” that Aperture has been publishing. They recently did a book with Alex Webb on Street Photography, and also another book with Larry Fink on Composition.

The other day I was browsing Amazon, and Todd’s Hido’s new book (published by Aperture) titled: “Todd Hido on Landscapes, Interiors, and the Nude” popped up. I had heard about Todd Hido from a few good friends, loved his work (landscapes and portraits), his use of colors, and the down-to-earth nature he had in his interviews on YouTube.

I instinctively ordered the book (it is very affordable at only around $20)— and have been absolutely blown away by the book. It is quite possibly one of the most educational, helpful, and inspiring photography books I have ever invested in. I can easily say that it is probably one of my 3 favorite “photography-educational” books, alongside Magnum Contact Sheets and Dan Winter’s “Road to Seeing.”

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How to Be a More Mindful Street Photographer

Downtown LA, 2014

Downtown LA, 2014

I just finished a book called “10% happier”, which preached the benefits of meditation and mindfulness in everyday life.

There is a lot of pain and anxiety from everyday life, and one of the main causes of that is longing for something. Wanting something that we don’t have. By focusing too much on the future and the past.

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Behind-the-Scenes Video: Downtown LA Conquer Your Fear of Shooting Street Photography Workshop 2015

I just finished an epic “Conquer Your Fears of Shooting Street Photography Workshop” in Downtown LA this past weekend and put together a fun behind-the-scenes video above. All of the students did an incredible job building their confidence in the streets, getting closer to strangers, and had a lot of fun getting to know one another.

You can see the final student photos on my Facebook fan page and you can also see my upcoming street photography workshops in SF, Chicago, Toronto, NYC, Vienna, & more!

Read more to see snapshots from the workshop as well:

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Film Isn’t Dead: The Resurgent Interest in Analogue Photography Video

Thanks to Matt Stuart from In-Public for sharing this short 8-minute film about the resurgence of film photography.

Personally I still love shooting film for the added challenge, how it slows me down, the aesthetic, as well as the surprise when I finally get my film developed. Shooting film (I think) has made me a more disciplined photographer, and also improved my street photography in general. Shooting film isn’t necessarily “better” than shooting digital– it is just different. If you’ve never shot film (or it has been a while), I recommend giving it a go in 2015!

If you want to learn more about shooting street photography on film, I recommend reading some of these articles below:

  1. Introduction to Shooting Film in Street Photography
  2. A Guide on How to Shoot Street Photography on a Film Leica (or Rangefinder)
  3. Video: Introduction to Darkroom Film Developing and Printing with Taylan Bagci in Istanbul
  4. The Benefits Shooting Both Film and Digital in Street Photography

10 of My Street Photography New Year’s Resolutions for 2015

Having a ton of fun shooting the beach of Fujairah with the Mamiya 7, with Kodak Portra 400 :)

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It is that time of the year again— to make resolutions for the new year.

In 2014, I wrote a post, “40 Street Photography Resolutions Ideas for 2014” and I also wrote a post titled: “15 Street Photography Assignments to Re-Energize and Re-Inspire You” (inspired by the book: “The Photographer’s Playbook: 307 Assignments and Ideas”).

Below are some personal New Year’s Resolutions I am going to make for myself in 2015. I will probably break some of them, but will try my best to stick to them. This is advice I will give to myself— and feel free to pick any of these ideas for yourself (or modify them as you see fit). This list is inspired mostly by Nassim Taleb’s New Years Resolutions for 2015. Here are my street photography resolutions for 2015:

  1. Don’t buy any photo books I don’t plan on re-reading.

  2. Buy at least 1 photo book a month (and get to really know it).

  3. Give at least 1 in-depth comment/feedback/critique (once a week) to a street photographer who doesn’t get any favorites, comments, or feedback on his/her photos.

  4. Try to meet a lonely photographer once a month for a coffee (with no expectation of “networking” or “gain” on my end)

  5. Don’t go a single day without taking a photograph (smartphone is fine).

  6. Don’t own more than 1 type of camera (only own 1 35mm camera, 1 medium-format, 1 digital). If I accrue more than one of each type of camera, either give away to friend or sell.

  7. Walk for at least 15 minutes everyday to make photos (I’m becoming a fat and lazy car-dependent American).

  8. Focus on education and creating value (not money, fame, or external recognition). Engaging the street photography community more and always try to help.

  9. Make my photographs more personal.

  10. Have at least 1 exhibition of my photos (and also curate at least 1 group exhibition).

  11. Teach at least 1 free workshop for charity (once a year).

What are some New Years’ Resolutions that you have for yourself when it comes to your photography? Share them in the comments below!

Ask Eric Kim #2: “How To Discover Interesting Scenes in Your Familiar (thus Boring) Home City?”

Berkeley, 2014

Berkeley, 2014

Hey streettogs, to continue with my “Ask Eric Kim” series (any questions you had about street photography, business, marketing, social media, etc.) I put a question out on Facebook regarding what questions you had (so I could try my best to help out and offer some ideas):

Kai Kienzle asked the following:

“How [do you] discover interesting scenes in your familiar (thus boring) home city?”

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