Great job to y’all who participated in STREET CLUB ASSIGNMENT WEEK 1: 5 YES/5 NO. Below is a video recap of our feedback, critique, and whose photo was our personal favorite:
This was STREET CLUB WEEK 1 ASSIGNMENT: 5 YES / 5 NO (by Cindy):
WEEK 1. FIVE YES, FIVE NO ASSIGNMENT:
Take photos of strangers on the street and ask permission to take a portrait of them. Try to get 5 people to say “yes”, and 5 people to say “no.”
Purpose: One of the best ways to overcome your fear of shooting street photography is to start off by asking for permission. A lot of people are afraid of upsetting other people if they photograph them candidly and without permission. However if you ask for permission, you give your subject the opportunity to say “no” and prevent them from feeling upset.
Furthermore, if you do this assignment it re-wires your psychology a bit by getting use to rejection. I think one of the biggest fears that we have in street photography isn’t getting rejected, but the fear of getting rejected. The fear of rejection is often the biggest barrier.
But like a child, sometimes you need to fall a few times in order to realize that falling itself isn’t that big of a deal. You will get a lot of “no’s” but perhaps fewer than you expect. Sometimes the people you expect to say “no” actually end up saying “yes.”
- Are you more afraid of getting a ‘no’ or‘yes’?
- If someone says ‘yes’, how many photos will you make of them?
- How many ‘no’s’ do you think you willget before you get one ‘yes’?
For some inspiration, check out Keenan Rivals using Street Notes on the streets of Detroit working on the assignment “5 Yes, 5 No”:
STREET CLUB WEEK 2:
To participate in STREET CLUB (WEEK 2 ASSIGNMENT), join ERIC KIM FORUM and wait for announcement from Cindy.
By popular demand, we dedicated many hours and cups of coffee to present to you STREET NOTES MOBILE EDITION.
For those who prefer to read on their phone, computer, or tablet, STREET NOTES MOBILE is the PDF edition designed for all devices. Scroll through the assignments, find inspiration, and constantly challenge your photography with STREET NOTES MOBILE.
Cindy and I believe in making educational resources that can empower and inspire others. From this dream came “Street Notes”–a tool of empowerment for aspiring photographers. Over the past 3 years, we have worked hard to edit and distill down fifteen specific photography assignments that can help improve your photography.
We designed Street Notes to empower you and take your street photography to the next level.
Workshop in your Phone
STREET NOTES MOBILE is your “workshop in your phone” to inspire you to JUST SHOOT IT.
STREET NOTES MOBILE will be your new creative companion during your morning commute, at the coffee shop, or while you’re out shooting on the streets.
STREET NOTES MOBILE challenges you to push yourself out of your comfort zone. Each assignment encourages you to face your fears head-on, while also giving you creative street photography assignment ideas. After each assignment, reflect on your street photography assignments, and write these notes in the notes app on your phone, or in a notebook.
HAPTICPRESS is confident that STREET NOTES MOBILE will take your street photography to new heights.
Street Notes Reviews
“I’ve been a big fan of Eric’s and an avid follower of his blog for several years, having initially stumbled upon it looking for gear reviews when buying my first camera. If you’re not familiar, Eric is a street photographer and teacher, who, over the past five years or so, has used his blog as a medium to educate and empower aspiring “streettogs” by sharing the practical (technique-oriented) knowledge he has gained during his career, as well as distilled lessons from his studies of the masters of the genre and his own uplifting, well-considered musings on life and philosophy. If you haven’t already, do yourself a favor and check it out; it is a vast reservoir of insights that will accelerate your development as a photographer and one of the few “professional” blogs out there that isn’t constantly jamming ads or product links down your throat.
I’ve done a couple photography workshops over the years, including PhotoUno’s introductory “Digital Photography I” in NYC (12 hours over six Saturdays for ~$600) and Eric Kim’s advanced “Discover Your Unique Voice in Street Photography” in LA (~24 hours over three days for ~$500). While I found each to be extremely valuable in my evolution as a photographer and would recommend either to anybody in a heartbeat, something I realized is that one of the best parts about attending workshops is that they simply force you to go out and shoot, because for me, sustaining that drive and inspiration to practice photography in my regular life is one of the biggest challenges I face as a non-professional photographer.
Street Notes is the antidote to this all-too-common complaint. By providing a library of well-structured assignments designed by an experienced photographer/teacher, Street Notes essentially serves as an intermediate-to-advanced workshop-in-your-pocket for multiples less than what you’d pay for a live course. And, if used in conjunction with Eric’s blog, the only thing Street Notes does not provide versus the traditional workshop model is a live critique following assignment completion.
Don’t get me wrong, nothing can ever replace the experience of a really good workshop or face-to-face critique, but for $20 Street Notes is worth every penny. Just chuck it in your camera bag (its well-made and can stand up to a beating) and any time you’re in need of motivation shoot, just bust it out and complete one of the assignments (and let the social media machine do its thing if you’re really driven by peer review).” – Alexander Amy
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