Dear friend,

Straight fresh out of the (digital) presses: A new GoPro POV street photography video of me photographing a ‘street portrait’ on the streets of Kyoto, with a very friendly older lady.

YouTube: How to Shoot a Street Portrait GoPro POV Tutorial

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Lessons when shooting street portrait

  1. Talk while shooting // don’t feel shy when talking and taking photos of the subject at the same time.
  2. A smile goes a long way: Smile and chat with your subject, even though you might feel nervous.
  3. Better to chat with people and have a positive life-affirming experience than never taking the risk of trying.
  4. Reminder that street photography is about interacting with real people, strangers, and being more human. Street photography isn’t just like treating people as ‘photo objects’. Interactions with human beings is more important than making good photos.
  5. Don’t take 1-2 photos and run away. Instead, linger around, and keep chatting with the stranger. You don’t know your best photograph until after you go home and review your photos.
  6. I took 68 photos of the older lady. I might only have 1-2 which I consider good. Lesson: “You must milk the cow a lot to get a little cheese” – Henri Cartier-Bresson // which means, take a lot of photographs of the scene. The more you shoot the scene, the more likely you are to get a few good photos.
  7. Be bold, don’t think too much. JUST SHOOT IT!

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Contact Sheets of Old Lady

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