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The Secret Behind Street Photography Motivation

Dear friend,

Street photography (and photography in general) is our passion. But the question —

How do we stay inspired and motivated to keep doing it?

Some thoughts:


1. Composition

The first thought is about composition. I believe the greatest joy of composition and photography is that photography is a game of composition. This means:

The joy of street photography is the joy of trying to create novel compositions.

For example, my joy in trying to shoot layers. Or trying to make minimalist compositions. Or striving to make street photos ‘as dark as possible‘.

Then the never-ending quest for us in street photography is

What new types of compositions have yet been attempted or done in street photography?

And once we figure out these compositions, then …

We strive to understand, deconstruct it, then share our findings with others (on our own blog).

Street photography composition lessons >

2. Life is an MMORPG?

A funny thought:

If we assume that life is an MMORPG (like diablo II), what do we want?

I think:

To travel more, explore more, level up, and become more.

Because what is ‘travel’ always? It is more about ‘questing’– to go on more epic adventures and quests in life.

Thus a simple thought:

Insofar much as you can, travel more, explore more, and dare more.

3. The social aspect

The big reason I love teaching workshops is bringing like-minded individuals together. Half the fun of photography is the social element. To talk, have coffee together, and to chit-chat while shooting street photography.

The big mistake we try to do in photography is the whole ‘lone wolf’ strategy. Humans are not wolves, we are social beings.

In fact, I see street photography as ‘social photography’. Or ‘society photography‘.

Thus anything you can do to photograph society is good.

4. Non-people photos

Street photography doesn’t have to have people in it. I think once you realize this, you will unlock a whole New World of photo opportunity. You can photograph random things on the ground, urban landscapes, abstract patterns, really anything you find interesting in public. Ultimately I think anything you photograph in public places is street photography.

5. Macro

Also another really big thing: shoot macro photos. RICOH GR3 and macro mode is amazing to macros of people faces things textures etc.

6. Play with exposure

Another big thing: to have more fun in street photography, play with exposure compensation. Make photos really really dark or really really bright. Experiment with high key photos and low-key photos.

7. Consider yourself a visual artist, not photographer

The notion of being a photographer is riddled with too much preconceived notions. Better to expand your palate, and consider yourself a visual artist rather than just photographer.


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Thoughts on my mind

  1. The best innovation starts off as a piggy back.
  2. In life, perhaps we should just focus on our photography. More so than building companies, getting rich, etc.
  3. We must make photography more decentralized.
  4. DIABLO II as a good looking glass to inspect society and life.
  5. Innovative ways to publish: mix your photos and videos.
  6. What is your design philosophy?

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