Cindy and I believe in making educational resources that can empower and inspire others. From this dream came “Street Notes”–a journal and resource for aspiring photographers. Over the past 2 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 not just be a book, but a tool. Street Notes is an interactive journal, a pocket-sized workshop, and a community of learners.
We intentionally made Street Notes pocket sized, 3.5 X 5.5 inches, 44 pages (100% recycled paper) so that you could always carry it with you. While many of the ideas have been published on the blog before, we wanted to create a pocket-sized “workshop in a book.”
Street Notes can always be carried with you while you’re on the streets shooting, on your morning commute, or enjoyed alongside a nice cup of coffee or glass of wine.
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
Review of Street Notes by Keenan Rivals – Assisgntent #1: 5 Yes, 5 No
We priced Street Notes at 19.95 USD because Street Notes is printed in small, quality controlled batches in California. Street Notes is a labor of love that we have worked hard to edit, design, and make as part of “Haptic Press“. Each purchase will help to support open source information and keeping things free and open on the blog.
We hope that Street Notes will be a tool to connect with other photographers seeking to learn and improve their photography. Share tips, host meet ups, and follow along the photographic journey with the hashtag #streetnotes on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.