What to Consider When Buying a New Camera for Street Photography

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On my flight from Dubai back to the states I just finished an excellent book by psychologist Barry Schwartz titled: “The Paradox of Choice.” In the book, Schwartz addresses the following question in Western society: Why is it that people are getting more miserable when the amount of choices we are given goes up?

I am sure we have all experienced this problem. Whenever we go to the grocery store and want to pick up a box of cereal, we are given hundreds of options. Whenever we go to buy a new car, there are so many different companies, models, and options to choose from. Not only that, but when it comes to buying cameras we are given so many choices in terms of what type of camera/sensor (Full-frame DSLR, ASPC-sensor, Micro 4/3rds, Compact, etc) as well as a choice of lenses.

Schwartz gives solutions in the book in terms of how to deal with the over-abundance of choice and stress that it comes with. I have found this advice to be invaluable both in terms of my everyday life and when it comes to photography/buying equipment. I hope these tips help you, as they have very much helped me.

For this post, I have also included some new photos from Istanbul that I shot last year.

Interview with Oliver Lang, Street Photographer & Co-founder of the Mobile Photo Group (MPG)

“I believe that, more than ever before, photography is about a community and a culture, rather than the camera.” – Oliver Lang

I had the chance to interview Oliver Lang, one of the founding members of the Mobile Photo Group. Oliver shoots street photography in the sun-drenched streets of Sydney with his iPhone, using the Pro Camera application and capturing phenomenal light and moments in his images. He makes it a point to shoot every single day and even post-processes his images in the iPhone with the Snapseed application.

Make sure to follow him on Twitter @oggsie, on Flickr, and follow him on Instagram @oggsie.

Photographs by Oliver Lang

Oliver Lang Mobile Photo Group Street Photography

Oliver Lang Mobile Photo Group Street Photography

Oliver Lang Mobile Photo Group Street Photography

Oliver Lang Mobile Photo Group Street Photography

Oliver Lang Mobile Photo Group Street Photography

Oliver Lang Mobile Photo Group Street Photography

Oliver Lang Mobile Photo Group Street Photography

Oliver Lang Mobile Photo Group Street Photography

Oliver Lang Mobile Photo Group Street Photography

Links

Make sure to also check out the Mobile Photo Group Blog, where they talk about street photography, mobile devices, Instagram, and much more. You can also see all of the Mobile Photo Group Photographers here.

Do you shoot street photography with an iPhone or mobile device? What do you think is the future of street photography and Instagram? Make sure to leave your thoughts below, and let us know which of Oliver’s photographs are your favorite!