street photography

What’s In My Bag When I’m Traveling and Shooting Street Photography

What's In My Bag (5-7-2012)
I am currently in Berlin, and about to head out to Amsterdam tomorrow to teach a street photography workshop with Thomas Leuthard. A week afterwards, I will be teaching a 4-day street photography workshop for the Stockholm Photography Week with Fotografiska (the Swedish Photography Museum).

I always try to travel light- and typically carry just my messenger bag and my North Face Recon Backpack. Considering I blog while traveling, I carry more stuff in my messenger bag than I’d like. But to me, it is still relatively light (still trying to find ways to cut down). For those of you streettogs who travel a lot- hopefully my bag shot can help give you some insight on what I just packed for my trip!

Check out more cool bag shots at Japan Camera Hunter.

Any questions about packing to travel for street photography? If so, leave your questions in the comments below! 

Why Instagram Is The Future of Street Photography

(Above image: “Carlton” by Misho Baranovic)

When I was in Melbourne, I met up with street photographer and co-founder of the Mobile Photo Group (MPG), Misho Baranovic. For those of you who may not know Misho or the MPG, they essentially shoot street and documentary photography with mobile devices and share their work online through a number of platforms, including Instagram.

Being an Android user myself, I never understood the hype of Instagram. To me it seemed just like another camera app where people would take photographs of flowers, sunsets, or lattes and add tons of crazy processing (lomo or vintage film anybody?). I essentially thought it was a platform only for Justin Bieber lovers or hipsters with too much time on their hands.

Interview with Rinzi Ruiz, Los Angeles Street Photographer and Painter of Light

Had a chance to interview Rinzi Ruiz, a phenomenal black & white street photographer based in Los Angeles (and one of the alumni of my LA street photography workshop!). I chat with him about his inspirations in street photography, how he finds the light, and advice he has for aspiring street photographers. We also geek out over his new Fujifilm X-Pro 1- and see how it likes it compared to his old Fujifilm X-100.

Shots by Rinzi Ruiz

Umbrella ella ella


F Light

Behind Glass




Lady in the Water

Away from the Sun

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Which of Rinzi’s shots are your favorite? And if you have any questions for him, leave them below! 

Interview With Dana Barsuhn, Film Los Angeles Street Photographer With Leica M4

Had a quick chat with my buddy Dana Barsuhn, a fellow street photographer from Los Angeles and former attendee of my Intermediate Los Angeles Street Photography Workshop. For those of you geeks who are curious, he shoots B/W Tri-X film on his Leica M4, with a 35mm Zeiss Lens. Also featured in the video is his new toy, the Contax T3 he just picked up for snapshots.

Dana was introduced to street photography from his friend (host of the podcast The Candid Frame), Ibarionex Perello. Also for inspiraitonal images, check out Stanko Abadzic (one of Dana’s huge influences).

Photos by Dana Barsuhn

Dana Barsuhn Film Los Angeles Street Photography

Dana Barsuhn Film Los Angeles Street Photography

Dana Barsuhn Film Los Angeles Street Photography

Dana Barsuhn Film Los Angeles Street Photography

Dana Barsuhn Film Los Angeles Street Photography

Dana Barsuhn Film Los Angeles Street Photography

You can see the rest of Dana’s work in his “Los Angeles” album on his website.

Framed 2011 Book

Dana also put together a book of his street images from 2011 as a personal diary. All the images in the book were shot with his Leica M4 rangefinder 35mm film camera, captured in and around the Los Angeles area,  developed in his kitchen sink and scanned to his computer computer!

Feel free to download the PDF book and share it on your computer or iPad!

Link to pdf: FRAMED 2011 – Dana Barsuhn

For more info on book or images feel free to contact Dana.

Exhibition at the “2Edgy Gallery” in Downtown LA

Dana will also be showing some of his street photography at the “2Edgy Gallery” in Downtown LA. Make sure to come if you are in the area!

  • Location: “2Edgy Studio”
  • Date: Friday, May 4th in Downtown LA.
  • Time: 6:30-11:30pm
  • Address: 456 Seaston St

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Which of Dana’s images really speak out to you? Show him some love in the comments below! 

How Playing Video Games Can Help You Become a Better Street Photographer


(Above photograph by Jun Shen Chia from his “Tokyo” series)

Eric’s Note: This article is written my good friend, fellow street photographer, and gamer Jun Shen Chia. I met him in Singapore, and marveled at how he was able to shoot so quickly on the streets. I also found out he was a total nerd when it came to video games- and asked him to write this fun article! Enjoy it.

Jun Shen: People ask me, “Jun Shen, how do you shoot so fast on the streets?!?”   I’m like a ninja, whipping out my camera, shooting it, and putting it away so quickly that my subjects don’t know what hit them.  They walk away whispering to themselves, “What was that?  Did he take our photo?

It’s thanks to video games, folks.  Read on to find out why.

Interview with Hong Kong Street Photographer Jonathan van Smit at the Leica Blog

Recently when I taught my street photography workshop in Hong Kong I had the great pleasure of having Jonathan van Smit as a guest speaker. Jonathan is a street photographer originally from New Zealand, and has shot the raw streets of West Kowloon for nearly four years now. Check out my interview with him over at the Leica Blog.

In the interview he explains how he shoots the raw streets of West Kowloon, how he interacts with his subjects, and how he got his old Leica taken from him at knife-point.

>> Jonathan van Smit: Raw Hong Kong Interview

Streettogs Gallery Talk: The importance of producing a body of work

Eric’s Note: Streettogs Gallery is an on-going feature and intiative by Manila-based street photographer A.G. De Mesa. Click here for more info.

AG: This week, let me share to you some thoughts on why having a body of work is important while showing a great work from Kip Praslowicz.

After years of studying, looking, and analyzing photographs I have to realize one thing: The body of work is the most important thing a photographer should have. However, the journey of making a body of work is not that easy. It is so consuming that at times, photographers sacrifice their personal lives in pursuit of the great work. More often than not, it results with a lot of emotional and mental stresses.  With those reasons and a lot more, why then do we need to pursue a body of work?

Eric Kim Lightroom Presets

Tokyo, 2016 (with "Eric Kim 1600" preset)
Tokyo, 2016 (with “Eric Kim Monochrome 1600” preset)

I’ve been working on these presets for a long time. They’re mostly optimized for the Ricoh GR and when shooting with flash— but I figure they will look good with any camera (as long as you shoot in RAW).

There are two Lightroom presets included:

  • Eric Kim Color 1600 (gritty, high-contrast color preset)
  • Eric Kim Monochrome 1600 (gritty, high-contrast black and white preset)


How to Install:

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  1. Open up Lightroom
  2. Go in the “Develop” module (hotkey “D”)
  3. Under the “Presets” drop-down menu (bottom-left) right-click (or on Mac, control+click) and click “Import…” and then select your presets from your “Downloads” folder
  4. Apply to your image

Older Presets

Downtown LA, 2015. With "Neopan 1600" preset.
Downtown LA, 2015. “Eric Kim Neopan 1600” preset.

Below are my Lightroom film simulation presets from 2015:


Included presets:

  • Eric Kim Portra 160
  • Eric Kim Portra 400
  • Eric Kim Portra 800
  • Eric Kim Tri-X 1600
  • Eric Kim Neopan 1600

Interview With Stu Egan: Founder of Radiate Magazine For Street Photographers

(Above photograph by Charlie Kirk

Eric’s Note: I am pleased to feature this interview with Stu Egan, the founder and editor of Radiate Magazine – a magazine dedicated to street photography. Stu currently works in London as a book editor and works on Radiate Magazine to help the street photography community and feature talented photographers. Check out this interview with him below about how he got interested in street photography and how he started the magazine.

Streettogs Gallery Feature: Groupings of Lemuel Chanyungco’s Street Photographs

Eric’s Note: Streettogs Gallery is an on-going feature and intiative by Manila-based street photographer A.G. De Mesa. Click here for more info.

A.G.:I’ve been following Lem’s work over at Flickr for quite some time now. He is what I would classify as a classical street photographer with mastery of light, timing, and overall visual design. His terrific use of black and white reinforces that aesthetic especially when he utilizes it to for silhouettes.

I want to emphasize that Lem’s photographs are really good. Although recently, he is posting something that is really unique.

Building a Visual Language: The Cinematic Street Photographs of Mike Aviña

Mike Avina Street Photography

Eric’s Note: This week I am pleased to share the work of Mike Aviña, a street photographer based in Northern California. His images have a strong film noir style, and exuberant swagger. Check out his thoughts about his work and images below.

Mike: I like taking pictures, obviously. I think it is rooted in some sort of drive to capture and freeze reality and hold on to a piece of time—probably ultimately not a healthy instinct but if it is channeled well maybe I can make some strong images. These thin little slices of time we get in pictures are difficult but the shots that work are sort of like gasoline on the fire. I can’t really explain it more than that.

Featured Street Photographer: Stéphane Daniel from Montreal

Eric’s Note: I am happy to feature the work of Stéphane Daniel, a street photographer based in Montreal. Check out his background in street photography and his images below! 

Stéphane: During my childhood in France I first learned photography from my father, who showed me how to make a right exposure on his Ricoh. To be quite honest, I remember it as somewhat boring. I also remember for Christmas one year, I received a an ugly red full automatic camera. As a student I used to record “souvenirs” on disposable cameras.

The day I finally had a decent salary, I bought an EOS300 and start to travel with it. Until that moment my life changed. I discovered on photo-magazines the way to shoot with a 24mm, I visited photo exhibitions in Paris and fell in love with Depardon, Salgado, Cartier-Bresson and Nachtwey’s black and white pictures.

Fujifilm X-Pro1 Review + 18mm f/2, 35mm f/1.4 & 60mm f/2.4 Macro by Kai Wong from DigitalRev TV

A nice and fun review of the new Fujifilm X-Pro 1 from Kai Wong from DigitalRev TV. Check it out and subscribe to their awesome show today – or else Kai will hunt you down ;)

Lenses reviewed:

Still haven’t had the chance to play with the new Fujifilm X-Pro 1- but have been hearing great things about it so far! Hopefully I will have the chance to shoot with it on the streets soon and let you guys know what I think!

15 Tips How to Choose Your Best Photos

"Nails" by Eric Kim

(“Nails” from my City of Angels series)

Editing in street photography is one of the most important aspects to know. When I refer to “editing“, I am referring to the act of choosing your best images, rather than “post-processing”. However nowadays when most photographers refer to “editing” their work, you can almost determine with 99% accuracy that they mean “post-processing” their work. Due to this confusion and interchanging use of the word “editing” – the true art of editing of choosing your best work is a lost cause.

For this article, I will attempt to explain why editing is so important in street photography and give practical tips and advice on how you can become  a better editor of your work (and how to ask others for advice as well). Keep reading if you want to find out more!

Streettogs Gallery Feature: “Surreally” by Nico Chiapperini

Eric’s Note: Streettogs Gallery is an on-going feature and intiative by Manila-based street photographer A.G. De Mesa. Check out more info here.

AG: Photography is nothing without seeing. The light, colors, shadows, contrasts, patterns. Human life in general. And it is in seeing that a good photographer will be able to replicate what was seen in a photograph.

This is one of those works that really invites you to just see.

Street Photography Essay: “Theater of Life” by Tomasz Lazar

Tomasz Lazar

Eric’s Note: For this feature, I am pleased to feature the work of Tomasz Lazar to the blog. Having seen tons of street photographs, I don’t see photographs that often move me. However looking at the work of Tomasz takes me to another world– one full of energy, excitement, and darkness. Quite possibly one of the best street photographers out there, and has had the recent honor of winning the World Press Photo of the Year for News, 2nd place. All of these photographs in this post are from his “Theater of Life” series. 

Tomasz Lazar – freelance photographer. He was born in 1985 in Szczecin. Graduate West University of Technology, Computer Science. First year student at the Univesity of Opava – Photography. He participated in many workshops such as Tomasz Tomaszewski, Edddie Adams Workshop in the USA. Winner of photography competitions in Poland and abroad (including the Sony World Photography Award, International Photography Award, BZ WBK Press Photo, World Press Photo).

Review of the Olympus OM-D EM-5 For Street Photography

Recently when I was in Kuala Lumpur, I had the great pleasure of meeting Robin Wong, a passionate local street photographer. He was also lucky enough to get a test-unit of the new Olympus OM-D EM-5 directly from Olympus, and tested it extensively the past few days.

As mentioned in my last post, you don’t want to fall victim to GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome). However if you are using a DSLR and find it too bulky or have a point-and-shoot and want something a bit beefier yet compact, I found the Olympus OM-D EM-5 a pretty solid option paired with the Olympus 12mm f/2 Lens (which is great for zone focusing). However if you already have an Olympus EP-3 or any other relatively Micro 4/3rds camera out there, I wouldn’t recommend an upgrade.

If you got any questions about the camera, make sure to ask Robin Wong over at his blog.

The “Best Settings” and How to Use The Leica M9 for Street Photography

After traveling and having done many workshops on street photography, I have met many Leica M9/rangefinder users who have had difficulty configuring their camera for shooting on the streets. There are lots of misconceptions out there, which make things confusing for people. Therefore here is some advice I have for Leica m9 users (or Fuji x100 or rangefinder users) when shooting street photography. (Note that for the original video, the audio gets cut out at 16 minutes, so I edited the video down). 

Check out the video below, and I have things written in more detail below!

Streettogs Gallery Feature: “The Old of Hong Kong” by Gary Tyson

Eric’s Note: Streettogs Gallery is an on-going feature and intiative by Manila-based street photographer A.G. De Mesa. Check out more info here.

A.G.: Gary Tyson is a great commercial photographer and has been in different locations around the globe. He is also the co-insturctor in Eric’s previously concluded street photography workshop in Hong Kong so I was really delighted whe he sent in a link of a collection of his street photographs.

What I usually do when a collection is sent instead of a series is I try  edit properly to show things in common. It could be aesthetic similarities, strong themes, or repeating subjects. So I pointed out to Gary a subject that continually pops up in his street shots:

Feb Volume 2: 9 Inspirational Street Photographs From the Community

Street Photography
Jay G. Thornton

Things have been a bit hectic in Hong Kong and prepping for my workshop this weekend, but wanted to take a chance to feature the best street photographs posted to my Facebook fan page the last two weeks.

On an unrelated note, I actually had the chance to meet Kaiman Wong and the rest of the team from Digital Rev TV and we did some recording for a video on street photography that will release soon (stay tuned).

If you would like to get one of your shots featured in the future, make sure to upload them to my Facebook fan page! (I prefer using Facebook because it is easier to sort/look through all the photographs).

Keep reading to take a look at all the images!

Streettogs Gallery Feature: “Lost Faces” by Mikhail Palinchak Jr.

Eric’s Note: Streettogs Gallery is an on-going feature and intiative by Manila-based street photographer A.G. De Mesa. Check out more info here.

A.G.: I always defined street photography as “Photographing people in a public place with or without permission”.  That is how I go about shooting but when I encountered the work of William Eggleston, my definition shattered.

It seemed that his work doesn’t fit how I understood and read about photography. His photos are so simple, mundane, and very uninteresting. So much so that I think Eggleston’s War with the obvious is the anti-thesis of Bresson’s philosophy The Decisive Moment.

FREE Giveaway! Win a thinkTANK Retrospective 20 Camera Bag!

Update 2-27-12: Congratulations to John Barduhn for winning the giveaway! His tip was: “Always say “Thank You“. Stay tuned for our next giveaway soon ;)

thinkTANK Photo has generously provided a Retrospective 20 Shoulder Messanger Bag ($167.75 value) for a give-away on the blog! You can have the chance to either win a version in Pinestone or Black (I prefer the Pinestone color). They make fantastic street photography bags, as they don’t look like camera bags (thus you can be more discrete). If you want a smaller bag, also check out the Retrospective 5 (good for street photographers with a Leica or Micro 4/3rds system).

To enter this giveaway, all you need to do is:

Share your #1 street photography tip (in 7 words or less)

There are three ways to enter (the more ways you enter, the more chances to win!):

  1. “Like” me on Facebook and share your tip on my wall!
  2. Tweet your response, and include the following text anywhere in the tweet:
  3. Leave a comment below!

This contest will end Friday, Feb 24th, 2012. We’ll randomly pick a winner and announce it on the blog!

*Credit to PetaPixel for the contest idea! 

How To File Out Your Own Negative Holder

Eric’s Note: This feature is by Trevor Marczylo, a Winnipeg-based street photographer who has made the move to Korea! If anyone in Korea wants to meet up with him- drop him a line! Follow his blog as well.

Trevor: I ‘ve gotten a ton of emails over the last few weeks regards to how I get that black sloppy border around my images in the darkroom. I simply just took a file and hacked into it until I was happy.

So for this week’s article I thought I’d write a quick and simple discription on how to file out your negative holder so you can have your own signature negative border style.

There really isn’t anything to it and all you need is a small flat file and your negative holder, some black paint or nail polish and the will to destroy your neg holder.

Radiate Magazine Issue #2 is Now Available!

I am excited that issue #2 of Radiate Magazine is out. Radiate is a street photography magazine edited by Stu Egan, and features work, interviews, and features from up-and-coming street photographers from all around the globe.

Included in this issue are David Solomons brilliant and often unseen early BW, Steve Richmond‘s incredible Kimology series and Charlie Kirk’s interview of Claire Atkinson.

Pick up a copy!

You can get hold of printed copies here which costs $21 + shipping. It will make a great addition to your street photography library!

You can also download free PDFs from that page, or if you don’t want to register with Magcloud just head over to and get one there.

Also check out the first issue of Radiate here.

Congratulations once again to Stu and the rest of the Radiate team and featured photographers! Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below! 

The Ink Soaked Street Photographs of Jack Hubbell (aka Cyclops-Optic)

Jack Hubbell

(From Song Tan and Seoul, South Korea © Jack Hubbell 1981-1983) – Flickr

Eric’s Note: Today I am glad to feature the work of Jack Hubbell (Cyclops-Optic) on the blog today. Charlie Kirk turned me onto his work, citing the unique way he saw the world. 

Jack: To have something in common with Eric Kim. What? Perhaps you think it Photography, but no. Further back than that. Further away than that. Off to a nation called Korea. Whilst Eric’s connection lies with ancestry, mine deals with birth. And by that I mean birth of vision.

Breathtaking Street Photography of New York City by Stanley Kubrick in the 1940’s

Stanley Kubrick Street Photography

Long before director Stanley Kubrick directed influetial films such as Lolita, Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange and The Shining — he took incredible street photographs in New York City since he was 17. He worked until the 1950’s for Look Magazine before he decided to pursue filmmaking.

Keep reading to check out incredible street photographs taken by Kubrick – which are comical, intruiging, and full of energy and excitement! Make sure to also check out Twisted Sifter for all the images!

*Florian Dirks from my Facebook fan page has let me know that not all of the photographs included below are unposed- some of them are elaborately staged. Incredible photographs nonetheless. Also big thanks to Rinzi Ruiz for directing me towards these photos! 

Enter Thomas Leuthard’s “Street Self-Portrait” Photography Contest!

My good colleague and fellow street shooter Thomas Leuthard currently has a street photography contest running titled: “Street Self Portrait” running on Flickr. Some of the rules are below:

The Rules

These are some of the prizes for the contest as well!

  • 1st prize – 3 years of Flickr Pro
  • 2nd prize – 2 years of Flickr Pro
  • 3rd prize – 1 year of Flickr Pro

If you have any further questions about the contest, please post them in this thread on Flickr.

Good luck to everybody and excited to see the winner!

Enter the contest by uploading your photograph here.

Announcing Alex Coghe’s FREE E-book on Street Photography

I am excited to announce that my good friend and Mexico City-based streettog Alex Coghe has recently published a free e-book on street photography. He goes over practical tips & techniques, philosophy, and general thoughts about street photography. It has a great wealth of information and inspiration – so make sure to check it out!

You can download a free copy on Scribd or directly here.

If you want more free e-books on street photography, make sure to check out Thomas Leuthard’s free ebooks on street photography as well.

An Inside Look Into the Life of Ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel by Gil Cohen Magen

Eric’s Note: I am excited to present these images by photographer Gil Cohen Magen for his upcoming book: “Hassidic Courts“. The images are a great insiders look to the lives of ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel, and shot with a great street photography aesthetic. Check them out and let us know what you think! 

The award winning Israeli photographer Gil Cohen Magen has an exclusive and extensive collection of photographs about the inside life of ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel. Gil  has been given exclusive access to observe and photograph the religious and cultural rites of these closed communities,ceremonies that have never been photographed before and have never been shown to the outside world.

Cohen Magen spent a decade preparing his book “Hassidic Courts”. During this time, Cohen Magen obtained unprecedented access to these usually closed communities. He captured rare religious ceremonies and extraordinary moments in the lives of Hassidic Jews.

Los Angeles Street Photography Workshop by Bellamy Hunt (Japancamerahunter) and Rinzi Ruiz 3/10-3/11

I am excited to announce that Bellamy Hunt (Japancamerahunter) and my protege Rinzi Ruiz will be teaching a street photography in Los Angeles March 10th-11th. The workshop will be a fantastic opportunity for beginners and intermediate photographers to learn more about the beautiful craft of street photography- including how to take photographs of strangers, composition, as well as shooting on the streets of the City of Angels!

The workshop will be hosted at the Hatakeyama Gallery in Downtown LA. If you are a Los Angeles native or have ever wanted to visit – it will be an amazing opportunity to shoot all the colorful districts of Downtown. This includes the colorful fashion district, the dazzling jewelry district, and the amazing light rays from Broadway.

Beautiful Downtown LA

Some topics that will be discussed in the workshop:

  • Beating your fear: How to get over the fear of shooting strangers. By learning simple techniques we will teach you how to overcome your fears and how to get into the mindset to go out shooting without being nervous.
  • Find your style: Everyones style is different and we want to encourage yours.
  • Be critical: Learn how to self edit your work and how to select the pieces that really define you.
  • Working for yourself: Learn how to develop projects that will help you define your style.
  • Shooting: What street photography workshop would be complete without actually hitting the streets and shooting?

The course will be $395 for the weekend. Places are limited, so sign up quickly before spots are sold out! Check out more details at:

Feb Volume 1: The 13 Best Street Photographs From the Community

Street Photography

(Above photo by Robert Larson)

I know it has been a while since I featured street photography from the community – but here is the last batch of great shots I have noticed on Facebook! If you would like to get one of your shots featured in the future, make sure to upload them to my Facebook fan page! (I prefer using Facebook because it is easier to sort/look through all the photographs).

Some tips to get included in the next post:

  1. Don’t use watermarks on your photographs
  2. Don’t over-process your photographs
  3. Street portraits are great – but try to incorporate the subjects/backgrounds more
  4. Get good lighting. Try not to include shots that have been shot mid-day
  5. Crouch more. Get at least eye-to-eye level with your subjects
  6. Think about balance and composition. Don’t have your subjects too center-focused
  7. Don’t shoot people’s backs. Sometimes they work but typically they don’t
Keep reading to see the rest of the photographs!
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