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Old 01-16-2011, 05:07 PM   #1
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Street photography

Has anyone had experienced with street photography? I am looking for advice on how to take a good pic. I saw the post a few weeks ago about that old lady whose pictures were never discovered until after she died - pics were amazing. Is it necessary to get in close with someone.. I feel like that would be really awkward. Better to use a zoom lens?

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Old 01-16-2011, 05:08 PM   #2
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Old 01-16-2011, 06:23 PM   #3
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If you are talking about this Vivian Maier http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=814553

Then you have to think about what they used back then. I have a Mamiya Sekkor SLR that was made in 1968. It came with a 55mm lens. If you are shooting digital, then the equivalent would be 35mm lens. Or you can use possible a 17-55mm lens.
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A lot of those shots I saw were up close. She probably just went up to them and asked if she could take a picture. The worst that they will say is no.
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A lot of those shots I saw were up close. She probably just went up to them and asked if she could take a picture. The worst that they will say is no.
This. You also have to think about carry gear on the street. Walking around with a big zoom lens has a few disadvantages to me:

1. Does not require you to move as much, in turn making you a lazier photographer.

2. Can be intimidating to the subject at hand, mainly people.

3. Because of it's size is more noticeable and heavier.

I also recommend carrying a few prints with you. People are generally much more receptive if they can see what you are doing. I'm currently working on a body of night photography. Lots of late night wandering the streets
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Old 01-16-2011, 11:30 PM   #7
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A lot of those shots I saw were up close. She probably just went up to them and asked if she could take a picture. The worst that they will say is no.
Yeah... I've done that before. People are very friendly when you have a camera. Especially if you look like you know what you are doing.



I shot these at music events. Asked the guys if I could snap their photo. lol







I know these aren't what you're looking for but they are funny as hell.
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Here is another Photographer with some great street photography. Dennis Hopper

http://www.taschen.com/pages/en/cata..._1961_1967.htm

Hopper spread in Vanity Fair

http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/fe...201001#slide=1
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Henri Cartier Bresson has some great work also...
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Thanks for the video! What camera and lens is he using?
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Thanks for the video! What camera and lens is he using?
Canon 5d mk2 and 85mm 1.2 I belive.

BTW i was just looking at your flickr. And this pic you took looks so fimilar.






One of my friends took one just like it last year

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hah I think everyone takes that picture when they are there. I set for a longer exposure and just rested the camera on the railing.
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Quite the thread resurrection.

I went to a NatGeo seminar in SF taught by Catherine Karnow. She was a pretty big proponent of getting in very close for pics of people. It makes me uncomfortable because I feel like I'm getting in their space and bothering them. Also because people react, they're conscious of the camera, they start acting differently, posing, looking unnatural. So I've always wanted to use a long lens and take the pics from further away.

However:

1) Ever since that seminar, I've realized when I look at pics of people by pros, it's clear they've gotten very close. There just aren't a lot of far-away-but-zoomed-in shots of people's faces and actions that turn out great.

2) In that seminar and subsequently, I've read entire articles by photographers about how to get close, how to talk to people, how to relax them and get them acting and looking naturally, even if you're 3 ft away with a camera pointed at them (like Ma's tip about carrying prints). Interpersonal bridge building tips from photographers. LOL I'd be lying if I said I implemented them, but what it left me with is the sense that being able to warm people up and make them comfortable with the camera is a big part of what the pro shooters do well.
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I saw someone ask about street photography in another thread so I bumped two post on it. Thought it was a nice start thread for those interested. When I worked downtown I would carry my camera around..
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