First encounter of photographing interesting personalities on the street in Toronto. We had a lot in common as we were both Nikon D800 series shooters.
Aaargh!! Street photography! I really want to be a good street photographer but I’m not. So I can’t give any great insights here. You can check out some great posts by Eric Khim for pointers. I’ll also send out props for @Joshmankz on instagram, met him recently and think his work is awesome.
Here’s why I’m not a good street photographer.
- I don’t go out enough. I have kids, family responsibilities, full time IT job. All this means I don’t have a lot of time.
- I’m uncomfortable photographing people without permission. I will go and ask, but I’ve not yet developed that comfortable rap that put people at ease. I think I sounded almost apologetic in my approach. That just takes some practice.
- Patience. Some things just take time – and waiting in a spot for things to fall into place is hard for someone like me who is naturally fidgety.
Given all these issues, you are probably asking why I want to do more street photography. The reasons are
- It is a perfect means to develop your photographer’s eye and sense of composition. Taking a lot of photos and analyzing what was wrong with them is the best way to grow
- Meeting people. I like meeting personalities and different types. You will learn how to work camera angles, work a scene, pose, analyse a persons structure and how best to photograph different types
- Seeing new places that will be useful when I want to do planned shoots later on
- Learning what type of backgrounds just suck ( I’m not a big fan of parks any more)
- Learning to see colours and also what looks good in black and white
The following photos are examples of some shot from my street photography. I like the expressions in both I really should go out and do more. Check back on my site to see my progress.