We continue our conversation about street photography. Today I would like to talk about the plot in street photography. You tell me what this strange story-well, what could be the storyline from a street photo. By the way, that street photography is missing the plot, a very common opinion.
Usually advocates that street photography may not have the plot, saying that street photography is simply not fixing events and everyday life of the city at all. And what a plot may be in real life? People just go or stand.
The meaning of such reasoning is. If you left the House and walking down the street, doing shots once every 10 minutes (you can and more often), the plot in this series of images will be obvious only to you-my walking route. And if you publish one of these pictures without titles, without descriptions and explanations, a third-party Viewer may seem like a plot in this photo is missing. Especially if there is nothing on it to draw the eye. However, even in such a plot pictures. Anyway, for its author.
The situation described by me meets all the time. Check out the photo sites and you'll find hundreds of photos, which contain every minute shot wonder where and wonder about. This faceless mass of images causes no emotion is just some pictures. People were just taking pictures of everything is what I see, and take off. Sometimes produces excellent shots, but most of the pictures are not interested in even their author.
This is bad-you ask. No, it's OK, especially for a novice Street photographer. Sometimes Street photographer you can compare with the Gold Digger, Digger's gold rush. Hundreds of tons of rock, washed and the output just a few grams of the precious metal. Yes, somehow it turns out if you do not take any measures to improve the efficiency of the shooting. And let's think here's what-what we shoot and generally doing street photography? What is for recognition, or just likes we thus release stress?
The purpose of street photography
What is the purpose of street photography and does it make sense? Street photographer-what he shoots, why spend hours wandering the streets? You have the answers? And I have got the answer. A few years ago I answered those questions.
The main purpose of street photography, in my opinion is a chronicle of life in photos. Well, Yes, sounds pretty pathetic, but that's exactly the case. Street photographer years takes off the streets, and people. For 10-50 years (who as lucky) accumulates a archive. And if you look at these pictures, you can see how the city has changed and people living in it. It's very exciting. You remember the story of Vivian Meyer and discovered quite by chance her photos? They rocked America. It was a chronicle of American life for almost 50 years. Just a terrific Chronicle of American life. Take some time and look at these pictures-vivianmaier.com. Woman years photographed and carefully saved snapshots. No one knew about it until, unfortunately, after her death, the negatives and the prints were not bought on sale.
Tip: Starting to engage in street photography, be sure to catalog your images. From my own experience-still regret that I deleted the pictures for a few years, when changed my PC. Left something in the social networking accounts, but much is lost-sorry. Therefore, I advise you to save your pictures. Maybe not all but secure the date and keep at least part of each series. It's worth listing the purchase of additional hard drives or save on virtual disks in Google, Yahoo, or other services.
We decided with the primary purpose of photography. Now let's move to the smaller objectives and plot.
The plot or theme in street photography
Going out for a walk with the camera, it is necessary to think about what I'll shoot. Streets, people, pigeons, seals? Yes, we usually shoot. But you can and a little clarification. For example, today I will shoot tomorrow, but hire the guys on skates and skateboards, and can will focus on retirees or young parents. We choose the storyline shots.
Why is this better than just shooting all in a row? I now have my own opinion about this, but you really judge yourself-true or not.
In my opinion, if we choose a narrower direction of shooting, we become closer and notice that when a simple walk would have missed and not noticed. More paying attention to detail. This benefits and our shots.
In fact, choosing a theme for your pictures, we do not simply walk the streets with a camera and we do reportage. I must say that reportage filming intersects with street photography in 90% of cases.
What is a report? This series of images with some event or series of images about something-about the city, on the street, people. Because the report is not necessarily famous personalities or rout.
Reportage is a series of images. If we take and publish only one photo of the reportage, the snapshot will be street if the report placed on city streets.
Once again, choosing plot photos for shooting, we do reportage and if you put a series of pictures, so these pictures and will be perceived. However, if you upload pictures one at a time, it will be the usual street photography.
In fact, quite often the differences between shooting from the street reportage is who did the series-professional or amateur and where the images were published.
I would like to draw your attention to one point-the name of the snapshot. We have walked, done while walking shots and dropped all captured on computer. While they are stored with us and not published-it's just pictures. But at the moment when we decided to publish the problem is giving them a title or not. If we post pictures on public display without titles, we can say that the plot of these photos is not obvious. As soon as we give the title, then our photos automatically plot appears. We invent or we specify. Think about it. Maybe we should consider the names in advance. Someone might say, but what about artistic freedom. Oh yes, Oh Yes. Then ask you a question-as an artist draws his pictures? Picture is not done only the painting with a brush and paints, and complex technology.