Street photography today has evolved into a full-fledged genre pictures, and perhaps even art. With the latter assertion is debatable, but agree that this is art is to be able to get a frame that will appeal not only to author photos, but dozens or even thousands of people.
Here roam hundreds of people in cities and countries, armed with cameras of varying degrees of progress. Does anyone have the usual SOAP dish and someone carrying a camera with a cost comparable with quite a good car. They remind hunters, vysleživaûŝih booty. Extraction of the street photographer is a freeze frame of your life, your emotions, or not very important event. It is possible that those who removed the photographer, through the minutes already forget about mimoletnom fact in his life, but all remain in the picture.
Tip one: street photography is democratic and is absolutely not demanding to technology. No matter what camera you have. The main thing-that and as you shoot. You can do street photography without camera. Modern smartphones make good shots.
That removes a street photographer and what genre Street photo
If long time no talk, street photography is about people's lives and people themselves, with their joys and sorrow, with their thoughts and experiences. It's streets, but the streets are not empty, but filled with people. About motion-when we say the word "movement", more often than not imagine someone coming or that eduŝee, letâŝee. In fact, the movement is a broader concept. The idea is also movement. Only inanimate objects are static by themselves. As death is too static.
In the last century was such a fashion is a photograph of deceased relatives, giving them living postures. These photos look horrible is the imitation of life and it is unnatural. Death does not move-this is the end, full stop. Any life-dynamic. Any living object is in Dynamics, even if he just stands there and smokes:
Sometimes Street photo refer to any pictures of the city. This is not the case. There is a very clear division between urban landscape and street photo. Urban landscape, which I'll cover in the next article is a separate genre pictures, where the protagonist is the city itself, its architecture, landscape. Street photography is first of all people. It doesn't matter whether a person on foot, bike or car rides, just stands there, thinking-man protagonist of street photography. The difference, as you can see, there is. In one case, the main subject is a human creation, is the man himself.
The main feature of street photography
Street photography is a complete lack of productions. You don't Cook pad, do not make their models to become something, to adopt this posture, smile or cry. You don't even know who will be your model and that he or she will make a second later. May weep, and can rassmeetsâ, and may notice you and send to hell and pogonitsâ for you with very bad desires.
2nd Tip: Shooting outdoors, use a telephoto lens or compact cameras with high magnification. The main thing in street photography is naturalness and naturalness when you know that you are renting. You're always waiting for that now leaves a birdie. This is, at best, and at worst-people can be categorically opposed to their shot. Therefore, it is better to shoot from afar, armed with good optics.
Whom to shoot and what events to capture
Who to shoot? Complex and simple at the same time a question that you can answer-people. People, man, woman or man, children, or one child. No matter whom. Important-how and at what point. Here we come to the main point-at the time of the shooting. When you click on the button, and when it is not necessary. Here the question is not only technology, but there is still shooting and aesthetic aspects, and ethical. Weight issues, and most of them don't have a definite answer. Every photographer chooses himself. Shoot people at the funeral, broken-hearted or not, shoot whether expression of feelings of love, rage, aggression or not to withdraw. What Street photographers converge-you can take moments of joy and happiness. And whether it is necessary to withdraw the joy of an alcoholic who bought a bottle or just opohmelivšegosâ or satisfaction from a job well done, just zarezavšej for lunch chicken? Hard. Once again-every photographer chooses what is permissible and what is not.
Tip three: If you want to get a strong frame, it is best to shoot at holidays or events. People in such moments are more emotional and less restrain themselves. Watch people at street festivals-they raskrepoŝeny think less about how they look. More emotion is better than photography.
At any time of the day. You are limited only to the technical parameters of its equipment. You can take a day, in the morning or at night. It does not matter. The main thing is to see what you wanted deleted. But in General, it is better when there is good lighting-it could be the Sun, the street lamps. Otherwise, noise can ruin your photo. Although, sometimes the noise is added on purpose. But, still, it is worth remembering that the less light, the longer your shutter speed and higher ISO. And also remember that the less light, so your picture will be more noisy or blurred, or maybe both, will make a snapshot in an incomprehensible mush, mush. You can, of course, then say that this idea is, and MOL I so the world can see. But we're not talking about the painting and about photography that captures the event. The event, rather than your state of mind.
Color or black and white photography-which is better?
Different photographers of color presentation differ greatly. Someone believes that street photography is to be only black and white, someone admits that street photo can be colored. In fact, color is unimportant. The color was not an end in itself and is not Canon. Important storyline and that you want to emphasize. Let's think-what is color. Color is our subjective perception of light reflection from objects. For the man is not of the same color-each perceives colour differently. Pink or red-that's understandable, but there are details. Details are important or not important? Hell knows. There are only two colors that we heed equally-black and white. Even dal′toniki not confuse these colors. That is, if you want all the people to see the same picture in colour, black and white photography is preferable. But the thing is even not in how we perceive color, and in the plot and that we want to convey. Let me give you an example. We shoot weightlifter during push or hold weight. Threads, tighten, face flushed, eyes bulge from orbit, the whole face strained. What you want to convey? If only the emotional tension, better black and white version. Eye of the beholder will not be distracted by the color of the face or hands of the athlete. And if you want to send a physical tension, color picture would be more appropriate-color perfectly conveys our physical condition.
Noticed that strong public emotions get the better of passed precisely color photography. Black and white photo reveals what people sometimes want to hide. It is possible that this erroneous impression, but something is, in my opinion.
Tip four: Shoot in color. Then, when processing photos will understand that better. When I photograph outdoors, just can't understand what you're such withdrew. And that's when processing photos already have time to consider and reflect.
On composition in street photography
When shooting in a Studio or doing family photo, we create, we construct reality and vpihivaem in her people. That is, we create reality on his ideas about how it should look. Street photography is another. Don't we create the world around us, and we only see him and record events in real environment, not depending on our view about it. Street photographer not a builder, he is an observer. Attentive with imagination but observer. Note that conceiving the plot, we can choose to place a point shooting, adjust the focus-sit down in an ambush.
There are two categories of photographers. Some can be compared with the usual Hunter who saw themselves through the forest and looks out on the branches. It is possible that it gets only a couple of crows, and can get caught and valuable furbearer. The main thing is not to Fox. The other is the snipers, carefully choosing where to shot. In the first case, good composition-a matter of chance, in the second, sooner or later someone gets in the selected frame.
What is better-wandering around the city in search of a plot or choice of place and time, and waiting for? It's hard to say. It all depends on what was going on around him. Let me explain. You decided to replenish his portfolio of photos of the newlyweds and the wedding you are not invited. It's cool. Think, and where these are found most honeymooners? There are few places in Moscow where you are sure to catch a weekend a couple of weddings-Patriarch's bridge and the Temple of Christ the Savior, Kolomenskoye, Tsaritsyno, Qum. Now decide what we need Entourage. Then it equipment-come on and choose point shooting-sooner or later, but the young get to us in the frame. The photographer will only have to press the button when a couple of newlyweds or the whole Merry wedding will come nearer to the point that we have chosen for the shoot.
That is better suited for shooting-open space, highway or brick walls around. It is absolutely unimportant.
Some believe that street photography is zero processing and lack of cropping. In my opinion is wrong. Crop a photo, you can, and sometimes you have to. Good street photography is the plot. Let not the dream and not edited, but the plot is present anyway. Life itself gives the subjects for our pictures. And there is nothing that we cut the superfluous, that does not fit into our story. The main thing is not to cut something important that would dispense with our photo and make it a faceless.
All for today. Thoughts over. But this is not the end but only the beginning and to be continued.