Learning Street Photography.

“If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of more interesting stuff.”
— Jim Richardson

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Street Photography and Confidence

Confidence is a preference for the habitual voyeur of what is known as (parklife).

Blur, Parklife

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Back of an AutoRickshaw/ Bangalore

Confidence is high when I am taking photos. There are technical aspects still being messed up, but practice helps. Street Portraits are something I am increasingly confident taking, although it is not a genre I wish to overly dominate my photography. Study time has been allocated to minimising clutter within the frame and this has really helped when out taking photographs (although you would not think it from the picture below!). Efforts definatelly pay off in terms of confidence! Layering my photos is a current focus for my photography  – my confidence is not high with this, but I know practice will lead to better work.

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A recent example of a layered photo, a technique I am working on. There are some technical flaws. However, I do like the overall ‘look’ of the photo, which was processed to simulate Kodachrome Film.

The next stage is processing. Here I am coming to accept I will always develop some photos in colour and some in black and white. Different images lend themselves to different techniques. Secondly, many great photographers claim they hardly use Lightroom or Photoshop, it sounds cool to state the shot looks great, ‘straight out the camera’. However, I shoot RAW and play with my photos A LOT, believing that processing is an important stage in creating art (and yes, Street Photography is art). My confidence behind a computer is less than when I have my camera in-hand. Again, I can see how engaging with regular practice post-processing will lead to better photographs.

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I love colour, but sometimes B+W just looks fantastic. It can also be a much more of a commercial look.

The final stage is publishing. Here my confidence drops. Photos get posted and sometimes they fly, and sometimes they sink like a stone. This does affect my confidence, although I know it should not. Many photographers claim not to care how many ‘likes’ their photos get, but I wonder how many of these claims are false?

I believe that confidence and insecurities are important traits in driving us to create better work. My current goal is to print out more photos, and who knows, maybe sell a few. Seeing your photos in print is a great way to boost confidence. I also have a new home with large blank whitewashed walls to hang pictures on. Now, black and white would look great on my walls. However, I do like colour…. I am confident that either choice will look great!

Have fun and Keep Clicking,  Chris

 

 

 

Street Photography in a new Location.

Street Photography in India.

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Street Portraiture is going to be an ongoing focus for my photography. 

Sorry blog – you have been neglected and it is hard to write after being away so long. However, I now find myself in India. India is a country that has been captured by some of the greatest photographers ever and held the cover of numerous National Geographic publications. While struggling to get back into the swing of blogging, the idea of capturing photos from this diverse country is even more of a challenge. Maybe this will resonate with others who find themselves jolted out of their comfort zone and finding themselves somewhere new.

In China I had found my niche, as Shanghai rollercoastered towards modernisation I focused on covering the disappearing alleyways and streets of Shanghai. Here I am a little lost, and find myself wondering how to capture a country that has been photographed by the likes of Steve McCurry and Ian Berry. It was with this in mind that I started writing this post, concerned I would be just another White guy sharing his POV on this wonderful country (which to be honest, I will be!). However, if you google ‘India’ and ‘photography’ it becomes clear that searching the past for inspiration is far from necessary. India has some extremely talented photographers who I can learn from and today I have been looking at the work of Sohrab Hura, a talented artist nominated for Magnum photography – go google his work and be inspired.

India is a country full of opportunity. Not just for taking photos, but also for learning. At the moment I am a little lost and unsure of my focus. Should it be poverty, the Muslim population, festivals, inner city dwellings or slums on the outskirts of town? Read on…

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With strong black and white themes, Islam can be a focus for photos, but is there something deeper to be explored here?

Sometimes the answer when seeking inspiration is to learn more. For now my focus is to meet up, hook up and explore the diverse and talented local photography scene. It is most defiantly a time to purchase new shoes and to get out there and explore. Who knows, if you are struggling to find a niche, maybe it is time to take a step back, look at what others are doing and take some time to learn?

Keep clicking,

Chris

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