Street Photograpy 2014


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  • I have an image of a little man in a homburg and mac with a moustache and John Lennon specs skulking around the wet streets of Paris with a Leica rangefinder.
  • From 'Street Life in London', 1877, by John Thomson and Adolphe Smith
    William Fish, The Blackburn Murderer (raped and murdered a 7 year old girl, Fish was hanged on Monday, August 14th, 1876, at Kirkdale Prison, Liverpool)
  • 1 – The famous decisive moment - bresson's idea of the decisive moment is where if you took the picture two seconds afterwards the moment you were trying to capture wouldn't exist.
    2 - face bang in the middle of the frame, chopped off feet, image not straight, does that matter?
  • photo by Matt Stuart
  • by Laurent Roch - homage to the HC-B decisive moment photo?
  • Shin Noguchi 2013
  • photo by Paul Russell - Every picture tells a story - Both figures bang on the thirds – your eye follows the line from the guy on the left’s eyes to the seated man. Is it posed? who cares!
  • Smoking on the tube?
  • photo by Johnny Stiletto – 8 December 1980
  • photo by Brendan Corr
  • photo by Matt Stuart
  • taken by me on a summer school outing over somebody’s shoulder
  • Photographers have come to the club, shown their photos and explained how they did them, in doing so they have given some tips about street photography, you may choose to follow or ignore, both ways are correct, everybody has their own idea on how best to tackle the street. Here are a few ways to consider, feel free to ignore these tips
  • Ian with ‘The Hubble Telescope’
  • photo by William Klein
  • taken by me at Greenwich Market
  • Umberto Verdoliva and me
  • Alison McCauley
  • taken by me on the recent club outing
  • Laurent Roch
  • photo by Ryan Learoyd – Leeds bollards in early morning light
  • The Hidden Lunch taken by me
  • Umberto Verdoliva
  • Stripes - Umberto Verdoliva
  • me
  • selfie on French beach?
  • When you convert to b/w, all that nasty high ISO noise now looks like lovely grain!
  • There are cases where photographers have been denied permission to take photographs of their own children at football matches, by other parents with children in the game.
  • Street Photograpy 2014

    1. 1. street photography
    2. 2. street photography – what is it? • It’s a type of documentary photography that features subjects in candid situations in public places. (wikipedia) • It can hold up a mirror to society. • It can often be ironic. • It often concentrates on a single decisive or poignant moment. • It can also provide an extremely personal view of a walk of life the audience may know little about …..when done well
    3. 3. street photography ain’t new!
    4. 4. Henri Cartier-Bresson
    5. 5. another decisive moment
    6. 6. ....and another?
    7. 7. ...and another?
    8. 8. poignant?
    9. 9. ironic?
    10. 10. of its time?
    11. 11. or on a specific day
    12. 12. but it’s not all images of people…
    13. 13. method 1 use a long lens and hide. . . but • it can make you look like a stalker • you’re more likely to be stopped by security/police • it feels a bit sleazy! • maybe shoot over a friend’s shoulder?
    14. 14. method 2 use a short lens and get close: • switch off flash, switch off shutter sounds if you can, switch off or cover up pre-focus lights etc. • choose an interesting street corner, check what the light’s doing, check where people are walking from, keep moving around. • Maybe shoot through a bus/car window (more about that later)
    15. 15. why not go to a popular tourist spot where there are lots of people with cameras and take pictures of them? your first ‘street’ outing
    16. 16. try not to look like a photographer! maybe use a compact camera or a phone?
    17. 17. try to blend in
    18. 18. you can never be too close and try to avoid making eye contact…..
    19. 19. .....or not!
    20. 20. try shooting from the hip
    21. 21. maybe look behind you?
    22. 22. maybe look up?
    23. 23. try a high vantage point?
    24. 24. we all love reflections...
    25. 25. ...and shadows
    26. 26. maybe mirror the surroundings?
    27. 27. the subject doesn't always have to be in the middle
    28. 28. 50 yards from where I work
    29. 29. convert to black and white?
    30. 30. but it doesn’t always have to be on the street
    31. 31. is this 'street' photography?
    32. 32. some words of wisdom…. “Buy a good pair of comfortable shoes, have a camera around your neck at all times, keep your elbows in, be patient, optimistic and don’t forget to smile.” (Matt Stuart)
    33. 33. “Sharpness is a bourgeois concept” – Henri Cartier-Bresson
    34. 34. MATT’S TECHNICAL CORNER On a bright day and if your camera can, try this:- •set your camera to aperture priority •go wide (focal length 28mm or 35mm?) •leave the aperture small (f8 or even f16?) •switch off autofocus and set focus to about 10 feet • let the ISO go higher if needed to keep shutter speed fast •at 28mm and f16 everything from 4 feet to infinity should be sharp •play around with the settings…and have fun!
    35. 35. Freedom to photograph and film (taken from the Met Police website) “Members of the public and the media do not need a permit to film or photograph in public places and police have no power to stop them filming or photographing incidents or police personnel.” “Officers do not have the power to delete digital images or destroy film at any point during a search.” “Officers have the power to stop and search a person who they reasonably suspect to be a terrorist. The purpose of the stop and search is to discover whether that person has in their possession anything which may constitute evidence that they are a terrorist. Officers have the power to view digital images contained in mobile telephones or cameras carried by a person searched under S43 of the Terrorism Act 2000 to discover whether the images constitute evidence that the person is involved in terrorism.” Officialdom The biggest problem photographers face is the ignorance on behalf of public officials (mainly private security guards), the owners of property and subjects of your photography. Very few officials understand the law and often photographers are told that they are not allowed to take pictures, when in fact they are perfectly within their rights.
    36. 36. Public vs Private Many of the incidents in which photographers come into difficulty is that many places which you instinctively think are public property are in fact privately owned. This includes shopping centres, 'public' parks (depending on the attitude of the local council), the South Bank, even the concourse at Liverpool Street Station. However, non-commercial photography on tube stations is allowed – the current advice given to staff through the ‘Traffic Circular’ (LU’s rule book which is updated weekly) is: "Tourists or train enthusiasts 'passing through' stations are permitted to take ad-hoc photographs or film at the Station Supervisor's discretion. However, tripods are not permitted and flash must not be used on platforms." Children Many parents, teachers and even local authorities are of the opinion that a photographer requires their permission to take photographs of their children. You do not. However……… Remember to respect your subjects They are not just a part of your picture, they are also people that must be respected. Would you like a stranger’s camera shoved in your face? No, nor would I.
    37. 37. HOMEWORK one i mage: ‘ ON THE TOWN’ send t o: homewor k@wdps. or g by 10t h August I gni t e I mages Phot ogr aphy