Street photography: It helps to talk to your subjects!
The communications element in street photography…
Really, there are so many different ways to approach street photography that it is no surprise that people don’t know where to start. Today Mark Wallace discusses his communicative approach to the art. While some tend to be observers of people by capturing candids, he really likes to get into conversation and becomes a part of his own scene.
In the last street photography video, “Famous street photographer talks about his work” we saw Travis Jensen using a compact but fully functional camera. In the video today Mark Wallace uses a full frame, full sized DSLR. There is a debate about the camera you use in street photography. Do you go with a big DSLR and risk being really intrusive? Or, do you go with a little camera and risk not having control.
These variations on a theme are fine. Street photography is all about doing what you do best. There is no one way to be a street photographer. Everyone takes their own approach. This is exactly what is meant by your personal style. It is your approach, your way of doing street photography.
Digital Photography One on One: Episode 70: Street Photography
While street photography is endlessly fascinating the fact that we all take different approaches means there is always a benefit in listening to other peoples experiences. It helps you to think around your own approach. So, see what you make of Marks’ spin on the subject. Enjoy! SnapFactory
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All of us do portraits at some time or other. Doing them is the easy part. Making the character of the sitter come out in the picture is where the skill comes in.
Nadav Kander, photographer, has an interesting and keen approach to portraiture. Creating a good portrait requires a unique rapport with the subject. He takes a different route to his portrait work to most portrait photographers. In this video Kander explains what he puts into his work and what he is trying to achieve.
Nadav Kander – gives us some insight into his portraiture.
Street photography is about the spontaneous capture of people living and doing the normal everyday things in their lives. Connecting with those people and capturing them in their environment is great fun and is a great way to express yourself.
Street portraiture takes this one step further. It is about engaging directly with your subject. You are building a rapport with them as portrait subjects. This requires communication skills that that the street photographer rarely employs. Portraiture involves asking your subject to pose in the street for you. They must respond, positively, to you. You have to help them to present themselves naturally to the camera. These are great skills. But you also need to do all that quickly. In the street you will lose your subject very quickly if you do not get the job done fast. Its a lot to think about.
In this great video Clay Enos, shows how he does street portraiture using simple techniques and a very simple paper backdrop. However, the gem in this video is how he uses his communication skills. I learned a lot… I am sure you will find it useful. Enjoy!