It's Monday and around here that's good news--that means it's time for us to start a new weekly theme and explore a different area of photography. Last week we took the opportunity to photograph a sunrise and our community members really rose to the occasion.
Here's the top three finishers from the Sunrise Challenge:
- "Calm Sunrise on Boats in the Striat" by Jay Boggess
- "Feeling Like a Perfect Sunrise" by Fernando Rio
- "A day starts" by Anni
Congratulations Jay, Fernando, and Anni--we'll be sure to follow your blogs so we don't miss out on any of your inspiring work!
As much fun as we had photographing the sunrise, this week's theme is an especially fun one, not to mention one that really has the potential to teach us something new.
This week we're going to celebrate the art of street photography by getting out there and exploring the streets we roam with our cameras in hand.
As usual, here's the details:
- Deadline: September 19th, 2016
- How to submit: Add weeklytheme7 as one of the tags of your post
- How to view submissions: Check the tag weeklytheme7
If you're new to the world of street photography, don't fret. Here's a few pointers to get you started off on the right foot. I've also gathered a handful of photos taken by some of our fellow PhotoBloggers to give you a little inspiration.
Don’t Get Caught Without Your Camera
Bring your camera with you everywhere you go. Even if it’s just for this week. Noteworthy moments happen all the time, all over the place. Keeping your camera with you at all times is the only way to make sure you won’t miss capturing them.
It will also help you stay in photographer mode. Having to carry around your camera will serve as a subtle reminder to keep you looking for shots.
Practicing awareness is one of the most useful habits you can develop if you're interested in improving your street photography. This is something you can do in your everyday life, whether you're taking photos or not. Pay attention to your surroundings, the passers-by, interactions between people, the light, the shadows, all of it. Take your time to really look and take in what is going on around you.
Eventually, you’ll begin to anticipate moments before they happen and it will take your street photography to the next level. The sooner you recognize something is about to happen, the more precious time you’ll have to get your camera ready to capture it.
Shoot From The Hip
For shots where you don’t want to interact, engage, or even be noticed by your subject, a great technique to use is shooting from the hip. Rather than bringing your camera up to your eye to take a photo, hold it at waist level. This method does take practice, but can be a highly effective way to capture candid shots.
Since you won’t be bringing your camera up to your eye to frame up the composition, you’ll need to familiarize yourself with the focal length of your lens so you can make educated guesses about what will be included in your composition. You can use this as a guage to know whether or not something will be in the frame when you're shooting.
Depth Of Field
Most street photographers prefer to shoot either using zone focus or on a narrow aperture--f11 or f16--to increase the chances the subject is acceptably sharp and in focus. Remember, you won't always have time to make sure everything is in focus before you take the shot.
To use the zone focusing method, simply set your focus to a predetermined distance and leave it there. For example, if you preset your focus to focus on objects 10 feet away, you'll ideally want to be 10 feet away from your subject before you take a shot.
Alternatively, you can use this tool to calculate the hyperfocal distance for specific combinations of focal lengths, apertures, cameras, and distance. This will give you a range of acceptable sharpness for the settings you entered. As long as your subject is at a distance within that range, they will be acceptably sharp. You can do all this before you head out, so you won't have to waste any time while you're out there shooting.
Don’t Get Too Hung Up On Perfection
The nature of street photography is one of spontaneity, meaning you’re most likely not going to have the time to fiddle with all your exposure settings before you take your photo. In between taking shots, it’s a good practice to check your settings. As you’re wandering the streets, the light is likely to change and you may need to change your shutter speed or ISO to accommodate. Doing this frequently will lessen the chances of having a poorly exposed photo.
That being said, it’s more important you get the shot than it is to make sure everything is perfect. If you’re able to capture an interesting, dynamic moment it matters a little less if the exposure wasn’t spot on. Aim to do both, but don’t sweat it if things aren’t technically correct all the time.
Let's See Your Best Shots
One of the great things about Photoblog is the great community of photographers here. It's as much about discovering new photos as it is sharing your own. So, remember to tag your posts with #weeklytheme7 to make it easier for everyone to find your shots!