Some street photographers believe that one can shoot and publish anything as long as it is legal. Others believe that some scenes should not be shot, or at least not published without the consent of the subject portrayed. In the later case, the concept of Human dignity is often mentioned, or in clearer words : shoot and publish whatever you like, as long as you respect the Humang dignity of your subjects.
Of course, the question becomes than “How do you define Human dignity” ? There is evidently no clear answer to that as it might vary a lot depending on your cultural background and personal character traits. What migh seem acceptable to one, might be dismissed by another photographer.
So, I propose we have a look at the picture below taken last Saturday in Rosario. What is your opinion in this regard ?
Though I suppose that most readers of this blog are especially interested by street photography, we all have other interests, be it portrait, landscape or why not, reportage. Let’s discover this week what is that discipline you especially enjoy aside from street photography.
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I do enjoy to take portraits of strangers when the opportunity arises as in this Cochin shot, waiting for the rain to stop under a blue tarp.
As for the previous poll “How do you hunt the streets ?” (181 voters), 80% of you prefer to wander aimelessly in search of shots while the other 20% wait patiently in a selected location.
Do you only use the light that the street gives you or do you sometimes need a little help from a flash ? Or maybe, flash is simply part of your work routine for a special effect. Flash or no flash ? (use the comments section to provide more insights on the reasons why you might or might not use it)
I myself never use flash. I prefer to look for situations where I can take advantage of natural light, and anyways, it would be awkward to mount a flash on a Leica, no ? ;)
Paris – Leica M9 with 35mm Lux Asph at F4.0, 1/750, ISO160
As for the previous poll “What ISO sensitivity do you mainly use to shoot street photography ?” (407 votes), ISO400 pulled out slightly ahead of ISO200 with 31% of voters (to 26%). Probably a good compromise, especially for film shooters.
Holidays are over so the weekly columns will resume. Let’s start by having a look at the ISO sensitivity you mainly use while shooting street photography. Evidently, one might change ISO’s (or film) as light conditions differ, yet what is your go to setting when you hit the street?
I love how clean the Leica X1 files are at ISO100, yet ISO200 is a more versatile setting to shoot street.
Some prefer to hit the street alone to concentrate better, some need to chat and compete. Are you the old lonesome shooter or the social one?
Natalia and I shooting in Florence in 2010. Picture by our friend Miguel Teixeira from Lisbon during a RFF forum meeting.
As for last week’s poll, “How many days a week do you shoot street photography” (150 voters), it looks like most of us are casual and weekend shooters (67% of respondents shoot one or two days a week). Unluckily, there ain’t many pro street photographers job openings out there.
After basically 24 months of shooting whenever I wanted, my street time will drastically fall from now on. What about you, how many days a week can you dedicate to shooting ?
I am back to work, shooting whenever I want is over – Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F2.8, 1/500, ISO160
As for last week’s poll “Film or digital for street photography” (229 votes), 70% of participants shoot digital. No surprise yet the number of film shooters ended up higher than I expected. This is great news.
This week’s poll is as simple as it gets. Do you load your camera with film or a memory card before hitting the streets ?
On my side, digital is a must to run a daily blog and I love the flexibility it gives in post processing colors.
As for last week’s poll “How many lenses do you take on a street photography outing ?” (260 respondants), I was impressed to see that 53% of voters take a lone lens on their outings. Another 37% of respondents opted for two lenses only. All in all, while many photographers own quite a few lenses, most of them stay at home once they go on a shoot.
So you are about to go out in the street and shoot, time to grab a camera and a few lenses. How many do you typically take along ?
Evidently, cameras with non interchangeable optical systems (fixed focal or zoom) count as one.
I took a 35mm and 60mm lens kit last week to Venice, it basically allowed me to get the wide or tele looks (such as the shot below taken with the 60mm Hexanon).
As for the previous poll “Which street photography book would you take on a trip?” (126 voters), it was not a surprise to see Henri Cartier-Bresson’s Decisive moment top the list with 37% of the votes. In second place, Robert Franck’s The Americans was the favorite of 27% of the respondants.
Imagine you are about to be sent on a business trip to Kazakhstan for a month. Due to luggage restrictions, you are allowed to grab only one book, which of these would it be ? (as usual, feel free to explain why in the comments section)
As for last week’s poll “Do you shoot street photography mainly in colors or B&W?” (206 votes), it resulted overall in a perfect 50-50 split. I think this is a great news for the multiplicity of creative approaches in street photography.
I made some changes to the poll format to allow Ipad/mobile users to participate. Note that the poll lists 24x36mm full frame equivalents, so if you are on a smaller/larger sensor, please make the conversion. Also, and to make it more interesting, feel free to share your lens details in the comments section below.
Though I usually shoot with 35mm and 50mm focals, I’d probably go with a 50mm lens if I had to choose one only.
Leica M9 with 50mm Summicron at F2.8, 1/250, ISO160 –
As for last week’s poll “What is your main focus method ?” (191 voters). The results showed a 50/50 split between manual and autofocus shooters. Manual focus users tend to prefer to focus using the viewfinder/LCD over zone focus, while autofocus shooters clearly privilege the one point method over multi points.