Today Yuri and I met up on Blab to discuss how we approach street photography and different street photography approaches as well. After a few technical issues (I really hope Blab sorts them out) We covered a lot of different ground during our chat including
- different sub-genres of street photography
- what we look for when we are out shooting
- our mindsets on going out hunting or waiting
- motivation for photography
and more. Check out the video.
Our two streettog recommendations for the week are
What are Street Photography Approaches?
It can be very difficult to talk about street photography as its definition is very unclear (even if it isn’t unclear to some people). As such people often have radically different street photography approaches and styles. Your particular style will probably influence your approach a lot, but in the same way, you approach will also influence your style. So if you have a confrontational approach, your images will probably be more close up and aggressive. In contrast, if you have a more laid back approach, you’ll probably end up with minimalist and distant images.
If you like geometric shapes, you’ll probably concentrate on the environment and use the fishing approach more, if you focus on gestures and emotions, you’ll probably be more upclose.
Motivation and Street Photography
Your approach to street photography can also affect your motivation. If you are seeking certain images and don’t find them, then you can get demotivated. If you go out for agressive images, you might end up feeling more angry. On the other side, if you seek to enjoy the process and take a more laid back approach, you may well end up with softer images.
What is your street photography approach?
We’d love to know what your street photography approach is. Do you use one of the styles we mentioned or something else? leave a comment and let us know.
Next week we’re going to talk about social media and street photography, so look out for the twitter chat on Saturday at 13:00 GMT or the video chat on Tuesday at 9:00 GMT