Street Photography

A lot of people have very strong ideas about street photography.

First there is the engagement aspect. Do you just walk up to people and ask to take there photography’s. I certainty do that for many of my street portraits.

Other photographers use a long lens and hope not to be spotted. Then there are those who get in close with either a standard lens or wide angle.


Shot yesterday with a Nikon 1 V1.

The type of camera many feel has a major impact on the type of street photograph you end up with.

The purists feel only a range finder will do. And a small near silent range finder being utilised with zone focusing is hard to beat, but does require great skill, timing and practice. The master of this being Henri Cartier Bresson, who used a Leica Range Finder and a single prime lens for the majority of all his work, the 50mm standard.

Today most street photographers feel only autofocus will do, and they use cameras like the Olympus Pen, Panasonic GF, and Fuji X100, to great success.

Recently I have been using my Nikon 1 V1 to shoot Street scenes of people, but the reward for the most dedicated of street photographers must go to those brave few souls who utilise Large Format Cameras.

Now if they can get good results, and believe me I have seen their work, the rest of us have no excuse and cannot blame our equipment in any way.

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Shot with a Nikon D200 SLR.

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