The Mechanics of Seeing: Along the wall.

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X100F, 1/900 sec at f/9.0. Acros +R. The location of your street photography does matter. During our recent trip to Berlin, I decided to explore the area near The Marie-Elisabeth Luders Haus, a stunning building designed by the Munich architect, Stephan Braunfels. The large but simple elevation of this magnificent building provides a great visual starting point. Then there is a multitude of lines and curves which, combined with light and shadows, provides a creative photographer with an abundance of visual …

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You stopped a stranger for a portrait – what’s next?

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One of the most rewarding aspects of street photography is shooting portraits of strangers. In our article “Approaching Strangers on the Street – YOUR way” we talked about how to approach people on the street. Let’s assume you did just that. What’s next? Before we go on with “what’s next” let me take you one step back. If possible, I try to have an idea for an image before I stop someone and ask permission to take their portrait. What …

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Expanding Your Seeing with New Elements

olafphoto Composition and Lighting

In our last article, we viewed light as the starting point. This is an idea worth exploring further; however, this time we would like to focus on seeing from a slightly different perspective. When working with aspiring photographers, I notice that when they look for subjects some of them “automatically” eliminate certain elements in pre-visualizing the scene. The process of elimination is extremely important, I agree, but removing some objects from the frame because of a pre-conceived idea that they …

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The Concept of Stage

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When talking to photographers one question often comes up: “How can I identify a scene worth exploring visually?” It is especially true for street and travel photography as the abundance of elements with often change quickly, making it difficult to focus on one particular scene. One of the methods I use quite often is the concept of a stage. The starting point is to think of an image as theatre. You have a stage with many different elements on it. …

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The Man at the Bus Stop

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Explaining the process of photographing a man at the bus stop on a rainy day including the mechanics of seeing, the gear used, the in-camera setup, light, composition and technical considerations.   One afternoon I drove to downtown Vancouver to shoot for my project R-A-I-N. The conditions were just right – quite heavy rain, wet sidewalks and roads, busy streets – roughly around rush hour. I chose for my temporary base a very busy intersection (street corner), which not only …

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