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Street Photography tips and advice please
« on: December 09, 2010, 10:32:24 PM »
Some of us from Worthing Camera club will be in the lanes of Brighton trying a spot of street photography on Sunday. I only want to take a small bag and preferably one lens / camera combo. My plan was to use the A700 with my 28-135mm minolta.

The weather is forecast as for sunny spells. This is not my usual photography subject so any tips would be welcomed. Is this lens choice appropriate? My other lens options I considered were Minolta 28-75 F2.8 - brighter but not long enough? 11-18 Tamron - for those extreme wider angles - but rubbish for 'tight' people shots? 18-200mm Sony - jack of all trades?

Any opinions / views / advice would be welcomed.

Also if anyone lives this neck of the woods is welcome to join us - please pm me for details. :-)
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Re: Street Photography tips and advice please
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2010, 05:47:53 AM »
I don't know the 18-200mm BUT assuming you don't plan to sell these images to National Geo or wherever ( :P ) I'd take that. More tele reach and a decent wide angle with no lens changing.

It depends on how flexible and reactive you want to be. If you feel sleuth-like then go for the single lens. If you are like me, if you take 2 or 3 lenses, you'll be mucking about with lenses JUST as ops unfold.

The tele will also allow you to pry a bit. ;) (Assuming you can do that.)

If you see people or a person you want to nab. Aim on something (anything) about 90° off target. And then casually pan ... stop and click on target ...and then keep panning as if nothing happened. Look up at the sky...hum a tune. Casual like.

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Re: Street Photography tips and advice please
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2010, 08:12:18 AM »
Thanks Clive, looks like you are a fan of the undercover approach! I was plannimg on bit less subtlety.
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Re: Street Photography tips and advice please
« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2010, 06:26:00 PM »
I would approach this completely different ...I would take a wide angle 24mm until max 50mm lens. (preferably a 50mm prime lens) Prefocus with the camera in manual mode to a couple of feet away from you and also just use manual exposure settings: i.e. 1/200s is a good starting point and perhaps something around f5.6. Then walk around with you camera and quickly raise it up to your eye and shoot. This is the way how i.e. C. Bresson has shot his reportage style shots. I am not a fan of long lenses - the papparazzi style, as I do think with a shorter lens one gets more the feeling of being in the middle of the action. As Capa said: if your images are not good enough than you haven't been close enough.
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Re: Street Photography tips and advice please
« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2010, 11:17:35 PM »
Thanks Steph, like many things there are several ways people suggest to skin a cat. I like your approach and hope to share a picture or two next week.
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Re: Street Photography tips and advice please
« Reply #5 on: December 26, 2010, 03:16:08 AM »
Here's some street photography that made me cringe. Interesting technique, and it seems to work well for him: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRBARi09je8&feature=related
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Re: Street Photography tips and advice please
« Reply #6 on: December 26, 2010, 05:26:59 PM »
@winjeel, that is the most invasive and obnoxious thing I have seen in a long-time. I suspect he has had his gear smash and his clock cleaned on more than one occasion.

Thanks for posting that. Very inspirational for what not to strive for.

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Re: Street Photography tips and advice please
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2011, 06:38:33 PM »
ouch, cringed big time.  I prefer to shoot with a small film rangefinder for street as people don't see or hear it as much.

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Re: Street Photography tips and advice please
« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2011, 07:34:50 PM »
Well... he is not the only one doing this. Look at Martin Parr's stuff- I find him even worse.
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Re: Street Photography tips and advice please
« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2011, 04:50:27 AM »
I am more with Clive, post some pics when you can
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Re: Street Photography tips and advice please
« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2011, 09:56:53 AM »
In street photography gear is only half the battle. Apart from bringing something along that is unobtrusive and not intimidating you need to have a healthy dosis of luck and willing to approach people and communicate with them. Personally I love my Minolta TC-1 28mm fixed or Hasselblad SWC 38mm fixed (21mm equivalent on full frame) for this kind of shooting.

Here's perhaps something to give some inspiration; http://www.loveanda35.com/Love_and_a_35/Little_India_Klang_Malaysia.html

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Re: Street Photography tips and advice please
« Reply #11 on: February 02, 2011, 03:00:24 PM »