Camera Speak: This photo is a fairly standard example of what you can do with basic off camera lighting. The background is underexposed by a stop or two to get that rich blue sky, which placed the subject of the photograph in shadow. Off camera lighting is then used to light the subject, and you get a photo with rich, dynamic colours.
I recently spent another full day walking around Vancouver with my little Fuji X100s…15km of walking around as a matter of fact!
This was my favourite picture of the day, and so far one of my favourite street images that I have made:
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It is is pretty cliche to shoot a homeless person when first learning to do street photography. I think it is the urge to seek out things that are “different”, and try to capture it in an image. I feel now that there is a time and a place to do so: either because you have spent time with that person, bought them lunch, learned their history…. or perhaps because there is a story to tell in the image.
We passed through Seattle on Monday and I had an hour to wander the streets with a camera. Because I only had such a short period of time I wanted to focus my shooting efforts, and gave myself the challenge of meeting one new person and shooting one decent street portrait every ten minutes.
Camera Speak: For this trip I had brought the Fuji X-T1. Normally I shoot all of my street photography with the tiny, quiet Fuji X100s, but we were planning a trip to the zoo and I wanted to have a wide range of zoom options available. All of the shots below were taken with a Fuji X-T1 and the 18-55mm lens. The camera was set to Aperture Priority, aiming for an aperture of f/8 to provide sufficient depth of field for street shooting. I usually set auto ISO when street shooting, letting the camera set an ISO that maintains a shutter speed of at least 1/125th. The Fuji X-T1 is amazing up to ISO 3200 (and ISO 6400 is useable with a little post production) so I am happy to let the camera drive a little bit.
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