Street Photography Presentation

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Street photography is an incredibly satisfying way to document the world around you, to create new art, and to express your vision of the world.   Unlike portraiture or landscape photography that is often calculated and planned, street photography requires you to constantly observe, to be fluid, and to be ready.

There are many definitions of street photography.  If you asked 10 different people what they think street photography is you would probably get 10 different answers.  As I study street photography the following quotes have hit home for me:

“Street photography is capturing the beauty in the mundane”  – Eric Kim

“The marvels of daily life are so exciting; no movie director can arrange the unexpected that you find in the street.” – Robert Doisneau

“There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

“If you can smell the streets, then it’s a good street photograph.” – Bruce Gilden

“I love the people I photograph. I mean, they’re my friends. I’ve never met most of them or I don’t know them at all, yet through my images I live with them.”  –  Bruce Gilden

“If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.”  – Robert Capa

“It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter.” –  Alfred Eisenstaedt

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What does this all mean for me?  That the world is a stage, and that there is beauty on the streets waiting to be captured.  A good street photographer knows how to become part of those streets, how to blend in, and how to capture those rare but beautiful decisive moments that happen.  A good street photographer understands that street photography is about people, not camera settings.  It is about moments, not perfect exposures.  It t is about capturing life….

A good street photograph tells a story.

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In this 2 hour presentation we will discuss:

  • What is street photography?
  • A brief history of street photography
  • The legalities of street photography
  • Preparing yourself for a day of shooting
  • Selecting and preparing your gear for a day of shooting
  • Composition – What really matters in a street photograph
  • Tips for taking candid street photographs
  • Tips for making street portraits
  • Suggestions for composing street photographs
  • Basic editing tips to enhance your street photographs
  • Question and answer

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This presentation is targeted toward any photographer interested in the genre of street photography.  It is not a “what does this button do” type of course, but a presentation on how to think, how to see, and how to work on the streets.

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This presentation is available to camera clubs, schools, corporations, public libraries, non profit organizations, and any other group who has an interest in learning more about street photography.

The presentation is interactive, using a mix of lecture, discussion, question and answer, multimedia, and hands on demonstrations with various pieces of camera gear.

To learn more about the presenter CLICK HERE!

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Cost:

There  is no formal cost associated with this presentation if it is held in the Vancouver area, however an honorarium to cover the presenter’s time and travel expense is always appreciated.  Most organizations provide an honorarium of $100.

Note taking is encouraged, however this presentation cannot be recorded.

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If you would like to discuss booking a presentation please fill out the form below.  Travel photography is a wonderful thing, and I would love to share my experiences with your organization!

Best wishes,

Ian