The photo walk.
The autumn season is here – and with it we seems to descents into another realm, where everything around us transforms so beautifully. In moments like this you wish you had your camera with you – even if you are not photographer, but still want to capture a moment of the colorful and nostalgic autumn for yourself. This is pretty much how I feel every time the seasons change.
Years ago my situation was slightly different, I had way more time available for photo walks around London – during any season. Since I moved into the world of professional photography I found my self constrained by many factors (and another thing was that I also became a dad) – and not so available for my big passion for Street Photography.
Luckily we are living in a, relatively, technologically advanced world – connected by social media. Two weeks ago I received an invitation from the Bulgarian photo community in London facebook group (for which I like to express my gratitude and say big Thank you), where I’ve been member for a while but never took part in any activities, to attend a photo walk at Greenwich park – London.
In this invitation I saw a huge opportunity to finally break my monotony and finally go out and about, join the fellow comrades photographers and do what I always loved to do – Street photography (something I haven’t done in years).
Speaking of street photography – one thing I like to highlight here is that Street photography is the, perhaps, the only photography discipline that helps a person grow, develop better eye for details and become better photographer in general.
It seems, now days, street photography has been quite neglected. Perhaps for reasons such as; it is a very hard work, going around all day long and keeping your eyes open – looking for that perfect moment to capture, that bytheway may never happen. Nevertheless the reward of street photography is huge and quite satisfying.
Here are the, very few, images I managed to capture that day. One unfortunate thing was the fact, I needed to leave just an hour after we started exploring our surrounding. Anyway, the fact I was there and I met new people and we share some time together, capturing images of the beautifully transformed autumn realm, only can make me better photographer.
Tips for better Street Photography.
Beside showing few of my images, I’d like to share also few tips related to street photography.
- More is better – the images I captured that day weren’t single capture, but sequence of images from which I choose the best capture. When you see the right moment/scene, don’t just point the camera and take an image – but rather take steady position and keep taking images as the story in front develops, you’ll end up with much more options at the end when start sorting the final images.
- Asses your subjects/objects and how they interact – so the fact we are artists, photographers, should somehow set us apart from the casual snappers by capturing captivated images. That is why we always need to look for interaction between subjects and objects and the value this interaction pose as becoming the right content we want to capture. Content is the King when comes down to street photography.
- Know your area – the better we are familiar with a place or area higher are the chances of managing our walks and capturing better material. Frequent visits to a place, with potential, only will increase our chances of capturing better material. Like that we start learning about the characteristic of the area, people schedule, how the light changes and what is the best time of the year/day to be there and photographed.
I think these three tips will be enough for this blog post, as is not dedicated specifically on the topic of street photography as such. Perhaps, another time I can sit down and write a post concentrated on the topic.
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