Dear Street Photographer, You Need A New Pair Of Eyes
A street photographer has two pairs of eyes. If you want to shoot street photography you must develop a new set of eyes. This means that you must be able to see things that most people don’t see. Things that the public overlook or take for granted.
My upcoming street photography workshop on January 6, 2018 will include Developing New Eyes as the main topic. Participants will learn how to see photographically and spot pictures where other people see none.
This Introduction To Street Photography Workshop For Beginners will take place in Middelburg, Mpumalanga.
Enroll for this historical, street photography workshop by calling me on this number (063 342 6141) to reserve your space.
If you’re unfamiliar with the term street photographer or street photography please check my portfolio on Instagram.
I just uploaded a few shots and deleted some photos in an attempt to up my game with this platform. I’ve neglected this account for a while.
You’ll notice that I’ve added watermarks on all of my images. I hope this does not spoil your pleasure of viewing my pictures. The #StreettogZA highlights my presence on Twitter, where you can also see more of my work.
Street photography allows us to learn and create unique photos that we can all be proud of. As a street photographer you have a keen eye for photos. Regardless of where you live or go, you can always produce images that make you happy.
Shoot What You Like
If there’s one thing that makes street photography more enjoyable than other genres it is this: a street photographer shoots what he or she likes. No one tells you what to shoot. Or how to shoot it.
You have complete freedom to shoot what you like and enjoy shooting.
Take another look at my instagram account. There are photos of people, some shot candidly and others captured with the subjects’ permission. The latter are also called Street Portraits.
Some of the images do not show people at all. But they remind you of, or tell a story of people. These type of subjects are what we street photographers call inanimate objects.
Whether you want to photograph strangers (people) candidly or pose them is entirely up to you. Beginners in street photography are often afraid to approach complete strangers and ask to take their photos.
If you’re scared of asking permission before shooting, you can just shoot candidly. But if at first the thought of photographing people terrifies you, don’t worry.
Think about inanimate objects that tell a story. Search for those type of images and see if you enjoy shooting them. It’s all about story telling, isn’t it?
But another thing that attracts most people to street photography is the challenge. And shooting strangers in public spaces without asking for their permission is more challenging than to shoot a non living object.
Photograph The World Through Your Eyes
According to Thomas Leuthard, one can enjoy street photography without a camera. A camera is just a tool that enables you to record what you see. The eye is the best camera that you can have. Street photography teaches you to see and appreciate decisive moments wherever you are.
Whether you choose to capture these moments with a camera or with just your eye is entirely up to you. I think this alone makes street photography the most accessible art form.
A street photographer does not obsess about gear. He or she knows that whether one is using a smart phone or the most expensive mirrorless camera on the market, what really counts is your creative eye. Not the type of device one uses to record a scene.
Join me on January 6, 2018 and learn how to see photographically. Learn how to see and capture unique photos that will set you apart from your peers.
This workshop will also teach you how to control your fears of photographing strangers.
Share Your Story
Street photographers are storytellers. We all have stories to tell. We tell stories through our photos.
Do you have a story that you want to share with the world? Street photography might be just the vehicle you need to convey your message. Learn how to shoot and tell stories with your images. Tell your story from your own perspective. Show the world what life is like where you live.
Sometimes all we want to say is: Look what I saw when… Or, this is what I saw. The beauty of photography is that it tells a story without words. Remember that a photograph is worth a thousand words?
If you’re a man or woman of few words, street photography can increase your vocabulary without you saying anything. Just shoot and share.
Developing New Eyes As A Street Photographer
You need more than a single pair of eyes to shoot street photography. If you like photography and enjoy storytelling I can teach you how to develop that extra set of eyes.
Bring your existing camera or mobile phone on January 6, 2018. Let’s explore the streets of Middelburg together and learn about the cultural norms and sensitivities of the Ndebele people.
We’ll visit the Iraq Taxi Rank and take a walk in Van Blerk Park. You’ll need a good pair of shoes for this photo walk. The park is next to the oldest church and Middelburg’s famous landmark, Die Witkerk.
For more information on this Introduction To Street Photography Workshop in Middelburg, Mpumalanga – South Africa, please use the comments section below and ask as many questions as you like.
While you’re in there, why don’t you drop a few lines and tell me what’s your take on Street Photography Workshops?
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