1. Photos by Christophe Agou from In-Public in his “Life Below" book.

    Check out my interview with him: Capturing the Emotional Connection to People, Places, and Objects: Interview with Christophe Agou from In-Public

     

  2. Street photography tip: To find things more interesting in your everyday life, imagine you were an alien viewing your life from the outside for the first time.

     
  3. Photos from my “Detroit" series. Shot in Michigan from 2012-2013.

     

  4. Street photography tip: Watch out for messy backgrounds

    Avoid getting cars, distracting people, and overlapping figures in the background. Many street photographers I know who start off totally disregard the background and simply look for interesting subjects.

    A good way to simplify your backgrounds are to avoid shooting into the streets where cars drive. Rather, face shooting storefronts. Also try to make sure there aren’t distracting figures when you’re shooting your primary subject. Take a lot of photos to ensure this.

    Another strategy is to first find a simple background, and wait for the right person to enter the scene (this is called the “fishing” technique).

    By simplifying your backgrounds, you will put more focus on your subjects. This can help you create a more compelling image.

     

  5. Shooting for your “inner scorecard”

    I recently finished reading “The Snowball”, a biography on the life of Warren Buffett, one of the most successful investors of all time. One inspirational thing I got from the book was how Buffett always played by his “inner scorecard” - - staying true to himself and his own standards. Seeking to please himself, and not others.

    I think sometimes photographers think photography is a sport with clear winners and losers. But photography isn’t a zero sum game. There are no point system. Rather we sometimes use social media follower numbers, the amount of exhibitions we’ve had, the books we’ve published, the gear we own, to validate our self worth (compared to other photographers).

    But screw all of that. Shoot based on your own “inner scorecard”. Challenge yourself in photography, and know you aren’t competing with anyone. There are no clear winners or losers. We should focus on collaborating with one another, rather than worrying about who is a better photographer or who has more “favorites” or “likes”.

    Don’t aim to be the best photographer out there. Rather, aim to the best photographer *you* can become.

     
  6. Today I’m attending an introduction to film printing workshop in Istanbul, got a roll of HP5 to print! Making a behind the scenes video documentary of the process, will upload to YouTube in a week or so!

     
  7. Detroit, 2013

     

  8. Top 10 Street Photography Tips by Charlie Kirk

    Charlie Kirk shared his top 10 street photography tips at our Istanbul Street Photography Workshop:

    1. Take risks, take difficult photos, take many photos.
    2. Think before you take portraits.
    3. Know your light, know your camera, know your focal length.
    4. See the photo before you raise your camera.
    5. Seek or create clean backgrounds.
    6. Look 3 meters and further away, anticipate with your feet.
    7. Shoot what is interesting irrespective of the place.
    8. Don’t get in each others photos. Don’t take the same photo as someone else.
    9. If you find a good spot, wait. Be patient.
    10. Shoot head on. Don’t be scared.

     
  9. Jerry Pena’s Bessa R4M: great budget rangefinder, and I love the viewfinder!

     
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