1/200th at F1.8, ISO 1600 (28mm).
The pink collar makes this photo. Probably the cutest moment I've seen all year.
1/400th at F9, ISO 1600 (28mm).
The tough thing about taking shots like this is not the person you're taking the shot of. I had to get so close to fill the frame since I was using a 28mm lens, but if she had turned around I could have just smiled and showed her since it was a beautiful photo. The problem is being surrounded by 10 other people stopped at the streetlight wondering what the hell you're doing.
This is where confidence is important. It can be hard, but just try your best to ignore them, hold an air about you that you know what you're doing, and move on. It's a beautiful moment and photo to show if anyone asks what you're doing. And you should be proud of it.
1/500th at F2.5, ISO 1600 (28mm).
Well back to some normalcy. Now that the books are finished and released, I can go back to shooting again. :)
And for those of you that are reading it or plan on reading it in the next couple of weeks, I would love to add some reviews, if you wouldn't mind emailing them to me.
Here we go. After spending a coffee-fueled year in a hole in the ground, I'm excited to finally announce the release of The Essentials of Street Photography & Street Photography Conversations, two e-books that will take you through the process of learning and improving your street photography.
These books cover all the technical tips and tricks and editing skills that you will need to be successful as a street photographer, but even more so, they are focused on the conceptual aspects of the genre, which which was the initial inspiration for creating the books.
They are meant to help you find your voice as a street photographer and a photographer, to tell stories and portray your ideas through your work, and to learn the genre in a well-balanced way. In fact, the six street photographers interviewed in Street Photography Conversations all have extremely different subject matter, styles, shooting tips, and personalities. These books are meant to be returned to for reference and for inspiration. There is also an exercise section at the end.
For the first two weeks of the release I will be offering a 25% discount. They are available as instant digital downloads and come with a 60-day guarantee. You can read more detailed information about the books and purchase them here.
1/400th at F8, ISO 1600 (28mm).
The issues of fashion, advertising, and female self perception fascinates me. It's one of those things you see most when walking the streets of New York. With all of the high-end shop windows, billboards, bus shelters, and taxi and bus advertisements, you can't escape the grasp of the advertiser for more than a couple minutes at a time. Mix that with the highly competitive and stressful nature of the city and it becomes a toxic environment of self-consciousness and neuroticism.
Whether she knows it or not, it's clear this beautiful, fit woman is being influenced by these images. It's almost surreal to compare the size of her legs to the stick-figure legs in the advertisement. Perhaps trying too hard to look that way is why her foot is in the boot. And then you also have the boring greens in her hand and the comparison between the stripes in her outfit and in the advertisement.