Street Photography: When the Subject Spots You…

There are many different approaches you can take when it comes to street photography. From the shoving-a-flash in your face and not giving a damn technique (Bruce Gilden) to going completely unoticed like Vivian Maier. Today I went out to shoot street photography on the streets of Brighton for 3 hours, but rather than showing you my favourite shots I thought i’d share some of my outtakes.  And these are outtakes because the subjects in the frame are looking either at me or the lens. Some photographers aim for these sort of images but not me.

Before you see the images I thought I’d share with you some advice if someone notices you doing street photography or has a problem with it. 99% of the time the person will keep walking and not give another thought to you or your camera. But on the odd occasion that someone takes issue with you taking their picture here are a few tips:

1.Stay calm and be polite.

2. Delete the image and show them (no image is worth a public argument)

3.Know your rights (in the UK you have the right to photograph in public areas)

4.Don’t let it affect your confidence and keep shooting..

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Using a blur in photography

Just because you can’t see the finer details of an image it doesn’t mean it can’t tell a story. Using blur (in-camera or photoshop) can be a great tool to use. You can use blurred images in a range of ways; in a photographic series to create a small break, as a photobook cover so it doesn’t detract attention from the title or to allow the viewer to connect the dots. It can also make colour ‘pop’ and shapes stand out. Its a really simple concept that can be really effective, just maybe don’t blur all the images!

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January Jaunt

Planning on spending the day running errands I woke up to beautiful sunshine. So I ditched Plan A and drove down to Saltdean, a  South Coast village, and walked the 5km under cliff to the Brighton Marina. We enjoyed lunch at one of the Marina’s many restaurants and then headed back as the sun began to set.

 

As the sun began to set the Moon became bright, but we were greeted by a brilliant surprise, Venus. The planet is visible to the right of the moon looking like an incredibly bright star.:

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