The Top 4 Photo Destination Spots Around the World
Looking for a place to capture your next best shot? The world has plenty of natural beauty, urban landscapes, and open country that can be the backdrop of your next masterpiece. But with so many great places on earth, where should you go next? We’re compiling the top 4 destinations around the world to inspire your next photography trip—plus, we’ll give you tips on how you can capture a frame that reflects your artistry and your most cherished travel memories.
1) Blue Lagoon, Iceland
If you’ve been on Instagram at all in the last few years, chances are you’ve seen Iceland’s idyllic Blue Lagoon somewhere on your feed or explore page. The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa located within a lava field on the Reykjanes Peninsula, just southwest of the Keflavik International Airport. Getting to the Blue Lagoon from the airport is actually pretty simple by car or bus—just under 20 minutes!
From spa treatments to opportunities to swim in the natural hot spring, the Blue Lagoon is quite literally a hot spot tourist attraction in Iceland, and one our favorite photography spots thanks to the unique landscape.
A simple shot of your travel companion swimming in the lagoon is sure to get some love on social media. But if you’re looking for even more gallery wall potential, you may want to explore outside of the tourist area for a more intimate perspective. Take a whale tour or enlist the help of a local guide to show you the volcano range just outside of the lagoon area for a photo opportunity that’s totally unique.
2) Madagascar, East Africa
Madagascar has some of the most striking landscapes, exotic animals, and vibrant cultures anywhere on the planet. From the Avenue of the Baobabs to the Ranomafana National Park, there’s no shortage of beauty or photo opportunities in this part of the world.
You really can’t go wrong with your frames when you’re exploring the wildness of Africa. Besides posting your favorite shots to your social media feed, you’ll likely find that your photos will make great postcards or prints for your friends and family back home. A handmade postcard or print makes a much more meaningful souvenir than a kitschy keychain, and it’s personal! Before you send off your prints, you’ll need to do some research on the best all in one laser printer to ensure your images are reflected from the most vibrant, accurate perspective. To take your print to the next level, get a custom frame online and show off your travel photos on the mantle or on a gallery wall in your home.
3) Arches National Park, Utah
If otherworldly landscapes is what sparks your creativity, then Arches National Park in Utah should be next on your travel list. The winding red rocks that sprawl this desert park are truly breathtaking, and the area has plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy, including hiking, camping, and mountain biking.
Since Arches has so many amazing rock features to explore, we’d recommend getting a drone that captures aerial views to make the most out of your photography trip. If high-adrenaline activities aren’t really your thing, don’t worry, there are plenty of other places to get a sense of the natural beauty of Southern Utah. Check out Mystic Hot Springs for the magical Instagram influencer shot of your dreams, or document the many gem and crystal shops on the road into Moab—there’s something for everyone here!
4) Marrakech, Morocco
From multicolored textile markets, to energetic street food vendors, to the Atlas Mountains, Morocco is a huge destination for professional photographers and travel enthusiasts alike.
One of the most iconic frames here is the Blue City of Chefchaouen in Northwest Morocco. It’s a city entirely painted in different shades of blue, making the alcoves and alleyways of the city particularly striking, and just waiting to be captured by your artistic vision. Or, visit the Saadian Tombs to see tombs dating back to the Saadian dynasty of 1578-1603. Whether you’re looking for history or a natural beauty, Morocco is sure to inspire.
No matter where your creative journey takes you, with a unique perspective and a little know-how, you can find beauty wherever you go. Know of another epic travel destination? Share it with us in the comment section below!
Creating a budget and sticking by it is something most of us don’t know how to do. However, the truth is that they are a very crucial part of any planning process including travel planning. You could end up saving a lot and having an amazing trip as well if you budget properly. To help you out, this article is going to take you through some pro-tips on how to create a travel budget that won’t let you down. Let’s get started!
It’s important to find out as early as possible if you can afford to travel. You should do this immediately after you’ve identified your travel destination. I’m sure you don’t want to put a deposit on that airfare only to discover later that you can’t afford decent accommodation, do you? In addition, creating a budget early will enable you to refer to and update it regularly during the planning phase. Don’t forget the financial incentives that come with making early bookings.
Another advantage of budgeting early is that you’ll still have ample time to save in case your budget just doesn’t add up. Also, you can try to find out areas where costs can be cut to make your trip less expensive.
What are the initial expenses?
Although most people tend to forget about the preparation expenses, they can take up a large chunk of your total travel budget. Therefore, it’s important to find out how much you’re going to spend before leaving for your trip.
First and foremost, find out how much it will cost you to secure a passport and a visa since costs can vary greatly depending on your traveling destination and where you live. Other things that might cost you money before you travel are such as travel insurance (if you’re staying for long), vaccinations, luggage or traveling gear, and transportation charges.
What are the actual vacation expenses?
Obviously, this is where a large portion of your budget will be spent depending on factors such as the duration you’re planning to stay and the time of the year. Having said that, here are some of the things that you should expect to take up a big space of your actual vacation expenses:
Accommodation – Start by finding out where you’ll sleep and how much it will cost you. You can opt for hotels, guesthouses, or apartment rentals. In this case, however, you’ll always get what you pay for. In addition, you should expect to pay more if you’re planning to travel with your family or staying for long.
Food and drink – This is one area where creating a rough estimate can be very difficult, but there are some pro-tips that can help you out. Start by finding out whether your accommodation will provide you with free breakfast. You can also research about food and drink (alcohol of course) prices in your destination. In fact, the internet is filled with lots of information about this.
Transportation – Its common sense that you’ll need transportation once you get to your destination. Find out if you’ll be walking or using other means of transport such as taxi, car rentals, and many more. If you’re planning to rent a car, you should factor in the fuel charges
Activities – You should begin by making a list of the things you’d like to do and how much they’ll cost you. Are you planning to go on any tours? Do you have to pay entrance fees for parks, museums, or any other attraction? These are some of the questions that you should answer before summing up your travel budget
What about emergency funds?
You should always have a plan on how to handle an emergency during your trip. That being said, an emergency might come in the form of lost or stolen credit cards, sickness, an emergency back at home, etc. The best thing to do is to keep an emergency fund in cash and separate them into two or three different stashes. You should also consider keeping them in different places while on your trip.
You can also consider quick loans as an option in case you run out of cash while on your trip. Bad credit personal loans are easy to come by even when you have bad or no credit. Apart from completing all your paperwork online, you’ll only be required to provide little personal information and you’re good to go. If you are not yet registered with any personal loan lender, it is advisable to do so early enough. This will provide you ample time to settle for the best lender as well as find out if you’ll be able to receive the loan, and how much you’ll be able to receive. All in all, having an emergency plan is very crucial.
Put it together
Now that you already know what is required of you, you can go ahead and put it all together. To effectively do this, simply multiply the average cost per day by the total number of days you’ll be away. Add in your emergency and initial expenses, and the result is the total that you should expect to spend on your trip.
You can then proceed to print it out. Keeping a printed record of your travel budget is a good idea because it will help you track your travel spending, and if it matches the original budget. This way, you can get a clear picture of your spending habits, and areas you need to correct on your next trip. However, always keep in mind that this budget is only based on your estimation.
One thing that is obvious is that you don’t need to be a millionaire to travel around the world. You also don’t need to be a mathematical genius to create a realistic travel budget. What you need to do is to simply plan early and budget-smart to avoid getting freaked out by a few numbers. Another thing, always draw up your travel budget when in a good mood. This will enable you to enjoy the whole process and eventually come up with the best plan.
The best way to keep memories alive is by taking pictures of the places you have been to and things you have done. This is no different when you are traveling especially when you are traveling for a holiday or vacation. Alaska is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world due to its beautiful landscape and scenery.
To be able to accurately capture the beauty of Alaska, there are some destinations that are a must visit. These places can easily be said to be an accurate representation of Alaska.
1. The Wonder Lake in The Denali National Park
This is a must visit destination not only for people looking to capture the beauties of Alaska, but also anyone who is visiting Alaska for the first time. The Alaska Range Mountains and their reflection in the Wonder Lake are the most important and popular sites on the landscape in Alaska. The weather in the region is quite warm and accommodating and the lighting is always great, to ensure that you get a good photo. In addition to being very beautiful, the location is also quite secluded and you can have some alone time to explore and appreciate the beauty of nature.
2. The Northern Lights in Fairbanks
The Northern Lights are an experience you will live to remember. It is impossible to capture the beauty of the lights and their radiance in words and how they adorn the sky. These lights are more visible and clear near the Arctic Circle. These lights are visible mostly from September to March and this is the time when most of the tourists come to the region. The Northern Alaska Tour Company usually organizes group tours to a specific location; auroral oval, where the view of the aurora is unparalleled.
3. The Blackstone Glacier
This is a popular destination for people that want to capture the beauty and wonders of Alaska. It is also a popular destination for people thinking about Alaska cruises. The Blackstone Glacier is a good example of a destination you can visit via day cruise and get to see and capture the icy tributaries cascading from the Chugach Mountains. The glaciers form cliffs that are up to 800 feet height and there are beautiful waterfalls that pour into the water. On the shores of the bay, you may get to see and take pictures of the bergs that have grounded there. If you are lucky, you may get a view of them up close when you get to the beach.
Alaska is a very common destination for people looking to spend some quiet time during their vacation. This is because there are very much still and lush environments and places to visit in Alaska. The beauty of Alaska’s landscape is also incomparable to other parts of the world and this makes it attractive to people the love art and beautiful sceneries. The beautiful pictures you take in Alaska are the best souvenirs you take home after the trip. The above three are the best must-visit destinations for visitors that are looking to capture the essence of Alaska’s beauty and landscape.
Normally we Street Photographers are known to be walking in the streets on our own. We need nothing more than the camera and a good eye, to get the shots, that we desire. However, as easy as that sounds, as difficult can that be. In the beginning, I had no idea how to approach Street Photography and what I could do differently, to get great pictures.
Looking at the portfolio of other photographers made me jealous and I desperately wanted to find out, how they are able to get those shots.
One thing that I appreciated where those videos, where the Street Photographers would mount a small action camera on top of their actual camera. I believe, this is a good technique to become a better photographer and if You have the option, You should try that out as well.
Gaining new insights
We all know the feeling, when we walk through the streets and there isn’t anything for us, that we can take a picture of. The sun is not present at all and the conditions just seem dull overall. People are rare on the streets and there is nothing for You to discover, that sparks Your interest.
Lately, I had a lot of those days and winter time in one of the colder places in Europe is surely not a great way for me, to go on the street and try to hunt the next picture. On the flip side, just because I am not able to find any pictures, that doesn’t mean that there weren’t any opportunities. Maybe I missed some great images and scenes, that I just ignored originally.
The difficulty arises, when You are not able to identify those mistakes yourself. You might think about the latest photo walk retrospectively, but that is a very subjective point of view. From that perspective, You might be not aware of any obvious mistakes that You did.
Using an action camera and filming the whole photo walk, gives You a completely new insight. You gain a neutral perspective, that You can use afterwards, to identify any errors on Your side. Instead of having to think about the walk, You have film material, which You can review to think about Your improvements.
When reviewing the footage of the action camera, You should have the same mindset, as if it would be Your images. Letting the camera footage rest for a bit can be helpful, to gain some distance. That way You are able to gain an even more neutral perspective and it will be easier to identify the mistakes that You did.
Looking at the action camera footage later, You should point Your focus on the surroundings and if there is anything, that might have been worth taking a picture of. Maybe You discover a nice detail now and see something that would have resulted in a great picture.
Or You are confronted with Your own fears. Did You see some interesting people, but didn’t have the guts to get close and take the picture? The camera footage doesn’t lie and it can be a revelation to see Yourself on the street from a different perspective.
Teaching the Street
This footage is not only a learning material for Yourself. As I already described, I had absolutely no idea, how Street Photography would work in practice. Is it just walking and taking pictures from a distance, or do You actually ask for permission every time? How would I really get candid pictures without getting into trouble?
Discovering some videos, that have been taken while being on the street was one of the most helpful things to get started in Street Photography.
Of course, controversial Street Photographer Eric Kim is one of the people, whose videos will show up very quickly, when You are searching for material like this.
This is one of the old “classic” videos that show how he is shooting on the street.
As a disclaimer, You do not have to follow this style, but I find the idea of following him so closely just interesting and it shows, how Street Photography can be done.
THE CUTOFF TECHNIQUE IN STREET PHOTOGRAPHY: GOPRO POV KYOTO ERIC KIM - YouTube
If You are more interested in practical tips and a general higher production quality. You should have a look at the “street hunt” series by Streethunters. It is a series that takes You through various cities in Europe and what is great about it is, that You not only see the visual footage, but also the commentary. You can hear what’s going on in the mind of a Street Photographer and what might actually make for a good photograph.
I strongly recommend You to watch the latest installment including my colleague Martin Waltz. Together they are taking a stroll through the streets of Berlin and even if You are not interested in photography, You can really get a good grip of the atmosphere, that surrounds a city.
GDPR and Street Photography - Street Hunt #28 - Street Photography in Berlin, Germany! - YouTube
The artistic approach
Photography can be underwhelming at times, because You are only able to express a scene in just a single frame. Maybe a scene would benefit from different angles or from movement, that You could express better in video form?
Your photo camera might be able to shoot video as well, but the quality is mostly lackluster and offers some problems. Especially when You are trying to do some slow-motion videos, that You can see from my good photography friend Damon Jah.
With an action camera, You can try to replicate this effect and create short-movies about Your surroundings and the streets that You are usually taking a stroll on.
This is a completely different approach, but maybe it is something, that You find joy, outside the usual single frames, that You are producing.
Get closer - YouTube
The GoPro 7 & Gimbals
The easiest way to create such short movies in Street Photography is with a GoPro. You can mount this action camera on top of Your camera and record the street, while You are walking.
One problem though is the shake. Especially if You are looking to do some slow-motion videos and are walking very quickly, there will be a lot of shakiness. The shaking can be a huge distraction and devalue the quality of the moving picture.
The new GoPro 7 embodies a new technology, that allows for very steady shots. You can simply mount this camera and use it while You are walking. Later on, You can decide what You want to do with the footage. Maybe You want to use it privately for Yourself, to learn what You could have better, or You want to follow the artistic approach.
Having a high-quality action camera definitely does improve the videos and is more fun to watch. The editing process is completely different from photography and You also have the opportunity, to use some music, just in case You don’t want to record the surrounding noise.
If You want to, You can also livestream Your experience on Facebook, while You are on the street. This way, You can directly share what You are doing and fans all over the world are able to interact with You.
In addition to the top-mounted action camera, You can also ask a friend to follow You around and record some footage. The advantage lies in the usage of a gimbal. With a gimbal, You can even have a much more steady picture that comes very close to top-notch cinematography. The good thing is, that gimbals are available at a very reasonable price, but the difference is overwhelmingly.
You can have an overview about some of the best gimbals at: Topgimbals. They offer comprehensive reviews about gimbals for the GoPro, other action cameras or DSLRs.
Some more Recommendations for Street Photography with a GoPro
POV San Francisco Street Photography - Canon F-1 "New" - YouTube
SHOOT FUKUOKA #1 | Japan Street Photography POV | Fujifilm X100F - YouTube
Austin Street Photography (POV with GoPro Hero 6 and Leica Q) - YouTube
Photography is a passion for many people. The only bit of the problem is that they are not well versed with the professional cameras and the various photography techniques. If you want to practice photography as a hobby or passion, it is essential to get accustomed to the basics of photography.
Most of the people look at the newer photography techniques like:
Smoke Art photography
Long exposure photography
The problem with learning such techniques is that they are tough to master unless and until you cover a few basics. Only once you understand the basics of photography, it is easier for you to practice any of these techniques. If you directly try to master these techniques, it will be tough for you to improve your photographic skills.
We will today highlight some of the basics of photography which are essential before you move on to master any technique.
The word exposure in photography refers to the brightness or the darkness of the photo. You need to capture the pictures with proper exposure. Only when that is the case, it will be easier for you to click the subject in its entirety and also ensure that the photo is perfect. There are three factors which determine the exposure in any photograph. You have to look into these three factors to understand how you can control the camera exposure in any picture.
Aperture is the space within the lens from which, the light travels into the camera. You can vary the aperture size as per the brightness which you want to induce in the photograph. The lower the aperture rating, the wider is the hole which ensures that more light enters into the photo. At the same point in time, the higher the aperture rating, the more focused will be the shot. That is why you have to determine the aperture which you want to set before clicking photos.
ISO is the sensitivity of the camera to the light available. When the ISO number is on the lower side, it indicates that the camera is less sensitive to light. When the ISO number is on the higher side, the camera is more sensitive to light. The problem is that if the camera is more sensitive to light and the amount of light is on the higher side, there will be distortion in the image. That is why you cannot directly assume that the higher ISO rating is right for your photos. You have to vary the ISO rating as per the light available.
Shutter speed is the speed at which you click the picture. It determines the amount of time for which the camera is exposed to the surrounding. When you capture a high motion subject, fast shutter speed is apt as the photo gets clicked in seconds. Similarly, if you want to create a motion blur effect, you can lower the shutter speed. The shutter speed does not make much of a difference when the subject is entirely stationary. These three factors determine the exposure of your camera. You have to master each one of them to take the perfect photos. Only when you learn these three factors, you can practice many of the advanced techniques of photography.
2 Autofocus Modes
The focusing modes are pretty important when using a camera. You can choose between two options which are the single focus and continuous focus.
The single focus mode is the standard mode to capture a photo. However, if the subject is moving around, it is not the perfect mode.
The continuous focus mode uses multiple autofocus points around the subject. Even if the subject is moving around, you can quickly capture it. Thus, depending on the nature of the subject, you have to choose the autofocus mode, which you can use for your photograph.
3 White Balance
White balance is pretty important while taking any photograph. If the white balance in a picture is not proper, it will change the colors of the image. That is why you have to understand controlling the white balance. It is a good idea to use proper lights to control the white balance. It will allow you to portray the natural colors. If the white balance is not appropriate, the photo might induce yellow or red shades into the image. That is why you have to use the white balance appropriately in the picture. If you rely only on natural light, there are chances that white balance might not be proper. In such a case, you might not capture the colors in the right way. That is why extra lights are a necessity.
4 Metering Modes
If you do not want to control the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO manually, you can use the different metering modes in the camera. It will free you up from choosing every setting manually. As a result, they are chances that you might get a perfect photo without any distortion. When you’re in the metering mode, you will have to choose the settings manually. However, when you’re in the spot metering mode, it is easy for you to take a perfect photo without having to deal with various exposure settings. It will allow you to avoid any overexposure as well. As a result, capturing professional level photograph is hassle-free.
5 The depth of field
One of the main challenges which most of the photographers face when they are getting started in photography is shooting in low light. The problem is that if a single setting is not proper, while shooting in low light, the entire photo will get distorted. When you’re shooting in low light, the first thing which you need to do is to widen the aperture. At the same point in time, when you do so the depth of field is pretty shallow. While shooting indoor subjects, you might not face this hindrance. However, when you’re shooting landscapes and the depth of field is shallow, your photo might not be proper. That is why it is essential for you to understand changing the depth of field.
Some of the tips which you can follow to change the depth of field to your advantage include:
You should choose a higher aperture rating to get a deep depth of field.
You can use a program like a Helicon focus to induce a significant depth of field in your photograph.
Choose telephoto lens in the case; you’re looking for a shallow depth of field.
You should choose the telephoto lens in the case; you’re looking for a shallow depth of field.
You should create distance between yourself and the subject if you’re looking to get a shallow depth of field. These are some of the tips which you can follow when looking to get adequate depth of field in your photograph.
6 Focal Length
Focal length refers to the zooming strength of the lens which you use while taking a photograph. The higher the focal length, the more will be the zoom capacity of your camera lens. The distance which the focal length refers to is the point of convergence in the camera lens and the sensor in the camera. It is not the distance outside. Every lens has a different focal length. You need to choose the lens according to the focal length which you need.
You can choose the 14 MM to 24 MM lens when you’re looking for an ultra-wide angle of view.
You can select the 24 MM to 35 MM lens when you’re looking for a wide angle of view.
If you’re looking for a standard viewing angle, you can choose a lens between 35 MM to 70 MM.
If you’re looking for the telephoto effect, you can select the camera lens with the focal length of 105 MM to 300 MM. The focal length of the image primarily provides the illusion of different scales of distance between the subject and the surroundings. That is why you have to choose the lens with the right focal lens to capture the subject in its entirety.
The higher the camera resolution, the better the intricate details it can capture. PPI is the unit used to measure resolution. You always have to choose the camera with the highest resolution. It will allow you to click the smaller details of the picture quite vividly. It will be a lot easier for you to take HD quality photos. You can quickly zoom these photos to view the intricate details of the images as well. That is why, when choosing the lens of the camera, it is essential to understand the maximum resolution which it can support.
8 Image file formats
You have to keep in mind that when taking photographs, you might have to transmit them to your client or you might have to upload them online. While transferring the pictures or uploading them, the image file format plays a vital role.
Some of the options which you have are:
JPEG: It provides a compression ratio of 10:1 to 20:1. However, there is some loss of image quality during compression.
TIFF: TIFF image format is the best option when you want to capture every detail. The size of these images can be pretty large at over 40 MB per image.
RAW: The RAW image format refers to the original core image which has been taken by the camera. You need to convert it into any of the above two image formats to view that image. These make it difficult for you to modify the image. However, when it is in this format, you can edit and process the image quite efficiently.
It is a good idea to select the image format in advance so that you get the photographs precisely in the form which you prefer.
The variations of lenses available these days are plenty. You have to always look at a few factors while choosing your camera lens. Some of these factors are:
Compatibility with your camera sensor
Lenses can cost anywhere from $100 all the way up to $2000 as well. A lot depends on the exact specifications which you. When you choose the specifications of the lens according to the guide, it will be easier for you to purchase the right one. That is why you always have to take these few factors into account and then choose the lens for your camera.
10 Camera flash
The camera flash can be of two types. You can use the pop-up flash, or you can use the built-in flash. There are dedicated pop-up flashes available as well. The kind of camera flash which you use will always be dependent on the other light sources which you use along with the natural lighting conditions.
Some of the flash types which you need to choose are:
Macro camera flash: It is suitable for providing diffused light when you want to take the photograph of the subject at a close range.
Hammerhead camera flash: The hammerhead camera flash is often attached to the tripod. It provides high light output and ensures that you can illuminate the entire photo rather than just a narrow area. It also limits the red-eye effect in subjects. Hence, it is common in various events and parties.
Fill-In flash: The fill-in flash is a technique which is utilized by photographers. It is not a separate flash. If the ambient light is on the higher side, this is the preferred technique. It balances the photograph and makes it more aesthetically pleasing.
When you want to opt for various flash options which you can use, it is essential to consider these three flash options. You can use the flash option as per the subject which you wish to capture.
So, before moving on to any of the advanced photographic techniques, it is essential to understand the basics of photography. The ten factors which we highlighted above will help you to improve your photography skills and capture the subject as per your requirement. You have to master all the ten factors which we have discussed above to ensure that you can take professional level photographs with the little to no distortion.
The winter is probably my favorite season to shoot in the street. I love how the low barreling sunshine and super long shadows of the short days interact within the narrow corridors of Manhattan. There are so many ways that the shadows and natural contrast can be used to create unique photographs. It is a season for thinking outside of the box and letting your juices flow. In this vein, about six years ago, I did some light shooting in a couple of the snow blizzards that we had in NYC.
I am fascinated by how New Yorkers – many of whom are woefully unprepared – hurrily scuttle around the City while trying their best to navigate the slippery ground, blinding snow pellets and strong wind. I love how the snow, often shifting the axis across which it flies around the air, forms a veil in a myriad of different patterns over our beautiful city. It is all so surreal. After observing the mayhem first hand, I was naturally drawn into the action and fell in love with shooting it!
At first, I was somewhat intimidated by the strong wind and cold, wet snow. I didn’t know how my camera and lens would handle these extreme elements for prolonged periods. In that first blizzard, I took plenty of cover and shot very conservatively. I instantly fell in love with the results, although they did not resemble the “up close and personal” approach that really defines my style. After a little more experience under my belt, I realized that my Leica gear withstood the moisture and cold just fine (knock on wood!), and I consequently garnered more confidence in my gear’s ability to withstand the elements.
Since freed of my initial inhibitions, I have been able get out in the middle of the action with the “up close and personal” style that I love and for which I am most known. I am now in my 7th blizzard season and my enthusiasm for my project continues to grow and develop!
My general approach is to seek out people who look interesting to me, get up as close as I can while still maintaining some context and shoot them in a total candid fashion with a pulsating flash. I seek out interesting expressions, the behavior of struggling through the extreme wind and annoying snow pellets, a particular fashion statement (or lack thereof!) or anything else that embodies New York City. I use only film for this shooting. I really love how film adds that three-dimensional look to the images. Lots of details are captured in the background beyond the reach of the flash, yet they are rendered differently – namely less saturated and even painterly – than the main point(s) of focus. I find the juxtaposition of the main subject(s) and background very special and something that really sets my images apart. I often incorporate a sense of motion in my images as the result of the slow shutter speed that I am pretty much forced to use due to my on-camera flash, which does not have a high shutter speed sync feature.
Thus, the fastest shutter that I can use is 1/45. This is quite slow; however, I have in many ways turned this from a weakness into a strength. With the use of the flash and a good zone of focus, my main subjects come out acceptably sharp even when I shoot while my subject and/or I am in motion (which is typical). At the same time, the residual motion that often appears in the background helps capture the surreal energy of the moment.
I use Leica film rangefinders because, in addition to the exception build quality, I have total control over what I am focusing on and what my shutter speed is. I use the M7 for the snow because I find that the internal electronics pair very well with the flash (although I don’t use the internal meter). At one point, I used my older non-electric Leica film Ms. However, I experienced too many misfires of the flash and consequently stopped using them. As for the lens, I typically use an old pre-aspherical Leica 28mm Elmarit as it is relatively low contrast, great for film and not too expensive to replace if it freezes or drowns to death! I use the Leica SF-24D flash, which is the entry level Leica flash.
Is 24mm Too Wide for Street Photography? The Pros & Cons of Shooting with a Wide-Angle Lens
Is 24mm TOO WIDE for STREET Photography? - YouTube
Travel photographer Pierre T. Lambert has been on worldwide photo tour, shooting images and sharing how-to videos about his experiences. During his travels, he’s mainly been using two lenses for his Sony mirrorless camera: a 16-35mm and 70-200mm f/2.8.
While they’re great travel photography companions because they offer good focal ranges in relatively small packages, he’s been wanting to shake things up a bit recently.
“With zoom lenses you get kind of lazy. You don’t move that much,” Lambert says. “So, I decided, why don’t I spice things up and put myself in a 7-day challenge. And I thought why not go ahead and do some street photography at 24mm with a 1.4 lens and see how that feels. I really want to share the experience and show you how different it is.”
When Alan Burles got a job as an art director at Saatchi & Saatchi in the early 1980s, he invested in an Olympus XA manual camera with Zuiko lens. Since then he has never been anywhere without a pocket camera. He is the winner of this year’s Leica/Street Photography International photographer of the year award
72 Quirky And Extraordinary Moments Of Everyday Life In Japan By Shin Noguchi
There is something extraordinary magical about Japan and its culture and Japanese photographer Shin Noguchi proves that through his photographs of everyday life in Japan. He catches the peculiar, surreal and strangely beautiful shapes and situations that occur when people don’t think anyone is watching.
Noguchi, himself, describes his street photography as an attempt to capture extraordinary moments of excitement, humanism, and beauty among the flow of everyday life. His approach to art is discreet, poetic and enigmatic, which allows the artist to find the subtleties and complexities of Japanese culture without relying on staged, no-finder or hip shot photography.
Explaining his philosophy, he says, “Street photography always projects the ‘truth.’ The ‘truth’ that I talk about isn’t necessarily that I can see, but they also exist in society, in street, in people’s life. And I always try to capture this reality beyond my own values and viewpoint/perspective.”
Starving Babies, Molotov Cocktails and Death Threats: One Photojournalist’s Venezuelan Reality
If you know anything about the crisis in Venezuela, you’ve most likely seen the work of Meridith Kohut, an independent photojournalist based in Caracas.
Meridith, who frequently photographs for The Times, has taken some of the most haunting images to come out of the country as its economy has spiraled deeper into chaos.
There was the baby boy who died of heart failure caused by extreme malnutrition, his father weeping over the coffin. The emaciated patients locked in isolation cells at an underfunded psychiatric ward. The street protesters in gas masks hurling Molotov cocktails at security forces. Meridith’s photos, at once unsettling and illuminating, offer a window into the daily struggles of Venezuelans.
The remarkable stories behind 8 of the most iconic war photos ever taken
The first known photograph ever taken was by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce in 1826 or 1827, showing a view from a window of his home in France’s Burgundy region.
In 1839, the first known photograph of a person was taken in Paris, showing a shoe shiner working on the Boulevard du Temple.
But it wasn’t until Mathew Brady, known as the father of photojournalism, and his employee, Andrew Gardner, began shooting pictures of dead American soldiers on Civil War battlefields that the medium transformed the way people saw war.
Since then, photography has both glorified and underscored the atrocities of conflict and war.
Street Photography is a genre that is naturally more enjoyable during the warmer days. Now that winter is approaching very quickly, many of us Street Photographers have a hard time accepting that the summer and warmer days are over.
It becomes more difficult for us to go out on the street and just do our thing. The cold makes it unpleasant to spent hours on the street and in general, there are fewer people out there in public.
Life happens mostly indoors and for Street Photographers this can mean that there are not as many interesting stories to grab. During the summer, the streets and parks are filled with people enjoying their lives.
In winter it gets dark very quickly and there aren’t as many opportunities for us. Or at least this is how it feels for most of us.
I felt the same, but have also started to appreciate the winter and don’t believe it is a season that we should disregard. There are a lot of interesting approaches and opportunities that we just have to use in our advantage.
If You are struggling in winter, here are 10 tips on how You can approach the winter season as a Street Photographer.
Using a Flash
I want to start the list with my favorite thing that I can do during the winter. This is using an off-camera flash and wandering through the streets flashing people.
If You are familiar with Bruce Gilden, this is exactly what I am doing as well and I believe that there are many benefits of using an off-camera flash. It lets You control the light exactly how You want it. Add in a long exposure and You are able to create some very moody atmosphere.
When I first started doing this kind of photography I was anxious how people would react. I was still using a flash up-close so it would be natural if people would give me weird looks or reactions. However, I noticed that most people didn’t care and while some were kind of “shocked” in the first moment, there was nothing to fear about.
The great thing in winter is that it becomes dark very quickly. When using the flash, darkness is my friend and therefore I like the winter for giving me the chance of using the flash more easily.
Photograph Christmas Markets
Another thing that is unique during the winter are the Christmas markets. Usually, I am not very fond of the Christmas Markets and the decoration is not really my favorite thing about winter.
Yet, for photography, it opens a lot of great opportunities. Especially when combining the Christmas markets with the off-camera flash, You can catch some pretty outstanding light. During the summer, there are chances to catch some background light like this.
Christmas markets are also a great opportunity to get closer and in general losing Your fear of doing close Street Photography. People tend to be much more relaxed and since there is a huge crowd present You can simply blend in and take pictures from within the crowd.
I would recommend using a small wide-angle camera and lens combination. The RicohGR II, for example, is a great camera for this kind of photography.
On the other hand, the Christmas Market is also a great spot to just enjoy some leisure time. So if You might have a bad day and feel unlucky with Your captures it is time to grab a few Glühwein (Mulled Wine).
Using the natural conditions
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We often have the opinion that winter is very limiting for us. The sun doesn’t show that often and most days are very dull. In addition to that, the sun rises very late and it gets dark very early.
Now we could pity ourselves and claim that Street Photography is impossible under these circumstances, or we could do try to make the best out of it. That it gets dark very early is a great chance of using the off-camera flash in a unique setting. During the summer, it is almost impossible to use the off-camera flash in darkness because it requires to shoot at night time where streets are mostly empty.
Not only the flash, but other light sources can be used. In winter and during the darker hours, the atmosphere can be very intense. Especially when there is some snow, You can try to find some street lamps a lot of empty space and wait for a single person to walk in front of Your lens. You might get a picture that has a very strong atmosphere and those images are definitely out of Your reach during summer.
Under the rare circumstance that the sun is shining, it has a very different color than during the summer. The angle is lower most of the time, creating a much smoother light.
So instead of complaining about what You are missing from the summertime, You should appreciate the change during winter and use the new conditions to Your advantage.
Street Photography can be taken literally and that would mean that we have to walk the street up and down to find some great stories. This is a common misunderstanding and Street Photography describes taking pictures in public.
Public space is not only on the street, or even outside, it can also be inside of buildings. When the weather is too harsh and You don’t want to spend more hours than needed outside, You can also find some indoor places that are suitable for Street Photography.
A lot of photographers are going to art galleries and searching for some inspiration while taking at the work of other photographers. I would always recommend You to visit art galleries as well, not only for getting some inspiration out of the visit but also to do some Street Photography Yourself.
Art galleries have a very special light and often an interesting architecture. You can get a little creative there and get some decent shots. Just make sure to not bother the visitors and everything should work out nicely for You.
Other places can include malls or historical buildings. Malls often feature huge open spaces and this can be interesting as well as having a look at different floors. Libraries can also be worth a visit.
So when You are seeking some inspiration, make sure to take Your camera with You and get some interesting images out of Your own visit.
Meet other Photographers
Street Photography can be a lonely fate at times. We are wandering through the streets on our own and I often have the most productive time when I completely independent and on my own.
On the other hand, it can become quite isolated and it is great to meet other photographers that share the same passion. Winter can be a good opportunity to catch up with other photographers and hearing their opinion on Street Photography.
Maybe they have some tips for You, or You want to meet up on the Christmas Market for some photography and then some drinks?
When You aren’t in the mood to go shooting Yourself, wintertime is great to meet other photographers. Go with them to an art gallery, discuss some projects or share some images.
Meeting other people is important to become better and to distract Yourself from the more isolating time.
If You are not a fan of winter, cold days and minimal sunlight, there is also the chance to travel. Now You might think that traveling is very expensive and connected to a lot of preparation and work.
But from my own experience, traveling has become very easy and prices have declined substantially as well. If You are leaving in Europe, there are great destinations in winter that can remind You of summer. Lisbon or Barcelona are just two destinations that You can reach very cheap and quickly.
If You have a look at flights, they might cost less than 50 Euro one-way and good AirBnBs might be available for less than 30 Euro a night. That is a good opportunity for an extended weekend.
You can also combine the Street Photography and meet other photographers. There is an active Street Photography community in nearly every major city, so if You aren’t able to find a travel buddy, You shouldn’t hesitate to just leave on Your own. You will find friends everywhere and have a great time.
Wintertime for me also means to regain some inspiration. Whether I visit an art gallery, meet with photographers or just have a look in my photography books. All of those activities help me to keep my motivation up and I am eager to go out on the street again.
Summer can be exhausting at times for me because there is so much happening. It can be difficult to find some time to just enjoy a good book and when winter arrives, it can be a good opportunity to catch up.
Christmas is also a good time to find some good offers online for some books or to shop around on Your local flea markets. I would also recommend You to go for some books from unknown photographers.
Whenever I am out looking for books, I enjoy being surprised by some unknown photographer. Good photography doesn’t need to be expensive and some of my favorite books have not cost me more than 10 € and my interest in the photographers started to grow.
So don’t shop for names, but have a look at the images and decide which one You want to take a closer look at.
If You have been active during the summer and shooting a lot, there might be thousands of images in Your Lightroom. But did You have the time to go through them all very thoroughly?
Even if You did already have a look at all of them, it is now a good time to review Your images with a little more distance. Now that the images are lying on Your hard-drive for some time, You become detached and are able to have a more objective look at them.
When the year finishes and comes to an end, it is also a good time to review Your progress during the year. Did Your style change, are You content with the quality of pictures that You are producing or do You want to head in a different direction?
After heaving an honest look at Your images, You could set some goals for the next year that You want to achieve. Maybe You want to do more color work, or the overall style should change a bit.
During the winter You have some time to think about Your approach to Street Photography and integrating those changes.
Start a Blog
If You are a passionate photographer, You probably have a lot to share with other people. Your own photography blog can be an outlet of Your ideas, tips, and experience. Ideally, You should start a blog as early as You can and whenever You can find the time to do so.
But often there is simply not enough time to undertake such a project. Especially when You have no idea on how to start a photography blog, there may be a lot of overwhelming things. Although it is quite easy to set up a simple blog, there is still a lot to learn and the technical things can take a long time to learn.
A simple WordPress blog starts with the hosting. The costs are around $5 for a fully functional blog that works very well. WordPress comes usually pre-installed or can be installed in a few clicks. Hosters also have tutorials to assist You, or You can find additional resources by searching for a specific problem.
After that, You have to look for a theme. There are a lot of great themes for photographers out there and I would recommend using a very plain and simple theme that works well and doesn’t make any problems. The cost of a theme can take up to $100 but it is a one-time investment and lays the foundation of Your blog.
After that, it is up to You to fill the blog with content. Start sharing Your experiences and after some time You might attract a following that is interested in Your thoughts.
Prepare for Spring
Winter is also a time where we can prepare for spring and the time when we are out on the street even more. Maybe You have some old cameras that need some polish or You wanted to upgrade Your equipment, then winter is a good time due to the discounts that You can get.
Maybe You also have a certain destination that You wanted to travel to and now it is time to plan it all through. Or is Your goal to host a photo exhibition Yourself?
Then have a look if You have the pictures for that and see what is needed for a show. During the winter, it can be a useful time to prepare and make plans of the future.
This way, You can focus even more during the summer and spend more time taking pictures, when the sun is there and You are more motivated.
By all means, the winter is no time where You should fall into hibernation. There is a lot of useful things that You can do and that will help to become a better Street Photographer and become more content with Your work.
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Street Photography Tokyo with my X100F
Street Photography Tokyo with my Fujifilm X100F: What an absolutely cathartic experience.
As you know, I have been using the GFX 50R since around June and as wonderful as that camera is, the GFX range will never be “small”.
I’ve missed using my beloved X100F and so, whilst on a business trip to Japan last week, I decided to only take my X100F.
Shooting with such a small, light and discreet camera in a place as alive as Tokyo is such a pleasure for me.
Not having to worry about gear, lenses, and choices.
23mm (35mm full frame equivalent) is the focal length I seem to shoot a vast majority of my work with.
I absolutely loved the freedom of shooting with it once again.
In November, students on the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography MA course at the London College of Communication presented their projects to the public at an exhibition in London.
The Elephants in the Room exhibition saw students address societal issues from around the world, from post-colonialism to mental health, ageing, inequality and migration.
Using photographs, film and text, the students presented a visual exploration of their chosen subject.
McKay travelled to Bangladesh, at the border with Myanmar, in November last year on the first foreign assignment of her career shortly after joining Reuters as a staff photographer last year.
McKay and several Reuters colleagues were praised by Pulitzer judges earlier this year for their “shocking photographs that exposed the world to the violence Rohingya refugees faced in fleeing Myanmar”.
But at times McKay found the situation “overwhelming” and said it took skill to know when to take pictures and when to put the camera down and help, she revealed to Press Gazette.
“In Bangladesh there were a lot of situations where you want to physically help people, but it’s not possible to help 5,000 people so it’s about recognising when you taking pictures is helping someone and when you putting your camera down is helping someone,” she said.
Hard TRUTHS about travel and photography of people
Hard TRUTHS about travel and photography of people - YouTube
Traveling and photographing people from different cultures isn’t always a dream experience. Even if that’s how most photographers talk about it on Youtube or wherever else. It’s especially hard if you’re an independent photographer. You have to figure out everything on your own most of the time.
Have You thought about how You carry a camera? Most carry their camera around their neck and the neck strap is usually already in the original delivery included. Whether You are buying a mirrorless camera or a DSLR, the neck strap is the most common way of carrying the camera. However, there are alternatives and especially when You are using a compact camera, or a point and shoot camera, then there are more comfortable ways than the neck strap.
Using a leather camera wrist strap has many advantages. You are able to carry the camera directly on Your wrist and whenever You see an interesting scene that You want to photograph, You can just raise the wrist and snap a picture right away. With a neck strap, You have to use both hands most of the time to comfortably take a picture.
With a wrist strap, You have more freedom. When You are using a camera like the RicohGR II, then a wrist strap will always be my favorite way of carrying the camera while walking through the streets. The camera is small and weighs very little, so it is very comfortable and makes photography a lot more pleasant for me.
A leather camera wrist strap has the advantage that it is very durable and of high quality. Such a strap will last You many years and develop a unique look. There are different variations of leather straps out there. Some have added cushioning, while others are more plain and simple.
Which leather camera wrist strap is the best for You and does work with Your camera?
Have a look at my top picks and decide for one of them. If instead, You are looking for a different leather strap, You can have a look at my leather camera strap guide, where I present the best overall leather camera straps and how to maintain them.
The leather camera wrist strap by Tarion may be the best choice for You if You are searching for a strap that does hold Your light camera. With a price of less than 15$, You get the choice between three different dimensions and multiple colors.
Overall, this strap does make a very vintage style appearance. It doesn’t have any padding, but rather has a round design. This may be good when using light and small cameras, but if You use heavier cameras, the strap may be getting uncomfortable on Your wrist.
You can choose between three different diameters. Ranging from 6mm to 15mm. Depending on the weight and size of Your camera, You can choose a 6mm diameter for a very small camera or a 15mm diameter for heavier compact cameras.
In addition, there are different color choices for the steel ring possible. Whether You want a more eye-catching red, or blue, or a more classic brown or coffee look is up to Your personal choice.
The strap is hand-crafted and made of Yak leather. To protect the camera from scratches of the strap, there is additional padding, that will secure Your camera body.
What is a special highlight is the small wooden box that the strap is delivered in. This is a great place to store the strap when You are not using it.
The Tarion Handmade leather camera wrist strap is a great choice for most cameras. It may not be the best when You are planning on using a heavy camera for the whole day with this strap, but for all other combinations, it works great.
You can use a small point and shoot camera, as well as heavier Fuji or Panasonic mirrorless cameras. Even a Sony A7R does work well with this strap.
For less than $15, You get to choose between different Diameters and colors. The vintage look suits a lot of mirrorless cameras very well and it is designed in a way that it doesn’t scratch the camera body.
At first, the strap may appear a little stiff and not very flexible. It may take some time to loosen up, but then this strap works wonderfully for You and the wooden box is a highlight as well.
The previous leather wrist straps were rather light and best to use for smaller cameras. If You are searching for a more sturdy strap, the Megagear Leather Woven Wrist Strap might be better for You.
At the basis, it may look very similar to the vintage style of the Tarion strap. But when You look closer, You see that strap is woven, which does give You a little bit more stability and the strap is the camera is more secure in Your hand.
Unlike other straps, this combination is very soft which can be comfortable for You, if You are carrying the camera for a whole day. For heavier cameras, this camera strap does also work very well.
It is available in three colors: black, brown and green. Only the woven parts are colored and the remainder of the strap does have its typical leather look.
The length of this strap can be easily adjusted to fit your own preferences. Whether You prefer a tighter fit or are fine with using the strap rather loosely, You can change the length very easily.
Do You want a highly fashionable leather strap, that can be adjusted very easily? Then this camera strap by Megagear works well with most cameras. Whether You are using a small point and shoot camera, or a heavier DSLR, both types of cameras seem to work very well with this strap.
It is ideal for traveling and using the camera all day without leaving any marks on Your skin and feeling comfortable all around.
In the long run, You have to check if the strap is durable enough, but it seems that for a few weeks of very intense shooting, this strap doesn’t face any problems.
If You are in the Street Photography scene, I probably don’t need to explain who Eric Kim is. For anyone else, he is one of the most notable and also polarizing Street Photographer. Having one of the oldest and most active Street Photography Blog out there, he shares regularly his experience in Street Photography.
To make life easier, he also has started to produce a few accessories for cameras. One is the “Henri” leather wrist strap that is named after Henri Cartier-Bresson, which is one of his most famous role-models.
Eric’s goal was to produce a leather wrist strap, that You could use all day and that fits for typical Street Photography cameras very well.
The leather is handcrafted and the strap is produced in Saigon, which is one of the global centers of leather production. Although I have not witnessed the production of this strap myself while visiting Saigon, I can assess that there are a lot of small shops producing leather wear and it is great to see that this kind of high quality is now available to purchase worldwide.
The strap does fit all Fuji cameras, micro-four-third cameras, Leica cameras, and most film cameras. Although, the only pre-requisite is that Your camera has lungs on the side of the body, so it should be compatible with most cameras.
The look and appeal of this strap are very minimalistic and may not be the most fashionable. But when using a small street photography camera, You don’t need a big wrist strap and this strap is great for traveling or street photography.
Are You looking for a simple wrist strap for Your small Street Photography camera and want a leather wrist strap that is of high-quality and where You support a fellow photographer, as well as a small shop in Saigon, rather than big anonymous manufacturers?
This strap has been designed with the experience of years of photography on the street in mind. The reviews are great and the best-rated strap in my overview.
One critical point is that it does not fit the RicohGR though. So if You are photographing with this popular camera, You might want to look for a different wrist strap.
Other than that, this wrist strap is highly recommended.