We/You All Suck at Street Photography; and That’s Okay


Street Photography isn’t simple and instead is something that requires a number of incredible parallel factors to all line up accordingly–and when cameras start to do nothing else but constantly log life at a higher resolution, it will require human elements beyond algorithms scrubbing for “good images” to actually have someone call themselves an artist. The art form has obviously become more and more popular with Instagram, EyeEm, and VSCO becoming a norm for photographers and people who just like taking pictures. Everyone has the potential to become a fantastic street photographer; but not everyone has the affinity, devotion, and understanding of the art to truly make it work.

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10 Under 10K: Emerging Black and White Street Photographers on Instagram


This is a syndicated blog post from La Noir Image. To see more, head over to La Noir Image and subscribe for as little as $15/year. Blog post originally written by Katherine Phipps.

Some of the best are the ones we don’t know about.

I was truly impressed by what I saw while scouring Instagram to show you ten mostly monochrome street photographers to inspire you this month. The thing that excited me most was just how many people are making work like this, and how diverse and interesting street photography really is. In the tradition of the great street photographers of earlier decades, there are people all around the globe adding to the visual record of person, culture, place, and architecture and sharing it with their fellow photographers and humans. Here are some mostly black and white feeds that you’re bound to find particularly inspiring and some reasons why.


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6 Weather Sealed Wide Angle Lenses for Mirrorless Cameras

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If you’re an adventurer or a photographer that gets outside often, there are a number of wonderful lenses you can get your hands on to create compelling images in the elements. Many photographers tend to go for wide angle lenses, and these tend to give images that convey how they feel about the vast expanse before them when out hiking. But otherwise, they’re used by street photographers in the rain or sometimes even for certain types of portraits.

Here are six weather sealed wide angle lenses that we love for mirrorless cameras.

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Precious Seconds: On Enjoying Life’s Moments Without a Camera

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We are photographers; and in many ways we always want to have moments recorded in life. But so is everyone else. We as a society love to sit there and take photo after photo of something that we’re looking at in life. In fact, studies have shown that when people take pictures, they can describe certain details from events and moments in greater detail. But when they immediately then go and share them on social media platforms, the moments kind of fade out of memory.

But very recently, I wanted to try something different: I let my phone die and only took with me a film camera to something I went to. I barely took any photos and instead focused on what was happening and having in-person social experiences.

Crazy, right?

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In Photogravy, Megapickles Are Everything: The Big Misunderstanding in Photography

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If you’re reading this piece, you should know that the title isn’t clickbait; instead it’s what you essentially hear when everyone thinks that they’re an expert these days in the photography world. It’s been a problem that we’ve been going through for a long time and relates to how marketing and consumerism makes it seem like you need the latest and greatest camera to take the best photos. It makes you think that the iPhone 7 Plus can replace your DSLR and kill your need for a camera. But it also relates to some other absolute total myths about quality.

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Which One? The Sony RX1r II vs Leica Q Comparison


If you wanted to go for a premium point and shoot camera of some sort, then the best of the best is easily awarded to the Sony RX1r II and the Leica Q. With their full frame sensors and fast aperture lenses, they’re bound to be appreciated by many photographers. Both of them have been out for a while now, and with the price differences not too far apart from one another you’re obviously curious about which one you should get. For some, the answer is clear: you prefer a higher megapixel sensor and the 35mm field of view. Others however want to go for the 28mm f1.7 lens and don’t want to fill their hard drives up.

We’ve reviewed both cameras, so here’s what we think.

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I Miss the CCD Sensor: A Love Letter to Older Digital Cameras

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I’m about to say something that is going to be very unpopular with many of you, but will make a whole load of sense to those of you experienced enough to truly realize what I’m saying. CMOS sensors in cameras these days are all good. The ones in phones, dedicated cameras, etc. They work and they’re all highly capable of delivering beautiful results. I’d guarantee you that if you put the output from a Sony camera and a Canon camera side by side, you probably wouldn’t be able to tell which is which. Why? They’re all so perfect. Because of this, I honestly really miss the CCD sensor–the unique look that it was able to deliver rendered images to resemble chrome film and gave us beautiful flaws that could easily be embraced by the most crafty amongst us. Indeed, the “bad results” truly brought out those of us that could make lemonade out of a pile of lemons.

It’s a tune I’ve been singing for years now.

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