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day 258: oh fu...

Photo by Julius Motal.

Most images in this story are by Japan Camera Hunter. Used with permission. 

Though street photographers love to talk about the cameras that they own, they also love geeking out even more about the older cameras that those before them used. While the best camera is the one that you have on you, certain snappers are the ones that discerning street photographers dream of. These cameras are also all film–and it only makes sense. For years, street photographers swore an allegiance to Kodak Tri-X, Ilford Delta 400, and many others that gave them the look that they knew and loved.

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For a while now, I’ve been saying that I make photographs, but for a long time, particularly when I started, I’d say take, largely because I didn’t know what I was doing. At the beginning, I had no formal photographic education, and I had to learn the camera and the craft through trial and error. I was practicing image making, that is to say exposure, composition and other technical aspects. I was a machine operator, and with my machine, I took images, with no real intent or desire to give back because my images didn’t say anything.

Taking by definition is a one-way exchange. A person who takes does not give back. When I began photographing, I took all the time, and I was way too fascinated with shallow depth of field. If I could give myself credit for anything back then, it’s that I shot on film, something I’m only starting to get back into. There’s only one image worth its salt from my film days.

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Street photographers have a brand new way to shoot photos in a low profile way with their phones. A new case called the CovrPhoto is looking to make taking photos discreetly a very simple process through use of a special lens. As you see in the image above, there is a small lens on the back of the case. This lens/prism takes a scene and redirects it to the phone’s lens–therefore changing the way that the phone views the world. It’s similar in the way that a prism works in a DSLR. By doing this, you can shoot from the hip and photograph the scene in front of you instead of creating the latest addition to #fromwhereIstand.

For the more experienced street photographers, raising a phone or a camera isn’t usually a problem–nor is shooting from the hip due to the different perspective that it gives you. But this case will open up street photography to the even more nervous shooters. These shooters will also still be nervous and just need to remember to keep calm.

Want one? The prices vary on which phone you have. A more in-depth video tutorial on the CovrPhoto is after the jump.

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© Eric Kim. Used with permission.

All photographs are copyrighted and used with permission.

Street photography isn’t the easiest discipline. The idea of bringing one’s camera into an uncontrolled situation, where anything can happen and the scene is never the same, can be intimidating, and that’s understandable. What we thought would be helpful is a collection of experiences from several prominent street photographers about this very topic. So jump in and hear from some of the biggest names today.

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Editor’s Note: This is a syndicated blog post from photographer Alex Coghe. All text and images are used with permission and has been subject to minor editing.

As a commercial photographer I specialize in photojournalism, portraits, erotica and fashion, but I am and will remain a street photographer. Street photography is my essence and the way I look at the world. Because street photography gave me the opportunity to see in a whole new way that surrounds me and every moment I’m watching with my street photographer eye.

“That ongoing moment, you can feel it, a pure way of looking at the world…when you are in the street with your camera the sensation is vibrant energy, adrenaline running inside your veins, you can feel all the power, that intense moment when you frame through the viewfinder and you press the shutter. Now! That moment! Yeah! I have the picture!” – Street Photography Pill #93 from Nasty, my blog on tumblr. You can check out all my street photography pill by clicking here.

It is exactly this, an epic ride like the arrival of an orgasm, and if you can not understand it or you think the comparison is exaggerated, you probably are not a street photographer. Follow me on this post where I try to explain my 10 reasons why I love Street Photography.

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As I bounced up and down on my feet in the freezing cold at a bus stop in Arlington, MA, I caught sight of a hopeful message writ small in the vestibule. It was January 1, the first day of my 365-day project, and I had yet to make my first photograph for the year. I didn’t go into the project with any theme or style. Rather, I would focus on making one solid image each day, and at that bus stop, where the temperature was in the teens, I found my image.

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