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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 55mm f1.4 Otus product photos (2 of 5)ISO 4001-40 sec at f - 2.8

We talk very often on the site about zone focusing and hyperfocal length shooting–especially when it comes to street photography. We’ve talked about how to do it, but today we’re releasing a video showing you how to do it and explaining a lot of how it work.

As we state in this video, this is tough to do with many modern lenses. So what you need is a lens with a depth of field scale that has accurate aperture markings by the distance focusing scale. Once you’ve got that, you’re in business.

Many prime lenses from Fujifilm, Olympus, Panasonic, Zeiss, Rokinon Leica, and Voigtlander have this. With these lenses, it’s easiest to zone focus. Sometimes what you’ll find is that this method can be much faster than autofocusing and much more accurate.

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julius motal the phoblographer dear person

Dear little old lady getting off the bus,

I didn’t expect to see you getting off the bus as a wave of people walked along the street. It seemed like everybody had disembarked. Yet, you emerged, and I couldn’t have been happier. In the moment, I don’t have a list of reasons as to why I press the shutter. It’s usually that I noticed some sort of dynamism, an interesting gesture, a poignant sign, or a whole manner of other things.

With you, I noticed differences. There was the speed you were walking and the speed everyone else walking. There was the bus behind you, too, which is a huge symbol of mobility. It’s the motion, really, that got me, the paths throughout the frame, and everything seemed to radiate out from where you were.

Of course, I couldn’t talk to you because we most likely don’t speak the same language. I’m an American living in Istanbul, and my Turkish is very bare bones. Moreover, it would’ve complicated things to try and explain through any number of translators why I took the picture, and there’s the chance, too, that you didn’t see me, as I was gone shortly after making the photo.

All of this is to say thank you for being where you were.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony A7r Mk II first impressions (8 of 8)ISO 4001-8000 sec at f - 3.5

Photography can be a crapshoot. Sometimes you don’t know if you should press the shutter. Sometimes you don’t know how you should edit an image. There are plenty of variables! So, in the spirit of our Reverse Guide to Instagram, we thought we’d put together a reverse guide to photography, a collection of terrible tips that would be ill-advised to actually heed.

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julius motal lauren welles coney island 06

All images are copyright Lauren Welles, and are being used with permission.

In this episode of ISO 400, we hear from Lauren Welles, a New York-based photographer. She left a 16-year-career in corporate law for photography about six years ago. The change was necessary, one that revived her. We spoke with Welles last year about her Coney Island series of photographs that was featured on The Fence at Photoville. She’s got an eye for street photography that she’s been developing since she started. In this episode, she tells us about the perils and benefits of leaving a comfortable job, realizing her own photographic identity and more.

The episode and a selection of her work are available after the break. You can see more of her work on her websiteon Facebook, and on Instagram @laurenwelles.

As always, our music is provided by Yuki Futami, a New York-based jazz musician.

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Westfield from London Street Photography. Image by Nicolas Goodden

Westfield from London Street Photography. Image by Nicholas Goodden

All images in this article are used with permission.

Street photographers experience harassment everywhere in the world for taking pictures and capturing a moment in public. However, everyone loves looking at the images and the art form is highly regarded and even mimicked in modern day advertising. Surely, it’s a great way to not only become a better photographer by shooting such a wide variety of subjects but it’s also great for just capturing beautiful moments as they occur in everyday life.

We’ve done some research and rounded up a list of the best cities in the world for street photography. This isn’t a definitive list by any means, nor is it in any particular order–but if you’re ever traveling to these cities, be sure to carry along your camera.

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All images by Chris Voss. Used with permission.

Photographer Chris Voss moved to Brooklyn from Oakland, CA in 2013 to pursue his dream of shooting in the streets and spaces of NYC. Of course, the city houses some of the best street photographers in the industry–and so the inspiration comes from them. But Chris’s love for photography started when he developed a roll of film that was shot during his birth. He uses exclusively point and shoot film cameras including the Yashica T3 or anything that is not broken at the time.

After getting the film developed, he shares the images to Instagram. His images bring out an NYC that you don’t see much; but is always there.

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