Michiel de Lange: Picturesque Moments in the Street That Look Like Drawings

All images by Michiel de Lange. Used with permission.

Photographer Michiel de Lange has a body of imagery that’s absolutely fantastic in that his candid street photography is edited in a way to look a bit like highly complex scratch drawings. The photos in the end look absolutely fantastic. “Originally from South Africa, I started meddling with serious photography in 1986 when my father passed on his old Asahi Pentax SLR and a few lenses to me.” Michiel tells us. “Using this camera, I spent a few years exploring and teaching myself photography in its basic, raw form, later upgrading to a used Pentax ME Super, which I continued to use into the early 1990’s.”

Michiel got more serious into photography with the advent of digital in 2003. These days, he calls his Leica Q and Fujifilm X100s his favorites.

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10 Great Budget Lens Options For Street Photography

Street photography is a popular past time for photographers of all shapes and sizes thanks to it being something you can just grab your camera and go do for a few hours. Many photographers have obviously taken in beyond hobby status and turned it into successful careers, but for most, street photography is more about the artistic release being creative in an environment you have absolutely zero control over.

So with that in mind, many photographers are taking up street photography as a hobby when they aren’t out shooting portraits or weddings. You may be one of them, and you may be wondering about some good budget lens options for street photography. Well if that is the case then you are in luck, because today we have some great budget lens options for you.  Continue reading…

Lens Review: Leica Summaron-M 28mm F5.6 (Leica M Mount)

The Leica Summaron-M 28mm F5.6 is a lens that in many ways is bound to garner the love of many street photographers out there. One could easily think to themselves: why would someone go crazy over a small, slow prime lens? There are a lot of reasons beyond its more affordable price point. There’s the image quality–which is unlike anything I’ve seen from most modern lenses. Then there are things like the low profile and the fact that the fairly slow speed means that’s all you’re going to be using for street photography anyway. It’s a gorgeous lens if you’re into something smaller and a lot more classic–not only in the quality but also the operation.

And seriously, I have to hand it to Leica. The Leica Summaron-M 28mm f5.6 is designed more for the look: not to appease some DXO overlord.

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Question: Should You Enter Street Photography Competitions?

After purchasing our three video Street Photography Marketing workshop, photographer Michiel de Lange had further questions to ask like, “Should I enter a street photography competition?” Considering what happened recently with Sal Cincotta and judges at Shutterfest, it’s a very big problem that is in the industry which can mean that sometimes you get completely swindled out of your money.

But that doesn’t mean they’re all bad.

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Making the Most of a 24mm Lens for Photography

The 24mm lens: it’s a classic focal length that for a very long time has been close to the hearts of many photographers. When I say many photographers, I’m really not kidding. There are great reasons why it’s the wide angle of a 24-70mm lens and there are great 24mm lenses on the market that are fairly compact and high quality. So if you’re getting into using a lens like this or considering it, check out these tips.

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Chasing Dreams: A Street Portrait Series by Iwona Pinkowicz

Vinciento: “My dream is to find a wife.”

All images by Iwona Pinkowicz. Used with permission.

Photographer Iwona Pinkowicz has evolved quite a bit since bidding her day job adieu to pursue photography full time. To refresh, Iwona is a fantastic street photographer who then got into street portraiture and earned a spot on our list of great women photographers to watch. Iwona’s approach has always been really different from others, and even the results she gets when asking people candidly for a portrait seem to turn into photos that show some sense of connection.

Iwona is self-taught and says that these days she specializes in story telling and portrait photography–and that’s what’s so evident in her series “Chasing Dreams.”

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Film Review: Fujifilm Acros 100 (35mm and 120 Formats)

Fujifilm Acros 100 is the company’s last black and white film emulsion, and for many photographers it was an absolute favorite. Acros 100 is a very fine grain film considering how it’s also a fairly slow film. In fact, it’s so fine grain that when my scans came in, readers thought that the image was digital and not film. For this reason, it was always used for a variety of applications though mostly with portraits and landscapes. Depending on how you developed it and if you pushed it or not though, it isn’t very tough to get great results even when pushed to ISO 1600, though it is surely time consuming when it comes to the processing.

Today, the closest thing to any of the other previous Acros emulsions comes in the form of the image quality offerings from the Fujifilm X series. And despite the fact that it doesn’t totally look like the Acros film, it comes incredibly close.

Editor’s Note: This is a review of Fujifilm Acros 100. But next month, La Noir Image will be 100% dedicated to the film emulsion and the digital simulation from Fujifilm’s cameras. If you want to read more, I highly recommend subscribing for as little as $15/year.

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Women in Photography: Street Photographer Michelle Groskopf of Los Angeles

This is a syndicated blog post from Women in Photography, run by Nicole Struppert. The images and text are being republished here with permission. All photos by Michelle Groskopf.

Hello Michelle, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how did you get involved into street photography?

I grew up in Toronto Canada but moved to NYC to go to College. I spent most of my youth studying and working in Film and Television production, including teaching in a graduate department. As I got older NY changed and I changed. After 15 years I made the difficult decision to jump ship and move to LA. That’s when I shifted from moving images to still. Best decision I’ve ever made. LA is my muse. When I’m not photographing stories for magazines I’m in the street shooting. I always have to be shooting. It’s my outlet and main form of communicating with the world. I’m also a member of the Full Frontal Collective.

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