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All images by Ron Gessel. Used with permission.

“When I am in New York I always go to Coney Island to shoot there. Especially on a warm summer day; you see the most fascinating people, you see them everywhere.” says photographer Ron Gessel who lives and works in Amsterdam. “Everybody has their own story and I try to capture their stories. For me it is just like a candy shop.”

Before becoming a photographer, Ron trained in graphic design and became an art director for many ad agencies. After teaching himself photography, he started to travel more often. For Ron, photography was always an interest that was only truly awoken during the digital revolution. “It was so much easier to take pictures because you could see the results immediately. Then i decided to combine my profession as an art director with photography.” In 2012, he received the prestigious PANL Award, presented by the Dutch Association of advertising, print and fashion photographers. And just recently, he featured part one of a Coney Island street photography project on Behance.

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All images by Jon Wilkening. Used with permission.

Photographer Jon Wilkening is a 32-year former banker turned photographer living just outside of Philadelphia. He used to do photography in college, but it took a backseat after graduation so that he could focus on his banking job. However, it ended up draining him a bit too much–so he quit his job and threw himself right back into photography.

Jon tells us that he uses light and chemistry to reveal how magical the world can be. These actions are easily applicable to his project called “Handheld.” He describes it to us as a project where he used a pinhole camera to capture street photos that result in having an impressionist feeling.

We talked to Jon about the series; which we find to be such a great reminder that street photography doesn’t need to be tack sharp and technically perfect.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony 35mm f1.4 Full Frame E Mount lens first impressions product images (6 of 6)ISO 4001-100 sec at f - 2.5

The best focal lengths for street photography tend to range from the low 20s to around 50, and given the ever-increasing popularity of mirrorless cameras, we thought we’d put together a roundup of our ten favorite lenses across systems. Some of these dip below the 20mm mark, but with the crop factor, they’re well within the ideal range. So, if you’re thinking of going mirrorless or have already and want to get into street photography, these are the lenses to consider.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon G1X review images (21 of 28)ISO 3201-320 sec at f - 2.0

There are a number of things to consider before setting out on a trip – lodging, money, luggage, etc. – and for photographers, taking pictures is very close to the top of the list. If you’re visiting a city you haven’t been to before, it’s wise to do a little research before you go in order to get a sense of the place and know what to bring. If you’re starting out, here are some things to keep in mind ahead of your trip to a new metropolis. [click to continue…]

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Street photography is a genre that has more practitioners now than at any point in its history. There seem to be many schools of thought on what does and does not constitute street photography. For a good sense of where street photography is today, we recommend checking out the recent panel discussion on the genre hosted by The Candid Frame. To help you along, here are ten things to keep in mind on the street. [click to continue…]

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In this episode of ISO 400, we hear from Nicholas Gervin, a street photographer based in Portland, Maine. Photography for Gervin is a means of recovery as he has suffered a series of injuries, automobile and otherwise, and with his camera, he’s explored the places around him. There’s a raw and visceral quality to Gervin’s work that commands your full attention. Some photography allows you to passively receive it, but Gervin’s doesn’t allow any room for that. There’s an immediacy to it that grabs you.

For more of Gervin’s work, you can check out his website. A selection of his work and the episode are after the break.

As always, our music is provided by Yuki Futami, a New York-based jazz musician. [click to continue…]