A big thanks to Zeiss for sponsoring this video by loaning us the lenses
You see, Jon does something that he likes to call a Photo Wait in this Street Photography Tutorial. That means finding something really cool in a scene and waiting for people to pass by in order to interact with the scene in some way or another. There are a variety of factors involved such as:
- The people who pass by
And a number of others. Jonathan talks about how some scenes are often better than others and why. But after a while, you start to see how Jon really works a few specific scenes and comes home with lots of photos to play with in post.
Here’s the itinerary for this Street Photography Tutorial
1.) Walk around the city for a few minutes “scouting” for my next shot. All while discussing other photographers known for their photo-waiting and the impact it has on their work.
Answer live questions about scouting — what I look for when I’m hunting for my next scene, etc.
2.) At the location, “Working the Scene”
We’ll include things like:
– What I look for once I’ve found a location
⁃ My instinctual and immediate sense of what’s possible, how to “see a scene”, how to build these instincts
⁃ Obtaining the ideal mindset to get what you want
– What I like about my work that’s made in this manner
⁃ It’s all about context, environment and narrative; characters are less prioritized
⁃ Getting a clean image — attention to background and dimension is key
⁃ Technical aspects to getting the shot and working the scene in as flexible a way as possible
⁃ Camera angles — the sky’s the limit and it’s important to play with a variety
⁃ What’s in my bag
⁃ Being as present as possible to remain open to anything and thinking quickly
⁃ Intention is important, vision is important, but be ready to throw it all to the wind when something unimaginable begins to unfold before your eyes
⁃ Dealing with shyness, anxiety and insecurity when it’s obvious I’m photographing strangers
⁃ How do you know if you’ve got the shot?
⁃ What specific details to note for coming back and photographing the same spot again
⁃ Ensuring the shoot and image fits into your body of work or a specific series
– Continue shooting even if you think you already got the shot!
Check out the video at this link.