Street Photography: 8 Great Mirrorless Cameras to Hit the Streets With

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These small, powerful, and compact cameras are perfect for street photography.

Street photography is an incredibly popular and powerful genre of photography. Many think street photography is just about up close and personal candid portraits. It’s so much more than that. Street photography is about capturing and connecting with humanity, and it’s much easier when you use a camera that doesn’t get in the way of doing that. Fortunately, there are some great cameras on the market that can help you excel in this genre. After the break, we will look at eight of our favorite cameras for street photography.

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Why Your Phone Is One of the Best Tools for Street Photography

Did you know that the mobile phone in your pocket is actually one of the best tools for street photography?

Street photography is one of the most popular genres of photography today. It’s also one of the most accessible since most of us have a camera on our smartphones. Decisive moments are happening all around us, so what better way to capture them than with the cameras already in our pockets? Join us as we discuss the benefits of shooting street photography with our phones in our latest original infographic.

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Why Street Photography Is Easy for Norah Alamri in Saudi Arabia

All images by Norah Alamri. Used with permission.

“The reality is every country has beauty hidden everywhere,” says Norah Alamri. “But the media always focuses on representing the bad and sometimes inaccurate news about my country.” Speak to most people in the west, and if you mention Saudi Arabia, it will be met with a comment like “it’s dangerous, sexist, and totalitarian.” There’s truth to it, but this truth can also be found in many other countries around the world. And we seldom read or hear about Saudi’s beauty and its positives. That is why the work of Alamri is so important: it helps people see her country in a different light. Let’s take a look.

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The Sony a7s III Has Epic Autofocus for Street Photography

Sony came to our new office in Queens, NY to show us the Sony a7s III and use it for street photography.

Much of the coverage already online around the Sony a7s III has been in use for video. Naturally, we’re a photography first website–and the photographers I’ve known who’ve used the predecessors to the Sony a7s III mostly did street photography, documentary work, and ambient light portraiture with neon colors. If you’ve never seen Daniel Schaefer’s Tumblr, know that a lot of it is with the Sony a7s original and vintage lenses. Indeed, there’s something magical about vintage glass and low-resolution full-frame sensors like the 12MP one in the Sony a7s III. But street photography requires either great zone focusing lenses or super-fast autofocus. And the Sony a7s III didn’t really disappoint us.

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No Street Photography for Four Months. My Mental Health Is Struggling

Street photography was my crux for happiness, now it has been completely taken away.

Earlier this year I wrote an article that covered my journey through depression. Street photography played a major (possibly the most significant) role in helping me come out of the darkness. The article was published on March 7th, three days after I arrived in Medellin, Colombia. Two weeks later a four-day quarantine started: four months later and it still hasn’t ended. I’ve not practiced street photography once in all that time, and the impact on my mental health is starting to show.

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Paid Street Photography Contests Are Just a Lottery Ticket

Street photography contests can be beneficial for some, but for most, they’re nothing more than a lottery.

New street photography competitions are popping upeach year. Because the craft is so easily accessible, it’s a sure-fire way for organizations to guarantee a high amount of entries (not to mention a nice amount of money). I fail to take pay-to-enter photography competitions seriously. No matter how hard an organization tries to mask its intentions, they’re nothing more than money-spinners, and most of those who enter are buying a lottery ticket.

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How to Shoot Street Photography at Night and Be Creative

Just because the sun goes down and the sky turns dark, it doesn’t mean you can’t go out and shoot street photography.

Shooting street photography at night is great fun. Sadly, many shooters (especially newbies) are put off by the fact that they won’t have natural light to illuminate their scenes. Although shooting conditions are different at night, you can still create quality street photographs. Actually, shooting in the dark of the night encourages you to be more creative. As a result, you can get more compelling images. Of course, there are some techniques and approaches to be familiar with to execute street photography at night well. In this piece, we’re going to go over them, getting you ready to shoot when the sun goes down.

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Just for Street Photography: Cosyspeed STREETOMATIC+ Black Review

The Cosyspeed STREETOMATIC+ Black bag lets you pack just the essentials and nothing more.

I’ve found that the ideal time to use the Cosyspeed STREETOMATIC+ Black is in the winter. My reasoning for this is because it’s designed to not hold a whole lot of stuff. So just in case you really need to bring a ton of gear with you, what do you do? Well, you can use the Cosyspeed STREETOMATIC+ Black and wear a thick jacket that has pockets. Indeed, the Cosyspeed STREETOMATIC+ Black only really holds the camera, lens, a phone, a few small items, and that’s it. There are tons of street photographers that would be okay with this, and that’s primarily who this bag is aimed at. If you’re a working journalist, a landscape photographer, or anyone else, look elsewhere.

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Street Photography: 35mm Vs 50mm, Which One Is Right for You?

A 35mm and a 50mm lens are great options for street photography, but both deliver different outcomes.

I’d always encourage a photographer to opt for a prime lens when shooting street photography. They’re often sharper, smaller, and more fun to use. A 35mm and a 50mm are popular choices for both new and seasoned street photographers. Personally speaking, I veer more towards a nifty fifty, but I’ve also enjoyed shooting with a 35mm. But it’s not just a case of choosing one or the other; the decision is based on what I’m trying to achieve with my work. Let’s take a closer look.

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Discussion: What’s Legal vs What’s Ethical in Street Photography

Join us on Pro Camera Reviews as we discuss some of the latest trends in the photography tech space and share our thoughts on the newest gear. Register Now!

Pro Camera Reviews is a new web show by the Reviews Team of The Phoblographer. Join Gear Editor Brett Day, Reviews Editor Paul Ip, and Editor in Chief Chris Gampat as they discuss the products they’re actively reviewing and the gear they’ve just reviewed. Open Q and A from the audience towards the end of the show. Every Sunday at 7pm EST.

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PSA: If You’re Going to Shoot Street Photography, Please Wear a Mask

To those who shoot street photography during this time, please distance yourselves and wear masks.

Testing cameras has made it apparent that many of the traditional tenets of street photography need to go out the window right now. The best solution possible is to just not do it right now. But I sympathize, empathize, and relate to folks not wanting to stay in all day. They want to go out and shoot. So if you do, I urge you to please be careful. COVID-19 is real. Nothing Trump says will help, and here in the US, we are far behind most of the world when it comes to recovery. If you’re going to do street photography, there are a few things you need to keep in mind.

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The Winner of Our Street Photography Contest With Fujifilm Is…

Today, we’re announcing the winner of our Street Photography Contest with Fujifilm.

For the past month or so, we’ve hosted a contest with Fujifilm. This was a Photo Contest centered around Street Photography. What’s more, there was a lot to pick from. With over 2,500 entries from participants worldwide, we can see that lots of folks take street photography very seriously. The entry method used Facebook and Instagram, two popular platforms amongst many a street photographer. Facebook Groups, Instagram pods, and other places help to keep this culture continually evolving. Even better, we’re mostly impressed by how ethical folks are. Maybe three submissions overall included images of the poor and disadvantaged. And all three were done rather tastefully to show an actual problem. A few of you went out to shoot during COVID 19 and to document the human condition. We hope that you all did so safely. So without further adieu, we’re going to showcase the winner below.

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OP-Ed: Street Photography Has Lost Its Soul. Here’s How to Find It

Let’s take a look at how street photography can remain fresh and relevant in the future.

I’ve been consuming a lot of street photography of late. Partly because that’s my job, and also because I’m stuck at home. Through my Instagram, I’ve been able to connect to many street photographers I’d not come across before, while also being introduced to some fantastic work in the process. But as I scroll through hashtags and feeds, I see many of the same styles and approaches, most of which offer very little substance. Right now, those styles are popular, not just on Instagram, but throughout the community as a whole. But like most styles, they have a lifespan, and here’s what I feel street photographers need to do to keep the scene nice and fresh as we move into the future.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: For Someone New to Street Photography

If you’re new to street photography, then check out this list.

When you’re brand new to street photography, there’s a lot of toxicity out there that doesn’t really help to create better street photographers. A whole lot of it is around pleasing the Instagram algorithm or learning from the classic masters. The classic masters are a fantastic way to enrich your passion, but the truth is that times have changed. And so you need to adapt. In fact, there isn’t a whole lot out there that talks about the ethics of street photography. So we’ve created a cheat sheet for you in a straightforward guide.

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24 Hrs Left: Street Photography Contest to Win a Fujifilm X100V

ENTER TO WIN!! We’re teaming up with Fujifilm to give away a Fujifilm X100V in our Street Photography Contest.

Hey folks!

We’re teaming up with FUJIFILM to giveaway A FUJIFILM X100V. In this international street photo contest, participants may enter one original street photograph of theirs. The contest, judged by the Phoblographer’s EIC Chris Gampat, will take place over this month and can be entered using your Facebook or Instagram account. Want to win? Check out the rules below.

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The Winner of Our Street Photography Contest Gets a Fujifilm X100V

ENTER TO WIN!! We’re teaming up with Fujifilm to give away a Fujifilm X100V in our Street Photography Contest.

Hey folks!

We’re teaming up with FUJIFILM to giveaway A FUJIFILM X100V. In this international street photo contest, participants may enter one original street photograph of theirs. The contest, judged by the Phoblographer’s EIC Chris Gampat, will take place over this month and can be entered using your Facebook or Instagram account. Want to win? Check out the rules below.

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COVID-19 Proves How Invaluable Street Photography Is to Society

Street photography is seldom free of criticism, but during a global pandemic, we should be grateful it exists.

Tired, cliche, easy: these are just some of the words used to describe street photography. Those who practice candid shooting are often labeled as voyeurs, loners, and creeps. I believe no other community in the industry has to defend itself more than street photography. But, when a global epidemic comes along, and the world as we know it gets flipped on its axis, it’s not portrait or landscape photography people turn to for visual documentation — it’s street photography.

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5 Quick-Fire Tips to Make You Even Better at Street Photography

Although street photography takes time to perfect, these five quick-fire tips will help you get to grips with the fundamentals.

Street photography can be as equally frustrating as it is rewarding. It’s not easy creating a compelling photograph out of a scene you seemingly have no control over. That’s why many fall at the first hurdle, deeming it too difficult to do well. But like anything, practice prevails, and if you master the basics, you’ll eventually get to a point where you’re creating fantastic street images. To help you on your path to glory, here are five quick fire tips for better street photography.

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You Can Win a Fujifilm X100V in Our Street Photography Contest

DON’T FORGET! We’re teaming up with Fujifilm to give away a Fujifilm X100V in our Street Photography Contest.

Hey folks!

We’re teaming up with FUJIFILM to giveaway A FUJIFILM X100V. In this international street photo contest, participants may enter one original street photograph of theirs. The contest, judged by the Phoblographer’s EIC Chris Gampat, will take place over this month and can be entered using your Facebook or Instagram account. Want to win? Check out the rules below.

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Alessio Trerotoli Delivers Needed, Refreshing Take on Street Photography

All images by Alessio Trerotoli. Used with permission. 

“This series is a sort of art therapy to me,” says Italian Street Photographer, Alessio Trerotoli. He adds, “…I’m a guy full of joy, irony, and love, but I know I have a dark side somewhere, and I need to accept it and to live with it.” He’s talking about Raindrop Blues, his series that mixes street photography and fine art to create a set of compelling and emotional images. It’s a refreshing twist on a genre that has risked becoming stale over the years. And when The Phoblographer first saw the work, we were excited at the thought of sharing it with our readers.

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Enter to Win a FUJIFILM X100V in Our Street Photography Contest

We’re teaming up with Fujifilm to give away a Fujifilm X100V in our Street Photography Contest.

Hey folks!

We’re teaming up with FUJIFILM to giveaway A FUJIFILM X100V. In this international street photo contest, participants may enter one original street photograph of theirs. The contest, judged by the Phoblographer’s EIC Chris Gampat, will take place over this month and can be entered using your Facebook or Instagram account. Want to win? Check out the rules below.

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