7 Primes That Will Make The Fujifilm X Pro 3 a Street Photography Gem

The Fujifilm X Pro 3 is just begging to be used out on the streets, and these prime lenses will make it sing.

The Fujifilm X Pro series of cameras have become firm fan favorites of street photographers over the years. The classic Rangefinder styling, solid build quality, and impressive image output make X Pro cameras a fantastic choice. A camera needs great lenses, though, and there are a ton of them available to Fujifilm users. If you plan on using the Fujifilm X-Pro 3 ($1,799.95 at Adorama) for street photography when you get your hands on one, these are the lenses we recommend that you pair up with it. Continue reading…

First Impressions: Fujifilm X Pro 3 (We Did Street Photography with It!)

The Fujifilm X Pro 3 is designed to slow you down and make you a more deliberate photographer, and that’s a good thing.

We first learned of the Fujifilm X Pro 3’s development last month. Yesterday afternoon, we got to spend some brief hands-on time shooting with the camera around New York City. The Fujifilm X Pro 3 incorporates the same 26.1MP X-Trans CMOS 4 APS-C sensor and X-Processor 4 Quad-Core Imaging Engine found within the X-T3 into a rangefinder-style body. The most notable design change from the X Pro 2 is that the rear of the camera now features an always-on-but-not-backlit E-Ink display. This is designed to simulate the film box window found on many analog cameras. There’s still a touch screen LCD if you want it, accessible by flipping the back of the camera down.

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Street Photography: A Short Guide to the Ethics for New Photographers

If you’re unsure about ethics in street photography, we’ve got you covered.

Street photography is a polarizing craft. Peaking into the world of others – albeit in a public space – is rejected by many. Street photographers are often mistaken for aggressive, disrespectful, voyeuristic oddballs by those who are unable to accept the practice. But alongside this mentality, are people that don’t bat an eyelid when a photographer is hard at work. They’re intrigued by the process. But love it or hate it, street photography is fair game in most developed countries, and you don’t break laws by practicing it. But even if you’re in line with the legalities, there are ethics that you need to uphold. Not to be safe from the authorities, but for the good and longevity of the genre.

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Facebook Street Photography Groups Suck, and You’re the Reason Why

Online street photography groups seem a great place when getting started, but if you’re serious about the craft it makes more sense to leave them!

In theory, online street photography groups are an ideal way of connecting with other street photographers and learning more about the craft. It’s typical for newbie and hobbyist street photographers to want to connect with others about their craft. This has been going on since the earlier days of Flickr. Typically, these groups share their images, provide feedback, and receive validation for their work. The most common are Facebook street photography groups, and ease of access has made these groups more popular than meeting in person. But like a lot of good ideas, they have the potential to turn toxic, and oftentimes they do. If you’re a member of these online communities, here are five reasons why you should leave them right away.

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Dispelling the Myths of the Street Photography Process with Sean Tucker

There are some really helpful insights to take in from Sean Tucker’s approach to street photography.

One of the most common misconceptions about the world’s best street photographers is that they get perfect snaps with every click of the shutter. That can’t be farther from the truth. To dispel this myth and help us understand what the street photography process is truly like, UK-based Sean Tucker talked about his own experience in his latest YouTube video. If you’re in need of some motivation, we’re sure his insights will do the trick.

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Daniel Anez Discusses His Colorful Street Photography

All street photography images by Daniel Anez. Used with permission. 

“There is value in pushing yourself creatively not just skillfully,” says Daniel Anez. He’s a street photographer who wants to think outside the box. He wants to go beyond the fundamentals and create street photography that encourages his audience to build their own narrative. Through the use of color, varied angles, and story-telling, Daniel has created an aesthetic that belongs to him. It’s his vision of the world, a world that he invites us to explore with him. Although his work suggests otherwise, Daniel is relatively new to the world of street photography. He spoke to us to share what his journey has been like so far.

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The Phoblographer’s Favorite Cities for Street Photography

The world is full of amazing places to shoot street photography. Here are some of my favorite cities from around the globe to practice the candid artform.

Diversity is a beautiful thing. Different cultures, attitudes, and values make the world go round. It’s because of our varied approaches to life that street photography can flourish. So much compelling content can be created because of the fact there’s an abundance of things to learn about the world. I’ve had the pleasure of visiting many nations, and almost all of them have provided me with their own unique experience. Some incredibly inspiring, and some, not so much. But while there’s a conversation to be had about the uneventful cities, I want to share with you some of the best!

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Marina Koryakin Creates Stylish Street Photography and Talks Ethics

All street photography images by Marina Koryakin. Used with permission.

“I always liked to watch people, and create an imaginative world which I can escape to,” says Marina Koryakin. She adds, “in 2015 I bought my first camera, and I became drawn right away to the world of street photography.” Born in Ukraine and now residing in Israel, Marina has stamped her authority on the street photography scene. In just a short space of time she has grown in popularity, and her work is enjoyed by many. Her street photographs are beautifully balanced, and her exciting subjects bring them to life. Shooting out on the streets is her way of communicating with the world. In her words, “[my motivation comes from] the need to express myself and my artistic vision.”

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Review: Ricoh GR III (An Almost Perfect Street Photography Camera)

The Ricoh GR III is a great camera once you get used to its quirks, but it’s not perfect.

When the Ricoh GR III was announced, I was disappointed to see it was more of an upgrade rather than a brand new camera which would have truly brought it into the modern digital world. I wanted a reason to spend a lot of money for features such as a full frame sensor, weather sealing, improved autofocus, etc. But I felt the Ricoh GR III was a long wait for a few minor updates to the GR II to keep it on par with a number of other products on the market. After spending some time with the Ricoh GR III, I completely understand how a street photographer would want to use it. But if you’re anything outside of this niche then you’re limiting yourself. Arguably, you can reach for cameras with interchangeable lenses that can do more. And phones are very capable these days as street photography cameras. If you’re deeply entrenched into the fad that is modern street photography, then just hope this camera will last you a few years.

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This New Book Is a Beautiful Love Letter to New York Street Photography

All images by Phil Penman. Used with permission. 

“God I love this city,” says Phil Penman. There’s no further evidence of that than in his debut photobook, STREET. Through a series of brilliant photographs, he communicates this beautiful 20-year love story between a man and a place he now calls home. The eccentric, the beautiful, the New Yorkers, the celebs, and the architecture all have a starring role in this story. If you’re yet to visit the Big Apple, STREET is going to show you everything you need to know. Phil will also be talking about the making of this book as part of Develop Photo Week on September 4th in NYC.

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Vlad Tretiak: Nighttime Street Photography in Siberia Shot on Film

All photos by Vlad Tretiak. Used with Creative Commons permission.

We’ve put the spotlight on a fair bit of impressive film photography here, and we’re keen on adding more. If you’re a film photographer looking into keeping the craft alive, we have another series to inspire you. Since 2013, Russian photographer, illustrator, and graphic designer Vlad Tretiak has been shooting his hometown of Kemerovo and its surrounds on film, in both 35mm and 120 formats. His two-part collection is comprised of some moody nighttime scenes made extra dreamy by the nostalgic look of film. Step right up if that sounds like the look you’re going for!

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These Camera and Lens Combos Will Make Street Photography Fun

These camera and lens combinations will help take your street photography to new heights.

There are some things in life that just go together. Mac and cheese, and peanut butter and jelly come to mind, but there are also non-food items that pair equally as well. When it comes to street photography, having the perfect camera and lens combinations can make or break the experience. In this roundup, we’ll take a quick look at the best camera and lens combinations for several different platforms that will make street photography easy and fun. Continue reading…

Street Photography Globetrotter Polly Rusyn Uses Vibrant Colors

All images by Polly Rusyn. Used with permission.

“It’s a very big part of my life,” explains Polly Rusyn, as we discuss the influence travel has had on her creativity. A true globetrotter, galavanting from one destination to the next, Polly is flying the flag for street photography around the world. Her vibrant and energized work is almost a metaphor for herself; positive and full of enthusiasm. And although color is certainly the main character, her photographs have plenty of supporting roles within them that make for some awesome street photography. Because of her dedication to travel, we were worried we would not be able to connect with her. But luck was on our side and we were able to squeeze in a catch-up just before she flew off again.

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John Lewell’s “Street Photography is Cool” Is a Deep Dive into the Art

If you’re looking for some in-depth reads on street photography, this eBook should keep you occupied.

A huge chunk of learning street photography comes with practice, but it does help to get inspiration and tips from photo books and references on the topics from both established and budding street photographers. There’s already a lot of those out there, but if you’re open to checking out eBooks, among your options today is Street Photography is Cool by John Lewell.

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RANT: If You Only Complain about Street Photography Then It’s Time to Move On

There’s a certain type of person in street photography who, no matter what new work they see, never has anything good to say about it.

The street photography community can be a funny little place. Lots of street photographers divided into their own groups (otherwise known as collectives), some believing their art is more precious and important than everyone else’s, while others bring good spirit, inspiration, and support to all. Among these are the ones that spend most of their time talking down everything they see and never having anything positive to say. This makes me wonder why are they even involved with street photography.

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Kristian Leven’s Superb Street Photography in a Challenging Environment

All images by Kristian Leven. Used with permission.

“I’ve definitely returned from that trip with a different outlook,” Kristian Leven tells us as he speaks of his time in Ethiopia. A country with widespread poverty, Kristian visited with the good intention of documenting what he saw. However, unlike a normal day in London, Ethiopia brings plenty of challenges for a street photographer. “People would see you, stop what they’re doing, and crowd around you.” During a trip which made him feel privilege and guilt, whilst giving him unwanted attention, Krisitan still did what he does best; he created quality street photography.

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Sevil Alkan on her Award Winning Street Photography with a Smartphone

All images by Sevil Alkan. Used with permission.

“It’s a great feeling really,” explains Sevil Alkan as she describes the emotions of her recent success at the LensCulture Street Photography Awards. Her eye-catching project, Stray Dog, came first place in this year’s 2019 series category. Sevil’s work is born through emotion and created with the intention of challenging those who view it. Her images make for great single frames. However, they really come to life when observed as a collection – highlighting her ability to tell visual stories. Although it’s true that success can be a career changer for many, Sevil wasn’t ready to get too carried away, “I was on summer vacation when the winner was announced, so I celebrated with my friends over a couple of drinks.” Rather, she continues to focus on the task at hand, ready to build on this stepping stone and continue to create amazing street photography for us all to enjoy.

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A Total Noob Photographer’s Introduction to Street Photography

If you’re new to street photography or looking to get started, allow me to introduce you…

You’ve got your camera and you’re eager to get started. After some time considering what kind of photographer you are, and exploring your options, you find yourself curious about street photography. In reality, many photographers end up in this wacky genre because it’s so easy to access: no studio, no lighting (unless you want it) and no dependency on others. You just need a charged camera, some clean SD cards (or rolls of film), and an abundance of creative enthusiasm. Easy, right? Well, not quite…

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Erik Witsoe Uses Rollei Superpan 200 to Shoot Street Photography

It may be quite rare now but if you can grab some Rollei Superpan 200, Erik Witsoe’s punchy street photos prove it will be well worth it.

Looking for a new film to try? If you shoot more street and black and white, like punchy contrast in your snaps, and shoot a lot during bright daylight, you might want to lookout for some Rollei Superpan 200. It’s a pretty rare black and white film these days, but if you can get your hands on some, you might just have a blast with it and end up with great shots like Erik Witsoe did.

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Cheap Photo: For Just $41 You Can Master the Art of Street Photography

Learn how to master the art of photographing strangers, and take your street photography to new heights!

Approaching and photographing strangers in the street is one of the most daunting, most challenging things street photographers do. It is a skill set that, once mastered, will open up new doors, and thousands, upon thousands of new possibilities when it comes to street photography. If you want to take your images to the next level, and want to be able to approach strangers in the street with confidence and tell their stories, this photography tutorial is for you. For a very limited time, it can be yours for the bargain price of just $41! Continue reading…

The Cinematic Look: Three Tips for Candid and Street Photography with an 85mm Lens

Street photography with an 85mm lens isn’t totally unheard of; it can give us a much different look than what’s out there.

Though the purists in street photography will tell you that you need to get up close and personal to someone on the streets, there isn’t anything inherently wrong with using an 85mm lens. Of course, any wrongdoing comes with the intentions of the photographer. In this case, your intentions should be to try to get a different look at the scene and capture it as it happens with less chance of being seen. If you feel like calling it such, you can think of it as being a fly on the wall. Something many street photographers aspire to be when they shoot.

So after years of testing various 85mm lenses, here are some of our tips.

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