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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Wrong Time or Bad Photos? Why These Photo Books Are Failing

Are you looking for photographic documentation of what the world has become due to COVID-19?

I’ve previously written about the importance of street photography during these unprecedented times. Having visual documentation of how communities, governments, and countries have responded to the pandemic will serve us well in our search for understanding and education. How the content is delivered is varied. It could be through websites, newspapers, and even photo books, to name just a few examples. But timing is everything. Some photographers are already trying to sell photo books covering the topic, and it begs the question: is it too soon?

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Are Women Street Photographers More Unsafe Than Men on the Street?

As a male street photographer, I’m eager to understand the experience on the street from a female perspective.

I recently reported on a Reddit thread that focused on one of the advantages women have over men when shooting candidly: photographing children. The piece sparked debate, and in some instances, outrage. Some suggested it wasn’t my place to comment on such topics, while others said, “What about all the privileges men have in street photography that women don’t?” It’s a fair question. And to my fault and shame, it’s not one I’ve taken enough time to think about until now.

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Buy Right: A Quick Look at Fujifilm Cameras for All Genres of Photography

All Fujifilm cameras are great, but make sure you get the right one for you.

There are many Fujifilm cameras on the market, and it can be hard to choose between them all. Whether you want to shoot street photography, sports, weddings, events, documentary images, or if you’re just a beginner finding your way in the world of photography, just know there are Fujifilm cameras for you. In this roundup, we will break down some of the models Fujifilm currently has on the market, and help you get a better understanding of which models are suited to different genres of photography.

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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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Redditors Call Out “Female Privilege” in Candid Photography

An interesting Reddit thread has popped up, highlighting the difference for men and women in candid photography.

We all know the stereotype — a middle-aged man with a big camera and long lens, photographing people passing by. He must be a creep, a child snatcher, a voyeur with ill intention. Most of the time, I feel confident saying those labels are unfair; most people have good ethics and only want to capture candid moments. In this thread, photographers highlighted some of the everyday issues they feel and face when out shooting in public.

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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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This Is Why People Hate Street Photographers

Street photographers get a bad rep for being creepy, and this photo doesn’t help our cause.

Street photography isn’t inherently creepy. The process of shooting candid moments, telling the story of humanity, is truly a beautiful thing. But (sadly there’s a but), there are some creepy street photographers, even if they’re not consciously trying to be so. And while I’ll defend the craft to the death, I cannot defend this photo.

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16 Funny Photography Memes to Brighten up Your Day

As photographers, we’re often guilty of taking ourselves too seriously, let’s poke some fun at ourselves through these funny photography memes.

2020 is proving to be an intense and crucial year. But we all need to step away at times, put down our shield and take a moment to smile, and dare we say, laugh. To lighten the mood and bring some humor to your day, we’ve gone through a bunch of memes and found several that are sure to make your belly hurt from laughter!

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Emre Çakmak Shocked Us with the Gear He Used to Make These Images

All images by Emre Çakmak. Used with permission.

“I think that the best camera is the one I have with me,” Emre Çakmak tells The Phoblographer. It’s a sentence often said by those who understand that being creative will always out trump having the best gear. That’s not to say the camera in your hand has no importance. But a photographer with vision will always outperform a photographer with the best camera and little creativity. On the topic of making amazing photographs, Çakmak blew us away. When we first saw his work, we said, “awesome multiple exposures.” But we were wrong; they weren’t multiple exposures at all. Here’s the truth behind these fantastic images.

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How to Overcome Self Doubt in Photography (Breathe, It’s Okay)

Self doubt in photography can cripple a photographer’s progress, but there are ways to accept, manage, and overcome it.

In a recent Reddit post, one user wrote about dealing with self-doubt in photography. The author of the post said they had had success in many fields, including music, but was struggling to match the same success in photography. They wrote, “…seeing my work getting nowhere while I had achieved success with much greater ease in other fields is demoralizing and makes me doubt my abilities…” They added, ” (I) wonder if my time is better spent elsewhere.” The post reminded me of my own self-doubt through my time in photography, and the journey I went on to overcome it.

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Here’s What I Wish Fujifilm Did With the X-Pro 3 (And Why I Won’t Buy it)

I appreciate the idea of the Fujifilm X-Pro 3, but the company bottled it.

When Fujifilm first announced the X-Pro 3, it completely split the Fuji faithful. Many rejected the design, while others embraced it. That’s because Fujifilm made a rather bold move by hiding the LCD screen. Paying further homage to the analog camera, the X-Pro 3 was meant to be a hybrid between digital and film. The company was on the right path for making the perfect camera for street photography. I just wish it did it with more conviction.

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The Closest They’ve Come to a Perfect Camera: Fujifilm X100V Review

The Fujifilm X100V is a fantastic camera in so many ways, but it’s got a few minor setbacks.

Testing the Fujifilm X100V during the COVID 19 scare has been a pleasing challenge. Of the cameras that I’ve tested this year so far, this one has to be my favorite. The Fujifilm X100V has a whole lot going for it too. Besides the same 26.1MP APS-C sensor that’s in the X-T4 and the X Pro 3, this camera has a revamped 23mm f2 lens attached. This lens takes full advantage of the sensor. Plus it has revamps to the autofocus, decent battery life (though it could be better) and weather sealing. The sealing needs to be completed with a lens filter. But either way, it means that you have a product that’s super durable now. And how could you go wrong. The Fuji X100V is a fantastic package. And though it’s a camera that a photographer can surely dream about, it still has its setbacks. But the price is just right at $1,349.

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I Used a 3.3-Inch Smartphone Camera: Here Are the Results

Shooting on a smartphone is nothing new, but what about shooting on one that’s only 3.3-inches big?

Smartphones, laptops, tablets – they suck us into a world that can be very difficult to get out of. Working in the digital space, I’m often looking for ways I can disconnect and be more present in real life. One step I took to achieve being less digitally dependent was to purchase a Palm Phone. It’s a 3.3-inch minimalist smartphone that encourages you use it less and live life more. It has a 12-megapixel front-facing camera: something I didn’t pay much attention to – until now.

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Photos of Beaten Photographer Raise Questions About Photographer Safety

A photographer was allegedly beaten by anti-protesters in London, raising the question of how photographers can keep safe during these difficult times.

London based street and documentary photographer, Christian Cross, attended London’s protests on June 13th. Several groups of far-right protesters were fighting against the removal of certain statues around the UK. Unfortunately, the peaceful protest soon escalated into violence, and many people were injured as a result. Although Cross himself managed to leave unscathed, he did see another photographer beaten and bloodied.

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Which Lens: How to Pick Between the Fujifilm 23mm F2 and the 35mm F2

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These two great Fujifilm prime lenses may seem similar, but their applications are much different.

Fujifilm shooters are spoiled for choice when it comes to great prime lenses, even more so when it comes to affordable Fujifilm primes lenses. Perhaps the question we get asked the most, though, is ‘which lens should I buy between the Fujifilm 23mm f2 and the Fujifilm 35mm f?’ These lenses may seem quite similar, but they are each suited to slightly different genres of photography. After the break, we will take a quick look at the similarities and the differences between the two lenses so that you can make a better decision about which one is right for you.

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A Conversation with Our Street Photo Contest Winner, Nina Welch-Kling

All images by Nina Welch-Kling. Used with permission.

“I often pinch myself and look around with the eyes of a child marveling at the organized chaos around me,” says Nina Welch-Kling, as she talks about her love for street photography. She recently won our street photography competition with an exceptionally good photo that stood out from the high standard of submissions. Aside from her recent success, Welch-Kling has already been making her presence felt in the street photography community. Her work is timeless, and her scenes tell a story. It was our pleasure to speak with her and learn more about her background and approach to the candid frame.

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6 Cameras in the Hands of Popular Street Photographers

Let’s look at the cameras in the hands of your favorite street photographers.

The final product – the photo – is what defines a street photographer. It’s their artistic vision and creative flair that will set them apart from the pedestrian shooter. That said, the camera they use certainly influences their quality of work, both from a technical and psychological standpoint. We want to go behind the image and take a look at what cameras are in the hands of some of the most popular shooters of street photography.

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Did This Photographer Deserve the Outrage Directed Against Him?

As the BLM movement fights for equality, some people in the photography community waste time pointing fingers in the wrong places.

Popular street photography account, Life Is Street, came under fire on the day of Black Out Tuesday. The owner of the account uses white squares as part of the aesthetic on the feed. It so happened that on Black Out Tuesday, he posted a white square, causing an angry response from many of his followers. But as people were quick to point the finger, labeling him “insensitive” and accusing him of having “no solidarity,” they overlooked one key point: the man is black.

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Report: What It’s Like to Test Cameras During the COVID 19 Crisis

I’m sharing my most candid thoughts on what it’s like to test cameras during the COVID-19 crisis if you’re curious.

By all means, I’ll be the first to tell you that what we do here at The Phoblographer is purely for people to escape the world and, in some ways, be opened up to more parts of it. I can tell that, by our readership, many of you come here every day to escape the news and to enjoy more of your own hobby. But at the same time, I think it’s vital to tell lots of stories as much as you feel it is to share your opinions. So today, I’m sharing how we’re testing cameras amidst COVID 19 and lots of the logistical issues involved here. Our aim is to give you a peek, so you understand just how tough a job this is, how long we spend, how almost everything is a team effort, and how things are changing. And most importantly, I’m writing this as a bit of a piece of personal therapy.

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