Stop Sulking About Terrible Street Photography! Here’s Why It’s Okay

I have previously written about the possibilities of photography being addictive. It’s certainly plausible that street photography is addictive—the hunt, the catch, the shot, the endorphins! It’s the reason so many street photographers go out in search of the rush that comes with “getting the shot.” The reality is, however, you’re not going to get a great shot all the time. And I know many street photographers get disheartened with that. You shouldn’t, and here’s why.

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7 Street Photographers You’re Going to Fall in Love with

Street photography remains popular strong in 2021. As the world continues to open up, the streets are filling up with people. It’s a perfect time again for street photographers to get out and shoot. However, if you need a little push or you’re looking to get started in the game of the candid frame, we’ve got some inspiration for you. Below is a round-up of some of the best street photographers we have featured over the years. Without a doubt, you’re going to fall in love with them and the weirdly wonderful craft that is street photography.

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Ashraful Arefin on Why Photoshop Still Holds Value in Photography

Ashraful Arefin is a still life and street photographer based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He creates beautiful, vibrant images that highlight his background in design. He’s unashamedly proud of his relationship with Photoshop and shares how he uses it to bring his photographs to life. In an hour-long conversation, I spoke to Arefin about his work, his life in Bangladesh, and everything else in between.

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These Tools Make Street Photography Easy, If You’re Brave

Street photographers have shot with normal and telephoto lenses, but wider is just easier.

Physics is a bigger factor in street photography than most consider. And wide-angle lenses are some of the best solutions. It’s one of the reasons why street photographers always use them. (Well, there are several reasons that involve ethics too!) But if you’re serious about street photography, wide angles are the way to go. They’ll give you a different look at life. And your photos will just reflect that.

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It’s Wonderful! Fujifilm 18mm F1.4 R LM WR Lens Review

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It’s easy to see why photographers keep making the switch to Fujifilm. The X-System brings nostalgic joy back to photography. Their film simulations let photographers be photographers again, and their lens roadmap keeps expanding. The new Fujifilm 18mm f1.4 LM WR lens provides the classic 28mm equivalent focal length paired with a fast aperture. It’s an ideal focal length and is speedy enough to take anywhere, making the system even more enticing.

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Donato Di Camillo Likes to Focus on Stories most Photographers won’t.

Inside The Photographer’s Mind is back, and this week we speak to Brooklyn-based photographer Donato Di Camillo. He’s made a name for himself in the street photography community, and he’s best known for focusing his lens on stories most other photographers won’t. He’s a colorful character and has no issue with expressing his opinion on various topics within the photo industry. It’s a great hour of photography conversation, and he’s what to expect.

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5 Proven Tips for Regaining Confidence in Photography

Photographic confidence comes in ebbs and flows for many photographers. Not to be confused with a creative rut, photographic confidence relates more to not believing in yourself, even if you shoot consistently. It’s a horrible spot to be in and leads to many photographers giving up. But I don’t want that to happen to you. So, in this article, I’m sharing some tips on regaining and maintaining your photographic confidence.

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6 Photographers Get Creative with Reflections for Mind-Blowing Results!

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Can we reflect for a moment? Don’t worry; it won’t be on our childhood issues. You will be pleased to know we’re going to reflect on reflections. Too deep? Allow me to explain. Over the years, we have sent many images to digital print that focus on reflections. It’s a fun way to be creative. And when well-executed, reflections are a sure-fire way to create images that will glue to the people’s eyes. Take a look.

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A Houston Photographer is Being Accused of Sexual Misconduct

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In this week’s episode of Inside The Photographers Mind, we tackle some of the more pressing stories happening in the industry this week. Hosted by our Arts & Culture Editor, Dan Ginn, the episode looks at serious allegations made against a Houston-based photographer. We’ll also look at the topic of street photography ethics and a photo shared on Instagram that polarized the photography community.

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Open Your Eyes: Why Candid Photography Is Under Threat

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Often, we fail to see an issue until it happens. Though the reality is, the signs were evident that a problem was approaching. The law protects candid photography and our right to document in public spaces. It allows us to make images, even if some around us prefer we don’t. But events in recent years could be a sign that the future of candid photography isn’t secure. And if we don’t treat this as a critical situation, the right to do what we love and need may disappear.

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6 Tips to Make Your Subject Relax Quickly for Street Portraits

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Creating street portraits is thrilling. The journey of identifying a potential subject, approaching them, and making their portrait boosts your confidence and theirs. The practical process comes with challenges, especially when posing your subject. But there are ways to get your subject to feel comfortable in an extremely short amount of time. And in this article, I’ll share some tips to help you do that.

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I Hope That the Term “Natural Light Photographer” Dies Fast

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There is a term that has annoyed me for many years now. That term is Natural Light Photographer. It’s been obscured by the idea of an available light photographer. But the natural light photographer is the most pretentious smoke and mirrors talk I’ve ever heard. Lighting is easier to use these days than it has ever been. A lot of high-powered flashes have constant lights built into them. You can use either one for your needs. But the Natural Light Photographer is one who often captures instead of creates. These days, anyone can capture: not many can create in-camera with little effort. 

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How to Shoot Street Photography in the Blistering Heat

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Shooting street photography in the blistering heat comes with many challenges. It’s especially tough if you’re not used to working in such harsh climates. If you’re European, I’m not talking about a warm day in the western part of the continent either. Compared to India, Mexico, and certain parts of Asia, summer in Europe feels like a breezy walk in the park. But in painfully hot climates, it can be difficult to get out and shoot, and there are lessons I’ve learned from doing it over the years. Allow me to share with you.

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This Fine Art Street Photography Is So Incredible, It’s Shocking!

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Street photography is raw and edgy, right? Well, not always. Even though the streets are full of the hustle and bustle of life, art exists on them. Fine art photography isn’t only born out of contemporary photography studios. It can come to life on the streets we walk on. And while turning the fast-paced streets into a form of artistic imagery is no easy task, some photographers do it incredibly well. So, here’s a round-up of the best photographers creating fine art street photography. Enjoy!

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7 of the Best Photography Stories from Our Arts & Culture Editor

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I’ve had the privilege of working with many talented photographers in my time at The Phoblographer. I’ve also shared my thoughts and knowledge throughout the years. So, one day when Editor in Chief Chris Gampat woke up from one of his Nutella-induced naps and asked me, “what are your favorite photography stories from the site?” it got me thinking. And after some thought, I arrived at a selection of pieces I’m incredibly proud to have done. Let’s take a look.

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Question: Is There Such a Thing as a Professional Street Photographer?

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I see many photographers claim to be professional street photographers. I’m always slightly skeptical: I mean, do people really get paid to roam the streets and make photos? I’ve earned a good living writing about street photography, and also practicing it in the process. But does that make me a professional street photographer, or is the job title somewhat a lie? In this article, we will answer the question, and I’ll also include some input from a street photographer who’s better positioned to answer it than most.

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6 Amazing Street Photographers We Featured in 2021

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Street photography has been a mainstay here on The Phoblographer. Over the past 11 years, we have featured the work of countless photographers creating the candid frame. It’s been a great ride, and we’ve also done our annual round-up of our favorite street photographers throughout a calendar year. But even though it’s only the halfway point of 2021, we want to share some of the best photographers shooting the candid frame that we’ve published so far.

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5 Reasons It’s Better to Shoot Street Photography in Small Towns

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Many believe you can only succeed in street photography if you live in a big city. The heavy footfall, the insane architecture, and the level of diversity make shooting candidly in large cities attractive. But, in my opinion, to suggest there’s an advantage that those in smaller towns don’t have is wrong. There are many benefits to creating street photographs in small towns, and in this piece I’m going to share them with you.

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Paul Kessel Found his Love for Street Photography After Turning 70

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“A photograph does not succeed by content alone”, says Paul Kessel, a retired psychologist and professor from New York. “Photography is about vision, persistence, perception, memory, lots of practice, patience, and so many other elements beyond technique”. As someone who made his foray into photography a lot later than most people do, Paul’s street work has garnered various accolades in the USA and globally. His persistence to head out often to capture his next best street photograph won him 1st place at the 2020 Miami Street Photography Festival, among other global accolades.

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6 Photographers Show the World Their Superb Creative Photography

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We love all types of photography here at The Phoblographer. However, we must admit that some of what we see is a bit boring. That’s not to say it’s bad photography, but many photographers do the same thing without pushing their creative boundaries. The good news is, we’re not going to subject you to any of that. We’re going to share a round-up of photographers who think outside the box – a collection of works that shows their artistic flair and creative photography.

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Two Legends Share the Best Time and Era to Shoot Candid Photography

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There’s a wonderful thing about candid photography that’s unique to those who have shot it for some time. Experienced photographers have had the opportunity to see society evolve and document it along the way. If you look back at how life was in the 70s, it is much different from life today. I’m still relatively new to shooting candidly, so I don’t have the authority to speak on how society has evolved. Thankfully, I know a couple of people that do. Let’s go!

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