To watermark or not to watermark. That is the question... that seems to never go away in the world of online photo sharing.
I have a simple rule that I came up with while writing this post. If not watermarking your photography is losing you money, then watermark it. If that's not the case, then don't.
Most street photographers will fall into the second group, but there's a further reason why I don't think you should be watermarking your decisive moments. It's because you need to be better than that. Want to know what that means exactly? Come read and I'll tell you.
Got any old cameras and lenses you never use but don't know what to do with? Having them take up space in your home in some sort of forced retirement seems a waste, doesn't it?
So what should you do with them? What can you do with them?
I believe the best thing to do, for your gear and for the photography community as a whole, is to get them into the hands of people who will use them. You could even help out a charity while doing so. There are plenty of options. Want to know what they are? Then come on in and read.
Another new old camera, bought for £1.99 in an English charity shop, and a roll of the only film they had in Tesco. Taken to Shanghai and tested out in the winter sun.
The images I got are presented in this article. There aren't that many of them but what is here is worth seeing. I wouldn't have shared them otherwise.
So come take a look and see how a camera that cost less than the roll of Kodak ColorPlus inside it fared on its first outing (I presume) in China.
I've got three old photographs doing nothing on my hard drive. I don't want to just delete them but I have no story to tell about them. So, what to do? What is the point of sharing them?
The truth is, there's always a point in sharing your work. If you don't blog yourself, some of them may seem a little calculated. A little cynical even. But there is always a point. Always.
And now you're intrigued as to what the point of sharing these photographs is? Yes? Then come on in and find out.
The remainder of the shots from Chongqing's Airport Square, shot on Kodak ColorPlus in the Canon Sure Shot AF-7.
It was my first time trying film street photography so I wasn't sure what to expect. Especially as I didn't know if the camera was working properly or not. Once I'd got the images developed I was pleased with how they'd turned out, although I may be a little biased.
If you want to judge for yourself, come on in and do so. Thanks.
We need to be honest here. Chongqing's Airport Square is in no way a place you should ever visit. Chongqing the city certainly is. But spend your time seeing the good stuff in the city centre.
That said, Airport Square was good to me. It provided a nice little location to test out my new old camera - the Canon Sure Shot AF-7. The question is, how did the shots turn out?
The answer is in this post. So maybe you should come on in and find out. Please. Thanks.
Despite shooting with vintage lenses 99% of the time, I'd never really thought about trying my hand at film photography. That changed when I picked up these two cameras and a couple of rolls of Kodak ColorPlus.
So how did that happen? What made me want to give it a go? And how did the pictures turn out?
Come find out in this post. Come on. Humour me.
A day out at Shanghai Disneyland, with all the expected crowds and activity, seemed like a good opportunity to shoot some street photography. So I packed my camera and went to my first, and at the time of writing only, Disney park.
Having read some negative press about the whole park experience beforehand, I was unsure how exactly the day would go. What I felt more sure about was my chances of coming back with some images worth sharing here.
As you're reading this, that's what happened. So come on in. Check them out. And let me know what you think of them, and how your own theme park street photography went if you've ever tried any yourself!
If you want to get a better idea of how good your street photography really is, you're going to have to ask someone. And the more people you ask, the better idea you're going to have.
The easiest way to let people judge your street photography is to put it online. Instagram, Flickr, 500px, your own blog. Anywhere that allows you to get honest feedback on it.
What you think is good might not be well received. What you think is below average might be loved by your audience. You never know unless you let people form their own opinion of it. And the best thing about this? You're going to learn just as much from the reaction to your work as you do from creating it.
Questions: do you know what your street photography style is, and do you think it's important to even have a clearly defined one?
I believe it is, and I'll tell you why in this article. I'll also give you the chance to leave your own thoughts on what your style is and why, why you don't have one (if you don't), and why you think it is or isn't important to have one.
Come take a look, read my own ideas on this, and be ready to tell everyone yours in the comments section at the bottom. I'm looking forward to hearing them! :)
Create or Hate, the 4th book by Australian entrepreneur Dan Norris, has been written with one goal in mind - to get you to create something today.
The titular Hate (with a capital H) isn't the kind that's directed at other people. It's an internal self-hate that creeps up if we let it and stops us from creating the things we say we want to create. The key is recognising and suppressing it.
Motivational media has perhaps never been as popular as it is now, so what did I take from this book? Come find out in this review.
Once in a while, one of the many feel-good motivational quotes you see online really resonates with you. This one did with me: "instead of attacking what you hate, start promoting what you love. Be that change you want to see".
It relates to how I feel about other people's street photography, or anything else they create, and about how I'm changing how I shoot for now too. No more monochrome. More colour, and more layers.
I'm being the change I want to see in that respect, and this post documents my first attempts at shooting this way. The photographs may not be amazing but the learning process is. Come take a look.
How's your street photography? Good? Great? Average? Not sure which? I'll stick my neck out and say it's probably the last one. Average. Most people's is. That represents an opportunity, though.
You want to have your street photography noticed? Then you don't necessarily need to be great. Not yet. Just get yourself above average.
You want to know how? I'll give you four ways. None of them are groundbreaking, or even difficult to put into practice. You just need to come and make the effort.
One thing I struggle with is finding completely free days where I can head out with my camera. Work and life get in the way, I tell myself.
However, this perceived lack of time isn't as severe as the voices in my head would have me believe. I don't actually need whole days. Far from it. And there are plenty of ways I could manage my time better that would give me, say, an hour a day for street photography.
An hour is better than nothing, of course, but is it actually enough? Well, spoiler alert: check the title. And then come read the article.
Street photography clichés, such as people walking past pictures and signs or people using their mobile phones, make up a huge percentage of the street photography posted online.
It's an important step in the development of a street photographer, but there often comes a time when you'll want to shoot something more original. Perhaps more importantly, there also comes a time when your fans will want to see something more original.
The question is, when the time does come, how can we get over clichéd street photography? Come find out in this post.