Nobody cares about your street photography. Not your friends or family, not the people who only 'like' your Instagram posts because they want you to check their work out, and certainly not the general public who have no idea who you are.
But if you do street photography, you probably do want people to care. The question is, how?
The answers lie in this post. Come read. Come learn. Come get people caring about your street photography.
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Featuring 10 colour and 5 monochrome presets, it allows you to achieve the look you want within minutes of downloading - so long as you have Lightroom, of course.
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If you're a photographer or blogger, or even a photography blogger, you probably want to use photo editing software that you know gives you the best results.
I certainly do for the images I post on here, which is why I use Lightroom. It's not free, but it does save me time and gives me peace of mind. Both of which I value highly.
Come learn more about why I use and recommend Lightroom in this piece here. If you're struggling with some other software, it might just change your whole workflow.
Anyone can compile a list of 10, 20, 50 photography quotes only. Many people have. They make for very thin blog posts.
So I've picked fewer and thought about them and what they mean to me, from a street photography angle.
Depth, not width. Stream of consciousness. It got long and winding. Come dive in.
If you're new to street photography or have been shooting in 'Auto' mode, there are probably more settings on your camera than you know what to do with.
It's useful to learn what they all do, but not all of them are essential for what you want to achieve.
So to save you time, I'll tell you which is the single most important camera setting for your street photography.
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.
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.
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.
Effort justification is making you overestimate the quality of your photography. Because you know how much work went into creating it, you hold it in higher regard than anyone else does. And then you wonder why nobody thinks it's as good as you think it is.
It's not confined to photographers, of course. Anyone who creates anything will have a skewed idea of its worth. The important thing is to understand this and try to remove it as much as possible. Doing so will help you know what to publish and what to shelve, and to understand why your work might not be getting the acclaim you think it should.
Lessening the effect of effort justification isn't as difficult as creating your thing was in the first place, but it might take more time. Come learn how here.