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Ambushing Strangers in Hollywood with a Canon 5D and Handheld Flash

Street photographer Bruce Gilden has a pretty distinct style of getting into strangers’ faces and firing off a flash held in his other hand. Eric Kim — who recently started doing street photography full-time — created this behind-the-scenes video showing himself employing Gilden’s trademark style, though instead of a Leica he uses a Canon 5D. The lens he’s using is a Canon 24mm f/2.8, and the flash is a YN-560.


 
 
  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XVY54NRH2OTWRWKZSHQVKUFGYU LeeB

    Paparazzi in training. Great. Like we need more.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XVY54NRH2OTWRWKZSHQVKUFGYU LeeB

    Paparazzi in training. Great. Like we need more.

  • chuck

    What I do is just quickly raise it to my eye, snap, check it and smile/compliment the person. 
    I use a 50mm on a DX body so it isn’t too close. 
    Do most of you guys see this as acceptable?
    I found this guy to be obnoxious and cocky, and frankly I would be upset if someone came up to me and like some sort of inhuman creature flailed out his arms and popped a flash at me. 

  • chuck

    What I do is just quickly raise it to my eye, snap, check it and smile/compliment the person. 
    I use a 50mm on a DX body so it isn’t too close. 
    Do most of you guys see this as acceptable?
    I found this guy to be obnoxious and cocky, and frankly I would be upset if someone came up to me and like some sort of inhuman creature flailed out his arms and popped a flash at me. 

  • Snot

    Imagine if every street photog behaved this way. In some cities life would be hell.

  • Snot

    Imagine if every street photog behaved this way. In some cities life would be hell.

  • roundeye

    that was the only good aspect of these photos 

  • fred

    Using a 5D but with a chinese flash… facepalm

  • Lightguru

    Personally I’d like to jam the camera up the little button pushers ass

  • Lightguru

    Personally I’d like to jam the camera up the little button pushers ass

  • Peter

    Dang, as a street photographer myself I think I just threw up a little bit in my mouth. This seems to be all about Mr. Kim being macho and not about good pictures at all.

  • Peter

    Dang, as a street photographer myself I think I just threw up a little bit in my mouth. This seems to be all about Mr. Kim being macho and not about good pictures at all.

  • David Tribby

    douchebag…

    I don’t think petapixel needs to give this guy any attention.

  • David Tribby

    douchebag…

    I don’t think petapixel needs to give this guy any attention.

  • David Tribby

    douchebag…

    I don’t think petapixel needs to give this guy any attention.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PQ54IG5P6I73FWHYGC4LVDZQYI Michael

    How much is Kim paying PP for the constant advertising….?

  • William

    Most alarming is the photographer’s complete lack of vision and taste. Technique aside, the results are quite poor.

    That this photographer conducts workshops is a joke. This person has no business teaching street photography.

  • William

    Most alarming is the photographer’s complete lack of vision and taste. Technique aside, the results are quite poor.

    That this photographer conducts workshops is a joke. This person has no business teaching street photography.

  • http://twitter.com/Myrddon Henning Nilsen

    Difference being your work is actually good.

  • http://twitter.com/Myrddon Henning Nilsen

    The satorialist is a fashion photographer. Not a street photographer.
    I’m not trying to defend Eric’s rather bad photos, but don’t compare the two.

  • http://twitter.com/Myrddon Henning Nilsen

    I think that sounds fine. I’d use a 35mm, but thats personal preference.

  • http://twitter.com/Myrddon Henning Nilsen

    I think that sounds fine. I’d use a 35mm, but thats personal preference.

  • Pryere

    This guy annoys me, he is creepy and disrespectful. This is how not to do it.

  • http://twitter.com/fotoamater_com Radovan Rasho Pavlic

    I agree with most people here, Bruce Gilden is looking for some special lookin’ people before snapping, this guy is just randomly clicking around…
    I foresee in not so distant future that Kim’s ass is gonna be kicked by someone if he doesn’t stop abusing the right to photograph people on the street…and BTW, the photos are badly composed, technique is lame, so nothing special about this guy….

  • Mendel Cortizo

    Very stupid guy! Anyone who watches Scott Schumann’s video will look at this guy and think he is yet more stupid with this kind of attitude. He is annoying, doesn’t even show the picture to the people he just photographed without asking for permission and, as it looks, thinks he is the best photographer around! One just can’t deny,anyway, that wathever may be his God, he is good. Just divine protection can prevent him being kicked ’till unconsciousness!

  • http://www.facebook.com/robbycornish Robby Cornish

    Wow…. I just feel the awkwardness (especially the last one), as if I were taking the photos. Nice photos tho.

  • Confuzzlebot

    Way better than these photos.

    I would like to defend Erick here a little bit, hopefully Ryan you can sort of agree here with me. You didn’t get your best shots by just taking photos then and there, you probably took 100s, there are about 20 photos in this video, maybe these aren’t the best ones.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1664537337 Joshua Pierson

    I actually thought there were elements of some of the photos that had promise. The young girl in the group shot, if she were cropped would make an interesting shot IMHO. Nonetheless, I’m kind of surprised this video isn’t titled, “Prelude to an Epic Beating.”

  • http://www.casagli.com Alessandro Casagli

    When he will be kicked, he’ll blog about it and Petapixel will reblog it too.

  • http://twitter.com/andyjscott Andy J. Scott

    and this asshole has a workshop?

  • Gust

     Bruce Gilden… You see how Bruce Gilden takes photos and you say that this not like you for all the reasons you say. You must see any one of the youtube video of bruce gilden and see the diferences.  

  • Ray

    I concur with the prevailing opinions here.  To me, there seems to be a lack of respect for the subjects, an anything-for-a-photo-regardless-of-the-cost attitude and a decidedly rude approach.  While I sympathize with the desire to develop a style, I find this method to be disturbing.  When presented with this type of ambush, it doesn’t help the public perception of photographers and the next time these people see a guy with a camera in hand approach them, they will likely be more leery.  It’s an unfortunate approach.

  • Newjerseyfire

    Hay your on a public street your fair game, don’t wanna chance getting photographed stay on your private property….

  • http://www.dartmouth.edu/~gavinhuang gh

    I admire the gusto Eric has to go up to people and take photographs of them unannounced. If there was anything I would take out of that video and Gilden’s, it would be having the courage to just shoot. However, I feel Eric’s method is missing something crucial in photography: the human connection. You see the people, but you don’t get to know them. His method, and Gilden’s, only captures the superficial because the photographer never gets to really know the subject. Part of approaching people for photographs is getting to know them and understand as much about them so that you can more accurately capture who they are.

  • http://www.dartmouth.edu/~gavinhuang gh

    I admire the gusto Eric has to go up to people and take photographs of them unannounced. If there was anything I would take out of that video and Gilden’s, it would be having the courage to just shoot. However, I feel Eric’s method is missing something crucial in photography: the human connection. You see the people, but you don’t get to know them. His method, and Gilden’s, only captures the superficial because the photographer never gets to really know the subject. Part of approaching people for photographs is getting to know them and understand as much about them so that you can more accurately capture who they are.

  • http://www.dartmouth.edu/~gavinhuang gh

    I admire the gusto Eric has to go up to people and take photographs of them unannounced. If there was anything I would take out of that video and Gilden’s, it would be having the courage to just shoot. However, I feel Eric’s method is missing something crucial in photography: the human connection. You see the people, but you don’t get to know them. His method, and Gilden’s, only captures the superficial because the photographer never gets to really know the subject. Part of approaching people for photographs is getting to know them and understand as much about them so that you can more accurately capture who they are.

  • kdv

    I love the ongoing thread about how douchy this guy is. 
    Please dont compare this KIM to GLIDDEN, from the pictures, styles, and attitude, it shows that he’s no where near Glidden’s level.

    Let’s put the subjects’ respect aside, beause it’s a given fact; this guy is obviously doing this for fame and attention.  Looking at his douchebag face on the opening scene made me gagged! If he’s a real baddass, try not to delete pictures when those guys caled him back – you’re trying too hard to be a cool dude there, nerd!

    Let’s not give poeple like this more attention guys, this kind of so-called “photographers” are making the rest of us look bad when we’re in public. 

  • kdv

    I love the ongoing thread about how douchy this guy is. 
    Please dont compare this KIM to GLIDDEN, from the pictures, styles, and attitude, it shows that he’s no where near Glidden’s level.

    Let’s put the subjects’ respect aside, beause it’s a given fact; this guy is obviously doing this for fame and attention.  Looking at his douchebag face on the opening scene made me gagged! If he’s a real baddass, try not to delete pictures when those guys caled him back – you’re trying too hard to be a cool dude there, nerd!

    Let’s not give poeple like this more attention guys, this kind of so-called “photographers” are making the rest of us look bad when we’re in public. 

  • kdv

    I love the ongoing thread about how douchy this guy is. 
    Please dont compare this KIM to GLIDDEN, from the pictures, styles, and attitude, it shows that he’s no where near Glidden’s level.

    Let’s put the subjects’ respect aside, beause it’s a given fact; this guy is obviously doing this for fame and attention.  Looking at his douchebag face on the opening scene made me gagged! If he’s a real baddass, try not to delete pictures when those guys caled him back – you’re trying too hard to be a cool dude there, nerd!

    Let’s not give poeple like this more attention guys, this kind of so-called “photographers” are making the rest of us look bad when we’re in public. 

  • kdv

    I love the ongoing thread about how douchy this guy is. 
    Please dont compare this KIM to GLIDDEN, from the pictures, styles, and attitude, it shows that he’s no where near Glidden’s level.

    Let’s put the subjects’ respect aside, beause it’s a given fact; this guy is obviously doing this for fame and attention.  Looking at his douchebag face on the opening scene made me gagged! If he’s a real baddass, try not to delete pictures when those guys caled him back – you’re trying too hard to be a cool dude there, nerd!

    Let’s not give poeple like this more attention guys, this kind of so-called “photographers” are making the rest of us look bad when we’re in public. 

  • http://www.skinnerphotographs.com Skinner Photographs

    He just used up 3:28 of his 15 minutes.

  • http://www.skinnerphotographs.com Skinner Photographs

    He just used up 3:28 of his 15 minutes.

  • R B Miller

    This seems to be an insult to people just out on the street. So now I have to worry about some idiot running up to me and getting in my face with a camera. He should pray no one thinks he is about to attack them and they shoot back with a gun! – johnathan

  • R B Miller

    This seems to be an insult to people just out on the street. So now I have to worry about some idiot running up to me and getting in my face with a camera. He should pray no one thinks he is about to attack them and they shoot back with a gun! – johnathan

  • reinhard lampano

    unfortunately ignorants pay for it.

  • reinhard lampano

    no sir!

  • reinhard lampano

    no sir!

  • reinhard lampano

    stark contrast to the gilden wanna-be.  thanks for sharing that!

  • http://www.bobcooleyphoto.com bob cooley

    Yeah, this is the type of douchebaggery that hurts us all as photographers and storytellers.  I too would be tempted to grab his Canon and give it a good toss.

    Someone said earlier “if you don’t want to be photographed in public, stay on private property.” I counter with, “If you don’t want your 5D thrown under a bus, don’t stick it in my face…” :)

  • http://www.bobcooleyphoto.com bob cooley

    Yeah, this is the type of douchebaggery that hurts us all as photographers and storytellers.  I too would be tempted to grab his Canon and give it a good toss.

    Someone said earlier “if you don’t want to be photographed in public, stay on private property.” I counter with, “If you don’t want your 5D thrown under a bus, don’t stick it in my face…” :)