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How Not to Do Street Photography

If you want to do street photography, attacking people with cameras like Fabio Pires does in London probably isn’t the way you should go about doing it — unless you’re trying to give photography a bad name. Does anyone know of any good behind-the-scenes videos of good (and candid) street photography being done in a respectable way?

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  • Anonymous

    He has a similar attitude to Bruce Gilden but without the style. Even in the videos of Gilden’s work you don’t have people getting annoyed. Those he photographed were always unknowing even with a flash. This guy is invading their space, going beyond what is acceptable making it difficult for other photographer’s in the future.

    This guy is even annoying me never mind those he photographs. It’s also a lazy pointless way to get a picture. These people have no voice, he’s giving them nothing to say other than an awkward mugshot. Where is the intimacy or even the ability to communicate something remotely constructive; thereby and discovering who they are as individuals?

    He seems like a militant camera club type shooter.

    To provide a balance, here is some good street photography. - www.jonathanjk.viewbook.com

  • Anonymous

    He has a similar attitude to Bruce Gilden but without the style. Even in the videos of Gilden’s work you don’t have people getting annoyed. Those he photographed were always unknowing even with a flash. This guy is invading their space, going beyond what is acceptable making it difficult for other photographer’s in the future.

    This guy is even annoying me never mind those he photographs. It’s also a lazy pointless way to get a picture. These people have no voice, he’s giving them nothing to say other than an awkward mugshot. Where is the intimacy or even the ability to communicate something remotely constructive; thereby and discovering who they are as individuals?

    He seems like a militant camera club type shooter.

    To provide a balance, here is some good street photography. - www.jonathanjk.viewbook.com

  • Anonymous

    He has a similar attitude to Bruce Gilden but without the style. Even in the videos of Gilden’s work you don’t have people getting annoyed. Those he photographed were always unknowing even with a flash. This guy is invading their space, going beyond what is acceptable making it difficult for other photographer’s in the future.

    This guy is even annoying me never mind those he photographs. It’s also a lazy pointless way to get a picture. These people have no voice, he’s giving them nothing to say other than an awkward mugshot. Where is the intimacy or even the ability to communicate something remotely constructive; thereby and discovering who they are as individuals?

    He seems like a militant camera club type shooter.

    To provide a balance, here is some good street photography. - www.jonathanjk.viewbook.com

  • Anonymous

    He has a similar attitude to Bruce Gilden but without the style. Even in the videos of Gilden’s work you don’t have people getting annoyed. Those he photographed were always unknowing even with a flash. This guy is invading their space, going beyond what is acceptable making it difficult for other photographer’s in the future.

    This guy is even annoying me never mind those he photographs. It’s also a lazy pointless way to get a picture. These people have no voice, he’s giving them nothing to say other than an awkward mugshot. Where is the intimacy or even the ability to communicate something remotely constructive; thereby and discovering who they are as individuals?

    He seems like a militant camera club type shooter.

    To provide a balance, here is some good street photography. - www.jonathanjk.viewbook.com

  • MeBPlanner

    @creativeLIVE recently had the LightenUp and Shoot guys @lightenupshoot on for a weekend workshop teaching people how to better approach people on the street. It was very helpful!

  • MeBPlanner

    @creativeLIVE recently had the LightenUp and Shoot guys @lightenupshoot on for a weekend workshop teaching people how to better approach people on the street. It was very helpful!

  • MeBPlanner

    @creativeLIVE recently had the LightenUp and Shoot guys @lightenupshoot on for a weekend workshop teaching people how to better approach people on the street. It was very helpful!

  • MeBPlanner

    @creativeLIVE recently had the LightenUp and Shoot guys @lightenupshoot on for a weekend workshop teaching people how to better approach people on the street. It was very helpful!

  • http://twitter.com/Luca_Ragogna Luca Ragogna

    Right, he does what Bruce Gilden does, but not really. Bruce Gilden gets great shots. This guy’s just doing the part that makes Bruce Gilden a prick too.

  • http://twitter.com/Luca_Ragogna Luca Ragogna

    Right, he does what Bruce Gilden does, but not really. Bruce Gilden gets great shots. This guy’s just doing the part that makes Bruce Gilden a prick too.

  • http://twitter.com/Luca_Ragogna Luca Ragogna

    Right, he does what Bruce Gilden does, but not really. Bruce Gilden gets great shots. This guy’s just doing the part that makes Bruce Gilden a prick too.

  • http://twitter.com/Luca_Ragogna Luca Ragogna

    Right, he does what Bruce Gilden does, but not really. Bruce Gilden gets great shots. This guy’s just doing the part that makes Bruce Gilden a prick too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=728552143 Camil Tang

    Yes, you all acclaimed this guy (link under), who’s not really better about respect then him.

    http://www.petapixel.com/2011/08/04/ambushing-people-on-sidewalks-with-a-canon-5d-and-handheld-flash/ 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=728552143 Camil Tang

    Yes, you all acclaimed this guy (link under), who’s not really better about respect then him.

    http://www.petapixel.com/2011/08/04/ambushing-people-on-sidewalks-with-a-canon-5d-and-handheld-flash/ 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=728552143 Camil Tang

    Yes, you all acclaimed this guy (link under), who’s not really better about respect then him.

    http://www.petapixel.com/2011/08/04/ambushing-people-on-sidewalks-with-a-canon-5d-and-handheld-flash/ 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=728552143 Camil Tang

    Yes, you all acclaimed this guy (link under), who’s not really better about respect then him.

    http://www.petapixel.com/2011/08/04/ambushing-people-on-sidewalks-with-a-canon-5d-and-handheld-flash/ 

  • Takeshi

    I dont understand why he has to make those “ninja moves”. Can’t he just use a Prime from a distance? I think he goes beyond the privacy area of the subject.

  • Takeshi

    I dont understand why he has to make those “ninja moves”. Can’t he just use a Prime from a distance? I think he goes beyond the privacy area of the subject.

  • Takeshi

    I dont understand why he has to make those “ninja moves”. Can’t he just use a Prime from a distance? I think he goes beyond the privacy area of the subject.

  • Takeshi

    I dont understand why he has to make those “ninja moves”. Can’t he just use a Prime from a distance? I think he goes beyond the privacy area of the subject.

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

     Gilden does it with the best intentions though, this guy actually does it to annoy people and get a reaction.

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

     Gilden does it with the best intentions though, this guy actually does it to annoy people and get a reaction.

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

     Street portraiture, not street photography.
    And he does it to show the person’s clothes, a street photographer does it to show the human condition.

  • http://twitter.com/Luca_Ragogna Luca Ragogna

    There’s 2 videos of Jay Maisel doing street photography on Kelby training. Both are amazing. That guy is a real street shooter, not this ponce

  • Dick Clinton

    Hey hey don’t get the camera involved, he’s a dick and it is not the camera’s fault. The D90 is an excellent backup camera for me.

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

     I recommend “Documenting the human condition” by Chris Weeks.
    While it feels like a blatant advertisement for Leica at times the approach they have is a much more calm and patient one than any featured here on petapixel before.

  • http://twitter.com/wilfernandez Wil Fernandez

    This is a guy with a camera. Probably has that D90 on auto.

  • Dan

    This guy shows no creativity at all. Anyone can just go into auto and fire off this shit. This is the photographic equivalent of happy slapping.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=642227422 Bhautik Joshi

    @Gavin, Jeremy: fair enough. Just out of curiosity: do you also need to get a model release for people portraits in the UK too?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tatyana-Skymyrka/723478596 Tatyana Skymyrka

    Agreed with both of you.
    wanted to paste the same link to PP post.
    If anyone gives street photography a bad name it’s that guy
    http://www.petapixel.com/2011/08/04/ambushing-people-on-sidewalks-with-a-canon-5d-and-handheld-flash

  • sard

    He really needs to try this on guys a lot bigger than he is..

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    Will check that out, thanks henning

  • Patrick David

    This and a few other threads recently have been interesting in their respect to the approach taken by street photogs in general.

    I love the sartorialist, but I enjoy his photos for the fashion that he is seeking out.  His focus is on the uniqueness of the style of dress in the people he photographs, but not necessarily the person themselves.  This is very different in my eye to what street photographers often produce. (I wouldn’t even consider the sartorialist “street photography” other than the images are often shot out on the street…  More like “found fashion” photography).

    I for one love street photography for what it is capturing.  Un-staged (optimally) snapshots of people living life.  Awareness of the camera is all too apparent in most cases when asking permission beforehand.  In fact, even without asking permission, if the person is aware of the camera for more than a fraction of a moment, it is too long.

    The most fascinating images are those whose spontaneity shine through. Even if the subjects notice the camera, you still have a split second to capture that moment, and if done well really results in the “decisive moment”.  Some incredibly iconic images have been captured in the history of photography in a similar fashion (not necessarily _exactly_ the same way).

    I don’t advocate being overly in-your-face, but accept it as one method of capturing candid street photographs.

    And in the US, if you are in public, you are fair game for the most part. (I am assuming images done for artful purposes). If you are utilizing these images in good faith as an artistic endeavor, I’d imagine you’d have a hard time being convicted of anything other than brutish behavior.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christopher-Barends/739334390 Christopher Barends

    Thomas Leuthard from 85mm Street Photography. http://www.85mm.ch/

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Marsh/674033156 Jim Marsh

    There is nothing here that could not be cured by a baseball bat.

  • Anonymous

     Nothing creative about his “technique”, just irresponsible and rude.

  • http://twitter.com/salzmanufaktur Salz

    Yo mean Kai, the narrator of DigitalRev.com? Yeah, that’s a good example.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFJ96onYmu0

  • Ed

    Yeah, if he did that to me I would punch him in the face. May seem extreme for a reaction but that’s what he’d get.

    I shoot at the farmers market, LA, beaches, neighborhoods most photographers wouldn’t go. You don’t have get so close you could hit someone in the face. If you want a reaction be more observant. Some of what I get are posed, most are not.

    I see interesting people I talk with them and tell them to go about thier business but I may shadow them for a couple of minutes, I give them a business card, shoot a few frames and move on. Some will say no no but then it too late by then.

  • Anonymous

    Agreed there are no expectation of privacy on the streets of the UK. Especially when there are so many CCTV cameras. Any restrictions placed on individual photographers would affect those who watch you everyday.

  • http://twitter.com/VernagliaJr Armando Vernaglia Jr

    Leave the guy doing his work, he was inspired by Bruce Gilden and IMHO there’s nothing wrong in the way he photographs. Just like Gilden, some people will laugh, and some will puch him.

  • Anonymous

    Not for editorial you don’t.

  • Graysmith

    I saw a video a few years back about Joel Meyerowitz, and I always liked what he had to say about how he does street photography. I can’t find that exact video, but here are a two others about him and his street photography:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRTf_-ezAes
    http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/photobooth/2011/01/video-joel-meyerowitz.html

  • Graysmith

    I saw a video a few years back about Joel Meyerowitz, and I always liked what he had to say about how he does street photography. I can’t find that exact video, but here are a two others about him and his street photography:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRTf_-ezAes
    http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/photobooth/2011/01/video-joel-meyerowitz.html

  • Scott Erickson

    Richard Koci Hernandez does some amazing stuff…both with film, dslr, and his iphone.

    Good documentary on lynda.com 

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wjyiCzqMwA

    and a cool piece done by blurb

    http://www.blurb.com/node/66

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

    He means Eric Kim.
    Kai is a far superior street photographer. Wish he did more street on his free time.

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

    He means Eric Kim.
    Kai is a far superior street photographer. Wish he did more street on his free time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hanseljr Hansel Junior

    I comment on his youtube video and he has to approve it haha!! he 8 likes and 60 dislikes!! i bet friends like his video… and he only accepted one nice comment, I bet the rest are negative comments =p

  • http://www.facebook.com/hanseljr Hansel Junior

    I comment on his youtube video and he has to approve it haha!! he 8 likes and 60 dislikes!! i bet friends like his video… and he only accepted one nice comment, I bet the rest are negative comments =p

  • Photographer

    Incredibly sad, embarrassing and uncool. Street photography at its worst.  I could say a lot worse things about this, but don’t want to waste another moment on this jerk.

  • Photographer

    Incredibly sad, embarrassing and uncool. Street photography at its worst.  I could say a lot worse things about this, but don’t want to waste another moment on this jerk.