Here’s an 11-minute video from photographer Sean Tucker that looks at how you can identify “good light” in street photography.
As part of a series of videos, Tucker shows how he exposes and composes an image based on the light that is afforded to him. Living in London, UK, Tucker explains that there is plenty of steel and glass in the streets around him. This casts light in various forms and shapes around throughout the day, offering a variety of different textures and patterns.
Tucker explains his thought process when looking at a particular scene, showing exactly what he’s looking for before pressing the shutter.
Interestingly, Tucker uses a smartphone app to process his images rather than a more “traditional” workflow that involves a desktop computer. Ultimately, the image comes out as a contrasty black and white scene.
“If there isn’t really much to do with the color that adds [to the image], then I’ll go black and white,” says Tucker.