Street Photography Part 1c

Street Photography Part 1c


I’ve got the wide angle lens on this body as i’m walking down the street. because i’m far more likely to see
something interesting and be able to grab it with the wide lens, than to faff around and zoom in with a a long lens. but here’s something which is usually
pretty interesting isn’t it we all kind of go for shots of colorful fruit and veg and stuff on the market. i quite like this stuff, i just need to ask the man if it’s okay. hi mate, do you mind if i take a few shots of your fruits and veg, is that alright? yeah. who’s the boss? are you the boss? yes, hello my dear, do you mind if we take a few shots of your fruits and veg and stuff, what is that for then? we run, and shoot little films teaching people to use there cameras and that sort of thing. everybody want’s to take nice pictures down the market. okay, well as long as when i get a few customers, don’t block them out, nah, nah i won’t get in your way of customers at all. that’s very kind of you. she’s a nice lady. well the first thing i like is, well isn’t it weird the first thing about market shops fruit and veg traders all have signs like that, i don’t know why, it doesn’t matter who you are or in which country anywhere in the world in any city or any town they always look like that, i don’t know why. i don’t know, it must be some kind of deep psychological thing. Look at that. we have the pink grapefruit cut in half. now i expect when it was first cut i half it looked lovely, i expect it was all, bright and vibrant and gorgeous, it’s not quite so good now but none the less i still think there’s a shot to be had here, with the grapefruit sign above it. wide lens again, i’m going for the, wide lens, i don’t know why, i don’t know i just am. because i wan’t to try and get close to the grapefruit, yeah that’s going to work i want to get very close to the fruit, i want the feeling that you’re almost in the box with the fruit. i like this halved grapefruit, because it i dunno kind of breaks up the grapefruit. i like the market trader sign. and i like the building in the background, and of the canopy, because this bit of canopy really really says market. also right now, we’ve got clouds in the sky if the sun was out and it was a bright sky, that would just burn into white, but at the moment i think they’ll be some detail in the sky too. so bright sunshine isn’t always the best let’s just get in close here, ow there’s even a strip of street light going on over there. so let’s get in close, and focus on the cut fruit, here we go. adjust and just squeeze that. i want to get a different angle on it. i’m going to zoom my lens only a bit. it’s not working, that’s better. so i’m focusing on the cut fruit. I’ve zoomed it in only very slightly, from ten to about thirteen millimeters. focus on the cut fruit, and and i’m tilting the camera slightly, and I’ve got the pink grapefruit three for one pound going on in the background. i quite like that. i think that’s okay, that’s cool. now then sorry i’m very tempted to say melons, aha can’t help myself i’m such a kid. but let’s have a look at your melons dear. now then. what does this look like at the moment I’ve got, ordinary people in my shot, have a look. there’s janey with the camera, now let’s see, janey can you go that way a bit. i’m going to have a look along the stall. That’s quite cool, melons one pound. people walking up the street. here we go, there’s a little bit of street photography going on. now look at that, now as i took that last shot, and i had to do it very quickly i focused on the melons I’ve just got a bit of the sign there, but not as much as i wanted the reason i did it quickly was i liked the two guys walking up the street. i wanted to put them i the opposite corner of the picture to the fruit. this is were you’ve gotta kind of have eyes everywhere, and you’ve gotta move quickly. this is why aperture priority semi-auto mode works so so well and you don’t want to have to be thinking about is my shutter speed going to be fast enough so use a faster ISO in the first place. so kind of worked. i really really like these kind of clementine oranges. and we’ve got a guy being served, that’s really cool. so i’m talking quietly because i don’t want the to over hear me. uh… look at that, look at that. large clementines. cool. really really nice isn’t it aw nice. ca i take a picture of your carrots my dear? you may take a picture of the carrots. thank you right, i like that, i do like that. sorry i’m going to use the wide angled lens. look at that. i love that. oh look. how much more market-y could this get? than that. i’m going to have another go, ow i knocked her stall there. look at that, let’s get real close. i want them i’m gonna get real close to
the carrots. ah, if i can just focus. it’s difficult to focus there we go we’ve got a focus. choice carrots. look at that. how market-y is that for a still life? it’s cool isn’t it? and it’s so easy, and how nice people are. it’s not like these are people who have met me loads of times. but if you come back each week to the market and talk to the traders, and get people used to seeing you, their going to be really really cool about letting you take some pictures. do you mind if i just go round the other side? no that’s fine you’re very kind, thank you. the labels will be the wrong way. but i’m being sneaky actually because i just like looking across them from this angle like that. because it’s a real market-y sort of a shot i like the colours too. let’s just tilt this that way, look at that. they’re nice. yeah, i quite like that you see, that’s quite a nice wide angle very much on the market shot. the preserves a really really strong in
the foreground leading it up to the guy in the corner. So let’s just analysis this composition, because i need to make sure i tell you things not just let you watch me do things. I set the shot up ten mill lens, very very wide i’m still working at, no i’m not i’m working at a four point five, i must have knocked it by accident, i was hoping i’d get a great depth of field. but with that lens it shouldn’t be an issue. very in close so the so that the left hand corner of the picture has got jams and preserves very very strong but i compose it by moving the camera very slowly so that the guy who runs the stall is in the right hand corner. so we’ve got a bit of a dynamic going on these jams and preserves going to the man in the corner. there’s quite a diagonal dynamic going on there. i’m still shooting aperture priority i’m letting the camera deal with the
exposure i’m keeping my iso high. Then hopefully, seeing what’s been going on here is giving you an insight into how easy it can be to do a bit of street photography. the big thing is you have to own, there’s a kind of thing in your head it’s a mental space you have to be happy to just talk to people, ask them things be up front be straight about it, if you start being sneaky and kind of going, like that and think oh my god there watching, then they’re going to think what’s that bloke up to. so there we go, we’re gonna come back again and we’re going to look at photographing with the traders rather more than photographing their products. Get out there with your camera, have a play with this, go and take some still life’s on some markets and post them to our Facebook page, we’d love to see them.

80 thoughts on “Street Photography Part 1c”

  1. 7:28 that's exactly how i am if i'm around crowds, i think i might have work on my people skills before i attempt anything like this.
    Melons 😀

  2. Good tips about market photography,
    Honestly I have been kind of afraid to address the traders, thinking they might take it being abusive.
    And what is your Facebook page?

  3. Thanks. Find our FB page by searching Digital Photography Videos Training and Tips. Or go to our Photoexposed channel home page and click the FB link in the banner. – Mike

  4. Must be amazing to work with you. Such dedication, passion, childish innocence. Street photography is simply gorgeous.

  5. I haven't the guts to photograph people in the street. People are too aggressive these days – brave thing to do! Maybe it's best to stand a distance away with a zoom lens 🙂

  6. The best way to become comfortable with street photography is to use the nesting technique.

    Find a street/street corner with decent pedestrian traffic and then lean against something like a wall and relax, soak in the area. While you're there, just point your camera towards inanimate objects and wait for people to pass through your view, then click.

    You were there first, this is your nest, it's their fault for walking in your shot. Do this everyday until you become comfortable.

  7. Great videos 🙂 love the colours … I myself as a street photographer we sometimes forget that's theres more to street photography than bw

  8. I really appreciate your tips! I'm a street photography lover And just discover your work, it's very good!

    Added to flickr contacts

    Fer Montero!

  9. Thank you. I want to start making more 'street' videos and look at using different cameras because DSLRs are a bit big and bulky for this kind of work.

  10. Excellent videos! As always from Mike! Makes me wanna go out and do some street photography! Thanks!! 😀

  11. Have you tried street photography with the Fuji camera; X-Pro1 and X10? I love street photography and are planing to buy one of these beauties! 🙂

  12. hello mike, Great Video. with Wide angel lens, your camera is on Manual mode or on which mode. For quick photography which mode is the best in the dslr. thanks in advance. 🙂

  13. Thank you. There isn't really a best mode. It's better to try them all and see which you like working with best. I generally prefer Aperture Priority and that's what i was using here.

  14. I just got my first DSLR a week ago and love watching your video's. Not only do you explain things so well but you get out there and show us which has helped me so much in learning and building myself 🙂

  15. Been through numerous DSLR videos on YouTube. But, here's me learning a tip or two in every video of yours. Thanks Mike!

  16. i just started to do street photography n ur this video is really inspiarin…its tottaaaly awesome….thnk u sir

  17. Thanks! Great lessons and lot of teaching.
    I just wonder Mike what about the metering mode to use: is it multi, spot or center weighted ?

  18. Thank you. I use multi matrix mode almost all the time and adjust exposure as and when I need to make an image lighter or darker.

  19. .."So easy to do a close-up market photography".. yeah, right.. this wide angle lense alone costs an arm an a leg… and a FF body.. quite expensive fruits 🙂

  20. I find it more comfortable and easier to hold steady – I know other photogs who prefer it the other way so it's only personal choice.

  21. Hey Mike, first I want to tell you that I really like your videos, they are very helpful. I love how passionate you tell what you're doing, and why!

    But one thing that came into my mind, is a legal problem that you maybe should mention in these Street Photography videos. In Germany for example we have a law, that forbids it to publish images of private persons, without their explicit permission.
    You really can get into trouble.Maybe just mention that everyone should check that in his country!;)

  22. Thank you. I've answered this one a few times now – should have said in the video. It depends on the law in the country where you live. In the UK it's OK to photograph people in public places. But if you sell them for advertising or stock purposes you must have their permission.

  23. hey sorry if you have heard this question but what lens do you use or what would you recommend for a nikon d7000. thanks so much i love your way of teaching

  24. Hi Mike. I always follow your great video's and this Saturday 27-06-15 I will be actually taking photos of a Farmers Street Market Stall selling fruit and veg. I am hoping that the weather will  be like today 25-06-15, warm and bright. The time that I will be taking the photos will be about 08.45 am. My kit will be Canon 600D with a Canon 10-18mm lens. I thought about Aperture Priority, F5.6 & ISO either 400 or 100, I would love a reply from you on my choice of settings etc especially as its a setup like your video above. I may also take my Canon 18-135mm lens (that takes quite sharp photos)
    (The photos are for the Stall Holder)
    regards
    Ken  (DigitalKen)

  25. Hi Mike. Re my below comments from the other day. Well his morning Saturday 27-06-15. I went to a near by town and took (97) photos of the stall holders fruit and veg, it was a great shoot, weather extremely sunny and hot. I arrived even before the farmer and his team had fully erected and stocked up the stall. I took in to account your comments and I used my Canon 600D camera and my Canon 10-18mm lens for most of my shots, I then followed up using another lens, my Canon 18-135mm. As you know I was doing this shoot for the farmer. I have already sent the photos to the farmer and he and his wife are over the moon with the photos, they will now use some of the photos for their Market Stall publicity on various medias. Oh and I did what you said about using a wide angle lens on the produce, yes you can get shots of the customers buying off the stall without them knowing and so they aren't posing for he shots (far more normal), Mike I would like to post a few shots of the stall produce to you if I can, where would be the best place to send them to you for your attention.? Kindest Regards
    Ken (DigitalKen)

  26. Another great series of videos. I like the enthusiasm you are showing and the fact that your videos are not teccy and not all about using the newest, fanciest and most expensive gear. When I shoot street, I love to travel light, I usually only bring my 24mm and my 50mm, the one I don't use can easily be stored in a pocket, but while watching this I realized that I should try and get my hands on a nice super wide lens like the 10-20 you are using, that opens a lot of new possibilities. Oh, and btw. now I also have to carry around my lensbaby which I got myself after watching your series about that…

  27. Hi Mike, my question is how do you go about model release forms with street photography? This is one of the things that prevents me from getting out in the streets as I am always worried that someone in the pic will sue me or something, for example if at a market and I take a pic of a stall with say six or seven people and I can't get a release form signed by them because they have disappeared into the crowd?

  28. I'm using a rokinon 14mm all manual lense will my Canon t5i still beep when I'm in focus as it does with a lense that has a chip?

  29. I am loving your videos Mike. I am watching one after the other. I need sleep too. You can't help but binge watch them

  30. beautiful video sir..full of knowledge.I've been scratching u in Facebook sir but unavailable to find u.do u have ur Facebook page sir..greetings from India

  31. You use your Fuji 18-55 these days right boss?
    Wide lens is quite distorting sometimes. I gave street shooting a try with the same sort of set up a while back. Took some extra large size balls to walk around NYC with my whopping narrow 2.8 lens. But I broke it in fast. (think it is because I started shooting street in the beginning). The wide angle is fun but frustratingly limiting to grab a shot not distorted unless right up in someones' face. Suppose everything has it's ups and downs.

  32. I have a question about this kind of photography Mike, like a market stall and it might sound like a stupid question, but do you ever find people are more willing to let you photograph stalls if you make at least a small purchase, for example, buying some oranges or something from that fruit stall?
    I did wonder about that kind of thing, but on the flip side, wouldn't want it to seem like I was trying to almost bribe them into letting me take some photos.
    It's something I've wondered about and thought I'd ask as I've just watched pretty much every street photography video on your channel.

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