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.