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Project based candid photography   Leave a comment

Photographers often discuss about merits to have project or just do random walk during street shooting. I am a random walker. I constantly move from one place to another being alert to any opportunity for my shot.

Recently I had interesting experience in project based photography. My boss asked me to make some images for our company website. My professional responsibility has no relation to the photography or any fine art for that matter. My hobby is well known in our office and I’ve got my project.

Besides shooting in the office, I took some pictures about building.  This is the famous Chicago CBOT building that has a lot of action and interesting architecture.  To have project is unusual for me experience. I was constrained by the place and I had to explore every situation.  It is hard to say whether good shot is the product of the pure luck or having project really helps.

Boston candid portraits   Leave a comment

I’ve spent weekend with my family in Boston. Boston is nice city with very good food. I made only few meaningful shots but I’ve got three very different portraits.

Shallow depth of field with foreground “framing” makes this composition.

I like dramatic movement with the blur that is, probably, from slight out of focus. Actually, I have another one that is very sharp but it looks static for me.

Absolutely calm portrait in the darkish restaurant setting. It is sharp across the frame.

Candid street photography as gambling   3 comments

By understanding relationship between the candid street photography and gambling we can answer many related questions. In gambling and in street photography you “invest” time and money. The major loss in candid photography and gambling is your opportunity loss to spend time in more rewarding way. Success in gambling and candid street photography can be achieved only by mixture of talent and pure luck.

Q. All photographers compete for attention, money or honor. Why does photography with such low entry requirements have free “how to” information available with no strings attached?
A.  Because information does not make you better photographer. By learning and doing photography you feed The System.  Very few of us have talent that would allow competing with professionals  but meantime education encourages us to pay for books, read advertisements and buy equipment.

Q. Why do people flood each other with so many bad images?
A. Investment on every image is extremely small so it is easy to make bet for some glory.  Most of us take good picture once in a while by pure chance. Streak of luck makes us feel as a genius. Lucky moments we remember much better then millions of failures and hours of wasted time. Positive reinforcement pushes us to do more shooting. Our real loss is the totality of all missed possibilities, time and money that we spend for this pursue.

Q. Why some people cannot stop buying equipment? Do we really need 3 cameras and 20 lenses to make good shot?
A. When photographers experience persistent bad luck (bad streaks) or got bored they can exhibit irrational behavior (going on tilt). There is only one remedy for this. Photographer has to admit this problem and reevaluate the basic strategy.

Q. Why the majority of photos (good but especially bad) are taken during good weather, interesting locations, or in the bars?
A. Most of us intuitively understand the concept of hedging. Hedging is the idea to get at least something in one thing for a loss of another.  It is essential strategy in the most popular gambling activity – financial trading.  At least photographer can enjoy walking, sights or cocktail when nothing valuable in terms of imaging comes to his way. Much more people would like to get soaked in the rain if this would guarantee great picture.

Give me more questions and I will happily explain them.

Related topics
What is “the candid photography of strangers”?
Why is the candid photography unique?