One of the reasons I like street photography so much is the non posing and natural faces. When the everyday joy or pain shows. Shows that we all are human.
There are a whole set of unwritten “laws” in street photography. Me and my friend Daniel Eliasson frankly claims that all these rules sometimes must be broken. It’s the image itself that must decide whether you break the rules or not…
Rule 1: You must take pictures close up and with wide angle lenses.
“Through It All” – taken with a zoom 105 mm lens at a distance:
Rule 2: Street photos are best in black and white.
“On The Move” – It’s the colours that makes this kind of pic:
Rule 3: The sharp picture is the only accepted one.
“Scared Dog” – to be in a scary place, feels unsharp, right?
Rule 4. You should always take frontal pictures of people.
“Finding Angles” – Sometimes a butt is more interesting:
“Luncheon Profiles” – profiles are not frontal, are they?
Rule 5. You shouldn’t as a street photographer be seen.
“iPad Break” – to get depth in this “Through window” shot, I let the ghostly image of myself appear:
Rule 6. The composition of the original pic shouldn’t be altered.
“Over Shoulder” – the original shot:
“Over Shoulder” – cropped, to get the effect of “dominating eye”:
These are just a few of the unwritten “rules”, there are some more. They are good to know, but don’t worry to much. Ok?
No. It’s not a new trick. But an old principle of composition and visual design. Put the dominating eye centered on the vertical linje. The depicted person will now always look straight at you, no matter from where you look at the picture…
The dominating eye? The one that is in the brightest area, closest to you or just the most obvious one.
A show of visual language. These three portraits are all adjusted so that no matter what angle you watch them from, the person in the pic will look straight at you. Do you know how it’s done?
It’s all in aligning the dominating eye…
I saw her glasses first, than the rest. To bad I couldn’t get her to look straight into my camera…
To be one of many, doesn’t necessarily mean together.
Like to walk on the outside looking in.
London, April of 2014.
No. Don’t mean that the street photographer doesn’t have to give it an effort, because the technique isn’t “up front”. But peoples’ faces seem more natural without the effort to smile or something. Candid photos sometimes show you the pure beauty of humans.
At Hawley Arms, Camden, London, in April 2014.
Met her at Covent Garden market in London last April. She was a vendor of her own, beautifully crafted mirrors. The light coming from low right is from the mirror she was hanging, just as she saw me taking this picture.
I just love the gentle look in her eyes.