03rd August 2016

Street photography is a type of documentary photography that features subjects in candid situations within public places such as streets, parks, beaches, malls, public events and other settings.

Street photography uses the techniques of straight photography in that it shows a pure vision of something, like holding up a mirror to society. Street photography often tends to be ironic and can be distanced from its subject matter, and often concentrates on a single human moment, caught at a decisive or poignant moment.

On the other hand, much street photography takes the opposite approach and provides a very literal and extremely personal rendering of the subject matter, giving the audience a more visceral experience of walks of life they might only be passingly familiar with. In the 20th century, street photographers have provided an exemplary and detailed record of street culture in Europe and North America, and elsewhere to a somewhat lesser extent. Now, in the 21st century that tradition continues.

Black and white has been the aesthetic (and practical) choice of many street (as opposed to reportage) photographers, because especially in a street setting with random colours everywhere, black and white clarifies the intent of the image. This is not to say powerful colour street photography is not possible. In fact there many well known street photographers who work only in colour. It is really a question of what works for you.

ON THIS ONE DAY WORKSHOP - Learn top tips, techniques and tricks of the trade from Peter Bolton LRPS • Building confidence and conquering your fear of shooting strangers on the street • Observation and learning the art of story telling through pictures • Knowing your camera • Techniques for zone focusing, exposure and composition • Understanding the different styles of street photography and discover what works for you • A project mentality and developing your own style as a street photographer •

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