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Alley Cat's tips to great photography

flute dude
Just by taking my camera to shoot in Nevada city I found this boy playing his flute for a little extra cash; Because I had my camera out I esaily took his picture. I of course asked him if it was okay.
red rose
Here is a man who seems to be in emotional distress; taken with a fast, 35mm lens and now black and white.
Follow this column for photography techniques and advice from Alison Watkins.


Chapter 18: Street Photography

Some of the hardest photographs to capture are candid photos of random people. People are generally very touchy about photos of them by an unknown photographer.

You might say, “But Alison, I can’t simply walk downtown and take photos of people, right”? Or can you?

The best way to shoot street photography is bring a camera everywhere. Every single place you go, have that camera out and around your neck. Some destinations will ask you to put your camera away like Walmart, Target, and other places with everyday customers. Again it’s mostly because of the people are touchy with photos.

After taking a photo of someone and they notice I'd suggest you ask them, show them, and tell them about it. This information might give them comfort in knowing the reasons.

When taking such photos a recommended lens is a 35mm. I’d also suggest are low f-stop to make for some good bokeh. I'll be going over "bokeh" in depth next week

Try black and white for a cool photo as well. I personally like black and white street photography because it looks older than modern day.

Next week I will be discuss how to paint with light. Check back at the same Alley Cat time, same Alley Cat channel!

alison.watkins@fhspress.com

Alley Cat's
Photo Tips

CHAPTERS

Start shooting
Cameras
Composition
Sunrises and Sunsets
Black and White
Portraits
Landscapes
Long Exposure
Light PART ONE
Light PART TWO
Shoot in RAW
s
Back Button Focusing
The Challenges of      
      Sports Photography
Studio Photography
Lenses
FX and DX
Street Photography
Painting with Light
Filters
Bokeh vs. Blurry
Tripods and Mounts
File Naming and
      Organizing

-Printing and Resolution


-Flashes
-Paid Gigs
-Gadgets and Gizmos
-HDR
-Film Photography

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