This is a re-post form my old blog from last year, so apologies if you have already seen some of this stuff, I've included a few different images editing in a slightly different way so take a look and feel free to leave a comment below, cheers.
-Street photography. Something which I've seen and heard about but never really gone into, I like the look of it for sure and the fantastic photos it can produce but one thing has always held me back. The fear!
The past weekend I was in London to see Zack Arias and David Hobby talk about their Fujifilm cameras and how they use them, it was a great talk that was followed by lots of beer, but one thing at the talk really interested me and that was the street photography part of Zack's talk. In particular his techniques and tricks for getting street photos, ways of taking shots of people without realising and that you will get caught one time or another but realistically people aren't going to go berserk.
So the next day with my Fuji X100 in hand and hangover in my head I headed out to the streets of London, I started with a walk along south bank where I got to find my feet with it, and before long I was employing some of Zack's tricks and tips. Once I had got a bit more comfortable doing this I started to do some street portraiture where I would ask people to pose for me, this is a great confidence booster and a great way to improve your photography, very quick portraits on the fly with available light, really good fun, and a lot less people say no that you would think!
After this I headed over to Shoreditch and up Brick Lane, this gave some awesome settings in which to photograph and some cool people to shoot, I would recommend going there as its just awesome!
Overall I was really happy with my results from the day and I will be sure to use these techniques next time I go street shooting, which is likely to be this weekend when I'm in paris for Be Street festival, more on this on several future blog posts!
Settings wise I used only the Fuji X100 and was mainly shooting on shutter priority, this seemed to work for me and the effect I was trying to go for, so thats Aperture set to 'A' mode and auto iso on up to 3200, then if I wanted some blur I could just click to 1/30th then back to 1/125th for a sharp shot, a very quick way of shooting, great for fleeting moments.
Why is street photography good for a wedding photographer? Well as a documentary wedding photographer my aim is to capture the day as it happens without staging or setting up shots, and on the street it's exactly the same [except for the portrait stuff of course]. It also has also helped me to learn new ways of using the X100 to capture more candid shots as well as ways to create sometimes blurred but creative photos.
So here are my efforts from the day, they are a mix of staged and candid shots, all taken with the X100. As always feel free to share on social media and comment at the bottom.