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Do you need inspiration for the Street Photography year 2017? Here are 25 well-known and aspiring Street Photographers (not in a certain order) from around the world that will help you to improve your own style in photography:

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Street Photography captures history at the very moment it happens. Candid, poignant and real. No heroic epic will ever feature a plumber, a newspaper boy or the homeless; pictures of Street Photographers often do. When the damp exhalation of a laundromat casts daily life with a soft-focus, the Street Photographer will see a plenitude of motives, that many others hastily pass by. To recognize these moments and to see what others cannot, that is the skill and the art of a Street Photographer.

Street Photography Events and Festivals exist to cherish this very special form of art. They provide the Artists with an environment to come together, work together, compete and hone their craft. Here are the hand-picked most important Street Photography events in 2017.

 

February: Gulf Photo Plus Week

From February 10-17 the Gulf Photo Plus Week invites amateurs and professionals to Al Quoz in Dubai. With a huge list of workshops and high quality sponsors ranging from Canon, Fujifilm, Hasselblad, Nikon, Sigma to Sony, this is a first class event to attend.

“Seeing Beyond the Grey” and “Design Reflections” are two photo walk events that pull you in right away. Accompanied by Abbi Kemp and a colleague, the participants experience the event city Al Quoz through the eyes of accomplished Street Photographers. Bring a fully charged camera, good walking shoes and some spare batteries so you won’t miss any of those special moments.

With “The ShootOut” on February 17, the event will go out with a bang: 20 year photography veteran David Hobby, post processing guru RC Concepcion and the master of conceptual photography Ben Von Wong are racing against time and each other. With only 20 minutes to capture the right moment in front of a live audience, they will have to give their very best.

Learn more about “The ShootOut” and the rest of the scheduled program for the Gulf Photo Plus Week here.

 

May: London Photo Festival

The next event is the London Photo Festival on May 18-20. Already in its tenth year, 2017 will be commemorated with a Street Photography Competition that you may join for free. The jury is going to pick their 20 favorite photographs that exhibit on the main event in May. The final winner will be chosen by public vote.

To join the competition, pick your favorite Street Photography scene that didn’t get the recognition it deserves yet. Send a recent or any old favorite picture from your collection in. Mark the deadline March 1 in you calendar, as this is the date after which the winners for the May competition will be chosen.

The main exhibition of the London Photo Festival in May is beloved by patrons and enthusiasts alike. Visitors may buy framed or printed copies of their favorite pieces.

Follow this link to compete in the Street Photography Competition for free.

 

June: Streetfoto Festival San Francisco

In June, when the summer is starting to bloom, the first anniversary of last years inaugural Streetfoto Festival San Francisco is coming up. With New Yorks Richard Bram, Pulitzer Prize-winning Scott Strazzante and Fuji “X” Photographer Vineet Vohra amongst many other as prestigious speakers, the festival was well received.

Outside of lectures, a plethora of photo walks, workshops, portfolio reviews, awards, pub-crawls and parties filled the whole week with intriguing events. All were centered around the Art of Street Photography. It is well worth looking forward to this years‘ festival. Keep an eye on the Streetfoto website for announcements of this years‘ lineup. Expect contests, book-signings and plenty of national and international Street Photography Artists.

Find out more about last years events and sign up to learn about the 2017 meeting as soon as it gets available.

 

August: EyeEm Photography Festival and Competition

With the year moving forward, the next big event is the EyeEm Photography Competition that has a special Street Photography category. Having attracted more than 38,000 photographers that submitted 270,000 photos across various categories, this is a competition that is well worth to be taken serious. Winners get an invitation to the accompanying EyeEm Photography Festival that is hosted in Berlin and New York respectively.

Interactive sessions will be held by highly ranked members from EyeEm, Getty Images and Google.
With photography workshops and portfolio reviews the festival may become a great starting point for budding Street Photographers and hone their career path in the right direction.

The dates and deadlines for 2017 will be published on the festival website.

 

December: Miami Street Photography Festival

When the year is drawing to its close, the Miami Street Photography Festival comes to live. In 2016 Street Photography icons Jill Freedman and Richard Kalvar hosted talks and walks at the event. Established in 2012, it showcases the best of contemporary Street Photography through the eyes of emerging artists. The streets of Miami will become the scenery for free workshops, street walks, photo critiques and get-togethers with like minded professionals and enthusiasts.

The Street Photography Festival is accompanied by a photo competition that is open to participants from all over the world. The winning pictures will exhibit for two months at HistoryMiami, including during Art Basel Week. Additionally, all Finalists are eligible to win the Grand prize, a brand new Leica camera.

Watch out for updates about the 2017 schedule here.

 

All year – World Street Photography Book

So far, all events have been at specific cities all around the world. An event that you may join wherever you are and whenever it is convenient for you is the World Street Photography Book.

In each competition, participants may upload one or more of their photos to win. They earn recognition and have a chance to have their name and photo featured in the next printed World Photography Book. The most fascinating pictures from that event, winners or not, will be showcased on the website and other on-line media outlets to be seen by many. This is a great way to get your name out there.

Find the current and all upcoming World Street Photography competitions here.

 


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Aside from the events you can already partake in, here is a special mention for a feature that hasn’t started yet. A trailer heralds inspiration, presentation and education as the main features of the event. These features are at the very core of Street Photography. This is your chance to join at the very beginning of what has all ingredients to become a big event in the field of Street Photography. Definitely keep your eyes on this one.

Since this will be the inaugural event, subscribing to the newsletter may be key to receive information early enough to participate.

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Wenn es zur Frage der Kamereinstellungen kommt, dann gibt es unter Streetfotografen unterschiedliche Philosophien. Die einen, wie Eric Kim oder Thomas Leuthard, fotografieren zu einem großen Teil im „P“-Modus, der dem Fotografen jegliches Nachdenken über die Kamereinstellung abnimmt, die anderen hingegen, wie ich, justieren die Einstellungen wie Blende, Belichtungszeit und ISO gänzlich manuell, um gestalterisch einen größeren Einfluss auf ihre Street Photos zu haben.

Ich variiere stark und richte mich bei der Belichtung, bei Blende und bei ISO nach der individuellen Lichtsituation, mehr noch, ich begebe mich auf die suche nach interessanten Lichtsituationen. Mein bevorzugtes Licht ist grelles Sonnenlicht mit harten Schatten, wie man es bei entsprechendem Wetter in der Regel am frühen Vormittag und am Nachmittag findet. Hier fotografiere ich, um die Kontraste zu betonen mit folgenden Einstellungen an meiner Fuji X100t: Blende 11 und eine Belichtungszeit von 1/500 bei ISO 400.

 

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Bei diesem Foto vom Berliner Alexanderplatz war die Belichtungszeit bei 1/500, die Blende lag bei 11 und ISO war auf 400 eingestellt.

 

Dieses Foto entstand ebenfalls mit meinen "Lieblingseinstellungen" bei harten Schaten.
Dieses Foto entstand ebenfalls mit meinen „Lieblingseinstellungen“ bei harten Schatten.

 

In letzter Zeit bin ich dazu übergegangen, nicht mehr in RAW sondern in JPEG zu fotografieren. Warum? Weil die Kamera dann weniger Zeit für das Zwischenspeichern braucht und ich im Burst-Modus wesentlich mehr Fotos in einem kurzen Zeitraum machen kann. So bin ich auch in Shanghai vorgegangen, wo mir der typische chinesische Smog oft die Sonne vorenthielt. Ich stellte die Kamera auf schwarzweiß, ISO 1600 und Blende 5.6 oder 8 und die Belichtungszeit auf 1/250, um auch bei Fotos, die im Vorbeigehen entstanden, noch scharfe Fotos zu bekommen.

 

Im "Burst-Modus" und in JPEG mit obigen Einstellungen fotografiert.
Im „Burst-Modus“ und in JPEG mit obigen Einstellungen fotografiert.

 

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Wenn es spannende farbige Elemente im Bild gibt, dann fotografiere ich natürlich nicht in schwarzweiß, sondern oft in der fantastischen „Classic Chrome“ Optik, die die Farbigkeit des legendären Films imitiert – mit ein Hauptgrund für meinen Kauf der Fuji x100t vor knapp 2 Jahren.

 

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„Classic Chrome“ Simulation der Fuji X100t mit den oben genannten Kameraeinstellungen.

 

Natürlich ist es eine Umstellung, während des Fotografierens nicht im automatischen Modus zu forografieren, sondern je nach Lichtsituation und Bildmotiv die Belichtungszeit und Blende und gegebenfalls auch ISO anzupassen. Doch es lohnt sich! Denn vieles lässt sich im Nachhinein in Lightroom nicht mehr so anpassen, wie man es möchte. Allzeit gutes Licht, liebe Streettogs da draußen!

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When it comes to taking images of strangers on the streets, many aspiring Street Photographers tend to be afraid of approaching people. This was also a huge problem for me and it still is, because one of the biggest fears of humans is being rejected by other people. It´s like asking a girl you like to go out with you. What if she says no? Well, but what happens if you don´t ever ask her?

Same when it comes to Street Photography. Why are you afraid of asking interesting strangers to make a portrait of them? If they say no – why do you care? You will very likely not see this person again. And if you see him or her again, maybe they changed your mind?

So what happens if you don´t ask? You will say for one, or two times „OK, next time I will overcome my fears and ask“… After one or two hours of not asking you will go home, frustrated and sad.

So, just ask. Here are my Top 7 recommendations for reducing the chance of getting a „No“:

 

1. Smile. Always smile

Leave your grumpy face at home. Before going out with your camera, stand in front of a mirror and smile for at least 1 minute at yourself in the mirror. Give yourself the most beautiful smile. With this short preparation you should be ready to remember this smile for your photography objects: Smile before asking for permission – smile while asking for permission – smile while shooting and saying „Bye, thanks“ – this will ensure that people will give you the most honest smile – because you give them your most honest smile, too.

Smile!...and you will get a smile back.
Smile!…and you will get a smile back.

 

2. Take a close look at the people you´re interested in

There are a few types of people where the chance of getting a rejection or where you can get in serious trouble are increased:

  • Drunken people
  • People with mental disorders
  • People who are visibly in a hurry

Avoid these 3 groups of people.

 

3. Don´t come  too straight head-on

People tend to be scared if somebody walks just head-on to them. Try to approach strangers from the left or the right side, walking not too fast. This is less aggressive and increases your chances to get a „Yes“.

 

4. Leave your 28-200mm lens at home

The smaller the camera, the bigger the chance of getting a approval. You don´t need a DSLR for street portraits, take a small compact camera or even your Iphone. When photographing with a small camera people won´t think you are a professional photographer earning money with the portraits you take of them.

 

If you don´t speak the language, let your face and your hands talk for you.
If you don´t speak the language, let your face and your hands talk for you.

5. Talk. If you do not speak the language, talk with your eyes, arms, hands

You need a rapport to the person you want to take a photo of. If you can speak the local language, just compliment and talk to them for at least 10-20 seconds: Say, that you like their hair/clothes, talk about the rain or the hot weather. Don´t stop during he „photo shooting“ – this will help people feeling more confident and getting better images.

If you do not speak the language, just use facial expressions and gesture. Also remember No.1: Always smile!

 

6. Answer their questions honestly

When somebody asks you how you will use their photo, answer honestly – and if somebody don´t wants to see their photo on the Internet, don´t put it on the Internet.

 

7. If somebody yells at you, stay calm

If somebody gets aggressive for some reason, for example beacuase you didn´t ask for permission and the person don´t want their picture taken, say sorry. Offer to delete the photo. Always act friendly and deescalating. Stay streetsmart and safe. No photo in the world is worth it getting hurt.

 

Do you have any other tip how to not act like a creep as a Street Photographer? I´m looking forward to your thoughts!

 

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I am currently living in Shanghai, China. It is my first time to mainland China and unfortunately, Shanghai is not the „real“ China, because the people here are really different to rural areas. People are undergoing a lot of pressure in this biggest and most expensive city of China, so the people here are very stressed and sadly, often unfriendly.

But Street Photography in Shanghai is not a problem at all – if you want to take photos of people without asking them – just go for it – chinese people tend to take pictures of foreigners unasked all the time, so it´s normal here.

Here are a few examples of the images I took so far in Shanghai:

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Shoot. And go. Don´t chimp.

You would love to invest more time for your greatest passion in life, photography – but your camera gets dustier day by day? Stop! I can prove that you´re wrong if  you really love photography – here´s why:

 

1. The year 2016 is the best time by now for carrying a camera – without mentioning it

OK, so you think you haven´t got enough time for photo walks in your town and photo sessions in general? But you do go out of your house, do you? So do always have your camera with you. You don´t need a DSLR, a small fixed lens camera or even a good Smartphone is enough. Always put it on your pocket – and try to make at least one photo every time you are out of your house.

Yes, also in your garden! Yes, also on your way to work.

 

2. How long does it take to make a photo?

Exactly. Just shoot and go. Don´t chimp. Instead of getting sleepy while watching stuff on Youtube or surfing on Facebook in the evening postprocess your best 3 photos of the day. If you use Lightroom presets you´re done in less than 20 minutes.

Put these photos in a folder. Choose the best 3 photos of the week on the weekend and upload them to the websites of your choice. This will lead to better quality of your work and less invested time.

 

3. Well…which camera should be my next one?

We are wasting so much time thinking about buying new gear. How often did you think „Oh, I wish I had made this photo with another camera“? We tend to think that we will regret it having made a photo with a smartphone or a small compact camera, but it comes out that in reality it rarely happens.

So why don´t you tell your spouse or a good friend to choose a camera for you? Outsource the gear decision to people who know your photographic needs.

 

4. A night´s sleep doesn´t have to last 8 hours

If you are really really busy right now – just cut off half an hour of your nighttime: Get up 30 minutes earlier!

Doing so you will have better light than in the daytime and a positive start into the day.

 

5. Don´t think about time when it comes to your biggest passion

Imagine you are at the end of your life. Do you think you will finally regret having spent too much time doing photography? You definitely won´t think „Oh, I should have checked Facebook not only two times, but more times a day“.

Bronnie Ware´s book „Regrets of the dying“ shows that humans normally tend to regret what the have not done, not what they have done. Every day without having made a photo is a lost day…

 

So what are you waiting for? Dedust your camera and put it in your pocket. The next good photo is just a moment away…

 

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Your smile will make other people smile.

As a Street Photographer and in particular if you are in candid Street Photography, you have always to be wary of being discovered and the most common question you will here if you are taking someone´s photo unasked will be: „Why did you take my picture?“ This can be an angry or a curious and interested question, but can lead to some trouble if you answer in a snootily way like: „I am a famous Street Photographer!“ 
I want to provide you some smarter ways of answering this often heard question.

 

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You don´t need to study photography to learn the basic rules of photography and become a better photographer.
You don´t need to study photography to learn the basic rules of photography and to become a better photographer.

So, you are an aspiring Street Photographer? Street Photography has become an important part of your life, and now you want to shift your passion to the nex level and want to study Photography? Forget about it. I had exactly the same thoughts a few years ago. Here are the reasons from my personal point of view that changed my mind:

 

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Ein Bahnhof ist ein idealer Ort für Streetfotografen.

Ich fotografiere liebend gern an Bahnhöfen. Das ist dann zwar im strengsten Wortsinne nicht mehr „Street Photography“, aber alles was sich im öffentlichen Raum abspielt und das Zusammenspiel von Architektur und Menschen abbildet, fällt für mich unter das Genre der Straßenfotografie. Warum eignet sich also ein Bahnhof, ob in Berlin oder anderswo, so gut zum Fotografieren?

 

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Bei entsprechend harten Schatten, wie es im Frühling und Sommer frühmorgens und abends oft der Fall ist, kann man durch die richtige Wahl von Belichtungszeit und Blende in der Street Photography tolle Effekte erzeugen.

Minimalistische und spannende Fotos, die auch nur durch die gewählte Belichtungszeit und kleine Blende funktionieren (meine Empfehlung ist 1/500 oder bei sehr greller Sonne 1/100 s, die Blende sollte ab 11 betragen), sind das Ergebnis, wie das folgende Foto, entstanden auf der Neuköllner Sonnenallee:

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