TECHNIQUE & APPROACH #24: STREET PHOTOGRAPHY NORTH EUROPE

Street Photography Guide. With a focus on light.

Stockholm, Sweden , with perfectly set light. Nice and low. Sunlight early morning or late afternoon is perfect. Giving a sort of studio lighting effect.

Stockholm, Sweden, with perfectly set light. Nice and low. Sunlight early morning or late afternoon is perfect. Giving a sort of studio lighting effect.

My obvious choice is black and white film. I guess it’s just the simplistic tones, mixed with good light capturing everyday life.

Stockholm, Sweden  at twilight. Shallow depth of field, just perfect.

Stockholm, Sweden at twilight. Shallow depth of field, just perfect.

Copenhagen, Denmark.  Double exposure. Waiting for the right moments. Taken in the middle of the day sheltered by the subject building. Creating some pattern with a double exposure slightly off with the 2nd frame.

Copenhagen, Denmark. Double exposure. Waiting for the right moments. Taken in the middle of the day sheltered by the subject building. Creating some pattern with a double exposure slightly off with the 2nd frame.

Stockholm, Sweden.  A good mix of tones / grey. Mostly wandering around and looking to see how the light works with the surroundings.

Stockholm, Sweden. A good mix of tones / grey. Mostly wandering around and looking to see how the light works with the surroundings.

Hamburg, Germany.  Moody tones on grey days. With a splash of light reflection on the window facade.

Hamburg, Germany. Moody tones on grey days. With a splash of light reflection on the window facade.

Helsinki, Finland. Lined up nicely with a good mix of tones.

Helsinki, Finland. Lined up nicely with a good mix of tones.

Copenhagen, Denmark. Twilight. Silhouette from shopfront.

Copenhagen, Denmark. Twilight. Silhouette from shopfront.

Lens selection is critical too. And film plane balance. When shooting consider building / vertical upward line distortion. This can either be fixed in post-production or using a tilt-shift lens. This allows you to move the film plane and prevent lens distortion.

If you shoot without panning the camera upwards, this will alleviate wide angle distortion.

This is simply an introduction, I do offer one to one training where I provide you with hands on practical tuition with the accompaniment of basic theory. Whether you shoot film or digital.

Street & Light Photography Workshops

Coming soon.

Something that I’ve been passionate for a long time. Creating interesting photographic representations not only from around my home here in Brisbane but abroad. I will pass on tips and hints for capturing.interesting moments amongst city streets. The best time of day and lens selection. It doesn’t matter whether you shoot digital or analogue (film).

2 photographs that just seemed to worked together. When I was taking them, there were no plans for this final composition.

2 photographs that just seemed to worked together. When I was taking them, there were no plans for this final composition.

Walking along at dusk, a great time for shallow depth of field with bright lenses (f/1.4).

Walking along at dusk, a great time for shallow depth of field with bright lenses (f/1.4).

Technique & Approach #21 ~ Multi-exposure Layering

With the application of multi-exposures with different lens, filter and camera settings you can create some interesting results. For example image 1 (below), with a tripod, 2 frames and different shutter speeds (mixed with an ND filter) and a cable release, I was able to create this double exposure. The first exposure was of the building with some cloud in motion (yellow). ND+9, 30 seconds. The second frame, still cloud and plane, faster shutter speed without ND filter. You can even try changing lenses, if you're after 2 frames with say the building, then try not to move the camera too much when changing lenses. This can get quite a bit to manage, especially remembering your framing / compositing.

Image 1

Image 1

Image 2 (below) is simply multiple long exposures shot on a single frame. With the use of different shutter speeds, you get slight movement in the clouds (transition) and wind movement layering from the leaves in the trees. And of course light bands from the cars. Taken late afternoon. A mixture of points of interest creating a unique perspective to street photography. Use of an ND filter to control light and allow the use of long exposures during low light.

There really is not limit to creativity with regards to changing lenses, creating layers, different shutter speeds / use of filters to control exposure.

All settings listed are approximations only. I use an app for my ND shutter speeds. "ND Exposure". It's easy to use and requires a little bit of brain power.