For the last few months I’ve been taking notes on photography. Ways of working. Hints, tips, tricks, and questions, lots of questions.
I made it my goal this year to get better at something I’m bad at; photographing people. I was bad at photographing people because I was scared of doing it. Should I ask permission? Should I not ask? It’s an uncomfortable challenge, and there’s no “right” answer. I’ve been figuring things out by doing, by spending lots of time doing it, by trying variations, and by keeping track of what works (for me) and what doesn’t.
A couple of web posts inspired me to get this down on paper. A few months ago I saw this street photography FAQ and realized that everyone writes their own “rules”. Raul’s “Travel Tips from the Road” urged me to make my own list, so today I’ve begun posting these notes (just noticed tonight that Slower’s begun a similar project) and I’m hoping that they’ll begin to answer questions that have been posed to me in e-mail, in conversation, and on the streets, while photographing.
Keep in mind that everyone has their own way of doing things. There’s no right or wrong, really, if it works for you. That said, on to “Ways of Working” #1.
For StartersWays of Working, a 10-step introduction to the ins-and-outs of street photography with only nine steps. Or, look at Resources & Discussions.
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- A JPG Transcript of Jacques Derrida on Photography and Not Being Photographed
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- “Street Photography Now” Fails to Cite Sources
- Winogrand/Papageorge MIT Transcription
- Street Photography Now (printer’s proof)
- Reconsidering Winogrand
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- Context for Papageorge “American Sports” Outtakes in HBO Documentary