Yesterday I met with Chris and Jeremie on Blab ( live conversation platform ) where we held our second #streetchat meet up. The topic was quite controversial – “What makes a good street photograph.” I know I’ve already written about it in previous post but there are a few things I would like to add
First of all here is the video of this chat:
If you don’t have time to watch the whole thing, here’s the summary: we talked about how each of us approach the scene, what and who we like to shoot and how we do it ( up close/being invisible/interact with strangers etc.)
We also shared our views on what we consider is a good street photograph. Chris and Jeremie shared some excellent tips and technics. Thing is, since chatting with my friends, I couldn’t stop thinking about lots of great photos that don’t follow those “good street photos” parameters.
So I just wanted to clarify that, it is a must to study the Masters of Photography and know the rules but once you feel that you do know how to make a good image – I think you just need to put it at the back of your head and follow your heart. If you see something interesting happening in front of you (or about to happen) you then can apply any rules you want or none at all as its all about the final image. If it moves you, if it makes you feel something, if it as – its worth keeping.
Please bare in mind that its only my opinion and it may change later as I myself keep learning new things on weekly basis and almost every time I go for a photo walk but I thought I just needed to clarify that issue.
I would like to finish off with Pavel’s comment to my previous post:
What is a bad street photograph? So maybe by eliminating the things that makes it bad to you – you’ll get a good one. Or maybe there is no such thing as good or bad but there is YOUR photo.