I’m not a Landscape or Street Photographer BUT…

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: March 29, 2013

Category: General

Hey Folks,

Today I thought I’d share a few pictures.

These are pictures from a few days ago in London after our Photoshop Freak Show seminar.

Now for the record, I’m no landscape photographer or street photographer…they’re both areas I haven’t done much of. But hey that doesn’t mean I won’t take landscape photos or street photos because when they’re just for me it doesn’t matter right?

In fact if I’m honest unless I’m out on a photo shoot or out to specifically shoot new backgrounds for future work, most of the time I end up taking photos with my iPhone.

In my office it’s different as all the pictures on the walls are my own or pictures of other’s work that I really like, but in our house I’d say the majority in small frames or as triptychs are from my iPhone or my wife’s iPhone.

Although not areas of photography that I partake all that much in (if at all), I still love to look through landscape and street photography on 500px.

Why? Well because I love great photography and 500px is most definitely a place you can get lost in. Just type in what kind of pictures you want to see into the search field and see how the hours fly by…trust me 🙂

On the subject of street photography it’s not an area I feel particularly comfortable with but I think that’s because of what I thought it was. As we walked around London, sorry, make that ‘as we froze’ walking around London Calvin and I talked about it. To blatantly walk up to someone or even zoom in on someone from a distance to take a shot doesn’t feel right to me. That doesn’t mean to say it isn’t right, it’s just that maybe I put myself in the position of the person being photographed and know how I wouldn’t like it. I’d want to know why that person was taking my picture and I certainly wouldn’t take kindly to someone taking a photograph of my wife. Me, I’d feel more comfortable asking the person’s permission but then on the flip side of that, doing so is going to ruin the moment I guess.

However when I think about it, Street Photography is what most everyone with a camera does…they just don’t give it a name. Tourists the world over are doing street photography right?

So I’ll keep on keeping on when it comes to landscape and street photography but just for fun…just for me.

One thing I always have in the back of my mind and have done since I started….I don’t know if I was told this, or if I read it, but basically…as photographers, as creatives, the more we have the camera in our hands the better, and I don’t know about you but I learn something each and every time I’m out with it.

Later in the year one thing I’m going to do as I’ve been meaning to take time out just for this, is to hire a BIG lens, pack a rucksack with some snacks, a flask of coffee and just head out into the countryside and spend time taking wildlife pictures. As a wildlife lover THAT is something I have to do more!

So what about you…what’s your take on street photography? Feel comfortable with photographing strangers in the ‘street’ or do you concentrate more on the environment?

Do you take time out to photograph other things that interest you?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this so feel free to post in the comments section below or drop me a line to glyn@www.glyndewis.com but in the mean time, have a great weekend and I’ll catch you back here in a few days.

Enjoy,
Glyn

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11 Comments

  1. Craig McCormick

    Living in a big city like Shanghai, the majority of photographers here shoot street photography. I know a few of the people who do it here and I’ve tried doing it and I feel exactly the same as you Glyn. I’m just not comfortable doing it. It feels invasive and I don’t want to do anything to upset someone. I think I should blame my british-ness on that 🙂

    The comment on tourist photos basically being street photography is a good analogy! I never really thought about that…

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    • Glyn

      Craig…Shanghai must be amazing for street photography!

      Reply
  2. Nick McClelland

    It almost feels like all eyes are on you when the camera comes out I guess. Love the genre…but I think nowadays a lot of people are guilty of invading people’s personal space or sharing moments that they don’t want shared. I have even taken a few candid shots when I’ve been out and about but then I say to myself would I like these people doing the same to me. It’s a fine line between the art of photography and just snapping for the sake of it and everyone is very wary of how easily social media can put them in the spotlight now as well, just look at the Harlem Shake…that’s for another day though!

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    • Glyn

      Nick…Ah yes, best we leave that for now 🙂 lol

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  3. Peter Stokes

    When you decide to head out to the country Glyn, check http://WWW.myphotospots.co.UK for some cool places to go with some added photographers guidance. Good luck, look forward to seeing your take on wildlife photography.

    Enjoyed freaky Photoshop, still going through my notes.

    Peter.

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    • Glyn

      Peter…THat’s great, thanks for the link.

      Reply
  4. Kelley

    I love these images. As you know I shoot EVERYWHERE I go all day all the time. Your images remind me of Eugene Atget and Edouard Baldus. You may also want to check out Brassai’s work. Great Street photography inspiration from some of the greats that came before us. I LOVE the back and white. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    • Glyn

      Thanks for commenting Kelley…I’ll check out the names you mention for sure.
      Best wishes,
      Glyn

      Reply
  5. DaveT

    Hi Glyn,

    If I had to categorise my style of photography, I’d probably fall into the genre of travel. I’ve been luck to travel to quite a few places and taking people photos is very much part of what I enjoy doing. I also take everything from landscape to macro , to wildlife, as part of my interest as it all helps to capture the essence of the place I happen to be in.

    When photographing people, I too find approaching people difficult sometimes, but it also depends on the situation, it’s something I try and practice, and in travel photography it helps to research the local culture and customs to make sure that you aren’t going to offend or get locked up – photographing railway stations and bridges in some countries is very sensitive.

    The bonus of asking people if you can photograph them is that when they agree, the photos are often better in that it can show a connection between the photographer and the individual concerned. Some of my best shots have come from having that connection, even if it was only a brief conversation through sign language or sharing a cup of tea etc.

    What I have found over the years is that I have to practice using different camera settings in order not to get stuck with only being able to operate my camera with the same settings every time. For instance, when I photograph people etc I tend to use single point of focus, point and recompose. But recently when shooting wildlife, I was using tracking focus and panning techniques. I also tried using back button focusing, which meant diving into the custom menus settings. So yes, following your point I think it’s very important to get familiar with your camera.

    Dave.

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    • Glyn

      Great advice there DaveT…thanks for that.

      Reply

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