That’s a bit weird isn’t it?

Street photography is as easy as it is hard to practice compared to other genres of photography. It’s easier because you can shoot anywhere any time. It’s harder, in part, because it takes more guts to shoot people in public, especially given the current socio-political climate right now. If people aren’t suspicious of people making photos in public then they think that it’s just plain weird.

One night I was crossing the road to the train station when some random guy engaged me about my photography, this is how it went

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What I love about street photography

Untitled - 20-10-2013 - By James "Jingles" Ingles

I love street photography because:

Street photography is challenging. Out on the street it is chaos, you have little to no control over the situation and how things happen. You can’t make things happen the way you want them to happen. You have to try and make order out of the chaos with light, time, and your camera as the only tools. In street photography you have to be able to anticipate things that will happen then be fast enough to capture the image. In product, studio, fashion, and other types of photography you have a lot more control and tools to give you control over the situation than you do in street photography. In some ways other genres of photography is a lot easier than street photography. It is the challenge of street photography that I enjoy.

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Desiderata and photography

“Desiderata” (Latin for “desired things”) is a prose poem by American writer Max Ehrmann written in 1927. Over the years the poem has become quite popular and there has been a number of different renditions. My favourite is Leonard Nimoys reciting of the poem titled “Spock Thoughts” from his 1968 album, Two Sides of Leonard Nimoy. Have a listen:


Desiderata is a timeless and classic poem, it’s just as relevant today as it was the day it was written. It’s a wonderful philosophy for life and photography.

This is what I have learned about photography from Desiderata.

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Another photography web site/blog!?

Why did I just start another photography blog? Doesn’t the web already have enough photography blogs and web sites? Yes but there is a real problem with most photography blogs and web sites, they preach that gear will make you a better photographer and that Photoshop can fix your mistakes.

While gear may make it easier to help you capture the image you want and Photoshop may help fix up mistakes to an extent it is no substitute for being a good photographer. The best gear and Photoshop can’t compensate for photos of boring subjects that are poorly composed and framed. Gear and Photoshop do not make for a good photographer.

And that is part of the reason I started this blog, to help show that the best tools aren’t everything. The other reason I started this blog mostly for myself because I believe that if you write about what you are passionate about then it will help you grow, learn, and expand your knowledge. I also wanted to share my writing about photography to hopefully help others become better photographers.

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