idk if the meta data will be attached or not but they're all taken with a D3300 and a either a nikon 50mm f/1.4 or sigma 10-20mm
my first time in NYC, i wanted to walk around and get some candid shots but at the same time not just snapshits. i never usually take candids, either.
just gonna post some selects
This one's not a "candid" but it's still one that I like
So upset that this one is soft. He was just sitting there lighting matches in the middle of times square throwing them. I thought it would be worth hanging onto, despite being slightly out of focus.
1) Resize your photos
2) Fix your white balance, did you slide the purple ting all the way to the right?
3) Your composition isn't great, your photos seem cluttered and it almost seems like you're ramming your camera in peoples faces. They all seem either pissed or are laughing at you
4) None of the photos are sharp, lighting is somewhat poor and colours aren't great, did you do any post processing?
Although I do admire the fact you did go out and get stuck in to street shooting, so well done in that respect I guess
And thats all I'm gonna post. I have a lot more but that's all I want to share for this thread.
1) I honestly thought I was pulling these from a resized folder. My bad. I do have them with their longest size as 1k, but I chose the wrong files and didn't realize it.
2) I used AWB for all photos
3) It's 50mm so I was at least a fair distance away from a lot of them. Most of them were glimpses I caught of them looking in my direction. Fair point though. The ones I found most interesting were the ones where the people are looking directly at me for that split second. I liked the pissed looks some gave me.
4) I did these one by one in camera raw, which was a mistake. It's sometimes hard to critisize your own work, so I guess I didn't see much of a problem after looking at them so long. I suppose I should reprocess them better.
I'm a graphic designer by trade, and this was my first time really going out and doing something like this. So I do appreciate the criticism.
You know what they say, your first 7000 photos (or some other arbitrary figure) are your worst. You clearly have technique and the right aim, I just think it needs some work. Look at other peoples street photography on here, get some ideas
Try using something like a 24-70 to give yourself more flexibility. Don't get stuck with the notion that you must always use wide angle, it's bullshit.
Some of these are quite nice, others seem a but aimless. >>2746458 and >>2746462 are not bad for giving the series a bit of context. The latter, zoomed in a bit to bring out the "New York Police Dept" neon and the four people in the middle, would make a good opener without the need for much additional explanation.
>>2746472 >>2746475 These would have been better without so much clutter around the edges. I like >>2746473 but shame about headphone guy. Was he rooted to the spot or did he move on in a few moments? Would also have been better if you had waited for your subject to look up.
>>2746476 This is also nice. I like the contrast between the blue scarf and the neon but crop the crap on the left. Bonus points for pretty face.
>>2746493 again zoom in, the two big ice cream graphics should have been the left and right frame
Thanks for the feedback. I wish I had more diversity in lenses but all I had when I went were the 10-20mm and 50mm. If I had the money before I went I would have definitely picked up a few more lenses, but I bought the 50 specifically for the trip because after some research I felt like it'd be the best for on the go street photography. I definitely get it though, some variety would have been fun.
As for >>2746473 , I had a few in a row but this was my favorite one. It was just a complete moment of bizarre disconnect for a street vendor. It was the only instance I saw of someone manning those street meat carts that was completely distracted. I took a few shots back to back but that was the best one I got, and I'm really happy with the way it came out, with him caught in a day dream. It's one of the ones I personally think benefits from him not looking at me when I took it. I see what you're saying about the headphone guy, though, and no, he wasn't rooted there, but it was one of those rare moments that I caught my subject exactly how I wanted to. I guess I should work on my cropping, most (if not all) of these are straight out of camera in terms of framing/cropping.
Any tips or ideas on creating a more captivating picture? Either way, I appreciate you taking the time to check it out.
Use a 40mm lens when shooting street photography. Street photography usually looks great when converted to black and white. They are also right about the composition thing. Use the natural lines that the city creates to your advantage.