In photography, the viewer’s eye tend to naturally drift towards the brightest spot in an image. If you enjoyed this post, please consider leaving a comment or subscribing to the RSS feed to have future articles delivered to your feed reader. Designbeep is a design blog dedicated to web developers,bloggers,designers and freelancers.Our aim is to share everything about web design,graphic design,tutorials and inspirational articles and more. For this post I will share how I first got introduced to film street photography, the pros of shooting street photography with film, and how you can get started shooting street photography with film as well.
I gave it a go shooting on the streets of Mumbai, and I started to understand the appeal of shooting street photography with film. Scanning the negatives was a breeze- and after seeing the images on the computer screen, there was something special about the look of the black and white images.
I went to Tokyo to teach a street photography workshop sponsored by Leica alongside Charlie Kirk, Bellamy Hunt, and Alfie Goodrich. I was in casual conversation with Todd, when he casually told me that he had a spare Leica M6 he never used. I noticed a few advantages when shooting with film- namely that when people asked me to delete the photo I told them I couldn’t- as it was film. I got my film developed and scanned when visiting Korea the month afterward- and fell in love with my film shots from Tokyo. I am now making the full transition to film from digital for my personal street photography work, and recently sold my Leica M9 and now making the full move into film. For my street photography, I am more interested in the project-based approach rather than the single-image approach. With film, I can focus on my personal projects by not stressing about the individual images.
This helps me in the end- because there are fewer photographs I have to look at when editing, and the overall quality of the images are better as well. People are concerned to shoot film, as they are worried that companies will quit producing film.
In my opinion, I don’t think film will ever go away- but inevitably it will become more expensive in the long run. If you are intruiged in shooting street photography with film, and haven’t ever tried it before- here are some tips I have.
If you are interested in shooting street photography with film, I would recommend either getting a film rangefinder or a point-and-shoot (or both).
There are a plethora of great film rangefinders out there (Konica Hexar, Contax G-series, Canonets, Bessas, etc) yet I prefer the Leica. A Leica M6 will run you around $1300-$1600 (depending on the condition) and the Leica MP (newest film Leica) will run you around $3200-$3700 (depending on condition).
If you want to get a film camera, I highly recommend contacting my friend Bellamy Hunt (Japan Camera Hunter) who sources all of his cameras from Japan. For black and white, I currently shoot Kodak Tri-X 400 and for my color, I prefer Kodak Portra 400. Also note when you are shooting street photograpy with film, my suggestion is to push your film to 1600. Remember when shooting street photography with a film rangefinder you should always zone-focus during the day.
1) If you decide to do it yourself, make sure to google online how to deveop your own film. I am now fully-committed to film for my street photography, but who knows how long it will be for. Once again, if you are interested in shooting film or getting a film camera, contact Bellamy Hunt (Japan Camera Hunter) who has at least a decade+ worth of knowledge of this stuff.
I still own a digital camera (an Olympus EPM-1) that I use for my snapshots of friends, family, workshops, etc. However after actually shooting for film for several months (around 4 months to be exact) I now know the differences. Once again, the purpose of this blog post was to encourage people to experiment and try out film if they have never. For example, if I want to be mobile and shoot on the streets- I physically couldn’t use a large-format camera or a pinhole camera. To me the importance of using a certain a certain camera is in the handling, ergonomics, and appearance – not the image quality.
I am currently shooting purely film for my personal street photography – but who knows, I might end up switching back to digital in the next few months.
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From proper lighting to making little adjustments to your DSLR settings, we’ve got insider tips on how you can turn ordinary shots into visually-stunning works of arts. Shooting at a 1:1 magnifications or higher will result in the subject of focus being extremely narrow. This means, you have to learn how to control the background or foreground clutter to get the best shot.
If such is the case, use a tripod, it’ll just be much easier this way plus, the camera will remain stable no matter how shaky the setup is. This means getting your lens parallel to the subject and reducing both background and foreground clutter. I carry one of these cheat sheets (Flash Cheats) around in my camera bag but now I’ve got another half dozen that I will be laminating too.
After all, shooting film was expensive, cumbersome, and a pain in the ass to do compared to digital. I had some negative experiences shooting street photograpy with film before (I opened the back of my grandpa’s Contax IIIa and ruined at least 5 rolls of film on accident) and was reluctant. I loved the simplicity of the design – and the lack of extraneous buttons and an LCD screen of my Leica M9. The experience was much more zen-like, and rather than thinking about the shot I just took (in digital) I would look forward to the next shot. I was still concerned that my film would all be black and nothing was properly developed, but I gasped with awe when I saw my photos on the negatives.
They weren’t cold and lifeless like the digital images I usually shoot- but they had character in the grain structure, ink-jet blacks, and the best of all- great details in the highlights. After all, I had my Leica M9, my hard drives, my quad-core computer at home, and my Lightroom workflow down to a science.
I then started to talk to my friends about getting a Leica M6 and trying more film- when I talked to Todd Hatakeyama, my good friend and gallery owner of the Hatakeyama Gallery and Simple Studio Lighting. Having used my Leica M9 for a while, it was quite easy to transition into shooting with film. The project was an exploration of how Koreans try to present themselves in a positive manner to others by the way they look and dress, the cars they drive, and the material things they own. Why am I making the plunge into fully film from having shot street photography in digital the last five years? I want to create projects that are meaningful and have social statements- rather than taking interesting individual images, uploading to Flickr, and hoping to get 100+ favorites. Sure you can keep using the camera you have, but you will always be tempted by the newest and greatest.
I like to tell people in my street photography workshops to spend 90-95% of your time editing, and around 5-10% of your time post-processing.

With digital RAW files, you still have to fumble with the filters and presets and have so many choices to toy around with your image. Therefore when I’m out shooting on the streets, I am not shooting away blindly- but being far more selective. Sure Kodak filed for bankruptcy, but it is their film department that is still making money. I don’t have to worry about constantly charging my camera, as the film Leica M6 can operate without a battery (you only need a battery for the meter).
I prefer the manual controls of the rangefinder when shooting on the street, yet love the compactness and unobtrusiveness of a point-and-shoot when out on the streets. It is expensive (starts at around $3000+) yet it is the lens I will probably use for the rest of my life. The Contax T2 is the more functional camera, as it has a fantastic 38mm lens which is very sharp and contrasty.
If you are not familiar with pushing film, the idea is that you put in ISO 400 film into your camera, and adjust your meter to ISO 1600. Film retains details in the highlights very well, but don’t hold much details in the shadows.
For example, I have a folder for all of my Korea film negatives, my Singapore shots, my Tokyo shots, and so forth. I use it to edit down my shots (select my best work) and even do some post-processing if my shots are a little overexposed or underexposed. I am now far more selective when shooting on the streets, I enjoy the zen-like process more, and I am able to edit my shots better. After all, I think everyone is entitled to one expensive hobby (for others it is cars, expensive clothes, etc). If you have an old film camera collecting dust at home, blow off the dust, change the batttery, pop in a load of film, and go out and try it out. This argument is not whether film or digital is better- it is about my personal experiences in shooting both mediums- and now why I  personally prefer to shoot film.
I am only making the full transition from digital to film for my personal street photography projects. I would make many points saying that if you trained yourself enough, you would get all the benefits of film (while shooting digital).
I feel that photographers cannot make a judgement on the benefits of shooting film until actually having tried shooting film for a certain period of time. If you put an image of a photo shot wide open with a Canon 5D Mark III next to a Leica M9 I couldn’t tell the difference. I prefer shooting with a Leica- not because it is expensive but because it listens to my personal preferences. Each photograph includes an explanation of the camera equipment that was used and tips on how it was taken.
You’ll aslo notice they were photographed with an entry level camera, demonstrating that anyone with a DSLR can shoot awesome macro photographs. I understand it isn’t always possible for beginner photographers to purchase external flash.
As the hoverfly was constantly moving, I found turning off the lens AF (automatic focus) function made the job so much easier. He sat really still and would allowed me to move in as close as I needed for a detailed macro photo of his whiskers. The original dragonfly image was cropped with Photoshop CS2 so the dragonflies face takes up the majority of the final composition. This dragonfly come up to me as I sat under a tree, so I took the opportunity to take a few shots of it. This is one of my best tips for insect photography.
This shot of a water droplet was taken with a plastic bag (and a pin hole in it) being held over a fish tank. This is the beauty of macro photography, in that you get to really appreciate the smaller things in life and see them in a whole different light. This particular photograph was taken at 8.30 in the morning with strong sunlight coming from behind the dragonfly. All you need to do is get in touch, tell us what you would like to do - and we'll do the rest!
Students will join her at her studio and be taught the basics of professional photography before going on site , taking shots of Olinda & Recife. When you combine the instant rebates with the mail-in rebates, it results in some pretty significant savings. We asked on Twitter what our followers favorite digital slr camera was and nearly every answer was different, or was a wish for an upgrade to an existing model.
The most intruiging was the film advance lever- something I would learn to adore very soon. He mentioned the whole process of processing his film was like a religious and meditative experience for him – something that caught my attention. I convinced myself I didn’t have the time, money, or the effort to shoot street photography with film. I then met a bunch of other passionate photographers in Tokyo- a ton of them also shooting film. After all, everything was the same except shooting fully-manual instead of aperture-priority on the M9. Shooting film helped me stay focused on the project and the whole-picture, rather than individual images. Shots that were blurry or out-of-focus (that would have looked horible in digital) looked more like beautiful mistakes in film.
I shot the entire project on Kodak Tri-X pushed to 1600, and once again- was able to focus on my project (rather than individual images).
The newer cameras will always have more features, better ISO-performance, better image-quality, and new designs. Once again, I would prefer spending more time shooting and editing than post-processing on y computer. When photography came about, people said nobody would paint anymore- yet painting is still thriving. Also taking film through the X-ray has never been an issue for me at airports (as long as the film is below ISO 1600-3200 you are okay). All this information I am providing is based on my personal experiences and advice I have gotten from others. You can also adjust the aperture directly on the lens, it has a flash, and you can easily adjust your pre-focus (or shoot in AF) with a thumb-wheel. It is slimmer than the Contax T2 and lighter- so I can fit into my front jean pocket while on-the-go. Bellamy sees the cameras in-person, tests them, and makes sure they are minty fresh before shipping them out. Tri-X has been used for decades by professional photographers and journalists, and have great grain and high contrast- while Portra 400 has great skin tones, a fine grain, and nicely saturated. You then shoot your ISO 400 film underexposed by 2 stops, and process your film for longer to get the correct exposure. I recommend either the Epson V700 or the Epson V750 (if you want a flatbed) or the Plustek 7600 scanner for 35mm negatives. I generally don’t process my film until a month after I take my shots, which means that I am able to emotionally detach myself from my photographs and judge them more objectively.
However I would like to clarify some points which I made in the article which I feel was misinterpreted. One can also make the argument to only use a 512mb or 1 GB SD card when shooting on the streets – which can make one more selective.
I hate people putting down others because they don’t shoot with a full-frame camera, have expensive lenses, or shoot with a Leica. I rely heavily on zone focusing, like having a camera with a quiet shutter, and one that doesn’t look menacing. Honestly in the end I have become quite annoyed when people try to debate what street photography is and what it isn’t. If I hadn’t turned this lens setting off, it would have kept swimming or refocusing, making it near impossible to capture a sharp image of the hoverfly. If you view a photographs EXIF data and notice the aperture and focal length are showing as zero (0), chances are the photographer used an extension tube or some piece of equipment that sat between the camera’s body and the lens. When using extension tubes, you need to set your lens to MF (manual focus), because the automatic focus won’t work. While many photographers don’t like shooting into the sun, I find when it comes to macro photography, it can often help to highlight an insects tiny hairs. Using the backdrop of the rugged Cornish Coastline, learn how to use depth of field in your images from blurred backgrounds to pin sharp landscapes! We offer courses, workshops and holidays in photography, acting, felt making, textiles, dress making, hat making, jewellery, papercrafts and much more!

We can however show a list along with some explanations, that way you can make a more informed decision for buying the best dslr camera (and most affordable) that meets your needs.There are hundreds of dslr cameras on the market, some with very close matches of specification or price. If you are using a digital camera, try to zoom into the subject as far as your camera allows so you can confirm if the subject is in exact focus.
The rule of thumb is the greater the distance between the sensor and the subject, the longer the exposure has to be.
Using a tripod is a great way to get a good angle especially if you are aiming to get right down low.
After visiting the vintage camerastores in Tokyo and seeing the stores of still dedicating to selling film, I thought I would give it another try.
Furthermore, I typically look at my images after a full day of shooting in Lightroom- which prevents me from disconnecting emotionally from my images. How long did you use your brand-new white MacBook before you had to upgrade to a new aluminum MacBook pro? I spend a lot of money on my photography, but still drive an old-ass car, and own only three pairs of clothes. I took my ISO 400 film through x-rays at airports at least 3-4 times consecutively and never had an issue. In the end, you end up taking more shots, especially in places where you want to be more low-key (subway, bus, supermarket, etc).
It is built of quality (out of Titanium) and won’t break the bank (they are around $400-500). I recently got my lovely Ricoh GR1s from him, and am in the middle of getting a Leica MP from him. I recently read in Bystander: A History of Street Photography that Garry Winogrand and Joel Meyerowitz always pushed to 1600 to capture decisive moments. If I got a commission, of course I would probably borrow a Canon 5D Mark III and shoot it with that. I have found in my personal experience that someone is less likely to be threatened by a rangefinder than a DSLR. I experiment with different cameras, with different mediums, as well as different approaches. Once there was scientific proof that the Earth was round, they refused to say it was the truth.
Nowadays if you purchase extension tubes that are the same brand as your macro lens, you may be able to keep all the automatic functions (depending on the brand).
One of the mistakes I did when I first purchased my macro lens, was to keep the F number at a low F2.8 (just because I could). The process we used to come up with this list of the best was based on the same process we used to buy our favorite dslr, the Canon 7D.
If lighting is bad, you can also use a sheet of plain white paper behind your subject to create a flattering light.
Most digital cameras have exposure metering through the lens so this takes all the guesswork as far as finding the correct exposure. At the end of the day, I had a fantastic time shooting on the streets, and was curious to see what I got on my film. I end up falling in love with my bad photos (based on the memory of the images) rather than looking at them objectively. I like the idea of one camera and one lens- yet prefer to have a camera that is reliable and functional. The Epson will scan your film quicker and be easier, yet the Plustek will give you higher-quality scans, but take longer.
I am also more comfortable with the simplicity of design when compared to other rangefinders. I started this blog to also share my personal experiences shooting street photography to help others, not to paint things black and white.
Like many macro photographers, I find a tripod really restrictive when photographing insects.
Therefore, if you are shooting in a shady spot of the garden, you will need a tripod to achieve great results. Later on I realised this wasn’t always a good idea, unless you intend on getting just the eye of an insect in focus.
Our criteria for choosing the best dslr camera for your needs is based on price, resolution and speed.
Another great tip toward achieving correct exposure is to check your histogram several times before taking the shot.
It will never get outdated (as it already is!) Imagine having a 1960’s Mustang vs a brand new BMW.
When MP3’s came out, people said nobody would listen to vinyls anymore- yet they are still around. Instead, it’s best to be patient and wait until you find a curious insect that is sitting still. The 1960’s Mustang will always have a nice appeal, whereas you constantly are pressured to buying the newest BMW. Tallying up the scores gave us our results, with the best overall camera listed last.What features were we interested in when considering various models of dslr cameras?
Our review of cameras was assuming that most people reading this article are not professionals but also I not absolute beginners either. We assume that most people looking for a DSLR are likely to use at least some manual settings, but we also appreciate consumer type features such as a built-in flash. Of course, because we are not targeting high-end professionals with our list of the best dslr cameras, we appreciate lower prices versus high costs (the more affordable the camera the better)! For us, HD video in our DSLR camera was not a huge factor in our decisions though we are certainly happy when a camera has that feature.Why are speed and resolution major factors for our list of the top rated DSLR cameras? We know some people would argue that your lens and sensor have a bigger impact on the output quality, and the end result is the whole point, right?
Well, sure, but I started out in DSLR photography with a Canon 350D and two areas where I felt really limited were the frame rate and the resolution.
Canon EOS 1000DThis DSLR camera was launched in 2008 and is aimed squarely at the entry-level market but despite that positioning and age, still packs in some serious features. If price is your main factor then it is well worth looking at, as this is one of the best and affordable DSLR cameras on the market.Click here to buy the Canon EOS 1000D DSLR9. The specs won't set the world alight, especially the low frames per second, but the price is competitive and the resolution is decent at 14 mega pixels.
Many people tell me they prefer the ergonomics of this Nikon body, which is worth considering into the equation.Click here to buy the Nikon D3100 DSLR8. That said, even though the product was last refreshed in 2008, it is a fantastic performer. Full frame sensor is probably the headline feature, giving it extremely good quality in every environment you can throw at it. Resolution-wise you are looking at 21 mega pixels, which is good enough for some excellent prints at large sizes without much post processing. The full frame and the resolution mean many professional photographers use this as their go-to DSLR camera.
As mentioned earlier, expect this to be rectified soon, in which case it will likely be a dominant player once again.Click here to buy the Canon 5D MkII DSLR7. Unfortunately, while an excellent and popular camera, the newer Canon 60D beats it in all departments in terms of specs. Still, Nikon fans will tell you it works and feels better in actual use, and it is a good choice if you already have a Nikon lens collection.Click here to buy the Nikon D90 DSLR6.
Nikon D3XIf you are looking for a pro level DSLR camera then you are going to be heading up the price scale but also getting better performance for your money (and usually build quality). Obviously it will price out all but a minority of camera buyers but the image quality served up by its superior innards and 24 mega pixel sensor are very impressive. Canon Rebel T3i Another entry-level DSLR camera, the Canon Rebel series has historically been the sweet spot between amateur price but respectable specs. This brand new refresh is the only 2011 camera on the list and packs 18 mega pixel resolution for a low price, potentially below $800 if you spot a deal!
Canon 7DIt has to be said, the Canon 7D won out among our top ranked DSLR cameras but not by a huge margin.
The faster frames per second helped, plus the build quality and hand feel (many Nikon owners would disagree there). Yes, you might be able to get a good deal, seeing as it is already being seen as an older model. If you are anything like me though you will love the results.Click here to buy the Canon 7D DSLRSummaryThe best DSLR cameras is the kind of subject that naturally leads to discussion, arguments, and a lot of subjective personal taste, so let me pre-empt the flames by saying this is MY list of the best DSLRs.

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