Here in Bacolod City there is such a huge opportunity for street photography, from shooting the Jeepney’s or shooting the various food stands and street people who find their life clawing and digging for the next meal or next Peso.
I have spent many many hours, from early in the morning to late in the evening, most of the time it’s the worst lighting conditions possible, but I try to shoot in the moment, and not asking people to pose for me. I try to blend in and simple get ready to shoot when something interesting happens. It makes for long hot days for sure. I think Street Photography is one of the most rewarding types of photography out there. It’s certainly not that easy….and you spend a lot of time bored simply watching, but I love watching people.
Respecting Street Photography
One of the things I think you need to be able to show people is respect. If someone ever shows me other than a smile if they realize I took their picture, I will delete it. I am not one to force someone. I have shot with people like that it makes for a stressful time for the shoot. Always always respect those you plan to shoot during your Street Photography sessions, especially if you are like me, and not pose anyone, simply trying to be there is the right place at the right time. Respect goes a long long way!!
I have been shooting primarily with the Canon 7D, and the 7D Mkii. I like the crop sensor camera because it offers me that extra reach. I find my go to lens is the Canon 17 – 85 which in my opinion does what the Canon 24 – 105 does for a full frame camera. There are occasions when I want wide, and then the ability to go close without having to get too close.
If you get a chance get out there and try your hand with Street Photography, it is so much fun and can be very rewarding. Be sure to check out some of my work in my Street Photography Gallery.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to let me know, I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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