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Tips on Photography

I'm not going to call myself an expert on Street Photography, but I looked up ALOT of articles and blogs on how to update my photography game.  One of the main sources I read up/watched was Eric Kim Photography. He recently deleted his IG so I can't put a link to the stuff he posts but he does have a Youtube Channel which he updates irregularly. He has lots of information about life in general and about photography.  

TIP #1

Take your time.  I was using my film camera for majority of my trip in Korea and I would carry 2-3 rolls of film per day trying to take in the environment around me and kind of slow down to take photos.  I got some great photos, in my opinion, and got to meet some dope people too.  But just slowing down and looking through the view finder and getting a good composition almost fishing for the image you want is kind of part of it.  Almost zen like.  This photo I got just while waiting for family members to finish their errands and just happened to be a good photo.  I just saw a cool little area and then a couple started walking by the area playing around.  It looked so natural and empty like they were in their own little world.

TIP #2

Just SHOOT.  More you get comfortable with using your gear, the more confident you will be taking photos.  You don't have to be concerned with others when taking photos in a public place.  If you get confronted then just talk to them like they are regular people instead of just ignoring them and walking away.  Majority of the time people like their photos taken and sometimes after taking one photo you can ask the person if it is ok to take their photo and majority of the time they will say yes.

This next photo I took on the subway. Compositionally I thought was cool cause it had a young man in the military looking at his phone trying to be "connected" as much as possible to the outside world while he is serving his country.  And next to him you see a older man possibly same age as his father maybe? and on the other side a women that could be same age as his mother.  They are not related I know for sure since I saw them enter and leave different stations without any conversation or acknowledgment of each other.  But this was couple stops under exposed and I wished it wasn't but that is on me.  I need to shoot more to get used to variety of situations and understanding my camera gear and lighting.

TIP #3 

Teach someone.  Teaching I believe is the best way to learn your craft.  If you know someone who is wanting to get into photography or any other craft that you share. Help them along by showing them what you know.  Don't be an a$$ and brag about what you know and correct them every single time they mess up or about to mess up.  When they have questions they will ask and you can point out cool photo opportunities that you see with your eyes to them while you take photos.  This creates a great community and allows you to enforce what you know verbally and physically.  

I met up with a friend who is way creative and does awesome drawing.  Hopefully she will pick up photography too since she was way curious on analog cameras.  I showed her how to use the camera and let her take rein.  Compositionally the photos she took was awesome! When she had questions she asked and it reinforced my understanding of the craft while helping someone else learn something new.

That is all for today and hopefully you guys got some inspiration from this to go out and shoot and share your knowledge with others!

See you guys next time!