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Essence of Street Photography

  • Jan 7, 2014 · 5:30 PM
  • Federation Square Information Booth

One Camera, One lens, the rest is up to the street and your eye to capture stunning street photographs.
The aim is to wander about the streets of Melbourne as a group sharing techniques, point of view and personal knowledge and experience to help one another improving our skills and of course having fun and making new friends while shooting the streets of Melbourne.

Looking forward to see you all there, bring your camera, (doesn't matter what it is, all it needs to do is to capture stills) your ideas, imagination and we're set!
The reason why I've started the description with One camera and one lens, it's purely because, with street photography, we will be doing quite a bit of walking around (so the other obvious suggestion will be comfy shoes) and therefore bulking up with all your gear (DSLR people) will just end up slowing you down and tiring you out.
One suggestion would be either a wide to short zoom lens or a prime lens, if you have one.
The tricky thing with street photography is that you want to get close enough to the subject but far enough not to shove your camera in their faces as a lot of people will hate that, but no big zoom lenses or flashes, because that too will be screaming that you're taking a photo of them!!!

This brings me to another matter:
- Yes you can take photos of anything and anyone while on the streets.
- NO you're not breaching any privacy laws shooting people in the streets as they are in a public place. 
Just think about all the CCTV cameras around and you don't even really know where they are, the same principal applies to you, so if anyone gets worked up about it, know that you are within your rights to take the photo. Having said so, remember to be sensible about it anyway, and if somebody gets really upset, just stop and think if it's really worth the argument and show them you're deleting the photo, and meanwhile maybe remind them that you also had all the rights to take the photo in the first place so that they also understand where we stand.

The reason of me choosing that particular time are both convenience as most people would have finished or will be finishing work by then, and the other is because we will have still plenty of light and will be getting closer to what we call "The Magic Hour" that time half hour before and half hour after the sunset, when we can use the natural light at it's best.

If anyone is interested and will still have energies I was thinking of finishing up with some long exposure photos in the darker part of the evening, but I think it's best to leave that to the day and see how we all feel about it then, but definitely something to think about.
(Melbourne by night along the Yarra it is definitely something spectacular!!!)

Looking forward to see you all there! :)


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  • Leslie K.

    i wanna shoot with a bunch, sharing ideas and how to actually get the most natural element in the photo without pissing people off on the streets

    March 16, 2014

  • Simo S.

    Looks like a few are keen for Fitzroy and surroundings....how does Tuesday fortnight 6pm sound?

    1 · January 8, 2014

    • Anna

      Sounds great. Have just moved into the area, lots of great photo opportunities.

      January 8, 2014

    • Keillan

      sounds good!

      January 12, 2014

  • Kusdi(Sindhu)

    HI Simo Thnks already organised the event. And sorry some of my naughty photo because I could not resist to take it.

    1 · January 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Simo thanks for organising, it was a great meetup and I met some more cool people. I got lost twice, but that's my special superpower.

    2 · January 8, 2014

  • Brad

    Sounds good.

    1 · January 8, 2014

  • John G.

    Great to get out and shoot with you all.

    1 · January 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was great to meet you guys...and these are my pics.. Please have a look
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.641522462574966.1073741851.226267290767154&type=3

    1 · January 8, 2014

    • Simo S.

      Amazing Photos!!! Really like the use of film grain in them too! Very very nice job!!!

      January 8, 2014

  • Simo S.

    For the next meet i was thinking Fitzroy, Brunswick or Richmond
    Ideas?

    January 8, 2014

    • Chris F.

      I like the idea of fitzroy and collingwood. Little smith st, oxford /, little oxford st. always interested people on smith st. Also there's an old burnt out flour mill in collingwood which could be cool to shoot

      1 · January 8, 2014

    • Chris F.

      Interesting I mean

      January 8, 2014

  • Brad

    Sounds good.

    January 8, 2014

  • Simo S.

    All photos looking great so far!!!

    January 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just GREAT!!!

    2 · January 7, 2014

  • Simo S.

    Thank you all again for coming and being so patient with me, I'll promise to be more organised and more detailed next time.
    Really impressed with how it turned out and everyone was just wonderful!
    I can't wait to see all of your beautiful photos!!!

    1 · January 7, 2014

    • Chris F.

      I think you may need to create the album before we can upload.

      January 7, 2014

  • Chris F.

    Great job Simo in organising this event!

    1 · January 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent

    January 7, 2014

  • Brad

    Sorry peeps, I ran horribly late so won't be snapping. Catch you at the next event.

    January 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    In the city!!!! Will reach soon

    January 7, 2014

  • Anna

    Sorry got held up earlier now running too late. Enjoy all

    January 7, 2014

  • Simo S.

    [masked] it's my number

    January 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there a contact number to call if I arrive late?

    January 7, 2014

  • Deb

    I've just joined this group but can't there tonight unfortunately. Hopefully I can make the next one, thx Deb

    January 7, 2014

  • John G.

    Really looking forward to meeting and shooting with more photographers interested in street shooting.

    2 · January 6, 2014

  • John M.

    Unfortunately I'm not able to make this walk - have a great time guys!

    January 6, 2014

  • Kenny

    If you do hold another one of these I would love to come a long. Just got some other things happen right now. Have fun everyone

    1 · January 6, 2014

    • Simo S.

      I will make sure to let you know!

      January 6, 2014

  • Therese M

    Hey everyone, met some of you at another group and heard about this. Looking forward to it :-)

    2 · January 5, 2014

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