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! :)