Photography Advice from the Streets of New York

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Learn from a guy who shoots from his hip – really. Joe Wigfall won WNYC’s Street Shots Challenge and he gets great shots by “seeing with his hands.” In other words, Joe simply raises the camera slightly instead of putting it in front of his face. It’s an entirely different approach than that of someone like Magnum photographer Bruce Gilden, whose in-your-face technique, brilliantly illustrated in this video, also results in some amazing photographs.

There are no hard and fast rules about street photography – just grab your camera and go. Little nervous about it? Read these tips and take heart from Joe Wigfall. As he says, “Any time you have people and they’re alive, you’ve got something going on.”

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  1. Although this is really cool, I know many photographers including myself that have been doing this for years. You should let people understand in this blog that this is not a new approach. I have been doing it for over 25 years.

    Great work though.

    By Greg Sharpe
      October 9, 2010 – 5:34 am   Permalink
  2. Greg,
    You’re right – it’s not new but it is a great thing to try every once in a while. Rather than composing the scene, you let yourself be surprised and that just introduces new ways of seeing. Love the way Joe just takes his lunch hour or his commute home and just shoots street scenes. Inspiring.
    best,
    Eileen

      October 9, 2010 – 6:16 am   Permalink
  3. One has to say that you can´t go public with those shots. This guy obviously gives a damn to ask people whether they agree to be shot from the hip or not.
    His advice NO.19:”…Smile, be polite and be willing to delete images if people protest.” is absolutely NOT ok.
    One day he will tap on someone who gives him a real sap.

    By Martin
      October 12, 2010 – 4:01 am   Permalink

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