My first personal experience with Urban Photography

2 years 1 week ago #615606 by Bansisingh
Alright so i have been a newbie for quite some time with a decent camera and some kit lenses (T3i, a pair 17-55, 75-300 and a 50) and today i decided to have enough balls and go outside and do some urban photog, i have always wanted to do such thing but after lurking for quite some time now and Urban photog is really just a risky gamble whenever you have an awful or pleasant experience, i have read some bad and some good things.
My first tip if you're in this kind of situation is to don't care about what other people's experiences and make your own: i have been grasping photography for some year now and if there's one thing that this hobby isn't afraid of showing is risks, you'll experience them and learn from them, embrace the risk! Don't let all those cases bum you and make you not do what you might want to do yourself, just do it.
In my case, i live on a small city on Mexico (Morelia) where well, it's safe with some expectations but of course don't expect European kind of safety. Anyways, where i live is a Urban paradise, lots of good things to photograph and pretty nice people, which leads to my second and third tip:
Look at your surroundings: There's way too may good things that might be happening at the moment anywhere while you might be snapping pictures of a dog far more interesting, be quick, be strategic, be slick and of course, professional. Also since this is an urban area and in my case i live on a shithole make sure that there aren't any shady people or dangerous people, you never know when someone will rob you at knife-point all because you stopped by to take a photo of a pigeon or get run over by a bus because you wanted to take a panoramic of the street.


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1 year 11 months ago #618501 by bojojo
Good for you for getting out of your comfort zone to try something new!


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1 year 11 months ago #618720 by KCook
Yikes. Sounds like it would be a good idea to keep the camera out of sight as much as possible.

Kelly

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1 year 11 months ago #618738 by effron

KCook wrote: Yikes. Sounds like it would be a good idea to keep the camera out of sight as much as possible.

Kelly


Yup, or maybe just avoid war zones and the like.....

Why so serious?
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1 year 11 months ago #618826 by GaryA

bojojo wrote: Good for you for getting out of your comfort zone to try something new!


I echo bojojo ... Good for you!  I've done a lot of Street stuff.  After some time you'll develop a street sense which will help minimize conflict/potential conflict.  In the beginning I suggest you just shoot and walk, shoot and walk.  

There are photographs everywhere. It is the call of photographers to see and capture those images.
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1 year 11 months ago #618861 by GaryA
PS- So where are the images?

There are photographs everywhere. It is the call of photographers to see and capture those images.
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