A Series of DecisionsIn its methodology, photography can be reduced to a series of decisions which determine the exact characteristics of each photo. When conducting street photography, in particular, the opportunity to make these decisions is limited. The process begins slowly, with lots of time allowed for selecting gear, setting the camera, and so on. It then advances to a fast stage with little time for the photographer to react—the actual moment when the photograph is taken. This is followed by another slow stage after the decisive moment in which the photo can be edited and processed.More Like This
This decision-making process can be broken down in order to minimize the decisions that must be made during the fleeting decisive moment. This, in turn, allows the photographer more time to make the two key decisions that remain in that moment: composition and timing.
Before You Shoot: Gear Selection
The first decision the photographer must make is which camera and lenses to take out of the bag. Gear select
North Korea by David GuttenfelderHow about some inspiration from David Guttenfelder?More Like This
David Guttenfelder has visited this secretive country many times. These photographs show what he was allowed to see. Take advantage of his extravagantly organized approach to form. His compositions are simple almost to the point of being cliche. Organized almost so well as the country struggles to appear. There is a sadness vivid in most of them, and although portraits of individuals often succeed to express it (like in the last photograph of this selection showing a Pyongyang Central Press Agency worker by a window), the feeling of loneliness oozes strongest from collective scenes of masses of heads and bodies. The photographer's vision turns our eyes to what beautiful there is to find there but, intentionally or not, never fails to rip my guts out.