Martin P Wilson Posted January 25, 2015 Share Posted January 25, 2015 As some of you may be aware I am aiming to move to a more journalistic approach to my photography in 2015. That is the sort of pictures and photographers that inspire me.As a result I shot the first picture essay of my new regime - http://martinpwilson.com/d2d-slabsq . I have put it up on my new web site which is now in beta testing, so bear in mind it is a work in progress. I have several tweaks I know I need to do on it. But I thought I would share my findings of shooting a "story" for the first time in many years. Editing is key - I shot over 400 pictures which came down to 350 after the glaringly obvious failures were deleted. Getting it down to under 30 (my target for an essay) was a real challenge and it would have been very easy to include similars. It has made me realise what editing really means. Don't have too many preconceived ideas. I shot it with B&W enabled on my Fuji and I fully intended to publish it as such. But when I cam to edit I felt it worked much better in colour, so that's whats gone up. So the viewfinder and previews on camera were B&W. It teaches you to see what is there, to really look at the world around you. It refines technique because you are shooting so much, and thoughtfully, the camera becomes an extension of your mind. Technique starts to become second nature. People seem far less concerned about cameras than shy street photographers (like me) think. Be prepared to take photographs on a wide range of visitors cameras and phones. I probably took pictures for 6-8 people, suggestions about buying a camera to another and had extensive photography discussions with 2-3 more. So it is quite social. I found it took me into "the zone" and time flew. I hardly thought about anything else. I was enjoying my photography more than I had done in a long time. It is clearly the sort of photography I should be doing. Most of the time the Fuji X-T1 and 18-135mm was ideal although I struggled occasionally when I was photographing some BMX bike riders doing tricks. That was the only time I wished I had my dslr (but I would have struggled to carry the weight all day) Eight hours shooting a street story is hard on the feet, good comfortable shoes are a prerequisite! I walked something like 7.5 miles and I was only working in a very small area! I recommend shooting a "story" - whether it it will make money I don't know, and don't really care - I did it because I had to do it for me. I suspect if one lives one's passion it will come through and then uses it in a business-like way rewards of some sort will follow.Now to the next one, I also have long term story or feature (potential book I hope) that I am arranhing access to shoot and hav e more short essays in mind, including extending the Dawn to Dusk theme. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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