21st Century Street: The Future is Now by Patrick Colpron @candidcameraman
Street Photograph with a mobile phone?! The beauty of using a smart phone to do street photography is it’s unobtrusive, small, portable and discreet nature. It is a pleasure to carry and use - you can be open about what you are doing as if you are using a camera or shoot from the hip. Of course, a little like at the start of digital photography, some people said smart phone photography will increase the sheer amount of bad images being made… It forces you to sing a better tune against a wall of noise.
What I have found in the past 18 months is mobile photography has elevated photography to a whole new level - it has brought photography to the masses. Anyone and everyone can pick up a smart phone and start shooting to their hearts content, one of the main point I have been trying to get across these past few years, the camera does not make the images, the photographer does. it isn’t the camera - it is the person holding it… using it.
I shoot with the Native iPhone camera only, the only way I can wow me and the viewer (me as both the viewer and the photographer as well as anyone who looks at my images) is to truly pay attention at all time to the compositions of my images, all elements in my frames are considered. All of a sudden the background has almost as much weight as the principal and at times subordinate subject and sometimes the background becomes even more important than the principal subject
There is no set rules written in stones when it comes to street photography. The saying is if you ain’t having fun practicing photography, you’re not doing it right
Better photography starts with the device you use, any device, and fun comes at the price of actually improving … making better images and continually improving. My best image is the one I’ll make tomorrow
When you do street photography with a mobile device do not think ‘pedestrian’ - anyone can make an image of someone walking down a sidewalk or a city street … Think better photography, mind the background and because a Smart Phone is not as fast as other types of camera, use that slower response time to your advantage by really taking the time to think your composition through before you even lift your phone up, carefully framing your subjects in the best possible manner you can and taking this extra time to start your device up to really take the moment in, turning what is seemingly a disadvantage into a strength allowing you to greatly improve your photography in a very short time.
If you are anything like me, you want to make better images at each release of the shutter. My best image is the one I will make tomorrow and the day after tomorrow as I am always striving to find new approaches to photography in order to improve how and what I shoot - I have found the constraint of the iPhone to be the best learning tool in order to broaden my horizons and improve my photography with all types of cameras.
Go ahead, do street photography or any type of photography, using a true 21st century tool - a photographer’s dream, a pocket camera, light - nimble and capable… The best street photography camera is the one you have with you at all times, the camera in your phone.