Have you seen our Facebook cover photo? Foaper tokayto is the photographer of this wonderful photo. We asked him to tell us about his experiences as a photographer. And this is a story by tokyato.
I was going to show you my favorite photo first. It’s this one.
First of all, I’m not a pro in street photography. I practice and I’m trying to get better and better all the time. In this blogpost I will tell you about what street photography means to me and what’s on my my mind when I’m out for a photo session n the streets.
Take a look around. Take a walk. In the middle of the city, perhaps in a total chaos? Then start to snap the photos. One by one. Not to fast.
If you’re using a grip when photographing, street photography will not work the same way for you – because people will notice you and it’s not the same when people see that you’re arranging something with your camera. And thay’s when i’s easy to start to miss those great feelings that people show each other. Two people hugging, laughing or screaming. As soon as they’ve seen you and your big camera, I think that the authenticity of the feelings disappear in the blink of an eye.
That’s what I love about street photography, the life and soul that you can get in a photo. And it’s very hard to get that feeling from a photo model looking and smiling into the camera. I love street photography in black and white. These are the colors for me, because again, it’s not about the real colors – it’s about capturing the life and energy. I always try to catch emotions in a photo, what they look like is not interesting me, I want to capture the very soul of the person.
And you need to keep the camera close to yourself. Don’t be shy, don’t put your camera down when you’ve captured some photos. Cause when you carrying your camera everywhere, that’s when you have the chance to get the really good ones. The unexpected. Perhaps you will scratch your camera a bit, but it will be worth it when you get that super shot. I think that it’s better to have a camera with scratches and beautiful photos than a flawless camera without those good photos.
And give it some time. For every time you take a photo, you’re a bit better photographer.
Grab your camera and catch the real emotions in life.
– Serkan. Click here to se more photos by tokayto.