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Travel & Street Photography

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 8 September 2014 | Views [1066]

Just finished an exhausting, exciting, draining, tough, depressing, inspiring, and challenging weekend street photography workshop with Eric Kim.

Just 26 years old he has perhaps the best resource on the web for street photography and I was intrigued enough by his approach to see how it intersected with and could add to my travel photography.

He starts the workshop by getting you to consider the work of recognised photographers and describe what you see, why a particular image is well regarded, what the photographer was trying to achieve, and what’s the mood or emotion of the image.

That’s not as easy as it might sound.

Eric is passionate about his subject, and in the discussion three words kept occurring:

  • Emotion
  • Energy
  • Edginess

Ask yourself what you are trying to say. What’s the narrative?

Having been inspired by some of the layered work he’d shown where you focus on a subject in the distance but have subjects out of focus in the foreground, I thought I’d see what I could capture with this in mind. 

Indescribably hard. 

At the end of two days I’d say I didn’t get a single frame that met the above criteria, or had any layered depth or had any sort of narrative. But now I walk down the street and see it differently.

Which was the one thing I wanted from the workshop. 

At the end of the second day, we reconvened to edit down hundreds of frames to perhaps a set of three, Eric’s technique was simple and brutally effective.

For each image it goes something like this:

1. Has it got emotion? No? Ditch it. Move to the next image.


2. Is the background messy? Yes? Ditch it. Move to the next image.


3. Is it boring? Yes? Ditch it. Move to the next image.

It was remarkable with this above technique how fast you could review and filter down to a mere handful.

Once you have a set, does each image contribute to a narrative? No? remove it.

Fast, clever and utterly ruthless.


Tags: erickim, learn, melbourne, photography, workshop

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