Question for street photographers

Started Jan 10, 2013 | Discussions thread
JeanPierre Martel
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Re: Question for street photographers
In reply to rrr_hhh, Jan 10, 2013

rrr_hhh wrote:

JeanPierre Martel wrote:

"Street photography" is a specific photographic genre characterized by the use of wide-angle lenses (in order to isolate the subject from his/her environment), shots usually in black & white, and with a lot of contrast (with very deep shadows). In many cases, it seems to be a tribute to great photographers of the past who just had B&W films and poor resolution lenses...

You are probably writing the opposite of what you meant. You don't use a wide angle to isolate people from their environment. On the contrary, you use wide angle to portrait people in their environment using a wider angle of view and a deeper DOF. When you want to single people out of a crowd or of their background, you use a longer lens with a narrower angle of view and a shallower DOF.

No, I really mean it. Shalllow DOF is one way to isolate subjects.

Wide-angle lenses make wider the apparent distance between the subject and other people around him/her. Moreover, the nearer a person is, the taller that person looks.

On the contrary, when everything is in focus, telelenses make everything flat, as if everything was in the same pane.

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