How many ways can we photograph a blank wall? It’s not a very-very blank wall…there is something that we can use to “custom” it: in this case there are two road signs.
Here is the “track”..and, as we are speacking about Street Photographs, we need a human subject.
A “classical” approach: follow a direction:
A countercurrent...a salmon 🙂
A moving countercurrent… if you want an “artistc” picture!
More motion? Very simple: wait for a fast cyclist ( always as “artistic” picture! )
…uhhhmmmm… there something missig: a car or 2 persons ( there are 2 signals on the wall ) or, better, a person with a blue/white dress (!)… The main key is “Fantasy”! With fantasy we can “paint” (photograph) a simple blank wall in 1000 ways. For this example I used a Sony Rx100M3.
..in effect..I didn’t follow that guy..because he was sat down at the corner. We can say that I followed his behavior: he was in the backlight, he was smoking…and there were lines of light toward him: a very good photographic scene.
So I took my little Sony RX100M3 ( a very little, but powerful camera ) and I waited for the right moment: a little smoke from his mouth.. here is a good photo: a profile made of light, geometric lines…and a little point of interest: the smoke.
Other important notes: only in the morning there is this type of light..the sun is low on the horizon ( so we have long shadows ) … there are few people on the street..I had a little camera so the subject didn’t notice me 🙂 🙂
You don’t need a great camerato take a great photo as you don’t need a big paintbrushto color a big painting. I have a question: “how was the giant Goliath killed?”, with a big cannon? No, with a little rock. Last sunday I took the following pictures with a little compact camera, a Sony RX100M3, not with a Nikon D5 or a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.
I had a big help: the morning lights! 🙂 But I had to wake very early in the morning..and the “good light” last few minutes… In the evening I edited the RAW files them with Lightroom.
“Take the rose when it’s time, that the time, you know, flying and the same flower that blooms today, tomorrow will wither” ( Carpe Diem, italian poet Orazio)
Fujifilm X100TVS Sony Rx100M3 in Street Photography: which is the best?
I like very much the Street Photography and I have to choose between two cameras: X100T and Rx100M3…so…which is the best for this kind of photography?
In the following table my personal considerations:
First of all both of them were produced in 2014..so the technology is the same. I have a sufficient “budget” to buy the more expensive? (Ok…yes). The dimension is important because I need a camera that I can always carry with me…the X100T on this point is very good…while the RX100 for my is a little too small. The dimension of the sensor is very important: big sensor means better ISO. The tiltable screen is useful but not essential…like the image stabilization: if you have a lens with a high aperture you don’t need the stabilization. Wireless is very useful, but in any case you can by a wireless SD. I don’t consider the zoom because the best lens for street photography is 35 or 28.
A very difficult decision! So I bought the Fujifilm X100T as my first main camera..and the Rx100M3 as a second camera ( very small I can carry in my jacket or coat .. always..and I can use it as a photographic “block notes”).
JPEG or RAW ? How many times I heard this question!! Who is the winner? And the Oscar goes to …. the answer is: it depends! There is not a winner. Both of them have pro and cons… I don’t want to publish a bare standard table with pro&cons but I want to speak about real-life samples. Generally speaking RAW has a lot of pro…but..
I.e. I’m a professional sport photographer and during a race I shot hundreds of picturesand I have to choose and send themto a newspaper as soon as possible. So I have not time to convert/edit them from RAW to JPEG (remember that a RAW file is very-very large )…so I use JPEG but I set my camera to give me a good JPG: i.e. adjust contrast/saturation/white balance/size. Some year ago I attended to a workshop held by Ivo Saglietti and he said us to use only JPEG: the reason was that we have to concentrate only on the composition of the image and not on the editing. Here my reportage in JPEG.
On the opposite I have time to edit the RAW…so I want to work in photoshop with the most qualityof my pictures. Here the advantage of RAW is that I can edit/correct the file without big reduction in quality. Remember that everytime you save a JPEG file the software , that you used for editing, reduces it! Yes! It’s the definition of a JPEG file: a compressed file with loss of quality ( also a ZIP file is a compressed file…but the compression is lossles: we can restore the original file). In the case you are using a JPEG file, my suggestion is to to save it in the default format of the software you are using: i.e PSD for Photoshop. So the next time you edit and save it, you will not have quality reduction.
This is not an advertising! I have a Sony RX100M3 and if I want a good JPEGpicture I can set on of the Default Scene( i.e. Sport,Landscape,Sunset …. ) or the Superior / Intelligent Auto mode. In my next post I’ll show some pictures in those settings ( versus and edited RAW).