Learning Street Photography in 2021

Hello, friends! It’s getting warm outside again and I’ve had both of my covid19 vaccinations. You know what that means? It’s that time of year where I pretend to be an up-and-coming street photographer in the Louisville area! I’m learning street photography. I’ve been working on it for a few years.

I’m definitely not the best at it yet. Most of my photos are actually kind of boring and awful. Almost all of them would probably get destroyed in a workshop setting. Having navigated through the fiction workshop world for a while, I’ve learned to just do my own thing anyway. That being said, I still try to learn as much as I can from those who are willing to critique and workshop, and make themselves vulnerable with their art. For that reason, being comfortable sharing my own work is pretty important.

To track my progress this year, it’s probably a good idea to look back on last year.

My 2020 Photography

Last year, just before the pandemic hit, I restarted a photography kick that really started in 2019, though I don’t have many good photos from 2019. Over the course of a few months during the initial shutdown of the pandemic in 2020, I got some pretty-alright stuff, I think.

woman walking eric shay howard street photography
April 29th, 2020
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Street Photography Is Fun Sometimes

Last year, I bought a Canon EOS Rebel 3. I didn’t know anything about photography when I bought it. I still don’t know much. Originally, I got the camera because I wanted to start making YouTube videos. I try all kinds of video stuff and none of that really works out. Sometimes I try getting really into learning photography instead. I’m probably not going to be making any money for my photography work anytime soon. However, I still really like street photography. I get out and take candid photos of people every now and then.

I usually only get a few good photos.

Once in a while I’ll get a really good photo, or at least a photo that I think is really good. I made a Photography page and put a link for it up in the menu of my website. There aren’t that many photos on there, but that’s because there are only a handful of photos that I really like.

Sometimes I really like a lot of photos after I’ve just taken then. After a few weeks or a month or so, I’ll start to get more picky about them and not like them as much. Some photos drop off of the Photography page, some get added. I don’t blog about each photo because I was taught that it’s better for creative work to be able to stand up for itself most of the time. As a result, I’m also not big on titles for photos. Some say titles are important. Maybe they are for a collection of photos. But, I don’t worry about it for my photos as stand-alone pieces. I don’t know how professional photographers feel about that.

Here’s a recent good street photography photo.

Here is one good photo I got over the weekend. Good for me, at least. I like it when there’s a subject, when there’s a face, and when it’s showing emotion. Have I mentioned that I’m a beginner, still? Lots of people say things like “get closer,” but I really like for there to be some context sometimes. I’m a writer and details and scenery are important to me.

When I was first learning photography, my aspirations were to get really good at it super quickly and start a photography business, because that’s what I do. I get really into things. Too into things, sometimes. I’ve come to my senses a little and calmed down on the photography business stuff, but I still like practicing street photography. It’s also fun when people ask me if I’m a photographer. I say yes. Then, I get to tell them all about my website. If they actually come here, they’re probably super surprised when they see that I’m more of a writer and blogger than a photographer, but it still helps me spread my own personal brand. It’s 2020 and I’ve got to be thinking about this kind of stuff.

Also, here’s the camera that I use. I found this bundle on Amazon. Just so you know, I’m a member of the Amazon Associates Program and may earn money from qualifying purchases with the ad below.

Anyways, do you like photography? How long have you been into it? Do you watch any photography YouTubers? I have a YouTube channel, but I’m working on taking it into a different direction to help with my blogging. Do you have a YouTube channel? Leave me a comment below and share your photos and photo blogs with me!

Eric Shay Howard with coffee taken with Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

Also, just for comparison purposes, here’s a selfie I took today with my Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus. The phone is a few years old. Even with a newer phone, a dedicated DSLR camera is going to take slightly better looking photos. I did an auto-edit with the photo app, too. I try to tell people that ask me about photography that you don’t HAVE to get an expensive DSLR camera. You can use your smart phone. Some people don’t believe me, but it’s true. I’ll try to remember to go out with just my cell phone while I’m doing street photography one day soon and prove it.

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