Minestrone: Street Photography and So Much More

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If you are lucky enough (and talented enough) to have a long career in photography, over time your work takes you down many roads, and Mel DiGiacomo is one of those photographers. Whether he is shooting the US Open or a wedding, on assignment for top magazines, or doing self-assignments on the street, Mel is one hard-working photographer whose ability to adapt to a wide variety of situations and come back with the pictures holds lessons for any aspiring photographer.

Photographers are always looking for subjects, and in so doing, often choose the street. As Dorothy Norman said, "You don’t have to go fifty feet from your house to find a photograph." While street photography can be practiced anywhere, New York City, in particular, is a place that lends itself to the art (after all, our sidewalks are 18% gray!) But street shooting does require a certain discipline. In this video, DiGiacomo discusses how to know the light, how to learn the vocabulary of your lenses, and how to put aside the technical aspects and keep thinking to a minimum to keep your shooting instinctual. Whether you are shooting people or things, DiGiacomo gets you thinking in different ways to help stretch your photographic muscles.