Bryant Eslava is currently 19 years old, and has achieved a tremendous amount as a photographer. His Tumblr has been featured in the spotlight due to his careful eye for creating portraits and photographing fashion. Bryant currently focuses on what is known as street-style fashion photography—an art form made popular by Scott Schuman (the Sartorialist) and Bill Cunningham of the New York Times.
Bryant was kind enough to take some time out of his schedule to chat with us about his success, and to share tips with our readers on how they can gain success too.
Good street photography is able to capture fleeting moments in the streets and summarize the entire experience in one photo. Part of it is also accepting that not every photo you shoot will be breathtaking. But before you even think about any of this, you'll need to get rid of your fear of shooting, which many people have. Here are a couple of tips on how to do this.
Editor's Note: Many of the photos in this story are selections from the B&H Flickr Group. Hover over the photos to see who shot them.
Do you shoot street photography? Many photographers (especially photojournalists) do street photography to keep their minds fresh and sharpen their skills. Additionally, you can teach yourself new things that will make you a better photographer. Here are a couple of ways that street photography can help you to become a better photographer.
Today, you can enter for a chance to win a Leica D-LUX 5 in our Flickr Street Photography contest. To enter, all you'll need to do is head over and submit your photos to our Flickr group. Take a look at our Flickr Discussion for more details.
Camera always ready, Joe Josephs has compiled an expansive array of street shots—above as well as below ground. These images convey the city’s “all-too-human side, warts and all” as Joe likes to say. Novice as well as experienced street shooters will benefit by attending Joe’s street-photography workshop, in which he will discuss techniques and aesthetic issues related to capturing dramatic street images.
When I first began studying photography, I was taught that there were two types of photographers: collectors and voyeurs. I remember being immediately drawn to photographs that fell under the latter category. The photos of Cartier-Bresson, with their ability to capture subjects and environments interacting so harmoniously, were mesmerizing. I too wanted to know how to create "The Decisive-Moment."
We recently had the pleasure of talking to John Maloof, the young man who stumbled upon the work of perhaps one of the greatest unknown street photographers of the 1950's. Maloof answered questions about Vivian Maier, the great responsibility he just inherited, and more.
All photos in this posting were used with permission from John Maloof.
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