Glad to see this in The Yard, I couldn't get at it through Brian's journal Great tutorial! I switched back to using hyperfocus yesterday, something I used to do with film but hadn't tried that often with digital. Out of almost 300 shots yesterday 4 of them were hip shots. There are places you can't blend in with a camera to your face
the hip shot, is being understood as a must do shot and yet it is seldom used but it is the hardest technique to get right. It has its uses especially for a quick angle change and for passing shot etc. Glad to see someone gets benefit from it, I am beginning to wonder if the hip-shot has become a no-no...sp
I doubt I will quit shooting from the hip anytime soon There are situations and places where I would sooner rely on "hipsight", it gets better with practice, and it's just another technique. I know one street photographer with an unusual and charming technique. I've walked down streets with him watching him work, he spots a couple of old geezers smoking in a pub doorway, wanders over for a chat, asks if he can take a couple of photographs of them, 9 times out of 10 they say yes. He'll take a couple of posed shots, make out he'd do a better job of it with the other camera hanging around his neck and switch. During a short, friendly conversation he can appear to have taken maybe 4 pictures but has actually shot closer to 20. He has such an amazing technique, he's more of an illusionist than a hip shooter. He's also a design and photography lecturer, I want to go back to school
This might also be a lead into a subject I would like to discuss with other street photographers, where do you draw the line? I have no qualms shooting from the hip but I do think long and hard before I post an image. I have many images I would never upload, I wonder what other photographers consider street no-no's.
This is a very interesting subject you are mentioning here. Where to draw the line concerning what to shoot and upload and what not. Speaking for myself, I follow a very easy but quite subjective rule. I never upload scenes that I'd hate seeing myself being photographed at. A very rough example: I wouldn't want someone to shoot me while picking my nose. Therefore, even if I shoot such a scene, I'd not upload it When I look at my pictures after having shot them, I imagine myself in the position of my "victims". If I feel ok with what I see, then I upload. *StamatisGR
I caught a guy picking his nose in a café I was trying to get a good angle without being too obvious. His arms attracted my attention, he was heavily tattooed. As soon as I started clicking he started picking Another shot I hope to post when I deal with the head wrecking color, one of the patrons of a café spotted me as I was shooting through the window, his pose was to jam a finger up his nostril I have a bunch of stuff, it's more freak show than street, it remains unedited.
Great article, I normally link hyperfocal to landscape and it's hit me that it suits street very well.
I agree with hipshooting, I have tried it and it makes me feel like I'm doing something wrong where as shooting from the viewfinder is somewhat more up front. Plus hitshooting when using film can certainly be an expensive learning curve if you don't develop your own!!
Great aticle thing is, i've tried the hyper focus theory and it works! I reckon it just needs more pratice but for now i'm not really catching on with the "hip shots" technique. It just feels strange (to me at least) and awkward perhaps due to me going on the more conventional "point and shoot" methods of photographing that i've been working on since i picked up a camera.