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I went on a photo walk the other day with a friend who mostly shoots events and does client focused work. The majority of the time we just talked about freelance work, but ever now and then we’d see an interesting scene and capture it. We both shot on zoom lenses, but when she would show me her captures I couldn’t help but notice how zoomed in she was.
Every photograph was at like 70mm… I let the first 2 attempts slide, but after attempt number 3 I was like “hey you aren’t supposed to zoom, that’s against the rules!”. She had no idea what I was talking about, I knew this because she responded with “they’re rules?”. I slapped my forehead and proceeded to list off a few dos and don’ts of street photography. After our brief little conversation I noticed that she didn’t really take any more photographs. And at that moment I was knew these rules, they were holding a lot of us back.
See the thing with rules, it’s important to know them, but also important to break them when necessary. In order to progress we have to go against the rules at times. That’s probably how chicken & waffles got started… or brunch as a whole.
In this article I want to go over 10 rules that I think everyone should break. Again, I’m not telling you to break these every time you go out and shoot, but you have to be open to new things…
How many people remember my interview with Eric Kim? This was a huge deal for me! I remember when I first started shooting street, his blog was one of the first that I came by. It was filled with so much information, but what was more interesting to me were the interviews he did with other street photographers. These interviews helped me discover so many photographers, Brian Day, Damian Vignol, Josh White... I could name so many. I just remember thinking, my work is going to be next to theirs... again it was just really exciting for me.
He sent me a series of questions and I analyzed them for days... I was like this is my moment, everything needs to be perfect. For those wondering I completely butchered this moment as there were so many typos and statements that didn't make sense... but that's beside the point. Once the questions were answered I scrolled down to the part where Eric had requested photographs...
2017 was a pretty bad year for me, in fact, it might have been the worst year of my life. I know that sounds dramatic but it's true. Everything that could have possibly gone wrong, went wrong... My health deteriorated, relationships I had with people ended on a bad note and photography, well at times, I felt like it was last on my priority list.
I thought about doing my usual recap, but there was so much negativity in the first few paragraphs! I didn't want to start my year off like that, so I decided to leave it all in the past! This is a new start for me, the chance to hit the reset button
Nate has release a new pack, just in time for the new year! I feel like he created this one just for me, but he's asked me to share it with the rest of you as well... Christmas may have come twice this year!
Took the time to build a special kit for everyone out there. Here are 10 inspirational street photography books that at some point you should check out. I'll continue to add to this kit a I read more, but I definitely think this is a great starting point
It's hard to grow your social media presence as a street photographer... Mainly because the majority of people who enjoy looking at street photographs are, well, street photographers. However, there are a few ways to get your work seen, one is by tagging featured accounts in hopes that they share your work.
Today was an office day for me, meaning I sat on my computer and did a bunch of things that I've put on hold for months. One task, in particular, was to update my camera equipment on Kit, a site I use to allow you guys to keep up with my equipment. It took forever to make my "kit" current. It wasn't that I was adding my gear to it, but because I had so much to delete. Over the last 3 years, I've honestly bought and sold soooo much, it's honestly kind of sad. Anyway, I thought it would be cool to share with you guys every camera that I've ever owned, why I bought it and why I sold it (or kept it).
Hey, I'm Keenan, also known as KeenanRIVALS!
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