Your Camera Has The Ability To Make Somebody Smile

Yesterday I went out with the intentions to take street portraits... The motivation behind this was to create more content for my write-up of the Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Edge 50 Optic. The lens itself is funky, I used it before but never on my a6000. 85mm is a tough focal length and it's even harder to use when you're photographing a subject who had no intentions of being stopped on the streets.

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As you can see in the vlog, I struggled to relate with the subjects. My images didn't turn out as I expected. I tried to direct them, telling them to look up, down, left and right. I had no real reason for having them shift positions, I just know the ones they were originally in weren't working for me. 

My rule of thumb when shooting any style of portrait is to photograph what I like about the scene. In these two examples above I really liked the guys head wrap and the lady's hat and earrings, this I tried to work around that. 

Related: Shoot What You Love About The Scene

But of course, this is just a rule of thumb... It won't always result in a perfect outcome. I wanted to scrap this video, the hardest part about vlogging.l is that my style incorporates photography , meaning both elements have to be into play in order to produce a quality video. 

Both elements obviously weren't displayed here, but there was something that stood out to me upon editing. This lady, I made such a connection with her. As street photographers, we feel as though we walk the streets and annoy people, but I encountered someone who was beyond happy that I stopped her from taking her picture. You can't quite hear it in the vlog, but she told me that she's been trying to smile more and when I stopped her from taking her picture I have her the opportunity to do so.  

Same with the gentleman. No disrespect to him, but some people may not have stopped him. I decided to ignore the stereotype and photograph him anyway. After I took several images he told me that he too was trying to get into photography but couldn't afford a camera. It was cool seeing his passion for the art.  

This vlog incorporated a third element that I previously didn't account for and that is the ability to make someone smile with my camera. I know we take pictures to capture moments, but if we can create moments for others to remember then we defiantly should. I hope you guys enjoy the video. If you love ever left a positive impression on someone then please share your story in the comments. By the way, I wrote this blog post on my phone, so if there are any major errors then that's why haha. 

-KeenanRIVALS
keenan@RIVALS.com

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