Walking with John Free in the Streets! Very Informative Stuff Street Photography Tips

by Staff October 8, 2016 at 11:09 am

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  1. I never boored my friends with my pictures. Totally unsolicited, my friends told me I took good pictures. So I bought a good camera and joined a photo club and found out just how much I didn't know. A lot of it was luck, some of it was me. Like everything else it takes 10,000(or thereabouts)hours. I am lazy just like he's says. It's too hot, I'm tired. And I am sloppy, I have gone out in the field with three dead batteries and you know the rest of the story.

  2. Oh man this incredible positive enthusiastic way you see things is such a big inspiration for me who has just started to see the beauty and joy of photography! But not just the things you talk about photography also the way you talk about your son and your family is just amazing. Actually the part where you're talking about your son made me
    almost cry. Cause i never had such a father and i hope i am and will be that kind of father for my 2 years old daughter. The way you celebrate life made me speechless… THANK YOU SO MUCH JOHN FREE!!!!!!!!!!

  3. I've learned many things from watching this video. One of the most enlightening is the idea of facing 20 degrees away from your subject as you compose your shot.

    It reinforces something my Wife was trying to demonstrate to me a few weeks ago with our cat. Our cat is very skittish when he hears a noise or someone enters a room. If you approach facing him as you enter he will back up and show concern, however if you enter with your feet facing slightly in a different direction he will let you walk right by him because he no longer sees you as a direct threat. The Human animal is very much operating on the same instinctive precautions. Thanks for making me understand this even more John. I will put this to work this weekend.

  4. Thank you.
    Thank you for being you and thank you for making these videos.
    Your photos inspire as much as your character.
    I'm so glad I found your channel, each video warms my heart.
    Thank you.

  5. Interesting video and interesting how a photographer with many years of experience can still appear awkward and gauche – no offence meant as all that I am saying is that it isn't natural to suddenly aim a camera at a person and expect them to feel relaxed, natural or not aware of that person pointing camera.
    Maybe a Vivian Maier type method of shooting with the camera at chest level is less intrusive?
    It's still the hardest form of photography (IMO) because you can save most shots with post-production techniques, but you can't 'clone' in a moment that's gone in a second.
    I tend to approach subjects without permission and then say to them something like 'I hope you don't mind me me taking your photo' and I smile, or 'I'm a photographer just looking for interesting shots and that was a great one – hope that's okay' and I smile. Seems to work, but I tend to 'suss' out my subjects first as I don't want a sore jaw ;-)

  6. Anytime I need the inspiration to shoot or find myself scared to shoot, I always come to watch this video. This is the REAL attitude every street photographer should have. I'm 18 and just getting into street photography, and I'm so glad I found John Free. Best street photographer of this generation. No question.

  7. i'm like a sponge at the moment.Absorbing all this wonderful informative work/tips to do street photography.I have always loved taking photo's of anything or anyone,but at the moment i'm using as a tool to help me with depression.Its mad how i force myself to go out of my house most days.Yet when i have a camera i can get into crowds?loving your work….

  8. This, so far, has been the most informative street photography video I have seen on youtube. I totally admire John Free and loved this free lesson from him! I have never been so inspired and I am one of those guys that he speaks of being afraid to get close. I'm trying to get better.

  9. I enjoyed this video and couldn't help but to think the video man spoiled a couple of good chances while you were trying to take some shots. While you're trying to be invisible, he was sticking out like a sore thumb. I can imagine that some of them could've been a great shot. Anyway, great tips. I've run through many successful photographers and i like that each one have their own opinion of what makes a photographer. I don't like it when people try to shove down your throat with their ideals but i think what aspiring photographers should do is to follow the one that best suits the style you're going for. There's Cartier Bresson whose work is filled with compositional magic then there's also people like Daido Moriyama who's entire work simply consists of throwing any kind of rule about photography out the window. However i feel that they all possess something in common and that includes the work of John Free too and that is "capturing the moment".

  10. Thanks for your work John, you have been an inspiration to me. I love the quality of your vast body of work and also that you can shoot street with a simple Nikon SLR! Thanks for this, enjoyed it. For another glimpse of lesser seen street
    work, check out my film work from here in Bangkok, Thailand. This whole site and all my work was inspired very much by you and a few others John.
    www.chromacomaphoto.com

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