One of the most powerful and challenging aspects a style blog is the photography. Your imagery can make or break your content, so it's important to give it proper attention. Whether you're a budding photographer or a seasoned pro, there's always something new to be learned or considered. We reached out to three of our favorite street style photographers to get their perspective on what it takes to produce really great photos.
Eddie Newton, Mr. Newton:
“For me, subject and setting and great natural light are everything. If those 3 elements are in place, you can get an amazing shot without expensive equipment. Or to put it another way, The Facehunter got a book deal using a point-and-shoot.”
Vanessa Jackman, Vanessa Jackman:
“I am not sure I am the right person to ask for tips on photography – I am still learning so much, making lots of mistakes and look to others for advice and tips! But I guess that is the nature of photography – it is a learning process which continues for the rest of your life. I guess that one of the things people worry about is what camera to use – I know it is a cliche but it really isn't about the gear, it is about the person behind the camera. I have seen amazing, amazing photos taken on Instagram and 50 year old cameras. Your vision is definitely more important than your camera or lens.”
Jason Jean, Citizen Couture:
“Photography can be expressed in various ways through different means and methods. Depending on what results you're looking for, many variables will come into play. Now, I can go on and on about taking photos, but a few things that I will briefly focus on now is lens, lighting, and personality.
1. Typically for an outdoor portraiture with natural light, I like a fast lens (something with a large aperture) and a length between 50mm-135mm. I'm usually shooting between 85mm-125mm, but it depends how tight the location is, whether it's a full-frame photo versus a headshot, how soft or sharp I want the photo to be, and the depth of field (bokeh). Remember, The depth of field of an image produced at a given f-number is dependent on other parameters as well, including the focal length, and the subject distance. Playing around with the shutter speed and aperture will give you a better understanding
2. Lighting is another long topic to get into, but good light is very important to me. On a sunny day, unless I'm looking for photos with high contrast, I look for reflected/soft/diffused light. I also prefer shooting early in the morning or late afternoon/evening, when the light is less harsh. There are many ways to control sunlight, but if you have assistants, reflectors/diffusers/blockers are always handy.
3. Unless you're shooting candid photos, being able to make your subjects feel comfortable is important. And even after you get the subject comfortable, it may take more direction to get the photo you're looking for.”