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This Animation Was Created Using Old Photos from the Early 1900s

Here’s an amazing short film titled “The Old New World” by photographer and animator Alexey Zakharov of Moscow, Russia. Zakharov found old photos of US cities from the early 1900s and brought them to life.

The photos show New York, Boston, Detroit, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore between 1900 and 1940, and were obtained from the website Shorpy.

It’s a “photo-based animation project” that offers a “travel back in time with a little steampunk time machine,” Zakharov says. “The main part of this video was made with camera projection based on photos.”

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Source: http://petapixel.com/2016/04/06/animation-created-using-old-photos-early-1900s/

21 Urban Photography Skills to Master (3 of 3)

This is part 3 of 3 for urban photography skills to master.

Our goal with this series is to help aspiring photographers improve their urban photography skills.

 

15. Find Random Objects

Household objects in odd spots are almost always interesting. Lonely chairs are a favorite of many. Here’s a great example with a bicycle.

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16. Find Yourself in the Scene

Sometimes putting yourself into the scene is the best way to go. Creative selfies using your shadow or a reflection can help to humanize otherwise cold or empty scenes.

17. Start Local

Before thinking about driving to a new place take a walk around your own home turf. As it is a place you know well you will be able to think of interesting places to stake out.

18. Don’t Ask Permission

Asking permission may make you feel more secure at first. But the images will not be as interesting.

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People who are doing their own thing are much more interesting.

19. Take Your Shots in RAW

RAW files allow for much more tweaking and adjustment than even the best JPG file. This can be helpful if the lighting isn’t perfect when the shot is captured.

20. Think of Art Instead of Practical Photos

Street photography is all about catching the mood of a scene. It should not worry too much about being technically perfect.

Flaws and imperfections are part of the process.

21. Become One With Your Own Creativity

Give the same camera and the same street to five people and you will get five very different results.

Study the work of others for inspiration. Just remember to keep your own voice.

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21 Urban Photography Skills to Master (2 of 3)

This is part 2 of 3 for urban photography skills to master.

Our goal with this series is to help aspiring photographers improve their urban photography skills.

8. Seek Out Shadows

Strong light and shadow make for good photography.

21 Urban Photography Skills to Master using shadows

Photo: Brett Whysel

The light of early morning and late afternoon is good for attractive images.

9. Check The Whole Scene

Look at both the background and foreground before shooting. Interesting backgrounds create a layered effect and a better photo.

10. Stay in Place

When you are lucky enough to find a good place stay put for a while. Shoot on and off as people and objects change.

11. Check Your Geometry

Some of the finest street imagery is to be found in the clean lines of buildings and public architecture.

If you get the angle right, the result is worth the contortions.

12. Don’t Get All the Gear

New photographers often feel that they need lots of gear at all times. Good street photography does not need lots of gear.

Don’t take more than you really need with you. Most of the time this means one camera with one lens.

13. Become a Ninja

Part of being unnoticed is to be unseen. This often means dressing plainly in dull colored clothing.

You want people’s eyes to slide off you. Think just like a ninja of old. It is quite fun.

14. Avoid People

Sometimes just getting away from humanity in town makes for a great image.

Seek out old store fronts, empty building, or other unused places.

 

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21 Urban Photography Skills to Master

Shooting street photography is something that many photographers aspire to but few ever do. Too often photographers fear actually shooting on the street.

They feel that street is a skill with too many demands. Or, they feel that other people will judge them too harshly.

The great thing is that none of these things are true.

With a few tricks of the trade nearly anyone can be on their way to creating world class street snaps.

Learn These Urban Photography Skills

This guide is full of tips on how to best shot street photography. By using these ideas a novice will quickly learn the ropes.

1. Set Your Settings at Home

Setting your settings at home means less time in the field fiddling with your camera and more time getting those shots. In general street photography uses a mid-range aperture.

Many find that a setting between f8 and f11 produces a nice deep depth of field. A deeper depth of field means that your moving subjects will stay in focus as they cross your path.

An ISO between 200 and 400 will control noise. Beginners will find themselves more comfortable using their DSLR in aperture mode. More advanced photographers may like full manual mode.

2. Get the Lens Right!

A wide-angle lens is best for street shooting. The gold standard is a 35mm prime lens. This means that you will have to comfortable walking into the scene to get the best framing.

Some others prefer to use lens between 24mm up to 55mm. A standard 18mm-55mm zoom lens will be able to capture great images from further away.

It’s a great way to ease into getting close to your subjects.

3. No Zooming Allowed

Speaking of lenses, try to just use prime or fixed length lens. If you are using a zoom lens set it to a length and leave it.

A fixed length lens forces one to master the skill of composition. You will also be able to focus and shoot faster with a fixed length lens. In street photography seconds really do count.

4. Fast Focus for Fast Shooting

Make use of the AF-S/one shot mode of the DSLR. Most people today use autofocus.

When you shoot set the focus distance using the AF-L/AF-ON button on the back. This means you will be able to shoot faster.

5. Capture the Decisive Moment

The phrase ‘decisive moment’ dates back to the beginning of photography. This is where that fast shooting comes in handy!

When you find a scene that you like be sure to take plenty of shots. Ten to thirty shots of a scene will help you capture that perfect moment.

6. Look for Juxtaposition.

Good street images often make use of strong contrasting images that still have some relationship.

Images of elderly people with children or amusing advertising images with a real person using the item are just some of the ideas out there.

7. Look for Emotion

See if you can find places that make people feel something strongly. Happy eaters, lonely people at the park, or nervous students all make for good imagery. Just remember to be quick!

21 Urban Photography Skills to Master

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This is part 1 of a 3 part series all about urban photography skills. If you like what you’ve read, continue on to part 2 by clicking the page 2 link below.

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