With both training and preparation, a street photographer needs to make rapid decisions; there may only be a fraction of a second to immortalize a moment in time that has never happened before and will never happen again. This is where Street Photography: Creative Vision Behind the Lens comes in.
Follow Valérie Jardin on an inspiring photo walk around the world. After an overview of the practical and technical aspects of street photography, Valérie takes you along on a personal photographic journey as she hits the streets of her favorite urban haunts. She shows you the art of storytelling through her photographs, from envisioning the image to actually capturing it in the camera. Learn about the technical and compositional choices she makes and the thought process that spurred the click of the shutter.
Perfect for both the new photographer excited to capture the world around them and for the experienced street photographer wishing to improve their techniques and images, Street Photography requires no special equipment, just a passion for seeing and capturing the extraordinary in the ordinary.
Table of Contents
Part I. Introduction to street photography
1. Getting Started
2. Different ways to approach street photography
3. Elements that make strong street photographs
Part II. Photo Walk
4. Being an observer
5. Being part of the scene
6. Finding a stage
7. The human element in the urban landscape
8. Street portraits
After working as a commercial photographer, Valérie Jardin now dedicates her time and passion to educating others. Since 2012, Valerie has taken her camera all over the world teaching students the art of storytelling in places where the people and streets abound: Paris, New York, Rome, Amsterdam, Melbourne, and San Francisco, just to name a few.
Apart from teaching, Valerie is the author of two ebooks, has written nearly 100 articles for various publications, writes her own blog, and records her own photography podcast called Hit the Streets with Valerie Jardin. She regularly speaks at conferences worldwide, contributes to numerous podcasts, sells fine art prints, and exhibits her work in various galleries. Valerie’s talent as a photographer and skill as a business owner caught the eye of Fujifilm USA and in 2015 she became an official Fujifilm X- Photographer.
"I’ve been taking a few minutes to read one of these Photo Walks every day. Each time I learn a little more about photography and Valerie’s approach. Even you are vaguely interested in the street photography, I encourage you to read this book. You won’t be sorry."
"This is one of those books that will remain a book shelf favorite to let your mind wander [through] the pages spurning your own creativity for whatever flavor your soul leads you to photograph."
"I know I will be coming back to these pages whenever I feel like I’m not satisfied with my own work, in order to find explanations of why it is so and inspiration about the things I must do."
-- Ugo Cei, www.ucphoto.me
"This is, I feel, a brilliant staring point for anyone getting onto the genre and I have no hesitation in recommending it.In fact, if you only buy one book on the subject, start with this one and keep it in your bag. Like me, you’ll dip into it constantly." -- www.craig-bradshaw.com