ralfmalf asked: Thank you for reblog me with World Street Photography, I would said to you that I admire the work of WSP and your works! I have much to learn from you!!!
Thank you very much! World Street Photography is very important to me so thank you! We all could learn from each other as photographers… Cheers!
alexpawlowska asked: Hi Dani! I love your blog! Please have a look and follow mine! I think you will like it! Best wishes!
Hey! thanks for your words! I do like your blog! I would love to see more of your work and you should put some more information about your blog… so you are from Poland and you’re traveling around the world? Sounds pretty cool!
sagabe asked: Hello, I'm a huge fan of your blog! I am studying media in Helsinki, and I'm in love with black and white street photography. (I own tons of Elliott Erwitt and Henri Cartier-Bresson books.) Anyway, I was wondering if you are self-taught or if you have taken any classes in photography? Also, do you have any tips on building up confidence when it comes to photographing strangers? Sorry if these questions have been asked before. PS. What is your favorite place in Brussels? I'm going there in July.
Hi there! First of all thank you for your kind words!
I’m a self-taught photographer, although I’ve assisted to some workshops and small courses.
Regarding on how to build up your confidence, I think a good way to do this is to actually go and ask if you can take a picture. Maybe you don’t consider this to be street photography because you want it to be candid or feel invisible, but in order to feel more confident with yourself in the streets, you could try starting an experiment and just ask people if you could take their portraits. Ask them then to behave naturally or to smile at the camera depending on what you prefer, and of course, don’t get frustrated if someone says no, many people prefer not being photographed. I think you’d be amazed on how many people would say yes to you, remember to explain a little bit about yourself and usually this works if you give them a compliment on why you think they are interesting to you. I have a project called faces & photography, check it so you can see what I’m talking about.
If you in the other hand prefer everything candid, the best thing to do is to know your camera extremely well, the camera should be the extension of your hand and you should manipulate it quickly and without hesitation. The faster, the better. There are some tricks in order to avoid being spotted at when you are taking pictures, like never looking at your subject after you take the picture, or stay in the same position right after you took the picture and they passed right after you (they will think you took a picture of something behind them), and honestly, many people won’t believe you would have the guts to take a picture of them at such a close distance, so they will ignore you. Some people say to me “I’m sorry!” because they think they got in my frame, which is funny since they are my subject.
My very ultimate best advice is to encourage you to go out in the streets and shoot and try, get to know your camera and if you can, use zone focusing so you know you don’t need to touch anything before snapping a shot. Always prepare your camera for the different light in the different areas where you’re moving, you don’t want to miss your shot because you moved from the shade to the light and you forgot to change your settings.
My favorite place in Brussels to shoot is certainly the flea market Les Marroles, full of characters and interesting people. Also the touristic areas are full of cool people to take pictures of. I also love Avenue Louise, since it’s a big avenue with expensive shops and you get interesting characters as well.
If you come to Brussels be sure to let me know so we can go out and shoot together!
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