Leica Street Photography (1) – Shooting from the Hip
What is Street Photography?
To me the term ‘Street Photography‘ is associated with unplanned unrequested candid photos of people taken in a street environment. Many street photographers stop people and ask them if they can take their photo. This is fine but to me this is then a ‘Street Portrait‘ and could just as easily be a model standing in the street (as I often do) or a homeless person / shop worker / other. Although I work with models on a regular basis I do not think I have the confidence to jump out in front of someone and take a photo as I would be worried they may not appreciate it. This has lead to me using the technique known as ‘Zone Focusing‘. I can work closely with my subjects and yet they are often unaware I am taking a photography and as a result at no point feel threatened by me.
Here are a sample of Leica street photography images I took in London. All images are zone focused (link below) and shot from waist level without looking through the viewfinder.
MatthewOsbornePhotography.co.uk – Leica Photographer
Zone Focusing – https://mrleica.com/zone-focusing/