Travel Photo Thursday: Keeping People in Focus

Travel Photo Thursday: Keeping People in Focus

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In the last installment of “Travel Photo Thursday,” we learned some of the secrets of “street” photography by London-based pro, Antonio Olmos, including how to pre-set exposure on your camera so you’re also ready to capture the fleeting street scene before you.

While you can’t change the lighting of a scene after you shot it, as I explained in “Travel Photo Thursday: Making Pictures ‘Pop’ with Photoshop,” you can usually fiddle with contrast, highlights, shadows, and color saturation and produce a much more engaging image that the one that came out of your camera.

But even you are willing to spend the time and effort to “clean up” a poorly-shot photo by using an editing program like Adobe Photoshop or its “lighter” version, Photoshop Elements (which is one that I employ), there’s one aspect of an image that’s very difficult to adjust in “post-production” – focus.

Matt Stuart, another London professional photographer, takes a more “in-your-face” approach to shooting photographs of “street people” unlike Olmos. In this video, you’ll see his techniques for approaching his subjects, and how he focuses in on them to get sharp, clear images.

 Unlike Olmos who uses a DSLR, Stuart shoots film with a Leica “rangefinder” camera. It’s a higher-end version of my first 35mm film camera made by Konica. And if you can’t afford to buy one for yourself, or want to shoot digital photos, you could consider the Sony DSC-RX100 which I own and which is mentioned in this Engadget story about Stuart.


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