What drew you to street photography initially?
“I’ve always had a DSLR but it never ignited a passion for photography. I really started taking pictures in 2013 after I got my Olympus OM-D E-M5. At that time I had no idea about street photography. Sharing my initial shots on Flickr, I became aware that street photography was “a thing” and I thought, wait a minute, you can do that.
Prominent street photographers on Flickr like Thomas Leuthard were always an inspiration for me but I also started to learn more about the greats like Henri Cartier-Bresson, Joel Meyerowitz and, lately, Vivian Maier.”
One thing that stood out to me in your photos is your composition. Do you think about composition as you shoot or is it automatic for you? Do you have any suggestions for improving one’s composition?
“I do think about composition most of the time. I guess I’m more of a chaotic character, so I need order in my photographs. That means I like my compositions straight. The simplest compositional tip is probably the rule of thirds. You can’t go wrong with that.
I also am very aware of lines. If you go out on the street looking for lines you’ll start seeing them everywhere! It’s a great compositional help in my opinion. I also like simpler, more minimalistic street shots. I’m always on the lookout for those.”
Any post processing tips or tricks you’d like to share?
“Even though I’m a sucker for post processing (I probably bought way too many Photoshop plug-ins), I do surprisingly little post work on my street shots. I have a LightRoom preset that I use and I use the radial and graduated filters a lot in LightRoom.
I also crop and straighten pictures at that point. Rarely do I take a shot into Photoshop for more extensive dodging and burning. Since I don’t like the cold b/w for my street shots I put the slightest of coffee toning on the processed b/w. But it all happens in LightRoom.”
What is your biggest goal as a street photographer?
“Well, I don’t really have a goal. Street photography is more a way of life, a journey on the street so to speak than a destination I want to arrive at! I enjoy the ride and the experience.
There’s so much that can happen on the street every day and you never know what you’re going to get. It is really quite exciting.”
Well said Chris, I have nothing to add except to thank you for sharing your lovely images and your thoughts with us. To see more shots by Chris, visit his Flickr photostream.