If you are street photographer who belongs to Flickr then no doubt you’ve seen the work of canosnapper also known as Michael Summers. Michael is a very prolific street photographer from London who spends much of his time capturing life on the streets of that fascinating city.
An accountant by training and a publisher by profession Michael retired several years ago and soon discovered a passion for street photography. Fortunately he lives in London which is a perfect place to shoot on the street.
Michael has a passion for street shooting because he has a fascination with people. He seeks to make images of people interacting with each other and their environment. The result is a body of work that celebrates the endless expressions and gestures of his subjects. He says that people always make good photos.
Michael embraces the editing process. He often creates several versions of an image before he considers it finished. When you look at his portfolio you will see that many of is photos are cropped square.
I’ve been admiring Michael’s work for quite some time so was a real pleasure to meet him and learn about his art and how he creates it. I think you will agree. So click the player below to hear from the man we know as canonsnapper.
Michael’s advice for street photographers:
- Don’t start with any preconceived ideas
- Don’t let the camera rule you.
- Keep the settings simple and use as little effort as possible with the camera.
- Think only about the image.
- Look everywhere for possible photographic situations, don’t take anything for granted.
- Don’t get down on yourself if you spend the day shooting and come home with nothing.
- Always be ready to shoot.
- Don’t be afraid to take pictures.
Without hesitation Michael says his favorite place to shoot in London is Covent Garden. He says its a great place to shoot because its a large market with lots of activity and its near several popular sites like Trafalgar Square and the London theater district.
Here’s a link to Derrick Story’s book iPad for Digital Photographers that I mentioned in the interview.