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  • The Five Key Features on any Street Photography Camera

    The post The Five Key Features on any Street Photography Camera appeared first on Digital Photography School. It was authored by Jaymes Dempsey.


    Are you struggling to choose the perfect street photography camera?

    You’ve come to the right place.

    Because while picking the perfect camera for street photography can be tough, it doesn’t have to be.

    In fact, there are five basic features you’re going to want with any street photography body. While finding them all in a single camera can be tough, depending on your current lens lineup and preferred system, I’d recommend getting a camera that offers as many as possible.

    And if you can find a camera that includes all of these features, you know it’s going to be a great street shooting option.

    Let’s dive right in:

    street photography camera
    50mm | f/1.8 | 1/320s | ISO 200

    1. A compact body

    When you look for a street photography camera, the very first aspect you’ll want to consider is size.

    Because here’s the thing about street photography:

    The less that people notice your camera, the better.

    expressions captured by a street photography camera
    50mm | f/2.8 | 1/320s | ISO 200

    As soon as people start to see your camera, they get nervous, you get nervous, and photography becomes uncomfortable.

    And while it’s inevitable that your camera will be seen, the smaller it is, the less this will happen.

    That’s why I recommend you get the most compact camera you can find. Or, at least, a camera that offers a small form factor.

    One option is a higher-end point-and-shoot camera, such as the Fujifilm X100V. That camera is tiny but still manages to offer excellent image quality.

    But if you’re a fan of interchangeable lens cameras, you have other options. Some APS-C mirrorless cameras are designed to be near pocket-sized, including models such as Sony’s a6000 series, or the Fujifilm X-T200. Same with quite a few Micro-Four-Thirds cameras, such as the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III.

    These bodies are light, they’re compact, and they’re some of the most inconspicuous cameras I’ve ever come across.

    (Another advantage of a compact body is that they’re easy to carry around. You can take a Fujifilm X-T100 with you wherever you go, so that you never miss a shot!)

    So start your search by looking for a small body, and only then should you consider the rest of the features on this list.

    store model street photography camera
    If you want to capture close-up candid shots of people, I recommend a compact street photography camera.
    50mm | f/3.5 | 1/200s | ISO 200

    By the way:

    It’s not just the camera that should be small; you’ll want small lenses, as well. One of the best ways to ensure you have plenty of small lenses to choose from is by working with a Micro-Four-Thirds camera (offered by both Panasonic and Olympus).

    These systems have unusually compact lenses, thanks to their smaller sensor size.

    2. A high continuous shooting speed

    If you’re planning on doing lots of street photography, then you’re going to need a camera that shoots fast.


    Because the best street photos tend to involve a convergence of elements. Three people are perfectly aligned with a building, a person makes a sudden strange expression, or a biker passes in front of an interesting facade.

    street photography camera continuous shooting
    The ability to shoot frame after frame is key when shooting images like this.
    50mm | f/2.8 | 1/200s | ISO 250

    And you’re going to miss out on these moments…

    …unless your camera can fire off a burst of shots in quick succession.

    I’d recommend a continuous shooting speed of at least five frames per second, and more is better. For me, the 8-10 range is ideal, which you can find on quite a few cameras these days.

    And honestly, anything more than 10 fps is overkill for most street photography purposes. You’ll run through your memory cards ridiculously fast, and end up with a huge amount of unnecessary shots.

    You’ll also want to get a camera with a decent buffer. There’s no use in being able to shoot at 10 fps if you can only capture 15 frames. So I recommend you look for a camera with a buffer of at least 25 RAW files (and more is better!).

    man hidden by umbrella
    50mm | f/3.5 | 1/160s | ISO 320

    3. Excellent autofocus with strong eye detection

    As I said above, street photography happens fast.

    And you’re often reacting to moments that come and go instantly.

    man walking through door street photography camera
    24mm | f/8 | 1/200s | ISO 320

    That’s why the best street photography cameras have lightning-fast autofocus and, ideally, face/eye detection.

    I’m talking about systems that can nail focus instantly, as well as track a subject through a complex array of objects without losing focus.

    For this latter requirement, a great option is any of the more recent Sony a6000 models (including the a6100, the a6400, and the a6600). These cameras offer fantastic tracking, great AF speeds, and amazing Eye AF.

    street photography camera
    A camera with fast autofocus will allow you to seize the moment and grab shots like this!
    f/3.5 | 1/640s| ISO 320

    Now, it is possible to do street photography with a less AF-adept camera. But you’ll frequently struggle, especially when trying to lock focus for spur-of-the-moment shots.

    You’ll also want good AF for situations when you’re shooting from your LCD or from the hip. If your camera can grab focus with ease, you’ll end up with quite a few keepers, even if you’re firing the shutter without looking!

    4. A silent shooting mode

    Getting a camera that can shoot in silence was a real game-changer for my street photography.

    Finally, I could shoot without people realizing, and it made me feel so much less anxious.

    silent shooting street photography camera
    f/2.8 | 1/640s | ISO 200

    And the truth is that most street photographers feel anxious at one time or another, and a loud shutter sound just made that anxiety worse.

    (If you’re a street photographer that never feels uncomfortable, please share your secret in the comments!)

    In fact, I almost quit street photography. It was only once I had a camera that could do true silent shooting that I was able to resume and feel better about what I was doing.

    That’s why I recommend you get a street photography camera that has some sort of silent shooting mode. Ideally, it has an electronic shutter, one that allows you to shoot in total silence (though any silent shooting mode is better than nothing at all).

    You’ll want to be careful, though:

    Some cameras can be restricted when using a silent shutter. For instance, my Sony a6300 can only shoot bursts at about 3 frames per second when silent, and this can be extremely frustrating. So, I’d suggest looking for a camera that can maintain both silence and fast continuous shooting speeds.

    That way, you can capture bursts of action without dealing with the chatter of a camera shutter!

    5. A tilting screen

    This feature is a bit more optional, but it’s still useful in quite a few situations.

    You see, there will be times when you want to shoot from the hip (i.e., keep your camera held down low and fire off some shots).

    low angle street photography
    50mm | f/4 | 1/800s | ISO 200

    I do this while walking past people on busy streets because I don’t want to bother them with the sight of my camera. And I also like the low-angle look that it creates!

    Of course, you can do this blindly, and you’ll end up with some keepers.

    But if you have a tilting screen…

    …you can look down at the camera while you walk, in order to ensure perfect focus and composition!

    Note that you don’t need a fully articulating screen, as you won’t need to shoot from ultra-strange angles. A screen that tilts up 90 degrees will do just fine.

    And since we’re talking about screens, I’ll mention that a touchscreen can be pretty useful in these situations, too. If you can tap to set focus, you can quickly choose a subject while looking down at your LCD, then fire off shots as they come closer.

    Make sense?

    The five key features on any street photography camera: Conclusion

    Choosing a camera for street shooting doesn’t have to be hard.

    Just make sure it has as many of these characteristics as possible, and you’ll be capturing stunning shots in no time!

    That’s the power of a great street photography camera.

    street photography camera
    50mm | f/2.8 | 1/160s | ISO 400

    The post The Five Key Features on any Street Photography Camera appeared first on Digital Photography School. It was authored by Jaymes Dempsey.

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  • Three photography lights you can use for online meetings

    So, Covid-19 is upon us and we are staying home. Alone. This means that we make a lot of content and meetings in front of a monitor and a webcam. If you are a photographer or a videographer, you know that the lights you use, matter at least as much has your webcam. I thought […]

    The post Three photography lights you can use for online meetings appeared first on DIY Photography.

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  • The perfect rear filters for the Sigma 14-24MM DG DN

    The Sigma 14-24mm f2.8 DG DN is fast becoming my favorite L mount lens for the Sigma fp. I’ve been taking it around Scotland to capture some wonderful scenes like his scene of Bow Fiddle Rock close. The wide field of view it provides along with its clean and sharp rendering makes it a joy […]

    The post The perfect rear filters for the Sigma 14-24MM DG DN appeared first on DIY Photography.

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  • Tips for Organizing Photos in Capture One Pro

    The post Tips for Organizing Photos in Capture One Pro appeared first on Digital Photography School. It was authored by Darina Kopcok.

    Tips for organizing photos in Capture One Pro

    No matter which RAW photo editor you use, organizing your photos is probably one of the least enjoyable tasks in your photography workflow. However, setting up your catalogs correctly, or making changes to its structure, can ultimately save you a lot of valuable time. In this article, I’ll give you some tips to get you started on organizing photos in Capture One.

    Organizing Photos in Capture One Pro
    Capture One Pro Worksapce

    Setting up your Catalog for success

    Capture One offers you the ability to work in Catalogs or Sessions. It’s recommended that you work with both.

    A Catalog in Capture One functions like a Catalog in Lightroom in that it helps you organize large libraries of images; however, it offers more functionality. On the other hand, Sessions are great for on-set shooting and tethered shooting in studio and are an efficient way to organize the images from a specific shoot.

    There are different importing strategies you can use when organizing photos in Capture One. However, before you get started, you should, decide where you’ll put your catalogs.

    They don’t have to live in the same location as your photos, but your catalog should be kept in the fastest, most high-performing place you can put it – which is usually your computer’s internal hard drive.

    In short, consider the performance limitations of any storage medium that you use when organizing your photos in Capture One.

    Starting a new Catalog

    If you’re new to Capture One, you’ll want to start a new Catalog. Creating a Catalog creates a new database; it tracks photos and adjustments, and stores metadata and keywords, and a small preview of your photos

    You can have a single catalog for all of your images, which is further broken down into Sessions and Albums etc. depending on how you want to set up your workflow. You may choose to have more than one catalog; for example, a catalog for personal photos and another for client work.

    I shoot food and still life photography for several stock agencies. I like to keep these images separate from my client work, as it helps me feel more organized. However, this is simply my preference. You may decide to organize your photos in Capture One differently.

    How to start a new Catalog:

    • Navigate to File in the menu bar at the top of the Capture One workspace.
    Organizing Photos in Capture One Pro - making a new catalog
    • Choose New Catalog. The dialog box will appear.
    • Type in the name of your new catalog. Notice the location of where your catalog will be stored. You can change this by clicking the three dots to the right.
    • Hit OK. Now you’re ready for the import process.
    Organizing Photos_Capture One Pro

    Importing from an external hard drive

    The chances are that you shoot a lot. If you shoot RAW files, it doesn’t take long for your computer’s hard drive to fill up with thousands of image files. Therefore, it’s a good idea to keep your image files on an external hard drive to keep your computer’s performance at an optimal level.

    I keep my Capture One catalog on my iMac but have my files stored on two 4TB external hard drives – my main storage drive and a backup with duplicate files. 

    I also shoot tethered to a laptop when I shoot for clients. In this case, I save a backup of my files on a 1TB external hard drive and upload the photos to my main external drive after my shoot.

    Organizing Photos in Capture One Pro

    Before you get started with importing images, make sure that your image preview size is at least as large as your monitor, to ensure that they render properly. You can set this in your Preferences.

    Tips for Organizing Photos in Capture One Pro
    Organizing Photos in Capture One Pro - Preview Size screenshot

    How to import from an external hard drive:

    • Go to File and choose Import Images. A Dialog box will pop up. Choose your external drive from the dropdown under Source.
    • Make sure to check off Include Subfolder to see your photos in the Capture One workspace, otherwise it will appear blank.
    • Choose where you want to import them to under Destination. I have a file named after every calendar year on my main drive. I create folders named after the contents of the shoot. ie: Blood Oranges, Moody Whiskey, Carrot Cake, etc.
    • You can also create another backup and save the images to that location.
    • After you have chose your importing parameters, hit Import All.
    • Leave your photos in the current location to honor the file structure that already exists on the hard drive you are copying from.
    organizing photos in capture one

    Importing from a memory card

    • To import your photos from a memory card, you need a Destination folder to get them off the card. You may already have a folder in mind or you can create a new folder ie: My Photos
    • The dialog box will pop up once the card reader and memory card are connected to your computer. The process is the same as for importing photos from an external hard drive.
    • You can create Subfolders and further organize the images by date or other criteria. Capture One calls this Tokens. Tokens pull this data from the photo.
    • If you click on the three dots next to the Subfolder option, all of the various Tokens will come up. You can then click and drag them individually to the Format section, as well as drag them around to place them in a certain order.
    • Be sure to scroll down to see all the Tokens.
    Organizing Photos in Capture One Pro - Location Sub Folder Tokens
    • I usually choose to organize further by date, or date and time. Often I also include “Rights Usage Terms” to help me track licensing stats of various photos.
    • Once you have chosen your tokens, hit OK and then Import All.

    Moving files and folders to another location

    If you want to move files between folders, you can just drag and drop them. The database understands that you’re doing this within Capture One. When you attempt to do this outside of Capture One, this is where you get into trouble.

    Moving outside of Capture One is slower, and you’ll have to relocate the files.

    You’ll get an Offline notice and will have to locate it by right-clicking on the image and choosing Locate and navigate to where your image is. Capture One will re-establish the connection.

    If you move a whole folder, it’s the same process.

    You can move folders the same way you move files, and move them from your internal drive or an external drive.

    Organizing with User Collections

    User Collections is the best way of organizing your photos within Capture One. If you use Lightroom, you’ll be familiar with the concept of Collections.

    There are too many limitations when trying to organize by folders because you can’t bring certain images together for a specific purpose, such as printing your work, unless you move them. Therefore, User Collections is the perfect solution.

    There are four powerful organizational tools in User Collections:

    • Album
    • Smart Album
    • Project
    • Group

    Project is like a master container to put your Albums in. You can’t just drag images here; there has to be an album inside.

    Tips for Organizing Photos in Capture One Pro

    Much like a physical photo album, Album is a way to organize groups of photos that have a similar theme, such as vacation photos, or photos from a wedding shoot.

    How to start a User Collection

    • To start a User Collection, click on the + arrow to the right of the User Collections dropdown.
    • Then give your Collection a name and hit OK.
    Tips for Organizing Photos in Capture One Pro

    Smart Albums

    Smart Albums are a way to take this a step further, by giving you the ability to organize with star ratings and color tags. If you’re a Lightroom user, you’ll also be familiar with this concept.

    Smart Albums populate themselves based on the criteria you pick. If you click off a star or rating, it will disappear from the collection, because this feature is dynamic.

    Click + to add your search criteria, or use preset color and star ratings.

    Organizing Photos in Capture One Pro - Star Ratings


    Organizing your photos in Capture One takes some effort and experimentation using the various tools the software has to offer. It’s a powerful program that has a lot of intuitive tools to help you create the most efficient workflow for your photography.

    If you have any other tips for organizing your photos in Capture One, let us know in the comments!

    The post Tips for Organizing Photos in Capture One Pro appeared first on Digital Photography School. It was authored by Darina Kopcok.

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  • 15 Quick and Easy Poses for Family Photographs

    The post 15 Quick and Easy Poses for Family Photographs appeared first on Digital Photography School. It was authored by Jackie Lamas.

    dps 15 poses for family photographs

    In this article, we’re going to share 15 quick and easy poses for family photographs to try at your next family photo session to keep it moving smoothly. You will also have great poses to choose from when it comes time to deliver the images to your clients.

    These poses are useful for all family sizes and types so that you have a great variety to deliver once complete.

    15 Quick and Easy Poses for Family Photographs
    Canon EOS 5D, Canon EF 85mm F1.8 USM, 1/250th, f/2.8, ISO 250

    1. Standing poses

    When it comes to photographing families, a standing pose is a great choice. This way, you’ll be able to see all family members in the portrait.

    15 Quick and Easy Poses for Family Photographs
    Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 50mm F1.8 USM II, 1/1250th, f/2.2, ISO 400

    You can vary the standing pose with the family close together, connecting in one way or another with hands. Having the family get close can help to create more of a connection between the family members.

    15 Quick and Easy Poses for Family Photographs
    Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 28-105mm F3.5-4.5 USM, 28mm, 1/160th, f/8, ISO 400

    Another great standing pose is where you give each person a little bit of space and take a wide shot. This works for small and large families!

    2. Group squeeze

    A group squeeze is another of the great poses for family photographs given that it can bring about some genuine smiles from the family, which is the real focus of the pose.

    15 Quick and Easy Poses for Family Photographs

    Ask your clients to get close and hug each other while still facing the camera, then ask them to squeeze tight and watch the laughter happen! Take as many photos as possible of the moment as the family will love to see these natural expressions caught on camera!

    3. Sitting pose

    Sitting is another great pose to try. First, ask if there is anyone who has problems sitting or getting low. If there are family members with issues, try and use a chair or a posing stool.

    15 Quick and Easy Poses for Family Photographs

    Otherwise, have the family sit comfortably and get variations of the family looking at the camera, looking at each other, perhaps sitting a little further apart, or try to have the children behind the parents sitting a bit taller.

    15 Quick and Easy Poses for Family Photographs

    If you are going to use a chair or stool, it can bring about many different levels in a photograph that will make the poses more interesting. Try people behind the person sitting on the stool, move the stool/chair to the side, and have everyone fill in around.

    15 Quick and Easy Poses for Family Photographs
    Canon EOS 5D, Canon EF 50mm F1.8 USM II, 1/1000th, f/2, ISO 400

    If you’re photographing a big family, you can even pose family members beneath the stool/chair to add to the levels.

    4. Walking together

    When looking for poses for family photographs, you can’t go past them walking together. It is a great pose for all families, especially if they feel a little nervous or stiff. Have them line up and walk towards you while they look at each other and laugh.

    15 Quick and Easy Poses for Family Photographs

    Encourage them to talk and joke amongst themselves to make the shot look a little more natural.

    5. Smaller groups

    This pose is for big family sessions where you’re photographing smaller groups that make up the big family. Get each smaller family alone and photograph them in two to three different poses each. Use the same poses for each family to keep the session consistent. When all the family photos are put together in a wall gallery, for example, the photos fit well together.

    15 Quick and Easy Poses for Family Photographs

    You don’t have to use the same pose for all, you can change it up depending on the feeling each smaller group gives you. However, when we say keep it consistent, we’re talking about the lighting, background, and focal length.

    6. All mixed up

    A fun way to photograph the family is to have them mix it up and then get together for a portrait. This can get the family scrambling and laughing; allowing you to get more natural smiles from the entire family.

    15 Quick and Easy Poses for Family Photographs
    Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 50mm F1.8 USM II, 1/320th, f/5.6, ISO 250

    7. Jumping

    Jumping is another of the great poses for family photographs. Capturing a jumping shot is a great way to loosen up client nerves. More than actually getting the best shot, the jumping photo is to get everyone laughing and having fun.

    15 Quick and Easy Poses for Family Photographs

    You can photograph the jump with the family facing you or away from you. Make sure you get low so the jump looks more dynamic.

    8. Just the kids

    It’s good to also get a few photographs of the children without any adults in the photos. For siblings, get them playing or hugging.

    For larger groups of children, like grandchildren, get them all in a group squeeze or on different levels like piggyback, sitting/standing, or all lined up so that everyone is seen in the portrait.

    15 Quick and Easy Poses for Family Photographs

    You can also break down the groups of children into girls, boys, older and younger, and maybe all playing together.

    9. Exploring

    Nothing says meltdown like telling children to hold still and pose. To avoid a potential meltdown, allowing kids to explore their surroundings helps to keep them moving and engaged in the session.

    15 Quick and Easy Poses for Family Photographs

    Get the parents involved in exploring the location. It could be smelling flowers, picking up sticks, and taking in the surroundings.

    This works perfectly for kids who are more sensory and for younger children. It can also help older kids feel less nervous and less focused on during the session.

    10. Playful

    Having fun is one of the best parts of the client experience. Making sure that your clients, especially the children, have a good time is really important.

    15 Quick and Easy Poses for Family Photographs

    Photograph the children building sandcastles, enjoying the playground, throwing a ball, or playing a game with their parents to help keep everything light and fun. It’s not a pose exactly that you direct, but you can choose where to have them play.

    Having playful photos of the family completes the story of the session and also shows a more lighthearted side to the family. It also makes the session less stiff and serious.

    15 Quick and Easy Poses for Family Photographs
    Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 50mm F1.8 USM II, 1/120th, f/5.6, ISO 400

    Even if you’re in a studio, you can blow bubbles, play songs, have a dance party, and play with sounds to make the session more playful. Toys are a wonderful idea for smaller children.

    11. Just the adults

    While getting photos of the whole family is important, getting one or two poses of the adults by themselves also works to add variety to the whole session.

    If the adults are a couple, pose them together in the same location. Take one with them looking at the camera and one looking at each other. Then have them walk a little while as they talk to each other.

    15 Quick and Easy Poses for Family Photographs

    If they are able to sit, get a couple of photos of the couple sitting, either on steps, benches or on the grass/ground.

    12. Holding hands

    Holding hands is a good way to show a connection among the family members. Choose different poses, either sitting or standing, where the family is holding hands. You can vary it with big groups where some are holding hands and others are not.

    15 Quick and Easy Poses for Family Photographs

    This works for children to get them to stand in the same place together. It can also help to hold hands with younger children so that they don’t stray too far and are engaged in the session.

    13. Being themselves

    Allowing your clients to simply be themselves as a family can be just the thing to calm nerves and help the session flow much more naturally. Help them by choosing where you want them to sit or stand and then have them talk amongst themselves.

    15 Quick and Easy Poses for Family Photographs

    Perhaps tell a joke, dance or play. Allow the family to get natural expressions, which adds more variety to the final gallery.

    14. Kisses

    Families love each other and often show affection for each other. Kisses are natural and can show a real connection. You can choose to have the parents kiss while the kids make funny faces, have siblings kiss and hug, or have grandparents give kisses on the cheek.

    15 Quick and Easy Poses for Family Photographs

    This works best with young children like babies and toddlers to show affection and draw the baby’s attention to the parents. It also works with group squeezes with smaller family units.

    15 Quick and Easy Poses for Family Photographs

    15. From behind

    Complete your session images with a final shot of the family from behind. This can be a silhouette or have the family overlooking the location where they are, like a beach, for example.

    15 Quick and Easy Poses for Family Photographs

    It can be a great photo to finish your client’s gallery with a nice contemplative photo of the family simply looking and being themselves.

    In conclusion

    15 Quick and Easy Poses for Family Photographs

    It’s great to have 15 poses for family photographs that work for all families and all situations. Use these 15 poses, and you’ve already got a great start to your client’s gallery! Do you have any go-to poses that work for all family sessions? Share in the comments!

    The post 15 Quick and Easy Poses for Family Photographs appeared first on Digital Photography School. It was authored by Jackie Lamas.

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