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Having used both lenses I'd say no it's not worth the upgrade. The f/1.4 version is two thirds of a stop faster, which means where you'd use ISO 800 before you'd theoretically be able to use ISO 500. That sounds good, however that's only in the centre of the frame, the corners get significantly darker wide open. I rarely use mine wide open so for me there's ...


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Before I start pontificating, a disclaimer... My experience is necessarily US-centrc as that's where I live and work. Over the years these methods have worked equally well for me in large cities with jackboot-style authorities (LA, New York, etc.), as well as smaller cities (potentially where the authorities have less oversight and more willingness to shoot ...


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You've identified your subject, the tricky part is expressing what you want to say to others in a single picture. What is it you want to say? In your example photo, everything is in focus, there is little contrast between the post and background, and everything has vertical lines. How is the viewer meant to know what parts of the photo are important? What ...


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I think there are many small steps you can take, but it will depend on your personality how fast you move through each. One thing that helped me a lot was going to public events. During public events people are more inclined to be photographed, so that will help you break the ice. Try not to go to a G20 protest though :) Maybe Mardi Gras or something like ...


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You light spontaneous portraits with available light. Sure, flashes, strobes, kinoflos, etc are great tools and really expand your visual vocabulary, but at the end of the day, nothing is as authentic and versatile as available light. Start observing light. Find a cool light source - be it a back lit outdoor ad, a store display, etc. Look at how it lights ...


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I think the best thing you do is be honest, straight up and provide a way for them to verify and possibly receive the photo later on, watermarked, low-res or not. I've only actually done this once, but I explained precisely who I was, gave them my card and made sure to not include any identifying marks in the photo. I took a long exposure shot of a ...


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He's using a full-frame camera with a 85mm lens on a number of those shots. So, in terms of APS-C (which yours is), a 50 or 55mm lens would give you a similar angle of view if you go the prime route, but I'm not sure if Canon makes a 55mm, though they have excellent 50mm lenses. If you go zoom, something like a Canon 24-70mm or 18-135mm would add some ...


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You already span the range 18-250 mm with the lenses that you've already got. They are zoom lenses however and there is a big advantage with prime lenses - their fixed focal length can with some practice be known by heart. To know how the picture will turn out before even looking through the viewfinder is a huge advantage when already facing a situation ...


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Based on the EXIF data, he tends to use a Canon EOS 5D Mark II with an EF85mm f/1.2L II USM. Since you have a cropped sensor, a 50mm will have similar framing. In order to get the tighter DOF and creamy bokeh you'll want the widest aperture you can get, so either: 50mm f/1.2 L 50mm f/1.4 Incidentally, there is another question comparing those two ...


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I don't have an issue shooting images at any point during the day; I try to take advantages of the lighting and go from there. I would wholeheartedly say: SHOOT ANYTIME YOU CAN! Midday sun is overhead, and gives you dark (often called harsh shadows). On the plus side, mid-day sun is very bright and gives you plenty of opportunities for good exposures ...


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This style of photography using an ultra wide angle lens clearly goes against the ethos of documentary photography since it presents the subject in a unrealistic way. forces you to get so close to people that you influence their posture or expression, thereby altering what you seek to observe. It is however, a perfectly valid form of artistic impression. ...


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Most street photographers will insist, loudly, that the technique and equipment are very much secondary to the vision and the results. They're quite correct, and it's important not to obsess. That said, from a very basic standpoint, there are some pretty simple constraints to most street work: People are probably moving. You don't have time for ...


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At least as I see it, the big problem right now is that the background intrudes too much into the picture -- in fact, it almost looks like it's intended to be a picture of the building, and this ad just happened to be in the way. There are a number of possibilities for making the subject stand out more. First, I'd almost certainly cross the street so you're ...


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The idea of "Shooting from the hip" is to be inconspicuous, so as not to change the atmosphere. This allows you to capture the shot as you see it, without interfering with the mood. Manual focus, using a lens that has a distance scale. f/8 allows you to get a much greater depth of field, so even if your focus is slightly off, you should still have a good ...


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Wide angle with plenty of DOF makes things easier. I like low shutter speeds, 1/15 to 1/60, in most cases as it adds some motion and energy to the shots. Depends on the subject matter. If you want sharp you obviously want a bit faster. You can hang the camera around your neck, but trigger it from a remote in your hand, no one would guess you were taking ...


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First of all asking before taking a shot often ruins the natural scene you want to capture so don't do it. Best way I have found is to use a fairly long lens so you can take the shot from some distance (this is the reason many photo journalists use 70-200 lenses). You may be noticed but because your a good distance away the subject is rarely too affected by ...


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When using B&W, you have decided that the colors are suppressing the subject and you want the viewer to concentrate on geometric's. But this is strictly decided by the photographer eye. A more detailed article about this subject can be found here


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This is a legal question and the best answer is to consult with a lawyer. Even in the US, there is the potential that some states laws are slight variants of each other. The most known source of information on this is Bert P. Krages II who is an attorney and published a pamphlet about the photographers rights which you can obtain here and print yourself. ...


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Legal Disclaimer The following is for general information purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice for any particular situation. If you have a specific concern you should consult with an attorney familiar with the relevant issues in the jurisdiction in question. The question includes the following and the answer below should be considered with ...


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Street photography comes with a lot of constraints on equipment and methodology – no diffusers, no reflectors, no asking people to please move one way or the other – so the best advice is to concentrate on what you can control: where you shoot, and how you shoot. The environment Much of this boils down to know your city, or be ready to explore it. ...


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ahockley is 100% right. Your ability to get those sorts of shots depends on your ability to engage people in conversation. I got this shot while chatting up a large group of people at a company picnic. Also, be prepared for people to say no sometimes (some people really don't like to be photographed). People who are having a good time tend to be more ...


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There is no common setting that produces a good exposure. You need to practice, experiment and make sure you understand how these settings work together. Some general guidelines I've come across in the past might help you on your way: Photojournalists have a saying, "f/8 and be there", meaning that being on the scene is more important than worrying about ...


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I like Bendihossan's list, but especially during travel I might add "Is this exactly like all the other shots of seen of < insert event or place here > ?". Photography is art and uniqueness counts. If you're taking the picture the same way its been done a million times before and/or the same way you can walk up and see it - then it's probably not going ...


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All laws will vary by jurisdiction, and you'd be best advised to speak to a qualified lawyer if you intend to sell or publish your pictures; but in general, if you're in a public place, then you can take a photo of whatever you like (as long as you're not breaking other laws, such as those dealing with public nudity). Be aware that some seemingly public ...


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Become a super spy photographer. It is a filter attachment that allows you to shoot around corners, or look like you are photographing somewhere else. Available from Photojojo. OR... I know it is hard approaching people, but if you are polite, 9/10 people would be okay with it. If they do have a problem with it, go to the next market stall. Having a ...


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The first choice is what what type of camera you want. It used to be that a DSLR was your only option for the flexibility of interchangeable lenses. That is no longer the case, as there is a growing crop of "mirrorless" cameras with these features. We've got a number of questions covering this from several different angles, and I've chosen a number of them ...


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Big glass tends to attract a lot of attention, if you can get something smaller that seems less threatening. Remove the battery grip if you are using one, again size probably intimidates. Smile a lot or be cheerful, the sunny disposition might help. You could wear one of those tourist hats to look more like one? Personally I use a 5D MKII but have a ...


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Only you can answer which is best for you. The EF 50mm f/1.8 II or EF 50mm f/1.4 give wider apertures that allow better images in low light conditions if you can handle the narrower depth of field that comes with wider apertures. And sometimes that narrower depth of field allowed by wider apertures is highly desired. The f/1.4 is faster in terms of ...


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Sounds like you're after a shallow depth of field. You should be able to achieve a similar effect with the Canon 50 at around f/1.8, but you'd need to be shooting as wide as possible. I also wouldn't be at all surprised if he's got a reflector or flash out of shot to balance the light in some of those. Other things to bear in mind when trying to get that ...


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Matt's analysis can't be beat, so I won't argue with the science. Having owned both lenses (shot with the 1.8 for 3 years, then moved to the 1.4 for the past 4) I have to say that the 1.8 is the best value for your money. However I did find the focussing speed and build quality of the 1.4 worth the move for me. I don't mind a bit of softness when shooting ...



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