How to be a Street Photographer

JR 'hittin the streets' in Scotland
These days it's sure a lot easier to be a photographer than when I started in the late sixties. And that goes for being a street photographer as well.

With digital replacing film, (still brings tears to my eyes) and a camera and/or video on every cell phone (smart or not) anybody can't help but being a photographer. And put this 'anybody' on the street and be at the right place on time, they will have a chance to shoot something worthwhile, memorable and meaningful. And with an automatic camera they can't loose. Point and shoot and, "hey I'm a street photographer."

It seems like a sacrilege to me, it's just too damn simple. Photographers these days just haven't paid the price as far as I'm concerned. Haven't had to worry about what the picture looks like and had to wait till they've developed it or had somebody else do it to find out. Haven't had those moments when you find out the whole roll is ruined because they had the wrong settings, no film in the camera or left the lens cap on. Haven't had those moments when they find out the developer or fixer was weak and they have to shoot over, if they are lucky. Hell, you probably took a picture of somebody on the street already or you're doing it right now as we 'speak' as it were. Or you've taken some photo's of 'cracks' or 'strange people' at Wal-Mart or somewhere, then posted it on Facebook.     
                                                                                                                                                                                                        JR 'hittin the streets' in Scotland


You're right on your way to be a street photographer, and to think you didn't even have an hour of lessons. Didn't even have to study the zone system. Didn't even have to study anything. Didn't even have to get up early and drudge through thigh deep snow to get to classes at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, like I did. It doesn't seem fair. But between you and me .... pssssss, over here by the deli on 42nd street, I think you guys are damn lucky. It's all 'spoon fed for ya, man. All ya gotta do is show the interest and look, then check-out Google for the answers. (should be called 'Lord Google')
You could do it all yourself, unless you really need to pay a profe$$or to tell you that you're a photographer now and am able to go out and do it yourself. There's a saying, "those who do, do, those who don't, teach." The internet can be your teacher and you wouldn't even have to sign up for any on-line courses. Keep the expenses down so you can purchase some good equipment, unless you want to use only your cell phone. That's a cool idea. Go with it. There are only your own doubts to hold you back.

I would venture to say that all photo journalists are street photographers. We are simply capturing a candid image that comes into view. The timing and pre-visualization is everything, but more the timing than anything else. When you get on to it and being comfortable with your camera and your surroundings is when the pre-visualization will kick in. It will become second nature. You'll know what to expect, then you will be able to judge and position yourself, and camera correctly. Like a sports photographer, you'll be able to look at a situation or play and tell what will 'most likely' happen next because it's happened before like that. And there's always the unexpected, and these times are what make street photography so enjoyable.

But if you can't handle surprises and aren't the type to 'go with the flow' or 'bloom where you're planted,' then studio photography may be more of your speed. Or if you want to make a living, these other branches of photography may be more conducive for your needs, and your checking account. Street Photography is something you have to love to do. Something you do in your spare time, like Vivian Maier was a full-time Nanny. On her days off she grabbed her camera and hit the streets. God love her.

The first two street photographers I heard about in school was Robert Frank and Diane Arbus. Later on I came across Weegee. All three were an inspiration to me. But all three are a bit 'gritty' for my digestion. 'Hard-core' or 'moody' or 'depressing' are other terms I get from their work. And Arbus killed herself, talk about being 'into' her work, her passion.

I have to warn you..... fellow photographer, before you run out to the street and stick a camera in somebody's face. There are people, not so many, that don't like to have their picture taken. Some for their religious reasons. Please be courteous and kind. If you get the feeling or catch some animosity or jealousy in the air either move on without the shot, or ask if they mind, or sneak one. Most people have told me that they don't mind. A few will ask for money before. And there was one that chased me down the street, but I think he just wanted my camera. Since then I covered the 'Nikon' or 'Canon' logo on my camera. And please don't hang-around someplace after you shoot a picture. Shoot and move on. Don't give anybody of bad intent time to figure you out or tell others about you or your location. That could be one of the main reasons I am most times shooting the backs of people for my picture book 'Backs Forward.'


Baltimore Md.  ~by JR Hager
Baltimore Md. ~by JR Hager

Save Your LIFE - Balance Your PH !

The human body is slightly alkaline so it is better for your health to partake of alkaline foods. When you eat too many acidic foods your body becomes unbalanced and can cause a whole collection of problems like weight gain, poor concentration, fatigue and depression, and that can lead to a host of serious medical conditions.

The human must maintain its own perfect pH level in order for its systems to function properly, and this includes keeping rogue cells from becoming metastatic disease, translating into cancerous tumors in multiple organs. Our ancestors didn’t eat in a way that upset this delicate balance in our bodies.
There is a repressed study out there that shows chemotherapy success is probably more to do with the drugs being alkaline than having any actual cancer killing properties.

It is proven that cancer thrives in acidic conditions, it is also proven that Sugar, refined processes white beads and pastas, and most processed foods create an acidic environment in our bodies. It may not change the situation of a patient who already has cancer, but what could it hurt to try? This is a great preventative measures to take for anyone who has a history of cancer in their family or because they have already beaten cancer themselves. The drug companies that manufacture cancer medications, and the scientists that work for them, are going to "myth bust" this information because if it is truth than they could potentially lose out on money. I would rather be safe than sorry. Maybe you should try using some critical thinking skills and read up on this issue from all stand points negative and positive before you draw any conclusions.

Acid and alkaline are chemical opposites. Whenever these bases interact with acids, there's a conflict between them and the result is too much salt in your system.

The “normal” range of saliva pH is between 7.3 and 7.4. Most people, on the other hand, are much too acidic with a pH that is much lower. They tend to be burned out, tired with a body starving for a balance again. Under the influence of acidic foods the muscles fatigue much more easily. You slow down because your body has trouble producing the same physical results as before.

The alkalizing foods are better for your health and help to balance the pH of your body. While acid, alkaline and pH are common terms, many people do not understand what they mean and what their collation with nutrition and health happens to be.

When you eat acidic foods the free radical oxidation occurs and causes your cells to die, making you age much faster. Your Vitamins and minerals don't absorbed as easily. The friendly bacteria in your small intestine die, and that puts the digestive system off balance and in a lot of stress. High levels of acidity inhibits the ability for intestinal walls to absorb nutrients. Cells become stressed out with all the toxins and cannot function properly.

Alkaline foods have a wide variety of benefits for your health. They improve your muscle output. They have antioxidant effects in your body and increase assimilation at the cellular level and allow cells to operate normally. There is also a reduction of parasites and yeast overgrowth with the intake of alkaline foods. They also promote a deeper and more restful sleep, youthful skin and relieve colds suffering, headaches and the flu.

Cancerous tissues are acidic, and healthy tissues are alkaline. Oxygen enters an acidic solution and combines with hydrogen ions and form water. Oxygen neutralizes the acid, but the acid prevents oxygen from reaching tissues where it is needed. When oxygen enters an alkaline solution, these two hydroxyl ions are combined to create one water molecule and one oxygen atom. The oxygen atom is able to go to the next cell and bring all the benefits of oxygen to the tissues of the body. At a pH slightly above 7.4, cancer cells become dormant, and a pH of 8.5 cancer cells die while healthy cells live.

Over stimulation of bodily tissues because acidic foods cause a lot of damage, and type II diabetes is just a symptom of an acidic lifestyle. Bringing the body back into balance, you must include alkalizing green vegetables, green drinks and the good fats back into your diet. The plant proteins from grains and legumes help restore the previous homeostasis in your body. 

Alkalizing foods have a splendid tonic effect on your body. Neutralizing the acidity in your bloodstream; alkaline foods act as quite a relief to your system that's regenerating and restoring the damaged cells. Diets high in acidic foods make the body break down prematurely. By determining what foods have an alkalizing effect on your body you can incorporate them into our diet in larger healthful amounts. On the average, the pH level of human blood is between 7.35 and 7.45; levels. A level of 7 and above is considered alkaline.

Paying much needed attention to which minerals have alkalizing effects can add the proper balance to your blood pH. These minerals that have an alkalizing effect on the body are: cesium, potassium, sodium, calcium, and magnesium. If your diet consists mainly of processed foods and very few vegetables, you will definitely benefit from the change.

Yes, as the old saying goes, “you are what you eat” is most absolutely true. By controlling the amounts of alkaline and acidic food you eat, you are giving your body a fighting chance for survival, and may save your life.

Balancing your PH

  1. In the morning take a half a glass of spring water.
  2. Put in 3/4 tsp of baking soda (3 1/4)
  3. Squeeze a half organic lemon and, as you stir, pour the juice in the water.
  4. It will fizz. Drink on an empty stomach ....it will make you burp, this is what you want. (You will also notice that you will get less indigestion during the day. And this will be the gateway to not having to swallow any more anti acid drugs the doctors and 'big pharma' pushes.)

LOVE Street ART, man










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 Warsaw-based outdoor artist NeSpoon covers the walls and street of the city of Warsaw with these beautiful pieces of street art that imitate traditional intricate lacework.














 
 
 












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