Update : Hi everyone! Great job so far, just a few reminders to
1) leave constructive feedback for three others for each img you upload. (great detailed feedback so far!)
2) all street club assignments are an opportunity to go out and shoot new photos during the week and to challenge yourself
3) upload your photos before Sunday and Eric will do a YouTube video review!
Each weekend, I will post the assignment here. During the week, complete the assignment and upload your 1-3 best photos from the week to this thread. Feel free to add your own reflections on the assignment: What were your challenges and successes?
Each photo you upload, you must provide constructive critique on 3 other photos uploaded. At the end of the week on Sunday (Vietnam time), Eric and I will choose our favorite images and explain why.
HAVE FUN! Love, Cindy & Eric
P. S. Love the comments and photos we’ve been getting so far. Last week we almost had 100 comments. Let’s see if we could have 150 comments of photos and critique on the STREETCLUB assignment this week!
Assignment 3: CLEAN BACKGROUND
Try to shoot the entire day with having the simplest backgrounds as possible.
One of the biggest mistakes I see a lot of street photographers make in their work is that their backgrounds tend to be too busy and too messy. When we shoot street photography we do the following: we look for interesting subjects, stick them in the center of the frame, and then often forget about the background.
What ends up happening is that we have photographed an interesting subject, but the background is totally distracting (or doesn’t add to the image). In art there is a concept called “figure-to ground” (a fancy way to say “contrast”) in which you want to have your subject (figure) to be separated and have strong contrast with your background (ground).
A simple background can be a plain colored background (white, red, etc). A simple background can also be the sky (if you crouch really low, and just photograph people against the sky). You can achieve having simple backgrounds in your photographs by changing your position (moving to the left, right, crouching, or tippy-toeing) or by identifying a clean background, pre-framing your shot, and allowing your subject to step into your frame. A big pro-tip: when you’re shooting, focus on the background (not your subject). Just stick your subject in the middle of the frame, and focus on the background and edges of your frame.
For good inspiration for photographers who have made an entire career of simple backgrounds, check out the work of Richard Avedon. Reflection question: How did your photography approach change when you focused on trying to get a clean background?
Check out Keenan Rivals trying out the ‘CLEAN BACKGROUND’ assignment in Detroit.