I didn’t have a wedding this Saturday, so I had to get photo bug out of me by walking around and taking in some of the diversity downtown San Jose has to offer. My studio is located in the heart of it all so it’s just a matter of walking around for a few blocks to get rich assortment of characters. Today the Anime convention was in town and I wanted to work on my street shooting with my Fuji X Pro 1.
I like experimenting between auto focus and manual zone focusing. I find that sometimes one is better than the other. Auto focusing is very accurate if the camera can nail the focus fast enough. Zone focusing works great if I have enough light to work at f4 to f8. I find that the skills I practice on the streets makes me a better photojournalist wedding photographer. In many ways street photography is sometimes much more difficult than covering a wedding because I can’t hide behind the title of “the photographer.” At weddings, I have every reason to shoot. On the streets, I have to be more discreet to get the shot so my timing has to be spot on. Sometimes if just can’t get a good enough shot candidly, I would just ask people if I can take a picture of them. I find most people are happy to have their picture taken. I do this at wedding too if I just can’t get a good shot of someone candidly. I guess that’s not proper street photography, but I enjoy it nevertheless!