- What drew you to Street Photography?
10 Questions with Leanne Staples
I started out with a focus on architectural photography. It was my intention to achieve a rather purist style that you might see in Architectural Digest. The problem was that people were constantly walking into my shot. One day I lost patience and started shooting buildings with people in front of them. The rest is history as they say. It was only after this that I started to explore the work of great street photographers.
2. Do you do any creative or other types of photography?
I also do urban landscapes, social documentary and occasionally portraits.
3. How did you start getting your name and pictures out there?
I guess it really started with online photo groups like Flickr.
4.How much time to you spend shooting pictures versus marketing?
I don’t really know for certain what the ratio is. It is probably about 50/50. I will admit that I could probably do more marketing than I do. That said, my passion is shooting and processing.
5. How do you work ethics into Street Photography? What won’t you shoot?
It is important for me to always have/show compassion for my subject.
6. Do you use Canon, Nikon, Lieca, or what type of camera and computer do you use?
Nikon, Leica, Mac, Lightroom, NIK.
7. Have you ever been confronted by police or unhappy people? If so what happened?
No. Once I did get asked to not shoot a window on a building. I wanted to capture a reflection of a Frank Gehry building. When I asked why I couldn’t shoot it, the guard told me that it was a DEA office. It wasn’t even possible to see in the building, but I didn’t shoot it.
8. Do you use Flickrr, Google +, 500PX or other photo sights?
I am on Flickr, Facebook, 500px, Foto Visura, Twitter and a handful of other sites. The only social network site that I’m really engaged in at the moment is Google Plus.
9. Do you watermark or logo your pictures you put up on the web?
No. I really don’t like the look of them. If I can find a way to watermark my images without it becoming a distraction, I may reconsider.
10. What makes a Good Street Photo different from a Snapshot on the street?
That is of course the $64,000 question. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. For me, a good street shot needs to go beyond the personal and become something that is universal. There needs to be an element that draws the viewer into the picture and either gets them to relate to it or imagine the story behind the shot.
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