Cities are vibrant, colorful and multi-textured, and a good way to capture this colour and texture is to seek out and photograph street art…
Approaching the shot
Finding suitable subjects is half the battle when looking for signs and graffiti, but once you’ve found them the viewpoint is the main decision you have to make.
The main factor in this is the background – if there is a suitable backdrop you can shoot along the street, to include the surroundings.
The alternative approach, especially if the surroundings aren’t photogenic, is to shoot the subject head-on.
A standard 35mm or 50mm lens is great for shooting signs and graffiti. These tend to offer a wide maximum aperture for isolating different areas of the image (by blurring out foreground and background) and also have very little distortion, so that areas at the edges of the image remain straight, rather than curved.
Getting your camera out in public might seem daunting if you’ve never tried it before, but these five street photography projects will get you started right. Armed with our expert street photography tips, you’ll soon have the confidence to shoot everything from motion-blur abstracts to candid portraits of strangers.
You don’t need to travel to exotic, remote locations to get amazing image. There are plenty of subjects around almost every street corner; you just need to be able to find them. The very familiarity of your local town or city can mean that it’s all too easy to miss the host of potential photos available on the streets close to home.
So here are five easy street photography projects to help spark your creativity, give you some ideas of great subjects to look for and the right techniques to use for the best results.
The "Streets Is Watching" photography exhibit is dedicated to the beautiful, yet gritty streets of Philadelphia. Through the eyes of our presenting photographers, the viewer gets a fresh and honest perspective of this great city. On Saturday, May 3rd, the opening reception was well received and full of great art, great people, and great conversations. If you didn't get a chance to come through, please be sure to stop by the gallery to view this beautiful collection. Every print is for sale.
The featured photographers include: Kieran Loftus, Mahogany Mama and Larry Wright. Check out the reception photos after the jump.
If you aspire to be an amazing professional photographer, you must study photographers with amazing work. Your job isn’t to copy, but to learn what’s great about them, what’s not-so-great and figure out your own approach. These 3 photographers in particular have a lot to offer.
Maitreya Moore (aka Mahogany Mama) is a West Philadelphia artist known for her street photography and beautiful portraits. For "The Uncommon Criminal" exhibit, Maitreya decided to showcase well-known individuals who don't quite fit the mold of your average criminal.
The Uncommon Criminal exhibit is currently on display at The Urban Art Gallery, located at 262 S. 52nd Street in Philadelphia, PA. The exhibit runs until May 1st and every piece is available for purchase.
Check out the promotional video for the exhibit shot by ConcreteCakes.com after the jump.
Perfecting a craft takes years of hard work and God-given talent. But most great artists become so immersed in their work that they leave little room for much else—which can be problematic. Creating beautiful works of art is just PART of becoming a successful artist. The other part is the business. Artists who don’t understand the business of their art risk squandering a potentially lucrative opportunity.
Here are some practical marketing tips for artists who wish to cash out on their creativity.
Philadelphia is known for a lot of things (both good and bad) yet few outside of its limits know that Philly is also known for its mural arts. In fact, Philadelphia has the most murals in the country.
This is all started back in 1984 when founder, Jane Golden, was requested by the Philadelphia Anti-Graffiti Network to help curb the epidemic of illegal graffiti writing. Instead of berating the graffiti artists, the Mural Arts Program sought them out to collaborate on projects that would become much bigger, much more ambitious than anything, any one writer could accomplish on his/her own. She gave them license to use the city as their canvas for works that would live forever.
Art has always been a medium of expression for the people, by the people. When institutions attempt to commoditize it, its beauty becomes distorted. As a gallery, we understand the need to find balance between creativity and commerce. But when the voice of the people becomes suppressed to serve a bureaucratic agenda, the resulting art becomes a force of revolution by the people.
In the late 70s, Hip-Hop became that revolutionary force in music due to the radio’s suppression of the budding art form. However, this cyclical “changing of the guards” gained widespread attention with the emergence of the 19th century art-movement known as Impressionism.
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