Friday, April 18, 2008

100 Strangers

100 Strangers: "Want to be a better street photographer? Want to develop as a photojournalist? In order to be one you often need to have the courage to go and talk with people you don't know. Often it's good if you get them to pose for you or do things in front of the camera while they know you're there.

If your lacking some, you can get better with some practice. This is a contact photo group to inspire you to practice taking portraits of people you don't know. The ultimate challenge for the members is to take 100 portraits of 100 strangers. Candids are not allowed. Little by little, learning by doing you'll get better results.

You might even find that taking contact with strangers isn't as scary as you thought it would be. Here's how it goes: Stop people by the street, talk with them, ask if you can take a portrait.

Post the picture to Flickr and 100 strangers pool. Try to get an idea who they are. Write a caption that tells something about the person in portrait. Describe how you got the photo. Don't post archive photos. Get out on the streets to take new ones. Keep on practicing.

Don't try to get all 100 pictures during one session, but try to find different people in different locations. Try to get a wide array of portraits: rich, poor, white, black, working, doing sports, etc. To support variety, the posting to the pool is limited to one picture per day per member."
Flickr: 100 strangers


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