YouTube Video: Joel Meyerowitz On Street Photography


Joel Meyerowitz is a serious photographer who specializes in street shooting. Since this month's Photo Assignment is "Street Shot," I thought you might enjoy this video by Joel on street photography. He provides lots of tips on how to position yourself and what to look for.

As I mentioned earlier, Street Shot is the February 2009 Photo Assignment. Time to hit the pavement and discover the interesting moments of life that happen all around you. You can read more about how to submit on our Submissions page. Deadline for entry is Feb. 28, 2009.

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Great video--it's one that I've pointed my street photography students to.

Good luck to all on this challenging assignment!

So is the lesson here to dig out my black ski cap and become incognito while looking like a thug? If so, I'm all for it!

Seriously, to say this is challenging is putting it mildly. Maybe I've read too much about how hypersensitive the UK has become about taking photos in public, but I'm definitely needing more strategies on how to approach. I've found that some get really offended/turn away, while others try to strike an artificial pose. Always tricky!

The photographer in the vid has a great point about this being a mindset. The only thing I've learned is that a paparazzi lens (200mm+) sometimes helps if you're feeling really chicken :) Someone also suggested having moocards in hand to pass a Flickr URL to those who confront, but I've yet to hand any out.

NICE video! anyone know how I can the entirevid to my computer? I have windows 7