Protest Marches - London 03/12/11

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Haven't posted for a while and haven't been out with my camera so here is the fruit of my trip to London last weekend.

Mothers March - Trafalgar Square
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Free Tibet - Whitehall
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Thanks for looking :smile:
 
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Kev,

IMO, the secret of shooting demonstrations is that the signs are not interesting but that the people are expressing emotion and you can catch that in the shots.

Far away shots are good to set up the idea and the perspective, then get in close and vary your angle and height to get some variety in the pictures. Note that 2,3 & 4 are pretty much the same shot - Woman holding sign - not looking at camera.

These are semi-OK, not terrible, not great. Exposure is difficult in mid-day so you need to figure that issue out.

The problem is that they are semi-boring and don't show any/much emotion or excitement.
You need at least one or two shots that really hit home, and you haven't got them.

Lew
 
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Thanks for the feedback Lew, I was in London on a walkabout and these demos just appeared as such so its the first time I have toged such an event.

In all, I agree with what you say and thank you for that.
 
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Kev,
Also IMO, the best way to get better at shooting 'street' is to shoot with someone else and then look at what they get. It will give you perspectives on what other people see.

Also, I take a lot of shots to try and catch the image I see in my mind's eye; then I cull ruthlessly to build a presentation. I look for an opening shot that sets the scene, then other shots that illustrate the setting, then a shot that is a strong closer.

I invite you to look at this set that illustrates as much as possible what I try to do. I am not saying I am terrific but I do have a process that works for me.

Just being in focus and being outside isn't enough. THe pictures have to say or mean something.

Lew
 

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