What Street Photography means to me
"It's neither our culture nor our race which interconnects us. It's Street Photography."
My name is Thomas Leuthard and I’m a Street Photographer from Switzerland. I travel around the World to document the ordinary life on the street. For me Street Photography is a passion, a way of life and not a job orsomething I do for a living. That’s why I enjoy doing it in my spare time without any pressure. I will do it for as long as I enjoy it and maybe one day I will do something else. I started writing down my knowledge in May 2011 as a blog and then as an eBook. Why another book? My first eBook (“Going Candid…”) was about the basics of Street Photography and should encourage beginners to find a startingpoint. It contains a lot of hard facts, tips and tricks. This second eBook is more about my personal view on things and is a bit more advanced. It should give you an insight to my way of thinking and should also provide a lot of tips around Street Photography. Why is this book free? There are a lot of people who ask me why I don’t charge for my eBooks. There are several reasons for that. First ofall I have a full time job, which feeds me more than enough. I also have the latest gear available to perform Street Photography. I’m happy with my life so far and more money would not make me happier. Also my photos would not get any better with more money in my pocket. It makes me happier investing my money in a good thing than spending it for myself. That’s why I donate some of my money, investit in other people and write free eBooks. If you still believe that I should better ask for money for this eBook, you have not understood what life is all about. Life is not about money, it’s about friendship, happiness and good photos.
Table of Content
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. What itmeans to me… It's a way of life… Don't try this at home… Don’t listen to others… How to handle critics… Don’t lose the lesson… Change your mindset… Fear kills the Shot… Expect the Unexpected… Get better with every shot… Preparation is everything… Getting good ideas… What you see is what you get… Look how you look… The stealthy photographer… Off-Street Training Should I walk or should I run…?Killers shoot twice… It's not just about shooting… It's all about passion… Being fed up… Don't look back... Flash Those Faces… Respect those Rights… They are all the same... The Perfect Camera… He doesn’t even use a Leica… You can buy quality… Fix it in your Camera… Title before exposure… Don't trust a photo… What about the Soul… United We Shoot… Pay It Forward… Living from Street Photography... 8 1214 16 18 20 22 24 26 28 30 34 36 38 40 42 46 48 50 52 54 56 58 60 62 64 68 70 74 77 79 83 87 89 91
What it means to me…
I have done Street Photography for about 2 years now. At the beginning it was much different than it is now. I was often shooting alone and uploading my photos only to one website called Fotocommunity.de. Last year I started to organize photo-walks in cities I was travelingto but my method of photography changed when I met Eric Kim who taught a Street Photography workshop in Beirut, Lebanon in November 2010. I sponsored 2/3 of Eric's trip with the condition that I could join him. This gesture really changed a lot for me. First of all I was able to teach Street Photography for the first time to a highly motivated audience in a place I had never been before. It turnedout to be the trip of a lifetime and for the people there it was life changing as well. They founded the Beirut Street Photographers (BSP) group which is growing massively. They organize street tours within Lebanon on a monthly basis and give TV and radio interviews. I was with them on a trip in Istanbul in July and it was great to see them all again. "United we shoot…" - BSP Since my time in...