Street photography typically refers to candid images of real, unposed moments within an urban setting. The most effective street photos capture intriguing or harmonious compositions of people interacting with each other and their environments. Street photography is often ambiguous, letting the viewer complete the story or respond emotionally. Through the use of light, composition, and eye-pleasing elements, street photography is a visual form of poetry.
In this presentation, David Williams will use his own photos to describe the elements that make a good street photograph, including the importance of a strong subject and interesting composition. He’ll also discuss practicalities such as camera settings and lens choice, the legalities and ethics of photographing people in public spaces, as well as the challenges one must overcome to become a good street photographer.
Following the presentation and Q&A session, participants will walk to Kensington Market to put what they’ve learned into practice with the help of experienced walk leaders.
David Williams - Speaker and Walk Leader
Dave Bottoms - Walk Leader
Participants must be familiar with the relationship between shutter speed, aperture and ISO and be comfortable adjusting these for optimal results when shooting on the street. A digital camera with rear display screen is required in order to review photos taken during the hands-on portion of the Workshop (no cell phones or film cameras). Lens focal length must be in the wide to normal range, e.g., full frame cameras: 28 mm, 35 mm, 50 mm primes or ~16-35 mm, ~24-70 mm zooms; for crop/APS cameras: 18 mm, 23 mm, 35 mm primes or ~10-24 mm, ~18-55 mm zooms. No telephoto lenses please!
Street and documentary photographer Dave Bottoms has been shooting the streets of Toronto since 2009. He's authored numerous articles on the topic for Petapixel, a leading online photo magazine.
Dave spends much of his time moderating the Toronto Street Photography (7,800 members) and the Street Photography Cartier-Bresson Inspired (302,000 members) Facebook groups. In 2018 he published his first black & white street photography book.Website
Street & Documentary Photographer
David Williams is a self-taught street and documentary photographer, shooting Toronto streets since 2012. His work has been exhibited frequently in Toronto over the past 5 years including the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, CONTACT Photography Festival, Metro Hall, Hart House, and various galleries.Website