Experience Street Photography Through the Lens of the Photographer

In this video, Nick Turpin offers his point of view as he takes viewers on a shoot in London. By offering the view through his lens, Nick offers a rare insight into the process of street photography in a way that is rarely seen.

I'm an unabashed fan of street photography. As an architectural photographer, street photography is not a genre that I've ever been able to do well. Perhaps it is for this reason that I can't help but admire well-crafted street photographs. It was as a fan of street photography that I became familiar with the work of Nick Turpin. Nick is a London based street photographer who is well known as the founder of In-Public, a street photography collective (now archived). His portfolio demonstrates careful design, meticulous timing, and intelligent use of color.

In this video, Nick records his actual point of view through the lens, with breaks in the video showing when he presses the shutter. Throughout the process, Nick gives a running commentary, explaining both what he is doing and why. I have not seen a tutorial shot in this way and found that I enjoyed the experience. Instead of being prescriptive, this tutorial gets the viewer to think for themselves.

Personally, I found that I learned a lot watching this video, and I'm looking forward to more of Nick's tutorials. I'm curious to hear what you thought of this point of view style and whether it worked for you as a tutorial?

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Joe Martinez's picture

This was oddly relaxing and fascinating!

Anete Lusina's picture

I felt the same. I thought I'll just take a quick look at the video but next thing I know I'm sipping my coffee and watching the whole thing.

Jonathan Reid's picture

I think it’s because it’s easy to imagine being there .

Gordon Spencer's picture

Really enjoyed your 'commentary' as you were shooting. Thanks....

David Fingret's picture

It was fun to watch. I'm curious about your ISO settings. Was it at 3200 the entire time?

David Fingret's picture

May I ask why? Seems high.

Jonathan Reid's picture

My guess is that the camera he is using has great noise performance and he wanted to ensure that he had a fast shutter speed, but that is just guesswork

This was an amazing new way to understand an accomplished photographers shooting perspective. I hope others watch it and borrow from it, as I would love to see it for wildlife , and nature shots. Thank you Nick really learnt a lot.

Jonathan Reid's picture

I agree. I imagine a landscape photography tutorial shot like this would be fascinating