Photography Realities: Embracing Imperfect Conditions

Getting the perfect shot in can be challenging, especially when dealing with unpredictable elements like weather and lighting. But rarely does life gift you with perfect conditions.

Coming to you from Liam Giuliani of 7th Era, this insightful video follows him as he embarks on a street photography project documenting every street in Melbourne, Australia. Giuliani doesn't shy away from the realities of street photography, openly acknowledging the less-than-ideal cloudy conditions on his shoot. He emphasizes that photographers won't always have perfect lighting, and instead of making excuses, they should adapt and make the most of the available conditions.

Throughout the video, Giuliani provides valuable insights into his approach, sharing his thought process as he analyzes potential shots and reacts to his surroundings. He discusses the challenges of capturing fleeting moments, the importance of shutter speed and aperture, and the impact of using a prime lens. Parker even reveals his personal anxieties when photographing strangers, highlighting the need for practice and perseverance.

Giuliani's commentary extends beyond technical aspects, discussing the philosophical side of street photography. He observes how mobile phones have transformed social interactions, prompting reflections on the prevalence of phone usage in public spaces. He also shares his recent focus on capturing individuals holding objects, showcasing his evolving photographic interests. These reflections add a layer of depth to the video, encouraging viewers to consider the sociological and artistic dimensions of their own work. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Giuliani. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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