You may have seen Dixon Hamby’s beautiful pictures of children on the streets of Panama on the mobile photography awards website recently. The pictures were so stunning, so vibrant and incredibly moving that I just had to ask Dixon how he managed to get such great natural looking pictures. Thankfully, he said "yes"…so here’s how Dixon shoots street; both his methods and the apps he uses….(and if you love these check out Dixon’s work on the links at the bottom of this page)
(left, Dixon Hamby)
Dixon on street Photography
Street iPhotography, like most photography has several components, technical, creative, plus the big one….spontaneity.
I have two basic approaches for shooting people. One is secretive. This kind of work requires an element of surreptitiousness as a means to add to the surprise of the outcome. I am unceasingly ready for action. iPhone in hand, auto lock, and sound off. I shoot with the volume control as I hold the camera close to my leg. I take as many shots as possible moving the camera to catch a variety images to choose from.
Being the consummate control freak when it comes to cropping, I have had to learn to depart from old habits, and expand my creativity. I love shooting this way! I never know what I can capture. I am continually surprised by the outcome.
The other approach is engage. I make eye contact, a quick smile, a comment about their adorable baby, or a pat on their dog’s head. I sometimes ask if I may take their picture, and always express my gratitude for their cooperation. This works especially well with the children in Panama as they love to have their photos taken.
The apps I use for most of my processing are Camera+, Filterstorm and PSExpress.
Northwest native, Boeing web and graphic designer escapee, Dixon Hamby left his native land to become a travel photographer. Fate hit him on the head (literally) in Panama when an errant palm frond fell and injured his neck, thereby rendering him unable to lift his DSLR. iPhoneography filled the void and his creativity took a new direction.
Check out more of Dixon’s work here:
Website – http://www.dixonhamby.com/
Twitter – http://twitter.com/DixonHamby