My comfy cargo pants for walking all day on the streets
Even when I carry a proper camera bag with my Yashica, some film and the X100T with the TCL-100 attached to its lens, my most valuable asset will still be useful clothes. They’re the only thing that allow me to work swiftly and comfortably in the streets.
Getting Around – Public Transportation Maps
Public transportation is a great way to move from place to place when planning a day of street photography. The urban experience of moving around like this is vast and rich, but it can be confusing. Having a metro system map on my phone has saved me several times, especially when I’ve been in countries where people speak a language different than my own.
Have a PDF Portfolio on Your Phone
Street photography is best when it’s candid, but sometimes you'll have the good fortune of
in the street. A conversation can be valuable to both parties. Also, it's very likely you'll want to make a portrait of these characters. meeting magnificent strangers
Not all people will be open and trusting, so explaining and describing your work using a portable version of your portfolio is a great idea. It's something to immediately back up what you're saying about building your street portfolio. Okay, I appreciate it'd be easier to just have a simple “yes, sure, why not?” with no “explaining” and for your subject(s) to feel flattered, but not everyone is like this.
Some photographers use amazing looking postcard prints, but I stick to an easy-to-access PDF version of my portfolio on my phone. I use PDF because browsing on the web is not so cool – and as I said before, my phone isn’t very powerful.
Even though this PDF tool has been handy for short-notice situations, I'm considering making a pocket-sized booklet of my portfolio.
My trusty Fuji has a
huge problem, and I hope they have corrected it with the recent release of the X100F. The specific problem is that the batteries on this amazing camera run out pretty quickly. My solution is simple: I carry extra batteries (and, just in case, an extra SD card – REALLY IMPORTANT).
The good thing about these batteries is that they’re fairly small, so I don't mind having them in my pocket all day. I also don't shoot a lot of pictures, so I carry the extra battery as a contingency.
I have little much else to say about my packing methods, but I’d love to hear about how you do it when you’re preparing for a day of street photography. Please share your ideas with us!
PS: I really apologize with you guys if the pictures are boring, I'm not so hot with product photography.
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