What Is Street Photography?
Street Photography in Edinburgh involves observing and capturing everyday scenes in Scotland’s capital city.
Street photography is typically presented in black and white. This style of pictures can be purely observational, documenting people, places and events in real-time. I enjoy being a little bit more creative, often shooting longer exposures, or stacking multiple exposures to create images which have a surreal look. I find inspiration for some of my photos by viewing the work of Russian photographer, Alexey Titarenko.
My street images are mostly created using a digital SLR camera. Often I shoot using an older SLR 35mm film camera, shooting photos on Ilford HP5 film. The process of shooting on film is very similar to digital photography, with the exception that I can’t check the image on film until it’s developed. Digital has the benefit of being immediate; I can check what I’ve just shot, which is a definite advantage when shooting slow shutter speed images.
I prefer editing photos in the digital domain. To be honest, I find the process of developing film, then scanning negatives or printing in a dark room, a bit of a chore. The result is worth the effort, and seeing a print in front of you, having spent ages shooting, developing and printing the photo, gives immense satisfaction. Today’s editing software is excellent at recreating the look of film stock. The immediacy of digital, the efficiency of the processing and editing when compared to film, in my opinion, outweighs the perceived aesthetic benefits of shooting on film.
All of the pictures in this gallery were shot in and around Edinburgh city centre. Edinburgh is a great, compact city for wandering around with a camera. There’s always something or someone interesting to observe and photograph.
I hope you enjoy my gallery photos. Spare a few minutes and take a look at my other galleries showing my pre-wedding photos, commerical photography, family portraits, wedding photography and landscape photography.