Why I Underexpose My Street Photography

Why I Underexpose My Street Photography

Brandon BallwegJanuary 18, 2022

If you’re a fan of street photography, you may have noticed that a lot of photography is underexposed. At least by “normal” technical standards. In other types of photography, it’s more common to raise exposure and shadows in post. At least when shot in an area lit by sunlight, in…

Street Photography Shutter Speed: Freeze the Action or Create Motion Blur

Street Photography Shutter Speed: Freeze the Action or Create Motion Blur

Brandon BallwegJanuary 13, 2022

The best shutter speed for street photography is highly dependent on what you want to achieve with your street photography. For example, do you want to freeze the action so that it’s like a preserved moment in time, or do you want to create a sense of movement by creatively…

Best Focal Length for Street Photography: 6 Focal Lengths for Every Situation

Best Focal Length for Street Photography: 6 Focal Lengths for Every Situation

Brandon BallwegJanuary 11, 2022

While I wish there was a perfect focal length for street photography that would fit every situation, it’s not exactly a possibility. There are wide-angle prime lenses that do the majority of what you need while being small and discreet. There are ‘normal’ focal length lenses like 50mm that can…

Street Photography Gear: Pack Light to Focus on What’s Important

Street Photography Gear: Pack Light to Focus on What’s Important

Brandon BallwegJanuary 6, 2022

Street photography gear is often over-thought. Gear, to some extent, is an essential part of making street photos, though. My philosophy on street photography gear is to keep things as simple as possible and travel light. Street photography gear is great, but having too much of it can weigh you…

What’s the Best Aperture for Street Photography?

What’s the Best Aperture for Street Photography?

Brandon BallwegJanuary 5, 2022

Your choice of aperture for street photography is one of the main elements that will determine the look and feel of your images. That’s because it affects your depth of field or how much of your photo is in focus. Having creative control over my field is important as a…

Street Photography Aperture Priority: When and How to Use It

Street Photography Aperture Priority: When and How to Use It

Brandon BallwegDecember 30, 2021

Street photography is an amazing outlet for photographic creativity. But one thing that can get in the way sometimes is keeping up with your camera settings to get the correct exposures. In street photography, moments are fleeting and pass in the blink of an eye, so obviously, you want to…

Best Aperture for Portraits: Perfecting Depth of Field in Portrait Photography

Best Aperture for Portraits: Perfecting Depth of Field in Portrait Photography

Amy GraceDecember 29, 2021

When shooting portraits, whether they’re of friends, family, or clients, it’s important to get the most flattering photographs possible. Using apertures creatively can lead to some impressive shots, but there’s also an art to knowing when to use which settings. That’s why portrait photographers need to understand the effects of…

Night Street Photography: Gear, Camera Settings, Techniques

Night Street Photography: Gear, Camera Settings, Techniques

Brandon BallwegDecember 23, 2021

Shooting street photography at night can make compelling images, but it’s also very challenging. Obviously, the biggest challenge is that you have less available light to work with. Low light can make it difficult to get proper exposures, and your camera’s autofocus may struggle. Regardless, there are ways to overcome…

Fujifilm XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS Review

Fujifilm XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS Review

Brandon BallwegDecember 16, 2021

I bought the Fujifilm XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS for those times in landscape photography when you’re far away from the focal point of your scene and you need the extra reach to frame things the way you want. Landscape photography is not a big priority for me (my…

Best Fujifilm Cameras for Street Photography: 5 Top Picks

Best Fujifilm Cameras for Street Photography: 5 Top Picks

Brandon BallwegOctober 1, 2021

There’s a lot to like about Fujifilm mirrorless cameras for street photography with compact form factors, low weight, intuitive manual controls, and sleek designs. Fujifilm digital cameras do a great job of being an extension of your eye and just getting out of the way so you can focus on…

Fujifilm XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS WR Review

Fujifilm XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS WR Review

Brandon BallwegAugust 25, 2021

The Fujifilm XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS WR is a wide-angle, 15-36mm full-frame equivalent X-series cameras. It’s an update to the previous version of this lens, which was released in 2013. New to this version is weather sealing, markings to its aperture ring, and slightly lower weight. I haven’t done…

Viltrox 56mm f/1.4 for Fujifilm Review

Viltrox 56mm f/1.4 for Fujifilm Review

Brandon BallwegAugust 11, 2021

The Viltrox 56mm f/1.4 for Fujifilm is a budget-friendly, compact, lightweight, 85mm equivalent focal length prime lens for Fujifilm’s APS-C cameras that offers excellent image quality when you get the focus right (more on that later). It has a maximum aperture of f/1.4, making it a capable lens even in…

Fujifilm 18-55mm f/2.8-4 Review: More Than Just a Kit Lens

Fujifilm 18-55mm f/2.8-4 Review: More Than Just a Kit Lens

Brandon BallwegAugust 5, 2021

The Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS is a wide-angle to mid-range zoom lens that is sold as a kit lens with some of Fujifilm’s cameras. There are very few bad new lenses sold these days but to think of this as “just a kit lens” doesn’t really…

Fujifilm XF 60mm f/2.4 R Macro Lens Review

Fujifilm XF 60mm f/2.4 R Macro Lens Review

Brandon BallwegJuly 20, 2021

The Fujifilm XF 60mm f/2.4 R Macro is a 90mm full-frame equivalent lens with very good sharpness and image quality. I’ve had this lens for a couple of years now, so I have a good idea of what it’s best suited for. If you’re looking for a lens that can…

Fujifilm XF 18mm f/2 R Review

Fujifilm XF 18mm f/2 R Review

Brandon BallwegJuly 2, 2021

The Fujifilm XF 18mm f/2 R is a compact and lightweight wide angle prime lens with a 28mm-equivalent focal length. Its compact size and low weight makes it a great lens for street photography or other types of photography where you’re on-the-go and you need to be light on your…

Fujifilm XF 23mm f/2 R WR Review: A Speedy Street Lens

Fujifilm XF 23mm f/2 R WR Review: A Speedy Street Lens

Brandon BallwegJune 23, 2021

The Fujifilm XF 23mm f/2 R WR is a relatively compact and lightweight lens for Fujifilm’s X series APS-C cameras. It has a 35mm equivalent field of view. The size, weight, and weather sealing of this lens make it a great lens for street photography, documentary photography, or your every…

Fujifilm XF27mm F2.8 R WR Review: Pancake-Style Street Power

Fujifilm XF27mm F2.8 R WR Review: Pancake-Style Street Power

Brandon BallwegJune 16, 2021

The Fujifilm XF27mm f/2.8 WR was released in March of 2021 and is available in a package along with the Fujifilm X-E4, which I reviewed here. The 27mm f/2.8 is a compact, pancake-style lens. This is the second version of this lens and although it has good image quality, Fujifilm,…

Fujifilm X-E4 Review: A Compact Street Companion

Fujifilm X-E4 Review: A Compact Street Companion

Brandon BallwegJune 4, 2021

If you’re looking for a capable small camera for street photography, documentary photography, or your everyday carry, the Fujifilm X-E4 is a really satisfying camera to use and definitely worth considering. The Fujifilm X-E4 is the fourth iteration of Fujifilm’s compact, rangefinder-style APS-C sensor X-E line of cameras. It was…

Fujifilm X-T3 Review: Still Worth Considering in 2021 and Beyond?

Fujifilm X-T3 Review: Still Worth Considering in 2021 and Beyond?

Brandon BallwegMarch 22, 2021

The Fujifilm X-T3 was a big hit when it first came out in September of 2018. It was praised for its jack-of-all-trades performance, as it does everything pretty well and doesn’t have many weak spots. Now that it’s been two years since its release and the next generation of this…

33 Christmas Images for Inspiring Your Christmas Photography

33 Christmas Images for Inspiring Your Christmas Photography

Brandon BallwegDecember 6, 2020

Taking Christmas images is fun and challenging and the photos are something you can look back on and appreciate for years to come, not unlike taking Thanksgiving images, which is a good opportunity to brush up on your photography if you’re rusty. But what you should focus on when it…