5 Great Photoblogs I Can’t Get Enough Of

Great photography blogs draw you in and keep you coming back, over and over and…. They always have fresh,compelling content which tells a story through incredible photos or great writing and sometimes both. Yes, I do love street photography and strong black and white images, but I also enjoy almost any photography blog that is regularly updated and just plain interesting. Some of the sites I am about to highlight have been previously mentioned, and for good reason. I hope you enjoy my selections and maybe pick up a few pointers for your own site. I would love to hear what sites you are particularly fond of [yes, self-promotion is always fair game], and share them with us. 5 Great Photoblogs I Can’t Get Enough Of , in no particular order, are as follows:

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bill emory

Photography blog features daily images from the Mid-Atlantic Chesapeake watershed area. Full of black and white photography from a place dear to my heart.

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dave beckerman

A great “all things NYC” street photography blog, with striking black and white photos and always interesting copy.

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markus hartel

Another “best in class” street photography blog from New York City. Frequent updates and a nice mix of color and black and white photos.

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chase jarvis

From the studio of commercial photographer Chase Jarvis, this photo blog covers all topics photography; latest equipment, industry news, updates from recent photo shoots and much more.

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photocritic

Author and editor of photography books, Haje Jan Kamps’ straight talk about photography is always interesting and enjoyable to read. His writings cover a wide range of photo topics. He also has a large following on Twitter as well.

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The Big Adventure – Markus Hartel

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Follow New York street photographer, Markus Hartel, as he embarks on a quite ambitious 90 day tour of the United States. Markus has created a new site, The Americans 2010, to showcase on his incredible photography produced during his travels.

Markus Hartel typically spends his days documenting the streets of New York City. His works have appeared in numerous publications. For his current project, The Americans 2010, he is taking a 90-day trek across the United States, mostly using Amtrak and other public transportation to Americana. He has already amassed a very impressive portfolio from this journey and limited edition prints are available.

Take a few moments to check out both, his main site and The Americans 2010 site!

19 Killer Street Photography Tips

Since the majority of the submitted photoblogs we receive are related to street photography, dream new york cityI felt that providing “19 Killer Street Photography Tips” from a variety of street photographers would be welcomed information. This list of tips was compiled based on some of the most popular questions viewers have written in about, which include topics, such as: Best digital camera for street photography, street portrait photography ideas, street photography gear, point shoot street photography, basic street photography tips and tricks. Hope you enjoy the post and be sure to visit each of the photographers mentioned.

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What exactly is street photography?

I’ve always seen my role as street photographer a little in the guise of a nutty guy wearing a straw boater, chasing butterflies at a leisurely nineteenth century picnic using a long net fixed to a short pole. The pure collecting element of the process is not to be underestimated. And yes, street photographers are attempting to make; art, document a time and a place, or give us an ironic chuckle – however to reach this end point, they must first collect. I would suggest that people who enjoy the ‘collecting’ hobbies or pastimes such as; stamps, coins, cats etc – invariably house a much higher proportion of socially reserved, or shy individuals within their ranks.

I know that in my case; the continual collection of photographs from the streets, the chase for images, pictures with a poetic and understated vein of pathos, so elusive as to hardly warrant more than nonchalant attention in a sane man’s world. Yet a routine now spanning a quarter of a century which has helped give a certain structure to my life: underpinning all other facets of me. -The process itself is a; discipline most valuable, a humbling quest … a reason. read more from Andrew Stark photographer

What is the best lens for street photography?

“I personally like to use a wide lens (24mm, 28mm, 35mm on full frame 35mm) to be pretty close to my subject and get that intimate look of my photos. It took me a while to get closer, so I’d suggest to start with maybe a 75mm or 50mm lens to keep some distance and get closer from there…” read more about Markus Hartel

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How can I learn to take great street photography?

“I probably spend more time looking at photographs than I do actually taking them. My shelves at home are lined with photography books. The work of the so-called master photographers – and the less heralded – have always been a source of reassurance and stimulation for my own photography.”

“Photographers such as Elliott Erwitt, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Mario Giacomelli, Robert Frank, Sylvia Plachy and Tony Ray-Jones, to name but a few. The list is endless and always open to change…” read more from David Gibson

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“I think that a good street photo requires both precision and chance. What I pay attention to is not accidental, yet there is a certain amount of fate that must be injected – usually at the last moment – for a street photo to work. So my normal practice is to walk around with a few cameras and a rough sense of expectation but I never know exactly what I will photograph.” read more from Blake Andrews

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“Photography for me is not a profession, but it is not a mere hobby, either. It is the way to see the world – by world I mostly mean its human race – and also communicate what I see. Composition is less important to me than emotion, and the more fleeting and subtle the emotion is, the better. That’s what photography is for, no?…” read more from Lev Tsimring

What are the best places to shoot street photography?

“As crowding increases, people’s personal space requirement decreases. Also, the space one needs and expects is culturally dependent. In some countries people naturally stand, talk and touch each other in public to a closer degree than in others. But there are general unspoken rules. Get too close, “In your face” — as the saying goes, and people get nervous, even if they don’t know exactly why.”

“At a fair, a midway at a carnival, a sports event, parade, concert or public ceremony, people’s need for personal space and therefore privacy is reduced. The level of sensory stimulation is also usually high at these events, which tends to reduce the need for space. As well, in most of these situations people are having fun so they are more relaxed.” read more from Michael Reichmann

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How do I deal with photographing strangers?

“Photographing strangers is probably one of the most challenging aspects of street photography.

While everybody agrees candid shots are the best deal in street photography, secretly photographing people raises a moral difficulty and should therefore be avoided.

Normally the street photographer aims for authentic looking snaps without her getting involved in any way, or changing the nature of the scene. Nevertheless, sneaking on individuals and secretly photographing them is a questionable practice and not only will provide street photography with a paparazzi-like reputation, you might also find yourself in a delicate position if you are discovered.”

“Asking people for permission to photograph them might not always be the best choice either:
It is a well known fact when positioning the camera in front of them, people tend to drop everything they were previously doing, fix their hair, smile and stare at the camera…it may take some practice but in no time you can become a fast shooter. It worked in the Wild West and it can work for you.”
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“I try to be invisible,” Ms. Cherry says. Thin and white-haired, clad in jeans and sneakers, she pretty much blends into the street. “Once somebody sees you, everything changes. You don’t get what you’re looking at.”

When somebody catches her eye, Cherry doesn’t hesitate. She explains wryly that if that person calls out, “‘Don’t take my picture!’ I just say, ‘I didn’t.’ And I walk away.” read more about Vivian Cherry

What camera do you use for street photography?

“I use a Leica MP with a 35mm f1.4 Leica Summilux lens.” read more from Matt Stuart

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“I’ve gone through two big leaps in my experience with digital cameras. The first was when I moved up from a point-and-shoot to a digital SLR (the Nikon D70). Using the camera suddenly became much more transparent, thanks to the through-the-lens viewfinder, the instantaneous on, the instantaneous shutter release, and the improved control. I was no longer frustrated: fidgeting, twiddling, making up for the camera’s limitations. Taking a photo became far more natural.”

“And the second leap occurred when I acquired the Nikon D700. Its full-frame sensor and the sensor’s new low-light capability bring a change I didn’t expect….”

“The D700 is the most transparent camera I’ve ever used — and that includes the 35mm film SLRs that I’ve used since the late 1960s.” read more from Joe’s NYC

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“Photographers often want to know this. I have taken great pictures with a $90 Canonet (had one of the sharpest lenses I ever owned) and lousy pictures with more expensive equipment. Whether you are shooting with the latest digital camera, or a pinhole camera, it’s the mind and heart behind the camera that matters.” read more from Dave Beckerman.

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“Most of these images were taken with a Canon EOS SLR system. The rest were done with a Minolta Freedom Zoom Explorer point & shoot camera…” read more from Philip Greenspun.

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“Brian shoots with an assortment of equipment including: Pentax digital and film SLR cameras and Mamiya medium format cameras.” read more from Brian Ramnath.

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“All images shot with a Leica M9 and 50 Noctiux 0.95…” read more from Steve Huff

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“The images on this blog are primarily shot on the Canon EOS 1 ds mk2 and some are shot on the Canon PowerShot SD550 both of which I think are great in their own way.” read more from Jezblog

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“I currently use a Canon Rebel Xti, though I also carry around a little Canon Powershot SD800 is for candids and the unexpected…” read more about Craig Martin

What’s your take on photographing street people?

“In my street photography class, I encourage my students by saying that all things are photographable in any way. And this is true. I encourage my students, as well as myself, to go out into the world with camera in hand and no preconceptions that could interfere with openness to taking pictures.”

“But I have one exception to that anti-rule, and that’s street people. I feel that photographing them in their poverty is taking advantage of their difficult situation, and that they are not necessarily there voluntarily. Since for many people sleeping on the street it is their “home,” I feel it can be argued that photographing them is an invasion of the little privacy that they have. So, I do not go out of my way to photograph them. In addition to the moral issues surrounding photographing street people, they’re too easy to photograph. Where else are they going to go?” read more from Mason Resnick

Does street photography have to be in black and white?

“Like many of the photographers I’ve admired over the years I initially did all of my street photography in black and white. I soon realised however that in order to differentiate myself from my predecessors, it would be better if I worked in colour. There were a few notable colour photographers such as Joel Meyerowitz, Alex Webb and Martin Parr whom I admired but I felt my style of work was more akin to the previously mentioned people.”

Working in London may not seem by most visitors conducive to good colour street photography, and indeed it certainly doesn’t have anything like the beautiful light that say Brazil has. But with such an infinite variety of colourful characters in an ever changing cityscape, it has become in recent times as synonymous with street work as Paris and New York were in their heyday. read more from David Solomons photographer

What are your inspirations?

“Though there are many, I always come back to Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Margaret Bourke-White, Lee Friedlander, and Robert Frank. They’ve done the kind of work that I wish I did. And often think about doing.”

“And though I enjoy the work of a long and growing list of photo- bloggers/graphers, there are a few friends that directly influence my compositions or the thoughts behind them: Raul Gutierrez, Joseph Holmes, Michael David Murphy, and Peter Ross.” read more from Rion Nakaya

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Photographer Interview Series – NYC Street Photographer Markus Hartel

This post marks the third installment of our Photographer Interview Series and features one of my favorite New York City street photographers, Markus Hartel. Taking time out of his busy schedule for a little Q&A, Markus sits down with us to discuss street photography in the Big Apple.

Back in June, I commented about the desire to publish a series of photographer interviews from around the world. This series is open to all photographers, both amateur or professional, who have a story to tell. I love reading about other photographers; what they do, how they got started, their challenges as well as accomplishments. I hope you enjoy the series and if you would like to participate, simply contact me. I’d love to hear for you!

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What makes you photograph strangers in the streets of New York City?

I always had an interest in photography, but when I moved here in 2003, I immediately noticed little slices of life happening around me and picked up a camera. Eventually street photography became my passion and I didn’t stop yet.

Do you have any tips on shooting people in the streets without feeling like a creep?

Sure thing – anything is fair game to get photographed in public places, including people (in the US at least). To get the creepiness out of the equation, be open about what you do, don’t sneak up on people and make your camera visible before shooting.

Does it upset you when people compare your work to other photographers?

No, this does not upset me in the least, as I feel that my work is pretty unique… this is also a reason, why I share tutorials – it gives other photographers a chance to get the technique right, but they would never take the same photo.

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Do you ever get tired of doing street photography?

I wish I had more time for street shooting, next to a day job and editing, but one can not be creative 24/7 and a street photographer deserves a break every once in a while – it’s always a good thing to refresh your batteries and look at things from a new angle.

If you could choose one camera and one lens to work with for the rest of your life, what would they be?


If I had to chose from the equipment I own right now, it would be the Leica M8 with a 21mm (28mm FOV) lens. On the other hand, if I had a chance to chose new gear, it certainly would be a full frame Leica M9 with a fast 28mm lens. The gear doesn’t necessarily make a difference, but I love the Leica for its simplicity.

See more great New York City Street Photography by Markus Hartel

Top New York City Street Photography Blogs

moma-window-silhouette joe's new york city photographyTop New York City Street Photography blogs are very popular, but it’s hard to find one location where they all reside. With this post, I am listing some of my favorites. I’m sure I’ve overlooked several great New York City street photographers, so this is where you come in! If you have a favorite, kindly leave it at the end of this post so we can compile a tremendous list for others to enjoy. The photographers or photo blogs are listed in no particular order. Hope you enjoy and please contribute to the list if you can.

Urban Views | New York City Photographer Markus Hartel

“I developed my love for photography when I was a kid. My grandma used to give me her old rangefinder to take family pictures; that was fun! As a teenager, I bought my first camera and did more or less “point and shoot” photography, but within a few years, I developed the necessary technical skills for serious photography. Later on, I owned a shop for graphic design and prepress and used one of the first digital SLRs then did many digital product shots for my clients. Nowadays, I find myself wandering through the streets of New York City enjoying street photography.”

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20 Awesome Photography Blogs – New York City

Hello again and welcome to the 20 Awesome Photography Blogs project as we highlight some of the greatest photo bloggers in the world. We last featured Toronto photograpy blogs and today our featured city is New York City. Hope you enjoy our photoblog selections. Did we miss one? I’m sure we did. However, kindly suggest another great New York City photoblog for our viewers in the comments!

1. Rion

2. mdphy – A NYC photoblog



3. DaveBeckerman

4. BlueJake

5. Joe’s NYC

6. i shot new york

7. Dust and Rust

8. Rebecca McAlpin’s Photo Blog

9. New York City Daily Photo

10. Moon River Photography



11. Bob the Dog’s NYC DOG BLOG

12. WNYC – WNYC Street Photography Project

13. Amy Stein Photography

14. Gus Powell

15. Markus Hartel Urban Photography Blog

16. SharpShoota

17. Just What I See – iPhone Photography Blog

18. Urban Ghost

19. Maria V. Szulc Photography

20. Brooklyn Lens  – Daniel A. Norman

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