by Alexander MERC, August 2015
Although everyone can hold a camera or cellphone and take photos, not all are the same when it comes to shooting street photography, aren't we? Of course, we are!
If you look at photos at different photography groups in the social networking site, you'll be amazed with the various style, forms and character that are out there. We see some are beautiful, some are ugly; some are funny, some are sad; some have story, some have none; some have people, some none; and so on. This is because street photographers have different level of skills, different understanding of meaning of street photography, different personality, different taste, different place or country, etc.
Here's my own little list of different types of street photographers:
1) Expert - These are street photographers who are very confident and knowledgeable of their niche. They managed to spread the word about street photography through their blogs and videos and held workshops and teach their methods and styles. These types of street photographers seldom post photos in social networking site, though.
2) Purist - These are street photographers who set their own rules and guidelines--- no long lens, no back of people photos, no homeless, beggars, children images, no street portrait, no post processing. Purists are very choosy about their subject but very serious street photographers.
3) Aggressive - These are street photographers who have no qualms in invading the personal space of people. They poke their cameras in front of your face whenever and wherever they like it. These type of street photographers have guts and very brave and mostly, have very good social skills.
4) Timid - Timid street photographers prefer not to be seen or visible when on the streets. They are very patient and willing to wait and wait until that "decisive moment" unfolds to their eyes. These types of street photographers are more perfectionist than the aggressive ones.
5) Wannabes - Sometimes called beginners, these types of street photographers shoot whatever (with people or without) or wherever (in public or private place) they like. They usually have sophisticated gears but mostly shoot in auto mode. They also read lots of manuals, books and blogs but often break the rules. Their biggest fans are their family and friends.
6) I-phonist - These street photographers don't want to carry their bulky cameras around, their shoulders hurt. They are more comfortable using their cell phones because they are less noticeable with it when shooting in public place. These type of street photographers post more photos in social networking site than their counterparts.
7) Fly-by-night street photographers - These are come and go street photographers. They join photographers group in social networking site but don't post so many photos there. When they don't received so many "likes" or favorable comment they quit easily.
Different authors have different ways of categorizing street photographers and /or their photos. Look at the myriad of photos being posted at various street photography groups in the Internet and you'll be surprised how different we are all!