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Pro Gives Advice On How To Conquer Street Photography Fears

By Emily Cariaga on August 23rd 2013


John Free is a professional documentary/street photographer currently based in Los Angeles. After over 30 years in the business, both shooting and teaching, John has accumulated a lot of useful knowledge.

As a social/documentary photographer, he has taught classes at UCLA, USC, Newport Art Museum, Pasadena City College, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He has also traveled to places like Paris, London, New York and LA to teach photography workshops to photographers of all ages and skill levels.

But he says, “For my personal work, I do street photography.” He believes “street photography is the best practice that a photographer can have to improve their photography, whether it be commercial photography, fashion photography, photojournalism, wedding photography, or fine art photography.”

In the video below, John gives tips to people who want to be successful at street photography but are too fearful or unsure of themselves. His no-nonsense attitude and practical advice are enough to challenge any photographer to practice (a lot) and overcome his fear of street photography. Let us know how the advice works for you!

Here are a few photos of John’s, to see the rest check out his website.


(via PictureCorrect Photography Tips)

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Emily is a Lead Photographer at Lin and Jirsa Photography in Orange County, CA. She loves kittens, camping and sleeping in.

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