Urban empathy: 12 October

Approach your subjects using eye contact, establishing a rapport, thinking about what makes them comfortable and ensuring you do not project your own fear or apprehension. That was invaluable advice from visiting speaker Keith Moss at the meeting on 12 October.

In his talk about Urban Portraits it was clear that he empathises with his subjects and goes out of his way to show them respect as he tries to learn more about their lives and put them at ease.

On the technical side members enjoyed his comment that the best zoom lens for street photography is 50mm with a pair of legs. They valued his advice to look and think more, and to adjust aperture and shutter speed while walking around so the photographer can react quickly to opportunities if necessary. The whole lecture was illustrated with emotionally powerful images.

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