December 8, 2011 § Leave a comment
The second instalment from from my Behind The Photo series.
Apologies for the the poor sound, but it was gale force winds in the city of Glasgow. So I decided to embrace the elements of rain, hail stones and very strong winds as it provided me with an interesting Street Photography opportunity.
December 7, 2011 § Leave a comment
Behind the photo is a mini video series I will continuously uploading.
The point of this series, will be to give an insight into my thoughts and what I captured that day. To reveal what I think before, during and after a photo walk on the Streets.
There will be days where I may not see anything worth while, there may be days I get a couple of ok photos and hopefully there will be days when I am in the zone and capturing great photos.
So please subscribe to my YouTube channel and share the journey with me.
As usual I appreciate your support, thoughts and opinions.
October 20, 2011 § 6 Comments
A short documentary of me going about my street photography.
This is just to give you an idea of a typical day of me photographing in the Streets of Glasgow. Best viewed on Full screen and on HD.
Filmed and edited by Scott Houston.
Below are some of the photos from this particular photo shoot
If you would like me to make more videos or share tips let me know?
June 20, 2011 § Leave a comment
Being a child of the 70’s & 80’s I took many photos as a kid on various film cameras. I started taking photography seriously in the summer of 2000, when I bought my first SLR, an analog Canon EOS300. The reason I bought it was because I was going to Athens on vacation and I wanted to capture the magic and memories from such an amazing city. I then began to read up on books and the internet all about photography and the techniques needed to understand and achieve decent photos. I learned about lighting, exposure settings & composition and practised these fundamental skills, on various subjects such as people, architecture and nature. Each year I would learn more techniques and apply them.
In 2004 I got my first digital camera, a Sony Cybershot P10, it was 5 megapixels and I was happy at the almost instant results of taking a photo and the photo could be online in minutes. My film SLR then began to collect dust, and I was happy with my small point and shoot. However my photography began to suffer. I became lazy… I relied on Autofocus, I relied on automatic settings and my photos began to look like everyone else. About 7 years later (2007). I got bored and my passion withered.
My new Passion which began in 2006 was Parkour, a discipline that enables a practioner (known as a Traceur) to overcome physical obstacles using their body to jump, climb, vault etc. It was mainly urban based and I found myself on the streets almost everyday training. When walking to various training spots I would often see a lot of beautiful, interesting and magical things on the streets, I would often think, if only I had my camera… The photography flame re-ignited.
I used my latest at the time, another digital point and shoot, a Sony Cyber T100, but soon realised how limited it was, due to the lack of manual controls and the small sensor was poor in low light environments. I was finding Street Photography a bit frustrating as my camera could not handle the low light and dark winter was now setting in. So I decided in 2008 to save up and buy a Digital SLR, a Canon 40D.
In 2008 I then joined the online website flickr, which gave me fantastic support through like minded photographers and the fun and passion was in full flow. I now had full control of my focus and exposure settings all set to manual. I invested in my first decent wide angled Lens 17-40mm L f4 Lens. This lens was and still is great! The 17mm allowed me to get very close and often involved in peoples spaces, and this came across in my photos. The reason I never used a telephoto lens is I did not was my photos to come across voyeuristic and looking creepy, capturing shots from a distance. I wanted the viewer to feel a connection with the subject and their environment; to feel like they where there. To feel the emotion, see the juxtaposition or perfect timing.
Further on I invested in two very fast primes lenses, which allowed better quality photos, through sharper optics, better low light performance and creamy bokeh should I need it for subject to background separation. Part of me missed the Analog side to photography, so I bought an old, but in perfect working order, a fully manual, all mechanical 1950’s former Soviet Fed2 rangefinder. So I can now shoot both Digital and Analog.
I have been shooting Street Photography (at the time of this post) for 3 years now and working on a couple of documentary projects in the last year, that I feel passionate about. Working with Analog film again is helping to sharpening up my vision and the techniques that I have learned. I carry a camera everyday with me, and it is exciting not knowing what could be just around the corner…