Twelve Free E-books for Street Photography

Street photography is one of my favourite photography fields although I don’t do much. But, I always find it inspirational and striking to watch these photos, no matter if they capture current moments from cities all around the world or scenes of the past, like Vivian Maier’s black and white portfolio. 

When we talk about street photography, we suppose that it is about photos that we take on streets. But, the truth is that we don’t need a street or even urban environment to consider a photo as a street photograph. The idea is to capture the human conditions in public places (source: wiki)

Recently I found several free e-books and tutorials about street photography. Here, I include a list of twelve very interesting e-books by talented street photographers, which are great examples of this field and a good chance to expand our horizons in photography.

I found all these e-books very amazing, easy-reading and inspirational, each of them from its unique point of view. For more information about the authors, their bio and portfolio you can check their sites (the list is alphabetically):

Alex Coghe:

Eric Kim:

Thomas Leuthard:

Marie Laigneau:

Lauren Lim:

Micheal Ernest Sweet:

Chris Weeks:

Photography books are usually so expensive. So, finding free photography e-books is a great opportunity! You could take this advantage of reading them through weekend. Hope you all have a beautiful Thursday !!!


Photo & Notes. Your Important Places Contest In Photocrowd.


Your important places” is a photo contest at both crowd and expert voted. It is about showing the important places of our life ; those that bring all our special memories.

Continue reading “Photo & Notes. Your Important Places Contest In Photocrowd.”

Photo Diary 128/365 • Blur Background Of A Photo And How To Achieve It

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Recently another photo contest at had ended (Wet Surfaces photo contest) and my photo “Rosa canina” had been ranked in the top 10% most voted. 

The challenge in this photo and the challenge in every close-up and portrait is to isolate the subject by achieving a beautiful blur backgroundBackground has its own importance and can define the quality of the photo; if it is a snapshot or not. In this photo if the depth of field was large and all the background was clearly seen no one could appreciate the beauty of the wild rose hips with the rain drops on them. 

The basic key steps to create this blurrity are four:

Stay close to your subject. Your subject should fill the most of your photo.

• Check the distance between your subject and the background. It must be bigger than the distance between you and your subject.

Zoom in and focus on your subject in order to narrow the depth of field. 

• Adjust your camera’s f-stop in low numbers under f/8 (8, 7.1, 6.3, 5.6, etc.)

In close-ups and portraits these steps usually give a beautiful blur background. And, the more blur background we succeed, the better our photos look as we manage to isolate our subject. 

Of course, there are other aspects to take care, like the angle you choose and the light you have, but you have to experiment we all these factors to succeed your image of desire. As the Hungarian artist Laszlo Moholy-Nagy wrote, “The enemy of photography is the convention, the fixed rules of ‘how to do.’ The salvation of photography comes from the experiment”.

Photo Contest • Fifth Annual EXPOSURE Photography Award

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Three days are left for the early entry deadline of the Fifth Annual Exposure Photography Award, the world’s largest celebration of photography.

EXPOSURE is a photography award and a global celebration of the image, premiering July 13th at the Louvre Museum in Paris with submissions from 191 different nations over the past five years. The photography submitted to exposure has been seen by over three millions viewers.

You can submit your photos and find more information about the contest in this link:

 © ioanna papanikolaou

I already participate with five photos from the street life in the waterfront of Thessaloniki city, some of them black and white and some colored. The first phase for the free entries is to gather votes and comments. 

I will really appreciate all your support and contribution with your votes and comments in this link:

 © ioanna papanikolaou

© ioanna papanikolaou

© ioanna papanikolaou

© ioanna papanikolaou

Every vote and comment is highly needed.

If you submit your photos in the contest, please leave your link in a comment in order to see and support your work.

Wish you all a beautiful Tuesday ☺ !!!

Photo Diary 107/365 • Drawing With Light [Photo + graphy]

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To the photographer, all the world is a stage dramatized by the light; this phrase was written by the stage photographer George Karger in the introduction of an article about the light and stage photography in the Popular Photography – ND magazine (March 1944, p.31)

Photograph Eclectic Sunset by ioanna papanikolaou by Papanikolaou Joanna on 500px
Eclectic Sunset by ioanna papanikolaou by Papanikolaou Joanna on 500px

And, despite the seventy years that separate us from then, the truth of this sentence hasn’t changed at all. Every day new photos continue experimenting with the light like enlightened newbies, using the cosmic flood of sun rays to capture their interpretation of a scene with an image.

As John Berger said, “what makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials is light and time“.  And, like all things, to ‘master’ the light, you must first count it and learn it. The hand-held light meters are replaced widely by the digital technology and cameras. All of them can meter light and adjust aperture, shutter speed and ISO automatically. Some trust its suggestion, other prefer to meter the light and make their own adjustments, other try both, like me.

The other important characteristic of the light is the angle; how the light enters in the scene; what sides of the scene does it lighten; it illuminates all the scene, or specific areas. The angle also determines the shadows, their length and their direction. Once we observe all the things that are bound with the light, we start make decisions. 

Of course, and in this field there is limitless space for the ways we will use the light. Sometimes I really enjoy photographing street scenes contrary to the sun to make people look like silhouettes, sometimes I choose light enter diagonal to dramatize more the scene, and other times a spotless bright light, like the summery Greek sun, is all need to make a seascape seem clear and endless. All are to us to find the special conditions to capture! Like Aaron Rose said, “in the right light, in the right time everything is extraordinary.” Just remember to hold your camera because that moment is irreversible and unrepeatable!

articles & sources

Photography 101. The Fundamentals of Light at

How to Read Light in Photography Part1 at

Natural Light in Photography at

17 Quotes On Light at

My Photo "In The Center" Wins the 8th Place in the Contest ‘Resting’

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On March 22nd post, I wrote about my participation in the contest “Resting” organized by Photocrowd. The contest, judged and voted, ended and before four days the winners were announced. And, I think that this was my greater “photo-moment” until now for 2015! 

It’s officially in the Top Ten Expert Choices of the contest and gains a place among the photos that appear in the first page of the site! That’s so amazing and thrilling and such a great honour!!! And the other important thing is that my photo has gained an expert review by the professional photographer Janie Airey.

The space and simplicity of this wide shot are perfect. Making the image black and white enhances the graphic strength of the photo with the strong vertical lines leading the eye into the resting figure and the boat off shore. The softer horizontal lines of the sea work well too. Making the image b&w has simplified it and focused us on the structure of the shot. The classic rule of thirds always works well in photos and paintings and this photo has that going on with the three different horizontal sections of deck, water and sky. There is the right amount of contrast in the shot too. A lovely shot.

It’s so important to have expert reviews (positive or negative) for our photos from an objective third person that has the required knowledge and experience. We take an important other view, which is outside and far from us!

Thank you so much Photocrowd for organizing these contests and give us the chance to participate! And, thank you all for your votes and your overwhelming support with your positive comments! It means a lot to me! Wish you all an amazing week!!!