RE Casper and Chris Suspect in San Francisco, CA

[Fair Warning: This is one of my late night, beer enhanced, “rambling sessions”]

Today, I had the pleasure of hitting the streets with the talented, Chris Suspect. A Washington D.C. street photographer and one hell of a great guy to chat with. (StreetPX interview to come soon)

During one of our multiple pitstops to imbibe and shoot the shit, I decided to share my Street Method post. An array of photographic examples I often show students to help inspire before we hit the streets…

As we street photographers are to do, Chris had opinions to share. …

Redwood Valley, California — October 18, 2017

On October 18th, 2017, I joined friend and fellow photographer, Ciege Lucero, on a visit to Redwood Valley, California to document the destruction and to speak with victims of the Redwood Valley Wildfire that ravaged the area earlier in the week.

Photo: Denise and granddaughter… Victims of the Redwood Valley Wildfire on Fisher Lake Drive.

While walking along the driveways of the ruined homes, we first met Denise Barclay, a resident of the Mountain Meadow Subdivision and her granddaughter when she arrived to survey the damage. Initially she assumed we were with the insurance company, assessing damage. However, when we let her know we were not, she…

It’s not that hard… and with some graphical know-how, you can make some graphic magic happen.

Simply put, choose “Lightroom > Identity Plate Setup” (Mac OS) or “Edit > Identity Plate Setup” (Windows) and type in your name, website address, or any other simple word pairing and get back to business

However, I’m sure you’re looking for something more, am I right?… good… let’s turn it up a level and start with Step 1 below…

Before you move forward though, you’re going to need an extra tool. Something like as Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop, Affinity Designer, Gimp (free), Inkscape (free), etc… even…

…endless waves of grey… wait look, I see shades of yellow

I’m sleep deprived and near stark raving… But, I ran across something that become pointlessly interesting.

We’ve all done it. The inadvertent over exposed sidewalk shot. Our cameras held low at our sides, or clipped in on a shoulder strap. We turn and take a quick jog to snag a photo and in the process the camera snaps a few accidental shots of nothing.

Today/night, I was culling through a heavy library of assignment images and stumbled upon of these trash shots… Heavily over exposed. …

While traveling, my appreciation for local knowledge never fails to grow. It is with this in mind, that I decided to make a quick run through Google My Maps and provide a general overview of some handy locations that every street photographer should walk in San Francisco.

Before you scroll down, I want to stress… the greatest reward of street photography, is exploration. Do not limit yourself to what you see on this map. Before you visit, continue researching, contact friends in the area… and while you’re here, turn down an alley. Make a right when you were planning a…

Focus on a point a comfortable distance away (example: six feet) and lock the camera in manual mode.

In street photography, great shots are made or missed in fractions of a second. The techniques we use allows luck to favor best when prepared.

Autofocus is great, manual focus can offer powerful control, but what if you want to change the game a little bit. Try something new that can offer the best of both worlds.

Enter, Zone Focusing and below I will try my best to explain…

Think of your “focal plane”, like a carrot on a stick. As you move forward, the carrot moves forward equally. The same concept applies to establishing a focal plane. As you…

A visual look at recommended exposures for the street.

In my workshops, I like to make things a specific, so I thought I would squander some time making this fun graphic.

I’ve seen a few variations on the old exposure triangle and wanted to create my own to match the genre. So I spruced up the old friend, tossed in a ton of infographics and skewed this information toward street photographers.

To top it off, I tossed in some tick marks, reflecting the settings I commonly use.

Remember, the technical skills are often equal to creative ones… Without the foundations…

25 Photography Techniques to Consider

With street photography, we have been given an endless array of stylistic methods — or techniques — beyond the all too common B&W and color debate. Of course, some of these will carry more foundational acceptance than others, but that’s what makes “street” such a wonderful subculture of artistic expression.

When you put on your walking shoes and open your eyes, you’ll find the urban environment outside your door supplies an ever-present, ever-changing stage of characters, storylines and intrigue. The question is, how will you capture it?

When you walk the streets long enough and educate yourself on the history…

RE Casper

Bay area photographer, documenting human interest stories and reportage ( Creator/Host of the StreetPX Podcast (

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