On the Streets - A Talk for Photographic Societies and Clubs

The Talk -

A talk designed to give an introduction to street photography for photographers covering -

What is street photography?

What to look for and what makes an interesting street image?

Hints and tips on taking candid images on the street.

Cameras, lenses, and settings.

And more.

At the same time giving examples of some of my own photography from around the UK and Europe. Example images come from Preston, Blackpool, Manchester, Liverpool, London, Glasgow, Paris and more.

How it came about - 

I've been a member of a photographic society (Preston Photographic Society) for some time now and really enjoy the evening when a speaker comes to give a talk which inspires me to take up my camera and try something new. 

Over the years I've tried many things photographically and been inspired by many a talk, demo and not to forget some YouTube videos, but I always returned to people photography and wanting to capture them being real. The true person, not the pose so to speak, thus street photography was a natural fit that I eventually stumbled upon.

My image "Street Tango" was one of the first street images I shared at the club. 

'Street Tango' did rather well, winning the opening night competition as voted by members.

Dancers on the streets of Helsinki show us how the Tango is done. By Alf Myers Lancashire based street photographer.Street TangoDancing on the streets of Helsinki

I continue to enter street images into various competitions both internally or externally, and some do rather well.

One of which was an image I took in London of The House which went on to win the Preston Photographic Society's Print of the Year, 'Skipping Tea.'

A few years on and members of the club and other local photographers were referring to me as a street photographer, some were even asking if I'd put together a talk about the subject. Eventually, "On The Streets" was conceived.

An images of a man walking by the Tea House shop in London by Preston based street photographer Alf MyersSkipping TeaA London Tea shop - and one that everyone must visit!

Image won Print of the Year 2014/15 at Preston Photographic Society.

Note - there has been some post processing in the image to get the final result, although the essence of them image hasn't be altered the aesthetics have.

If you're interested in having "On The Streets" come to a club near you, have a word with your syllabus sectary or get in contact.

The next talk will be:

Hailsham Photographic Society - 18th May 2023

Why not come along

Clubs I've been to with the talk so far are: 

Wellington and District Camera Club

Reading Camera Club

Bolsover Camera Club

Gallery Photo Group

Morecambe Camera Club

Alsager Camera Club

Matlock Camera Club

Letchworth Camera Club

Rolls Royce Photographic Society 

St Albans Camera Club 

Monaghan Camera Club

Queens Park Camera Club 

North Cheshire Photographic Society

Vale Photographic Club

Knutsford Photographic Society

Braunton Camera Club 

Whitby Photographic Society

Woodford And Wanstead Photographic Society

Focus Photography Club

Bishop's Waltham Photographic Society

Ards Camera Club

Ballymoney Photographic Club

Swindon Photographic Society

Port Talbot Camera Club


Bishops Stortford Camera Club

Melbourn & District Photographic Society

Warrington and District Camera Club

Warrington U3A Photography Group

St Helens Camera Club

Halton Photographic Society

Formby Photo Group

Bolton Camera Club

Atherton & District Amateur Photographic Society

Wallasey Amateur Photographic Society

Grange and District Photographic Society

Warrington Photographic Society

Blackburn and District Camera Club

Accrington Camera Club

Lancashire Photographic Society

Burnley Camera Club

Garstang Camera Club

Southport Photographic Society

South Liverpool Photographic Society

Eden Valley Camera Club

Poulton Photographic Society

Ormskirk Camera Club

North Fylde Camera Club

Maghull Photography Club

Holme and District Photographic Society

Preston Photographic Society

Bury Photographic Society

Preston Photographic Society