The Monday Muse Week 7

12 October 2015

Region: London

The Monday Muse Week 7

The latest weekly amusement from RPS London.  This week, we’re looking for some Street Photography.

Street Photography seems to be going through another revival phase and as we have a lot of street events over the next month, we thought this week’s Muse should be street related.

Our three expert tips come from London member, Mike Longhurst FRPS (aka Bleeding Londoner Roving Mike). 

1. Be ready to go wide or telephoto. Both can get you the intimacy you want. It isn't just about getting right in peoples' faces.


2. Use a smaller camera so as not to get noticed and if using a long focal length, make it a very compact lens. Compacts and micro four thirds are great.


3. Don't be ashamed to leave it on Programme auto in fast moving situations. You have enough to do spotting the moment and framing it without sorting the exposure too. Content is going to beat execution every time.


Mike also added a fourth tip – namely, be nice to the police – as a result of a brush-in he had with the boys in blue.  Before embarking on a street photography mission, it is worth finding out the status of the area you’re shooting.  Many places in London are actually private property, although the public has been granted right of way.  In the City, most buildings have a row of brass studs in front of them – as long as you’re standing roadside of the studs, you have the right to photograph.  If you do end up in a confrontational situation, be aware of your rights (remember that little ‘Know Your Rights’ card that you were sent by RPS HQ?) and as Mike says, be polite.


Mike has just finished a book that contains any number of inspirational photos.  Available from Blurb as a hard copy, Doing London will be available as a download free of charge during Capital Exposure Week, although we would ask that you make a donation to the Region.


And if you’re still looking for inspiration, there are some good books on the subject of Street Photography, such as The World Atlas of Street Photography (Jackie Higgins) and Street Photography Now (Sophie Howarth and Stephen McLaren).

Image © Mike Longhurst FRPS

If you want to brush up your Street Photography skills, RPS London has a number of events in the pipeline:

A Day with Damien Demolder (17th October Fully booked, but you can add your name to the waiting list)

Halloween on Oxford Street  (31st October)

London, Street Workshop & Walk  (14th November)

Streets Ahead in Shoreditch with Rob Pugh (21st November)

The Monday Muse is an ongoing initiative.  There are no deadlines and you don’t have to take the photographs in the week that the Muse is set.  Once you’ve set up your album, you can add to it any time.  A list of previous Muses can be found here.


Monday Muse Info

As the inspirational ideas we posted as part of the Bleeding London project proved to be so popular, we’re going to continue the theme with The Monday Muse.  Every Monday, we’ll be posting an inspirational idea for the week, with links to tips and suggestions on how to achieve the best images.  We’ll be featuring our favourites here on the blog and in our monthly eZine Capital Interest.  And just to add a bit of competition, we’ll be running a points league.  There is one point for posting an image and there will be occasional bonus points.  At the end of the year, whoever has the most points will receive a gift voucher to spend in the RPS shop. 

What to do next

Take your Street image.

EITHER upload it to an album in the RPS galleries and send the link to  

OR post the image (or a link to it) to the RPS London group on Facebook

OR tweet it (@ The_RPSLonfon; hashtag #rpsmuse)

OR upload to Instagram (hashtag #rpsmuse)


Small Print

Images must be taken after the topic has been announced.  By submitting to The Monday Muse, you agree that we can use your images on the RPS website and in RPS publications.  Copyright remains with the photographer.  Full accreditation will be given.