I caught the story of Humans of New York this morning on the news. Maybe you’ve heard of Brandon Stanton’s blog already as it’s 3 years old and the subject of a New York Times Best Seller. I’m always fascinated by the means in which photographers “make it” in this world. In Brandon’s story he got laid off as a bonds trader and focused a lot of hard work and determination toward something new – street photography.
So why is he famous and not the other thousands of photographers walking the NY streets along with him? He does have a bit of a hook. He’s a street photographer who actually sits down to talk to his subjects. Finding out who they are and what they believe in, and that’s what makes his blog interesting. He gives us the story behind the faces. Keep it up Brandon, we thank you. You stand tall with inspiration, hard work, and determination. A lesson for everyone who has been “downsized” like I have.
Brandon shoots with a Canon 5D mark 3 and a 50mm f/1.2 L lens. That’s about $4,000 of gear. But you can do just as well with a Canon T2i and 50mm f/1.8. The 50mm lens is used most often in photography due to its focal length being closest to the human eye. Plus it’s relatively compact and light weight. And being a prime lens it has a low f-stop, allowing you to throw the background completely out of focus.