FAQ

I'm receiving several emails with questions about my street photography, so I decided to create this little compendium with answers to the most common ones :) Hope you will find it useful. If you don't find your answer feel free to write me.
 

  • How long have you been shooting on the street? 15 years.
     
  • What camera do you use? I use a digital Leica M10 with a 35mm f2 Leica Summicron, a 21mm f2.8 Elamrit lens and a Voigtlander 21mm f4 color skopar . I also use a Leica Q with a 28mm f1.7 Summilux lens. Sometimes I also shoot with a Novoflex adaptor for Nikon AIS lenses on Leica M using the Nikon 20mm f/3.5 AI-s
  • Do you shoot film? I've been shooting film for many years. Now I'm 100% into digital.
     
  • Do you shoot JPG or Raw files? I only shoot Raw files.
     
  • What's in your camera bag? If you are curious click on my Street Photography equipment page.
     
  • How many pictures do you shoot in a normal street photography session? It may really depend on mood and opportunities. From few to hundreds.
     
  • Do you digitally manipulate your photographs? No.
     
  • Should street photography be only in Black and White? Absolutely not. I chose black and white because I love it. But you can find great street photographers that shoot incredible pictures in color. I'm a commercial and advertising photographer and I normally shoot my ads in color. So Street  Photography gives me the opportunity to enjoy taking monochrome pictures. If you want more detailed information about this topic there is a post blog about my Black and White Street Photography.
  • How do you convert your raw files into black and white? I use Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 to convert them to BW and to make some basic dodge and burn.
     
  • Do you stage your photographs? Most of the times no. But if needed when I'm shooting street portraits I may make some adjustments in my subject orientation or pose to get a better light.
     
  • Who are your photographic influences? Joel Meyerowitz, Lee Friedlander, Robert Frank, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Fan Ho.
     
  • Did you learn photography at college or at a private school? No, I'm a Self-taught learner.
     
  • Did you ever assist a professional photographer? I assisted Steve McCurry on the field for many years. I also assisted Elliott ErwittJames Nachtwey and Eugene Richards.
     
  • Do you sell fine art prints? Yes I do, Custom Limited Editions printed on exhibition grade fiber paper, numbered and signed. Email me for costs and availability.
     
  • Do you run workshops? Yes I do. I give Street Photography Workshops with the Leica Akademie. Click on the Workshops page to have more information about my Street Photography Courses.
     
  • Do you give private lessons? Yes I do, please email me for costs and availability. I run Street Photography city walks in Rome and Online one on one Workshops.
     
  • In which cities did you shoot? Mostly Rome but also Milan, Turin, Florence, Tokyo, Mumbai, Beijing, Berlin, Paris, San Francisco and Las Vegas.
     
  • Where would you like to shoot next? Seoul, London, New York, Lisbon, Hong Kong, Shangai... the list is very long :)
     
  • Is Photography your job? Yes I'm an advertising and portrait photographer. This is my commercial photography website: www.eoloperfido.com
     
  • What camera do you use in your studio commercial assignments? Leica SL is my studio photography camera.