Street Photographer’s Toolkit

A quick summary of the stuff I’m using at the moment, hardware and software.

On the street

Fujifilm X100F (or X-T1 with 35mm f/2 in wet weather). I’m still learning the X100F but boy is it good. Fast and discreet. Not perfect though, weather sealing and a thicker grip would be a big step forward.

Ricoh GRv. My little film camera that I really haven’t used much but I’m now getting into the habit of slipping in a jacket pocket.

Peak Design Field Pouch. To carry the X100F with a spare battery and lens cloth. The X100 is just a little big for a pocket, and taking the little bag means I can keep just a wrist strap on the camera.

Moment strap. I wanted a leather wrist strap that attaches by cord rather than metal rings. The Moment strap is designed for phones but works just fine, although is a little tight if I’m wearing gloves.

iPhone 7 plus. Navigation, note taking and some occasional shots, especially if I have the X-T1 and want a wider lens. Waterproof and good battery life.

 

Editing

Alien Skin Exposure X3. My main management and editing tool now after dropping Lightroom.

Snapseed, Affinity Photo, Pixelmator. More occasional edits on phone or iPad. Affinity and Pixelmator are more powerful but Snapseed is just so convenient and quick to use.

 

Notes/Writing

Google Keep. My default notes app. I never got on with EverNote.

Day One. Journaling, whether photography or general thoughts, quotes etc. 

Byword. For more extensive writing I switched recently from Bear to Byword, particularly for the included cloud sync without a subscription.

 

Publishing

Instagram. Posts are copied automatically to Twitter too. I'm experimenting a little with EyeEm and Vero but Instagram and this site are still the two main platforms.

Squarespace. Hosts my main website and blog at the moment. It has been dependable and reasonably flexible, just a pity that it doesn’t include the option for clients to download full images. Hence..

Smugmug. For client galleries. Reliable and effective and, unlike some services, clients don’t have to enter an email to access their images. I am looking into Format though, which may be able to cover all my website needs. (If you’ve used or are using it let me know what you think).