Great street photography is like a punch in the gut, but in a good way. It makes you see and understand something important about humanity, about an individual, a city or culture or way of life. It’s easy to do, but hard – so very hard – to do well. Legendary Magnum photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson coined the phrase “decisive moment” which can apply to other kinds of photography but really resonates with street photography. One thing that can help you capture your own decisive moment – and help you show what about a street scene is interesting and important to you – is a selective focus lens. Being able to tilt a Lensbaby lens, and focus, honing in by placing your subject in a sweet spot of focus or slice of focus – can be a hugely useful tool in telling the viewer, look here! This is what I want you to pay attention to. Learn how street photographers wield their Lensbaby lenses to do just this.

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