Street Focus 103: Street Tips with Patrick La Roque

LAROQUE-self-01-600x400This week on Street Focus, Montreal based photographer Patrick La Roque gives us his top street tips. I’m sure you will enjoy this fun conversation, I did!

Patrick La Roque is a speaker, writer and professional photographer from Montreal, Canada. He is an official Fujifilm X-Photographer and founder of the KAGE COLLECTIVE, an international group specializing in visual storytelling and documentary work.



About The Author

Host, Street Focus

The day I picked up a camera I became a storyteller. I now live and breathe in pixels! After working as a commercial photographer for several years, I realized that my love for the craft could serve others. Sharing the passion is now where I focus all my energy through teaching international photo workshops, speaking at seminars, writing, blogging and now podcasting. I am also thrilled to be an X Photographer for Fujifilm USA. Although I photograph everything and anything that moves me, my passion for mankind drives me to shoot street photography every day. I thrive on searching the story in a single frame. Find my Street Photograph: First Steps and Beyond on my website!

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  • Claude B.

    On a great conference he did in suburb Montreal, I discovered we both have the same like and style in urban photography. I told him the street photo is a great tool because we (every one with a camera even cell phone, we are capturing the future-past in photo, same as Robert Doisneau, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Valerie Jardin, Patrick Laroque etc…

    • Valerie Jardin

      Enjoy! 🙂

  • Michael Mauldin

    Really interesting discussion especially tip #2 regarding disruptions and imperfections. I now live in a rural environment where modern techniques and styles are rare and uncommon. I completely understand the discussion around hesitating to show some images for fear they will not be understood. “Why didn’t you ask them to smile?” Although galleries are abundant and art festivals popular the main mediums painting and photography focus almost exclusively on waterfalls, mountains, flowers, birds, sunsets and of coarse cats. Now that I am retired and can spend more time with my camera I hope to introduce some other ideas to the galleries. Thanks for another great show!

    • Valerie Jardin

      Thank you for being a listener Michael!

  • Beelzebubba

    Great tips and discussion! There were a few really good points made which I think are so important for photographers: once you learn what you can do with light and stop caring what others think of your photos you will see rapid growth in your photography. For myself I noticed that these both started happening around the same time, actually just within the last few months. I think once you start making light the subject and using it to your advantage you quit caring about others opinions because you start to take some really cool photos and photography becomes so much more fun and way less frustrating! Finding a great teacher or mentor (like Valerie or Patrick) and focused practice, lots of practice, really help in this regard.

    • Valerie Jardin

      Thank you for the feedback, I’m glad you enjoyed this episode!