Wood Street is one of the most popular walls in Fitzroy for street art and new work can soon be painted over. The community has been encouraging legal street art to help discourage illegal taggers who will rarely deface work by major names.
Melbourne – Photo Tip

It's not all about the equipment

Photo by Sue Bryant

Melbourne – Photo Tip It's not all about the equipment

I had not intended to use my smartphone to produce publishable pictures of Melbourne’s street art.

Sue Bryant
Sue Bryant Travel Writer

Normally I use a Nikon D300 but I was walking huge distances around the city in the heat and trying to take notes at the same time, so I rather lazily left the big camera at home.

I quickly realized I was never going to match up my scribbled notes of every piece of street art (‘koala; monster with tentacles; stenciled skull’, for example) with actual descriptions when I came to write the story, so I started cataloguing each laneway on my Apple iPhone 5c, photographing the name of the street and then the art.

As it turned out, the iPhone was the perfect camera for the job; it captured the vivid color of the spray-painted walls perfectly and image quality was not lost in the darker laneways. I find it much better for close-ups than distance shots.

I will not be packing away the Nikon but the spontaneity of street art and the immediacy of whipping out a smartphone to capture it seemed the perfect match.

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"Tessa" by DVATE, part of the Formula 1 crew, shows the style of one of Melbourne's street artists who began by leaving his work along the suburban railway lines near where he was born and later exhibited internationally. He now runs a mural painting business that produces work for both private and public spaces in Melbourne.

iPhone 5c

Aperture
ƒ/2.4
Exposure
1/1355
ISO
50
Focal
4.12 mm

"Tessa" by DVATE, part of the Formula 1 crew, shows the style of one of Melbourne's street artists who began by leaving his work along the suburban railway lines near where he was born and later exhibited internationally. He now runs a mural painting business that produces work for both private and public spaces in Melbourne.

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