How To Enjoy Street/People Photography with Hipster Bingo
One of the most challenging yet exhilarating types of photography is street photography. For one thing, you have to consider the legalities in a certain country when it comes to taking photos of people in public. If you know you’re free to do that where you’re staying, the next challenge is to time the right moment when taking photographs. If that’s something you’ve already practiced and you want the experience to be more fun, why not try “gaming it up” with a group of friends.
A New Old Game:
Hipster Bingo is one of the newest variations of the all-time classic numbers game. The game is modified in a way that instead of marking numbers, you mark certain hipster fashion styles and items. The old past time, which used to be reserved for our grandmas, has recently been reinvented to cater to younger crowds from mid-30s below. LegendaryBingo and Cheekybingo are also a few more variations of the social gaming activity. The former is an event that provides comedic performances to support various charities. The latter is an online community that caters to tech-savvy, social media fanatics. Intresting, eh?
Enjoying People Watching:
Hipster Bingo requires you to play with a group in a public place, say a café or a bus stop. You then look for people around you that would match the certain items that are seen on your card. With bingo being highly customizable as a game, you can create the rules as to how one will win the game. If you’re out traveling and props like cards and markers are too much of a hassle, CoolMaterial.com had just recently found an app version for it. It is perfect for you and your friends who are iPhone or Android gadget dependent when you are out and about the city.
Adding the Photography Spin:
Relating it to photography, you can add rules in the game to take a photo of the person that matches the item in a card in order to recognize that the player has seen such item. The photo officially makes that certain block marked in a player’s card. If you’re using an app version, you can even require friends to Instagram the photo. “Instagram-ing” can even allow you to play hipster bingo with a group even when your friends are distant, provided you have wireless connection and you have constant contact with your friends who are playing with you.
So whether you are using a DSLR, a point-and-shoot, or just the camera on your phone, aim well and take the photo of that hipster. Show your friends how competitive and artsy you can be. If you want to take on other social cliques (geeks, yuppies), you are free to do so. Just have fun!