The Art of Photo Dueling


Photos by KIKE CALVO in response to Cole Sprouse post on Camera Duels on Instagram. To understand this post, visit @camera_duels by @olekingcolesprouse on Instagram.

The Art of Photo Dueling is not an easy one, I have recently learned. I did not know who Cole Sprouse, Doug Brochu or Beatrix Ox were when I captured these random photos during the winter storm Juno in Central Park. I didn’t know I was taking part in a duel either, but I was and it was fun. It was Doug’s handmade cloak (@dugyfresh on Instagram) that first captured my attention. But then it was the fact that they were having such a blast, among children, gliding down the white slopes on their sleights that made want to stop and photograph the scene. I did not notice they were also photographing me.

So that was our duel. My approach after the “unaware” photo duel was simple. We laid down our cameras, shared a few thoughts and wished one another good luck on our future endeavors.


Cole’s Instagram @camera_duels concept is great. When someone recognizes him for his acting career and tries to take a quick picture of him, he triggers first and posts the images in his Instagram with a witty insight on the situation.

So duelers, when you take your camera or phone and feel ready to trigger the now digital shutters, stop, think, breathe and decide: is it better to capture a fly-by shot or smile and try to strike a conversation instead? Maybe try both.

It was great to connect with Cole. I am sure he will turn into a great archaeologist, photographer and adventurer.

Further reading to become a great Camera Dueler:

10 Keys to Being a Good Photographer
10 Big Rules of Photography or So I Think
10 Lesson Learned with the Heart of a Photographer

Learn more:

The Unforgettable Photograph: 228 Ideas, Tips, and Secrets for Taking the Best Pictures of Your Life

The Beginner’s Photography Guide

Mastering Digital Photography: Jason Youn’s Essential Guide to Understanding the Art & Science of Aperture, Shutter, Exposure, Light, & Composition

La vision del fotografo: Entender y apreciar la buena fotografia (Spanish Edition)

Fotografia Paso a Paso, La (Spanish Edition)

National Geographic Stunning Photographs

National Geographic Image Collection

Visions of Paradise

Through the Lens: National Geographic Greatest Photographs (National Geographic Collectors Series)

National Geographic: The Photographs (National Geographic Collectors Series)

In Focus: National Geographic Greatest Portraits (National Geographic Collectors Series)

How-to Photography Books:

Perfect Digital Photography(Second edition)

National Geographic Complete Photography

National Geographic Ultimate Field Guide to Photography: Revised and Expanded (Photography Field Guides)

National Geographic: The Ultimate Field Guide to Landscape Photography (National Geographic Photography Field Guides)

National Geographic Ultimate Field Guide to Travel Photography (National Geographic Photography Field Guides)

Travel and Street Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots

Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision

Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera

The Photographer’s Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos

The Photographer’s Vision: Understanding and Appreciating Great Photography

The Business of Photography:

How Photographs are Sold: Stories and Examples of How Fine Art Photographers Sell Their Work

2015 Photographer’s Market

Marketing Fine Art Photography

Pricing Photography: The Complete Guide to Assignment and Stock Prices

The Photographer’s Survival Guide: How to Build and Grow a Successful Business

The Photographer’s Guide to Marketing and Self-Promotion

ASMP Professional Business Practices in Photography

Best Business Practices for Photographers, Second Edition

MORE Best Business Practices for Photographers

Copyright Workflow for Photographers: Protecting, Managing, and Sharing Digital Images