I just heard something that struck me and I felt it would be worth sharing.
Nurture your niche!
Niche means: a : a place, employment, status, or activity for which a person or thing is best fitted
The question has been asked a lot recently: What is street photography? I realize the question in this day and age should be “What is street photography to you?” or “What is it about the street or the genre that drives you?”
My road is unique and it belongs to me. Its about my personality and its in my DNA. It is one of the few things in this world that I can wholeheartedly claim for me. That being said, it is a melting pot of many, influences. I couldnt dissect it if I tried. The common ingredient is that I want to immortalize my city or the path I have taken in it.
I was watching The Voice on TV. I heard Ceelo Green say that he wanted to nurture someone's niche. It struck me and rang so true. It inspired me to share. Whats your niche. Our style should be as unique as our finger prints. They resemble each other but are different in the microscopic hills and valleys.
A great exercise I have imposed on myself is to shoot the same route daily with the focus on finding something different each time. Last year I commuted through 23rd Street daily. I walked in front of the Flatiron Building-my most favorite building in the world. With such a classic back drop it is easy to get caught up become mundane. It was during this process that I fell into my project, RONY: Reflections of NY.
What is your niche? Allow yourself to fall into it. Don't force it, nurture it.
Black Rapid Strap RS7 Black Fabric, Curved Ergonomic, with ConnectR-2 and FastenR-2
Great supportive strap
Pros: Well Padded, Strong Construction, Does not Chafe, Comfortable
Best Uses: Comfort, Long Photography Sessions, Supporting Camera, Street, Wedding, Stabilizing
Describe Yourself: Semi-pro Photographer
Was this a gift?: No
I have had other BlackRapid Straps and loved them. I especially love the RS-7 because it is simpler while retaining the functionality that these straps are known for. The slight curve make a nice fit that will allow be wear it as a sling or on one shoulder.
BosStrap Extra BosTail – For Additional Camera Bodies or to Replace Your Other Strap's Tripod Socket Fitting
Little gadget that works well
Pros: Adjustable, Strong Construction
Best Uses: Supporting Camera, Stabilizing
Describe Yourself: Semi-pro Photographer
Was this a gift?: No
This little gadget is great to offset my BlackRapid strap from using the tripod bolt. I now strap this to my battery grip and use the clip to the BlackRapid strap to hook onto it. It makes it easy to keep my tripod mounting plate on at all times.
Game Changer for Event Photography
Pros: Writes/Reads fast, Easy To Use, Stream Quickly To Ios, Reliable Performance
Best Uses: Event Photography, Street Photography
Describe Yourself: Semi Pro
Primary use: Business
Was this a gift?: No
I use this card in the SD Slot of my 5D Mark 3. I use it to stream a reduced sized image to my iPad for quick review, editing and posting to social services. I used it once at Wedding recently. I could hear the cheering from the table that had the iPad as images were being populated soon after taking them.
For street photography this is fun as well as you can stream photos to your iPhone, edit them and post to the net.
FEBRUARY 24, 2013 CANON EOS-M FOLLOW ON OUR FORUM
Canon’s next mirrorless?
Along with last week’s 7D spec list, we also received what is said to be the next EOS-M camera. A lot of people haven’t jumped on the EOS-M system yet, whether it’s the bad rap the AF gets, or the lack of lenses in the system, sales are quite weak for the little EOS camera. Most people seem to want something a little bit higher end, or at least be able to add accessories to improve the usability of the camera.
24mp APS-C Sensor
New generation AF system
Removable Electronic Viewfinder (Very high resolution)
Optional grip attachment
Slightly larger than the current EOS M
Introduced with 3 more lenses
Now, all of that sounds like pretty much everyones wish list, so take this CR1 rumor with a grain of salt. I will say that the next EOS M camera is definitely pointing to being higher end from other information we’ve received. An entry level EOS M system camera could be coming in early 2014 and sit in the sub $500 category.
More from canonrumors.com
EOS M Autofocus Performance Won’t Improve via Firmware [CR2]
EOS M Firmware Coming Soon
New Canon EOS M with EF-M Mount
Canon DSLR Body Rumors for 2013
Is Canon EOS-1S the Name? [CR1]
Announcement Day July 24, 2012? [CR2]
Tags: EOS M mirrorless
I won one for the street, lol!!
This afternoon, I get a series of twitter alerts for every calumetphoto in the country tweeting the announcement that Calumetphoto chose my photo “guiding light” as the photo of the week.
This is maybe the 5th time they’ve chosen one of my images. They have a new blog where they post some questions they emailed me last week. The timing is awesome. Below is the write up and the link:
Congratulations to this week’s Photo of the Week winner Dave Ortiz from New York.
We love this urban black and white shot and that’s why we’ve chosen it as Photo of the Week this week. We’ve asked photographer Dave Ortiz a few questions about his photograph, his photographic inspiration and his gear choices. Read below to see what Dave used to capture this stunning city scene.
What kind of photography do you enjoy doing the most?
I love shooting street photography. I wrote a review of Thomas Leuthard’s first ebook on Street Photography and said “Street is to photography what Jazz is to music.” There is a wave of emotions that can be felt in street photography. Despair, joy, hope, anxiety and love are all available. I have shot homeless people, landmark buildings, crowds and commuters. There are sub-niches within Street photography that allow a 360 degree view of our surroundings-of which we too often take for granted.
Who are some of your favorite photographers and artists?
This is a tough question to answer. Some would quote Bresson or other classic photographers. I feel I am more a product of my peers and have enjoyed the input of many friends. +Vivienne Gucwa was an early influence to me on the benefits of the online experience for photographers. I met her shooting Manhattanhenge in NYC and she introduced me to the Google Plus photography community. It changed my view of photography and my life. At Google Plus I made a group called the G+ NY Photowalkers with two other photographers. We would pick a date and meet somewhere in NYC and shoot it to death. With groups from 20 top 40 photographers of varying expertise levels, it was rare to find a duplicated image. Everyone’s perspective flourished. I developed many friends there and reunited with old ones. +Steve Maya, +Angel Figueroa, +Chris Gachot and +paula layton are just a few of the many friends I gained from being an active member at G+. +Ibarionex Perello, +Juan Pons, +Rick Sammon are three photographers that have shaped the way I perceive photography. They are awesome, giving and make themselves available to the community.
This is an (amazing) iPhone 5 image. What do you like most about shooting with an iPhone? What other gear do you enjoy shooting with?
Although I carry a Canon 7D daily, I love the practicality and mobility (pun) the iPhone 5 gives me. The apps available are critical to my enjoyment of mobile photography. Flickr and Facebook have become a simple process to update my images. Instagram, despite the recent drama still gives the same enjoyment. I shoot all of my mobile images using 645Pro and edit them in SnapSeed. I have begun to shoot portraits and weddings commercially. I shoot canon’s 5D Mark II for those events and this months next event will be the first I shoot with the 5D Mark III.
To see more of Dave Ortiz’s work connect with him here:
Icons or watermarks, there are a lot of people that systematically mark there images. Im one of them-at least, I was until recently. Thomas Hawk is a social photography pioneer (I should watermark that statement). Whether it’s Flickr, 500px, or Google Plus, Thomas is at the forefront of the community. We have mutually encircled each other In Google plus-you place people in circles of similar people you are a fan of, inspired by, or enjoy what they do in the internet. If you are encircled by someone like Thomas Hawk you are certain to gain exposure from it. I happen to have recently been added to one his circles for photography. It’s like winning nobel prize. He shares his circles with the hundreds of thousands that have encircled him to give people an opportunity to enjoy what he enjoys-this is my interpretation.
In thanking him, he gave me some feedback that spurred a passionate dialogue with my wife, and some introspection on my part. He responded to my comment-something he does often at all hours of the day and night. In his response to me he wrote, David your watermark is heavy-or something along those lines. I replied and asked if heavy was good or heavy bad. He then replied sometime later, heavy-bad for me, sorry. I never thought of how a watermark on my image-something i created in Lightroom when i first bought it years ago and forgot about- may be interpreted until then.
I was on the morning train to work when I read his last reply. I turned to my wife, my commuting buddy (with benefits) and made a pouty face mimicking my son Noah. Imagine someone just told you that your breath smelled. You’re shocked at first. You cup your hand to your face and test the air you exhale because your breath didn’t smell bad to you. That’s when you turn to your wife and ask her “smell my breath” (provided she’s not the one that made the revelation of your foul smelling mouth). Imagine the horror you feel after she confirms it with a devilish grin. That is how I felt when my wife confirmed Thomas’s feeling.
She came to the same conclusion after seeing three images. I chose one on my iPad and she shrugged an said “thats not bad”. The next warranted no verbal response. She merely shrugged indifference. The last image however, she gave an involuntary “whoa boy”. “What is it”, I asked. She looked me in the face and said sadly, “I think is obnoxious. Have a breath mint.”
Fundamentally, my images are my own. My style is all my own. This conviction has been solidified by my co-organizing some NY based Photowalks for fellow G+ photographers. You can look at an image an have 15 people surround it. The majority of the shots will seem similar, but, there will be something different.
There is and has always been an underlying concern of digital piracy. Since the first sites you old post to. This is MY image and you are not going to take it. When I post my images online, I typically send them directly through Adobe Lightroom. Facebook, Flickr, and my Zenfolio gallery are typically populated this way. Google plus currently is the only place I manually submit images to-until someone creates an add on for that, of course. One of my settings on automatic is to watermark the image with my name.
My style is my watermark going forward. I don’t want my image to compete with my branding. I want my images to tell a story. I don want that story to be “this is MY image. Look, but, don’t touch”. Thomas Hawk inspired this blog post. Thanks for inspiring me to look at my body of images differently. Thanks for continuously being supportive of the photography community and of me at all hours of the night.