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Nurture your niche!

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.




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My Review of BlackRapid CURVE (RS-7) Ballistic Nylon Camera Strap, Curved Ergonomic, Black

Originally submitted at Adorama

Black Rapid Strap RS7 Black Fabric, Curved Ergonomic, with ConnectR-2 and FastenR-2

Great supportive strap

By Steadyhand from New York, NY on 4/23/2013


5out of 5

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.


Tags: Using Product, Made with Product


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My Review of BosStrap Extra BosTail – For Additional Camera Bodies or to Replace Your Other Strap’s Tripod Socket Fitting

Originally submitted at Adorama

BosStrap Extra BosTail – For Additional Camera Bodies or to Replace Your Other Strap's Tripod Socket Fitting

Little gadget that works well

By Steadyhand from New York, NY on 4/23/2013


5out of 5

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.


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My Review of Eye-Fi Pro X2 16GB WiFi Class 10 SDHC Memory Card – write speeds of 22MBps

Game Changer for Event Photography

By Steadyhand from New York, NY on 4/23/2013


5out of 5

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.


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The Next EOS M?

Canon Rumors


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
$999 USD
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.


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Announcement Day July 24, 2012? [CR2]
Tags: EOS M mirrorless

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My Image is Photo of the Week

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:

Twitter: @steadyhand
Instagram: @steadyhand

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Negotiating with Clients Doesn’t Have to Be Scary

By Grover Sanschagrin | Published: August 1, 2011 for

A majority of the photographers I know absolutely hate to negotiate with clients, and often find themselves suffering through an unfair arrangement as a result of their poor negotiations skills. Negotiating your way to a win-win scenario can be a common experience if you’re prepared.

The Right Way to Negotiate with Clients from on Vimeo.

Blake Discher is a Detroit-based freelance photographer, specializing in editorial, advertising, annual reports, and portraits. In his many years as an independent freelancer, he’s developed a system of processes and tactics for negotiating with his clients. When he talks to clients, he’s prepared – and this makes all the difference.

Blake is a regular conference speaker. During the ASMP Strictly Business 3 traveling seminar, I attended his presentation about negotiating and estimating. It was impressive because it took the mystery and dread out of the process, and added a simple clarity to what always seems like such murky territory.

I asked Blake if he would be willing to give a version of that presentation in the form of a PhotoShelter webinar, and he agreed. The webinar was recorded and is available here (above.)

You can get more of this type of information from Blake by going to his blog about negotiating and web marketing. You can also following him on Twitter at @bdischer.

Sales and marketing skills don’t come naturally to most photographers, and they’re much more comfortable making the images, not selling them. For this reason the PhotoShelter Research Department has come up with a series of free resources, including “The Photographer’s Guide to Selling like a Pro”, where five veteran salesman from other industries reveal sales techniques you can use to improve your photo business.

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PDN PhotoPlus International Conference and Expo 2011 Registration Open

From PDN PhotoPlus:

Nielsen Photo Group Announces Registration Now Open for PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo 2011

PhotoPlus Expo Welcomes WPPI NYC Highlighting Expanded Seminar Program, New Events and Bigger Expo

Aug 4, 2011 – New York, NY

The Nielsen Photo Group (NPG) announced today that registration for its PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo (PPE 2011), is now open. Celebrating its 29th year of bringing photographers and image-makers together with infinite access to emerging technology, trends and talent, PPE 2011 is packed with opportunities to test drive new imaging tools, discover creative solutions, develop expertise and expand professional networks. NPG also announced that PhotoPlus Expo is welcoming the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) conference and expo for the first time at the Javits Convention Center in New York City, which includes an entire seminar program and expo dedicated to wedding and portrait photography, called WPPI NYC.

Attendees can register online and will have complete access to both expos, PhotoPlus Expo and WPPI NYC, where they can meet with representatives from the biggest brand names serving the photography industry and test drive new imaging tools. More than 115 educational seminars and hands-on labs are available for attendees to expand their expertise. PPE 2011 seminars and expo will be held Oct. 27-29. WPPI NYC seminars will be held Oct. 26, the day before the expo officially opens, and the WPPI NYC expo will be held Oct. 27-28, 2011.

PhotoPlus Expo registration is free through October 25. Attendees may also purchase a special PhotoPlus Gold Expo Pass, which offers tremendous value and provides exclusive VIP offers including a Gold Expo “swag bag” filled with a variety of premium items, priority admission to keynote sessions and special events, access to the Gold Expo Oasis, a private lounge area, and other exclusive privileges. Gold Expo Passes can be purchased in advance for $50 and at the show for $70. A One Day Conference Pass for admission to seminars on a single day and the expo for all three days can be purchased in advance for $175 and at the show for $210. A Full Conference Pass for admission to seminars and the expo on all three days can be purchased in advance for $475 and at the show for $510. To view the seminar schedule click here.

Attendees can register online for the WPPI NYC seminars and expo through October 25 for $99, which includes admission to a variety of seminars on October 26, 2011, the WPPI NYC Expo Oct. 27-28 and PhotoPlus Expo Oct. 27-29, 2011. The on-site registration fee is $150. To register click here.

“PPE has become the meeting place where photographers and other visual communications professionals can share their thoughts and ideas with peers, learn new trends and applications from the masters, and gain a unique perspective into the future of their craft,” explains Jeff McQuilkin, Director – PDN PhotoPlus International Conference & Expo. “Adding WPPI NYC and its schedule of seminars really make the whole PPE experience an event that should not be missed by anyone in this industry.”

“We are really excited to bring the enthusiasm and energy of WPPI to New York City,” said George Varanakis, Show Director of WPPI, and Publisher of Rangefinder. “Nielsen is adding the best of WPPI to an already exceptional PhotoPlus Expo to provide even greater excitement and more robust learning experience for attendees.”

About PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo

Designed for professionals in the photographic and imaging industries, PhotoPlus Expo showcases the latest advances in photography. Held annually at the Javits Convention Center, attendees have the opportunity to explore an inspiring array of photography and imaging products and services – everything from image capture and color management to retouching and storage – all from the industry’s leading manufacturers. The show also offers over 115 photography and imaging seminars and hands-on labs taught by world-renowned experts with a focus on cutting-edge innovations in digital imaging products and techniques.

About WPPI

Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI), a division of Nielsen Photo Group, is an organization that serves the educational and business needs of wedding and portrait photographers. WPPI is a professional organization that exists to help member photographers by providing them with exclusive information, programs and professional services to assist with their photographic artistry and business needs. WPPI routinely supplies its members with new benefits and valuable industry information enabling them to succeed in today’s active photo market business.

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Photography Book Review: Going Candid by Thomas Leuthard

“Going Candid…”

I came across the street photography of Thomas Leuthard as I was ravenously adding photographers to my circles in Google plus or G+ as it is affectionately known. Thomas is a great example of how G+ can help talented photographers develop or build a following for themselves. I have gained in similar fashion and the surface has yet to be scratched.

Thomas Leuthard has produced a refreshing take on his photography. His intent is to redefine your view of street photography. He isn’t interested in the history of it. He shares with the reader an honest, candid (pun), and refreshing perspective on a form of art that at first makes the camera feel like a 50lbs dumbbell. Going Candid reads like a great conversation over a afternoon lunch where you lost track of time. Thomas successfully explains his view in a confident and digestible manner. The link above leads to a main page with the following excerpt (Pardon the formatting):

“Going Candid”

A book about street photography in the digital age. Forget what you know about street photography and read how Thomas Leuthard (85mm) explores the street with his camera. Find useful tips and tricks on how to approach people, getting closer to them and get the best out of you street experience. His workflow starts without a camera and ends in the galleries of this World. It’s not about the Decisive Moment or how you setup your camera. It’s more about the approach of getting a successful street photographer who will build a successful community around the World. It’s all about sharing and socializing. You will be taken to a journey through the big cities of this World looking into the eyes of strangers. Candid is the key word and
you will not be disappointed. Stay tuned for an exclusive book which will change your life as a street photographer…

The pdf is downloadable for free here. Enjoy it.