And Start Shooting!
Welcome back to the Raw Photo Challenge! Its been probably a year since the last one? Crazy how fast time went by. Anyway, I've been getting back into photography heavy (sorry got bit by the Bitcoin bug) and one of the things I missed the most was the editing community we were building here!
It took me a long time to get this back up and running because I wanted to do it right, in the past I'd just post an image and post the winners, but this time around I want to spend more time giving you guys editing tips, sharing videos that relate to the group and maybe live editing some of the images with the photographers who provide them.
How many people remember my interview with Eric Kim? This was a huge deal for me! I remember when I first started shooting street, his blog was one of the first that I came by. It was filled with so much information, but what was more interesting to me were the interviews he did with other street photographers. These interviews helped me discover so many photographers, Brian Day, Damian Vignol, Josh White... I could name so many. I just remember thinking, my work is going to be next to theirs... again it was just really exciting for me.
He sent me a series of questions and I analyzed them for days... I was like this is my moment, everything needs to be perfect. For those wondering I completely butchered this moment as there were so many typos and statements that didn't make sense... but that's beside the point. Once the questions were answered I scrolled down to the part where Eric had requested photographs...
2017 was a pretty bad year for me, in fact, it might have been the worst year of my life. I know that sounds dramatic but it's true. Everything that could have possibly gone wrong, went wrong... My health deteriorated, relationships I had with people ended on a bad note and photography, well at times, I felt like it was last on my priority list.
I thought about doing my usual recap, but there was so much negativity in the first few paragraphs! I didn't want to start my year off like that, so I decided to leave it all in the past! This is a new start for me, the chance to hit the reset button
Nate has release a new pack, just in time for the new year! I feel like he created this one just for me, but he's asked me to share it with the rest of you as well... Christmas may have come twice this year!
It's hard to grow your social media presence as a street photographer... Mainly because the majority of people who enjoy looking at street photographs are, well, street photographers. However, there are a few ways to get your work seen, one is by tagging featured accounts in hopes that they share your work.
Today was an office day for me, meaning I sat on my computer and did a bunch of things that I've put on hold for months. One task, in particular, was to update my camera equipment on Kit, a site I use to allow you guys to keep up with my equipment. It took forever to make my "kit" current. It wasn't that I was adding my gear to it, but because I had so much to delete. Over the last 3 years, I've honestly bought and sold soooo much, it's honestly kind of sad. Anyway, I thought it would be cool to share with you guys every camera that I've ever owned, why I bought it and why I sold it (or kept it).
Street photography isn't the most popular genre in the photography spectrum. It has a relatively small fanbase, it takes a lot of bravado and as far as commissioned opportunities, well, there are very few. It's also one of the few forms of creativity that involves another person who isn't aware of their actual involvement... Meaning in order to perfect the craft you'll need to practice with those who are sometimes unwilling to participate... This makes it extremely hard to succeed.