How to find your unique 'Niche' as a photographer
This is my first week with Dreamstime. I am an enthusiastic amatuer and by way of introduction to the site I thought I would write a quick article for those like myself who are just starting out.I understand there are many other blogs about' Finding your Niche' but I would wish to air my personal views and hopefully relieve someone from anxiety attacks!
There may come a day when a photographer starts to think about his or her 'Niche'
Now it's not immoral and you won’t go to prison for it. Nor is it life threatening. But alas, you can't be treated for this syndrome and at some point you may end up in a padded cell beating yourself up!
The good news is though, it will eventually pass with time and you may be forever immune to it. A bit like measles!. or...…..
Will searching for your unique ‘niche’ become your holy grail?
When we first get our camera we take pictures of everything that moves or doesn't move. Then we become more creative as we improve our skills. Macro, landscapes, stars,portraits, underground mushrooms, (what!!) architecture. The list goes on.
I was no different. I didn't know what I wanted to concentrate on. And it bothered me about where I should be concentrating my time and efforts most.
Street photography made me feel uncomfortable.
Portraits studio work ? No interest for me. I'm lazy and don't like deadlines.
I like the outdoors, I can take my time I take what I want and I have no one to bother me.
Is it my niche? I don't know I just enjoy it.
To be fair, for a photography business and to earn a living, it may be the way to go. Concentrate on one subject. Become good at it then expert and eventually become world renown.
Yet, I would argue that Ansel Adams (landscape Guru). Henri Cartier Bresson. ( street photographer) and Brian Duffy (fashion photographer) enjoyed what they did.
They became masters of what they photographed. It was then that they were placed into 'niches' of their respective fields by others.
With that being said. Your niche will find you. Or put into other words.
You will eventually find something you enjoy doing, because of the enjoyment you get from doing it. It's what your most comfortable with and you're also good at it.
So, don't worry too much about a 'niche' and continue to enjoy your photography and remember only to upload your best shots to Dreamsime with no blurry images and diagonal horizons!
Paul Williams aka YorkshireKnight