In this video I return to the streets of Indianapolis for my first street photography walk in 2023, using my new-to-me Ricoh GR, the original.
I wasn't sure what kind of results I was going to get with the Ricoh GR, as I'm used to using the GR III, which is a much more advanced version of the original GR. However, I found I really did not need the bells and whistles that come along with the newer GR III, including the crappy plastic selection wheel on the back of the newer model that went bad on me within a few months of use. There is no plastic wheel on the original Ricoh GR, just a normal, usable selection button that should have been also used on the GR III.
Snap focus on the Ricoh GR allows you to set a focal length and not worry about focusing on your subject, making it the perfect camera for Street Photography, or just walking around snapping photos.
I also did not miss the IBIS feature shooting street, as it's basically not effective over 1/250 of a second shutter anyway. I typically shoot street at 1/500 (you can find my other settings in the beginning of the video), so IBIS isn't important for street as it would be for dusk or low-light shooting.
I went for harsh contrast with this outing, as it was high noon on a very sunny, and unusually warm February afternoon. The sun made for great contrast, but the key is to position yourself in the right place, and wait for people to pass through the space with heavy shadow separating them from the sunlight.
I shoot all my images in RAW, and process in Lightroom. The effect of blacking out the shadows is accomplished mainly by slamming the BLACK slider in Lightroom all the way to the left, leaving the shadows at midpoint, and typically adding some WHITE slider to the right, requiring a bit of LIGHT to be pulled down to the right as needed. Add some BRUSH of black in some of the dark areas to fit your style and that's all that's required. I typically leave contrast at mid-point, or back off a bit, but usually do not increase contrast (as it makes the white areas too washed out and harsh.)
I'll be on the streets a lot more in 2023 as I've rejuvenated my enthusiasm with the purchase of the Ricoh GR, after selling my GR III last year, due to the poorly engineered features on the outside of the camera, and the possiblitity of dust getting into the sensor of a $1,000 camera. I don't mind if it happens to my GR I, as I only paid $300, and don't feel I have to handle it with kidgloves to protect it's delicate exterior. Again, shame on Ricoh for 'upgrading/downgrading' the selection wheel.
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In this video I explain how you can utilize the Kindle Direct Publishing platform, owned by Amazon, to publish your photobooks, or any book. This video does not go through the creation process of producing the required PDF to submit for publishing, but it points you in the right direction, and I show you a few examples of books I have used Amazon to publish.
There is no acceptance or quality constraints (of course certain content isn't allowed per their rules) but any photographer can use this service to not only get your photobook published, but also a great way to purchase just a single copy or two of your own book without expensive bulk purchase requirements. You can purchase your book one copy at a time, for a very low price, as the video will explain.
Let me know your thoughts, and if this service helps you.
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Previous Books Published by Jason Dozier on Amazon:
Puche': A Collection of Photography (My First Book)
Urban Images: A Collection of Urban & CityScape Photography
Urban Images: A Collection of B&W Urban and Street Photography
In this video I reveal my replacement camera for my Ricoh GR III. I decided it was time to switch out my Street Photography camera for something a little more stripped-down, with less bells, whistles and gadgets. While the Ricoh GR III is an incredible camera, I'm not happy with some of the features on the newer versions of the GR III, and talk about what works better for me in regards to a street photography camera. I'd love to hear your thoughts! Please leave any questions or comments below. Enjoy!
I took yet another low-budget manual lens out on the streets of Indianapolis for some challenging street photography. While the lens itself performed above and beyond expectations, using a 50mm lens for street photography is a challenge to say the least, regardless of what brand you're using, but take away the auto focus and you've just upped the challenge.
Bird Photography with a Low-budget zoom lens: Pentax K-70 w/ Quantaray 100-300mm f/4.5-f/6.7
I purchased a generic Pentax K-mount 100-300mm Quantaray lens for my K-70 for $15 on Ebay! Was it worth the hassle of ordering and testing? Check out the video for my comments, and resulting images.
My goal was birding. It's a simple term that describes taking photos of birds. There are a lot of youtube channels devoted to birding, not so much when it comes to the Pentax K-70, and almost nothing when it comes to the Quantaray 100-300mm lens.
So I pulled the trigger, assuming for $15 I had nothing to lose, and bought the lens from an Ebay seller. The lens arrived in great condition, and I was surprised how solid, clean and firm it felt. There was a bit of a jiggle or shaking sounds inside the lens when attached to the camera, but doesn't seem to have any effect on the results of the images.