Finding your niche as a photographer

I participate in a number of photography forums – what better way to learn a new skill or craft than to mix and mingle with others already doing what I want to do.

Someone posted a question asking how do they find their niche?  This was my answer to them:

I’m relatively new to DSLR and photography online, although I’ve been taking photos since I was around 14 years of age.

For me it comes from what I’m interested and passionate about.  I take wildlife and landscape photography here in Australia.  But, almost by accident, I found a niche when accompanying my husband to his mountain bike races. I started taking photos of his team participating in the races but got bored with waiting 15-20 mins in between each rider coming through. So I started taking photos of all the racers and have amazed myself with getting some quite good shots.  And this week I’ve sold my first batch of photos from the most recent race.  The rider who purchased them said he’d looked at 3 different albums online of the race and felt mine were the best ones there. – Of him at least is my thought.

Anyway, that’s all the encouragement I need. I enjoy the challenge of action photography, getting clear sharp shots when they’re in the air or coming down a climb or speeding past me.  I think I’ve found my niche.

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Comments

  1. I think you’ve definitely found your niche. Your photos really capture the feel and mood of the race and riders, more than just the bikes themselves. I hope you get shots of my hubby at a race sometime 🙂

  2. Thanks Meagan. Was he at Castlemaine? If so, let me know his number and I might have his picture and just not uploaded it.

    Glad you enjoy my MTB shots.

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