Hell’s Kitchen Glacier

color street photography by Markus Hartel, New York City

Photography continues to be a driving force in my life and my One-on-one street photography workshops are going really well with participants coming from all over the world… For blog readers who don’t follow my regular site, here a testimonial from another happy customer:

It is now about 2 weeks since I completed a 3-hour New York City street photography workshop with Markus Hartel; what a great experience!!! As someone who has been taking photographs for many years, I felt I was stuck in a creative rut. I wanted and needed, to quote the great chef Emeril, to “kick it up a notch”…. The workshop with Markus was just the way to do do this, and was inspiring, informative, and extremely entertaining. Markus is one of those gifted teachers who is able to convey his passion and ideas in the most simple, clear way. He has a relaxed and patient approach that immediately puts you at ease, and allows you to become uninhibited and focus on learning. Markus is able to adjust the pace and discussion to your needs and desires, and covers a wide variety of topics including composition, lighting, and the use of zone focussing. Equally or more importantly for me, was the awe I felt by be being close to someone who is so excellent at his art and craft. Almost immediately you will see the subtle economy of movement- the quiet almost imperceptible motion of the leica coming up to his eye and then back down to his side. That he can get so close to people without them noticing or caring, and that he is willing to teach you about this, and be so generous with his pearls of street photography wisdom and experience is one of the great joys and advantages that come with this workshop. How to approach people, who not to approach, how to be a good observer, what sort of places to anticipate interesting shots at- the list goes on and on. As well, Markus conveys his appreciation and knowledge of design and architecture, and how to capture these in your images. The 3 hours passed far too quickly, but with a one-on-one approach, I feel I took away a tremendous amount, and I look forward to doing this again in the not-to-distant future. Markus would be a fantastic teacher for any level of photographer, and i regret I did not do this sooner! The workshop and experience was completely rewarding and enjoyable, and I recommend it to anyone who wants to both learn something and experience street photography at its best. Fortunately for me, his passion for photography is infectious, and I have come back home with new skills and a renewed interest and enthusiasm for going out and capturing images of the world around us. By the way, Markus really does own the streets!!! Joe Reisman, Ottawa Canada

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1.) I finally closed my flickr account, after I don’t know how many years after someone spotted me a pro account. flickr used to be functional, it was never pretty, but it served a good purpose… sharing & collaborating. stuff was easy to navigate and one could easily find a photo or a piece of information. Yahoo handily killed with their last iteration what used to be a decent photo sharing service, heck I even continued to pay for the “pro” version, because it was so easy to use. I couldn’t care less about their new marketing schtick of 1TB storage, as the photos are still somewhat exposed to the public, kind of like planting my file drawers on E14th St., where everyone who passes by could take what they please. Remember, flickr and other photo sharing services are not for storage – please get at least one external hard drive for file storage and some sort of cloud backup for security.

2.) Why is (street) photography so competitive?
skill and survival… nature made it so that only the best swimmer can reach the egg, if you’re unable to reach, you’ll die, simple as that. If every unskilled blogger would just die off after one unsuccessful attempt, life would be easy for the rest of us – but that’s just not the case. In essence – quality wins over quantity time and again.

‘nuf said

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