Valerie Topete is a bike courier working for one of the most prestigious courier companies in New York City, Mercury Rises. Topete is also an amateur photographer. She loves to take pictures of scenes she comes across during her travels throughout New York on her bike whenever she can. She hopes to one day launch a second career out of her photography. Her unique perspective as a bike courier lends her work an unexpected nuance. Here are three tips for other amateur photographers:
Light is everything. Before you start taking pictures, ask yourself how the lighting is. Valerie Topete is constantly concerned with the light before she takes any kind of picture. Photography, after all, is the use of light to make pictures on film.
Always have a camera. Many of the pictures that Valerie Topete takes are from her smart phone as she races through the city to deliver parcels, packages, and important documents for her clients. While she also makes time to take her fancy camera equipment out for a shoot, she is also always prepared to take pictures with whatever device she has. You never know when inspiration will strike you.
Scattershot doesn’t work. Professional photographers take many photos to ensure that they get the right look. When looking for subject to take pictures of, don’t think you can take a thousand pictures of everything you see in the hopes that one will turn out. Be mindful of your subjects and make every snap count.
Valerie Topete lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.