Licensing the Easy Way

Licensing the Easy Way

Despite all the angst from photographers about publications unwilling to license photography for standard rates, I’ve found that the licensing answer is exceedingly simple. Of course, this “answer” is really just my opinion and I openly acknowledge that others may choose to adhere to alternative solutions, but this works for me. In fact, it’s worked quite…

GettyMart and Their 35 Million Free Images

GettyMart and Their 35 Million Free Images

It took me a couple of days of reading about Getty Images announcement that they will make 35 million images available for free. Yes, free. As in “you want it, you can have it.” A few of the stories, like these from the Niemanlab site and Photoshelter focus more on the reality of Getty’s bombshell move, while…

PJ Grads: Have You Plunged In?

PJ Grads: Have You Plunged In?

Several weeks ago I sat down over lunch with a wonderful lady who was attending my three day Business of Photography workshop at UCLA Extension. A graduate of a state university with a degree in journalism and an emphasis in photojournalism, we began to chat about her work, and I’ve been thinking about that conversation…

The Business Side of Things

This is an outstanding resource for the basic essentials needed to do creative work for a living. In other words, you need to know how to do business before just being a creative mind. Todd Bigelow Photography

What Do I Know? Speaking at SSAX

What Do I Know? Speaking at SSAX

Since there’s no way to gauge the extent of knowledge in any subject, because all knowledge is infinite, I figure I just don’t know much. But what I do know, I’m happy to share. So, what do I know? I know that the photojournalism community is contracting, evolving and expanding all at once. I know…

Photojournalism Evolution and The Business of Photography Workshop

Photojournalism Evolution and The Business of Photography Workshop

Click Here For Course Topics, Dates & Locations, Student Testimonials and Workshop Supporters Journalism, like life in general, is so revealing when viewed in the rear view mirror. The recent evolution of story telling turned out to be so rapid and encompassing that many photographers today have never experienced asking for a brick of Tri-X…

Pro Photography Helps Sell Homes

Pro Photography Helps Sell Homes

Here’s a great piece on the importance of professional photography in the marketing of your home. The stats alone should convince any homeowner who is selling that professional photos can make or break the sale of your home. Angles, lighting, composition and various other fundamentals like capturing the essence of the neighborhood all contribute to…

Why Do Photographers Give Away Their Work?

Why Do Photographers Give Away Their Work?

From cable companies like Time Warner to iTunes to Viacom and beyond, there is one thing that drives these companies. Content. Pure and simple. Some have control because they produce the content, some have control because they distribute the content. Then there are those who are breaking the mold (authors) who are now producing the…

A Look at Magazine Circulation Numbers

A Look at Magazine Circulation Numbers

If you told me twenty years ago that I would be paying attention to the latest report by the Audit Bureau of Circulations, the organization charged with computing the number of subscribers and other data for magazines and newspapers, I would have said you were one pocket protector shy of being an insane accountant. After…

Odds & Ends

Playing catch up on the blog front, so thought it might be easiest on the eye to just throw together a few notes of interest instead of individual blogs. So, here we go……. I recently spent a few hours speaking with journalism students at my Alma Mater, California State University, Northridge. As one of a…