Basic Lighting Setup

I frequently get a number of questions from young photographers and students asking about lighting set-ups. Check out this basic lighting set-up tutorial. It’s geared toward a video set-up (which is great), but the fundamentals are obviously applicable to still shoots as well (with the obvious difference being that video is primarily lit with tungsten…

Develop Tube a Great Resource for Teaching

In today’s climate, photojournalists have so many different looks. There’s the classic photojournalist look with five day growth, worn jeans and a look of fatigue from traveling the world. Then there’s the tech look comprised of a plaid, untucked shirt, old school Converse and hip, black eyeglasses demanded on days when we look dumbfounded at…

UCLA Student Up for Award

UCLA Student Up for Award

  One of the wisest men I know says that the highest form of learning is teaching. I agree. In fact, one of the highest forms of pleasure is knowing you helped guide a student. Alexandra Morris, who goes by Zan, was a student of mine at UCLA where I teach Digital Photography. I just…

Photoshelter Interviews Me About Secrets to Successful Photo Projects

Thanks to Photoshelter for asking me to talk about factors that help in creating a successful photo project which you can see below. The topic is important for any photographer but, in my humble opinion, particularly relevant to aspiring and emerging photojournalists. It’s meant as a guide of sorts and certainly not written in stone….

Licensing: It’s Just Like Going to Ruth Chris Steakhouse

Licensing: It’s Just Like Going to Ruth Chris Steakhouse

A friend of mine and I were laughing the other night when we started talking about the similar requests we get. Corrado does beautiful retouching in Photoshop for high end clients and I shoot images for a variety of publications and eventually license those images to others on an as needed basis. We both receive…

Security and the Right to Photograph

Security and the Right to Photograph

Rather good timing for this refresher from the ACLU. Many of my students at Cal State University, Northridge and UCLA ask questions about where they can legally take photographs. My standard response is that if you are photographing from a public location and shooting images easily seen from such a location, then you’re good. One…

“In Theory” vs Degree’s of Experience

“In Theory” vs Degree’s of Experience

Too much emphasis in education is placed on degrees meant to indicate levels of excellence. Institutions love degrees for what they imply, yet so many professors teach from a purely theoretical perspective gained from lots of textbooks, but they lack themost beneficial perspective gained only from practical experience. I’ve been asked to teach a PJ…

Reaching Out to the Next Generation of Photojournalists

Reaching Out to the Next Generation of Photojournalists

I spoke the other day to a group of students at the Greater Los Angeles Press Photographer’s Association about their career expectations. Had a great time, saw a number of my former colleagues, all of whom I respect and admire greatly. It was a short presentation. I tend to shy away from the quintessential “let…

“You’ve Received a Request………”

“You’ve Received a Request………”

Is it the economy, or are they opportunists taking advantage of the economy? Is it the result of Royalty Free or is it the result of low pricing models? Whatever the case, it’s increasingly common to receive licensing inquiries only to discover that the request involves a very low price for a very high usage….

Ten Things You Just Don’t Hear Photographers Say Anymore

Ten Things You Just Don’t Hear Photographers Say Anymore

I have to soup my film. Where’s my 30 magenta? Is there any spot tone anywhere? I put the caption on the back. I have to hurry to make FedEx. Damn, it’s out of focus (ok, this still happens sometimes, but you get what I mean). I work for the Rocky Mountain News. I’m almost…