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…

Photography Classes Open at UCLA

Photography Classes Open at UCLA

NOTE: IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR THE MOST UP TO DATE WORKSHOP COURSE AT UCLA, PLEASE VISIT THE “BUSINESS OF PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP” BY CLICKING ON THE HYPERLINK OR MENU LINK ABOVE!  There is one absolute that I can share with other photographers after making a living as a freelance photographer for the past 25 years: If…

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

Street Photography Class

Here’s a video to showcase the excellent work by the students in my Street Photography class at UCLA Extension. Each week for two months I introduced the work of some of the greats (Winogrand, Frank, Erwitt, Maier and others) to inspire them. In addition to their weekly shooting, we met four times as a class…

Street Photography Class at UCLA Extension

There is something so pure, so true about street photography. I’ve often told my students that it is the ability to capture the extraordinary in the ordinary, the willingness to see the fluid, layered connections between objects in a frame. It is the randomness that makes street photography so alluring to photographers who, in fractions…

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…