Business of Photography Workshop at UCLA

Business of Photography Workshop at UCLA

With UCLA serving as the unofficial West Coast home to the workshop, I’m pleased to offer the full two day course again at the Westwood campus again. The information you will gain from the 15 hours of instruction will help you build and sustain a freelance photo career.  Make sure to visit the workshop’s home…

Supplemental Training For Student Journalists

Supplemental Training For Student Journalists

While reading about Poynter awarding supplemental educational support to universities, this short paragraph just jumped out at me: “Perhaps the biggest takeaway was the persistent and growing demand for supplemental journalistic training for student journalists.”-Poynter Announces College Media Project Selections   Let’s take a bit of a look at this because it really is astounding…

A Donation Request by My Journalism Alma Mater & My Reply

A Donation Request by My Journalism Alma Mater & My Reply

  A week ago I received an email from my alumni association requesting donations to the journalism alumni association. The message was signed by the chair of the journalism department who I know and respect and alluded to some important changes to the journalism program. The email contained the following paragraph:  “The Department of Journalism…

Talking Business: NPPA Northern Short Course

The Northern Short Course, in association with the National Press Photographers Association, holds an annual conference along the eastern seaboard in late winter or early spring each year. This is a tremendous opportunity for students and professional photojournalists to gather amongst themselves to view work, discuss trends, participate in a host of discussions and workshops…

Let Us See Who Is The Strongest

Let Us See Who Is The Strongest

“When you have a conflict, that means that there are truths that have to be addressed on each side of the conflict. And when you have a conflict, then it’s an educational process to try to resolve the conflict. And to resolve that, you have to get people on both sides of the conflict involved…

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…

Gannett/US Presswire Contract

Gannett/US Presswire Contract

John Harrington’s blog is a must read for anyone in the freelance world of photography. Gannett purchased US Presswire in September and plans to add the sports photo wire to its’ worldwide media empire. Sounds great, except for the fact that the contract offered to those who want to shoot for US Presswire/Gannett is abysmal….

Are Rewards Programs Screwing Photographers?

Let’s take a look for a moment at industry wide pricing for stock photographs, shall we? For simplification reasons, let’s agree on the process by which photographs are fed into the giant labyrinth of photo agencies and archives. Essentially, the photographer creates the images, processes them digitally, applies the metadata and uploads them to an…

Pomp & Circumstance: The Future for Photojournalism Grads

Pomp & Circumstance: The Future for Photojournalism Grads

I’ve seen a lot of really talented, young photographers coming out of various colleges and universities in the past few years, their portfolios showcasing meaningful images of social concern such as poverty and drug use. Their slick, digital portfolios transition from classic reportage to subtle portraiture and on to sports related imagery effortlessly as soft…

$75 for Worldwide Use Forever in all Media? Uh, No Thanks.

$75 for Worldwide Use Forever in all Media? Uh, No Thanks.

When major media companies start working to limit the amount of money they pay to license photographs, it’s time to speak up. I’ve seen this trend coming for years now, as have many of my friends and colleagues. Getty pushed the ball off the mountain years ago with a scheme to take over the world…