Gas Prices Going Sky High

Gas Prices Going Sky High

Sometimes, an image doesn’t really need words. This was taken yesterday in Los Angeles. California is reeling from a devastating spike in gas prices due to low supply levels and rising costs. Click on the image for more selections. Todd Bigelow Photography

8 Things I Think I Think about the Business of Photojournalism

8 Things I Think I Think about the Business of Photojournalism

I just completed the book “Steve Jobs” that detailed the Apple co-founders life and times. Extraordinary book, even for someone who thought they knew all about the man, his colleagues and the company. That got me thinking about my business, costs and financial factors that I and other photographers face, and what it might mean…

Shoot the Obvious Too

Shoot the Obvious Too

Not a day goes by without the economy dominating the news and infiltrating our lives. Banks scheme for new ways to screw the taxpayer who bailed them out of certain demise while the Obama administration pushes its jobs initiative with a full frontal assault. The GOP, who, lest we forget, was at the ship’s helm…

“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….

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…

A Freelancer’s Perspective

There is an interesting story (here) about how the economy has fostered a growth in the world of freelancing. This is not specific to photography by any means, but details how companies are apt to rely on freelancers to save the cost associated with employing someone. This is hardly a surprise and one that I…

Thoughts on a FURLOUGH Day

As a part time lecturer in Photojournalism and Visual Communication at a state university where furlough days are mandatory, here’s how I have come to think of the word (read the one word definitions as a sentence for a fuller picture) F– Frenetically U– Unbelievable R– Remedial L– Losing O– Opportunity U– Unless G– Governor…

Stock Photography: Where Are We Going?

Stock Photography: Where Are We Going?

Great column by James Rainey, who writes about the media, in the LA Times today. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/arts/la-et-onthemedia22-2010jan22,0,4822231.column The gist of the column will come as little surprise to those of us producing images for magazines and newspapers. The trend emerged years ago and was energized, to say the least, by the dominance of Getty Images. Getty’s…