ASMP Atlanta: Business of Photography Workshop

ASMP Atlanta: Business of Photography Workshop

Register early as the ASMP events have sold out and space may be limited. ASMP is offering extremely reasonable tuition: $75.00—ASMP Members BEFORE Sept 1 $150.00—Non-Member BEFORE Sept 1 Free for Creative Circus students  Sept 19-20, 9:00am-6:00pm (breaks in morning, lunch and afternoon). Held at Creative Circus at 812 Lambert Dr, Atlanta. The seminar is open to the public….

If “Citizen Journalist” is Acceptable, Why Not “Citizen Lawyer” or “Citizen Doctor”

If “Citizen Journalist” is Acceptable, Why Not “Citizen Lawyer” or “Citizen Doctor”

If I swing a hammer on the weekend and build myself a nice birdhouse, am I now a carpenter? Does disinfecting and placing gauze on a gash make me a doctor? If I am cited for speeding and defend myself in court as is allowed, does that make me a lawyer? No, no and definitely…

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….

Are You Busy?

I get that a lot. My wife will call and say “Hey, are you busy?” If she’s in the push-your-husband’s-button mood, she’ll follow up with something like “because if you’re just sitting around….” Truth be told, after nearly 25 yrs together, I don’t rise to the bait anymore because she knows the truth about freelancing…

Assisting Yourself as a Photo Assistant!

Assisting Yourself as a Photo Assistant!

A man I respect and admire like few on earth who has taught the arts for fifty years has said many times that the highest form of learning is teaching. With that in mind, I’m here to jot down a few things I’ve learned over my many years as a photographer (and as an assistant…

Bits and Bytes Bouncing in My Head

Some days, my mind seems hyperactive, bouncing from one thought to another. Is it a mood? A result of caffeine (I haven’t ventured off my norm)? The weather? I don’t know, but I do want to jot down some thoughts careening throughout my cranium today: Been reading some comments about photo editors and art buyers…

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…

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…

“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….

Reflecting on Katrina Five Years Later

Reflecting on Katrina Five Years Later

Please View My Recent Post on Hurricane Katrina’s 10 Year Anniversary It was the morning of my son’s 9th birthday and the phone rang before I had even finished my coffee. Before I picked up the receiver I knew the celebratory trip to San Diego was not going to happen for me. After watching Hurricane…