Learning How To Freelance

Learning How To Freelance

  What was bred from frustration has grown into a passion. Who would have known? Certainly not me. Several years ago I began to build a curriculum for a seminar course with the idealogical approach that I could somehow do something to stem the devaluation of photography and photojournalism. I suspected that a middle aged…

Pro Photography Helps Sell Homes

Pro Photography Helps Sell Homes

Here’s a great piece on the importance of professional photography in the marketing of your home. The stats alone should convince any homeowner who is selling that professional photos can make or break the sale of your home. Angles, lighting, composition and various other fundamentals like capturing the essence of the neighborhood all contribute to…

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…

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…

Controversial Immigration Bill Signed into Law

Controversial Immigration Bill Signed into Law

Immigration bill allowing police to question if immigrants are in the country legally was signed into law by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer today. Placing the responsibility on police will lead only to racial profiling and push Arizona further towards a police state. The thought that people have to carry documents with them to prove they…

Shoplifting in the Digital Age

Shoplifting in the Digital Age

Visual journalist’s everywhere should watch with interest the outcome of a class action suit filed by various photographers and organizations, including American Society of Media Photographers and Professional Photographers of America, against behemoth Google Inc. In a nutshell, Google has been in the process of creating a massive digital library by digitizing millions of books….

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…

Covering Pebble Beach

Covering Pebble Beach

I just got back from shooting the AT&T National Pro Am for Sports Illustrated and am still laughing at some of the situations photographers commonly run into when shooting the PGA Tour. Covering a golf tournament really is unlike any other sporting event. Let’s consider a few of the unique things about covering golf compared…

Apple iPad: How Will it Affect the Publishing World

It seems like the excitement of a new device from Apple has become a annual event. Of course their marketing ploys help build that excitement, but I have to be honest in saying that I truly like what I see here. Yes, the iPhone was very cool, but it still didn’t make me run out…