Getty As The Titanic

The Titanic was the largest passenger cruise ship to sail the ocean. As such, it relied on the captain to steer the ship in a responsible manner in an effort to avoid a catastrophe. The captain failed, hit an iceberg and ultimately sank the vessel. But only after failing to realize the enormity of the disaster….

GettyMart and Their 35 Million Free Images

GettyMart and Their 35 Million Free Images

It took me a couple of days of reading about Getty Images announcement that they will make 35 million images available for free. Yes, free. As in “you want it, you can have it.” A few of the stories, like these from the Niemanlab site and Photoshelter focus more on the reality of Getty’s bombshell move, while…

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…

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

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…