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….

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…

When to Donate

When to Donate

Another request today for an image that an organization would like to use without paying. Although in the majority of cases I respond with a standard request for usage information so that I can create a quote, this time was a bit different. My concern over the evolution of photography has been well documented here….

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….

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…

More Migrants Try to Enter US by Sea

Authorities again detained a boat off the San Diego coast that carried 23 suspected undocumented immigrants early Friday, Feb 5th, according to the Los Angeles Times. The boat was intercepted by a Coast Guard cutter on patrol nearly seven miles from land. In mid January another boat capsized while trying to come ashore at Torrey…