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…

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…

Senator McCain and his Pandering on Immigration Reform

Senator McCain and his Pandering on Immigration Reform

Nothing drives me crazier than hypocrisy. Nothing makes me want to run into traffic more than a politician who blatantly flip flops on issues and then blames the “interpretation” or “the media” for “misinterpreting” remarks. Folks, when a politician introduces and/or supports legislation, the bill works it’s way through congress. It’s pretty hard to “misinterpret”…

One Hour with John Wooden

One Hour with John Wooden

When you meet a legend, you don’t expect him to answer the door. When you meet John Wooden, he’ll apologize for not having answered the door quicker. When you meet a legend, you don’t expect to be greeted like a truly important person. When you meet John Wooden, you discover he’s as interested in you…

My Time with US/Mexico Border Rancher Robert Maupin

My Time with US/Mexico Border Rancher Robert Maupin

(All Images © Todd Bigelow. Registered with the US Copyright Office. Please do not publish or share without written permission from Todd Bigelow and/or his licensing agents. Copyright compliance measures are used and enforced to prevent unauthorized use.) The Los Angeles Times profiled a US/Mexico border rancher today on the top of the front page….