Since 2002, one of the highlights of my summer has been working with the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, helping to teach its “Coastal Ecology by Kayak” field school. The sanctuary, located near the tip of Cape Cod, is part of the Massachusetts Audubon Society (commonly known as Mass Audubon), which was the nation’s first Audubon society.
Lens, the photojournalism blog of The New York Times, took a fresh look this week at the Chris Usher case. The case has garnered new attention because Judge Sonia Sotomayor, the Supreme Court nominee, was on the three-judge panel that affirmed the decision to award Usher the trifling sum of $7 per image for the loss of more than 12,600 images by Corbis.
Before I started my own photography business, I had been a newspaper staffer for more than 20 years. I didn’t know how to market myself, and I decided to hire a consultant to help me.
Among other things, the consultant I chose redesigned my Web site and helped me to create my portfolio, logo, and stationery system. I’m not going to kid you; it wasn’t cheap. But it’s turned out to be worth every penny.
There’s been a lot of talk that amateur photographers are a threat to the livelihoods of professional photographers these days. I just don’t see it.
Consider the different kinds of amateurs you come across. There’s the photographer who has an unlimited amount of time to accomplish an image. There’s the student, who has a week or two to complete an assignment on, say, lighting a bowl of fruit. There’s the hobbyist who captures an occasional great image and posts it on Flickr or iStock.
In this part of our video series on Google Analytics, I show you how to evaluate inbound links to determine which referring sites are most valuable to your business. (You can find the previous posts in this series here.)
Black Star Rising received the following question from a photographer identifying himself as Baron V. –
I recently received a nasty e-mail from a model I shot about seven years ago. We had a verbal agreement to do the shoot, with the understanding that I would use the photos for various purposes, including as art for a magazine article about me and in my online portfolio.
Like most of us, I’ve made career choices that haven’t worked out. Many years ago, I was recruited by Singapore Airlines, which trained me to be a pilot.
After my classmates and I received our commercial pilot licenses, we were told that our timing wasn’t good and that we would have to work as cabin attendants temporarily — just until our pilot jobs came open for us.
How effective is a law that is unenforced? How effective is a law when the public has no clear concept of its meaning and spirit?
Unfortunately, that is the current state of copyright law. I would argue that the entire concept of copyright is in peril, with the threats coming from multiple directions.
Timing is everything, as we learned recently when Farrah Fawcett’s death was the news of the day — until about five hours later, when Michael Jackson died. Suddenly, the ’70s It Girl’s passing became a footnote.
Run to the hills, civilization has collapsed!
OK, the past several months have certainly been economically harrowing for businesses of all sizes. But the danger in being gripped by fear and uncertainty is that you might not be taking the steps you need to to secure your company’s future.
After last month’s column on Robert Frank appeared, I received an e-mail from Walter Dufresne, who is an adjunct assistant professor in the Advertising Design and Graphic Arts Department at New York City College of Technology, which is part of The City University of New York.
When you’re a little hard up, it’s easy to get desperate. And in the current recession, a lot of photographers are approaching potential clients with the same level of finesse as nerds at a singles bar.
Progress has long been associated with the ability to do things faster. So it has been with digital photography.
Along with zillions of megapixels, fourth-generation Photoshop, and cameras that can sometimes make hobbyists look like seasoned pros, the digital age has brought us the ability to finish jobs faster.
Often in my work as a photographer, I am challenged with settings that are less than exciting. My client wants a dramatic photo to illustrate a story for a magazine article, or for use in an annual report — and I am left to figure out how to make this happen in mundane surroundings.
In this video, I depart from my ongoing series on Google Analytics to discuss an important aspect of search engine optimization for photographers — attracting appropriate inbound links, or backlinks. As you’ll learn, some inbound links are more valuable than others.
Photography is a great and powerful thing. It has the potential to change people’s lives. We should always be aware of the power we hold in our hands as we focus the lens.
Our pictures make people think — and react. An image from the battlefield might stir a reaction that culminates in the end of a war. An image of pretty people on a beach might culminate in a consumer buying a new pair of sunglasses.
Some of the best photo settings in the world are in places you only discover by accident. Which means you should always carry a camera with you, so you’re ready when a great photo reveals itself.
This is true whether you’re traveling near or far from home.
Ted Koppel once said that during his years at ABC News Nightline, his staff spent the majority of their pre-broadcast prep time on the first 10 seconds of the show. That’s how important a “lead” or “hook” is to stimulating interest in a story.
You would think that in a world where technology has made the timely transmission of images simpler than ever, international photojournalism in all its forms would flourish. And yet, when it comes to conflicts like the Gaza war, the war in Sri Lanka, or the ongoing protests in Iran, just the opposite has been true.
These days, it can be difficult to distinguish between a commercial Web site and an editorial Web site, as more companies add blogs to attract visitors. This has led to questions about the use of photography, such as -–
When I was young man, I sang in a pop group. My trademark was the ability to kick my purple trousered leg high in the air. I would have a hundred teenage girls screaming and a hundred teenage boyfriends scowling at me.
What if you could design a university program in visual communications from scratch? What would such a curriculum look like?
Which courses would you absolutely need to have, and which would be nice but not necessary? How would you determine the core body of knowledge that every graduating student must master, and how would you project far enough into the future to include courses that would prepare your students for the work-a-day world?
We ran posts by Jeff Wignall and Tony Blei last week describing two ways to protect your copyrighted images. But while it’s valuable to understand your recourse under the law, it can be just as useful to know how to use technology to protect your content.
“Convergence” is a great buzzword, and even a good thing. But if you’re not careful, you can “converge” your photography business right into the poorhouse.
Everyone, it seems, is falling in love with the notion of being able to capture HD video as well as high-resolution stills from a single capture device (the artist formerly known as “camera”). I’m excited, too. But I’ve followed technology long enough to see the dangers ahead — most notably, the trap of the endless upgrade cycle.
I photographed a super-groovy young actor named Taylor Kitsch at the X-Men Origins: Wolverine premiere in Tempe, Ariz., in April. Taylor is so super-groovy that his fans express their undying love by doing stupid things like breaking the law.