Jodi Mailander Farrell of McClatchy Newspapers penned an interesting piece last month highlighting art galleries in New York that are showing off photojournalism. Farrell adds that sales of photojournalism are also on the rise, in part because the images are less expensive than other art forms:
Here’s something that can benefit any photographer — professional or amateur.
That’s because it’s something that can happen to any photographer — professional or amateur.
You enjoy taking photos. You take good photos, even excellent ones that buyers are prepared to pay a lot of money for. But after a while, you find that you’re shooting the same kind of images in a similar style over and over again.
My wife Dorie was standing in line at a local drugstore and overheard a customer complain about his photos. He asked, “Why is their head chopped?” The clerk told him that the photo technician was off, but could help him tomorrow.
Is your scenic portfolio filled with sunsets, covered bridges, waterfalls, and hot air balloons? It may be no surprise to you that competing photographers have taken many of the same images. If a photo buyer broadcasts a call for a picture of a hot air balloon, he can expect to be bombarded; that’s why, when looking for a generic scenic, he has learned to go to a stock agency for those standard shots. In the industry, such images are called “clones.”
Many in today’s iGeneration have had a childhood of T-ball, soccer, and dance classes where if they just participated, they were given a trophy. I assume most people know there is more to life than showing up on time — but you’d be surprised how often meeting minimum standards will put you way ahead of the competition.
Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink starts by describing the story of a statue that one group of experts believed to be fake, but that another group, supported by scientific evidence, believed to be genuine. The first group, though relying on nothing more than instinct — what Gladwell calls “thin-slicing” — turned out to be right.
The relationship between a photographer and a model can have its challenges — particularly when one or both are early in their careers. New models, for example, generally must work in front of the camera for a while before they become aware of their body, hands, lighting and facial expressions.
What is the world’s first and oldest photograph? How about the first color photograph or the first photograph from space? Let’s take a look at these and more, in our first edition of “Photography Firsts.”
The U.K.’s National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), which provides educational courses and materials to more than 40 of that nation’s journalism schools, is currently revising its photography programs to incorporate video and other skill sets.
Last month, I covered Boston College’s victory over Georgia Tech in Atlanta. Here are a few of my photos from the game, along with some thoughts on my approach to shooting the assignment.
First, when covering a football game, I like to stand behind the end zone so the team I’m focusing on is facing me. That way, I am already where they are trying to go.
[This is Part 2 of Blake's report; read Part 1 here.]
As photojournalists move to dovetail their traditional skill set with video applications, will quality suffer? This is the fundamental question tugging at photojournalists in newsrooms across the country.
Steve Chazin, a former Apple marketing executive, has put together an e-book containing five of what he calls the company’s marketing secrets. Actually, they’re more like five strategies that he’s seen Apple use and which he believes other businesses could benefit from using, too.
Black Star Rising recently had the opportunity to ask two top photo editors — Scot Jahn, director of photography for U.S. News & World Report; and Michele Hadlow, photo director for Forbes Magazine — about some of the qualities they look for in photojournalism and freelance photographers. Here are some of their thoughts.
When I asked my beginning photography students at the University of South Carolina to write a brief statement to go along with their self-portraits, I never imagined they would tap into many of the same currents that have been rippling through the photographic universe since the time of Daguerre and Fox Talbot. I was so excited to read their responses that I asked them for permission to reprint some quotations in this posting. Here, then, are some of the things my students in J337, Photovisual Communications, have to say about the joys and uses of photography.
If you’ve always wanted to have your photos marketed by Getty Images but haven’t been able to break in yet, here’s a great way to start: Submit your images to the citizen journalism site Scoopt.
In a recent interview with Black Star Rising, Hugh Pinney, Getty’s managing editor for news in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, acknowledged that “shrewd” freelance photographers have figured out that — in the wake of Getty’s acquisition of Scoopt earlier this year — Scoopt has provided an effective shortcut to Getty’s editorial site.
Photographers have less creative freedom today than they once did. In the days of what I call “unrehearsed photography,” photo editors respected the talent of shooters to produce quality images for their publications. No demanding art directors or so-called creative consultants looked over photographers’ shoulders to guide their inspiration.
Like most art directors, I have a love-hate relationship with stock photography. I love it when I find what I need; I hate it when I don’t.
The stigma of using stock is pretty much a thing of the past, and maybe you’ve decided shooting for any number of stock houses is something you’re going to try. Allow me to offer a few suggestions on what creatives look for when we head to Photodisc.com. Now, none of these are absolutes — rules set in stone being the last thing a creative wants — but having a general idea of the types of things we look for may help your work sell better.
In recent weeks, Black Star Rising has interviewed photojournalists, editors, teachers and students on the subject of video — specifically, the steps newspapers and their photographers are taking to transition to a future in which video will play an increasing role. This is the first of two reports on what we’ve learned.
One of the first skills a photographer learns is how to focus a lens on a chosen subject. We look around our environment and see that there are endless things to photograph — but we know that to make a successful photograph, we have to choose a subject and focus on it, eliminating the unnecessary from the frame.
More than two years after its founding, citizen journalism startup Scoopt hasn’t done much to disrupt the work lives of professional photographers — sales of its photos have been modest, and its much-hyped cameraphone images still represent only five percent of Scoopt’s inventory.
Farmer Andrew Marsinko and his goose posed for a photograph to promote the State Fair of Virginia back in 1996. The photographer subsequently licensed the image to Jupitermedia, which licensed it to Getty Images, and in 2006 it wound up on a gag greeting card that Marsinko found offensive. The card’s joke:
The early work of photographer Andreas Feininger, who joined Black Star after fleeing Sweden during World War II, will be showcased in an exhibit that begins Saturday, Sept. 15, and runs through Nov. 7 at New York’s Scandinavia House. The exhibit features 51 of Feininger’s images of Stockholm, a city described in this way by the photographer:
Finding Forrester is one of my favorite films. In the movie, William Forrester, played by Sean Connery, is a reclusive Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist who never gave the world a second novel. Forrester befriends a 16-year-old inner-city basketball player named Jamal. Jamal, an aspiring writer, visits Forrester’s apartment to seek the author’s wisdom. In one scene, Forrester and Jamal have a lively discussion about rules of writing, such as “You shouldn’t start a sentence with ‘and’.” They talk about how breaking the rules can create a wonderful impact. If overdone, however, it also can have a devastating impact.
As a career, photojournalism is a noble adventure. Not only do you often enjoy travel and get paid for it, but you are permitted a passport into the lives of others — in your own community, and if you’re lucky, around the world. But it’s not the easiest professional path; there are roadblocks, as well as tempting detours.
Photographer Sean Smith of the U.K.’s Guardian newspaper has turned in a powerful series of reports, “Inside the Surge,” that illustrate the disillusionment of U.S. soldiers in Iraq. Smith’s videos also demonstrate how the profession of photojournalism is evolving. Unfortunately, Smith’s reports, which combine video interviews with still images, have also caught the attention of Osama bin Laden, who misrepresents their contents in his most recent propaganda video.