For Photographers, What’s Left to Do If Competition Gets Too Fierce?

For Photographers, What’s Left to Do If Competition Gets Too Fierce?

Everyone seems to be a photographer these days, but as someone depending on paychecks for shoots you can’t just lower prices again and again to compete with newcomers. Well many lower prices because for professional photographers, advancements in technology pose a big dilemma. Cameras make assignments easier, they take better photos and batch processing can […]

Who Pays Photographers What

Who Pays Photographers What

Interesting piece by PDN Photo District News: Who Pays Photographers?, a new site on Tumblr set up by an anonymous editorial photographer, seeks to provide a platform where photographers can share information about what clients in all fields, from editorial to advertising to non-profits, pay photographers. It’s always a bit of a gamble dealing with […]

Samba Fever Portfolio — Covering the Carnaval do Rio

Samba Fever Portfolio — Covering the Carnaval do Rio

By RENZO GOSTOLI I covered Rio de Janeiro carnival for over 20 years. It is true that after two or three years you feel a bit saturated, you get the feeling that everything is repeated more or less mechanically, but as you get to understand little details and varieties, then you find there are lots […]

The Business of Photojournalism — In the End, Not Much Has Changed, It’s Still All About Initiative, Creativity and Persistance

The Business of Photojournalism — In the End, Not Much Has Changed, It’s Still All About Initiative, Creativity and Persistance

Topic photojournalism and competition again. But this is about more than just the beauty and also the ugly truth of digital cameras allowing everyone to become a paparazzi. Although the masses undermine the work of “professionals,” aren’t we made aware of many more stories and issues today than back in the days when only a […]

Insider’s Take — Dumping, Price War, Oversupply: Freelance Photojournalists Fighting an Unwinnable Battle

Insider’s Take — Dumping, Price War, Oversupply: Freelance Photojournalists Fighting an Unwinnable Battle

By DIEGO GIUDICE For freelance photographers who have historically been the vast majority of photojournalists, the last few years haven been very tough. Their traditional customers, newspapers and magazines around the world, are still immersed in a huge and endless crisis, steadily losing sales and readers at the hands of the Internet. Staff reductions, downsizing […]

Daily Inspirations by Magnum and Reuters Photographers Blogs

Daily Inspirations by Magnum and Reuters Photographers Blogs

Sure there are many other newswire photography blogs out there, just to mention the Denver Post’s Photo Stories, Boston Globe’s The Big Picture, The Atlantic’s In Focus or the Los Angeles Times’ Framework. But even closer to the craft of the working lensmen and lenswomen are the dedicated photographers blogs by Magnum and Reuters. Great […]

Confessions of a Photographer — Trading Cameras for Boots

Confessions of a Photographer — Trading Cameras for Boots

By JONATHAN COE “You need to do more yoga dude!”, Ryan shouted up. My left hip had completely siezed up on me. I was traversed out about 15′ to the left, and 15′ above the 2nd belay station on the four pitch route “Twilight Zone” in the Bow Valley, Canadian Rockies. Roughly 250 vertical feet […]

Film Shooter Norman Jean Roy: Once a Dictatorship, Photography Became Democratized, and Then Digital Killed Fashion Photography

Film Shooter Norman Jean Roy: Once a Dictatorship, Photography Became Democratized, and Then Digital Killed Fashion Photography

Talk about the arrogance of power — or of a genius? You may know Vogue and Vanity Fair fashion photographer Norman Jean Roy (click his name for the most minimalist website you’ve ever seen!). Well lensman Roy, whose also socially conscious work is highly engaging, is none too happy about technology’s influence and effects on […]

Photographers Refocus on New Ventures

Photographers Refocus on New Ventures

Entrepreneur.com has an interesting entry on innovative photographers. Over the past decade, many photographers have witnessed a blurring of the line between amateur and professional. A digital SLR camera and some editing software are often all people need to break into the photography business. Some professional photographers saw the changes coming early on and successfully […]

How Long Does It Take to Build a Photography Business?

How Long Does It Take to Build a Photography Business?

By STEVEN MCCONNELL Let’s say you’re working full-time in a job you don’t particularly like. And you dream of becoming a full-time professional photographer. How long will this transition take — a few months? A year? A few years? What’s a realistic expectation? It’s a very important question to answer because once you enter the […]

So Your Photography Business Is Not Growing. Check Your Processes!

So Your Photography Business Is Not Growing. Check Your Processes!

By STEVEN MCCONNELL Have you forgotten to call a client recently to find out how their photoshoot was? Do you often have customers calling you to find out what’s going on? Do you find yourself often muttering, “I’m sorry I’m late…” or, “Sorry, things are just so frantic around here…” Is running behind deadlines the […]

Photographic Storytelling Made Easy: How to Self-Publish Your Own Portfolio

Photographic Storytelling Made Easy: How to Self-Publish Your Own Portfolio

By SARAH OXLEY If you’re a photographer, whether an up and coming photographer looking for a way in the industry, a professional photographer with an impressive portfolio or an amateur photographing for fun, self-publishing your photos is an important prospect to consider. The benefits of self-publishing are different for each person, and I’d like to […]

So You Want to Become a Professional Photographer. How?

So You Want to Become a Professional Photographer. How?

Dream job, right. You can be the most gifted photographer and still fail. It takes so much more than good photography to be a photographer who makes money. Many of those who succeed in the industry aren’t necessarily the best photographers. But they are determined, have entrepreneurial skills and the right strategy. You’re already halfway […]

For What Life’s Worth: Emotions and War Photographers

For What Life’s Worth: Emotions and War Photographers

“It comes with the territory, it’s part of the job. Nobody feels sorry for themselves.” Words by James Nachtwey, photojournalist and war photographer who has put his life on the line countless times and seen much more than a fair share of misery, pain and death. His words are from a remarkable film compilation edited […]

The Magnum Expression Award — Time to Submit Your Gems

The Magnum Expression Award — Time to Submit Your Gems

Time to submit the very cream of your work to The Magnum Expression Award. Did so already with that one image that… well, over to you! You can submit your work now for the 2012 competition. Read the submission guidelines carefully. They’re simple, but you also have to submit a short bio and tell about […]