A network of advisers is helpful as you plan your career or just make difficult decisions, says Danese Kenon, Deputy Director of Photography for Video/Multimedia at Tampa Bay Times. She has taught multimedia through organizations such as The Diversity Institute Scholars at the Freedom Forum, the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and Kalish Workshops.
“I encourage all young journalists to develop a network. You need almost like a personal board of directors. I call my network The Great and Wise Photo Counsel. There are eight of them: men, women, black, white, Latino. They’re the people I’ve clung to. I can say: ‘This is what I’m dealing with, what do you think?’ or ‘This is what I’m thinking of: Can you check this?’”
Few photographers are comfortable asking for donations to support their projects. Fundraising expert Dianne Debicella, program director at Community Partners in LA (and formerly senior program director at Fractured Atlas), reminds artists that they’re not begging. She explains why confidence is so important when asking potential donors for money: “You have to frame [the pitch]... More ›
Los Angeles photographer Travis Shinn spent a decade—“too long,” he says—as an assistant. “Get in, learn what you can and get out. Or you start getting bitter.” Here’s a quick test to help you figure out if it’s time to strike out on your own as a photographer: 1. Have you been assisting 5 years?... More ›
A photographer reached out to PDN last week with details of a fake assignment scam that nearly cost him $4100. A person pretending to be an editor for The Fader, Patrick McDermott, contacted the photographer in late December with an offer of an assignment to shoot a fashion editorial for the magazine. He accepted and... More ›