Posts Tagged ‘advice’

Quick Tip: What Jurors Look for in Your Grant Application

Posted by on Thursday May 24, 2018 | Awards/Contests/Grants

Chelsea Matiash, New York Times senior editor and Getty Editorial Grant juror.

Grant competition jurors reject hundreds of applications because photographers often treat them like contest entry forms, “with a project description, but little or nothing about how they’re going to execute it or distribute the work,” says Chelsea Matiash, senior editor at The New York Times and a juror for the 2017 Getty Editorial grants. “Jurors... More

Quick Tip: To Survive, Pay Yourself

Posted by on Tuesday March 27, 2018 | Business

Edward Curtis
Despite his fame as a photographer, Edward Curtis died broke. (Self-portrait, c. 1889)

Photographer Tomas van Houtryve was recently reminded that financial security doesn’t just take care of itself, even for the most successful photographers. That reminder came while he was reading a biography of renowned 19th century photographer Edward S. Curtis. “Curtis fell into a trap, which many photographers [do],” van Houtryve explains. “He never put in... More

Quick Tip: How Celebrity Shooters Brainstorm Portrait Ideas

Posted by on Friday March 2, 2018 | Celebrity

Actor Joaquin Phoenix on the cover of Uneasy, Chris Buck's 2017 book of offbeat celebrity portraits. ©Chris Buck

Celebrity photo shoots are a challenge because photographers often get five minutes to shoot. For photographers who like to shoot conceptual portraits, the secret is preparation. Chris Buck is known for his quirky, humorous portraits that push the boundaries of editorial photography. He doesn’t shoot to satisfy or flatter his celebrity subjects; he’s shooting for... More

Workshop: Rosanne Olson on Analyzing—and Recreating—Every Kind of Light

Posted by on Tuesday February 27, 2018 | Lighting

A portrait lighting replication exercise, based on a portrait of actor Yul Brynner, from Rosanne Olson's "ABCs of Beautiful Light" workshop. ©Ulrica Lindstrom

Commercial and fine-art photographer Rosanne Olson recalls that when she started her career as a newspaper photographer, “I knew nothing about lighting.” Everything changed when she took a lighting workshop with Gregory Heisler, who taught her and other students “to work simply and with minimal lighting equipment,” and to blend strobe with ambient light. Olson... More

Quick Tip: A DIY Beauty Dish for $13

Posted by on Thursday February 15, 2018 | Uncategorized

©Joe Edelman
Joe Edelman rigged a shoot-through umbrella with a foam core disc at the center for a softbox effect. Cost: $13. ©Joe Edelman

Gear is fun to play with and fun to buy, but it diverts money from more important things (marketing, for instance) and it can lead you to financial trouble. Accountants and veteran photographers will tell you: Avoid buying more than the minimum amount of gear, unless you can rent it to clients and recover your... More

Quick Tip: How to Ask Donors to Support Your Photo Project

Posted by on Friday February 9, 2018 | Business

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

Quick Tip: Mike Davis on Editing Your Work for Competitions

Posted by on Friday January 19, 2018 | Awards/Contests/Grants

From “Beckon Us From Home” by Sarah Blesener, winner of the 2017 Alexia Professional grant. © Sarah Blesener/The Alexia Foundation

The Alexia Foundation’s call for 2018 grant applications reminds us how photographers often struggle to edit their own work. We recently asked Mike Davis, chair of the Alexia Grant competition and a professor at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Communications, for his advice about photo editing. Here’s what said about editing for competitions: “I... More

Quick Tip: Dominic Bracco II on Writing Better Pitches and Grant Applications

Posted by on Friday January 5, 2018 | Awards/Contests/Grants

Photographer Dominic Bracco II says working closely with writers has contributed a lot to his success. He has produced and published stories with two writers in particular: Erik Vance and Jeremy Relph. “Collaboration is huge. It’s been really good for me economically,” he says. “A lot of photographers don’t think like writers, but freelance writers... More

R.J. Kern on Establishing a Fine Art Career

Posted by on Tuesday January 2, 2018 | Business

R.J. Kern, who began his career in 2012 as a wedding photographer, will published his first monograph this spring featuring his exquisite pastoral portraits of sheep and goats. It is one of several personal projects he’s been working on for the past few years. As he worked on those projects, Kern was connecting with other... More

How to Improve Creative Collaborations with Clients

Posted by on Tuesday December 26, 2017 | Business

Influential food stylist Victoria Granof says the basic the ingredient of a good creative collaborations is good communication. She says she’s lately been working with a “brand therapist,” who outlines three steps to productive collaboration: acknowledging the original idea, affirming its worth and then enhancing and expanding on it. The first step, Granof explains, means... More