Posts Tagged ‘advice’

Quick Tip: When Pitching a Film to Funders, Tell Your Personal Story

Posted by on Monday August 27, 2018 | Business

©Points North Institute
Each September, the Points North Institute gives six filmmakers intensive training in how to formulate an effective pitch. Then they have to pitch their film projects to a panel of 12 broadcasters, producers and film festival programmers in front of a live audience. ©Points North Institute

A big challenge for documentary filmmakers is raising money to fund their projects. The key is developing an effective funding pitch, says Sean Flynn, program director at Points North Institute. The institute provides intensive training on how to pitch film projects, and holds a forum to give filmmakers a chance to practice their pitches on... More

Quick Tip: Jeff Jacobson on the Structure Behind Good Photographs

Posted by on Monday August 20, 2018 | Fine Art

©Jeff Jacobson
"Shanghai, China" from Jeff Jacobson's book Melting Point. ©Jeff Jacobson

Photographer Jeff Jacobson has built a distinguished career—and published three books— by following his instincts, and by pursuing personal projects without preconceived ideas about where the projects might lead. But good photographs don’t just happen, of course. Jacobson explains his method for making photographs, and how he teaches it to workshop students, in a PDN... More

Fadi BouKaram on How to Shoot Better Street Photography

Posted by on Tuesday July 31, 2018 | Photojournalism

©Fadi BouKaram
©Fadi BouKaram

In this excerpt from The Candid Frame podcast, Lebanese photographer Fadi BouKaram, a founding member of Observe Collective, explains how he trained his eye as a street photographer, and learned to shoot street photographs that have emotional impact. BouKaram also talks about the value of respecting subjects. He was interviewed by Ibarionex Perello, host of... More

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