Posts Tagged ‘career advice’

Quick Tip: Mark Peterson’s Advice on Sustaining a Long Career

Posted by on Thursday June 28, 2018 | Business

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From Mark Peterson's "Political Theatre" project. ©Mark Peterson

Personal projects help launch many careers, but they also help photographers stay in the game for years on end. Photographer Mark Peterson, who started his career more than 35 years ago, says the most important thing photographers can do to keep going, especially through career valleys, is to “find a project that you care about,... More

Video: Frank W. Ockenfels 3 on Creativity, His Career and David Bowie

Posted by on Friday June 22, 2018 | PDN Video Picks

Celebrity portrait photographer Frank W. Ockenfels 3 offers a wealth of inspiration, tips and advice in this nine-minute video just released by The Hollywood Reporter. The video is the pilot episode of a series called Magic Hour, which will profile photographers, cinematographers, song writers, set designers and others—“anyone whose life passion is to create,” says... More

Quick Tip: A Faster Track to a Career as a Photographer

Posted by on Monday May 14, 2018 | Business

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Sami Drasin at work in a hotel room during the time she was Renee’s studio manager. ©Christa Renee

School is out. Lots of photography school graduates are probably asking themselves: Now what? How do I get my career as a photographer started? Assisting is one path, but working as a studio manager is a better apprenticeship, according to photographer Christa Renee. “I always tell everyone not to assist. Find a photographer you respect... More

Quick Tip: Get the Right Insurance (It Could Save You)

Posted by on Tuesday May 1, 2018 | Business

To save money, photographers cut all sorts of corners, especially when they’re starting out. Photographer Christa Renee emphasizes the importance of carrying proper insurance from the start. “There have been a couple jobs recently where I would not have even been able to do the job if I didn’t have insurance,” she says. “Two different... More

Quick Tip: Duane Michals on Conquering Self-Doubt

Posted by on Tuesday April 3, 2018 | Uncategorized

The cover of Michals' most recent book, a collection of portraits published in 2017.

Photographer Duane Michals has had a long, successful career as both a fine artist and commercial shooter. When we asked him for a 2016 PDN story about how successful photographers overcome their self-doubt, he shared this empathetic advice for building confidence in yourself, and your work. “Self-doubt? I don’t understand it myself. Creativity always has... More

Quick Tip: How to Build Your Instagram Following

Posted by on Monday March 19, 2018 | Business

A couple shares a joint in a photo for a dating website. ©Kristen Angelo

Photographer Kristen Angelo, who specializes in shooting for editorial and commercial clients in the cannabis industry, says Instagram was a key tool for building her business and marketing her photography. Using hashtags such as #cannabis and #cannabisculture, she identified potential clients, and got her work in front of them. That led to her first assignments... More

Quick Tip: Launching a Career without Assisting

Posted by on Monday March 12, 2018 | Business

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Christin Rose’s personal project “She plays, we win” helped launch her career. ©Christin Rose

Assisting is a traditional pathway to a career as a photographer, but that’s not the only route. Photographer Christin Rose started as a photo editor, which led to a job as a photographer’s rep, then to work as production coordinator, and finally to a career as a freelance producer. All of those jobs prepared her... More

Quick Tip: Take This Quiz to See If It’s Time to Quit Assisting

Posted by on Thursday January 25, 2018 | Business

Morrissey by Travis Shinn for Decca Records. ©Travis Shinn

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

How to Pass a Creative Call Audition

Posted by on Thursday December 21, 2017 | Business

Creative calls are part of the bidding process for advertising work. They give creatives a chance to assess their chemistry with a photographer, and they give photographers a chance to show their ideas—and their enthusiasm—for a particular job. When we asked Jason Lau, art and content producer at creative agency 180LA what advice he had... More

Celebrity Photographer Jesse Dittmar’s Advice to Assistants

Posted by on Thursday December 14, 2017 | Business

There are assistants who get a lot of work, and assistants who don’t.  Celebrity photographer Jesse Dittmar sheds light on the difference, explaining how assistants can please the photographers who hire them, and get called back for more work: Livelihoods and a lot of money are at stake on photo shoots, he says. “It’s not... More