Posts Tagged ‘quick tip’

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

Posted by on Monday May 14, 2018 | Business

©Christa Renee
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: When Prizes Come with a Downside

Posted by on Wednesday April 11, 2018 | Awards/Contests/Grants

From @deannefitzmaurice's Pultizer-winning photo essay about the treatment at a California hospital of an Iraqi boy nearly killed by an explosion. ©Deanne Fitzmaurice/San Francisco Chronicle

The World Press Photo awards will be announced Thursday, April 12, followed by the Pulitzer Prizes on Monday, April 16. Major prizes like those can transform a winner’s career. But the big prizes can also carry liabilities. In 2016, we asked two past Pulitzer winners—Deanne Fitzmaurice and William Snyder—about how their careers changed after they... 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: 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: Launching a Career without Assisting

Posted by on Monday March 12, 2018 | Business

©Christin Rose
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: Why You Should Spend Money on a Designer

Posted by on Friday February 23, 2018 | Business

Photographers often fall into the trap of thinking that because they have an artistic eye, they’re qualified to design their web site and promotions without help from a designer. But turn that logic on its head: What’s your reaction when a designer says, “Photography? I can just do that myself”? Design isn’t intuitive, any more... 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