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Dad gives up $13 million for his son.

Adam LaRoche and his son Drake Photo credit: Daily Mail UK news site.

This dad just told his teenage son and the world, that getting to spend one season with him, is worth more than $13 million.

Photo credit: ESPN

Chicago White Sox first baseman and designated hitter Adam LaRoche put family first when he retired from a job that guaranteed him $13 million for playing a game for one year. The love of the game was no match for LaRoche’s love for his 14-year-old son, Drake.

When the White Sox VP told LaRoche his son couldn’t spend as much time (or any according to some reports) in the clubhouse (despite arrangements that had been made ahead of time and a clear like for the teen by fellow teammates), LaRoche had to make a choice. He chose his family. Continue reading ‘Dad gives up $13 million for his son.’

Overexposed: The Dim Future of Photojournalism?

D. Sharon Pruitt, taking photos of her daughter Hayley, is one of a growing number of amateur photographers who earn small fees for their work. From the NYT article referred to below

I’ve written about it before, but the future of professional photography as a solo art isn’t looking any more lucrative than it did several years ago. In fact things are becoming more specialized and “good” is becoming “good enough” for cash strapped newspapers, magazines, print and web venues.

In the NY Times story, “Image of a shrinking path”, talks about how professional photographers are being overwhelmed by the amount of stock images and cheaper competition from amateur photographers who are flooding the market for weddings, portraits and even magazine and print work. The photography market has become overexposed with cheap but quality digital cameras that even those with little or no training can use to make quality images that pass for most customers.

I agree that someone who was looking for a career as a studio, portrait or even journalism photographer isn’t going to find themselves in a hot market…however someone who is willing to wade into that field, be excellent at what they do AND diversify their imaging abilities they could find themselves in a good position to grow with a hybrid industry that is still in blossom: Still/videography

Three tips for up and coming photographers:

1) Be the best photographer you can be and find ways to be better.

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2) Learn and shoot video too. Check out the likes of Devin Graham who is taking YouTube videos to a new level and making money doing it. Besides even for photojournalists, this is the digital age and videos are part of image reporting now.

3) Do what you love. If you don’t really enjoy the work and toil of photography, find a way to make it enjoyable or do something else that you  do love and go be the best at it!