One of Moore’s images showing immigrants crossing into Mexico from Guatemala.
Getty Images photographer John Moore took his coverage of immigration stories a step further when he traveled to the Mexico-Guatemala border, where Central American immigrants cross the Suchiate River, beginning their long and perilous journey north through Mexico. View his images here.
On my way to Tapachula to get a visa renewed, I witnessed people openly crossing the Guatemalan/Mexican border on rafts just below the bridge where immigration officers are checking documents for those who cross legally. They were going both ways.
Those headed north may have been just starting their journey to attempt a border crossing into the USA. Those heading south had loads of products, gasoline, etc. that they were not-so subtly smuggling into Guatemala where untaxed gas is openly sold along the highways at nearly $1.30 (US) cheaper than the going rate at legal gas stations.
Getting model releases signed and organized has always been a hassle for photographers and videographers especially when they ‘re on the move. Now “there’s an app for that” too!
Now photographers can use their tablet or smart phones to get the releases signed and even translated on the go! Then you can have the Getty Images-ready release e-mailed to you in jpeg or PDF form ready for archiving. The releases even include a ID image so you can visually match the shoot to your images later on!
What a great idea! I’d love to try this one out
Easy Release by ApplicationGap replaces inconvenient paper release forms with a slick, streamlined model release app designed by professional photographers for professional photographers.
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!
Six days out of the week a dusty blue station wagon winds its way up the driveway to the Oral Roberts University campus and another college day begins for Michael and Lisa Porter. As they make their way to class, Lisa smiles a greeting from behind Michael’s wheelchair as they join other students in the rush to morning classes.
Like many commuters, the Porters enjoy getting to know other students and participating in university events. But Michael and Lisa are a step beyond the average commuter. Their many contrasts set them apart.
Michael is 32. Lisa is 21. He is confined to a wheelchair; she takes an aerobic class at a gym. Since their relationship began in 1997, it has been these striking differences which have drawn Michael and Lisa together. Continue reading →
Mark M. Hancock gives the best description and easily understood info about model releases for photojournalists that I’ve seen yet. This is definitely worth a read.
The biggest benefit of a signed model release is the subjects’ knowledge they signed a release. In other words, once the subject signs the release, they’re aware it exists and aren’t going to try to sue because they know they signed it.
Connections are vital to building any sort of freelance photography business. Through various contacts, I’ve had the opportunity to shoot for a variety of organizations. Here’s a story and photo shoot I did for the North American Mission Board in 2007.
Looking over Scriptures before preaching during a recent Sunday morning service, associational missionary Ken Wilson reviews a verse as his family and other church members worship in song at the Thunder Bay Baptist Church in Alpena, Mich. (NAMB photo by Michael Shead)
Looking over Scriptures before preaching during a recent Sunday morning service, associational missionary Ken Wilson reviews a verse as his family and other church members worship in song at the Thunder Bay Baptist Church in Alpena, Mich. The Week of Prayer for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions is March 4-11. The offering goals is $57 million–100 percent of which is used for missionaries like the Wilsons.
Whatever you are covering, there are three shots every photographer should bring back to the newsroom: The overall shot, the medium shot, and the close-up. These are your must haves.
The overall shot
Often a wide angle or expansive shot that provides an overall view establishing the scene. This image letâ€™s the viewer see how the subject(s) is/are oriented in relationship to the whole scene.
Take a street festival for exampleâ€¦the overall shot may show the expanse of the street lined with vendor booths and crowded with people with a perspective from a high vantage point. This image lets the viewer see how big this event really is.
The medium shot
This shot is the basic story teller shot. It lets the viewer see the subject close enough to view their actions but not so tight that they are secluded from their environment or people they are interacting with.
Back to the street festival exampleâ€¦the medium shot may show a street vendor interacting with a customer and leaves enough environment to place the interaction at the festival.
The close up
This shot pulls out details that support the other two shots. By narrowing the field of view, it forces the viewer to come closer and, in effect, enter the scene themselves. A close up gives the viewer that personal view of even small details that make up the whole of the scene.
In the street festival, the close up may be the sticky fist of a child holding an ice cream cone and framed by an equally sticky face or the intricate carving of an artisanâ€™s craft.
By making sure youâ€™ve got these three covered, youâ€™re going to have a much better chance of coming back with not just one image that â€œworksâ€ but getting a story in images that will help you show what you saw and keep your editor happy.
This is the second part of a two-part entry. Part I covers tips for Journalists, while Part II covers tips for Photojournalists. As a journalist, staying practiced up is something that’s a must. Whether you’re a student, a stringer or a full-time staffer, you’ve got stay on top of your game. I call it keeping your pencil sharp for journalists and your lenses warm for photojournalists. Here are a few tips for doing just that.
Tips for keeping your lenses warm:
Shoot. Evaluate. Shoot better. Always evaluate your work. Look through the contact sheets and see what worked and what didnâ€™t. Then figure out what you need to do more of and what you need to avoid so you can do it better next time. Continue reading →