Why Photography Contests Are Good for Business: 3 Arguments

Photo competitions have been around since the art of photography itself, but their history in itself doesn’t mean they are without detractors. On the one hand, there are those photo aficionados who tend to believe  that such contests are a sheer waste of time, organized by money- and rights-grabbing brutes with no real interest in … Read more

10 More Sites To Peruse For Freelance Photography Jobs

A while back I created a post 10 Sites To Find Freelance Photography Work. While all of these places are still available to help you find immediate work, I knew there had to be other places as well. Below is a list of more photography job sites for you to use and start finding the perfect job for you.

Simply Hired

A job posting board for a variety of occupations, including photography.

The CreativeLoft

A premium jobsite that posts only the best job offers within the photographic industry. Search by state, occupation or field.

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7 Tips For Visual Storytelling

You’re not just a photographer; you capture a story with a visual image.

The better you are at seeing the story unfold before you snap the shutter, the better your final product will be. That’s where the true art form comes into play. Some photographers look beyond the quick image, and look for a way to put a lot of emotion into one image.

If you want to improve your photography, improve your storytelling first.

1. The Who, What, Where, When and Why

The first rule of great storytelling is discovering the facts. Chances are you remember this assignment from your grade school days. Pick out any story in the newspaper, and you should quickly be able to pick out the 5 W’s – who, what, where, when and why. That’s the crux of a great story. It provides the details, and brings the reader in.

The same holds true in photography. What is your ultimate goal with a photograph? Center in on who you are photographing. What message are you trying to convey? Where are you going to capture the image? When will you be working with your subject? Why is this image important to you and to your subject?

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Tell A Story with Focus For Humanity

A true photojournalist heads into the roughest conditions, the most unreachable places, and tells a story for the rest of the world to see. Think about the images you’ve seen grace the covers of magazines like National Geographic. They can be truly breathtaking, and leave you in awe of what that part of the world … Read more

Ways To Control The Wedding – A Photographers Guide To Becoming A Wedding Planner

Over the years, we’ve photographed hundreds of weddings. And when it comes to planning the wedding, there are two kinds of brides.

Cinderella – the type who takes control over every detail, planning day and night until the big event.

The Queen – She’s busy and relies on others to plan for her. She puts in her requests and lets a planner narrow down the choices. Then she makes final decisions.

Cinderella

Because Cinderella brides don’t rely on a planner, they go into their wedding day with high expectations and little direction. Because they’ve never put on a wedding before, they don’t have any idea how long an event should last, or how to structure the individual pieces of the day to make it run smoothly. In essence, they are lost the entire day, letting people control them as they move along.

With a Cinderella bride, you have to step in immediately, or risk being at the event many hours that day.

The easiest way to control a Cinderella bride is to gently make suggestions. Explain that you have photographed dozens or hundreds of brides, and know how to keep guests happy. Never put it back on her – tell her you know how to keep the party moving and exciting for each of her guests. She’ll quickly rely on you as the planner.

Then make suggestions.

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See A Story, Take A Picture, Make Some Money – The Future Of Photo Journalism

See A Story, Take A Picture, Make Some Money – The Future Of Photo Journalism

With a global community, finding the right photograph to go along with a story is important. As a photographer, being able to sell your photographs at the right price is equally important. If you love photojournalism, and love finding the story as it happens, check out Demotix. Demotix allows you to take photographs, showcase them … Read more

7 Ways To Be More Creative At Your Next Wedding

7 Ways To Be More Creative At Your Next Wedding

What is your idea of photojournalism? For many photographers, its simply snapping a candid of guests at the party, or of kids playing on the dance floor.

Photojournalism is so much more. It’s capturing the essence of the day through photography. It’s capturing emotion. It’s photographing something that tells a complete story within the image itself.

The easiest way to get more creative – become more photojournalistic – is to give yourself assignments. Spend just 2 minutes at each of these 7 items at your next wedding, and you are sure to see a difference in your photography.

1. Shoot from another camera’s perspective.

image source neona’s photostream

2. Look for action/reaction. Shoot the main action, then flip around 180 degrees and get the reaction to the main action.

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Photography For A Cause

There are two sides to photography. The for-profit side, where we become photographers to capture images for clients. And the photojournalistic side where people become photographers to tell a story. Andrew and I fall into the first category, and have made our living traveling to where our clients fly us. We love sharing in the … Read more