I used to believe that photojournalism represented a platonic ideal of veracity, but this naïve notion has eroded. The cause of this loss of innocence isn’t limited to the high profile manipulation
that has dogged the industry, but also the realization that the camera is nothing more than a point of view. Aim it in one direction or another. Take a photo now or later. Select one image over another to display to an audience. There is a fundamental “truthiness” to photojournalism that is inescapable.
Yet, one thing that hasn’t changed for me is the belief that the photojournalist and photojournalism should strive to practice and convey empathy. While the casual observer might believe that photojournalism’s raison d’etre
is to display the news, I would disagree. News, when not being salacious, informs of us the human condition, and should ideally strike a chord of empathy within us. A typhoon in Saipan
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We’ve just made a pretty major change to PhotoShelter Pro – our top level account for pro photographers. It now includes unlimited photo storage. PhotoShelter Pro members may now upload as many photos as you’d like, with virtually any file type of your choice (including RAW, JPG, TIFF, PSD, DNG, PDF), and any file size is OK with us.
PhotoShelter CEO Andrew Fingerman
This is huge news for our photographers and their archives. It’s about saving money on storage, and it’s most certainly about so much more. Unlimited storage plus the power of PhotoShelter’s tools just may change the way many photographers work. Imagine the things you can do with a fully searchable archive of every photo you’ve ever taken, available to you and your clients anytime, anywhere, in it’s original file type and size.
Sure, there are plenty of other services boasting “unlimited storage” options, but ours provides some Continue reading "What Unlimited Storage Really Looks Like for Professional Photographers"
What are photo editors really looking for from professional photographers? And how can you make connections with potential clients and land gigs? In The Inspiration Handbook: 50 Tips from 50 Photography Trailblazers,
get advice from Brad Smith, Elizabeth Krist, Emily Shornick, Brinson Banks, James Bellorini, Alexandre Buisse, Kate Osba, Lindsay Adler, Elizabeth Weinberg, and Jodi Cobb who share their best tips to getting hired.
What’s the secret to breaking into the photo industry, developing your style, and making great connections? In our guide, The Inspiration Handbook: 50 Tips from 50 Photography Trailblazers,
we compiled advice from 10 photographers succeeding in their fields, including Ryan Pfluger, Gregory Heisler, Jasmine DeFoore, Joe McNally, Jeremy Cowart, Art Wolfe, Christian Oth, Peter Yang, Winnie Au and Jade Beall.
1. Ryan Pfluger, Editorial & Celebrity Photographer
Photo by Ryan Pfluger
“I think the key to being successful is not losing yourself at the cost of trying to be proactive. Staying true to who you are as an artist and human being goes a long way. When it comes down to it, the most important thing is to constantly challenge yourself and don’t get complacent
. No matter how successful you are, nothing is ever due to you and the experience and learning never stops. You have to
Continue reading "Growing Your Photo Business: 10 Tips From Joe McNally, Jeremy Cowart, Peter Yang & More"
Last year, PhotoShelter took a big step forward in developing a publish service for Adobe Lightroom. It was a great start, but we knew it was only the beginning. Today we’re happy to reveal version 5.2, which is jam-packed with new features to help streamline your workflow even more and make uploading and edits as effortless as possible.
For those of you who use Lightroom but tend to upload via one of our other methods, let me explain what makes the Lightroom publish service different. For starters, you can link your images in Lightroom with your images in PhotoShelter such that any change you make in Lightroom will automatically be reflected in your PhotoShelter archive. It’s a major time (and space) saver. You’re also able to make a lot of changes that you would otherwise need to do in your Image Browser, right from lightroom. Check out our last Continue reading "Product Update: PhotoShelter Publish Service for Adobe Lightroom"
Since the launch of our new mobile app, we have heard from so many of our members about how the app has helped them save time, resolve problems, and #MakeClientsHappy. Bottom line, you don’t always have the luxury of being multiple places at once — until now. The PhotoShelter mobile app allows you to meet client needs wherever your business (or your life) takes you.
Check out these real life stories of photographers who face tight deadlines, busy schedules, and limited wifi, but are still able to #MakeClientsHappy while on-the-go with our new app.
“When a magazine editor called, asking for access to five images for a feature and with a deadline looming, I was able to create a custom gallery and allow access within a few minutes, even though I was traveling at the time. That kind of access allows me to serve my clients more effectively and increases
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Photo by Adam Reynolds, 2014 recipient of the CENTER’s Project Launch Grant
You have a powerful idea for a photography project, but not all the funds you need to make it happen. Sound familiar?
The great news is there are many foundations, non-profits and private companies alike, who are willing to fund worthy photographers based on talent and project goals. Some offer grants for photojournalists who expose social injustices; others focus on editorial photographers who tell long-form stories.
To help you out, we’ve partnered up with G-Technology for our guide, 22 Organizations That Want to Fund Your Photo Project.
This guide gives you a rundown of 22 grants, monetary awards, and scholarships for fine art photographers, photojournalists, editorial, environmental, and adventure photographers, plus a look at past years’ winners. Download the guide and get inspired!
In our guide, Breaking Into Commercial Photography,
we asked photographer Chrissy Lynn
how she honed her niche and developed a style in commercial photography. Here’s a quick look from her interview:
PS: ￼How did you find your niche and discover your focus in commercial photography? ￼
Photo by Chrissy Lynn
About five years ago, I looked at my website and realized I was really struggling to put together a cohesive body of work. I’d done some portraits here, a corporate job there, and nice interiors. I was under the impression that I had to put all my jobs up so that people could see who I’ve worked with and what I’ve done. There wasn’t a point of view at all. The work looked like five different photographers shot it. I wasn’t happy with that, but I didn’t know how to fix it.
large format photography has appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine, TIME, Esquire, Fortune, LIFE, and more. In 2008, his enthralling portraiture earned him a Fellowship in photography from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. We recently interviewed Greg in out latest guide, Film Photography in a Digital Age
to find out why he believes so strongly in film.
As the majority of the world has shifted to digital (including much of the art photography world), you have held steadfast to shooting with film and 8×10. Why?
Because it’s beautiful.
If only I could answer the “why” question by sending you to my website
but that is only 72 dots per inch! But do go to my website! It will give you a clue, but it won’t tell you why. The “why” is the sum total of all the parts. You begin to see
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When the going gets tough, how do photographers solve problems for their clients and be one step ahead to prevent hiccups from even happening in the first place? We talked to photographers to find out exactly how they keep the waters calm and anticipate problems to #makeclientshappy.
Remember, we’re also looking for your stories about how you’ve solved problems for your own clients. Tweet with #makeclientshappy or post a comment below and you’ll have a chance to get featured in an upcoming blog post this month.
1. Be flexible and accommodating
Commercial photographer and PhotoShelter member Michael Bageley makes a point to over deliver to stand out and keep his clients happy. When asked about his commitment to clients, Michael says, “From a business standpoint, I work very hard to be flexible and accommodate scheduling changes and challenges on set. I’m friendly, patient and kind no matter what circumstances arise. I also
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When Sony announced the QX-100, I jumped on Amazon and pre-ordered it immediately. It seemed to solve the most obvious problems I had with smartphone photography quality: a larger sensor, better low light performance, and better optics. But upon receiving it, the deficiencies quickly became apparent. The display-less design required you to use WiFi to pair it with your camera – a frustratingly slow experience. I tried shooting blind, but the lens barrel design gave you no indication of whether the image was straight. And finally, the thing wasn’t pocketable.
Sony QX100 attached to a phone
Recently, DxO announced the forthcoming “One” camera. With the same sensor as the Sony RX100 Mark 3 and a Lightning connector that automatically launches the accompanying app when inserted, it looks to solve the pairing issue. There’s nothing like a hard connection. And pre-production sample images suggest that the image quality from the 32mm f/1.8 lens
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Landscape, travel and nature photographer Randall Roberts
may be best known for his work photographing areas of Colorado, the Rocky Mountain West, and New Mexico. Says Randall, “My goal is to capture moments in the outdoors that speak to the heart and renew our respect for wild places.” With a love for the outdoors and helping preserve links to our cultural past, Randall recently turned to Lattice
, our new storytelling platform, to share his story on the Palouse region of Eastern Washington. Randall’s Lattice board, Palouse Country
, shares his perspective of the region, which he describes as a blur between past and present.
We caught up with Randall to learn more about the area, and why it was an important place for him to photograph.
What story about the Palouse region and its people did you want to tell through your Lattice Board?
Photo by Randall Roberts
I wanted to tell
Continue reading "A Region Blurring Past & Present"
With our launch of unlimited storage for Pro subscriptions, the Client Proofing Tool, and our new mobile app, we can’t help but keep buzzing about how to #makeclientshappy. This means we want to hear more of YOUR stories about how you’ve solved problems for your own clients. So please, don’t hold back! When you tweet with #makeclientshappy or post a comment below, you’ll have a chance to get featured in an upcoming blog post this month.
What kinds of problems have your clients brought to you to solve and how did you solve them? Where did you succeed, or not succeed, and what did you learn? How did you stay quick on your feet and maintain your commitment to overdelivering? Even improving your relationships?
There are two ways to participate:
- On Twitter, tell us how you have problem solved with your clients, and tweet with #makeclientshappy.
- OR add Continue reading "Solving problems to #MakeClientsHappy? We want your stories!"
Ever since junior high school, I was the kid with the camera. And many years later, I’m still the guy who shows up to every life event with camera in hand to document the lives of my friends.
I used to carry around a hulking DSLR, but the weight bothers me, and the large size feels too intrusive for the everyday. I don’t want to interrupt life by taking photos, I simply want them to remember the fractions of a second that end up representing curated slices of life.
Within my archive of hundreds of thousands of photos, there are many that represent the last photo I will ever take of someone or some place. Some of these photos are inconsequential. They might capture a blurry stranger in the background, or perhaps a one-time friend forged through a glass of wine in a distant land.
Then there are the ones that matter.
Continue reading "The Last Photo"