"You may never become rich financially being a photographer. You will live a very rich life." -Kevin Ames The photo above is me in 1986 right after completing the photography of one of Atlanta's landmark buildings. That is the face of a photographer who absolutely loves his job. Contrary to current reports ... According to a post in SLRlounge.com, being a photographer as the 25th worst job in America. In the first line of the post, the article cites 24/7 Wall St. as saying that they believe the 2018 Jobs Rated Report from CareerCast makes … [Read more...] about Photographer — one of the worst jobs ever? Never!
I have a confession: School was incredibly hard for me and I actually hated it most of the time. There were, however, a few classes that I really liked and excelled at like Anatomy, Art and History. Looking back on it now I realize a lot had to do with the fact that my Anatomy teacher, Mr. Fenton, was the best human ever! History had images, and Art was a way for me to express myself and I only took art once in high school. Despite that, I thought my Art teacher was a jerk. I remember I had done this really cool chalk picture of fruit, that I … [Read more...] about No one ever told me I could become an artist
Guest Post by Jacob Swart. You want to work on a television set, but don’t know where to start. The world of freelancing is daunting and confusing. I have heard the question “How did you even get that job?” even from my film school friends. No need to worry though, it isn’t impossible. If you didn’t already know, Hollywood television shows are actually filmed in your backyard. Hundreds of crews fly around the globe with camera equipment and crash land in your neighborhood. I’ve worked on ABC, FOX, Discovery, and HGTV crews that were all … [Read more...] about How To Find Work In Freelance Television
Photojournalist David Gilkey and his translator (also a photographer), Zabihullah Tamanna, were killed Sunday, June 5, 2016 in Afghanistan. He was on assignment for National Public Radio (NPR), a major news network in the United States. Here are some relevant links: David Gilkey Bio on NPR NPR's initial article on Gilkey's death From what I've seen of his work, it was remarkable. Gilkey has garnered many of photojournalism's most prestigious awards over the years. Gilkey is not the first journalist killed in war recently, and we owe a … [Read more...] about Photographer David Gilkey Killed on Assignment in Afghanistan
In part 1 of this topic, we talked about the process of transitioning from a hobbyist to a professional photographer. We covered the importance of deciding what you want to bring to the world, who your target audience is, and what to charge that audience. If you haven't read that article yet, I highly recommend you do so. Today in part of 2, were going to discuss the remaining elements that need to be in place when you build a solid foundation for your new photography business. Hopefully, by now your photography business is beginning to … [Read more...] about Transitioning from Hobbyist to Pro: Part 2
Have you ever sat down and written a title for an essay with absolutely no idea how to complete the task? I thought that it would be fun to write a piece about just a few pictures that have become stepping stones in my life. Then perhaps other photographers who have made a career with photography could follow suit and write their story in 5 pictures. Maybe this will be the start of a chain of personal stories loosely strung around 5 photographs. Who knows? SHOT 1. The feature shot above is my first significant photograph and shows a mirage in … [Read more...] about Five Pictures that Charted my Career