Eye on Riga: A bridge in the Latvian capital glows neon indigo as boaters row back to the docks at night. Photo ©Mike Randolph
Let’s start with a little quiz. What one thing makes a pro camera a pro camera? Build quality? Weather sealing? Fast autofocus? Fast motor drive? Dual SD card slots?
Don’t think too long over the answer because it’s none of the above. A pro camera is a camera that a pro uses. Period. Read more…
One question — or should we say debate — that often arises among photographers is whether or not you should take a lower-paying job if it means getting an assignment from a reputable publication or brand. The hope, of course, is that the impressive photo credits will entice other clients to hire you for a fair rate, making up for the initially low pay.
While there is no “right” answer to this question, the team over at PhotoShelter asked John Harrington, author of a number of top-selling photography books, to weigh in on the debate over Skype. Read more…
After watching the movie “The Last Samurai” at a theater back home in Southern California (where I’m originally from), my curiosity for Japan inspired me to go and discover what it’s like. I took a couple of vacation trips out there and met a lot of good people before I found a job that sponsored my working visa to officially let me move out to Japan in 2005. Read more…
I often ask myself, “When and how it is it that I decided to become a commercial photographer?” The answer to this question is usually a long drawn out tale that goes back to when I was a junior in high school back in Miami. I’ll save you the long story and only share the story of my favorite photography class and assignment and why it was so great.
Got an assignment? Hire an AP photographer!
The AP announced a new program allowing outside sources to hire some of their top photographers for regional assignments. AP Director of Photography Santiago Lyon said in a press release that the deal is pretty straightforward:
If a particular publication or media outlet wants to use one of our staff photographers for an editorial assignment — photographing Easter festivities in Spain, for example — and it would fit into the photographer’s scheduling and our commitments, we would assign that shooter to the story.
There are 25 elite AP photographers on board with the new program. Their names and bios can be seen on the AP Editorial Assignment page.
The AP hasn’t released price ranges for assignments, but it’s likely they will vary case by case.
It would seem that the AP is rapidly expanding and personalizing its agency services; they recently added AP videos to their imaging collection, and they offer image research services. The agency also currently allows their photographers to be commissioned to shoot commercial style and stock images for AP-owned PR Newswire.