The LA Times sits down with iconic National Geographic photographer William Albert Allard to talk about the five decades he has spent working for one of the foremost photography publications in the world.
“Covering the Russian Army in Crimea” —NY Times Lens Blog
Sergey Ponomarev, 33, is a freelance photographer covering the conflict in Ukraine on assignment for The New York Times. He grew up in Moscow and also in Ireland, where his father worked as a journalist for Itar-Tass. He previously worked for The Associated Press. He spoke to James Estrin from Crimea on Sunday evening Eastern time.
We speak to senior executives from the major manufacturers fairly regularly, but it isn’t always possible to report on exactly what is said behind closed doors.
Recently though, editor Barnaby Britton had the opportunity to interview senior figures at Canon Inc. on two occasions, in Japan. The first meetings were held in late 2013 at Canon’s headquarters in Tokyo, and a follow-up interview was arranged at the recent CP+ show in Yokohama.
When you hear the term flower photography, it probably doesn’t inspire a particularly powerful reaction. There are plenty of gorgeous images of flowers — from wildflower fields to beautifully-lit bouquets — and so the genre isn’t somewhere we usually look for inspiration.
Commercial mountain photographer Alexandre Buisse is a natural adventurer. When it comes to rock climbing or going for his major dream client with a cold call, Alex is a brave soul with immense talent to match. His client roster includes Patagonia, Red Bull, Sports Illustrated, Outer Edge Magazine, and many more.
We talked with Alex about his experience cold emailing and calling, what he’s learned about negotiating licensing rights, and his key marketing strategies. He also lays out the three things a budding adventure photographer should do when looking to get work — including the importance of a work/fun balance. Read more…
“Empowering Photographers to Embrace an Uncertain Future” —NY Times Lens Blog
With a torrent of images from the mundane to the momentous on social media and online, Susan Meiselas has been thinking about how to empower and excite photographers about an uncertain future. Ms. Meiselas, a member of Magnum, was a guest editor for the latest issue of Aperture magazine, where she highlights how photographers can embrace their new tools to make new choices and start new conversations.
One of the biggest battles currently going on in the world of photography is DSLRs versus mirrorless cameras. There’s no doubt that DSLRs are still on top in terms of numbers, but as more and more companies put their faith in the mirrorless market, they continue to tempt consumers of all levels to give this five-year-old system a chance.
In the video above, Amateur Photographer decided to take a look into why DSLRs still hold a substantially larger market share, and what weaknesses in the mirrorless market may be causing this. Read more…
“22 Interview Questions with the ‘Street-Photographers’ Collective” —Eric Kim Street Photography
I am excited to share this interview with the “Street-photographers” collective. I sent them 22 interview questions, and the members shared their personal answers opinions below. See their superb images and insights on street photography…!
New photographers today can buy their first camera, take lessons on how to use it, research photography destinations, order prints and books of their work, and start selling it without ever setting foot in a brick-and-mortar camera store or printing business. It’s hard to imagine how any photo store with an actual sales floor can still survive.
Some definitely aren’t. It’s been more than a year since Ritz and Wolf Camera, one of the larger names in the sector, sold off its remaining physical stores to an asset liquidation firm. Standalone establishments have struggled to hold on as well, and towns from New Jersey to California have witnessed the closing of their local photo shops. That’s a good thing if you like liquidation sales. Otherwise, not so much.
But still some persist, and even flourish, despite tough conditions. In order to understand better how photo shops are competing in today’s turbulent photography market, I spoke with the owners of two different establishments. Read more…
We’re at the CP+ show in Japan this week and one of the busiest stands belongs to Sigma.
Best known for manufacturing lenses, Sigma is showing off its latest camera, the dp2 Quattro. Editor Barnaby Britton sat down with Kazuto Yamaki, CEO of Sigma, for a chat about the Quattro, as well as the challenges of the modern photography industry and what it’s like being the head of a family business.