How To Fine-Tune Your Artist Statement

Follow these steps to fine-tune your artist statement and make it the best it can possibly be
Once you’ve written your artist statement, you’ll want to fine-tune it to make it the best it can possibly be. Follow these steps: Compare your draft to your project and to your practice as a photographer. Do the ideas and details portray you and your photography authentically? Delete those that don’t. Do any of the images in your series... Read more

How To Write Your Artist Statement

Communicate your project and personal vision in your artist statement with these writing tips
How To Write Your Artist Statement
An artist statement conveys not just what our images say, but all the things they can’t, by their very nature, say. It’s also a way to communicate our project and personal vision to others who aren’t privy to our thoughts and creative process. It tells people in our industry that we are serious, dedicated; that we’ve put time into thinking... Read more

Why You Actually Do Want To Write Your Artist Statement

Because when we write about our photographs, we’re forced to express what they portray and what compelled us to make them
Why You Actually Do Want To Write Your Artist Statement
We see the world in visual terms and we express ourselves through visual art. Had we wanted to express ourselves with words, we would have become writers, right? And yet, crafting an artist statement or writing about our work in some form, for one reason or the other, is inevitably asked of us. The good news is that any discomfort or frustration you... Read more
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The Fundamentals Of Model And Property Releases

From individuals to property owners, find out under what circumstances you need model and property releases
The Fundamentals Of Model And Property Releases
When do you need to get a model release? Is the person in the photograph identifiable? If no, you don’t need a model release. If the person is identifiable, ask yourself: Is the image being used to advertise a product or service? If yes, get a model release. Is the image being used to further the interests of a business? If yes, get a model release. Do... Read more

How To Organize Your Digital Archive

Because if you can’t find your images, then they are as good as not taken
How To Organize Your Digital Archive
Any professional photographer will tell you that the time they spend on administrative tasks is probably double the time they spend actually photographing. Ranked most important among those administrative duties is the ongoing management of their digital archive. Because if you can’t find your images, then they are as good as not taken. The hardest... Read more

Use Apple Keynote For Video Motion Graphics

Apple Keynote is a great alternative to Adobe After Effects or Apple Motion for motion graphics for Final Cut Pro X, Premiere, Resolve or any NLE
If you’ve been wanting to make awesome animated lower thirds, animated callouts, title sequences and more, but don’t have the chops or want to learn Adobe After Effects or Apple Motion, then Apple Keynote may be the solution for you. Check out this tutorial on how to go from Keynote to Final Cut Pro X (or Premiere or Resolve), and see what... Read more

Exploitative Labor Practices At Louisiana State Penitentiary

30 years of photographs by Calhoun and McCormick at the Brooklyn Museum of Art
Men Going to Work in the Fields of Angola. 2004. Courtesy of the artist. © Chandra McCormick The impact of a photographer’s long-term commitment to a subject matter can’t be denied. When a body of photographs portrays people and a place over an extended period of time, viewers get the rare opportunity to start piecing together a much more holistic... Read more

Speaking With Documentary Photographer And Photojournalist Glenna Gordon—Part 3

The final interview with the photographer about her journey across Nigeria
The train reaches Zaria around midnight and the station is mainly deserted. Photo by Glenna Gordon. In August 2015, photojournalist Glenna Gordon was commissioned by The New York Times Magazine to photograph her 720-mile train journey across Nigeria, from Lagos to Kano, for its first-ever Voyages issue. (You can read part one and part two of this series.) It... Read more

Speaking With Documentary Photographer And Photojournalist Glenna Gordon—Part 2

Photojournalist Glenna Gordon talks more about her journey across Nigeria in this second of three articles
Aisha Lawan, the little girl in the red dress, takes the train from Lagos to Ibadan with her family. Photo by Glenna Gordon. In August 2015, photojournalist Glenna Gordon was commissioned by The New York Times Magazine to photograph her 720-mile train journey across Nigeria, from Lagos to Kano, for its first-ever Voyages issue. (You can read part one... Read more

Pixel Fodavil C220: Is This LED Light An Aputure 120 Killer?

Aputure LED lights are very well known and popular, and for good reason. They're fantastic. But that doesn't mean the competition isn't biting at their heels. Could this LED light from PIXEL take the crown?
Pixel Fodavil C220
The Pixel Fodavil C220 is one of the newest LED lights to come after the current YouTube crown holder, the Aputure 120. The Pixel is brighter than the newest Aputure 120 series while still being cheaper than the original. It’s got the Bowens mount, looks (perhaps a little too much) like the Aputure and appears to be well made. But it can’t... Read more

A Choice Of Weapons: The Power Of A Photographer’s Written Words

Gordon Parks’s autobiography reveals how this iconic photographer was also a gifted writer
“Mrs. Ella Watson, a government charwoman, with three grandchildren and her adopted daughter,” by Gordon Parks, District of Columbia, United States, Washington D.C., 1942. This past summer, I read A Choice of Weapons, the memoir of legendary photographer Gordon Parks (1912-2006). Autobiographies are my favorite genre to read because—if it’s... Read more

Speaking With Documentary Photographer And Photojournalist Glenna Gordon—Part 1

This first of a three-part series of articles reveals the challenges of a dream assignment—journeying across the African country of Nigeria
Sumawya Ibrahim, in the blue hijab, travels with her two sisters by train from Lagos to Zaria. They prepared for the journey for two days, making rice and beans to bring with them. Only one of the three girls is married and the other two hope to marry soon. Photo by Glenna Gordon In August 2015, photojournalist Glenna Gordon was commissioned by The... Read more
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