The National Geographic “Photo Ark: An Exhibition” By Joel Sartore

The exhibition documents every species in the world’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries
Southern leopard frog ( Rana sphenocephala ) at the Denver zoo. More than a decade ago, National Geographic photographer, Fellow, and 2018 Rolex National Geographic Explorer of the year Joel Sartore set out to achieve a very ambitious, righteous goal: to create a photo archive of every single species in the world’s zoos and sanctuaries in order to... Read more

On Straight Photography: Analyzing Photographer Paul Graham’s “The Unreasonable Apple”

Find out why Paul Graham’s talk is such an important one for all photographers
In the arts, there are few things less misunderstood than the making of straight photography. When a photograph made from real life is successful, it always appears to the viewer as if it were made as the result of a stroke of luck. Maybe luck is something we could entertain if it weren’t for the fact that there are so many photographers out there... Read more

Interview With Photographer Amy Arbus

Photographer Amy Arbus, who is in a current group photo exhibition, discusses her start in photography and her photo of the punk rock band, The Clash
The Clash, NYC, by Amy Arbus, 1981, gelatin silver print. The Morgan Library & Museum, Gift of Amy Arbus, 2018.74 Copyright © Amy Arbus Currently exhibiting until August 18th at The Morgan Library & Museum in New York City is “Among Others: Photography and the Group”, an exhibition exploring the various ways photographers have united... Read more

Tips for Writing a Grant Application, Part 2

In this second of a two-part blog-post series, learn five more important tips on how best to write a grant application
Several days ago, we shared five tips to help you write a successful grant application. Below are five more to keep in mind as you embark on the grant writing process. Analyze successful grant applications. When you or someone you know has been awarded project funding, study the application carefully. If it’s your grant application, use it as a foundation... Read more

Shooting With The Sony a7R IV Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera

A slideshow of photos I captured on Sony’s latest full-frame mirrorless model
This week, Sony made big news by introducing its new 61-megapixel a7R IV full-frame mirrorless camera. To get a sense of what the camera can do, I was able to shoot with the camera for the past two days during several special events Sony hosted around New York City. During the sessions, I was able to capture subjects in various settings and lighting... Read more

LUMIX S Series Updates And New Sigma Lenses

It’s been a busy week for LUMIX S Series, with firmware updates and new L-Mount lenses announced by Sigma. And learn how to adapt nearly ANY lens to an S1!
Lots of LUMIX S Series related news, starting with the firmware update that sets us up for the Filmmakers V-Log update coming later this month (be sure to stay tuned to my YouTube channel to learn exactly how to get and install your update for free before it becomes a paid update!).   I’ve done a whole video on how to do the update (it’s different... Read more

Tips For Writing A Grant Application, Part 1

In this first of a two-part blog-post series, learn five important tips on how best to write a grant application.
You’ve researched the grants that are available, and culled those that are best suited to your work. Now, you want to write as strong a grant application as possible. Here are five tips to help your application stand out from the rest:   Give funders a vivid, passionate description of your project. Your application is a summary of the current... Read more

Summer Reading: Photography Books To Bring To The Beach

Use this select list of photography books to enlighten and inspire you during the dog days of summer
One of my favorite ways of experiencing photography is to read about it, to intellectualize it as a way of countering all the feeling and intuition that’s required when I’m actually photographing. Here are some books I personally recommend, from my own book collection, that shed light on our favorite medium and art making in general: Ways of Seeing,... Read more

Where To Research Grants And Residencies

Use this list to help you fund your photography project or expand your skills as a photographer
Part of the challenge of obtaining funding for your work is becoming aware of the opportunities that are out there. It takes a lot of time and research to determine what opportunities are best suited for you and your work. The following websites offer lists or searchable databases of grants and residencies that are currently being offered: Alliance... Read more

Presenting Yourself And Your Photography

Remember these key details when you want to make a good first impression as a photographer
Whether you’re introducing yourself to a member of the photo industry at a portfolio review or having a casual conversation with a stranger, the impression you make hinges completely on the words you choose and the demeanor you embody as you present yourself and your photography. The formality and content of your elevator pitch will vary depending... Read more

On Fear, Part 2: Looking At “Subway” by Bruce Davidson

This influential photographer confronted his fears in a powerful series of photographs about the New York City subway system
In my previous post, we explored the three main causes of fear—insecurity, inspiration and danger—and how to act on them. In this post, we’ll look closely at Magnum photographer Bruce Davidson and how he handled his fears as he photographed people in the New York City subway in the 1980s. Davidson was initially inspired to photograph this urban... Read more

On Fear, Part 1: Using Fear In A Positive Way

How to constructively deal with fear in your photography and your life
As photographers, we are often encouraged to “swallow our fears.” But the phrase suggests we ignore our fears in order to simply move on with our lives. But when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt famously said, “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” he acknowledged not just how crippling fear can be, but also implied that it could... Read more
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