Seven Challenges of Photographing Destination Weddings

Wedding photographer Javon Longieliere and wedding industry specialist Kristi Drago-Price share their experiences of shooting weddings around the world
Seven Challenges of Photographing Destination Weddings
On the day of the wedding, you may not get the chance to shoot all the photos you want of the bride and groom. So day-after sessions are a perk to destination weddings. “There are so many beautiful locations at your disposal,” says Longieliere, who captured this image on a Nikon D3 with a 70-200mm lens at f/2.8, 1/320 seconds, ISO 800. Every wedding... Read more

The Enduring Nature Of Black-And-White Photography Books

Why in the 21st century are we still seeing black-and-white photography books?
An excerpt from ESSAY, Issue Four by Daniel Milnor.
An excerpt from ESSAY, Issue Four by Daniel Milnor. If you search Google for the “best photography books of all time,” you come up with quite a few black-and-white photography books, some of which have influenced countless photographers: The Americans by Robert Frank, The Decisive Moment by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph... Read more

Shoot Stock On Assignment

Creating stock photography while on a commissioned assignment isn’t as easy as it once was, but done right, it can still be a great way to boost the bottom line
Shoot Stock On Assignment
Clients typically want full rights to all images you take while on assignment, but it’s possible to shoot stock if you negotiate this upfront with the client and create a clear distinction between images for the assignment and those for stock. One way to create such a distinction when working with models is to do a complete wardrobe change before... Read more

Fair Use And Other Foibles

Steps you can take to help protect your copyright when posting images online
Earlier this year, the court decision in the case of Brammer v. Violent Hues prompted a considerable amount of discussion and concern among photographers. This angst grew out of a lawyer’s article suggesting that the court ruled photographs are “factual depictions,” copying them is fair use, and the decision has the “potential to seriously erode... Read more

Special Delivery

How to market your photography with a world-class newsletter
Bold full-bleed images with refined typography are used to open stories and create a visual experience that draws recipients to engage more deeply with the content than one might with a less-polished presentation. As content creators, professional photographers are inherently well positioned to create interesting marketing materials. After all, we’re... Read more

Stock is Dead. Long Live Stock.

Inti St. Clair makes authentic and beautiful lifestyle images for advertising clients and significant stock sales
Stock photography is dead. That’s what everybody told me, anyway, until I met Inti St. Clair. She’s a lifestyle photographer who got her start in stock more than a decade ago. Stock photography, she assures me, is alive and well, even if it isn’t always treated with the respect it deserves. “Stock photography over the years has gotten a bad... Read more

Is Your Agent Really Your Agent?

Legal and business implications of working with stock agencies
Periodically, I encounter photographers who are frustrated with the agents and stock photo agencies that license their work. Although the particulars may vary, there are some common themes: agencies that take too high of a percentage of the license rates as a fee for passively licensing photographers’ images, agencies giving publishers favorable pricing... Read more

The Business Of Creativity

Shooting stock photos and video can be as liberating as it is profitable
Creating content for stock means anticipating the needs of a wide variety of users. Images and footages need to be generic enough to fit multiple uses, but specific enough to suit the needs of a given project. As a still photographer, videographer or cinematographer, making the same income or increasing your income can be challenging in our ever-evolving... Read more

Multi-Person Studio

A true team of innovative equals
The members of France Photographers are good friends and a great team.
The members of France Photographers are good friends and a great team. Sara France spent years making a name for herself as a photographer in the wedding industry before she created France Photographers. Combining her love of travel and photography with her deep personal beliefs around empowering women in business, Sara designed a groundbreaking business... Read more

Enforcing Your Copyright Tomorrow And Beyond

Copyright law is changing, but will it be for the better or for the worse?
Recently, while thinking about the future of copyright enforcement, I was reminded of one of Robin Williams’ comedic visions of the future. “In the future,” he quipped, “we’ll travel at the speed of light; they’ll have to lose our luggage beforehand.” The same sort of vision of the future seems to apply to copyright enforcement. While... Read more

See, And Be Seen

How to get your portfolio in front of editors
business of photography
With so many talented photographers in the market, creating and maintaining relationships with editors is critical to the success of your business. Here are simple tips for expanding your profile in the editorial market and getting your foot in the door with publications and brands. Update Your Business Profile Professional editors desire to work with... Read more

Video Viewpoint: Staying Current In Today’s Media Landscape

Remaining grounded, profitable and moving forward as the video and cinema world shifts beneath you
video business
The business facts, on their face, seem grim. In video and digital cinema, the tools are better, cheaper and more accessible to the masses than they have ever been. Software is quickly making many production tools and techniques obsolete. How people consume media is changing everything in our business. Award-winning films like Tangerine, shot on smartphones,... Read more