Monthly Archives: August 2012

Postcard from Rochester: Street Portrait Series. Paul


I always carry a camera. I photograph people I think are interesting. nothing much more than that really.


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Labor Day Weekend – assignment

Hey team, Please select your three best images from labor day weekend. post them here with a short description of each frame, and a brief statement about the subject matter chosen. if we all do it it will help us in the long run. -guy ——

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10 Tips for a Portfolio Review

The 11:30 Club

Two evenings at the workshop feature the “11:30 Club” where many of the teachers gather to review portfolios. Do not miss this opportunity! You have access to some of the best in the business, many who you would almost certainly not get an apportionment with outside of the workshop.

I have reviewed many portfolios, often looking for emerging talent. Each editor is different, these are my tips.

1. It’s not just about the photographs. It’s also about you. Editors are looking closely at how you carry yourself, how engaged you are, inquisitive, articulate, calm, etc. They’re trying to get a sense for how you might act in the field as a journalist and representative of the publication, and how you might conduct yourself with their colleagues (editors, designers, technicians, etc.). Your work shows if you have the skills, while your demeanor predicts how you will fit within the publication’s culture.

2. Know the publication. At a minimum, read the latest edition. It leaves a good impression if, when the moment feels right, you comment on a recent story you like. Or, you might be asked what you thought of a recent story. In that case, be honest! (Most editors have a high-minded self-view, so it doesn’t hurt if they get knocked from their perch.)

3. Show variety. If you are early in your career and editors don’t expect you to have a singular style. In fact they may prefer to see that you can be a jack-of-all trades. Never assume they are looking for only one specific type of photography—they might see something unexpected that they need.

4. Purge your weakest work. Your portfolio is defined by your best work, but it might be dismissed for the worst. Hence, you should constantly strive to replace the poorest images from your portfolio. Don’t have great portraits or landscape? Go out and shoot a ton until you get worthy replacements.

5. Your portfolio should be self-explanatory. Do not yack away explaining each image, unless you are asked to do so. If you have a photo story, add a title with a one sentence explainer. (This will also provide a window into how you handle captions, a vital aspect of all photojournalism.) Do not expect a busy editor to read a five paragraph overview with the lame title “Photo Story #1.” And never, ever make excuses for why something could have been better.

6. Keep your portfolio simple in design. Choose a background which visually recedes: if it is a Blurb-like book, keep everything on white; if it is on a screen, present on black. Avoid white or black bordered edges on your photos. Do not overlap your photos. For books, strive for one photo per page with finger room around each. For digital displays, maximize the size.

7. No gimmicks. Heavy Photoshop, de-saturation, HDR, Hipstamanic? Get out of journalism, go to art school. Don’t waste an editor’s time. Most want to see images that show the human condition, not what technique is the latest rage.

8. Do not expect an assignment. At National Geographic, I reviewed many folios knowing it might be years before a photographer distinguished themselves to the point of garnering an assignment. Your review is often just the first date of what could be a long relationship.

9. Be guided by the comments. An editor’s comments are usually in context of the specific needs of their publication. You might be a great photographer, but you also might not be the right photographer for their needs. If the review does not go well, do not see it as failure, see it as a helpful road sign leading to another publication where you are better suited and appreciated.

10. Exit gracefully. Always have a card to leave that has your contact information. Each editor is different, but if I was interested I would ask you to stay in touch. Do so by sending an occasional, brief(!) email or mailer that has a link to your latest work. Remind the editor where you met, since they most likely will not remember. Say “thank you” no matter how the review may have gone.

I hope this helps as you prepare for the workshop


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Postcard from NYC: photoguy

Postcard from NYC: — “There must be some kind of way out of here, said the joker to the thief….”

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Photo Guy


I am Guy

I am the producer.

I will start to ask questions of you.
please answer promptly.

David Griffin is the editor.
We have been working together for a few years now.

Anything David asks me becomes priority.

It is how it works.

Ed is the leader

I am the producer

David edits.

Andy is the man.





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Priscilla Thomas


Photography was the shadow. I was on yearbook staff. I wrote for the school newspaper. The photo was always the afterthought, not the headliner. The hobby turned career happened shortly after I graduated college in 2007. It was a painful liminal state. I was supposed to go abroad with a partner to S. Korea where we planned to teach English and on the side, I would do fieldwork with the female shamans in the mountains (atypical romantic fantasy). But things fell apart. Instead, I stayed and took up cubicle servitude in an accounting office at a car dealership. This is the abridged version; so, skipping to the final chapter, I had fallen out of love with the world. I didn’t see beauty in it. Usually, creative writing would be cathartic enough to help me heal, but not that time. By the end of 2007, I had decided to pick up a camera with new purpose. The first series involved complete strangers who would meet me in a park, let me pour potting soil on them, and photograph them for a series on the personification of the elements. And somehow, these complete strangers gave me back a seeing of the world I had lost.

Again, I’m now in a weird transitional phase. I just completed the graduate coursework at Ohio University in visual communication and recently moved back to Charleston, SC. I’m at the stage where I’m more concerned about steady income rather than pursuing personal projects. This is also a stage I fear getting trapped in. So, much of what I’ve worked on lately are weddings. Throw in a senior portrait session, a few video gigs, and coming soon – real estate photography…


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Abir Sultan

What drives or inspires me to take pictures? Well it’s my work. I do it every day in any place I go. I guess I’m inspired by the spontaneity, funny and all kinds of fleeting moments of life. Besides it’s a wonderful way to preserve feelings and show others your point of view.

Religious Jewish marking Tisha B’Av at the Mea Shearim neighborhood.

Wedding ceremony in Bnei Brak.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews prayer rally.

Bonfires neighborhood of Mea Shearim in Jerusalem on Lag BaOmer.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews Matzah Bakery at the Mea Shearim neighborhood.

Jewish Hasidic community members living, sleeping,eating and praying in a cave at the old Arab house.

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