My first official assignment as a freelance photojournalist (June 26th, 2016) began fairly calmly--on a nice, Sunday morning--simply shooting photos of a rally and counter-protest at the California State Capitol Building, in Sacramento.The sky was clear and there was a light breeze rustling the mature trees on the Capitol lawn as I stood across the street--cameras harnessed and press credentials hanging around my neck--eating a PB&J and wondering if this assignment was going to be worth the gas... continue reading
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If you're thinking of giving photojournalism a try, I say go ahead and do it!Some of the benefits to covering an event as a credentialed photographer include being allowed to even have a camera at events where the general public may not be able to bring one in, being invited into press only sessions where you can get closer to the subject for better pictures, and getting into events free that others have to pay for-always nice considering how much (or little?) many of us make in stock photography.... continue reading
Despite being such a young “art”, photography has already notched up its fair share of masters. Someone has even taken the trouble to document a lot of their work on Wordpress blog with the title Iconic Photos.Each photograph is accompanied by explanatory text around the photographer and the situation the photograph was created in.For example, legendary portrait photographer Yousef Karshis featured on the site with his picture of Sir Winston Churchill. The text explains how Karsh annoyed... continue reading
You may have heard that we have had bad flooding in parts of Iowa this Spring.I am very fortunate, I only had a few puddles in my basement.Some neighbors have reported having several feet of water in their homes.I am a bit of a photojournalist at heart-so I had to get out and about and document what was going on.I have photographed car accidents, fires, and now flooding.Here I will share some tips on photojournalist type shoots in crisis situations.1) Safety first.Not just yours,... continue reading
I read abit on The Staits Times today, the national newspaper for Singapore. Its rather disturbing to read about the death of princess Diana and the enquiries that has followed. The causes are still unknown and unsure.All that is confirmed is the death of a member of a royal family but that seems like of mere secondary importance.Images after images are reported and used as evidence all in the search for the real answer but that has raised the concern on the issue about morality of photographers.... continue reading
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