Behind All the Images

The New York Times’ Jeffrey Furticella gives us a really nice look at how seven photojournalists made an image of the catch everyone’s talking about.

(Thanks to Cody Schmelter for the link.)

Gear Posts, Redux

Most years I write a series of posts about buying gear for my kids here at University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. I’ll be doing some updates to the posts later this week, but start with these:

Some of the prices have shifted and some new gear has come out since last November, so I’ll be reworking the latter pieces in the next few days. Those first few posts, though, remain true – buy from reputable places, buy used smartly and understand the advantages and tradeoffs of the different sensor sizes.

More to come shortly …

See Anew

What if everything you photograph has already been seen? What’s the point?

See something new. Everyday.

Poynter-ONA Leadership Academy

This looks pretty cool … and free.

The four-and-a-half day program for 25 promising women leaders will include guidance on the business of journalism, individual leadership style, navigating newsroom culture, entrepreneurship and one-on-one coaching. Poynter and ONA will collaborate to build an agile, interactive curriculum led by prominent women faculty in the startup, tech, media and academic fields. Applicants will be screened for potential, need and diversity across ethnicity, age, geography, technology platforms and skill sets. Applications will open in early January 2015.

Photos With Words

One of my favorites, Peter Turnley, posted a small piece to one of my favorite web sites, The Online Photographer. It’s a simple set of photos – a train ride through New York on Halloween. Elegant and evocative and, for all my intro kids, with IDs …

Love this comment from a gentleman called Paul:

His apparent lack of interest in gear, mixed with his full concentration on the image are a healthy respite from the usual gear-driven chat on the web. Personally what he’s probably taught me most is the grace and respect towards his subjects and I find this is one of the key reasons he manages to capture such beautiful and compelling street photography.

Couldn’t agree more.

Gordon Parks Show in Atlanta

This opened last week and should be a spectacular show: Gordon Parks at the High Museum in Atlanta. Many of these images have never been seen before, including some color images three families in the south.

Hours are available on the High Museum’s site. And November is college month – $5 with your college ID to get in.

The Language of Photography

We talk about the language of the photograph in my classes quite a bit, whether the kids recognize it or not. There’s a parallel language, spoken by photographers, and there’s a dictionary for it … who knew?

Future students may have to study this … lots of quiz possibilities there.

Stolen: Where and What

PetaPixel’s DL Cade has a post up about the most stolen camera equipment as tracked by Lenstag. The results are surprising to me – I would have assumed some consumer level camera was the most commonly lost piece of kit, not the high end pieces from Canon that make up the top three.

Digging deeper, the data source – Lenstag – is a company that allows you to record serial numbers in advance and then, if gear goes missing, quickly list them as gone. Who is going to do this? Well, mostly advanced amateurs and professionals (more than 10,000 of them, according to their web site).

So, is the Canon EOS 5D Mark III the most stolen piece of equipment in the world? Or is it the most commonly recorded one? The data is inconclusively (and my statistics expert neighbor Prof. Barry Hollander would probably have a field day with the data), but it’s entertaining.

Regardless, keep track of your stuff – 9% of all gear goes missing on public transportation and, worse, 27% disappears from cars.

Get a Grip

We don’t deal much with grip equipment in our visual journalism sequence, but some of my kids wander off into commercial/corporate/advertising work where they’ll suddenly have to know what a C-stand is or how to load V-flats for transport. Cinescopophilia has a collection of three videos on what goes into a grip truck.

Every photographer who ever leaves their office should watch the third video – the thought processes in it are extremely useful.

(Thanks to John Harrington for the link.)

Seeing What Others Have Not

To me, the great photojournalists are not the ones who have recorded the great moments in history. To me, the great photojournalists are the ones who have helped us understand the everyday moments of life.

And near the top for those is Marc Riboud, who has a new show opening in New York City. There’s a simple elegance to the everyday and Riboud finds it, a lyrical moment of movement in every frame … study the gallery, there are stories of understanding everywhere.