Stock Is Not the Answer

And, to be clear, neither are freebies released under Creative Commons licenses … but Wired’s Clive Thompson took a look at the problem of stock photography earlier this year.

Right problem, not sure if it’s the right solution …

Honoring Those Who Served

Retired Staff Sgt. Stacy Pearsall has a piece up on Guideposts talking about how she started shooting portraits of veterans. Which would be a great story, but the fact that she’s a combat-wounded veteran herself makes it just a little bit better.

Almost hidden down at the bottom is a link to Pearsall talking about her portraits.

I was lucky enough to have her in a class at Syracuse many, many years ago. There are some students who you help, there are some that help you – she was the latter. I learned more from looking at her images than I’ve been able to teach.

Fake Ice and Other Studio Tricks

Nice piece by commercial photographer Tony Roslund that gives a look into some of the tricks he uses to photograph glass bottles and beverages.

Maybe My Kids Need More Time …

I try to keep things pretty tight on my academic schedule – assignments for the intro class go out on a Wednesday and are due the following Friday. Nine days seems like enough time for them to do some research, find a subject, try it out, see it doesn’t work, find another subject, get that one to work out then edit and submit.

Years ago, I would have killed for a schedule like that … in reality, many wait until Thursday afternoon, then scramble for whatever is available. I don’t like that, but I get it.

Now, if they read this post by Vincent Musi on taking eight years to get one story done, they’ll be complaining they need way more time … of course, he’s shooting for National Geographic and did a bunch of other pieces in between.

Still, a lesson for me, perhaps.

A Photojournalist-Eye View of Covering Football

The Columbia Tribune’s Daniel Brenner mounted a camera to his head and let it roll for eight hours while covering the Missouri-Georgia football game.

They get shuttles at Missouri? Nice …

(Thanks to Jake May for the link.)

On the Ground Coverage

The New York Times’ Lens blog has a post and video up of staff photographer Ozier Muhammad covering the People’s Climate March. A simple take, but worth spending a few minutes on.

Sometimes the size is so overwhelming it’s hard to find a picture.

(Thanks to Grant Blankenship for the link.)

Why We Should Have Cameras in the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court, the highest court in the country, does not allow cameras – either still or video – in its courtroom for oral arguments. They allow sketch artists and release audio recordings, but no visuals.

John Oliver thinks they should

For the record, so do I.

Updating Sideline Policies – Monopods Are Allowed, Stop the Hysteria

Oklahoma University has updated their sideline police following an incident on Saturday where a player was injured after leaving the field and landing on a $10,499 lens.

There are many posts in other forums complaining about the banning of monopods used to support long lenses – THERE IS NO SUCH BAN. Read the statement from Oklahoma University:

No tripods are permitted on the field at any time. This includes monopods that are utilized to sit on during games. Monopods attached to cameras are permissible.

Could the policy be better? Yes – every college and pro football team I’ve ever covered has allowed far too many people on the sidelines. This section I take issue with:

With all sports hosting prospective student-athletes at football games, please be aware that the home sideline and the south end zone are typically more crowded than the visiting sideline and the north end zone.

Prospective students should not be on the sidelines during the game. Period.

Players? Yes. Coaching staff? Yes. Trainers? Yes. Legitimate, accredited media? Yes. Big donors? No. Prospective athletes? No.

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The Dangers of Sideline Work

On Saturday, Mike Simons of the Tulsa World had a $10,499 lens destroyed. Today, he apologized for hurting Oklahoma’s Sterling Shepard.

Simons is a class act, folks.

Let this be a warning to all shooters on the sidelines – if you watch the video, you’ll see him move out of the way easily. Why? He was on his knees, not sitting but kneeling. Had he been sitting, as I’ve seen way too many shooters do, he would have been flattened along with his glass.

Pay attention.

And to the athletic departments that hand out field passes to well-heeled alumni, knock it off. It’s a safety issue for your players and the journalists there to cover them.