Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Local Speaker: Jim Fiscus

FYI ...

This Thursday, August 28th, the featured speaker in ADPR 3150 will be
advertising and editorial photographer Jim Fiscus. If you've been to the
National, you might have seen Jim's portrait of the hip hop band Outkast in the
bar (terrific photo!).

We'll meet at 6 p.m. in room 248 of the SLC. Here's a bit more info about Jim

In 15 years of shooting Jim Fiscus has shot campaigns for Levis, Nike, HBO, and
many others. He was voted International Photographer of the Year for 2006. His
work was featured on two Communication Arts covers, and named #1 on
Campaigns 2008 list of top photographers in the United Kingdom. Jim Fiscus
lives and works from Athens, GA.

Friday, August 22, 2008

"Last Stop"

The New York Times has a neat multimedia feature up on the city's subway system. But they're done it with a little twist: Ever wonder where the train goes after you get off? The rode all of the lines to the end, and then did photos, audio slide shows or videos about the areas at the end of the lines.

(Thanks to Prof. Janice Hume for the link.)

Killer Multimedia Story Idea

The Poynter Institute's Al Tomkins has links to great stories about the decline of inner-city grocery stores - I see this as a great college-town story, too.

Where are students getting their groceries? Athens, Ga., has a lot of grocery stores, some along bus routes, but is there a subset of students (perhaps international students) who don't have cars that are using convenience stores? 

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Film vs. Digital

Okay, I admit, I haven't had this argument in a very long time. And I don't want to have it. Really, I just don't care anymore. It has been almost two years since I ran a roll of film through a camera and, as discussed in this post by National Geographic's Director of Photography David Griffin, I shot film because of the camera (my beloved Leica M6) and not because of the medium.

(What? You haven't heard me wax poetic about the beauty of the Leica? *sigh* I so miss mine, but the digital version just isn't there yet. Maybe the next generation will hook me in again.)

Rob Haggert pointed to this entry from his blog, A Photo Editor, and also noted the closing graf, which I shall echo:

At National Geographic we do not require photographers to shoot one way of another–we support both approaches. Ultimately, we care more about what is being photographed and less about how.

Sage advice.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

On Marginalized Women

Outside of the realm of photojournalism, but certainly worth looking at - Women are Heroes is a project looking at marginalized women, photographing them and then displaying their images in their communities. 

NPR on Shooting at the Olympics

Short piece on how Michael Steele and Getty Images cover track events in Beijing.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Sun-Sentinel Redesign

Wow ... this is ... different ... 

Images of the newly-redesigned paper are available on the VisualEditors site, and they are a departure from almost everything I've ever seen in a newspaper. 

Will have to follow this closely ...

Planning Ahead - Southwestern Photojournalism Conference

In Fort Worth, Texas, from February 27 through March 1, 2009 the Southwestern Photojournalism Conference will feature:

  • James Nachtwey,
Freelance, New York, NY
  • Ashlie White,
Director of Communications
Adaptive Technologies Inc.
Raleigh, NC
  • Scott Strazzante,
Staff Photographer
Chicago Tribune
  • Bob Carey,
NPPA President & Professor at Gardner-Webb University
  • Billy Calzada,
Staff Photographer
San Antonio Express-News
  • Matt Miller,
Director of Photography
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Stanley Leary,
Freelance, Roswell, GA

A good line up ...

(Note that this is sponsored by several Christian groups. Having never been, I don't know if that affects the presentation in any way.)

Sunday, August 17, 2008

David Burnett at the Olympics

His take on the mid-way point of covering the games, as much introspection as reflection.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

"Aloft" David L. Ryan Talks About Shooting from the Air (and not about bigfoot, alicia sacramone or ricky berens)

Boston Globe photojournalist David L. Ryan has long been known for his aerial photography, and now there's an audio slide show of him talking about it

(If you looked really carefully, you might see me in the Boston Marathon photos. I can't see me, but maybe you could ...)

Underage Chinese Gymnasts in Do or Die Matchup with Women's Gymnastics star Nastia Liukin over SEO Tips for the Masses

Just learned about this ... Google has a page that lists the current top search terms. If you're writing news headlines, might be worth getting some of these in to raise your page ranking.

(As of this writing, that headline has three of the top 10 terms in it.)

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Top Tips for the Video Cook

(Very obscure title there.)

Friday, August 8, 2008

Things Not to Do on Assignment

Pretty close to the top of my list would have to be, "Don't heckle your subject." 

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

"The Girl in the Window"

Lane DeGregory and Melissa Lyttle, of the St. Petersburg Times, have published the horrifying story of Dani, a seven year old feral girl - essentially abandoned in her own home - and the efforts of a family to help her.