If you wanted to break into a new industry, who would you ask? Somebody who knows all about it, right?
Well, that’s why we got Jason Geil ( whose photos have been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Rolling Stone Magazine) to give us some real-world tips about how to get started in professional photojournalism.
If you already make loads of money as a professional photographer, this article isn’t for you (although we still love you).
This article is for those of you trying to hone your photography skills enough to break into the field of photojournalism. Maybe you’re not planning to quit your day-job, but a little extra income from your photography each month wouldn’t hurt either.
We’ve got nine tips to help you get your news photos out of your camera and into the public eye. Next stop: Pulitzer Prize!
9 Tips for Breaking into Photojournalism
Photo credit: Spc. Karah Cohen, U.S. Army
He was Man of the Year. He had a school named after him before he even got sworn in. And the country of Antigua is renaming their highest mountain after the guy.
People just love Barry.
But how do you prove that he loves YOU? With cold hard photographic evidence, that’s how.
Send the nice folks at ScanCafe a photo of yourself, and they’ll concoct a photo of you and the Big O on a date. It’s realistic! Convincing! Not creepy at all! (:-/)
Next up: Convince your friends that Barack’s leaving Michelle and his adorable kiddies for you, because you’re just that hot.
Obamafy Your Valentine’s Day
p.s. Thanks to reader/secret agent Molly for sending this our way!
p.p.s. Holy smokes! Reader/secret agent Damien Murphy entered a National Geographic contest on our advice, and he won! Go congratulate him!
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Ya wanna know something? In our heart of hearts, we still love the silvery gelatinated plastic stuff. And we know some of you peoples love it too.
Well there’s no reason to hide it, pal! Make one of these five projects from used film canisters, and show everyone you still know how to kick it old skool.
Whether you go for the earrings, the keychain, the svelte ring, the dog tag, or the big ol’ belt buckle, we promise you’ll love ’em. Even if you haven’t shotten film in yearz and yearz.
Five Things You Can Make Out of a Film Canister
p.s. We hear there’s some sort of Hallmark holiday coming up next weekend. We also hear that sometimes money can buy love. :P
It’s a modern-day fairtytale:
Once upon a time, a man found a digital camera at the bottom of a river.
After prying open the rusted-out remains of the camera, he found 244 miraculously undamaged pictures on the memory card.
The kindly man started a blog for the sole purpose of finding the person who took the pictures. Only 8 days later, he was able to reunite the long-lost photos with their joyful owner.
The great thing is, he’s not the only knight-in-shining-armor out there. I Found Your Camera is a hub for people who found photos or cameras and want to return them to their owners.
The moral of the story is: if you lose your camera, don’t give up hope — somebody somewhere may be trying to find you. If you lose it on the train, if you lose it on a boat, if you lose it in a goat, you can find it, yes you can!
I Found Your Camera
The first place to look if you lose your camera (or find one!)
The Camera That Rose From the Dead
The story of a drowned camera raised from the depths and restored to its loved ones.
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Life, Clue, Hungry Hungry Hippos: we’ve never met a board game we didn’t like.
Still, Scrabble’s our favorite.
We’re not alone in our Scrabble obsession, either. Some folks memorize Scrabble-admissable words like uey, muhly, and zo, but have no idea what they mean.* Some even earn their bread on the Scrabble tournament circuit.
Sadly, Scrabble sets are often abandoned due to missing tiles. Fortunately, an unplayable game can be salvaged by turning it into a kickass picture frame/bulletin board/slice of awesome.
Whip out the old X-acto knife and transform that subpar board into a superlative piece of wall candy — we’ll show you how.
Resurrect an Old Scrabble Board as a Picture Frame
* uey: a U-turn
muhly: any of several types of grass native to North and South America
zo: a Himalayan cross between a yak and a cow
We love tips like these.
Our pal David over at Strobist has been using his iPhone along with the MyLite app (free) as a teeny-tiny, palm-sized, always-there softbox.
It’s no strobe, and it’s sure not gonna light up a room, but for a gentle kiss of light at that key moment, it does just the trick.
Use a cell phone, a game boy, or a laptop screen to softly light a face, hand, or anything that needs a bit of extra attention.
Works great in long exposures (think light painting), or when the light’s just fading away at twilight.
Use your iPhone as a Soft Box
Photo Credit: Jess Baumung
p.s. Do you follow @photojojo on twitter? We use it to post up nifty photo finds the instant we see ’em!
This week’s Photojojo is for kids. If you know any kids, send it their way.
If you don’t know any kids, you’re out of luck for today. Or you can pretend to be 8 years old and see if that works for you. Either way, no grownups allowed.
This newsletter is just for you. If you catch any grownups reading it, we give you permission to make them sit in the corner until they’ve learned their lesson.
Just because you’re shorter than adults doesn’t mean you can’t be just as good a photographer as them. In fact, being kid-sized lets you get shots they never could.
Prepare to discover your secret photographic superpowers, small one.
Super-Secret Photo Projects Just For Kids
Photo credit: JPhilipson
We love hearing from our adoring faithful Photojojo fans. And what we’ve heard lately is that you kids love the photo projects, but you really love the short photo projects.
Good news, everyone! This project will only take you one day.
Here’s the plan:
- Find another photographer.
- Take a portrait of that person with whatever matters most to them, be it their family, their cat, or their first-edition copy of Molecular Quantum Mechanics.
- Give them a copy of their portrait, on one condition:
they have to do the same for another photographer.
There you go: one day of shooting, and you’ve set the wheels in motion for an ongoing (possibly never-ending) project. Get everyone to post their photos online, and see how long you can keep the project rolling.
We’ve started a special forum thread just for all of you, so let’s see what you’ve got!
Pay It Forward Portrait Project
p.s. Thanks to Joel Weibner for tipping us off about John Michael Cooper’s original Pay It Forward project!
Photo credit: sesame ellis.
Depth perception: wonder of evolution, miracle of sensory perception, and envy of the cyclops.
It’s one of those things you wouldn’t miss until it’s gone, like toes, toothpaste, and trees. That’s why 3D photos amaze us: they remind us about this incredible superpower we had totally forgotten we had.
But it gets even better! 3D photography is surprisingly easy to do on your own and doesn’t even require special glasses. We’ll show you how to make your own 3D camera for less than $15 and enter the fabulous world of the 3rd Dimension.
Make Your Own 3D Camera for $15 or Less
p.s. Put yourself on an Obama poster (just in time for the Inauguration)!
Backing up your computer is like brushing and flossing. The ole Sonicare looks funny in the pocket, so most people just don’t floss every day or brush after every meal.
But don’t backup, and someday, inevitably, you will lose your files, music, and lose your photos! And that hurts worse than a cavity.
Online backup software makes it easy — continuously backing up your whole computer automatically. Set it up once and go about your life.
Backblaze is the best online backup tool we’ve ever used.
Why we love it:
- No DVDs, no hard drives to mess with
- Backups happen invisibly as soon as files are added
- $5/month, no matter how big your hard drive
- Won’t slow down your computer. Really.
- Your online backup can’t be lost or stolen
- Download your backed up files anytime (of course) or have them overnighted to you on DVDs or a hard drive (spiffy!)
We’ve tried Mozy, Carbonite, and CrashPlan. We’ve used Amazon S3, we’ve used hard drives. Backblaze is the first one that’s stuck.
Please, for the love of photography, sign up for this thing. Your photos are worth saving!
Backblaze: Online Backup You’ll Actually Use
Mac or PC (The Mac version’s in private beta, but we scored invites for all of you.)