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In the Can
It was a mess. I hadn’t realized how much of a mess until I turned on the lights. I’d been there all night, working straight through until the sun started to bleach the horizon. But of course I couldn’t know that: the room had no windows.
Photographer Diaries: the Craziest on Shoot Experiences I've Had
Following hot on the heels of my post about the most out their requests I’ve ever had while working as a freelance photographer, I thought I would talk about the craziest on-the-job experiences I’ve ever had.
How to Find a Profitable Market as a Corporate Photographer
There is a popular story that when the famous criminal Willie Sutton was asked why he robbed banks, he replied: “because that’s where the money is.”
Leimert Park Forever
It’s been ten years since I escaped The South. I say escape because the south, for a Black man, has always been a place to run from.
The changes I have seen!
Almost 100 years of photography in my family, and the changes are remarkable . It all started with my Grandfather, Henry Dubois, In France
Photographer Diaries: Some Of The Out There Requests That Have Frequented My Inbox
Before I was injured I worked as a freelance photographer, I did mostly stock photography, but as a freelance photographer if I am to have any chance of earning a living if it is paid work and I am able to do the job then I will within reason of course do the job.
Why I Photograph Boudoir Portraits
The history of men and women in western culture doesn't exude equality, and in recent years the women's empowerment movement has picked up quite a bit of steam. Between the rise of greater equality between men and women in heterosexual homes from household duties to responsibilities with children and positions of leadership, western society is getting the picture--women are important.
Greetings, my name is Gerald Kokra and I am 26 years old. The story about my hometown is full of colors, authenticity, and uniqueness. But, before I go further into it let me first properly introduce myself, and what it is that I do. I am a freelance photographer based in the Bronx ( NYC). I love documentary, portrait, and fashion photography. I would define my style as realism, which is the main reason why I still shoot film these days. The accuracy, and translation to moods and colors are astonishing. My introduction to photography was actually quite a long journey, growing up I was always attracted to art. By the time I was 16 years of age living in Abidjan I started playing the guitar, but I did not have enough money to afford a camera so I would browse the internet to look at photographs or buy magazines and sit for hours looking at the beauty behind them. The idea of being a photographer or working in the art world always resonated, but considering the circumstances of my culture it was impossible to do so back then. Being a photographer in Abidjan wasn't taken seriously, people were often mocked for being broke or just not taken seriously at all. I left my hometown in 2011, after a political war/conflict. I have fled to France and later came to the United States of America. Fast forward to the year 2018, exactly in August after my mom passed I realized that life was too short to sleep on my dreams so I decided to pursue photography. It has been a very rough, long but extremely exciting journey. I have made it a mission to make it more acceptable in my society to be an Artist, especially for kids wanting to pursue a photography career. I have a strong desire to have my work exhibited and shown across the globe one day to inspire and motivate those who don't believe that it's possible to still make their dreams a reality. One of my biggest ambitions once becoming an established photographer would be to have workshops available wherever I could for kids who have no means to afford classes but are wanting to learn. My project "ABJ" has a heavy sentimental value to me as it was my first time returning home as a photographer.
Photography in 2021
I first took up photography as a hobby in order to make a little extra money. I was less than successful, even after a few years. For a couple of good reasons. I wasn't exactly on top with popular demand. And everyone I reached to on social media only looked and gave comments. Even after setting up my own photography site. One that offers prints, mugs, bookmarks, etc... I still make little to no money. And I haven't taken any new photos worth uploading in a long while. I even thought of offering to do photography services in my spare time briefly. But I decided to stay home when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. 2020 wasn't exactly a good year for anybody. But with 2021 just around the corner. I've decided to do things a little differently for the upcoming New Year. I'm seriously considering on taking up a pro photography course online. I really hate to brag, but I'm fairly skilled as an amateur photographer. But I figure my best bet on getting an actual photography job or set myself up as a freelance photographer is to get a professional certification. I know for a fact that tuition for an online photography school isn't gonna be cheap. Then again, the camera I have my eye on is also rather expensive. And I'm considering a laptop tablet to use for business purposes. I'm expecting it to be bit of a gamble. But it's a gamble I look forward to taking. Maybe I'll get to be a self-employed photographer with well paying clients. Or at least a side-hustle that'll cover the expenses for a long overdue vacation.
Clueless but hopeful
I recently opened an account on Clickasnap, which is a site similar to Shutterstock; where you can post your images and people can purchase them. Clickasnap also pays its premium users per 5 second original view. The site isn't limited to just photography. You can also upload original digital art. Being a fairly creative person, I was excited about the prospect of being able to upload the PNG images I create and post a fee for anyone who wanted to buy them. It was an idea inspired by my recent purchase of a Cricut machine and the ability to create my own images with my Huion digital art pad; then transfer those into the design space program in order to create completely original designs, which was something I did for personalizing gifts over the holidays.
I Quit My Job to Live Photography
The photos are a great symphony, alchemy, colors, inventions, different ways to contemplate the universe! Photographing and how to play the piano and let myself be carried away by notes, colors, sensations, seeing the wind blowing the clouds, the solar rays tinting our sky, which looks like a film from the mythological era, it reveals our self.
Shortlisted photographers in ‘Student & Youth Competitions 2021’ announced
Today the World Photography Organisation announces the shortlisted photographers in the Student and Youth competitions of the Sony World Photography Awards 2021. Winners of Student Photography of the Year and Youth Photographer of the Year will be revealed on 15 April via the World Photography Organisation’s online and video platforms.