Profiles and Interviews
One of the best parts of the work I do is the opportunity it gives me to talk with photographers and other industry professionals about their work. Here are a few of the interviews and profiles I’ve done for magazines and online publications in recent years:
Advocacy in Africa [PDF format]
Chris Farber’s work is designed to illuminate the experience and perspectives of Sudan’s genocide refugees. He works for an NGO. Is this journalism, PR, or something else entirely?
Interview: Vincent Dixon
Award-winning commercial photographer Vincent Dixon talks in depth about the process of creating his masterfully lit and often witty images, the importance of shooting from a personal perspective, and what it really takes to break into advertising photography.
West World [PDF format]
Jennifer Emerling finds her inspiration along America’s backroads.
Well Connected [PDF format]
For Sony Artisan of Imagery Brian Smith, people skills are the most important part of portrait photography.
Personal Touch [PDF format]
Digital retoucher, capture technician, and expert printer Stephan Sagmiller draws on his photographic education to build a career in collaborative image making.
Photo Opportunity [PDF format]
Recent graduate Yana Paskova tells how she learned the ropes, honed her craft, hit the campaign trail—then got her pictures published in The New York Times.
Shooting the Midway
For Linda Kramer, the American carnival is a place to capture souls in transit.
Breaking In: Photo Editor Adrian Coakley
National Geographic Books Illustrations Editor Adrian Coakley talks about the skills that helped him land the job, the process of putting a book together, and the road trip that made him realize he wanted a career in photography.
Technical Articles, News, Reviews, and Photography Advice
As a senior editor at CNET, I opened the technology Web site’s New York camera testing lab, and I assigned, edited, and wrote countless technical reviews of digital cameras, camcorders, and other imaging products. As an independent journalist, I’ve also written product reviews for magazines and online publications including PC Magazine, Imaging Resource, American Photo, and Popular Science. Over the last decade, I’ve written many pieces offering technical and consumer advice to image makers, from casual snapshot takers to serious photographers. During 2007 and 2008, I provided regular photo industry news coverage for popphoto.com, the Web site of Popular Photography & Imaging and American Photo magazines. During 2008 and 2009, I was editor of Pop Photo College Edition, Popular Photography‘s special edition for photography students. Here are just a few samples of my news, technical, review, and photography advice writing:
Every Picture Moves a Story [PDF format]
Students in FirstLight workshops focus on more than just f-stops and shutter speeds—they also delve into the fundamental craft of storytelling.
20 Tips To Boost Your Photo IQ: Be a Printer Genius
Although the digital darkroom can give you both impressive results and a degree of control unmatched by a chemical darkroom, digital printing can be complicated, expensive, and frustrating. Don’t give up. Here are answers to 20 common questions about putting your pictures on paper.