October 2, 2011
I recently came upon a well written and well thought out article by Djanka Gajdel, a Photographic Representative as well as an Art and Commerce Consultant, about the essential differences between professional and amateur photographers. I have always loved the definition of an 'amateur' given to us by Ernst Haas, often considered the 'father of color photography', during a photo workshop as meaning "a lover or devotee of an art or science". A number of professional photographers (myself included) enjoyed the status of amateur photographer before leaping into the world of the professional. The problem arises however when the amateur enters the world of the professional without the proper training or business knowledge.
November 22, 2010
"VisionMongers - Making A Life And Living In Photography"
by David duChemin
If you have any intention of pursuing a career in photography, this book by Canadian photographer David duChemin is a must "read"! Even if you don't, you should read it. This is by far the finest resource about the business of photography that I have ever come across.
November 1, 2010
What a fantastic group I had this past August at the Niagara School of Imaging in Ste. Catharines, Ontario. I could not have hoped for a better group of participants as they were all were very helpful and eager to share with others - it felt as if we had all known each other for years. You can tell from the class photo taken on the shore of Beaverdams Creek, at the historic Morningstar Mill a few miles past Brock University where the school takes place every year.