Freelancing in Video: Tips from some pros and a workshop!

Video producers Léa Khayata and Elettra Fiumi head up their very own production company here in New York, Granny Cart Productions. We’ve written about them here before because they’re alums–both class of 2011–and because their experiences starting a company have taught them many lessons about this industry and freelancing. They’re teaming up with another alumni, Andrew Lampard, and producer […]

Metrography: “I want to be part of a new way of looking at the world”

Metrography editor in chief Stefano Carini and cofounder Sebastian Meyer talked to Columbia Visuals about their vision for the first photo agency in Iraq, the challenges of creating unique work, and how to achieve personal goals as a photojournalist.

Behind the Prizes: Swan Song

Swan Song

Rick Gershon and MediaStorm did not set out to make a feature length piece when they went to Houston. Gershon was there to shoot client work for Neighborhood Centers, but then he met the Greer family. Marilyn Greer, the 58-year-old matriarch of the family, had recently been diagnosed with dementia. Gershon recognized the opportunity to turn a shorter client piece into a longer story, Swan Song, which documents the struggle of two young daughters who have to make hard choices in the face of their mother’s debilitating disorder.  (more…)

Learning to photograph New York City

The 2015 class at Columbia Journalism School just survived what was, for most of them, their first training in photojournalism & DSLRs. Though it was difficult, they produced work that's thoughtful and engaging. We talked to some of the students whose work we’re featuring here, and asked them about their first experiences photographing New York without smartphones.

Covering Protest in Ferguson: “I didn’t expect it to feel like war.”

Salima Koroma didn’t think her first first out-of-state assignment would be the historic protests over the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. She’s been producing video for Time’s online video team for just about two months, and last week they bought her a one-way ticket to Ferguson, Missouri.

Before starting at Time, she graduated from the documentary program at the Columbia University Journalism School, where she produced her own documentary, Bad Rap, and was a producer for NowThisNews. Columbia Visuals talked to Koroma about her experience producing video from Ferguson.

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Covering Protest in Ferguson: “These are people, not sound bites.”


Brent McDonald is a senior video journalist with the New York Times. He produced “Standoff in Ferguson,” a three-minute video for the Times that was published on August 14th, in the midst of protests over the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

McDonald has been producing video for over ten years, and has been with the Times since 2005. Columbia Visuals spoke with him by phone from Ferguson, Missouri, on August 15th. He told us about the mood there and gave us some details on his production methods. (more…)

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Covering Protest in Ferguson: “they’re not fooling around down here”

David Carson has been a newspaper photographer for more than 25 years, and he's been covering the protests over the killing of Michael Brown since the day the eighteen-year-old was shot by a policeman in Ferguson, Missouri. He says he arrived at the scene on August 10th, "while the police were still hosing the blood from the street." We asked him some questions about photographing the historical protests happening in his community, and his advice for young photographers covering protests for the first time.

Surviving a Portfolio Review

Portfolio Review

If you’ve never attended a portfolio review, it can seem daunting. It’s tough to show your work to an editor, let alone a room full of them. Asking for feedback isn’t easy, but the insights you get can be invaluable. So grab our list of  portfolio reviews, find one near you and get your work together! Survive your first review with these handy tips. (more…)

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Today’s Follow Friday post is a little different because the only suggestion we’re making is for you to follow –well, us.

We hope our posts so far has been helpful and we have more great stories lined up. We’re excited to work on a product that helps us all make better visuals and we want your voice in the discussion!

Follow us on Twitter, @ColumbiaVisuals, and tweet at us with your suggestions for stories, people producing work you’d like to know more about and things that stump you in this industry. Community is vital in producing quality work, and we think your thoughts matter. Let us know what you’d like to learn and we’ll add it to our suggestion box.

See you there! #askCV

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This week, three Instagrammers who share what they’re shooting when they’re on assignment. Live vicariously through:

Andrea Bruce. A member of NOOR, frequently on assignment for the New York Times. Latest shots are from Syria, Lebanon and Afghanistan.

David Yoder. A National Geographic shooter, not all of Yoder’s Instagram posts are taken with just an iPhone, but it’s fun to see what he’s shooting when he’s in the field.

David Guttenfelder. Associated Press chief Asia photographer, currently shooting from North Korea.

Helpful tweets:

PBS MediaShift tweets articles from their own blog and other sources on the changes happening in digital media. It’s a great source of information on where and how our work fits in journalism today.

DuckRabbit tweets from the DuckRabbit blog, a production company that spotlights photographers, and gives advice to the visual community.

NPPA. If you don’t follow the National Press Photographers Association, you should. It’s a great resource for legal information and inspiring image makers.

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Today we give you three photojournalists who work internationally and promote their stories through Instagram. Their mobile photography is a mix of personal work and journalism. Check out Ivan Kashinksy, Lynsey Addario, and Michael Christopher Brown.

Three places on Twitter to find tips on making your visual work stronger: Raw File, MediaStorm, and Sombra Projects.