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