Investigative Photojournalism at Its Best

Sourcing content is a hard thing to do these days. In fact, most writers that publish content for the web so go with a link sourcing and call it a day.

But, what happens when a photo so vividly depicts an incredible story and the photograph (or who took it) becomes the story?

Don't Hate on Jury Duty

I actually think it's pretty interesting. I haven't been in a long time and have never been picked. Yea, it stinks to sit there all day, but when you have a good book, the time flies by. So, I'll embrace my civic duty and if I get selected, so be it. 

Origninally posted to Instagram.

Delta Sky Great Gadgets

Please excuse the following shameless plug for yours truly, but if you're flying Delta any time soon, pick up the Delta Sky Magazine and clip to the In-Depth/Electronics section. You'll see my ugly mug, plugging a pretty cool product -- Ceiva digital photo frames.

I've written about them at length, but just envision a simple digital frame with social elements.

Thanks to the folks at Ceiva for hooking my up with products, but also the folks at Delta Sky Magazine for including me in the piece.

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Little iPhotography Tips Courtesy of the Interwebs

I love the internet. I love the fact that everyday, I can open up Feedly and find a few tidbits of information that help me do something more efficiently. And, as an avid photographer (DSLR and mobile), I love photography tips and tricks.

Here's a brilliant one from TUAW about using your iPhone headset as a cable release while taking pictures, i.e. your headphones can be a remote:

Use your iPhone headset as a camera cable release | TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog

This comes in very handy when you're using a tipbod for your iPhone.

Oh, you don't use a tripod? Well, your second tip is about the Glif:

This is the Glif. from Studio Neat on Vimeo.

Photography: Capturing a Triple Play

The Boston Globe has a talented group of photographers. Their RAW blog is one of the best photography news blogs out there. They do a great job showcasing photos from around the world in their Big Picture blog. Another thing they do is talk to the photographers who spend so much time behind the lens that they only get a one line credit in the story, i.e. the caption.

In this video, Globe Photographer Jim Davis talks about how he prepared to shoot a triple play that the Red Sox successfully turned over against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Photographer John Moore on 'Epic' Libya Battles, Arab World Revolutions

While video is a powerful marketing tool, pictures still tell a thousand words. In this video, Photographer John Moore details his travels through three Arab revolutions.

Moore was with the Associated Press in 2005 and shared a Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography for coverage of the war in Iraq. He's also had stints in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, South Africa, Mexico and Nicaragua and various other locations across the world over the past 20 years.

The video is accompanied by a narrative by Moore, who recorded the interview after sneaking out of Benghazi, Libya en route back to his home in Denver.

Photographer John Moore on 'Epic' Libya Battles, Arab World Revolutions from Mike Fritz on Vimeo.


Christmas Gifts for the Photographer on Your List

Photographers tend to be picky with their equipment so trying to get them a job-related gift can be challenging. However, there are some good gems that the photographer in your life would appreciate if they found it under the Christmas tree this month. 

Here are just a few that he or she will appreciate; will help him or her with their photography hobby (or job); and, not to mention, are pretty wallet friendly. 

Freebies are Good

Ok, so you've heard me talk about this product a bunch of times. Yes, it's the digital photo frame that's social. Yes, social (Ceiva Digital Photo Frames).

I did a give-a-way before and it was pretty successful. This time around, there are two opps to get your hands on one of these bad boys. 

The first is to like my photography page on Facebook and then head over to flickr and join my friend's group that's holiday themed.

The second way you can get your hands on this is at an event I'm shooting (the annual holiday pageant for my youngest's pre-school -- yes, I know that this is local, but that's why I'm giving the other one away via my FB page). 

At the event, I'll be the big guy in the Santa hat and carrying the big cameras. Just put your name on the clip board that will be in the back of the room, near the punch (can't miss the sign). Please be sure to include your name and email address. Also, be sure to like my photography page on Facebook, as I mention above.

Thanks and good luck!