The Future for Photo Editors

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Yes, it’s only been two short weeks (Alec just hit a year) and I’m ready to declare blogging to be an important tool for photo editors.

It’s not working the way it should because I can’t tell you who I am or what magazine I work for but I’m very confident this is a great way for us to communicate. Truth is I don’t care if you know who I am it’s just that I don’t want to put it in the public record in case one of the business types I work for decides to google around and see what’s out there. Unfortunately, all publishing companies forbid this kind of activity… unless it’s on their crappy website following their lame rules and so I just decided to go for it.

The reason I think it’s so great for photo editors is that we spend a great deal of our time looking for photographers and you spend a great deal of time trying to reach us and now we can talk to each other. We could always talk to each other of course, but now everyone can see the questions and answers. I’m confident there will be many more photo editors (Can anyone point me to others?) embracing this in the future. There’s probably a few tweaks to the format that would make it a little more useful (portfolio posting area) but I can figure that out as we go.

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  1. hi.

    the only other PE i know doing a blog is travis ruse –
    http:/www.travisruse.com
    - if you haven’t seen his, give it a peek, it’s very worth it. different content obviously, but i have shot for him and he is always frank, honest and open on business and the blog world…..

    i talk too much and too open to all my PE, its good or bad, i dunno anymore, but if you feel like talking too much to each other, this is me:

    http://www.saundersjonathan.com http://www.iliketotellstories.com

  2. I’m one of those photographers who spends “a great deal of time trying to reach” photo editors. Some days it’s fun and other days it’s a drag. Sometimes I wish the barriers weren’t so damn high or distant. But it is what it is and I keep on keepin’ on.

    One of the best things about this whole photography blogs thing has been the amount of genuine information and experiences being shared. As an up-and-coming/emerging photographer I’ve gleaned as much quality and valuable info about being a working photographer from the blogs of Hetherington, Loomis, Wright, Patterson, Broening, Soth, Jarvis, Singer, Smith, and all the others out there as I have from my days as an assistant.

    Add blogs with the same genuine, quality, and valuable info from photo editors and, hell, even art directors and media buyers—the very people we’re all going to (or trying to go to) for work—and blogs become one of the best resources my North Carolina ass could ask for.

    Yeah, it sucks and yet it’s also good to know that it’s so incestuous and that former first assistants to the big names make bigger impacts with some editors. At least it’ll give me a better idea of what I’m up against as I try to scale that giant barrier.

  3. Wow, someone gained insight from me. There must be some kind of mistake… or should I be looking for another photographer named Singer with a blog? (more than likely)

    I’ve always thought there were a secret forums somewhere on the web, where PEs, ADs, and ABs all chatted and shared information (I can just imagine the “weekly lame promo” contest they had all while laughing at the photographers sending promo after promo after promo). Forums not unlike the forums that photographers use (APAnet, ASMP, EP, etc, etc). I’ve searched but was never able to find such forums.

    Blogs are great too, athough for the most part they tend to be a bit one sided since the owner of the blog can freely delete comments they don’t like and they are the originator of the subject at hand. Forums tend to have more back and forth with less moderation as long as you stay on topic.

    I for one welcome more PE blogs, AD blogs, AB blogs… anybody that can give me insight to what it takes to get your attention, what you are looking for, and where I place the brown envelope full of cash to get in the door.

    Jeff