The photograph that opens today’s blogpost comes from Jiufen, a favorite destination of Taiwan photographers. It’s a little town in the hills above the north coast of Taiwan that is usually crowded with photographers, day trippers and tourists. The old market street where this was shot is a popular place for wandering and snacking. Before I get into the links for this week, I just want to put a call out looking for anyone who wishes to contribute to my Evolutions series. Yesterday’s post featured a fellow Taiwan photographer who took us through his evolution in photography over the space of 7 years and 3 trips to Angkor. If you missed it, head over to Evolution of a Photographer – Nick Kembel and give it a read, and if you’d like to send me a story of your own journey, get in touch.
Housekeeping out of the way, it’s time to look at a few links that have crossed my path over the past week. If you’ve ever been looking for a decent and relatively cheap method of stabilizing your DSLR for shooting video, head over to this forum post at Camera Labs where Gordon Liang posts some pictures showing how you can use a GorillaPod Focus as a filming rig for video. It looks like a great idea.
Cultural and humanitarian photographer Karl Grobl has won the USAID Frontlines Photo Contest with an image he shot for the Education Development Center. Congratulations Karl.
Letter From A Young Photographer by David Harry Stewart answers some questions put to him from an 18 year old photographer looking for advice on how to proceed in regards to having a career in photography. There’s some fine advice in the answer that makes great reading no matter where you are in your photography life. Thanks to Rob Haggart of A Photo Editor for the original link.
Related to the previous link comes this one by Laurence Kim. Titled For Love Or Money it offers some reasons as to why it may be better to stay an amateur and earn your living elsewhere. Making a living in photography is not easy, and I know from personal experience that most of my amateur photographer friends earn more money than I do, have more camera gear and have more time to shoot. Thanks to Mark Olwick for the tweet that lead me to that link.
Finally, Chase Jarvis has a 5 day long (so far) Diary of a Shoot, detailing everything about a commercial photography gig on location. If you’ve ever wondered how these things work, head over there and give it a read. The link goes to day one.