Time at AP:
For my 1st blog post, I'm going to highlight my 1st day on our New York City trip. We were fortunate enough to be able to sit in on the Associated Press international meeting and got to hear all of the stories and ideas all across the globe, which was really exciting! From there we got to sit in with Santiago Lyon where he showed us a series of images and explained to us what made them such great images which ranged from lighting to composition to emotion and to action. He gave us a tip on how to present our work and website, which was extremely insightful. Santiago narrowed down photojournalism just to one word and that was "Trust."
Time at the New York Times:
Our next stop was the New York Times. James Estrin spoke with us, basically giving us a full overlook of his path from when he was younger, to the point where he is now. It was oddly satisfying to find out that James Estrin struggled in photojournalism early, but obviously was able to bounce back. He stressed that you should never give up. "Don't try to be someone else, be yourself," -James Estrin. That quote really stuck with me. He said that yeah, you can somewhat copy someone else's picture but it will never be the same so in the end you really aren't copying anyone. And James also went over the fact that everything has been done, story wise, SO either find something new or add a twist to throw the reader off.
Time at Reuters:
Adrees Latif greeted us when we got off the elevator. After leading us into one of their conference rooms, Adrees spoke with us about their most recent hire, Carlo Allegri and Freelancer, Andrew Kelly. They went over their from start to finish which was really interesting. Andrew, basically got hooked after jumping on the back of a motorcycle and lived in the life of a Reuters photographer. After Andrew presented, Carlo spoke. "Don't promise more than you can deliver, but always deliver more than you promise," "Decline offers that you don't think you 'll knock out of the park" and "Go against what everyone else is doing," -Carlo. These quotes really stood out to me.
Later on, David Bergman, Sports Illustrated Photographer, came and spoke somewhat relaying the same message that all of the others were saying, which was "If you see a group of photographers together, go somewhere else," - David. This meant that you want to have the picture that no one else had. If you stood with the other photographers, everyones shot would be practically the same.
- Never hurts to ask, and... Don't take no for an answer
- Make friends with security guards
- Give them more than they expect
- "No" is a good thing
Our first day in New York City was a blast. A bit long and tiring but completely worth it. I really appreciate all of the companies that took the time to take us in and present today, it was an amazing experience and can't wait to for the rest of the week to come!