Time at Time Magazine:
We started the day off with Time Magazine. Olivier Laurent, Editor of Lightbox, and Myles Litte, Senior Photo Editor, met with us. Olivier talked a lot about Lightbox and why it's different from Time's regular website and why it's so engaging. Unlike the regular website, full res images are available and are embedded so that the user can scroll through the slideshow without having to reload the page everytime they click to the next image. They try to include at least 5 stories a week. Myles talked a lot about how he got to where he is at Time. After graduating from SCAD, he got three internships but his time with National Geographic was where he learned the most. From there he had a rough time finding a job because of the economy at the time in 2007 when companies were not hiring. But one day, his friend invited him to a bar where there were a bunch of photo editors and after that night, he got a job with Time and has been with them ever since.
When asked where do you see Lightbox in 6 months, Olivier smiled. He wants to make Lightbox independent from Time.com, easier to edit things, no banner ads or distracting things that take away from why you came to the site.
Olivier talked with us about headlines. This was something I was oblivious to so it was great to learn about it. Headlines need to have active words in them like "see or watch" to indicate to the viewer that there is visual content inside the article. Esoteric headlines do not work unless the subject in the headline is well known like James Nechtway. He doesn't need the active words because practically everyone knows who he is and that when someone "sees" his name, there will always be visual content.
Different languages are used across all of their platforms. On Time.com, they have a specific way they write which is more formal, and Social Media they're speaking to, for the most part, a different generation so they have to tailor how they speak to accomadate them which would be a little less formal.
Time has been experimenting with the newer social media companies such as Instagram and Periscope. They sent Patrick Witty to cover the Refugee Crisis posting still images and video to Instagram. Periscope allows him to do a live video while answering questions at the same exact time. This was huge. In just 24hrs, one of his uploaded Periscope videos, he got over 100,000 replays. Because of how big this got, they plan to do more and more of this so be on the look out!
Internship's are extremely competitive at Time. Every 6-8 months, they bring in two photo interns and two writer interns. 40hr work days would be expected taking on a full workload and are heavily relied upon. Olivier reassured us that interns have had hard times but its okay, ask questions, don't be shy and that it's a great experience.
"Eighty percent of life is showing up" - Woody Allen
Time with Getty Images:
We had a chance to sit in with Pierce Wright, Managing Editor, and Al Bello, Getty Images Photographer, listen and ask questions. As if I wasn't already excited enough, our teacher, Prof. William Snyder, did not tell us that Al Bello would be joining us. Since I love sports, you can only imagine how ecstatic I was.
Getty Images is divided into three divisions; News, Sports and Entertainment. They have 11 staff photographers and over 400 freelances all over the U.S. The skills they look for in photographers are that they need to have a great eye to find unique perspectives, be where you want to shoot and communication. Photo Editors need to know what good pictures are, are computer savvy, can multi-task, IPTC corrections and know the key moments. In your portfolio, Pierce looks for daily assignments from internships with newpapers and a variety of self generated assignments to show that this really is your passion.
Al Bello, presented us with an amazing slideshow of his new and old work. While doing so, he gave us pointers which included; where's my light source, backgrounds, hats or helmets, front lit or back lit, composition? All of these things must be thought of before even clicking the shutter. Al also showed us behind the scene videos of some of his shoots. Underwater cameras make for great pictures but are also a hassle to setup and get the access to do so.