For a long time, Ami Vitale’s dream was to be a war correspondent. After graduating with an International Relations degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, she worked as an Editor at the Associated Press and then moved abroad to pursue journalism, eventually becomin
How important are personal photography projects to distinguishing your voice? And will a project on the side help catch the eye of your dream client? In our guide, The Inspiration Handbook: 50 Tips from 50 Photography Trailblazers, we got advice from Davi
Ami Vitale’s journey as a photojournalist has taken her to 85 countries. She has witnessed civil unrest, poverty, destruction of life, and unspeakable violence. But she has also experienced surreal beauty and the enduring power of the human spirit, and she is committed to highlighting the surprising and subtle similarities between cultures. Her photographs have been exhibited around the world in museums and galleries and published in international magazines including National Geographic, Adventure, Geo, Newsweek, Time, and Smithsonian.
What makes the APhotoADay listserv unique is community. Since 2001, I’ve watched people grow up on there. Find their voice. Come into their own. Some have grown from young college photographers into...
It’s not just about making beautiful photos. There is a beautiful, universal truth everywhere and, if you peek under the veil, you’ll find a wondrous commonality between us. I hope that you will use your camera not just as an extension of your eye but also as an extension of your heart.
As part of Member Appreciation week last week, we caught up with a few of our longest standing members to find out what their biggest accomplishments have been in the past 9 years, and how changes in the industry have affected them personally, their caree
It’s hard to believe we’re already halfway through 2014, right? But the good news is there’s still over 200 days left to bring in business, make more connections with potential photo clients, and end the year strong. To help you out and provide a little i
Montana-based photographer and filmmaker Ami Vitale is shedding some much needed light on the illegal wildlife trade and poaching of animals taking place in northern Kenya. She recently launched a crowdfunding campaign in conjunction with The Nature Conse
When it comes to entering photo contests, renowned photojournalist and Nikon Ambassador Ami Vitale says that “each image should be amazing on its own but work together to reveal something new.” In this video interview, Ami discusses why photographers shou
As we walked the streets, I noticed a certain type of photographer that stood in contrast to the sophisticated, mature practioners like Tim or our other luncheon mates, John Stanmeyer, Ami Vitale, David Strick, Jack Picone and others. It seemed to me this group was like a pack of roving jackals. There was a certain aggressive energy, wildness and a willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done. This subset of photographers spoke about wanting to change the world, but their words sounded somewhat disingenuous. They wanted the thrill of danger, the clarity that comes when Life faces Death; the hunt, the kill. Their giant cameras slung around their necks while strolling around the peaceful streets of this French city were like bazookas, and shooting was an act of aggression for them.
You'll really enjoy the colorful stories Ami shares behind each of these tips, like how Ami's images from Angola captured the world's attention because of the unique stories she chose to photograph -- despite her editors originally insisting that work from Angola would never get published.
The changes in our business over the past few years are truly hard to comprehend. I am sympathetic to the difficulties for so many in our business as newspapers and magazines close, jobs are lost, and people struggle to see where the business of journalism is headed. While I read all the epithets, I still believe it is an incredibly exciting time to be a journalist. Never have we had so many tools and so much access to stories and people. Never have we all been so connected and yet, now more than ever, the future looks bleak to many professionals. How can this be and what do we do as professionals to find a new path?
Using the D300s was one of the first experiences I had shooting video, but what struck me is how easy it was to learn. Within one day, I was able to pick up the basics of shooting. It was liberating and exciting to explore the possibilities of story telling with more than just still images and audio. Now I feel as if there is a whole world of opportunities to explore.
Vitale a number of opportunities. She was able to step outside her normal photojournalistic practice, travel to remote areas of the world that most people have never seen, and find a new outlet for her work. “It’s so interesting how it’s this domino effect, because once you start with one project that’s outside the lines of what your traditional role was, they sort of build on each other,” says Vitale.