Tag: Chip Litherland

on self-assignments (with a side of mud, booze, and rednecks)

What’s the point?  The photography business can be a rat race.  There are tens of thousands of photographers out there doing exactly what you and I do. Everyone has one unique thing – a vision.  That vision can be driven by ego, competition, passion, fear, curiosity, artistry, adversity, and talent.  What drives yours? It should be you. Sometimes feeding the beast is easiest when that beast is you.


It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Chip Litherland! « Scott Kelby

Working as a staff photojournalist has its challenges.  How do you stay inspired, happy, and passionate about photographing a white guy in a suit standing in front of a building?  How can you make compelling images that give your photo subjects a voice in their own community when you can only stay for only 10 minutes?  Why am I photographing this plate of food that barely resembles food?  How do you make a picture that says “ribbon-cutting” without literally shooting the ribbon being cut? You just do.  Here’s how



Color is just as important to photography as composition, light , and moments.  I generally rate it higher than any of those just for the pure fact that it is the common thread throughout all of them.  Color evokes mood, emotion, visual responses.  It helps add contrast in certain situations.  It can make a photo sing.  It can make a photo sink.  I promise you’ve I’ve edited out a better moment out of a series of photos, just because an “off” frame has better color.  It is that important.


houston deconstructed | Redlights and Redeyes

I was in Houston, Texas, to shoot a wedding this weekend for a quick 36 hours.  On Saturday, I took advantage of being a father and not being able to sleep in for the life of me.  I woke up early, grabbed a 5D Mark II, a 50mm f/1.4 and just wandered with no direction.  No ambition. No list of things to shoot.


i’ll just shoot some weddings | Redlights and Redeyes

Obviously, the newspaper and magazine world is in flux.  Photographers are ducking for cover and holding onto staff positions when they can and others frantically preparing exit plans when they finally pull the eject lever.  Some have that lever pulled for them and are left floating through the air with a “What now?” look on their face. “I’ll just shoot some weddings.”  Sounds easy enough, right?


bitter and then some | Redlights and Redeyes

What I’ve learned from the last month of blogging and saying what I feel is that all of a sudden I become the bitter, cranky photographer trying to suck all the fun out of photography and make people quit their jobs.  Trust me, if anyone did something because I said it, then I would be first in line to kick my own ass.


professional tourist | Redlights and Redeyes

There is a fine line between work and play being a photographer, which is what is so amazingly wonderful about our job.  A client calls and asks you to spend a couple days in “X” city, making whatever photos you want as long as they somewhat fit the story.  In general, that is all the 36 Hours series The New York Times is:  tip-toeing that line.


ikea and the fair | Redlights and Redeyes

I’m not exactly sure what it is about shooting at fairs that makes it difficult.  Honestly, it has to be visual overload.  Sometimes there is just too much going on to really concentrate on a particular moment - carnival workers yelling at you, a big vat of teen angst and love, unreal smells, ridiculous clutter - it all just messes with me.


roll tide | Redlights and Redeyes

I was sweating out a prep football practice here in Florida when ESPN the Mag called with a cool last minute assignment.  Always fun to see their name on the caller I.D.  I was to jet off to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, for the weekend to cover the University of Alabama Crimson Tide take on their bitter rivals - the University of Tennessee Volunteers.  It got even better.  I didn’t need to cover every-down, game action - just wander the stadium making pictures of what a true megafootball college program is all about.