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Gold winner from Photoshelter

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I just wanted to make an official blog post to recognize my being named a Gold winner in Photoshelters Jump Start your Photography Business contest. It is a really nice honor, being selected out of a field of over 2000 entries from all genres of photography. Big thanks the good people over at Photoshelter, who host both of my portfolio & archive websites. They are constantly making updates and producing great free educational materials. (Here is a link you can use if you want to give them a try) Photoshelter also started a great community on Google+ for everyone who entered the contest where people can share ideas and experiences.

I also want to thank the sponsors Calumet Photographic and American Society of Media Photographers (an organization I’ve been wanting to join for years now) and everyone who has supported me. Being an independent photographer is really difficult, but the encouragement from everyone really helps me find the strength to keep going.


Lobo Journalism Bootcamp

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I had  a great time speaking on a panel about cooperation in the newsroom with Mark Holm, Kelly Brewer and Jakob Schiller last weekend as part of the Daily Lobo Bootcamp. Working with students is really rewarding. We didn’t have much time, there’s a lot to learn but at moments you feel like you can almost see the light bulbs on top the students heads going off when you make certain points. They have a lot of bad ideas about what newspapers are and how newspaper journalism should look. It’s can be a lot of work but I’m only here because of the kindness and generosity of numerous other photographers and journalist who shared their vast knowledge with me. But the truth is I think we speakers get as much inspiration from them as they get from us.

Mark, Kelly Jakob & I all worked together at the Albuquerque Tribune. Myself and many other people who knew of The Trib often speak of it is a magic place for photography, but it wasn’t just that the photography was making magic. Every year our goal was one particular award, Best Use of Photography from Pictures of the Year International. Here’s why. From the POYi site:

“Photo editing should demonstrate sensitivity for the selection and organization of documentary photojournalism and the appropriate use of photo illustrations. Page design should reflect consideration for the reader and respect for the vision of the photographer. Judges will consider the effectiveness of the captions, headlines and other display typography as well as photo content. Aggressive local coverage and imaginative editing of wire and syndicated photos are important. Layout of inside pages and section fronts will be evaluated.”

The communication and teamwork at the Tribune or what made the photography great. The Best Use award was presented to the photo staff, but really it was an award for the entire paper. Journalists were treated as equals regardless of what media they used to tell people’s stories, and man did we tell some stories well. The design and copy desks were the real unsung heroes, bringing it all together and making all of us look a whole lot smarter. Given how poorly most newspapers treat their design and copy editors these days, it is no surprise that the students aren’t familiar with good newspaper journalism, it’s harder to find than just a few years ago. I just hope that some of the good work the Tribune did can inspire the students to go further, do and be better. I know it did for me.

Dave Hickey for the Chronicle of Higher Education

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 (Steven St. John)

I know, I know, it has been a long time since I posted on this blog. I’ll try to post more often in 2013 – not a resolution, just something I need to do.

Here is a portrait shoot I had recently for The Chronicle of Higher Education, one of my favorite clients. You can read the entire article by clicking here. Big thanks to Rose and Erica for being wonderful editors. Also, thanks to the James Kelly Contemporary Art Gallery for letting us shoot in their space. There are some outtakes available for licensing on my archive.


A digital tribute to film

I spent a day this week back in the darkroom getting ready for the Holga workshop I’m teaching with Roberto Rosales in July. I felt compelled to shoot some details around the darkroom with my 5D while we developed the film. If you are a digital photographer and never spent much time working in the glow of the red light, then you may not appreciate the images. If that is the case, you don’t know what you are missing, and you should really take the workshop.

Summer time pool peace portrait

I spent a few days making pictures of two of my favorite people, my nieces Kyla and Alanna. Mostly I shot bw film 120 film with my Holga, but it might be weeks before I am able to process it and print or scan it. For now, here is an underwater shot with my Canon G9. If I didn’t have the underwater housing, I doubt I’d still keep the G9.