Writing for Ahimsa Media

Posted on July 14, 2010


A man makes his way to the top of Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver

Newswriting, photojournalism and even media as a whole seem to be changing by the minute and with it we professionals are kept on our toes.  We have to continue to learn new skills and new ways to get our work seen, generate new work and make a living in the field we’ve trained for. My roots in the newspaper industry have influenced my view of the internet, and how it affects our trade.  However working with Ahimsa Media has helped such opinions evolve.

I, like many in my craft, am nervous of where the next job will come from.  Contract work is drying up and many clients would prefer to use an amateur shot that is free or cheap than spend money on quality.  I didn’t want to become one of the many photographers who end up complaining, so I instead jumped at an opportunity from Ahimsa Media to educate the wider media professional.

The sun sets over Vancouver as locals enjoy the warmth and a game of beach volleyball on Kitsilano Beach

At Ahimsa we specialise in interactive storytelling, using a variety of platforms to tell our clients story’s.  Some of this is online using the likes of facebook, twitter and youtube.  Some is through traditional methods: video, newspapers, written media plans and of course photography.  It has certainly been a steep learning curve for me in regards to the digital space (almost like learning a new language with all the jargon).  One thing it has taught me is that the lack of knowledge held by many new photographers can damage the professional community as a whole and advice on how to protect yourself professionally can be tough to find.

Therefore, this summer seemed like the perfect time to share some of the new knowledge I have gained combined with some more traditional workflow tips. I have written a couple of articles on the Ahimsa site, which I hope can be useful to readers.  My generation are lucky.  We are some of the last to gain hands-on training.  We gained our arsenal of knowledge from other photographers – tips and techniques to help survive out there, and to value our work. So hopefully these will help others understand a couple of aspects of photography:

Photo Editing for the Interactive Audience

Copyright, Social Media & Orphan Works – Advice for Protecting Your Photos

One reveler takes part in Vancouver's largest waterfight 2010 held in Stanley Park