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Business of Photography with Todd Bigelow

Business of Photo

 

We’re happy to offer The Business of Photography once again with instructor Todd Bigelow. Students who take it have commented that it’s one of the most important, information-packed experiences they have in the program. Todd has a wealth of real world experience and knowledge that he shares in the two-day workshop. His practical tips on contracts, copyright, client development, and much more make it useful for anyone considering taking their photography to a more professional level.

This workshop meets On Saturday, January 23 and Sunday, January 24 from 9:30am – 5pm. Enroll here, for more information click here.

The Business of Photography

Instructor Todd Bigelow

Instructor Todd Bigelow

This photo workshop was named by Photoshelter as one of fifty awesome photo workshops worldwide in 2014 and is highly rated by students who have attended. The two-day course is currently scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, January 24-25, 2015 from 9:30am-5pm (break for lunch).  For a full course description or to register, click here.

Los Angeles based award winning freelance photographer Todd Bigelow designed the course for those interested in pursuing careers working with editorial publications, non-profits, foundations and corporations. It provides practical advice and information on the business of photography derived from photographer Todd Bigelow’s two decades of shooting assignments for TIME, Sports Illustrated, Smithsonian, Newsweek, National Geographic Traveler, People, James Irvine Foundation, Costco, Target and many others. Todd presents real experiences and scenarios as the basis for discussions regarding copyright, licensing for revenue, contracts, rate and term negotiations, client development techniques, social media integration, portfolio considerations, legal & tax issues, agency representation, digital asset management and more. Basically, the topics that freelancers face on a daily basis are addressed from a practical, modern standpoint. It’s his goal to have students leave the workshop with a sound understanding to successfully handle the significant business matters they will face on a daily basis as a professional freelance photographer.

Student testimonials, course topics, locations and registration links at http://thebigphotoblog.com/the-business-of-photography-workshop/

 

Business of Photography in Photoshelter’s Top 50

Bigelow_Business of Photography Top 50_Portrait of Basketball Player Shabazz Muhammad for Sports Illustrated

Todd Bigelow, Portrait of Shabazz Muhammad for Sports Illustrated

Photoshelter, a worldwide leader in photography portfolio websites, photo sales, marketing and archiving tools for photographers just listed our very own Todd Bigelow and his Business of Photography course as one of their 50 Awesome Photo Workshops from Around the World.  Judging from student feedback and our insight into Todd’s extensive knowledge and expertise, we couldn’t agree more.  Currently offering the workshop at Otis, it will return to UCLA Extension in our upcoming Summer quarter on July 12th & 13th.

Street Photography

The course is designed for photographers who have a solid foundation in photographic techniques and wish to expand their knowledge of capturing the beauty and complexities of everyday urban life in Los Angeles. The course is structured to enhance student’s creative abilities through classroom discussions, class based critiques and hands on shooting activities in various Los Angeles area neighborhoods.. The overall goal is to achieve quality photographs in a variety of cultural settings that reflect the urban environment in which we live while developing your “decisive moment” skills.. Study masters like Garry Winogrand, Robert Frank, Henri Cartier Bresson and Vivian Maier while developing your own ability to capture the beauty of everyday life.
Taught by Todd Bigelow, who explained his philosophy on the class this way:

To many, street photography is the truest form of documentation. The art of seeing and capturing the beautiful randomness of time and space is a challenging and, ultimately, richly rewarding experience for photographers. The defining moments in street photography are personal in nature and complex in their compositions and timing. My goal is for the students to come into the class with an open mind about this historical genre and leave with a new found appreciation of the everyday moments in life. The potential for unique street photography images occur everywhere that people congregate, but the moments are fleeting. I teach the students to see the potential prior to the existence and then capture the moment in a brief fraction of a second. 

View the course syllabus below:

Street Photo Class Syllabus Fall 21013

Todd also put together this great video showcasing the work and experience of the students in a recent section of the class.

And here are some beautiful images from former students, taken around Los Angeles.

Taken in Beverly Hills by Ted Covey.

Taken in Beverly Hills by Ted Covey.

Taken in Downtown LA by Ted Covey.

Taken in Downtown LA by Ted Covey.

Taken in Downtown LA by Huseyin Erturk.

Taken in Downtown LA by Huseyin Erturk.

Taken in Hollywood by instructor Todd Bigelow.

Taken in Hollywood by instructor Todd Bigelow.

Chance to Hear Photo Editor James K. Colton Speak

On Monday, April 22, renowned photo editor James K. Colton will be a guest speaker in Todd Bigelow’s Portraiture class.

Todd has generously opened the session to any students who may be interested in hearing Mr. Colton speak.

Where: Room 416WC

When: 7pm, Monday April 22.

James K. Colton recently left Sports Illustrated after 15 years as their Photography Editor and is currently a writer and educator. He began his career in 1972 at the Associated Press. Five years later he joined Newsweek and became their Director of Photography. He was the Jury Chairman for the World Press Photo contest in 2005, received an International Photography Awards “Lucie” for Picture Editor of the Year in 2007, was the recipient of the “Focus” award for Lifetime Achievement by the Griffin Museum in 2010 and has been acknowledged as one of the 100 most important people in photography by American Photo.

 

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