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Ansel Adams

March 25, 2016

Ansel Adams (February 20, 1902 - April 22, 1984) was a man of many talents and passions. In the end, he was able to combine two of his great loves – photography and nature – to become the foremost American landscape photographer of the 20th century. He was also an important activist, author, innovator, and leader.

Annie Leibovitz

March 25, 2016

Anna-Lou (Annie) Leibovitz is widely regarded as the foremost celebrity photographer in the United States. For more than three decades, she has produced innovate portraits of musicians, artists, writers, actors, and dancers, drawing on her unique use of lighting, colors, and poses to capture the personalities and quirks of her famous subjects.

He's hot, he's talented, he's famous, he's a father and husband – this guy has it all. His day job? Taking pictures of beautiful women, judging for America's Next Top Model, and now he's queued up to judge the Miss America pageant!

Nigel Barker has the most beautiful women in America and the world coming to him and fighting for his approval. Not a bad gig.

He began his career as a male model in England – not hard to believe – moving quickly to international stature working for giants like Giorgio Armani, Valentino, Kenzo, Donna Karan, and Ralph Lauren.

Understanding German photographer Andreas Gursky’s photographs is like understanding the intricacies of a prism – its countenance sharp and pristine, sleek and triangular, an objets d’art on any anonymous coffee table. But in the hand of one who is curious of its hidden ability, the layers expose themselves as seven quiet colors playing about a wall.

Jenifer Greer Beggren is successful wedding photographer in Los Angeles, California who runs her own photography company. She describes her unique job, her experience in photography school, and offers advice to future photographers.

Nicolass de Bruin is a successful Fashion Photographer who has worked in New York and Los Angeles. Nicolass runs his photography company, Nicolass de Bruin Photography , with his wife. As a former fashion model from Holland, Nicolass is able to us his modeling talent and background to capture gorgeous images. He fills us in on what it takes to make it in the fashion photography business and offers advice for anyone interested in pursuing this career.

Nicole Sweet is a San Francisco based up and coming sports photographer. She shares her passion for photography, her experiences in photography school, and she fills us in on the wonder of capturing athletes on film.

What sparked your interest in photography?

Photographers held about 131,000 jobs in 2000. More than half were self-employed, a much higher proportion than the average for all occupations. Some self-employed photographers contracted with advertising agencies, magazines, or others to do individual projects at a predetermined fee, while others operated portrait studios or provided photographs to stock photo agencies.

Salaried photographers had median annual earnings of $26,080 in 2004, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $15,000, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $54,180. The middle 50 percent earned between $18,380 and $37,370. Median annual earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of salaried photographers were as follows:

Professional, Scientific, Technical Services: $23,100
Newspapers and Periodicals: $32,800

Photographers produce and preserve images that paint a picture, tell a story, or record an event. To create commercial quality photographs, photographers need both technical expertise and creativity. Producing a successful picture requires choosing and presenting a subject to achieve a particular effect and selecting the appropriate equipment. For example, photographers may enhance the subject’s appearance with lighting or draw attention to a particular aspect of the subject by blurring the background.