Shoot what you can't help but shoot. It'll be your best work, it'll come naturally to you, and it'll be what people will respond to. Style isn't something you aim for; it's in your DNA! –   Gregory Heisler

Shoot what you can't help but shoot. It'll be your best work, it'll come naturally to you, and it'll be what people will respond to. Style isn't something you aim for; it's in your DNA! – Gregory Heisler

 Take a moment to imagine how you would feel at the most vulnerable hour in your life. Next, imagine a stranger wanting to take pictures of you to show the world. How would you want that person to be, to act, to speak to you? Strive to be that ideal person you imagine. –   Erika Larsen

Take a moment to imagine how you would feel at the most vulnerable hour in your life. Next, imagine a stranger wanting to take pictures of you to show the world. How would you want that person to be, to act, to speak to you? Strive to be that ideal person you imagine. – Erika Larsen

 Everyone has to be capable of shooting video. And what I mean by capable is not that they have to be able to edit and produce a mini documentary but are comfortable and knowledgeable enough shooting the video. –   MaryAnne Golon  , The Washington Post

Everyone has to be capable of shooting video. And what I mean by capable is not that they have to be able to edit and produce a mini documentary but are comfortable and knowledgeable enough shooting the video. – MaryAnne Golon, The Washington Post

 Value yourselves more than dollar stock and doing it free because you can. Shoot free for causes not celebrity. Find out who you are and what you believe in and find your path based on your values and personal beliefs.  –   Karen Kuehn

Value yourselves more than dollar stock and doing it free because you can. Shoot free for causes not celebrity. Find out who you are and what you believe in and find your path based on your values and personal beliefs.  – Karen Kuehn

 Find your voice! Be authentic! Don’t TAKE reverence and work…PRODUCE reverence! –   Marco Grob

Find your voice! Be authentic! Don’t TAKE reverence and work…PRODUCE reverence! – Marco Grob

 Figure out how the business of photography works, how the industry works, as well as what your photography is about.  Put pride and value in your work. Don’t underestimate yourself. Get paid! Don’t settle for just a photo credit. –   Yunghi Kim

Figure out how the business of photography works, how the industry works, as well as what your photography is about.  Put pride and value in your work. Don’t underestimate yourself. Get paid! Don’t settle for just a photo credit. – Yunghi Kim

 It’s a really tough time in the industry. But, there is so much opportunity out there for providing information….and innovation is the key! We need to figure out what’s next on the horizon and find a new way to communicate and push the envelope with what we can do. --   Ben Lowy

It’s a really tough time in the industry. But, there is so much opportunity out there for providing information….and innovation is the key! We need to figure out what’s next on the horizon and find a new way to communicate and push the envelope with what we can do. -- Ben Lowy

 It’s not about the money! Believe in what you do….care! You are never more important than the subject you are shooting. Treat people…all people…with respect and dignity. Tell their story, not yours! –   Brad Smith  , Sports Illustrated

It’s not about the money! Believe in what you do….care! You are never more important than the subject you are shooting. Treat people…all people…with respect and dignity. Tell their story, not yours! – Brad Smith, Sports Illustrated

 I think the area of environmental photojournalism is an emerging and important area of focus for photographers seeking to make sense of the world we are creating and living in, and it offers many possibilities for story-telling with a camera. I’d like to inspire a new generation of photographers devoted to idea finding and developing projects in this rich arena where global change is happening right before our eyes. –   Dennis Dimick  , National Geographic

I think the area of environmental photojournalism is an emerging and important area of focus for photographers seeking to make sense of the world we are creating and living in, and it offers many possibilities for story-telling with a camera. I’d like to inspire a new generation of photographers devoted to idea finding and developing projects in this rich arena where global change is happening right before our eyes. – Dennis Dimick, National Geographic

 There are only a tiny handful of people out there who are making a living shooting the work they are most passionate about. The rest of us have to be creative and remain dedicated to real work that matters - even if it doesn’t help pay the bills. –   Preston Gannaway

There are only a tiny handful of people out there who are making a living shooting the work they are most passionate about. The rest of us have to be creative and remain dedicated to real work that matters - even if it doesn’t help pay the bills. – Preston Gannaway

 I continue to contemplate all that I truly care about and try to find ways to share these themes visually. I still hope and believe that the best stories and photographs are yet to occur. My quest for them will certainly require that I keep my head up and my eyes and heart open, as I walk down the street. –   Peter Turnley

I continue to contemplate all that I truly care about and try to find ways to share these themes visually. I still hope and believe that the best stories and photographs are yet to occur. My quest for them will certainly require that I keep my head up and my eyes and heart open, as I walk down the street. – Peter Turnley

 This career is too competitive to do unless it’s the only thing you wake up in the morning wanting to do. Journalism needs to be a passion. --   Jacquelyn Martin

This career is too competitive to do unless it’s the only thing you wake up in the morning wanting to do. Journalism needs to be a passion. -- Jacquelyn Martin

 Learn your craft, be technically proficient, and be comfortable with video and social media and the technical aspects of the tools of your trade, so that you can concentrate on what really matters: seeing moments, documenting, sharing, informing, reporting, enlightening, surprising.  Work to be a complete journalist. --   Eric Strachan  , The Naples Daily News

Learn your craft, be technically proficient, and be comfortable with video and social media and the technical aspects of the tools of your trade, so that you can concentrate on what really matters: seeing moments, documenting, sharing, informing, reporting, enlightening, surprising.  Work to be a complete journalist. -- Eric Strachan, The Naples Daily News

 I think the most important thing for young photographers is to find out who they want to be, and find out what that really looks like. Reaching out to others who do the things you’re drawn to can be invaluable. --   Chris Capozziello

I think the most important thing for young photographers is to find out who they want to be, and find out what that really looks like. Reaching out to others who do the things you’re drawn to can be invaluable. -- Chris Capozziello

 The picture is going to be here forever, be it in the form of cave painting, church fresco, journalistic photography, or three-dimensional hologram. In spite of the present crisis and transformations it will survive. --   Róbert Csere,   .týždeň

The picture is going to be here forever, be it in the form of cave painting, church fresco, journalistic photography, or three-dimensional hologram. In spite of the present crisis and transformations it will survive. -- Róbert Csere, .týždeň

 My personal rule—and one that I’d urge young photojournalists to adopt—is to follow your heart.  When the Inquirer isn’t interested in a story that I believe in, I do it anyway.  Always, it finds a home…either with my own paper, or somewhere else. –   April Saul  , The Philadelphia Inquirer

My personal rule—and one that I’d urge young photojournalists to adopt—is to follow your heart.  When the Inquirer isn’t interested in a story that I believe in, I do it anyway.  Always, it finds a home…either with my own paper, or somewhere else. – April Saul, The Philadelphia Inquirer

 The ability to take pictures is probably the least important thing. Your ability to work quickly and inexpensively will be important as well as your ability to market yourself, to network, to make people comfortable, to be able to work with people of different socio-economic backgrounds….those are the skills that will help you a lot more. –   David H. Wells

The ability to take pictures is probably the least important thing. Your ability to work quickly and inexpensively will be important as well as your ability to market yourself, to network, to make people comfortable, to be able to work with people of different socio-economic backgrounds….those are the skills that will help you a lot more. – David H. Wells

 Photojournalism is one-dimensional and you must avoid dedicating your entire life to it. As much as we all love the craft, it will never love you back. Keep your life in balance, faith, family, friends and fotojournalism. –   Brian Peterson,   The Minneapolis Star Tribune

Photojournalism is one-dimensional and you must avoid dedicating your entire life to it. As much as we all love the craft, it will never love you back. Keep your life in balance, faith, family, friends and fotojournalism. – Brian Peterson, The Minneapolis Star Tribune

   Scott Strazzante, Alex Garcia,   The Chicago Tribune

Scott Strazzante, Alex Garcia, The Chicago Tribune

   Alan Spearman, John Sale  , The Commercial Appeal

Alan Spearman, John Sale, The Commercial Appeal

 What I tell all aspiring photographers is: Observe…and shut up!  You can't listen when you're talking.  Don't hesitate to ask the veterans for their help. Just not during play though. --   Rich Clarkson

What I tell all aspiring photographers is: Observe…and shut up!  You can't listen when you're talking.  Don't hesitate to ask the veterans for their help. Just not during play though. -- Rich Clarkson

 Fall in love with photojournalism. Let your passion for the job push you past your 40-hour week. Be there for the moments on a project, even if you aren’t scheduled to be working then. Life doesn’t stop because we are off the clock. --   Eve Edelheit  , The Tampa Bay Times

Fall in love with photojournalism. Let your passion for the job push you past your 40-hour week. Be there for the moments on a project, even if you aren’t scheduled to be working then. Life doesn’t stop because we are off the clock. -- Eve Edelheit, The Tampa Bay Times

 I think too many newspapers have forgotten that people enjoy a product with personality. We’ve all been shoveling our content into unappealing, overly-busy templates that suck all the life out of the experience and make readers work really hard to find things. It’s time to reexamine that strategy and invest in new platforms, technologies and people that allow us to recapture the pleasure of discovering beautiful stories and stunning visuals. -   Randall Greenwell  , The Virginian-Pilot

I think too many newspapers have forgotten that people enjoy a product with personality. We’ve all been shoveling our content into unappealing, overly-busy templates that suck all the life out of the experience and make readers work really hard to find things. It’s time to reexamine that strategy and invest in new platforms, technologies and people that allow us to recapture the pleasure of discovering beautiful stories and stunning visuals. - Randall Greenwell, The Virginian-Pilot

 The days of just shooting stills for a project are in the past. Decisions of what to shoot are married with what is the best medium for telling each story. Video? Still images and video? Still images and audio? --   Alan Hagman  , The Los Angeles Times ------------------ Each genre offers unique challenges.  After three weeks in a war zone, I might dress in a tuxedo to cover the Academy Awards. One day, it’s the Dodgers, the next day I’m documenting a family coping with their father’s brain disease. --   Robert Gauthier  , The Los Angeles Times

The days of just shooting stills for a project are in the past. Decisions of what to shoot are married with what is the best medium for telling each story. Video? Still images and video? Still images and audio? -- Alan Hagman, The Los Angeles Times
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Each genre offers unique challenges.  After three weeks in a war zone, I might dress in a tuxedo to cover the Academy Awards. One day, it’s the Dodgers, the next day I’m documenting a family coping with their father’s brain disease. -- Robert Gauthier, The Los Angeles Times

 There has to be one powerful photographic vision threaded throughout TIME, and while we are working on several different platforms at once, the more that we can maintain a strong unified photographic approach, the more consistency we can provide to our audience of 50 million who are accessing TIME in all different ways. --   Kira Pollack  , TIME Magazine

There has to be one powerful photographic vision threaded throughout TIME, and while we are working on several different platforms at once, the more that we can maintain a strong unified photographic approach, the more consistency we can provide to our audience of 50 million who are accessing TIME in all different ways. -- Kira Pollack, TIME Magazine

 What we do as photojournalists is not about us. It's all about our subjects and sharing their story with the audience. That's our main job.  --   Dave Weatherwax  , The Jasper Herald

What we do as photojournalists is not about us. It's all about our subjects and sharing their story with the audience. That's our main job.  -- Dave Weatherwax, The Jasper Herald

 I always like to say that humans are both natural storytellers and lovers of stories, and publishers are always going to be around in one form or another. The medium and format may vary over time, but the stories will always thrive. --   Alan Taylor  , In Foucus, The Atlantic

I always like to say that humans are both natural storytellers and lovers of stories, and publishers are always going to be around in one form or another. The medium and format may vary over time, but the stories will always thrive. -- Alan Taylor, In Foucus, The Atlantic

 Learn to tell great stories. Do not get caught up in the negative outlook, create your own future, no matter what is happening in the industry. --   Tim Rasmussen  , The Denver Post

Learn to tell great stories. Do not get caught up in the negative outlook, create your own future, no matter what is happening in the industry. -- Tim Rasmussen, The Denver Post

 There are a lot of pictures out their competing for air. Photographers should be considering their roll and voice as story tellers in their pictures. Whether it’s a single frame or a series, a viewer should know why they're looking at a professional photographer's work and what sets it apart. --   Cornelius Schmid  , The New York Times

There are a lot of pictures out their competing for air. Photographers should be considering their roll and voice as story tellers in their pictures. Whether it’s a single frame or a series, a viewer should know why they're looking at a professional photographer's work and what sets it apart. -- Cornelius Schmid, The New York Times