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Ride Along: Photographing a Protest in Los Angeles

My name is Jayrol San Jose, and I am a photojournalist based in Los Angeles. I’m a professional photographer, but being new to journalism, I’ve found that covering protests is a great place to start. I’ve covered around 25 protests this year in the Los Angeles area. This one, in ...

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Photography Saved My Life

I’m going to start from the beginning. I didn’t have a bad upbringing. My parents worked hard for our family and always provided for me and my sister. They taught us right from wrong, how to be kind, loving and caring. We weren’t rich, but we never ever went without. ...

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What if All Photographers Had the Same Gear?

What if you had the same camera, lighting and subject matter as everyone else. A groundhog day for a photographer so to speak. If we all have the same gear what would make you different? Imagine you had no way of visually showing someone any of your work, and they ...

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Do You Know Your Top 5 Photographs?

I was interviewed by street photographer Eric Kim back in 2016, and it was a huge deal for me! I remember when I first started shooting street, his blog was one of the first that I came by. It was filled with so much information, but what was more interesting ...

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I Am NOT a ‘Self-Taught’ Photographer

“Meet my friend Saurabh. He’s an amazing photographer from India and his work has been published in various reputed newspapers and journals worldwide like Nat Geo, The Guardian, Lonely Planet, etc. Astonishingly, he’s a self-taught photographer and very passionate about his work.” Recently, I was touring Europe to meet some ...

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An 8-Hour Photo Walk Around New York City

Early this September, I went up to New York City to photograph Teachers College, Columbia University’s new student orientation. While I was there, I had the opportunity to take some time for myself and walk around New York City, reminiscing about old times. I lived in New York for 5 ...

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A Key to Powerful Portraits: The Eyes

Want to shoot powerful portraits? One of the keys to doing so is focusing on your subject’s eyes. This 2.5-minute video by Light Club is an inspiring look into this critical facet of portraiture. “Leonardo Da Vinci was an early pioneer of the catchlight,” the video states. “Da Vinci realized ...

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Photographing the Eye of the Tiger (Shark)

How would you feel if you were standing at the stern of the boat as twenty 10-foot lemon sharks circle at the surface in front of you and in the depths below an even larger tiger shark cruises the algal reefs? Would you make that jump into the water, with ...

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