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Finn O’Hara on Representation
We had the pleasure of sitting down with photographer / director Finn O’Hara several months ago to talk about representation. Unfortunately we weren’t able to get to editing the interview until recently but the wait is over! Finn is an established photographer with a lot of experience and great clients, so we turned to him to tell [...] Read more – ‘Finn O’Hara on Representation’.
You’re Not The Boss, So Stop Being Bossy! (Some Basic Rules For Collaboration)
Terms like “on the ball” and “organized” can serve as euphemisms for “control freak” and “bossypants.” I like to think of myself as the former, but know I can be the latter. Which is why I often have a hard time working on group projects. I have strong ideas, and I like to see them [...] Read more – ‘You’re Not The Boss, So Stop Being Bossy! (Some Basic Rules For Collaboration)’.
Purging
I think sometimes that as artists, we hold on to things. Because many of us create objects, objects themselves become precious to us. There are lots of things that deserve to be honoured, and kept, and celebrated. But there are also things that are just that. Things. So when do you let stuff go? Read more – ‘Purging’.
Luminance 2012
You may have already picked up on the fact that we’re big fans of lifelong learning here at Knock Twice. Knowing what you don’t know, or fleshing out what you do know are both really valuable to help you grow as an artist, a business owner, and a person in general. Which is why we’re [...] Read more – ‘Luminance 2012’.
Dealing with Burnout
I’ve been feeling a little burnt-out lately. I think this happens to everyone regardless of your working situation but I find it’s more common with those of us who freelance. From one perspective the work never stops – there is always something to do and someone to email. On the other hand you’re not obliged to do [...] Read more – ‘Dealing with Burnout’.
Because We’re Professionally Nosy
Remember our roundup of blogs we think you should be following? Well, the blog for Westside Studio was one of them. The blog is entertaining, updated regularly, and full of pretty pictures. What more could you want from a photo blog? How about a fabulous new feature they’ve started called “How Much Did That Photo [...] Read more – ‘Because We’re Professionally Nosy’.
That’s A Job! (Editorial Photographer/Photojournalist)
One of the most desired jobs these days seems to be editorial portrait photographer. What’s not to want? You get to spend time with celebrities, get paid, and have your photographs published by newspapers and magazines. Jennifer Roberts is a Toronto-based editorial photographer and photojournalist. She was part of the elite Eddie Adams workshop, and [...] Read more – ‘That’s A Job! (Editorial Photographer/Photojournalist)’.
The Buddy System
Back in the days of elementary school, we would often partner up in what was known as the buddy system. During field trips, projects, and other activities you would be assigned a buddy who would be responsible for you and you for him or her. Whether it was getting back to the bus on time [...] Read more – ‘The Buddy System’.
Get That Job Via Email!
It’s the time of year when a large group of people with similar skill sets start looking for jobs. Whether you’re hoping to assist, or second shoot, or work in a studio, you’re going to need to stand out and make contact. I’ve sent and received my fair share of this kind of email, to [...] Read more – ‘Get That Job Via Email!’.
Good at Getting Good
Everyone I know is by a beach, on a boat, or in a park, and I myself am looking forward to a drink outside, so I’ll try to keep this short. I want to touch on something I’ve been turning over in my head for the last few months or perhaps even years. It’s become [...] Read more – ‘Good at Getting Good’.
What Came First, the Medium or the Message?
I recently met with a documentary photographer and had a long discussion about a project she is developing. While trying to figure out how to convey a specific aspect through images, we started talking about what other media could better bring the ideas across. This is something I’ve been thinking about more and more in [...] Read more – ‘What Came First, the Medium or the Message?’.
Do You Deserve A Break After Graduation?
You’ve worked hard for a number of years, pulling all-nighters, and scrambling all over the city to get the pieces together for your final project, meeting deadline after deadline. Do you deserve a break after graduation? Sure you do. But I’ll give you a few reasons why you shouldn’t take an official break. Read more – ‘Do You Deserve A Break After Graduation?’.
Steal Like an Artist (Book)
It’s our 200th post! So first off, thank you to all of you for reading Knock Twice, commenting, sharing posts, and attending our events. You’re awesome! One of the things we want to do more of on the blog is share great, inspiring books, and give them away! Both Erika and I are big readers [...] Read more – ‘Steal Like an Artist (Book)’.
Beyond the Art in Art School
One of the things that is often left out of discussions around the value of going to art school is all the classes that are in no way related to art. This is probably truer for university programs than colleges (correct me if I’m wrong), but I had to take around two courses per semester [...] Read more – ‘Beyond the Art in Art School’.
That’s A Job! (Preparator)
I want to thank our readers for all the great feedback about our interview with food photographer Maya Visnyei. We’re excited to keep this feature going and help you discover more of the jobs that exists in and around art. Our second profile is Josh Morden, preparator at Stephen Bulger Gallery. Never heard of a preparator? [...] Read more – ‘That’s A Job! (Preparator)’.
Diane Arbus: A Chronology (book)
Ok, I promise this is the last post about Diane Arbus for a while. But I received the book Diane Arbus: A Chronology as a Christmas gift and have enjoyed it so much it seemed selfish not to share. I knew as soon as I saw the beautifully-typefaced cover that this book could be great, [...] Read more – ‘Diane Arbus: A Chronology (book)’.
A Permission Letter For Diane Arbus
Lately I’ve been reading a lot about effective networking and asking people for help. I pride myself on my independence and ability to ‘just get stuff done’, but I also think about something I read a while ago. The idea was that people want to help you when you’re in your twenties – you can [...] Read more – ‘A Permission Letter For Diane Arbus’.
Consuming Valuable Content
I am constantly consuming content. Whether it’s reading blogs on my Google Reader, listening to podcasts on my iPhone, or reading books on my Kindle, it seems no matter where I am or what I’m doing I will find a way to take in new material. However, once in a while I come across something [...] Read more – ‘Consuming Valuable Content’.
The Year in Review / The Year Ahead
Thank you very much to everyone who has ever read Knock Twice and told others about it! It’s been a really exciting year for us, getting into the flow of things, launching projects, and holding giveaways. As we move into 2012 we have a lot of great things planned. Here is a look at some [...] Read more – ‘The Year in Review / The Year Ahead’.
HMAb: The Fundraiser
There has been some sad news in the photo community lately. Heather Morton, an art buyer and a constant inspiration for young photographers here in Toronto (and worldwide I’m sure) through her blog, has developed a tumour – Fibromatosis to be specific. As a result she will be undergoing chemo treatment for two years! Read more – ‘HMAb: The Fundraiser’.
Keeping Side-Projects Painless(ish)
A couple of weeks ago I talked about why you should consider starting a side project over the winter break. While side projects are a lot of fun, they can quickly take a turn for the worse if you don’t keep them in check. I want to address a few things that will make the [...] Read more – ‘Keeping Side-Projects Painless(ish)’.
How Reality TV Schooled Me
One of my guilty pleasures is reality tv. I’m not a huge fan of the “follow people around while they lead their lives” type of show (with the exception of Teen Mom; it’s like a car crash and I just can’t look away!) I prefer the “set up challenges and watch people learn” kind of [...] Read more – ‘How Reality TV Schooled Me’.
Roundup: Five Photo Blogs to Follow
With the holidays approaching, you may have some time to rest up and refresh. You might even have some time to do a little reading. Though there are many photo blogs worth reading, we’ve rounded up five we think you should know about (if you don’t already). But if you have any suggestions to share, [...] Read more – ‘Roundup: Five Photo Blogs to Follow’.
Why You Should Start a Personal Project
I’m a huge fan of personal projects. I’m not talking about personal fine-art work (though I like that too), I mean projects you start on your own or with friends – that you do, not for payment, but because your passionate and find it interesting. It can be a blog (Knock Twice!), organize a weekly [...] Read more – ‘Why You Should Start a Personal Project’.
This Post is Not Made for You!
I often hear the same complaint from students and others that often consume educational content. It goes along the lines of “that lecture wasn’t that useful” or “I only learned a few things at that workshop, I really wish they covered…” Sure, sometimes the speaker, workshop, conference, book, whatever, really is bad, but most of [...] Read more – ‘This Post is Not Made for You!’.
The Importance of Writing
There is a strange concept among visual artists – many seem to think they don’t need to write well. The idea is that their work should speak for itself, after all, had they wanted to write, they would have become writers. I’m sorry, but that is bullshit. Writing is one of the most important skills [...] Read more – ‘The Importance of Writing’.
The Science of Sleep
Sleep is a scarce resource for freelancers. Because of last minute jobs, inconsistent hours, and clients in other time zones, we often cut our sleep time without giving it a second thought. It’s only after pulling several late nights and early mornings in a row, that our body takes over, we crash, and after 14 [...] Read more – ‘The Science of Sleep’.
Calendarize It
I love words, and came across a new one recently. To CALENDERIZE something is to put it into your schedule for a future date. It makes sense, I’d just never heard it before. With this being a back-to-routines kind of time for people, it seems appropriate to talk about calenderizing, planning ahead, and flipping back [...] Read more – ‘Calendarize It’.
On Monotasking
A little while ago I read an article on mono-tasking. As you may have guessed, it’s the opposite of multi-tasking. It doesn’t mean that you aren’t capable of taking more than one thing on at a time, it just means you choose not to. The article suggests that by focusing your energy fully on one [...] Read more – ‘On Monotasking’.
Book Review: Negotiating with the Dead – A Writer on Writing
I’m not going to lie, even though she’s a national treasure, I’m not fond of Margaret Atwood’s fiction. I am, however, a fan of the woman herself (she is very, very bright – do you follow her on twitter?) and I’m a fan of her non-fiction, lecture-style writing. I came to Negotiating With the Dead: [...] Read more – ‘Book Review: Negotiating with the Dead – A Writer on Writing’.
Roundup: Student Discounts
Education is obviously one of the best benefits of being a student, but one of the bonuses is the student discount. Often taken for granted by those to whom it is available, the student discount can save you hundreds, maybe even thousands, of dollars. If you’re a student, you should get in the habit of [...] Read more – ‘Roundup: Student Discounts’.
Some Things For Your Wedding Kit Bag
It’s summer time, and you’re the friend with a camera. You’re the buddy who’s “into” photography. It’s likely that you have, or will be, asked to photograph a wedding. When I was in school pursuing my artistic passion (*ahem*), I scoffed at wedding photography. My thinking was, “if I can’t get a real job, maybe [...] Read more – ‘Some Things For Your Wedding Kit Bag’.
Interview With A Lawyer: Jordan Nahmias
We believe that when you start a business, there is a tool-box of people you should have available to you. (Ok, some people just call them consultants.) A lawyer is a key member of the consultant-team you should build for yourself, and you shouldn’t just wait until you’re in the middle of a legal bind to [...] Read more – ‘Interview With A Lawyer: Jordan Nahmias’.
Camera Formats 101
Camera formats varied according to the needs of film photographers, but have continued on through the digital revolution. Camera-phones aside, we’ve put together a primer on three of the main formats. You may already know this, but if this is the first time you’re seeing these terms, hopefully you find them helpful. Read more – ‘Camera Formats 101’.
Do You Journal?
It seems that many people just type notes into their phones these days, but there’s something different, and dare I say, better, about keeping a journal (or notepad, or sketchbook, or whatever you want to call it.) I believe that taking the time to write something down makes it more important. I think it fuels [...] Read more – ‘Do You Journal?’.
Knowing What You Need to Know
We’re in the process of switching over to using Capture One (software for tethered shooting) at the studio where I work. I’ve used Capture One a couple of times in the past, but have never really dived in deep, so it’s all very new to me. To fix my lack of knowledge I’ve started doing [...] Read more – ‘Knowing What You Need to Know’.
Thoughts on Graduation
Having gone to Ryerson’s photo grad show – Maximum Exposure – last week, I was reminded that it has only been a year since I graduated. The past year has been an amazing learning experience and has made me realize the main benefits of school weren’t the technical skills or all the history and theory. [...] Read more – ‘Thoughts on Graduation’.
Don’t Have Your Girlfriend Call Me
It’s always internship season somewhere; either it’s a class requirement, or continuing education project, or a summer of figuring out what you want to do. In any case, applying for an internship should be approached like applying for a job, and being an intern should be taken seriously. First impressions matter and when the mentor [...] Read more – ‘Don’t Have Your Girlfriend Call Me’.
Roundup: Online Backup Services
There was always someone in my class whose laptop gave up just before a major assignment was due. The computer would have to go in for repair, and they would be left with nothing. (Those people became the first kids on the block to run out and buy external backup drives). Think about it: right [...] Read more – ‘Roundup: Online Backup Services’.
Tax Talk – Part 2: How our HST Works
As mentioned last week, HST stands for Harmonized Sales Tax. In Ontario, it is a 13% tax that applies to all goods and services. As a vendor, you may be required to charge HST to your customers and then pass the money* on to the government. Let’s continue that talk, but with a few more [...] Read more – ‘Tax Talk – Part 2: How our HST Works’.
Making the Most Out of Your Internship
Every year as school winds down, internship season kicks in. For many students this will be the first time they are working professionally in their fields and can be an invaluable experience. At best, internships can lead to great jobs and at worse – you will become the resident barista. More often than not, your [...] Read more – ‘Making the Most Out of Your Internship’.
How to Finish Projects and Set Them Free
A problem I struggled with everyday (and still do) is following through and finishing projects. I have hundreds of ideas for business and marketing strategies, art projects, companies – I get excited, start working on them, and then promptly relegate them to another day (that never comes). While this makes me feel busy and productive, [...] Read more – ‘How to Finish Projects and Set Them Free’.
Map-Making for Beginners
It’s naive to think that people will beat down your door with job offers as soon as you begin life as a creative professional. In a market saturated with so many photographers, graphic designers, illustrators, etc, you will likely have to make or find a job for yourself. Having a degree or a certificate does [...] Read more – ‘Map-Making for Beginners’.
Good Things In One Place: Akimbo
In recent years I have become a big fan of having things delivered to me. Office supplies, groceries, daily doses of imagery, you name it. I’m pretty sure it has to do with me finally realizing that my time is a commodity, and identifying my priorities. So in the spirit of having things brought to [...] Read more – ‘Good Things In One Place: Akimbo’.
Portfolio Reviews: The Basics
Last May I participated in my first official photography portfolio review. I prepared my work, arrived at the event, and waited nervously for my first session. By the end of the weekend I had met with six very different reviewers, had a notebook full of (sometimes conflicting) feedback, and was excited to move forward with [...] Read more – ‘Portfolio Reviews: The Basics’.
Who Needs Grades?
There is a problem – from kindergarten up, our success in school is measured through grades. Achieving high marks often results in both emotional and physical benefits furthering the illusion that grades are a useful metric. However, the skills that chasing grades teaches couldn’t be farther from what is needed to truly succeed in today’s [...] Read more – ‘Who Needs Grades?’.