Photoshelter recently ran this great article about Sports Illustrated and what they look for in a photographer. They sat down and interviewed Brad Smith, Director of Photography at Sports Illustrated. This is an invaluable article to anyone out there who shoots sports!
They go into detail about what type of images they look for, business advice, practices that will hurt your chances, and the type of photographer that S.I. is looking for.
One of my favorite questions was:
Photoshelter: What about a photographer’s website will turn you off?
Brad Smith: My biggest website turnoff is when someone doesn’t have contact information. When I have to click on a link that says ‘contact me’ and then I have to fill out a form in order for you to call me back, I’ve lost all interest in you. If it were a date it’d be over, I’d be asking for the check.
Another great piece of advice came in when he was asked what makes a good freelance photographer:
Brad Smith: I want to know that a photographer has a knack for photography, that it’s not all about technique and post-production. Photographers fall into that trap. They rely on certain technology, cameras, lighting or Photoshop, etc. That’s all-important, but you have to have some kind of a relationship with a subject to show something a little more organic.
You can find the full article here: