Has she had any prior experience in photojournalism?
If not, then perhaps she would benefit from beginning right now. Rather than hoping and waiting to convince someone to accept her into an academic program or apprenticeship, just begin the journey by taking the first step on her own initiative.
Now days it's easy to self-publish anything on the web. Perhaps she should look around her for a few interesting human interest stories just waiting to be told. Something she feels passionately about. Then pick one and start telling that story as a self-assigned project. It might be band related, or it might not.*
She will discover very quickly the demands of the process. It will be hard work. She'll experience successes and failures. It will become far more than just clicking the shutter. She'll need to do research. She'll need to explain herself to strangers - and convince them to give access and cooperation. She'll learn to change direction when the story turns out to be something different than she had at first thought. She'll have to fight to produce something of interest and lasting quality.
And after all that, she'll learn to boil down her raw material - both images and the written word - into a coherent presentation. Then create and present an online layout that communicates what she wants to say to her audience. And finally, listen carefully to that audience's reactions, both good and bad.
When finished she should be in a much better position to decide for herself if this is a direction she wishes to follow. At best she'll have found a calling and have something significant to show a prospective school or employer. And at worst she will have simply discovered that it's not the life for her, thus allowing her to move on.
* There are stories everywhere just waiting to be told. Just off the top of my head, how many times has she seen those impromptu side-of-the-road memorials commemorating past automobile accidents? Often they have small, family-placed crosses, some flowers, and maybe a flag or candle - and a name. There must be 50+ in my county alone. Each of these is a story waiting to be told in both pictures and words. Taken together those individual stories might make a very interesting photojournalism project, I would think.
"There is very limited audience for the arty stuff, and it is largely comprised of other arty types, most of whom have no money to spend because no one is buying their stuff either. More people bring their emotions to an image than bring their intellect. The former are the folks who have checkbooks because they are engineers, accountants, and bankers—and generally they are engineers, accountants and bankers because they are not artists."
— Amanda Tomlin, Looking Glass Magazine, 2014
Yeah...the romance of dealing with shifty, dodgy types who'll take images, use them without permission and pay squat (if anything at all).
she is more enamored with the perceived romance of band photography.
Message to the daughter: there's a big difference between hanging out with a band and working with a band. By all means - hang out, have fun, enjoy the tunes. Maybe take a picture or two, why not. But if you get the urge to knock your head against a brick wall, flush money down the toilet and have people disrespect/steal/lie about your hard-won images, there's surely a better way than by getting bands mixed up in it.
"Never criticize someone until you've walked a mile in their shoes. That way, you're a mile away and you've got their shoes."
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So,,, why not offer the local small newspaper a short article and a couple of pics of a band coming to town in a week or two?
We're in a town of 60K, with several small winerys with bands on the weekends. A few pic's, small writeup, and a follow up writeup afterwords might get your foot in the door. Might even get the winery (or whatever) to get in the habit of using you.
Harold Evans' "Pictures on a page" is an excellent book on the subject.
Give her time, she'll grow out of it.
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Yea,,, you've never seen sleazy till you've done a horse show. Good experience, kept photography as a hobby ;-)
Originally Posted by Colin Corneau
Originally Posted by Colin Corneau
i shot a band early this past summer.
i gave them the images for free
and they gave me a cd and stickers ...
i get the by-line and a mention in the liner notes.
sometimes you just gotta realize bands are broke
and its kind of fun just to give stuff away ...
its like doing the wedding for a friend at.
i wouldn't try to make a living out of that though.
Assignment due in by December??......If only all photojournalists had that amount of time to complete an assignment!!!!.
Lesson 1. Editors always want your pictures in by yesterday!
I echo the above comments re. video rather than stills being desired. you have to understand that the printed media is dying, and the demand is now for web based material. For this medium, video clips are preferred. they can always grab a still frame from that if needed, unlike in the printed media, the stills quality doesn't have to be that good.
You say your daughter wants to photograph bands etc.?...I don't know what the situation is there, but here in the UK, the paparazzi mob have that area sewn up for themselves.
The pay within the profession here (in UK) used to be good, but now it is not, you'd earn more as a bus driver!....The reason being, there are simply too many trying to get on the bandwagon, and the powers that be take advantage of that. I'm afraid the onset of digital has "de-skilled" the profession...i.e. you no longer need to be techically proficient in photographic technique to get an "acceptable" result.
I tend to agree with the previous comment to "point your daughter in a different direction".....The competition is fierce in a rapidly dwindling market.
Originally Posted by darkroom_rookie
This was a superb book on the subject in its day. Problem is "its day", was the pre-digital 1970's, when photojournalism was still a major influence, in the world of newspapers.
Sadly, this is no longer the case today.