Month: April, 2012

Division I Women’s Gymnastics

April 24, 2012

Every now and then one stumbles upon a gem. This one was not painted in beautiful evening light nor was it the most decorated or popular sport by any means. What it did unearth was a goldmine of emotion. Loads. Needless to say, I’m now glad I accepted and willingly tried a sport I’ve never photographed before. Here are a few of my favorite images from this weekend.


©Joshua Duplechian/NCAA Photos

©Joshua Duplechian/NCAA Photos

©Joshua Duplechian/NCAA Photos

©Joshua Duplechian/NCAA Photos

©Joshua Duplechian/NCAA Photos

©Joshua Duplechian/NCAA Photos

Nat Geo photogs give insight from Rich Clarkson

April 9, 2012


Gerd Ludwig continues his series on speaking to former Directors of Photography including Rich Clarkson. Clarkson was Director of Photography for the National Geographic Magazine from 1985 to 1988.

Like Kent Kobersteen, I have spent much of my professional life moving on from an early role as staff photographer to a director of photography. My time spanned two successful newspapers and eventually, the National Geographic Society.

It included working as a contract photographer for a news weekly and the nation’s premier sports magazine, as well as the editor of a number of books and photographic projects. So from both sides of the fence, my career has been about the business of getting good pictures and then using them well.

So what did I learn in these various stages? And what should all photographers know?

This is about what directors of photography do, and how to use them well.

First, a director of photography is your friend — and your spokesman, your salesman and often, your mentor. But he is a middleman. His job lies between you, and the users of your work, along with a picture editor and various other layers of editors whose job it is to combine the visuals with words. It is a very competitive environment.

Some managing editors are brilliant manipulators of all the elements to tell a story most effectively, but often they can use help. Dealing with various magazine editors over the years, often a scene of negotiations and compromises.

To read the rest of the article, go to The Photo Society.

The Photo Society is a collaboration blog of National Geographic photographers, their work, and their opinions.

CBS News ‘This Morning’ profiled Rich Clarkson for 57th Final Four

April 4, 2012

Since 1952, Rich Clarkson has been a staple of the NCAA Final Four Tournament documenting history. From the emergence of the black athlete to the different style of the game, Rich has been travelled the road to the Final Four 57 times.

With that, Charlie Rose and CBS News This Morning gave him some airtime this year on the Monday morning of the Championship game.

Take a look below on the insider’s look into the mind of the ‘Legendary Final Four photog’ Rich Clarkson.

The Kansas City star newspaper also profiled Rich in their story on Kansas’ Final Four win. Take a look here.

Opening Days

April 2, 2012

With the Rockies home opener quickly approaching it’s time to kick off another season. Here is a look at images from this year’s spring training by photographers Ryan McKee and Jamie Schwaberow.

©Jamie Schwaberow/Rich Clarkson and Associates

©Ryan McKee/Rich Clarkson and Associates, LLC

©Jamie Schwaberow/Rich Clarkson and Associates, LLC

©Jamie Schwaberow/Rich Clarkson and Associates, LLC

©Ryan McKee/Rich Clarkson and Associates, LLC

©Ryan McKee/Rich Clarkson and Associates, LLC