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Thanks to Scott and Brad for inviting me to write a post on this blog. It's an honor to share the stage with so many talented photographers. On my own blog, I normally write about the nuts and bolts of each photo shoot. For this special post, I'd like to share the key to making a living in this crazy business of photography: You need to separate yourself from the pack. But how do you do that? I've realized that there are a few things I consistently do when preparing for a shoot. 1) If I see a group of photographers standing together, I run the other direction. At most of the events I cover, there are a lot of other photographers. The wire services and local newspaper shooters always do a great job covering the event. So what can I bring to the…

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I want to thank both Scott and Brad for the invitation to compose a blog entry for what I consider to be the most informative photography/creative blog on the web today. Scott is a true pioneer within the creative industry, and his site is always the one I look to for answers when I am lost. So, when Brad sent me an email asking me to guest blog, as many of you might imagine, I was about as jacked as I have ever been.

Soon after, I began to realize the heavy burden of following in the footsteps of Joe McNally, Bill Frakes and all those photographers whose work I have on a pedestal so high I could not reach it if I were on a trip to the moon.

All kidding aside, those that know me well will tell you that I have never been an out-front, in your face guy; I have always wanted my work to speak for itself, so if you have never heard of me or seen my work, no fear… After reading this Blog/Book, you will know why… I am Paul Abell, a relatively new photographer mostly known for sports photography.

For the last several weeks, I have contemplated my approach and how I might present something different from those that have come before me, and once again, reality set in… What could I possibly share with you all that these amazing photographers have not already shared? Conclusion: I did not find a thing…

Scott, thank you for thinking enough of me and the work that I have done to ask me to share it here. To those that are reading this, thank you for allowing me to share my work and story with you… Most of all, best of luck in all live and all your creative endeavors.


My journey as a photographer is more than likely different than most photographers. It began just eight years ago, this April, while working as a graphic designer for an arenafootball2 (af2) team named the Macon Knights.

Today, the Knights are no longer a team in operation, but I credit their ownership for giving me every opportunity to succeed at the highest level.

In 2003, I had the opportunity to work with multi-talented, award-wining creative director, Kurt Tausche. Over his career, Kurt has won more than 500 national & international awards, and he was brought in by the Knights to help create a sports brand second to none in any level of professional sports.

Kurt and I hit it off from the start, and I credit him for taking the time to work with such an unknown photographer; Looking back, I am not sure how we accomplished so much, but I credit the final award-winning productions to his abilities as a national, award-wining creative director. With all of Kurt’s award-winning projects, he could have easily refused to work with me, but for whatever reasons he did not, and I was awarded the opportunity to work alongside one of the top creative directors in the advertising industry.

Over my 5 years with the Knights, I worked on and produced over 30 award winning designs & photographs, taking home photo of the year 2 times, Media guide of the year 5 years, as well as numerous other local Best of Show, Gold & Silver ADDY Awards.

SAMPLE DESIGN: 2003 Macon Knights Pocket Schedule, design & photo by Paul Abell

This was one of the award-winning designs I produced shortly after beginning my work with Kurt Tausche. Prior to the season, Kurt and I scheduled a photo shoot with many of the Knights’ players. The image seen in the design is of Knights’ fullback Byron Douzart. Our lighting was even and flat, as is was all I knew how to do… For the session, we used

.....Pro sports photographer, and all around cool guy, my buddy Paul Abell. Paul has helped me SO much with shooting sports over years, and any time I'm stuck on something, he has always been incredibly gracious to help me out by sharing what he learned in his many years of shooting pro sports. In the meantime, go check out some of Paul's work right here (make sure you check out his Football portfolio). Make sure you stop back here tomorrow as Paul takes the blog for the day. I can't wait! :)

Let me start by thanking Scott for giving me his blogspace for today, I will try to leave it the way I found it :) My name is Frank Doorhof and I’m a Dutch fashion and sometimes glamour photographer. In our business we made a quite drastic move into teaching workshops instead of aiming for the magazines. I still shoot for magazines and advertising of course, but our main focus is on the teaching of workshops. In the last few years this has resulted in workshops worldwide and the release of 6 instructional DVDs and this year number 7 will hit the market. So what is the thing I try to do in the workshops? In a time where you can see a lot of photography on the web and photographers who have only been shooting for three months already teaching workshops, it’s a…

A Different Approach: A comparison between advertising vs. sport photography Photo by Jefferson Graham I have been shooting cars for over two decades, first as an advertising photographer and more recently, photographing motorsport for Rolex. The difference between the two types of photography is striking. When I do advertising, I bring everything to the shot and I’m almost in total control. At a race, I use all the same creative skills, but the package is reversed: I have to use the light given to me and have to wait for the moments to unfold in front of me… in short, I have no control. One thing never changes, whether it’s a race or an advertising shoot, the cars have to have emotion and they need to look sexy; that's our job. Now let's take a look at these two different approaches. For advertising, let’s…

...automotive photographer Stephan Cooper!  Stephan gives an fascinating look into two contrasting sides of automotive photography - advertising and racing. One can be a slow and tedious process, while the other is a fast-moving and in the moment event. So if you like cars and photography, make sure you stop by tomorrow and check it out :)