October 2013 Clip Round-Up

October 29, 2013

Here are various clips from assignment work from throughout the summer.

TIME Magazine

Outdoor Life Magazine 1

Outdoor Life Magazine 2

L'Express Magazine 1

L'Express Magazine 2

L'Express Magazine 3

L'Express Magazine 4

Entrepreneur Magazine

Pelerin Magazine 1

Pelerin Magazine 2

Pelerin Magazine 3

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For a week during the first day in December of 2011, I had the awesome opportunity to go to Nebraska for Outdoor Life. The story was looking into how conservation efforts from national and local organizations have helped revamp the natural habit for animals in the region. It also made for prime hunting habitat. The story looking into the unique opportunity to hunt four species in four days.

Outdoor Life always shoots stories a year in advance, so I was stuck waiting on the photos for a full year. It was tough, but the outcome was great. I love working with the magazine and can’t wait for the next shoot!

See a larger edit on my site.

See an even LARGER edit on my archive.

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September Clip Round-Up

September 25, 2012

Been another great month with tons of work and a bunch of new clips! Here are some of my favorites.

TIME Magazine

Money Magazine

Outdoor Life Magazine

5280 Magazine 1

5280 Magazine 2

5280 Magazine 3

5280 Magazine 4

Il Magazine 1

Il Magazine 2

Il Magazine 3

Il Magazine 4

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August Clip Round-up

August 14, 2012

I’ve been absent. Way absent. It will likely happen again.

I do post more regularly on my new Once A Day tumblr. Come follow me for more regular photo updates.

Work has been crazy recently. I’ve had some great shoots for many new clients. Below are a bunch of clips. I’ve got some new post ideas, so check back soon.

Denver Photographer, Denver Portrait Photographer, Matt Nager, Colorado Photography,

Reader's Digest Magazine

Denver Photographer, Denver Portrait Photographer, Matt Nager, Colorado Photography, Alex Bogusky

Alex Bogusky for Ad Week Magazine

Denver Photographer, Denver Portrait Photographer, Matt Nager, Colorado Photography, Bee Keeper

Cooking Light Magazine

Denver Photographer, Denver Portrait Photographer, Matt Nager, Colorado Photography,

Entrepreneur Magazine

Denver Photographer, Denver Portrait Photographer, Matt Nager, Colorado Photography,

Fast Company Magazine

Denver Photographer, Denver Portrait Photographer, Matt Nager, Colorado Photography,

Nature Magazine

Denver Photographer, Denver Portrait Photographer, Matt Nager, Colorado Photography,

New Scientist Magazine

Denver Photographer, Denver Portrait Photographer, Matt Nager, Colorado Photography,

TIME.com

Colorado Travel Photographer, Denver Photographer, Denver Portrait Photographer, Matt Nager, Colorado Photography,

Popular Photography Magazine

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Yesterday I shared several NY Times assignments I’ve shot in the last month or so. I saved this story for its own post.

On occasion, I am lucky as a photographer to be placed in unique situations and meet people that I simply would not experience otherwise. The Times were doing a story on family members of serial killers and how their lives were changed by events beyond them. Obviously this was going to be an intense shoot.

I was photographing Danyall White, the sister of Richard Paul White, and the one who eventually turned him in to the police. Richard confessed to murdering six women in the Denver area.

From the article: “It wasn’t just the guilt of my brother being behind bars, but the guilt of watching everybody’s life falling apart because of what I did, the phone call that I made,” said Ms. White, 37. “Some of my family shunned me, and it ate away at me.”

Danyall turned to drinking after her mother died, but has been sober for some time now and is working on moving forward with her family. The other women seen in the clip is Maureen Rein, the sister of Danyall and Richard.

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New York Times Round-Up

February 27, 2012

Well it’s been a lot of New York Times as of recent. I’ve enjoyed freelancing for the Times for several years now. It’s always nice to see a clip from them. Better still, is seeing someone reading an article with you photo attached.

Below are some clips.

beetle, beetle kill, mountain, forest, tree, New York Times, NY Times, photo, skiing, Colorado

Golden, New York Times, NY Times, photo, Colorado

unified sports, New York Times, NY Times, photo, sports, Colorado

avalanche, New York Times, NY Times, photo, skiing, Colorado

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Finding Value in Archiving

February 9, 2012

My Photoshelter Homepage

There comes a point in a every photographers workflow. You’ve downloaded photos onto your computer and into a hard drive. Hours are spent editing away to make the perfectly contrasted portrait. Images have been sent to your client, or your mom, and finally you’ve archived everything to a second hard drive. As a photo pro, you eagerly move onto your next shoot, forgetting the 40-50 selects from your last shoot. The hard drives pile up and the images get lost in the void of metal enclosures which, of course, are themselves enclosed by a dark closet next to your guest room.

Then there was the time you needed that one image of a long lost friend or that important portrait of that business man you photographed back in 2005. You file through dozens of hard drives finding the one you actually remembered to label – “Summer 2005″. Have you have been restarting your drive to run the motor and fan every 6 months? Alas, you have not, and your drive doesn’t boot up. You’ve now lost ALL those images. The day, and likely the week, is ruined. Everyone is sad.

That is one way to handle your old images. There is another way! I use Photoshelter and I love it. Now hold on just one moment as I put on my salesman hat.

I still use hard drives. It’s crazy, but I even still use DVDs! Yet, Photoshelter has now become a necessary and easy part of my photo workflow. Just before my hard drive goes into the closet, I simply upload my favorite 40 images from each shoot to my online archive. Now my images are backed up online. Think of it as an extra safety net for your images. Most importantly, my images are now online.

I’ll say it once more…my images are now online! That means that I can access them and download them to my hard drive from anywhere, and so can other people. That’s the key. Other people can now find my images. With proper keywords and captions, Photoshelter has become THE way to sell stock. I can honestly say that at least twice a month I sell an image that would normally be hidden inside that dark closet (which really isn’t that dark.) That means I am making money from simply uploading my old images. Hello sushi dinner!

So now, I am making money and safely storing my old images. Great. But wait, there’s more! Photoshelter also has great social networking capabilities and has become the number one gateway to my portfolio website. I have received more that five jobs after being found directly through the Photoshelter directory. Clearly editors and art buyers are hip to the trend.

So, let me put my Madmen hat back on the rack.

No matter how you archive your images or what service you use, having them online is an absolute must. Here are the top reasons why:

1. Online archiving is close to a guarantee for safe photo preservation. Of course, don’t stop with hard drives, but when they fail you still have them online.

2. Get noticed: Your photos will be online and others can find them through proper keywording and captions.

3. It’s all about SEO: Simply put, adding links to your blog and portfolio helps your search rankings and helps people find your photos.

4. Social networking through archiving: Get your old photos circulating through the social web world.

5. Sell, sell, sell: With your photos online, you will make money. It’s only a matter of time.

6. Find your images quickly, easily, and anywhere!

7. Look professional: An archive can be your portfolio. Don’t present yourself as a photographer if you only have a flickr.

Have I made my point? Get your images online.

Now, let me plug my portrait photo workshop which will take place in Oaxaca, Mexico the first week of April. In addition to portraits, during the workshop, I will be talking about the business of photography and will be going into greater detail on selling images and using an online archive. Join us.

UPDATE: I’m happy to announce that Photoshelter will be offering a discount membership for those attending my workshop. If you needed the extra incentive…there it is! Big high five to the fine folks at Photoshelter!

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Follow my Tumblr

January 11, 2012

Once A Day photo postings now on Tumblr.

Did I mention there will be a photo posted once a day?

Come on people. Follow.

http://mattnager.tumblr.com/

Here is yesterday’s post:

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Got a call, accompanied with a neat little interview, from a reporter with Wired UK regarding my experience shooting NASA’s new Orion Spacecraft built by Lockheed Martin here in Colorado.

Not sure where the interview ended up, but this photo was recently featured in WiredUK.

Be sure to see more photos of the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle on my Archive.

WiredUK Orion Space Craft Photo.

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As many are compiling their “Best Of 2011″ images for contests and what not, I had a great opportunity to photograph Denver’s own Best Of list for 5280 Magazine’s 2011 Game Changers issue. The issue ran in December and had a great look and design.

It was a challenging shoot with interesting portrait concepts. At my meeting with Photo Editor Sarah LaVigne and Art Director Dave McKenna, we discussed ways to best illustrate moving forward or making change. The idea we came up with was to shoot each subject in front of a white backdrop, but still show the surrounding environment.

Working within a tight budget and an even tighter deadline, I was somewhat limited on assistants and location scouting which made for, how should I put it, fun logistical moments. That said, I think we pulled it off rather well.

Beyond the shoot, it was great working with these fine people in my new home town of Denver. I had worked with Daniel Epstein and the Unreasonable Institute before and it was great to finally get his portrait. It is always great when you can work with actual makers of change within your community.

I’m sure this was just the first of many shoots with 5280 Magazine. They were great to work with and really do cool things with photography.

5280 Magazine 2011 Change Makers Issue

Laura Merage - RedLine Gallery

5280 Magazine - 2011 Change Makers Issue

Daniel Epstein - Unreasonable Institute

5280 Magazine - 2011 Change Makers Issue

Laura Merage - RedLine Gallery

5280 Magazine - 2011 Change Makers Issue

Jörg Drews -Re-Inventing America’s Urban Water Infrastructure

5280 Magazine - 2011 Change Makers Issue

Crissy Fanganello - Director for the Department of Public Works Policy and Planning and Denver Living Streets

5280 Magazine - 2011 Game Changers Issue

Chris Gibbons (left) - CEO of West Denver Prep & Cynthia Gallegos - Executive Director of the Focus Points Family Resource Center

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