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Month: February 2014

Now Hiring: University of Iowa Full-Time Photographer/Videographer



We’ve all witnessed the fusion of photography and videography in recent years. Increasingly the same tripods, lighting, and DSLR cameras used for still images are being used for video, and many of the same principles of lighting and composition apply to video as well as photography. Media projects often require still images and motion video. So, companies are increasingly hiring people who can fill the role of photographer and videographer. If you have an equal fluency in photography as well as videography, you may be interested in the full-time job opening at the University of Iowa described below.

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Source: Below is an excerpt from the University of Iowa Job Listing found here: https://jobs.uiowa.edu/pands/view/63980

Job Summary

  • The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (CLAS), Dean’s Office, has an opening for a Creative Media Specialist. This position will function as a photographer and videographer tasked with creating and managing visual/multimedia communications for CLAS and its departments and programs.

Type of Position

Regular: A position which is considered essential for the effective long-term operation of the university. Persons appointed to this position will receive the privileges and benefits associated with regular employment status.

Job Duties

  • Media Production
  • Project and Production Management
  • Supervision/Leadership

Note to Applicant

  • The qualifications for this job posting are described as competencies or the behaviors needed to be successful in performing the duties of the position at a defined proficiency level/standard. The proficiency level required for each qualification is included.
  • Please assure that your application/resume and/or cover letter illustrates the work experience, knowledge, skills and abilities you have that meet each of the required qualifications.

Proficiency Levels are Defined as:

  • Basic Application – Uses basic understanding of the field to perform job duties; may need some guidance on job duties; applies learning to recommend options to address unusual situations.
  • Working Experience – Successfully completes diverse tasks of the job; applies and enhances knowledge and skill in both usual and unusual issues; needs minimal guidance in addressing unusual situations.
  • Extensive Experience – Performs without assistance; recognized as a resource to others; able to translate complex nuances to others; able to improve processes; focus on broad issues.
  • Expert/Leader – Seen as an expert and/or leader; guides, troubleshoots; has strategic focus; applies knowledge and skill across or in leading multiple projects/orgs; demonstrates knowledge of trends in field; leads in developing new processes.
  • For more information about competencies, visit: http://www.uiowa.edu/hr/classcomp/prof/competencies.html

Education Required

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, cinema, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Experience Required

  • 1-3 years of experience in professional videography/photography production and digital asset management.
  • Extensive proficiency with, and knowledge of current and emerging trends in, photographic and video equipment used in all stages of production for print and online use.
  • Demonstrated creativity in photography and video, employed in the service of advancing key strategic messaging points, as demonstrated at an extensive proficiency level.
  • Extensive knowledge of online platforms for photography and video. Ability to produce in a variety of formats.
  • Working knowledge of photo/video editing software, e.g., Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, Photoshop, Adobe Bridge.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Working ability to juggle numerous tasks in a fast-paced atmosphere.
  • Working experience with UI, or other higher-education institution, policies and procedures.
  • Basic experience with journalism.

Click here to learn more or apply.

Photography Workshop: Beyond a Snapshot: the Art of Building and Creating Fine Photographs


River Action and the Figge Art Museum are co-sponsoring a workshop for photographers of all skill levels who are interested in exploring ways to improve the quality of their photos. The workshop, Beyond a Snapshot: the Art of Building and Creating Fine Photographs, will be held on Saturday, March 8th at the Figge Art Museum, 225 W 2nd St, Davenport, IA 52801. The workshop will begin at 12:45p and conclude at 4:30p. [REGISTER | Download PDF Flyer]

Internationally acclaimed photographer, Joel Sartore, has stated that there are three essential ingredients needed to make a quality photograph–light, composition, and an interesting story. A talented panel will address these various issues in an afternoon of brisk, lively sessions.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that many of the world’s renown photographers, both past and present, have cut their professional teeth as photojournalists. Day in and day out they were developing and refining their skill in taking pictures that tell a story.

Two of the presenters are professional photojournalists who have treated us all to quality photographs. Todd Mizener of The Dispatch/ Argus and John Schultz of the Quad City Times both received academic degrees from the University of Iowa. They will talk about the process that they each have developed as they daily meet their professional challenges of taking pictures that tell us something or show us something. They have developed the skill to take great pictures, not mere snapshots, while shooting under the demands of time pressure.

Photographic giant Henri Cartier Bresson said, “Composition should be a constant preoccupation-an organic coordination of visual elements.” Two respected teachers from our region will make presentations concerning the various building blocks for constructing pictures that are strongly composed. Robyn Smith is a Fine Arts Instructor with EICC. She is an artist specializing in painting and printmaking. Roxanne Westphal teaches digital photography with the Davenport school system. She is a fine art photographer.

Robyn and Roxanne will offer insights to various tools to consider as you compose photos that communicate its message clearly and effectively.

This time is one where some significant innovations to camera technology are reaching the consumer marketplace. Ted Doty the manager of Camera Corner, will lead a show and tell to get us up to speed about new and exciting products that expand our photographic opportunities.

Brian Tugana minored in art at the University of Chicago and had instruction from instructors from the Art Institute of Chicago. He will share some of themes both good and bad that he has observed in the seven years he has participated in the Valley Bank Calendar Project.

The workshop will conclude with an opportunity for presenters and participants to network socialize, and swap insights.

The workshop is free. Reservations are required due to limited seating. To reserve a spot, register on the River Action website www.RiverAction.org, send an email to riveraction@riveraction.org, or call River Action at 563-322-2969.