Interview with Joseph E Amaturo
1. How do you conceive of or identify your projects?
Before I go into any project, game, or job I try to think of shooting something different or something that nobody else would get or take. When I first started as a Photographer shooting, the only way I would get published was to have shoot something different other than traditional photographers would shoot. I feel like in sports photography that all of the sports photographers have been shooting the same way for the last 20 – 30 years. So I try to shoot with my own style , a newer approach to shooting football , I try to take photos no one else would take and I try to take photos that no one else have , which takes a gamble of positioning myself away from the other photographers and waiting/ hoping for a big play to happen coming my way.
2. What types of projects are you working on now that the football season is over?
I have been working on hard news and shooting features. I have been working on my editing and lighting skills. I’m going to start to be trained in May, working the front desk on Sundays searching and picking out photos at the ny post.
3. Do you also free lance?
I am a freelance photographer with the the Ny Post, so I only work with that company, but I do sell my photos to other publish caution.
4. How many times have your pictures been featured in the paper, on line or in a magazine?
I can’t really give you an accurate number of times, because online photos are constantly changing throughout the day into the next and most times the photo that ran online won’t get published in the paper or make it to the papers final edition the next day. Their are 3 edition of the paper that run every day, their is the Metro edition which is the early first edition, this edition goes all over the country, but in this edition photos are always being changed by the time the final edition comes out. So if I don’ t see an early edition or am credited on the ny post website it is hard to know if my photo/ photos were published sometimes, especially if they did not make it to the final edition. And also there has been plenty of times that my photo has ran without my name being credited next to the photo, that happens a lot when they run a head shot or on the front cover, the front cover corners or small side photos, which I hate when they do that to me. If I had to guess I would say somewhere around 1,000 and change.
5. Do your pictures frequently get chosen for publishing?
During the NFL football season(from August to February ) my photos are ran about an average of 4-5 days during the week published in the paper , photos online about the same , maybe more.
6. When your images are picked, are you pleased with how your paid?
Sometimes I do feel underpaid and then there are times I feel overpaid.
7. What type of telephoto lens do you use, and how much is it?
I have a 400mm, 300mm, 200mm lens. I don’t use the 400mm , I use the 300mm, 200mm and I also use a 27- 70mm lens. The cost are all different some are older than others, but the 300mm was $3500.
8. What are your career plans for your future?
My plans are to become the best Sports photographer in the country to shoot NFL football , also to start to cover baseball, basketball , hockey and soccer. I am also interested in landing a photographer position with the NY Giants and Sports Illustrated. And I would like to become the sports editor at the NY Post.
9. Do you plan to potentially work in a studio, or have your own?
As of present time I really don’t have any plans of working in a studio or owning one. But I would never say never, I would like to display my work in a studio gallery.
10. What’s the likely-hood of a field sports photographer getting offers or commissions for larger more wealthy businesses that distribute sports advertising, like ESPN? Would you like a position working for them or are you happy with what your doing now?
I think the likely- hood is good as long as your good and your name is out there and also who you know and get to meet in the business. I would love to work for ESPN or Sports Illustrated, but I am happy with the NY Post.