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Sam Jones Interview

by Nick Hamilton | Oct 11, 2009 |

I found this Interview with Sam Jones on  At first I hadn’t heard the name so passed it, then when Part 2 got posted I figured it must be worth a read and was totally stoked.  Sam Jones a hugely successful Photographer & Movie Maker in Hollywood.


In his Interview part 2 he talks about film vs digital (I’m always a sucker for that debate), and still camera technologies going into video.  His Photos on his website are seriously pretty insane, full celeb Cover shooter.  But it was this question from his part 1 Interview about getting started that really hit a note and I wanted to share.  He’s out of college and got his first real job with a magazine Entertainment Weekly, first assignment is to shoot an empty parking space for 1/4 page.

APE: I think a lot of people want to know how you go from 1/4 page of a parking spot to shooting the cover?

You know what it is? The photo editor sees the whole shoot and so it’s not just the one picture in the magazine that they judge you by. I shot features for a long time before I got to shoot a cover. Even when I was doing a 1 page shot I was always trying 3, 4 and 5 setups. I was shooting like it was a cover and full feature because you never know, it could get bumped up. I think there was a couple photo editors early on at Time, EW, US and Premiere who just started making a case to their Art Director and their Editor that this photographer is working his ass off and is good and they should let him do it. That was the case with me, where someone finally said we should give him the cover, or at least I remember it being a cover try. I think back at what I made actors do for 1 page, because I was telling them it might be more pages, so we need to shoot more setups and try a bunch of ideas and we had extra clothes and locations ready. I was syndicating my pictures with Gamma Liaison at the time and because of all these setups, I actually had several syndicated covers before I was assigned an actual cover. So, those tear sheets were in my book and that helped me out as well.

Read the whole Interview Here