“Assignment Earth” and Becoming a Green Photographer

“take only pictures, leave only footprints” 

Yesterday, while finishing a major project at work I needed a little break so over lunch I started looking at the latest from State of the Art, the blog written by the folks over at AmericanPHOTO magazine. In the sidebar I saw an ad for their Nikon sponsored Assignment Earth project.


The project aims to highlight the effects of humanity on the planet and how photographers are shedding light on the beauty of the world and the damage we are inflicting upon it. Upon reviewing the site, I was sent to a section from the latest issue of the magazine that talked about ways to become a green photographer. Some of the tips include the more well-known practices like conserving energy, recylcling, unplugging things when not using them, etc. But some of the other tips were for things like simply trying to shoot closer to home, choosing alternative sources with your energy provider, or making sure your suppliers are using environmentally friendly products. One of the more interesting approaches I saw was simply taking care of your photo equipment because camera production uses more energy and produces more waste than regular maintenance. Also, instead of shooting with a lot of lights, try and use more natural light and reflectors for fills to save on energy.

Another option was buying recycled paper from places like Red River Paper. According to the article:

Printing on recycled paper is one way to go green, but for inkjet output it’s problematic. Recycled papers have more surface imperfections than papers made straight from pulverized trees — and they just aren’t very white. Red River’s GreenPix paper is made from 100 percent post-consumer content yet has a high brightness rating of 97. That and a proprietary coating produce rich color and tone on a recycled stock. About $35 (100 sheets).

So, take a look at the article and see some great photography and some great ways to become more eco-friendly in your work and, perhaps, a more marketable photographer!

  • Interesting project. Actually digital photography can help you reduce your Carbon Footprint… Just think of all those throw away negatives and prints that aren’t being developed. Less use of chemicals and paper 🙂

    October 2, 2007 at 5:31 pm

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