University Photographer Jonathan Cohen offers a full range of photographic services in support of the University's communications and marketing efforts. He produces original photographs that tell Binghamton stories and appear in University publications and on our website. He also maintains an extensive image library and provides Binghamton's Daily Photo.
Requesting photography services
The University photographer is available to shoot major Binghamton University events and activities. Due to limited resources and time constraints, we can't support department, office, club or organization celebrations and parties. Head shots and group shots will only be photographed for University Communications and Marketing. Tips on photographing head shots and group shots are listed below. Studio/outdoor portraits will only be photographed for editorial purposes, each request will be reviewed.
If you believe your request warrants special attention and requires the services of the University's photographer, submit a request for services to Kim Spaulding at firstname.lastname@example.org. Requests must be made at least two weeks in advance, and even earlier if the photo shoot falls on a weekend or in the evening. Your request will be reviewed by the Office of Communications and Marketing. *If your project can't be handled by our University photographer, see tips (below) on shooting your own photos.
If we can't fulfill your request and you can't shoot your own images, you'll be provided with suggestions on options (freelance photographers/student photographers) for getting the photos you require. If your request is for a project being coordinated or managed by the Office of Communications and Marketing, tell your C&M contact you're requesting new photography or a photo shoot and they'll coordinate with the University photographer directly.
Freelance photographers and stock images
Use of Communications and Marketing stock photography and the work of the University photographer is allowed at no charge for on-campus clients. However, Communications and Marketing isn't responsible for any charges billed by off-campus photographers for the use of their photographs/services or for charges for any stock photography requested by our clients. If you use an outside photographer's work, copyrighted photographs, or other copyrighted art in your publication or on your Website, you (as the client) are obliged to pay for it.
If you use stock photography for your Website or publication, it's your responsibility to secure the usage rights for those images. You can't pull an image off another Website and post it to your site. Communications and Marketing isn't responsible for any charges incurred for the use of images provided to us by our clients without proper permission.
Requesting a photo from the archive
ALL requests for digital copies will be reviewed by the University photographer. The requester must state how and where the image is to be used. Traditional print photographs are no longer offered. Please make your requests through Kim Spaulding at email@example.com.
Requests are limited to 5 images per person, per semester. Images of varsity athletes currently playing under NCAA regulations will not be honored. Those requests can be directed to Communications and Sports Information in the Intercollegiate Athletics Department. Images taken to illustrate a specific article in a publication won't be released until after the article is published.
If you're a member of the media seeking permission to use a University image, you must contact Kim Spaulding at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ryan Yarosh at email@example.com. It takes time to locate, edit, copy and distribute each request. Requests may take up to two weeks to be processed.
Use of University photos
All photographs taken by University photographers and those appearing on binghamton.edu are copyrighted and intended for the promotion and marketing of Binghamton University. Photographs aren't intended for commercial reproduction or personal use, and shouldn't be used out of the context of their intended use or altered beyond basic cropping and resizing.
Questions regarding image copyright or the use of a photograph for Binghamton University materials, as well as requests from external organizations wishing to purchase University photographs, should be directed to Greg Delviscio, associate vice president, University Communications and Marketing, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Tips for taking head shots and group photos
Individual portraits (or head shots) are most easily done outside in the shade, rather than indoors or in the direct sun. Use a camera with a zoom lens set to its longest telephoto setting. This will blur the background to keep distracting details to a minimum. Use a tripod or, if that isn't possible, hold the camera very steady. Camera-shake is the primary reason for blurry photos. Crop the photos tightly. If you want to show a person's face, don't bother to include a huge blank wall behind your subject.
For group shots, almost anything is better than lining everyone up against a wall. Try shooting from a high angle with the group looking up at the camera. Or arrange the group around a couch or chairs, with some sitting and some standing. Shoot at an angle to walls, rather than straight on. You'll be surprised how many photos of groups of people are unusable because of someone blinking or having a weird expression. Take a few!
Remember to shoot your images at the highest/largest resolution. Check the settings on your camera beforehand! The University photographer isn't available to edit/digitally enhance your photos.