As part of their continuing video series, Photo District News has released an interview with James Estrin, founder of the New York Times 'The Lens' blog. Estrin provides a series of tips for the aspiring photographer. While many of these aren’t groundbreaking, the video has some real gems.  

Notably, in his advice to photographers looking to document strife or crisis in exotic places, he says to pursue stories that are closer to home. The three-minute video is a nice primer for new photographers and includes tips on creating good portfolios, finding mentors and much more. 

Watch the video over on Photo District News’ blog, PDN Pulse