Archive for February 2009

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25 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




Are You an

Independent Contractor?




Advance Notes:
If you are not employed a company that you are doing an assignment for, you are, no doubt, an independent contractor. These are freelancers such as yourself who sell their services to a number of businesses on a contract basis. With each company it’s usually for a temporary time and for a specific photographic project.



Q: Can I be an independent contractor for the same business for a long period of time?
A: Usually not. Independent contractors are in business for themselves, and do similar work for a variety of businesses. Thus the name "independent."

Q: If I’m an independent contractor, then I cannot be considered an employee?
A: No, not usually. Taxes are not withheld from your fee. You don't receive employee benefits (insurance, sick pay etc.) the company or the person who hired you does not file payroll tax returns for you. You are paid your full fee. You receive IRS Form 1099 by January 31 of the following year, and pay your own taxes.

Q: Who determines if you are an independent contractor or an employee?
A: Your prospective “employer,” usually. He or she would like to not consider you an employee, thus relieving him or her of providing you with the usual employee benefits. The IRS, private accountants and attorneys, and the Tax Courts, have often debated over who should be classified as an employee and who should be classified as an independent contractor.

Q: Are there any advantages to me as a photographer to be considered an employee rather than an independent contractor?
A: If you are an employee, if certain legal situations should arise, it would be your employer, rather than you, who would be answerable to the legal complaint. Another benefit could be that your taxes are taken out of your salary, which would relieve you of having to pay them yourself at tax time.

Q: Are there risks for an employer who attempts to classify me as an independent contractor, rather than an employee?
A: Yes, there are. If an employer misclassifies you as independent contractor, and fails to justify your role, the IRS may levy significant penalties. Employers should seek legal advice as to how to classify an independent photographer working on a part-time basis for the company.


Rohn Engh, veteran stock photographer and best-selling author of “Sell & ReSell Your Photos” and “sellphotos.com,” has helped scores of photographers launch their careers. For access to great information on making money from pictures you like to take, and to receive this free report: “8 Steps to Becoming a Published Photographer,” visit http://www.sellphotos.com





25 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource



ULTIMATE KENYA SAFARI, June 9-28, 2009, with Michele Burgess. Unparalleled experiences with the African wildlife and landscape, taking off from Nairobi to spend time in Aboseli National Park at the foot of Mt Kilimanjaro, Samburu Game Reserve, and the Masai Mora Game reserve, staying at deluxe lodges and a luxurious tented camp with outstanding cuisine. Daily Land Rover trips into the bush and an optional balloon ride. Cost: $8490 from New York; $8950 from Los Angeles. Tour price includes: air transportation, hotel and lodge accommodations, meals (breakfast daily, all meals on safari), sightseeing, fee/guides, transfers, service charges, taxes. Contact: In Focus with Michele Burgess, 20741 Catamaran Lane, Huntington Beach, CA 92646-5513. Phone: 714/536-6104. Email: maburg5820[at]aol[dot]com Web: http://www.infocustravel.com





25 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource






Stealth Camera Phones Exposed!
There is a new bill in Congress designed to address the rampant problem of cell phone cameras, at least according to the bill's author, Peter King (R-NY).

(If you're curious, it's HR414, Camera Phone Predator Alert Act.) It is designed to address the ever-proliferating voyeuristic images caught by cell phone cameras by requiring them to make a sound "audible within a reasonable radius of the phone whenever a photograph is taken with the camera in such phone."

No mention of video recording devices, "spy" cameras, nor what to do about all the current noiseless cell phone cameras in use and production. Strange as this may sound, there is apparently a similar law in Japan, where such image-taking is on the scale of a national pastime. Will it happen here? Quien sabe.

Password Security

Yes, I know they are annoying, and some places where they are used, like online banking sites, seem to require ever-stranger and difficult-to-remember strings of characters.
Like, "your password must be 8-10 characters, including at least one upper case letter and one numeral..." and not be anything we don't like or think is too easy to guess.

So, naturally, the password-using public tends to pick one character string, use it for everything possible, and tries their best not to have to change it on any site.

Well, here's some interesting news. A small website recently had their database of some 20,000 users hacked, and the list posted on the web. InformationWeek analyzed the data and found some disturbing trends.

First is the fact that the website is a message board for people interested in programming, and one would think such techies would know better. Or maybe, being just a message board, the users didn't care much about their passwords.

So, here are just a few of the highlights from the analysis. The most popular password (3% of users), and considered the most-used password today, was "123456."

The second most popular password was "password," or variants. Bet you guessed that one, right? Of the top 20 most-used passwords were these, "dragon," "master," and "killer." And of course, patterns were popular, like "abc123," and "qwerty." You may stop reading now and go fix your passwords.


24 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource



SIERRA MAGAZINE (85 2nd St, San Francisco, CA 94109) Former Contact: Seth Fields. Current Contact: Adina LoBiondo, Photo Researcher, Phone: (415) 977-5590; Fax: (415) 977-5794; photo.researcher[at]sierraclub[dot]org

NATIONAL COWBOY & WESTERN HERITAGE MUSEUM ( 1700 NE 63rd St, Oklahoma City, OK 73111) Former Editor: M.J. Van Deventer. Current Editor: Judy Hilovsky, (405) 478-2250, editor[at]nationalcowboymuseum[dot]org.

TIDE MARK PRESS (PO Box 20, 176 Broad St, Windsor, CT 06095) Former Contact: Carol Powers. Current Contact: Scott Kaeser, Acquisitions Editor, Phone: (860) 683-4499; Fax: (860) 683-4055; scott[at]tide-mark[dot]com

AIR LINE PILOT MAGAZINE (PO Box 1169, Herndon, VA 20172-1169) Former Editor-in-Chief: Gary DiNunno. Current Editor-in-Chief: Sharon Vereb, Phone: (703) 481-4460 ext. 4461; Fax: (703) 464-2114; magazine[at]alpa[dot]org

TRIPLE THREAT TELEVISION Former Contact: Izabel Hoyos. Current Contact: Niki Usbah, (212) 678-7600; usbay.nik[at]gmail[dot]com

SIERRA MAGAZINE
(85 2nd St, San Francisco, CA 94109) Former Contact: Seth Fields. Current Contact: Adina LoBiondo, Photo Researcher, Phone: (415) 977-5590; Fax: (415) 977-5794; photo.researcher[at]sierraclub[dot]org

PLENTY MAGAZINE
(250 West 49th St Suite 403, NY NY 17220) Former Contact: Tracy Toscano. Current Contact: Rachel Leibman, Associate Photo Editor, Phone: (212)
757-3124; Fax: (212) 757-3799; rachel[at]plentymag[dot]com

AMERICAS MAGAZINE/OAS (19th St and Constitution Ave. NW, 3rd Flr, Washington DC 20006) Former Contact: Mercedes Estevez. Current Contact: James Kiernan, Photo Editor, Phone: (202) 458-3275; Fax: (202) 458-6217; jkiernan[at]oas[dot]org


Note: If you find a "CHANGE", let us know and we'll share it with other members. Phone: 1 800 223 3860. Or email: info[at]photosource[dot]com




24 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




GET IT RIGHT. Master digital SLR photography Step-by-step guide to taking the perfect image. Tutorial.
http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/index.cfm?RSS&NewsID=111215


24 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource



PRINTS FOR PEOPLE. Photographer Selling Prints To Benefit Haiti NGO - Photographer Cameron Davidson is raising money for the Community Coalition for Haiti. Davidson is selling prints of his aerial photographs and donating the profits to the coalition, to benefit farmers and children in Haiti.
http://www.pdnpulse.com/2009/02/photographer-selling-prints-to-benefit-haiti-ngo.html


24 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




SELL-IT-YOURSELF Photographers can choose how to fulfill all
print orders. Choices include fulfillment (print and shipping for a nominal fee) through BuyThisImage! or self-fulfillment which allows users to sell a print and take care of printing and shipping themselves (or use another lab).
http://www.creativepro.com/article/online-widget-photographers-and-artists-adds-features


24 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource



ASSIGNMENT HELP
-- A qualified assignment photography agency can assist you with all the details, start to finish, of scheduling, planning and coordinating multi-location shoots.
http://rising.blackstar.com/a-good-photo-agency-makes-coordinating-international-shoots-a-snap.html#more-2314

24 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




Henry Westheim +886 9314 04211 henry[at]AsiaPhotoConnection[dot]com
Destination: Taiwan 15 March - 30 March 2009
Destination: World Games 2009 Kaohsiung, Taiwan: July 16th to July 26th 2009
Destination: Korea, Japan, China - August 1st 2009 to October 1st 2009


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Travelwriter Marketletter

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Travelwriter Marketletter is a monthly publication available online
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If you’re a travel writer or photographer, TWM tells you about new markets, pay scales, editors, specs and trips.
Contact Mimi Backhausen Phone: 571/214-9086 Fax: 208-988-7672 mimi[at]travelwriternl[dot]com
If you're a photographer, TWM will provide you with contact info about buyers.
If you’re in travel PR, TWM tells you which publications are likely targets.
If you’re a travel editor, TWM tells you about trips, and about your competitors.
If you’re a photo researcher TWM will direct you to travel photographers.
Request a sample copy of TWML: 571/214-9086.




24 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource



SPREADING THE WORD. Images tell the story of homelessness, AIDS and more. While most non-profits can't afford high-end photography, multimedia and social media are becoming powerful tools for spreading humanitarian messages. Such photography in support of non-profits is getting a boost from Getty Images, which is starting a project called Grants for Good. http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.com/philanthropy/2009/02/19/but_sometimes_pictures_say_a.html




I Heart Magazine i s a just-launched street photography publication that targets photographers, designers, musicians, and collectors worldwide. A feature on pop culture products is also included in the magazine.
Addam Winsenburg is the creative director of the title, which is produced in the US by I Heart Publishing and distributed globally. Winsenburg hopes to publish triannually or quarterly. Freelance photographic submissions are accepted. Details are posted at http://www.iheartmagazine.com/index2.html





24 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource





DO YOU LIKE MY WEBSITE? Here’s a (free) research report on web design for marketing your stock photography, PhotoShelter has released “Photographer Websites: What Buyers Want Now”, a free research report detailing the results of a recent survey of 550+ commercial and editorial image buyers. The survey explores specific website design and feature preferences - what photobuyers love and hate about photographers' websites.
http://pa.photoshelter.com/about/index/news/20090219


24 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




HOW DID MY PHOTO GET THERE? iStockPhoto Comes Under Fire. – Some of her photographs, including three of her, available for sale on the site. Though she did not put the blame on iStockPhoto directly, she did note that this is a problem that is becoming “increasingly annoying” for those who use the Internet to showcase their work. http://www.plagiarismtoday.com


24 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




YOU’RE IN THE RIGHT, -USUALLY. Your Digital Camera and the Law. There's a lot of confusion about what's legal to photograph and where it's okay to use a camera. This has gotten even more challenging in our post-9/11 world, in which some people are suspicious of anyone with a long lens. The most important thing to know about your rights as a photographer: In general, you can photograph anything or anyone as long as you are on public property. Public property includes city streets, municipal parks, and national parks and forests. Nonetheless, Internet photography forums are chock full of tales about people who have been challenged or harassed when using a camera in public. Check out dpreview.com for an example of this sort of thing.
http://www.pcworld.com/article/159046/your_digital_camera_and_the_law.html


24 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource



DIGITAL COMPACT CAMERA: Great Photos Every Time, by Arnold Wilson. The digital compact camera has revolutionized photography: no reel to wind, no running out of film, no waiting for development. But it’s not quite that easy: how do you set the exposure, turn the flash on and off, download the pictures to your computer, and get the high-quality prints you want? This book answers all these questions, plus provides an inspiring guide to the art of taking better photographs. It explains the principles of composition and offers tips on shooting everything from landscapes to weddings, vacations, and pets. A good guide for digital newcomers on how to get the most out of their new cameras. (ISBN: 978-1-86108-527-6; 144 pgs; $17.95) Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., 387 Park Ave. So, New York, NY 10016-8810. Contact: Krista Margies, 646-688-2510; kmargies[at]sterlingpublishing[dot]com



24 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




NO COBWEBS HERE.
This camera shop is an old-fashioned bastion in a digital age building is complete with cameras, lenses, slide projectors and accessories for the tried-and-true 35 mm analog buff. Aptly named Forever 35mm...
http://www.miamiherald.com/living/story/915620.html


24 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




New Publications Coming Out





Check them out at:




http://www.woodenhorsepub.com



24 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource










I made an important
video for you.

If you have a “day job” Mr. Obama’s

stimulus tax plan

may have a benefit to you. If you
also are an independent entrepreneur –
here’s an explanation how the IRS laws
are in your favor.

Why not have
TWO stimulus plans ?

http://www.photosource.com/taxes/


24 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource





BY THE WAYSIDE. Ritz Camera files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Ritz Camera Centers, the largest U.S. specialty camera and imaging chain, on Monday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, hurt by the recession and consumers' shift to digital photography. Ritz operates under such names as Ritz Camera, Wolf Camera, Kits Cameras, Inkley's and The Camera Shops. Ritz said it will seek court permission to obtain $85 million of financing to keep operating while it restructures.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/marketsNewsUS/idUKN23324343200902


24 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource







PUBLISHING WITHOUT PROFIT -- Facebook's Terms of Use To Be Revised - 'Til Then, Hold Onto Your Photos - This week, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook (FB) announced that FB would return to its old Terms of Use (TOU) after the Consumerist noticed a change in the terms. http://www.photoattorney.com/


24 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource



"Your books have always been an inspiration. Thanks!"
- Richard Smith, Photographer, New Bloomfield PA

24 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource






Coming Soon



The Rohn Engh 2009 Round-Table
Seminar Series --for stock photography



To be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota
(Limited to 12 persons -- sign up early)


Sunday , April 19th

For details: 1 800 624 0266 extension 26



(Limited to 12 persons -- sign up early)

Fee: $265
10am to 4pm




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The 2009 Seminar Season
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“Getting Up To Digital Speed -and Beyond”



Spring Sunday , April 19th
Summer Sunday, June 28th
Fall Sunday, October 11th
Winter Sunday, January 10th



Who should attend? This is a round-table seminar limited to 12 persons so that participants can receive personal attention, plus meet other photographers who are just starting out or starting over in stock photography. If you have a collection of 500 or more scanned or digital images and are ready to test their marketability on the Internet, this seminar can save you endless time and dollars in learning how.

One week before the seminar: Submit 10 of your typical photos that you wish to market. Rohn will make a marketing critique. Digital delivery only.

Special bonus: Bring your copy of Rohn’s book, Sell &ReSell Your Photos or sellphotos.com and receive $25 off your seminar fee.

Early Birds receive a list of ten markets tailored to their specialty area. Early Bird cut-off date is two weeks before the seminar.

The seminar is held next door to the Mall of America. (-- the nation's largest retail and entertainment complex.) www.mallofamerica.com

Free parking, complimentary shuttle for Mall of America, and Airport

Can’t make the Spring seminar? Click here for information about the Summer seminar. Sunday, June 28th. in Minneapolis.


For details: 1 800 624 0266 extension 26



24 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource



THE WAY WE WORK.
– Gallery shows people at work worldwide. The Big Picture, a large-image gallery from the Boston Globe, has assembled a collection of images of people at work around the world.
http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2009/02/at_work.html

PHOTOS OF THE SLUMS Reuters honors the film, Slums of India. Reuters has posted an image gallery called The Slums of India, which have been in the news since the Oscar awards of Slumdog Millionaire.

http://www.reuters.com/news/pictures/rpSlideshows?articleId=USRTXBP47#a=1



24 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource



Mark Boock. Firefighters’ photo historian dies at scene in Scranton fire. Known for his interest in firefighting, photography and local history, Mark Boock died Saturday night doing what he loved. Mr. Boock, 57, the Scranton Fire Department historian, was taking photographs at a fire at 432 Cherry St. when he suffered a heart attack. He was taken to Community Medical Center, where he died at 8:48 p.m.. http://www.thetimes-Tribune.com/articles/2009/02/23/news/sc_times_trib.20090223.a.pg3.tt23boock_s1.2323990_top5


24 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource



"You have to find something that you love enough to be able to take risks, jump over the hurdles and break through the brick walls that are always going to be placed in front of you. If you don't have that kind of feeling for what it is you are doing, you'll stop at the first giant hurdle." -- George Lucas (Creator of Star Wars)

24 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource





1857 - February 12th - French photographer Eugene Atget was born in Libourne, France. He took more than 10,000 photographs of Paris architecture, monuments, and people.



18 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource






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FEBRUARY 19th 2009

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18 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource






Hook, Line And Sinker


If you're a person who loves fishing, you know that when a warm coaxing breeze urges you to come sit on the bank of a lazy river, or in a rowboat on a lake stocked with walleye, you have to grit your teeth to resist. Your salaried position won't allow you such luxuries. Duty calls.

In contrast, small office/home office workers carry a passport in their pocket that's unavailable to corporate workers. It's a ticket that says, "Gone Fishin'."

It's a Post-It-Note they tack up on their office door that says, "Gone Fishin'". Downsizing in corporate America is having a beneficial effect on many Americans, who, when faced with early retirement or losing their jobs, thought the end was near. But they discovered a beginning, one they probably never would have experienced if they hadn't been forced into a position where they had to strike out on their own.

The beauty of being an independent stock photographer is that you can have the best of both worlds. As a photographer supplying photos to the specialized editorial market of your choice, you can justify the time you spend at your favorite venue, whether it be a dog show, horse race, antique aviation meet, or fly fishing. You are always working, -and enjoying it.

Entrepreneurs know that leaving corporate America and striking out on their own is not always a paradise. But they also know that when demands and pressures begin to mount, they can get the fishin' pole out of the closet, pick up their tackle and camera bag, and go out to the river and do some research. -RE


18 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource







FLASH -- New Book on Simple Yet Effective Flash Photography - In this book, The Hot Shoe Diaries: Creative Applications of Small Flashes, Joe McNally delivers the definitive guide to flash. He starts with the basics and how to get started and then moves on to techniques for using really simple approaches
(one light, two light). http://www.creativepro.com/article/new-book-simple-yet-effective-flash-photography.


18 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource



PAWN SHOP HELPER.
Camera Registry if your equipment is stolen. It’s on the Web - RegisterYourCamera.com is a free online service for registering your photographic equipment. If someone steals your camera, simply enter the serial number and a description of your gear into the online database and you're done.
http://www.shutterbug.com/news/021109stolen/


18 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




NETWORK MARKETING
-- Using Facebook to Grow Your Photography Business - Sean Cayton's been incredibly impressed by the power of this network. “I've found that I can deliver content in a targeted way to exactly the right people - and in doing so, grow my photography business.http://rising.blackstar.com/using-facebook-to-grow-your-photography-business.html

PLANNING A TRIP, MARKETING PROJECT, SEMINAR, WORKSHOP, PRESENTATION? You can store and organize your research and information, accessible anywhere with an Internet connection. Understand your information by storing and viewing it in a web form. Here’s software (free trial) to show you how it’s done. If you like, you buy.
Log on to www.Mindomo.com and register for a free account.


18 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource



GOOD DEAL. Associated Press Signs Photo Deal With NCAA - The Associated Press's image licensing division, AP Images, will become the exclusive commercial licensing agent of NCAA college sports photos under a partnership announced February 10. http://www.pdnonline.com/pdn/content_display/photo-news/editorial/e3ie7ae6a91eebf611fb8da55452bab7ff9


18 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




HEY! THAT’S ME IN THAT ART SHOW. – At this art exhibit in Minneapolis, the portrait subjects are all unknown to the artist, painted from anonymous images selected from online stock photography databases. The composition and size of the portraits on view — a series of more than 50 faces, all 12.5 inches by16.5 inches, in gouache on paper — are immediately evocative of entertainment-industry head shots. As you wander through the gallery, the portraits, seen together, offer a taxonomy of youth.
http://www.minnpost.com/artsarena/2009/02/17/6741
/review_melba_prices_portraits_of_youthful_promise

TAKEAWAY: Here’s a naïve use of someone else’s stock photo. Is it copyright infringement? Well, it’s naïve copying, yes, but it’s also charming and it’s art (the usual blanket justification) featured in a nationally-known art gallery. Can we fault the innocent infringer, especially when the intent was to “make art”? Who knows. Let’s vote on it.


18 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource



MAKE WAY FOR VIDEO This photo stock agency has moved full-time into multimedia content for the Internet - To meet the insatiable demand for video, motion picture and interactive content for the online world, Aurora Photos has launched a new company, Aurora Novus, to specifically address the needs of clients looking for storytelling at the next level.
http://www.stockphotographer.info/news/industry-news/766-aurora-photo-stock-agency-has-moved-full-time-into-multimedia-content-for-the-internet


18 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource



KEEPING COUNT The American Legion Strongly Opposes Lifting of Ban on Photography of Flag-Draped Caskets Defense Secretary Robert Gates indicated recently that he is not opposed to a review of the 18-year old policy that generally restricts media coverage of the military caskets offloaded at Dover Air Force Base
http://news.yahoo.com/s/usnw/20090217/pl_usnw/the_american_
legion_strongly_opposes_lifting_of_ban_on_photography_of_<
flag_draped_caskets


17 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




SOUND FOR SALE. -- iStock to launch audio-licensing business this week. iStockphoto, which helped pioneer the "microstock" market for inexpensive, royalty-free imagery, plans to launch an audio-licensing business Wednesday. Initially, the audio service--think background music or the sound of a shattering window--will be available through public beta testing. Interface changes are possible before the final launch, scheduled for the South by Southwest conference that begins March 13.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13580_3-10159712-39.html

WHAT’S HIS SECRET? CEO of iStockphoto details company's success path in tapping communities of creators -- including some of the pitfalls.


http://www.internetnews.com/webcontent/article.php/
3801676/From+Passion+to+Profits+in+UserGenerated+Content.htm


17 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




SENSITIVE SUBJECTS. Call To End DoverAir Force Base Photo Ban. The White House News Photographers Association has echoed a call from the National Press Photographers Association in asking President Obama to lift the photography and coverage ban that prevents photojournalists documenting the flag-draped coffins of America's war dead returning to Dover Air Force base.
http://nppa.org/news_and_events/news/2009/02/dover03.html


17 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource



COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENTS - Then and Now - Between Shepard Fairey, the Associated Press, TMZ and TechCrunch, the copyright lawyers must be busy indeed. http://photobusinessforum.blogspot.com/2009/02/copyright-infringements-then-and-now.html


17 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




Paris Fashion Show Photos . . .

- FAIR USE OR NOT?


by Joel Hecker, Esq


A recent decision on the fair use issue offers an interesting window into how a court analyzes a potential fair use defense. The plaintiffs, in SARL Louis Feraud International v. Viewfinder, Inc., are French corporations which design and market high-fashion clothing. Defendant Viewfinder and its two principals who are professional photographers, operate an internet fashion magazine called FirstView.com. Plaintiffs exhibit their new fashion clothing as part of yearly fashion shows in Paris under the auspices of the French Federation of Fashion.

Viewfinder has a website on which it posts photographs of the current season’s fashions. This may be viewed only by purchasing a subscription. However, photographs of past collections are available for free. It also sells photographs of runway shows to various other publications, but does not sell clothing or designs. Plaintiffs, on the other hand, sell clothing but not photographs.

Plaintiffs obtained a default judgment in a French court and brought an action in the United States District Court in New York to enforce it. The District Court initially dismissed the action, finding that enforcing the French judgment would violate the First Amendment protection available under the fair use doctrine.

That decision, however, was reversed on appeal and the case sent back to see if there was sufficient evidence to determine whether fair use applied, and if so, whether French law had an equivalent protection to our fair use.

Plaintiffs thereafter moved for summary judgment on the belief that fair use could not possible apply. The District Court analyzed the fair use factors, as follows:

First Fair Use Factor.
(The purpose and character of the use)

Want to read more of this article?
http://www.photosource.com/psn-article/fairuse.html



17 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource



OF WOODS AND WATER: A Photographic Journey Across Michigan, by Ron Leonetti and Christopher Jordan. You may be a stock photographer who aims for the book and magazine markets. Have you considered putting together a photographic book on your particular city or state? Of Woods and Water provides a good example of how to go about it. This book showcases the diversity of Michigan landscapes, and reveals the unexpected natural gifts the state has to offer. Through their photographs, Leonetti and Jordan bring awareness of the need for preservation of threatened natural areas, and inspire involvement in protecting both more well-known areas and hidden treasures that lie off the beaten track. This collection of photographs gives the viewer a compelling insight into Michigan's untamed beauty. (ISBN: 978-0-253-35276-7; 160 pgs; $34.95) Quarry Books, Indiana University Press, 601 N. Morton St Bloomington, IN 47404.
800 842-6796. http://www.iupress.indiana.edu Email: vmcclana[at]indiana[dot]edu
www.photosourcefolio.com/bookstoreone.htm#0253352762



17 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




NO PHOTOS, PLEASE. In Britain, photographers snap into action over new law. Comedian Mark Thomas is to join with NUJ members in an event to highlight the threat of a new UK law that could be used against press photographers taking pictures of the police. http://www.nuj.org.uk/innerPagenuj.html?docid=1104
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/02/12/pap_the_police/
TAKEAWAY: Rodney KING, who photographed police brutality in Watts, would be scratching his head.


LOCKED UP. MTA Employee Charged with "Unlawful Photography" he was handcuffed and locked in a holding cell for photographing an incoming train at the Freeman Street station in the Bronx.
http://gothamist.com/2009/02/16/mta_worker.php


17 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




I made an important video for you.

If you have a “day job” Mr. Obama’s stimulus tax plan
may have a benefit to you. If you also are an independent
entrepreneur – here’s an explanation how the IRS laws
are in your favor. Why not have TWO stimulus plans ?

http://www.photosource.com/taxes/


17 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource



BILL BOOSTS KODAK WITH BAILOUT Bill Gates Reports 5.2% Investment in Eastman Kodak Microsoft Corp. co-founder and Chairman Bill Gates boosted his stake in Eastman Kodak Co., the camera pioneer that lost more than $4.5 billion in market value last year as it struggled to shift to digital photography.
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=ae5ayfK67YxY

RED FOR GREEN.
Detecting disease in greenhouse plants . Color infrared photography has potential for large-scale use in greenhouses led a study examining the stresses of a variety of greenhouse plants. The study, published in the August 2008 issue of HortScience, used color infrared (CIR) photography.
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2009-02/asfh-ddi021709.php

PRINTER PICTURE MAGIC
Dell's Wasabi PZ310 photo printer doesn't use ink. The Wasabi is the newest printer to use ZINK Imaging's ZINK Zero Ink Printing Technology. The technology uses special paper with embedded yellow, magenta, and cyan dye crystals. ZINK-enabled devices such as the Wasabi printer heat up the crystals in order to activate them, and colorize them according to your picture's needs.
http://photo.blorge.com/2009/02/12/dells-wasabi-pz310-photo-printer-doesnt-use-ink/






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CAREER AS STOCK PHOTOGRAPHER. In London. “Our highest earning photographers, who make money predominantly out of stock sales, can earn up to £25000 per year from us (and bear in mind that most photographers have a number of agencies). Panos Pictures is an independent photo agency specializing in documentary photography. Michael Reigner is the commissions and features editor at Panos Pictures. http://www.independent.co.uk/student/career-planning/az-careers/photographer-1623561.html


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TOP PRIZE -- Here’s what the judges considered World Press Photo of the Year 2008 - http://www.stockphototalk.com/phototalk/2009/02/world-press-photo-of-the-year-2008.html

HARD TIMES. World Press Photo Winner Struggling To Find Work - Suau, who now has won the World Press Photo of the Year twice, says he hasn't had an assignment in two months except covering the presidential inauguration for a Japanese book publisher.
http://www.pdnonline.com/pdn/content_display/photo-news/photojournalism/e3i6a1d515f274b8d4ec3fff05a9dcf0b5d


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SPLENDID SOUTH AFRICA, August 14/15 – September 4, 2009, with Michele Burgess. This trip provides a substantive opportunity to experience aspects of South Africa’s colorful and turbulent history, cultures, wildlife, variegated landscapes, coasts; its beauty and excitement. You’ll visit traditional villages, homesteads among tribal communities, observe traditional customs among the Zulus, and tribal dancing. You’ll travel from wildlife preserves to Capetown, with a taste of Souh African safari, traditional fishing villages, some of South Africa’s oldest wine estates, always accompanied by breathtaking scenery and geologic wonders. Cost: $6995 from New York; $7395 from Los Angeles. Tour price includes: air transportation, hotel accommodations, meals (breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 10 dinners), sightseeing, fees/guides, transfers, service charges, taxes at hotels and restaurants. Not included: airport taxes, airline fuel surcharges and security charges, tips. Contact: In Focus with Michele Burgess, 20741 Catamaran Lane, Huntington Beach CA 92646-5513. 714 536-6104
http://www.infocustravel.com Email: maburg5820[at]aol[dot]com


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"Photography is a major force in explaining man to man."
Edward Steichen


17 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource



1906 – February 8 – Chester F. Carlson, the inventor of the photocopier, was born in Seattle, Washington.


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February 12th 2009


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Is Stock Photography


Your Valentine?


Stock photography. Call it passion, love, desire; call it compulsion. If you love doing something, you'll put 100% of yourself into it.
How do you tell if you truly love doing something? Take a day and make a test by once every hour asking yourself, "What are my thoughts centering on at this moment?" Exclude, of course, the basic homo sapiens survival and perpetuation of the species drives (food, sex, etc.).
If you find that your mind consistently wanders to thoughts of gardening, aviation, fishing, or whatever it is that you enjoy doing when you get the chance, you're investing yourself in that interest big-time.

TAKE PHOTOGRAPHIC ADVANTAGE OF YOUR PASSION

Take advantage of it. Become a mini-expert in that field. The time you have for that interest may not equal what you put to your current occupation, but in the future, your abiding interest may become your livelihood ast. both photographer and consultant.
In one of my seminars, during the image critique section, a photographer submitted several photographs of insects. My response to him was to say they were very excellent shots, but specializing in insects was going to be a tough row to hoe. Calls for insects aren’t that plentiful and the competition is fierce because there are two dozen photographers in the nation known to be specialists in insects, and they have a lock on the marketing opportunities.

His response: "There's going to be two dozen and one, pretty soon."
That conversation was about ten years ago. I've often wondered if he persisted with his specialty area. If he did, a ten-year build up of photos in one specialized area makes for a strong collection. Once he is "discovered," he'll become known for having the kind of photo bank that photo researchers are grateful to have as a resource.
It's always enjoyable to be in the presence of someone who loves what they're doing. The enthusiasm rubs off.
Don't be timid about your stock photography. If you love it, dive in. Sure, there'll be rejection slips and the nitty gritty work that accompanies anything that is worth accomplishing. And you might have to drive a taxi for awhile to make ends meet. Keep in mind that actor Alan Ladd was a bartender, Rock Hudson drove a truck, and Harrison Ford was a carpenter, until they "made it" in their chosen field.
If wild horses can't pull you away from your stock photography, persist. with your valentine. We'll cheer you on, and the world will be watching for your credit line in national circulation.


Rohn Engh is Director of PhotoSource International and Publisher of PhotoStockNotes. Web site: www.photosource.com





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Have you listened to a
photobuyer recently?

Here’s your chance




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PADDLER MAGAZINE
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TRAFFIC=BUSINESS. Kim Larson writes: “Five Steps I Took to Drive Photography Customers to My Web Site – “
http://rising.blackstar.com/five-steps-i-took-to-drive-photography-customers-to-my-web-site.html

GETTING WEB-READY -- Five Simple Steps of Web Design - A new ebook,”A Practical Guide to Designing for the Web, Five Simple Steps” It takes a simple approach to applying graphic design to modern Web design. You can download a free sample or purchase the entire book.
http://www.creativepro.com/article/five-simple-steps-web-design

CAUTION. -- Stock Photography's Hidden Costs - and How to Avoid Them - In recent years, an increasing number of corporate photography buyers have been left embarrassed - or worse - after using images from microstock sites like iStockPhoto.com or photo-sharing sites like Flickr.
http://rising.blackstar.com/stock-photographys-hidden-costs-and-how-to-avoid-them.html#more-2144



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FICKLED FASHION The Wall Street Journal, which almost seemed immune to the cost-cutting fervor of other newspapers, has decided to close its fashion and retail group and cut 14 of its staff.
Drop in print advertising revenue is the reason for the cuts. What is surprising is that readership, even in print, has actually risen for the Journal. Individually paid subscriptions increased 2.4% in the most recent measurement period, and site traffic to the Wall Street Journal Digital Network increased 76% in 2008.Some have speculated that the demise of the group can be traced to a drying up of luxury ad dollars. http://www.dmnews.com/WSJ-closes-fashion-and-retail-group-cuts-staff/article/127041/?DCMP=EMC-DMN_CircMktingWkly


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MICHELLE OBAMA makes Vogue cover . President Barack Obama's wife, Michelle, is the cover girl for the March edition of fashion magazine, Vogue. It is only the second time an American First Lady has taken the place of a model on a Vogue cover - the other was Hillary Clinton in 1998.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7883253.stm
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/10/AR2009021001579.html?hpid=topnews



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DELICATE VOTE. New Hampshire resident barred from taking pictures at meeting. Atkinson, NH resident Gary Brownfield was taking photographs at the town's deliberative session Saturday, but was told almost immediately that he had to stop. Moderator Frank Polito stopped discussion and asked Brownfield to stop taking photographs, saying he was causing a disturbance. Polito went so far as to put the question to voters, asking the audience whether Brownfield's photography should be banned, and they overwhelmingly agreed. http://www.eagletribune.com/punewsnh/local_story_034032654.html
TAKEAWAY: Some citizens are all too quick to give up their rights.



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GETTING YOU WHERE YOU LIVE. In the next month, Blue Dasher's fleet of image capture vehicles will photograph every public street and highway in the Tampa-St. Pete metro area. The company's searchable database allows users to visually explore and navigate a neighborhood from ground level through panoramic street-level photographs.
http://www.gisuser.com/content/view/16725/2/




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BEFORE ITS TIME. Getty’s citizen journalism site, Scoopt Shuts Down. Here's Why It Failed. - The small photo agency within Getty Images stopped last February 6th 2009. Here’s a letter Scoopt sent to members announcing the shutdown.
http://www.pdnpulse.com/2009/02/getty-imagess-scoopt-shuts-down-heres-why-it-failed.html

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GETTY GOBBLING AGAIN. Getty group at Flickr exposes itself - Getty, the popular global photolibrary carnivore, has now set up a Getty group at Flickr. Flickr's default licensing for punters' photos is Creative Commons to encourage
non-commercial photosharing. Getty now wishes to market many CC images as
Rights Managed.
http://copyrightaction.com/forum/getty-group-at-flickr-exposes-itself


REFLEX STOCK OPENS US OFFICE IN NEW YORK. Reflex Stock, a stock photography company based in Northern Ireland, has announced that it has ventured across the Atlantic to open a new office in New York City servicing North American image buyers. The opening of our US base is about focusing on and accelerating the growth of our business in North America" stated Dwyer O'Neill, Chief Executive of Reflex Stock.
http://www.abouttheimage.com/4040/reflex_stock_open_us_office_on_wall_street/author2/



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'CASE YOU DIDN’T KNOW.
“What is microstock photography? “ Royalty-Free refers to material that may be used for profit without paying royalties to the original creator. There are a number of options available to webmasters and publishers in need of images for web content, marketing campaigns, or packaging.
http://www.powerhomebiz.com/News/022009/stock-photography.htm


CORBIS TO PHASE OUT SNAPVILLAGE MICROSTOCK SITE. Corbis, one of the established powers in licensing stock photography, launched SnapVillage in 2007, arguing that the microstock market was still young. But on Thursday, Corbis announced that it will phase out SnapVillage by the end of the year. "We recognize that as the market has rapidly evolved over the past two years, we need a bigger, better offering to achieve success in microstock," Corbis said in a blog post.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13580_3-10157695-39.html

BEMUSED BICKERING. Them's Fightin' Words! iStock and ShutterStock Spar Over Article - The story depicts ShutterStock as an underdog fighting against big players including Corbis and Getty Images. Along the way, SmartMoney gives only a passing mention to iStockphoto, which pioneered the business of low-cost,
community-based, royalty-free stock photo sales (and is owned by Getty). iStock, http://www.pdnpulse.com/2009/02/thems-fighting-words-istock-and-shutterstock-spar-over-article.html
TAKEAWAY: C’mon. Stick to yer knitting: photography




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NEW LOOK -- Outdoor Life, Bonnier Corp.'s hunting and fishing title,
has redesigned its print and Web properties to improve audience engagement and
better meet demands for in-depth print reporting. The redesign, a year in the
making, features four new front-of-the-book sections — hunting, fishing, shooting
and gear — and an increase in photography and graphics. OutdoorLife.com has
now incorporated social media capabilities, which allow readers to create profiles,
upload pictures and participate in discussions. http://www.dmnews.com/Readers-wants-lead-to-Bonnier-revamp/article/126864/?DCMP=EMC-DMN_CircMktingWkly





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WHO OWNS IT? AP alleges copyright infringement of Obama image. Obama Poster Photographer Doesn't Want To Fight Shepard Fairey. Shephard Fairey, an L.A. based street artist, designed a poster image based on an Associated Press photograph of Obama taken in April 2006, by Mannie Garcia. The AP says it owns the copyright, and wants credit and compensation. Fairey disagrees. http://www.yourphototips.com/2009/02/10/open-debate-ap-vs-fairey/
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hcqhpLfgHpcIipb1rVGvAoa5BusAD96560SG0 .
http://www.pdnonline.com/pdn/content_display/photo-news/legal-news/e3ib47a6c218351ced34f18778379a1859b
TAKEAWAY: What’s FAIR? The copyright law says that if the photographer is in the regular employment of a business, it’s agreed that the photo belongs to the business owner. But in the case of a freelancer, the test has always been, “Is the temporary employee receiving benefits, such as health insurance? Does the employee fill out a 1040 at tax time? If he’s not on the regular payroll and fills out a 1040, he’s probably not an employee in the eyes of the court. If no documant has been signed to the contray, the Copyright Law says that the copyright belongs to freelancer.



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CRIME-FIGHTING PHOTO HARDWARE
. Hunt's Photo of Melrose e, Mass. enters the crime fighting business. Hunt's Photo and Video have created a new law enforcement department, which was launched on Sept. 1, 2008. The photo and video technologies that the company carries allow law enforcement agencies - from federal bureaus to local police departments - to better manage the evidence they compile, while also meeting requirements set by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the federal agency that sets technology standards for everything from mug shots to automated tell machines (ATMs).
http://www.wickedlocal.com/melrose/news/x1452245533/Hunt-s-Photo-of-Melrose-enters-the-crime-fighting-business


HANDCUFFS -- British terrorism law 'could curb press photography'
The Counter Terrorism Act 2008, which updates and amends the Terrorism Act 2000, The new Act is expected to strengthen existing powers under the Terrorism Act 2000 for police to stop and search photographers and prevent them from taking pictures in public.
http://www.holdthefrontpage.co.uk/photo/090210newact.shtml


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Photographer’s Guide to WEDDING ALBUM DESIGN and SALES, 2nd Edition, by Bob Coates. Learn to produce wedding albums that are more creative and more profitable. The author takes you inside the process of designing, assembling, and marketing wedding albums, presenting possibilities and options that can enhance your bottom line. More than a dozen top wedding photographers are showcased, outlining their creative choices and marketing strategies. These proven practices and techniques can help photographers give their clients results that make for happier customers and bigger sales. (ISBN-13: 978-1-58428-235-8; $34.95; 188 pgs) Contact: Kate Neaverth, Amherst Media, 175 Rano St, Ste 200, Buffalo NY 14207. Phone: 800 622-3278; Fax: 800 622-3298. Email: Kneaverth[at]amherstmedia[dot]com Web: www.amherstmedia.com





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Want to display a selection of your photos from a recent assignment or trip, on a web page that a photobuyer can visit? It’s easy. Just sign up to one of our services -- PhotoLetter, PhotoDaily, PhotoSourceBOOK, PhotoSourceBANK, or PhotoSourceFOLIO -- and you receive parking of unlimited numbers of selections of your images -- free, on your PhotoSourceLightBOX.

To answer a photo request? Have you learned of a magazine or book publisher who is seeking certain photos -- that YOU have ? Park them at your own PhotoSourceLightBOX, send the URL to the photobuyer, and make a sale. (And receive 100% of the sale - no middleman fee.) No longer is it necessary to send a series of attachments. (You can also use this feature to show photos to friends, family and neighbors.)

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FREE TO ATTACK. Pro-Gaza protesters attack and intimidate photojournalist in NYC. “One of the most annoying things I've experienced as a photographer is freedom-chanting protesters who assault you for photographing them, the photographer said. It happened last week in New York City as a New York Post photojournalist tried to photograph a mob of pro-Gaza demonstrators in Times Square. (seevideo.)
http://carlosmiller.com/2009/02/05/pro-gaza-protesters-attack-and-intimidate-photojournalist-in-nyc/

JAIL FOR PHOTOGRAPHING POLICE? – In Britain, the relationship between photographers and police could worsen next month when new laws are introduced that allow for the arrest - and imprisonment - of anyone who takes pictures of officers 'likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism'. http://www.bjp-online.com/public/showPage.html?page=836675
TAKEAWAY: Remember Rodney King of early 1990’s? (police brutality) It was the police officers who went to jail, not the photographer. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rodney_King


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It’s Here!


Even if your stock photography is not your principle business, you are still eligible to receive legal write-offs for your expenses.

Our Tax Report 2009 will outline for you some of the deductions that many part-time (and full time) photograhers often miss.
Watch for news about Julian Block’s Tax Report in PhotoStockNOTES


11 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource



LONG SHOTS. GigaPan Technology Which Captured Memorable Panorama from Obama Inauguration Now Available to Photographers.
The GigaPan Epic empowers experienced and novice photographers to capture detailed panoramas with almost any point-and-shoot digital camera. Powered by out-of-this world technology from the NASA Mars Rover, GigaPan makes it easy and fun to create giga-pixel panoramas. http://www.pdngearguide.com/gearguide/content_display/news/e3i13737d33d3dd0ebeafa77a66d51b768f

ONE AT ATIME
App makes time lapse photography easy for iPhone. TimeLapse uses your iPhone's camera to take photos at regular intervals. You can have one photo snapped as infrequently as every 24 hours, or as often as every 10 seconds, which is about as fast as it can snap and store a photo.
http://www.tuaw.com/2009/02/04/app-makes-time-lapse-photography-easy-for-iphone/


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GPS ON YOUR CAMERA. JOBO photoGPS is a small Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver that fits directly on any digital camera's hot shoe, just as if it were a flash unit. It allows automatic geo-tagging by capturing GPS data and time. This enables new and more efficient ways to organize, search, visualize, and share photo collections. JOBO AG's photoGPS Now Compatible with Mac OS.
http://www.pdngearguide.com/gearguide/content_display/news/e3if1ab0d527dddd2e9bd6b64c67934b0b7


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HARD FALL. Kodak sees 2009 loss, seeks partners for growth. Eastman Kodak Co, battered by the weak economy, forecast a wider-than-expected loss and said revenue could drop as much as 18 percent this year. The photography company also said it was seeking partners to develop growth technologies such as camera sensors.

http://www.reuters.com/article/hotStocksNews/idUSTRE5133UY20090204
TAKEAWAY Will KODAK make a comeback? Here’s a reminder from the past.
February 1977 – The first 35mm color transparency to be magnified as large as 516 times was exhibited. It was taken by Ernst Haas, and exhibited by Eastman Kodak Company, at Grand Central Station, NYC. The image was 18 x 60 feet and consisted of 20 panels, which were spliced together and placed on an 18-foot spiral. It depicted a herd of impala grazing in Kenya. The following year, 1978, the Grand Central featured a photo of a pastoral Wisconsin farm by Gerald Brimacombe of Minneapolis. That farm is just 10 miles north of Pine Lake Farm, home of yours truly, PhotoSource International. -RE.



EASY MONEY --
Extra! Extra! Should newspapers be bailed out? Each day brings new reports of newspaper layoffs, sales, bankruptcy filings, cutbacks in production or home delivery and moves to online only — and, of course, diminishing ad dollars and readers. So, as other industries line up for their bailout share, such as automakers, should newspapers get in line? http://www.dmnews.com/Should-newspapers-be-bailed-out/article/127025/?DCMP=EMC-DMN_CircMktingWkly


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"I really enjoy receiving you PhotoStockNotes with all the extremely helpful information they contain. I am a part-time photographer who has just sold their first photo for a book cover, but would like to become more professional in my approach."
- Cherry Spooner, Photographer, Ardrahan, Ireland


11 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource





Coming Soon



The Rohn Engh 2009 Round-Table
Seminar Series
--for stock photography


To be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota
(Limited to 12 persons -- sign up early)


Sunday , April 19th


For details: 1 800 624 0266 extension 26

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VISIONS       Redding man wins National Geographic contest
Greg Clark of Redding was browsing National Geographic's Web site when
he saw mention of the "Visions of Paradise"

"I felt pretty good about the cow photo and thought it fit the criteria
and went ahead and entered it,"
http://www.redding.com/news/2009/feb/10/redding-man-wins-national-geographic-contest/?partner=yahoo_headlines


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FUTURE KEYWORDS How to quickly geotag all your photos on both PC and Mac. While newer cameras and mobile devices will have geotagging capabilities built in, how can you quickly and easily tag the rest of the photos in your collection? To get started, the best software available for this is Google Picassa. It has geotagging capabilities built-in and the process is very streamlined. In addition to Picassa, you need Google Earth as well- this is where you'll get the location information for your photos.
http://photo.blorge.com/2009/02/02/how-to-quickly-geotag-all-your-photos-on-both-pc-and-mac/


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WATER. Photography exhibit offers meditation on water
Lazar’s subject is water in a myriad of guises, from glacial ice and
snow and crystalline mountain lakes to the primordial ooze bubbling just below the earth’s surface.
http://www.clevelandjewishnews.com/articles/2009/02/10/arts/visual/doc498b0d651fcaa924885113.txt


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“In photography, the smallest thing can become a big subject, an insignificant human detail can become a leitmotiv. We see and we make seen as a witness to the world around us; the event, in its natural activity, generates an organic rhythm of forms.”
- Henri Cartier Bresson


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1883 - The first film close-up was made, in the laboratory of Thomas Edison in East Orange, NJ. The photo is of Edison's assistant, Fred Ott, who was sneezing at the time, and is titled: "The Sneeze."


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Finding


The Specific Photo



Keeping aware of buyer behavior should be your first concern if you are in the business of selling your photos. Last-century marketing techniques are being phased out as photobuyers are taking hold of new electronic tools available to them, leading to new directions in photo acquisition and delivery.
The needs of your photobuyers are influenced by their awareness that they now have the technology to locate highly specific pictures. In the last century, photo researchers were excused for not locating a photo that fit all the ideal specifics. Everything was done by hand, with paper, film, and file folders. Photo search was cumbersome and slow. Everyone was under the same constraints. There wasn't enough time or they couldn't locate further resources. When they couldn't locate a specific image they figured they had "done their best," and the "second-best" or even "fifth-best" photo alternative was accepted.

Photography used in publications of the past reflects these inadequacies. Photo illustrations frequently resorted to generic images, in content and style. Today, in contrast, the advantages of our technological revolution make it possible to easily locate very specific and even obscure photos. We notice the increasing use of content-specific images in documentary films, coffee table photo books, biographies, textbooks, encyclopedias, you name it. Make sure your stock business responds to what's happening in the field, in today’s world. Get your work out there on the Internet on either your own blog or website that get a lot of buyer traffic, so that your photos are accessible. Educate yourself on how different buyers prefer submissions via the Internet*.


Rohn Engh is the best-selling author of “Sell & ReSell Your Photos” and “sellphotos.com.” He has produced several eBooks including, “How to Make the Marketable Photo.” For more information on how to sell stock pictures and to receive a free eReport: “8 Steps to Becoming a Published Photographer,” visit his website, PhotoSource International, 800 624-0266.


*Want to learn how photo researchers like to work with photo suppliers? Ask for a free sample copy of Installment #11 (“Understanding Photo Research”) in our eCourse. Send an email with a copy of this paragraph to info[at]photosource[dot]com



03 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource



GETTING TRAFFIC. “How I Changed My Web Site to Grow My Photography Business.” “I had a website, for a successful wedding photography business - but while it gave my business a professional identity, it wasn't doing much to generate leads. I wanted to turn my Web site into a business driver. But where to start?
http://rising.blackstar.com/how-i-changed-my-web-site-to-grow-my-photography-business.html#more-2078




COAXING THE VIEWER Organization of a shot. Freeze frame: Mastering winter photography. Once something catches his eye, the next step is to frame it with surrounding elements. "The elements push the viewer in the direction you want them to go," Redmon says. "They lead the eye but they don't take away from (the subject)." http://www.greatfallstribune.com/article/20090201/LIFESTYLE/902010327/1024/rss04

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER – Creating a Commercial Portfolio for Photojournalists - Two reps that work with photojournalists on commercial assignments discuss how they put portfolios together.
http://www.pdnonline.com/pdn/content_display/features/pdn-online/e3i67264dea25a495e009d3ccea8691c57a


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BUSH ALBUM Photography editors select most meaningful Bush photos. In this New York Times blog, Errol Morris asked photo editors for the various news services traveling with former President George Bush to select images that best captured his character and that of his administration.
http://morris.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/01/25/mirror-mirror-on-the-wall/?hp

THAT’s FUNNY. – New Book on Fast Food Marketing Design and Photography - The new book, "Chicken: Low Art, High Calorie", from Mark Batty Publisher, a leader in distinctive volumes covering the graphic and communication arts, is both a
pictorial record and an investigative reporter. Dozens of amusing photos of
signs, storefronts and menus are featured in the book.
http://www.creativepro.com/article/new-book-fast-food-marketing-design-and-photography


03 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource



Gotta Watch ?


What time is it?


Deadlines are always a fact of life for stock photographers who supply magazine and book publishers with their images.
Here is software you can use to answer that question… “What time is it?”

www.time.gov
This clock makes a great place to go for getting the proper time of day for your watch as well as checking local times if you travel across country.
You can also set the clock on your computer.

www.TimeandDate.com
Need to make an international phone call? Time and Date also offers a handy tool that enables you to display a clickable icon.
We live in a global arena when it comes to marketing your photos. A final software you’ll find useful.
www.timeticker.com

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CAMERAS AT WORK. Are You Being Watched? Every day, tens of thousands of visitors come to Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda market, to throng around the stalls packed with fruit and vegetables, and buy from the colorful hawkers. And their movements are being watched by surveillance cameras. http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1060789.html

DON’T SNAP ME!
-- Bid to rein in cellphone photography may prove to be tone deaf, critics say. A New York congressman has introduced a bill that would force U.S. phone manufacturers to program an audible tone that plays every time the cellphone's camera is used, in an effort to stem the voyeuristic tide of revealing, unauthorized photography. http://www.scrippsnews.com/node/40413


03 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




WHAT’S HAPPENIN’ ? This Month in Microstock - January 2009. “This year is going to be BIG! There are lots of projects brewing and one gets the feeling that microstock is going to look very different by December. New ideas, new opportunities and new challenges abound on mocrostock.”
http://www.microstockdiaries.com/this-month-in-microstock-january-2009.html

SELL&ReSELL. Selling the Same Stock Photos at Different Prices - Now that it's possible to sell stock photos at a wide variety of prices, photographers are taking advantage of the opportunities in a wide variety of ways. Confused by lack of consistency Lee Torrens asked around, here are the responses: http://www.microstockdiaries.com/selling-the-same-stock-photos-at-different-prices.html


03 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




GOTCHA! Burglar caught after photography student snaps his 'chavvy' tracksuit disappearing over neighbor’s fence. Josh was given a £150 reward by a judge at Leeds Crown Court for his public-spirited actions as Rimmer, who admitted a string of burglaries and car thefts, was jailed for four years.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1133870/Gotcha-Burglar-caught-photography-student-snaps-chavvy-tracksuit-disappearing-neighbours-fence.html


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OUTRIGHT THIEVERY? – Everett Collection Infringed Copyrights - It's not clear who it was that the Everett Collection sought counsel from when they decided to
sell/license/rent the intellectual property of others, without their permission, or conveyance of monies from those transactions, but, well, they lost that battle.
http://photobusinessforum.blogspot.com/2009/01/everett-collection-infringed-copyrights.html


CATCHING INFRINGERS – Copyright Infringement Goes High Profile - What makes this theft so rampant is the difficulty photographers have in tracking their work. Often the photographer doesn't know his/her work has been stolen. There are a few new services, like PicScout ImageTracker that will search the web on behalf of photographers.
http://photography.about.com/b/2009/01/30/copyright-infringement-goes-high-profile.htm


03 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




I made a video for you.

http://www.photosource.com/video/valentine



03 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




FREEDOM AT LAST? Amtrak Responds To NPPA With New Photography Guidelines, Police Policy Reviews - In last week's exchange between NPPA and the railroad's lawyers, Domzalski said that Amtrak police officers had been issued "specific
guidelines" regarding the "rights of passengers, patrons, or the
public-at-large to take photographs or video record in public space areas."
"These guidelines also state that Amtrak police can investigate activity of
photographers that is reported or observed to be suspicious in nature," he said. http://nppa.org/news_and_events/news/2009/01/amtrak02.html


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TWO GREAT COMPANIES FALTER. Polaroid and KODAK were great competitors in the past. Now their film and paper divisions are slipping and sliding into the history books. http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/business/s_609709.html



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This is the time of the year you will want to consult with your tax person to make sure you are not paying more taxes than you should.

“To evade taxes is illegal, to avoid taxes is your legal right…”
-Supreme Court Justice, Oliver Wendell Holmes. -


Many stock photographers do not take advantage of small business write-offs that are their right to take.

The best way to find a tax person who advises on intellectual properties (that’s the area of tax reporting that stock photography falls into) is to ask around. In your town, city or village, ask other creative people, writers, musicians, photographers, artists who they use for tax assistance. Usually, the same name will come up. Consult this person.

Become aware of your tax rights. Our tax report by tax attorney Julian Block, 2009 TAX SECRETS for Stock Photographers is ready-made for you.
info[at]photosource[dot]com
Give us a call (1 800 624 0266) and we will send out information to you about this tax report. Cost is $29.95




03 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource



SHOOTING PICTURES. – He Uses a Rifle Stock to Shoot Photographs. When we recently posted a Vietnam-era Bolex movie camera with a rifle stock attached, we thought the concept was a little nuts. Then Army Reserve Staff Sgt. and wartime photographer Jeffrey Duran set us straight. http://i.gizmodo.com/5142970/us-soldier-explains-why-he-uses-a-rifle-stock-to-shoot-photographs?skyline=true&s=i


FLASH ON IPHONE IS COMING -- Up To Adobe To Clear Tech Hurdles. Bloomberg's interview with Adobe's Shantanu Narayen reveals that Adobe is developing Flash for the iPhone, it's been in development since June 2008, and is a customized solution just for the iPhone.
http://i.gizmodo.com/5143766/flash-on-iphone-is-coming-up-to-adobe-to-clear-tech-hurdles?skyline=true&s=x

EAGLE EYE. Remote control winged flyer equipped with a 10 megapixel camera by Lehman Aviation. – LP960 UAV flies around, shoots high def photographs and videos of its journey. The operator on the ground pulling the strings can also see what it looks like up above, making adjustments to the flight path accordingly.
http://www.engadget.com/2009/01/26/lp960-uav-flies-around-shoots-high-def-photography-of-its-journ/

DEEP, DOWN, ‘n’ DARK. -- Google Earth To Show Ocean Floor. Google is expected to announce the addition of ocean floor imagery to its Google Earth project, which will complete digital representation of our planet!
http://tech.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09%2F02%2F02%2F0621201&from=rss

FOLLOW THE TRAIL.
– Registeryourcamera.com Launches - Ever wonder if that 2nd hand camera you purchased online was stolen? Well, now there is a way to find out before you buy. RegisterYourCamera.com is a free online service for registering your photographic equipment. http://shutterbug.com/news/012309register/

BIG IMPROVEMENTS – Better JPEG standard due in 2009 - JPEG XR, an image format created by Microsoft that promises a number of advantages over JPEG, has cleared a key standardization hurdle.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13580_3-10152810-39.html?tag=TOCmoreStories.0


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CANON PROFIT TUMBLES. -- Predicts further slide.
Japan's Canon Inc, the world's largest digital camera maker, reported an 81 percent fall in quarterly profit and predicted a further slide in annual profit to a 14-year low this year, hit by slumping demand for cameras and office equipment and a stronger yen. Canon's annual forecast is closely watched as it is the first earnings indicator from a major Japanese exporter for the year ahead. While most Japanese companies close their books on March 31, Canon's business year ends on December 31.
http://www.reuters.com/article/ousiv/idUSTRE50R12Y20090128


GOING SOUTH? – Kodak Cutting Thousands of Jobs, Up to 18% of Workforce - Kodak's financial report for the fourth quarter of 2008 reflects a sharp decline in sales at the end of the year. Fourth quarter sales were down 24 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago. Digital sales fell 23 percent in the fourth quarter. http://www.pdnonline.com/pdn/content_display/features/pdn-online/e3i6229a90fa9a407c3cf6f6444f6033179


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THE SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS. Amateur photographers from across the globe are invited to submit their images into any of the nine amateur categories of the 2009 Sony World Photography Competition Awards, to be judged by an iStockphoto's expert team.
http://www.abouttheimage.com/4035/istockphoto_working_with_the_sony_world_photography_awards/author2


03 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource



Coming Soon! Sunday April 19th 2009

The Rohn Engh 2009 Round-Table
Seminar Series
--for stock photography

To be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota

(Limited to 12 persons -- sign up early)

Fee: $265
10am to 4pm



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Getting Up To Digital Speed -and Beyond”


Spring Sunday , April 19th
Summer Sunday, June 28th
Fall Sunday, October 11th
Winter Sunday, January 10th



Who should attend? This is a round-table seminar limited to 12 persons so that participants can receive personal attention, plus meet other photographers who are just starting out or starting over in stock photography. If you have a collection of 500 or more scanned or digital images and are ready to test their marketability on the Internet, this seminar can save you endless time and dollars in learning how.

One week before the seminar: Submit 10 of your typical photos that you wish to market. Rohn will make a marketing critique. Digital delivery only.

Special bonus: Bring your copy of Rohn’s book, Sell &ReSell Your Photos or sellphotos.com and receive $25 off your seminar fee.

Early Birds receive a list of ten markets tailored to their specialty area. Early Bird cut-off date is two weeks before the seminar.

The seminar is held next door to the Mall of America. (-- the nation's largest retail and entertainment complex.) www.mallofamerica.com

Free parking, complimentary shuttle for Mall of America, and Airport

Can’t make the Spring seminar? Click here for information about the Summer seminar. Sunday, June 28th. in Minneapolis.


For details: 1 800 624 0266 extension 26



03 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource



THE FACE IS FAMILIAR First taste of iLife '09: iPhoto's face recognition. The new Faces and Places feature on iPhoto '09 was definitely one of the biggest news out of Phil Schiller's Macworld keynote. While iPhoto '08 introduced Events, which lets you group photos based on the dates they were taken, iPhoto '09 introduced three new features that got the Mac community buzzing -- facial recognition, geo-tagging, and social network support.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10153818-1.html?tag=mncol


03 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




X-RATED. World of Wonder Storefront Gallery in L.A. to Open 'All-American Porn: 25 Years of Erotic Photography. An extensive collection of cover art collectibles and never-before-seen, limited edition behind-the-scenes photos that chronicle the history of modern porn will be on display. Photos from the exhibit are available upon request at jackie[at]vivid[dot]com.
http://www.centredaily.com/business/technology/story/1094398.html


THOUGHT FOR FOOD
StockFood sponsors Fab Futures Award for young designers. StockFood a niche stock photography company based in Kennebunk Maine and specializing in Food and Beverage imagery, has announced that it is once again sponsoring the "FAB Futures Award" as part of an international Creative Awards program focused entirely on creative work done for Food And Beverage brands.
http://www.abouttheimage.com/4036/stockfood_sponsors_fab_futures_award_for_young_designers/author2

PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRATURE. – The Getty Museum Explores the Important Genre of Portraiture in Photography. In Focus: The Portrait presents a selection of about 50 photographs, affording visitors the opportunity to explore a sampling of the Getty Museum's world-renowned collection of photographs on the subject of portraiture. "If photography was initially perceived to be the most truthful of artistic representations, its underlying subjectivity is especially relevant in portraiture," says Anne Lacoste, curator of the exhibition. "The exhibition illustrates the relationship between photographer and sitter. Selected quotes from both the maker and subject provide insight into their experiences of the photographic process."
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=28651


03 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




“Opportunity is missed by most because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."
-- Thomas Alva Edison






03 Feb, 2009 | Posted by: photosource



In February 1860, the photographer Mathew Brady took the first of several portraits of Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln went to New York City to give an anti-slavery speech at the Cooper Union. He thought a portrait might help his presidential campaign. The portrait was difficult to take, in part because Lincoln was so tall (6’4”). Brady usually used a head clamp to immobilize his subjects, but the clamp didn’t reach Lincoln’s head. So Lincoln had to stand absolutely still for several minutes of his own free will. The photograph worked out, though, and it was published on the cover of Harper’s Weekly, the equivalent of today’s New Yorker magazine. Lincoln later claimed the photograph and the Cooper’s Union speech had made him president.

Brady was one of the first Americans to get into photography, and within a few years he was known as one of the best portrait photographers in the country. Brady was the first person to take a photograph of an American president when he photographed President Zachary Taylor in 1849.