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25 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource








moving on . . .


The Era Has Passed




It seems only yesterday that big fat colorful catalogs came in the mail (postal mail, that is), filled with fanciful photos by top stock photographers who were signed up with the elite stock agencies of the 70’s and 80’s.

Elite is the right word to use here because not unlike the good ol’ boy netwoprks of unions and guilds, the stock photo industry was peppered with celebrated photographers (check back issues of Photo District NEWS) who commanded big commissions and assignments.

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"As we all saw the era of digital pictures
coming, -and it came fast- we can see
this one coming too. .."
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One of their secrets was to master the art of public relations and get their name associated with top magazines and ad agencies.

Very often these luminaries found home and studio in Manhattan. The rent was high but the payoff was higher.
Why? Because Ms Johnson in Omaha could assure her local ad agency client that a New York City “name” photographer was the right choice for the sensitive campaign she was handling. A local photographer certainly wouldn’t be able to do the job for this national promotion. And, of course, she had to be in New York to supervise the shoot. Not to mention to take in a couple Broadway shows.

DIGITAL OPENS A NEW DOOR


Well –that era has passed.

Thanks to quality photographic equipment at hobbyist prices, “non-pros” with a good eye and a talent for knowing what makes an interesting image have found they can rub shoulders with the best-of-the-best and make extra money with their skills.

In the last decade, the mushrooming of portals, specialized stock agencies, individual websites, Flickr, and the massive holding tanks for millions of stock photos: Getty Images, Alamy, Shutterstock, iStock, and Corbis (I’m leaving out a couple dozen more), have made it easy for part time non-pros to move to the head of the line.

This whole democratic process has caused some ma ‘n’ pa stock photo agencies to change their focus from one of generality to one of specialty, lest they get absorbed by a giant agency, or worse, go out of business. Even Jupiter Images, who rushed into the digital on-line scene and began competing head on with the top level Corbis and Getty Images, saw the increasing muscle power of non-pros capitalizing on the easy-to-join movement of digital stock photo sales. (Jupiter Images has since said “Uncle”.)

And what happened to those elitists of the 70’s and 80’s? Most are entrepreneurial in spirit in the first place, and like fashion designers of that era, most recognized the evolving fussy nature of their business model and went forward with the flow. In most cases.

NEW TIMES


Just as stock photographers are settling in to adapt to the new way of producing and distributing their images, there’s another phenomenon that is going to hit the stock photo industry.

As we all saw the era of digital pictures coming, -and it came fast- we can see this one coming too.

With thousands upon thousands of digital images
entering massive on-line databases every day, we now have to prepare for the new foundation of stock photography: Text search for pictures.

If you’ve Googled for an Italian restaurant in a city in Kansas on your cross country trip, you know that four or five keywords can save you a lot of time, frustration, and even money, especially if you find a location that’s having a Chicken Scarpariello special.

Search engines. Aren’t they amazing?

Very soon, photo researchers in the editorial stock photography field (where a model release is rarely required) will realize they don’t have to exhaust their eye balls, searching scores or hundreds of images to find the pictures that best illustrate the point their book, magazine article, textbook or brochure is conveying. Second best won’t do anymore – now that “search” is available to them and as close as their computer monitor.

Will you be prepared? Google charges nothing for someone to come in and search all the keywords on your personal website.

Dump loads of keywords in there. No hierarchy is necessary. Get them in there as fast as you can. The more and the sooner the better. Photo researchers are learning that this valuable treasury of key words is now available to them to save then time and strife.

The process is simple. The photobuyer finds you have the keywords (thanks to the search engine) describing specific photos of yours (or photos you could step out your front door and take with your high-end digital camera) in the subject area he needs.

You put a selection of images targeting that photo request in a LightBox and email it to the buyer; they select which one hits the mark. You send them a hi-res file and an invoice. Or if you’re set up for it – they send you their PayPal account number or charge card.

One more thought that you’ve probably realized: the more keywords you place on your website, the greater your odds of selling your images.




Rohn Engh, veteran stock photographer and best-selling author of “Sell & ReSell Your Photos” and “sellphotos.com,” has helped scores of photographers to sell photos. 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 PhotoSource International or call 800 624-0266.


25 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource






Captcha!



No, I didn’t mean "Gotcha!" So, you ask, "What’s a Captcha?"

You know those websites where you’re asked to decipher and type in a string of funny characters, all stretched and spaced out, or at multiple angles, different colors and conflicting backgrounds, etc?

The stuff that makes you want to rush to the phone to set up an appointment with your optometrist? Well, you’ve just seen a Captcha.

It’s an acronym for Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart. The name recognized Alan Turing, a British computer scientist.

The Captcha system came about because Yahoo! wanted a way, back in 2000, to identify spammers that were using software to obtain huge numbers of email addresses from which they could send their spam. So, now you know, and have something to talk about at your next party.

ReCaptcha


No, it’s not the old story of Pete and Repeat. Now, when you decipher a Captcha, you may be helping to digitize old books and manuscripts (like the New York Times).
How? Scanning technology is used to digitize, but like computers, scanners can’t always decipher a word, due to such things as smearing, poor contrast, typestyle, etc.

So, websites that use the Captcha system to validate users can use the ReCaptcha system to present two words to the user to decipher. One is a real Captcha (thus the website knows what the correct answer is), and the other is the undecipherable scanned word.

If enough users (like maybe 3-5) correctly decode the ReCaptcha word, and have matching decodes on the Captcha word, the system presumes the ReCaptcha word has been correctly figured out.

That helps get the manuscript/book/magazine fully digitized. For more info about adding the Captcha or ReCaptcha system to your website, visit http://recaptcha.net


Is It Real or Fake?


You received an e-mail from your friend telling you that next week is "free scoop night" at an ice cream store. Is it real or fake (the free scoop offer)?
Or, you receive an urgent email saying terrorists are buying DHL uniforms on eBay. Well, here’s one place to check: http://www.snopes.com It includes a search engine so you can enter part of the suspicious offer and check the results. In case you’re wondering, yes, the free scoop night was real.

Want a browser toolbar to help you check?
Look at http://netsquirrel.com/combatkit


Bill Hopkins is the Webmaster of PhotoSourceFolio* ( http://www.photosourcefolio.com ) and a regular contributor to PhotoStockNotes. Send comments via e-mail to wh[at]photosourcefolio[dot]com Fax: 1 818 831-0916. (*Display 6 of your own images for photobuyers to view on your own page on the PhotoSource website.) For on-line questions, contact Bill on the Kracker Barrel at http://www.photosource.com/board


25 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource





At Oxford University Press


Trisha Masterson
Image Manager
Trisha.masterson[at]oxup[dot]com

replaces:

Judi DeSouter
Senior Art Buyer
judi.desouter[at]gmail[dot]com


25 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource



WEBSITE TIPS Ten Steps To The Perfect Portfolio Website - You may have a personal portfolio website for a number of reasons. If you're a freelancer, then you'd need one to showcase your work and allow people to contact you. A personal portfolio website is all about promoting you. http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/02/26/10-steps-to-the-perfect-portfolio-website/


ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS Nine Essentials (Besides a Camera) You'll Need as a Freelance Photographer - Having the right photographic equipment is just the beginning. Here are nine other business essentials to be ready for any assignment.
http://rising.blackstar.com/a-gear-guide-for-going-freelance-part-2.html departing September 13, 2009, from Venice, Italy.
http://news.prnewswire.com/DisplayReleaseContent.aspx?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/03-17-2009/0004990082&EDATE=


HOW TO PHOTOGRAPH A RECESSION. An economic downturn is in The Big Picture. It can be difficult to capture financial pressures in photographs, but here are a few recent glimpses into some of the places and lives affected by what some are calling the "Great Recession".
http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2009/03/scenes_from_the_recession.html


25 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource



IN FASHION A Cruise for Photography Buffs. Windstar Cruises which operates a three-ship fleet of luxury yachts, offers photography buffs the opportunity to travel with travel and fashion photographer Stephanie Pfriender Stylander on a Mediterranean sailing aboard Wind Surf, departing September 13, 2009, from Venice, Italy.
http://news.prnewswire.com/DisplayReleaseContent.aspx?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/03-17-2009/0004990082&EDATE=


25 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




ASK THE BOSS FOR A RAISE. If you’ve contributed images to a publication or client on a fairly regular basis, it is suitable to ask for an increase in fees based on your consistent dependability. Your reliable service to a photobuyer saves them expense and time consuming search tasks and administration.


25 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource





ALWAYS SEARCHING Zig's Stephen Leps - The creative director of a small agency with big clients talks about how and where he looks for new shooters to work with.
http://www.pdnonline.com/pdn/content_display/features/pdn-online/e3ie7894883273eb62855cf31064b2b85c6


25 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




INDEMNIFICATION Omnicom Passes the Buck – ASMP makes a response to the Omnicom Group, the world's largest advertising agency holding company, who changed its terms and conditions in an effort to limit their agency liability and in so doing transfer that liability to independent photographers and producers.
http://photobusinessforum.blogspot.com/2009/03/omnicom-passes-buck.html

FRESH FACES The Stock Artists Alliance,(SAA) an organization dedicated to the interests of professional stock photographers, has announced its new Board of Directors and Officers. http://www.stockartistsalliance.org/node/670


25 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




LIVINGSTONE MOVES ON. The well-known founder and CEO of the online portal, istockphoto, Bruce Livingstone, says it is time to part ways with the company he founded nine years ago in Alberta, Canada. Livingstone has posted his resignation letter on the istockphoto website which states, "I need more time with my family, and time to figure out what I am going to do next. Anybody who knows me, knows I am a bit of a workaholic. So I am finally going to make some time for myself and the people in my life."
http://www.examiner.com/x-4889-Wilmington-Photography-Examiner~y2009m3d23-iStockphoto-founder-calls-it-a-day

25 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource



THE FLUFF IS GONE. The Magazine Isn't Dying - It's just the badly motivated ones that are going under.
http://www.thebigmoney.com/articles/impressions/2009/03/17/magazine-isnt-dying?page=0,0
TAKEAWAY. - If a magazine is just a prop for advertisers, it won’t last in a down economy.


25 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




BROKEN JAW Mugabe's wife given immunity over attack on a photographer. Photographer Richard Jones says he suffered cuts and bruises after Grace Mugabe punched him while wearing a diamond-studded ring on 15 January.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/low/asia-pacific/7957607.stm
http://photo.net/photography-news-forum/00Sphc
TAKEAWAY: DIAMONDS ARE A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND

BROKEN CAMERA -- Kanye West charged for smashing a photographer's camera. From the BBC in London.: Rapper Kanye West has been charged with assault after a website apparently filmed him smashing a photographer's camera.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/low/entertainment/7952183.stm
http://photo.net/photography-news-forum/00SnoH


25 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




The PhotoSourceFOLIO is the image showcase part of PhotoSource International. Here, participating photographers can have 6 exhibit-size images displayed. This allows the prospective photobuyer to see firsthand your unique vision, technique, and expertise, and to get a feel for your work in general. It also can eliminate the need to send samples and/or sell sheets to the photobuyer.

For more information:



25 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource



Stalking and Photographing the Annenberg Center for Photography. Last week there was a little scuffle when the guards at the Annenberg Center for Photography said that no photos could be taken of the new building because of security issues. Here's an update. http://la.curbed.com/archives/2009/03/stalking_and_shooting_the_annenberg_center_for_photography.php
TAKEAWAY: If you’re standing on public property, you’re in your right to photograph. If you’re photographing a copyrighted object (while on public property) such as a piece of art or statue, you may still use it as an editorial submission but not for commercial purposes. -RE





TO CATCH A COP. When Evidence From Surveillance Cameras Leads to Charges Against Officers. Detective Eager’s indictment is one of several in recent months in which video recordings played a role in establishing criminal cases against police officers or led prosecutors to drop charges against suspects the officers had arrested. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/25/nyregion/25perjury.html


25 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource






FRIENDS FOREVER Apple and Adobe: The Odd Couple. For more than two decades, Apple and Adobe have enjoyed a mostly cordial relationship that have benefited both companies especially in the worlds of professional design and photography.
http://www.ecommercetimes.com/rsstory/66586.html

SLOW BUT SURE Time-Lapse Photos Bring Nature Alive Some Spectacular events in nature take a long time to develop.
http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/news/dpgo_Time_Lapse_Photos_Bring_Nature_Alive_mb_032320092300358


25 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. NYTimes to Blogs: Quit Stealing our Photos! The blog Apartment Therapy (like countless other blogs) re-posts pictures it copies from news sites, including The New York Times. The Times recently got so upset … it sent a DMCA takedown to Apartment Therapy's web hosting provider.

http://www.pdnpulse.com/2009/03/nytimes-to-blogs-quit-stealing-our-photos.html


25 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource



PHOTOS GET ADS Google adds ads to Picasa photo site - Pages for photos and galleries doesn't show ads, but search results do for some people. The ads are located in a yellow-tinted "sponsored links" section above the photo results for some in the United States. (See screenshot below.)
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13580_3-10197234-39.html?tag=mncol;title

KEEP YOUR BOOKS. -- Errata Editions: reviving out-of-print photography books. One of the main growth areas in photography over the past decade has been the interest in photographic books - not so much in new titles, but in second-hand books, the ones that are increasingly rare, out of print, and out of the range of most pockets.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2009/mar/16/errata-editions-walker-evans-eugene-ateget-sophie-ristelhueber-chris-killip

OUTSIDE LOOKING IN -- Online photo services can give photographers lucrative outlet. He uses iStockphoto, offering generic photos of people and places that can be used in brochures, magazines, websites and billboards. Monu — known as "nico_blue" on iStockphoto — pulls in a six-figure income from his part-time gig. One photo even earned him $5,000. It's a feel-good image of two senior women, one African American and one white, smiling for the camera
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/products/2009-03-10-online-stock-photos_N.htm
TAKEAWAY: Go for it. Some photographers will get one of those “stumbled upon your picture” once-in-a-lifetime, one-time big sales. It may not come, but hang in there for the long term value and sales.



25 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




"Your book, Sell & ReSell Your Photos is very insightful with very useful and helpful information. As an amateur photographer, I had no clue how to go about selling or making money with your camera."
- Linda E. Skugstad, Photographer, Seattle, Washington

"Excellent, encouraging, and motivating books. I'm on my second copy of Sell & Resell; wore out the first one!"
- Gregory Claridy, Photographer, Jonestown, TX


25 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




FLASHY CARS California photographer Ron Kimball has won an international award, the “Most Beautiful Book of the Year” at the Festival Automobile International held February 11 – 15, 2009, in Paris, France. In his 30-plus year career, Ron Kimball has been recognized as one of the world’s top automotive photographers. He operates a highly successful photography studio, and a stock photography agency, Kimball Stock.
http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20090317005962&newsLang=en


INSPIRATION Boulder photography inspired by slain student. The fund serves as a beautiful reminder of his deep interest in simultaneously exploring interior and exterior worlds through the medium of photography,
http://www.dailycamera.com/news/2009/mar/22/boulder-high-david-parrish-photography-fund/?partner=yahoo_headlines


APPRECIATION -- India's Art Enjoyment Grows With Investment. Waswo spoke about his unusual experiment in hand-painted digital photography and his work with traditional Indian painters.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/23/AR2009032302834.html?wprss=rss_world


25 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource



SATISFY YOUR PHOTOBUYERS -- Caption and Keywording Guidelines - Here are a few questions to ask yourself as you caption and keyword your photographs: http://www.controlledvocabulary.com/metalogging/ck_guidelines.html


25 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




CAMERA OBSCURA ENTHUSIASTS The coordinators of the ninth Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day are busy preparing for this upcoming global festival. It will be the traditional last Sunday in April. http://www.pinhole.com/archive/526


VISUAL SOVEREINTY More than 30 of the world's foremost American Indian, Australian Aborigine and New Zealand Maori photographers will gather to discuss their work and the role of art in establishing "visual sovereignty" in the 21st century at a two-day conference at (University of California) UC Davis on April 4 and 5.
http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=9058


25 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource



“The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas, and throw the bad ones away.”
-Linus Pauling.


25 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource



1886 - March 24th - Photographer Edward Weston was born in Highland IL.

1876 - March 10th - Alexander Graham Bell made the first telephone call: "Mr. Watson come here, I want you."


18 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource





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18 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




Photos Are King




You, too, have probably thought a lot about what I’m about to say, about the downturn in the economy. I’ll be including my observations on the impact of the times on our industry (and its future): picture research and picture sales.
Here’s some food for thought.
Dismal forecasting. The problem with most economic downturn forecasting is that the writers and broadcasters often make references to the 1930’s Great Depression for their statistics. But let’s look at the facts.


If you were to read one of the most popular magazines in 1932, Ladies
Home Journal, you'd learn that an automobile cost $500; an average laborer's
wage was $85.00 per month; a new house went for $5, 000; a loaf of bread,
7 cents; first class postage stamp, 3 cents (air mail was 8 cents); and
a gallon of gas, 10 cents.



The world of finance as everyone knows is based on trust. Even the earliest medieval barter systems were based on trust. Paper checks were based on trust in the last century and electronic bytes today are based on trust.
Trust seems to be built into the human condition and some psychologists tell us that it is instinctual. There I said it, the word, psychology.
When it comes down to it, I suppose everyone would agree that the financial condition of a society, or a nation, or the global community, depends on the venerable psychological phenomenon of confidence.

And “confidence” seems to be the crux of the current malaise in the global economy today. There isn’t any real silver, gold, or diamonds involved – only Internet bytes (0’s and 1’s) that symbolize liquidity. All the gold in Fort Knox represents a tiny fraction of what is known as “available credit.” Credit is priceless.

So it comes down to credit. As the expression goes, the confidence factor has fallen like a stack of cards. In this case, they’re credit cards.
The big question in Washington seems to be, how do we return to the good ol’ days? Should we return to a bartering system, or hard cash backed by a gold standard, or paper checks, or Internet bytes?

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"…In the past century, during the Great Depression, men were riding the rails and driving their automobiles far
and wide to find work. Today- they (and women) use the phone, the fax, email, and the web to publish their resumes.
On a larger scale in this century, the Law of Probability accelerates their chances of finding work much faster.
The same holds true for a potential swift turnaround in the entire economy. . ."


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I refer to Washington because the answer will come from that town, because like it or not, all foreign financial pointers find themselves landing in D.C. Those countries are depending on us, the USA. Not on Europe, not China, not Japan. In the end, the history books will show the failure or success of the global financial crisis will have emanated from decisions in Washington.

IT’S ABOUT STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY


I’m not giving a pep talk here at halftime. I’m talking only about the reality of the business you are in, - stock photography.
And that business is going to succeed in the global economical downturn.
Here’s why.


Want to read mo re?
http://photosource.com/psn-article/king.html

18 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




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Travelwriter Marketletter



Travelwriter Marketletter… for writers and photojournalists.


Travelwriter Marketletter is a monthly publication available online
( http://www.travelwriterml.com ) and in hard copy format. Travelwriter Marketletter is in its 29th year.
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 willv 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.


18 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




STARTING OUT – A Gear Guide For Going Freelance - As someone who's been freelancing for most of my career, what advice would I give to those striking out on your own? Get the right equipment.
http://rising.blackstar.com/a-gear-guide-for-going-freelance.html#more-2664


LEARNING -- Are photography courses useful? - BJP kicks off a storm after blaming colleges for making final-year photography students "hopelessly naive" about their chances of success.
http://www.1854.eu/2009/03/are_photography_courses_useful.html
TAKEAWAY: Only the few are chosen.


18 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource



SHAKING HANDS In January the NPPA asked Amtrak in a letter to stop harassing photographers. In response, counsel for the Amtrak police invited NPPA to participate in updating their existing policies. The recommendations of NPPA were incorporated into the new Amtrak guidelines. NPPA president Bob Carey: "This is a great example of how NPPA can work together with government agencies to modify policies that we feel are restrictive of First Amendment rights," http://nppa.org/news_and_events/news/2009/03/amtrak01.html

BACKUP BLUES. Facebook: Photo data loss was temporary. Considering all the horror stories we hear about photos hosted on Facebook and people, you know, losing their jobs over them, maybe this isn't such a bad thing: The social network acknowledged in a blog post on Sunday evening that 10 percent to 15 percent of the billions of photos it hosts were affected by a storage problem, replaced by a question mark. The photos should be back up by the time you are reading this.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13577_3-10191678-36.html?tag=mncol
TAKEAWAY Yes. Back up. Always.


18 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




KEEP IN TOUCH
Your name, e-mail and current address should appear with your digital submissions and other correspondence with a photobuyer. Also: If you move: Notify all photo editors who are currently considering your images for publication.

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PROMOTE YOURSELF.
Your local city or town radio/TV station or newspaper is always looking for interesting feature material about its citizens. You are eligible.

Because you market your pictures to national magazines and book publishers, you are unique. Feature editors would like to write about you and publish a few examples of your photographs. If you also conduct a photo marketing class, it's an excellent way to publicize the class.
The process: Phone your local newspaper and ask for the Features Editor. Describe what you do, then ask, "Would you like me to drop in for an interview and bring some of my pictures along?" (Personal interviews work better than phone interviews.).
Here’s a tip. If you’ve been featured previously in newspapers, and have clippings, leave them at home. Newspaper journalists like to be “the author.”
Do much the same for TV and radio stations. (Find out who the ‘producer’ is of the program. That’s not information stations always like to give out. Instead of asking outright for the person’s name, tell the receptionist you have the station’s addresses (read it over the phone). You’ll get a positive “yes”. Then say you want to write a letter to the producer of the such-and-such show and would like to know who to address it to. You’ll have a good chance of learning who the producer is. Then give the producer. a call. By the way, email usually doesn’t produce results in this situation.





18 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




A photographer inquires about a stock photo agency:



“I would appreicate any feed back I can get re; stock agency "painet" good or bad. Thank you. Nancy”


Other photographers weigh in with their response.

http://board.photosource.com/read.php?1,5042



18 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




NEW DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM -- The National Press Photographers Association is pleased to announce a partnership deal with Drop.io which will provide NPPA members with a simple and professional way to share full resolution photographs, images, and more from anywhere, instantly, with clients and colleagues.
http://nppa.org/news_and_events/news/2009/03/drop.html


18 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




CHIPPING AWAY Getty Images is cutting 110 jobs, or 5 percent of its global work force, in its first major round of layoffs since 2007. In an e-mail to his employees, Getty CEO Jonathan Klein said the cuts are a reflection of changes in the imagery business. As it cuts costs, Getty is joining many other companies in suspending matching investments for employee 401k retirement plans. From Darryl Lang
http://www.pdnonline.com/pdn/content_display/photo-news/photojournalism/e3i5040ba3f2c4388b69d7a9d2355632b82


EXTRA INCOME -- Getty Images has switched on a program by which selected Flickr photographers can license their images to paying customers. According to the Flickr help section on the Getty program, Yahoo switches Creative Commons-licensed photos to all rights reserved if they're submitted to Getty.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13580_3-10193659-39.html?tag=mncol;title


18 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource



BON APPETIT !
Amateur Photographer monthly forum competition results for February 2009 - Good food photography makes you dribble because it puts wonderful things right there in front of you in a way that makes your brain begin to believe that steaming stew or ice-cool lager is about to enter the body. Many entries in this competition have that impact.
http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/features/Amateur_
Photographer_monthly_forum_competition_results_for_
February_2009_features_278694.html

18 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




CAN’T DO WITHOUT ‘EM -- Magazines are still popular, says Rosen Report survey. But just 7 percent of subscribers visit on-line magazine sites. Nearly 80 percent of the respondents subscribed to magazines, while 42.4 percent had RSS feeds. The majority (36.7 percent) said they read blogs occasionally, while 29.5 percent said they read blogs multiple times per day. When asked if newspaper and magazines will still exist in 10 years, 45 percent said yes, while a pretty significant 40 percent said they weren't sure.
http://www.foliomag.com/2009/survey-print-still-popular-only-7-percent-subscribers-visit-mag-web-sites


18 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource



BICKERING AP Answers Shepard Fairey Lawsuit, Accuses Artist of Infringement - The Associated Press paints Shepard Fairey as a hypocrite who acted in bad faith in a counterclaim accusing the artist of copyright infringement.
http://www.pdnonline.com/pdn/content_display/photo-news/legal-news/e3i71419f4d58d0cd4c189381ace3d4a7fa


18 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




WEAKNESSES OF COPYRIGHT Survey shows photographers face increasing pressure over copyright - British professional photographers are coming under increasing pressure to hand over their rights, with those working in the editorial markets hardest hit, according to a new industry-wide report into the photography sector.
http://copyrightaction.com/forum/survey-shows-photographers-face-increasing-pressure-over-copyright


STOP USING THAT PHOTO! Judge Orders Injunction to Stop Potential Copyright Infringement. Litigating a copyright infringement claim can take months or even years. In the meantime, the copyright owner may request a court to issue a temporary restraining order ("TRO") for 10 days and then a Preliminary Injunction (both of which are "equitable," rather than legal, remedies) to prevent the continued use of the copyrighted work.
http://www.photoattorney.com/2009/03/judge-orders-injunction-to-stop.html


LOOK BUT DON’T PHOTOGRAPH. The Metropolitan Museum of Art has lent to The University of Texas at Austin 28 middle to late 20th century sculptures that have been installed across the campus as part of the university's public art program. While you can look at the sculptures, you are not supposed to touch or photograph them.
http://www.photoattorney.com/2009/03/photography-not-allowed-26-photos-of.html
TAKEAWAY. A bureaucrat’s dream. But restricting the free flow of information in a democratic society is seldom the Copyright’s Law attempt.


COPYCAT OR DERIVATIVE?
AP Files Counter Lawsuit Against Obama Poster Artist. The Associated Press filed a counter lawsuit against the Barack Obama poster artist Shepard Fairey in federal court in Manhattan claiming that the artist and his companies were "fully aware that the AP photo Fairey based his iconic Obama poster upon was a copyrighted image," and that the artist "misappropriated AP's rights to their photograph without giving notice, credit, or compensation."
http://nppa.org/news_and_events/news/2009/03/aplawsuit.html


18 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource







Book review. . .






"The Sandy Puc Guide to Children's Portrait Photography,"

by Sandy Puc,
(Amherst Media) (marketing@amherstmedia.com)

The book provides a clearly defined outline of what you would consider if
you were going to open your own children's portrait studio. The authur
begins the first section with her philosophy in setting up and operating a
portrait studio.

In the second section, A Complete "Kid Care" System, Sandy brings you into
her studio with considerations like: First Impressions Count, Clean and
Organized, A Place for Kids, The First Phone Call, Consultations, Past
Clients, When The Client Arrives, Interacting with the Client, and The
Camera Room. With lots of illustrations and samples of her work, this
section is practical and explicit.

In the third section, Sandy looks at Camera and Lighting Equipment
considerations. With digital camera and lighting equipment she illustrates
both the need to stay up to date and the importance of having the right
equipment available. She comments on Camera, Meters, Tripods as well as
Reflectors, Stands, and Lighting Slaves in her studio.

In the fourth section, she illustrates Lighting and Camera Techniques with
Lighting Ratios, Catchlights, Low Key, High Key, etc. as well as Camera
Techniques with Positions, Selective Focus and the use of Grain.

In Sections five (Designing Portraits), six (Composition and Posing), seven
(Portrait Styles), eight (Working with Kids and Parents), nine (Ages and
Stages), and ten (Special Sessions), she demonstrates her extensive
experience with interacting with her subjects' needs and considerations in a
very artistic as well as practical manner in a studio environment.

In Section eleven, Marketing, and twelve, Sales, she brings real world
business experience to bear with thought-provoking comments on Creating
Opportunity, Community Exposure, Free Sessions Fees, Image Brochure, Outdoor
Sessions, and more. All with a sense of real community involvement.
In the final section, she shares with us her ideas about her involvement in
the community, with comments about Giving Back.

The book is well-written,
and follows a clear format for starting and operating a portrait business.

It is also very well illustrated with excellent examples of Sandy's work.
And I would recommend this book to stock photographers, as well as both
experienced and beginning portrait photographers.

http://www.photosourcefolio.com/bookstoreone.htm#1584282347

Reviewer Joseph Stanski has been an agricultural stock photographer for the last
twenty-five years. He has published in many ag-oriented magazines as well as national publications. He retired as a schoolteacher and is currently teaching photography and running his stock photography business in Southeast
Iowa. morningstar138[at]hotmail[dot]com







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Macro Photography for Gardeners and Nature Lovers:
The Essential Guide To Digital Techniques, by Alan L. Detrick.

Though advances in digital camera technology have made taking, storing, and sharing photos easier than ever, taking top-quality pictures requires familiarity with both digital techniques and the general principles of photography.

This book provides exactly the information that aspiring photographers need - no matter their level of skill - to take their photos to the next level.

Clear, concise chapters cover the basics of macro (close-up) photography, explain the features of current digital single-lens reflex cameras, show the many ways
images can be composed, and offer tips on digital effects, storage, and manipulation of imagery. Exercises, definitions, and case studies, demystify digital photography for the reader.(ISBN: 978-0-88192-890-7; 176
pgs; $24.95) Timber Press, Inc., 133 SW Second Ave. Ste 450, Portland OR
97204-3527. Tel: 800 827-5622; Fax: 503 227-3070. Email:
publicity[at]timbexpress[dot]com

(160 pages) Contact: Painted Hills Publishing, 16500 Dakota Ridge Rd,
Longmont, CO 80503. Tel. 303-823-6599. Fax 303-823-5119. Email: info[at]wildhoofbeats[dot]com
Web: http://www.wildhoofbeats.com

http://www.photosourcefolio.com/bookstoreone.htm#0881928909




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18 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource



LOOK WHAT I FOUND! A Nevada collector believes he has found a mid-1800s photographic image of Ulysses S. Grant, the Civil War general who went on to become the nation's 18th president. A University of Nevada, Las Vegas archivist says the daguerreotype appears to be an authentic image of Grant.
http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_11912645?nclick_check=1


18 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource









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.


Check out Julian Block’s Tax Report:
http://www.photosource.com/taxes/



18 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




WIDE VIEW -- Photography in different perspective With his panoramic camera - which swivels 360 degrees on a tripod - Thomas R. Schiff has filmed town squares, people in barbershops, lunch counters, architectural wonders
http://news.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20090315/ENT07/903150318/


KEEPING IT SIMPLE -- Pinhole photography exhibit Cameras continue to become more complex with each new model, but a group of local photographers prefer to keep it simple: http://www.mnsun.com/articles/2009/03/16/news/bc12pinholeexhibit.txt


OF MICE AND CAMERAS
-- Crazy Wireless Camera Flash Setup Captures Mouse, None the Wiser, As It Meets Its Maker Jim is the creator of the PocketWizard, a series of wireless TTL flash remotes, triggers and other gear for
photographers.
http://i.gizmodo.com/5170593/crazy-wireless-camera-flash-setup-captures-mouse-none-the-wiser-as-it-meets-its-maker


SPEEDY CAMERA MOUNT Mount Your Camera to Your Car -- or Bike or Plane or... - Delkin's newest accessory is the Fat Gecko camera mount. The Fat Gecko is a dual suction cup mount that lets you quickly and easily create videos of on and off the road adventures.
http://www.creativepro.com/article/mount-your-camera-your-car-or-bike-or-plane-or



18 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




BREAKING IN TO THE INDUSTRY – How Photographers Are Launching Their Careers - The results of PDN's 2009 Emerging Photographers Survey shows how they got their training, how they paid for it, and how they support themselves.
http://www.pdnonline.com/pdn/content_display/features/pdn-online/e3idb01af9e3c9d3538b9c5863aa3e66e16


GO BACK TO GO. BANK ERROR IN YOUR FAVOR. Photographers owe mucho after Getty Images error - Getty hits contributors with bills following accounting snafu. Photographers have been hit by demands of up to £10k after Getty discovers they had overpaid royalties to former MediaVast contributors. The differece will be taken out of their next paycheck.
http://www.pressgazette.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=1&storycode=43239

NO MORE DEEP POCKETS. -- GM Stops Paying Advances for Photo Shoots. General Motors has stopped paying advances to photographers who shoot its ads, according to a photographer who has done work for the car maker. GM (through its ad agencies) has asked photographers to officially accept or reject a set of new payment terms. The new terms say GM will "typically" pay ad agencies within 60 to 75 days of an invoice, who will then pay the photographer (or "vendor").

http://www.pdnpulse.com/2009/03/gm-stops-paying-advances-for-photo-shoots.html


18 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




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18 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource



THE BEAUTY IN THE TRAGEDY JAKARTA -- It is rather ironic that a photography exhibition about Tibet and Dharamsala is being held in Jakarta.
http://www.phayul.com/news/article.aspx?article=The+beauty+in+the+tragedy&id=24201


18 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource



COMMERCIAL STOCK EXAMPLES – – Darwin says,” I am not a good example of a stock photographer. I shoot what I want, not what the market demands. If you want to see what a real stock photographer does and one that does it well, then
check out Bill Frymire's work! Bill shoots for the powerhouse agencies of
Getty and Masterfile.”
http://darwinwiggett.wordpress.com/2009/03/06/photographer-of-the-month-march-2009/

LOCAL WORK -- What does a laid off worker do when he's an avid hunter, and it's not hunting season? If that individual is Shane Rucker, a local, award-winning wildlife photographer, the answer is to photograph and document the Wisconsin industry that has made his community fiscally strong for generations: paper mills. http://www.wisinfo.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2009903120341


18 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
- Wayne Gretzky


18 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




March 28th – Edward Steichen was born in Luxembourg. As curator of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, he created the photography exhibit, “The Family of Man,” which became a best-selling photography book.

1923 – Henry Luce brought out his first issue of TIME Magazine


11 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




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TEAR SHEETS AND CREDIT LINES - - -


Should They Be Part Of Your Sale?


A credit line and a tearsheet of your published photograph(s) are hidden benefits to you.


How do you get them?

Ask for them.

In your original contact with an editor, mention that the terms of the use of your photographs include receiving a credit line and a tearsheet.

When you deal with photo editors of regional, local, or special-interest print or web publications, the budgets of these editors frequently will not allow top prices for your work.

So – the editor usually will be willing to offer other benefits, such as tearsheets (reprints) and a guarantee of a credit line, either directly under your picture (preferable) or among the photo credits listed elsewhere in the publication or Web site.

Here are the benefits for you:

1] Tearsheets: These can be included in your portfolio to document your track record of published material. Also, when you gather a good number of tearsheets, you can file them and use them as a cross-reference system for locating the subject matter you’ve photographed.

Some editors will send tearsheets only if you request them. But don’t expect to receive them from every kind of market. With textbooks, for example – because of the great number of pictures involved in the average textbook, and the administrative time it would require to locate and send tearsheets, textbook photo editors rarely provide tearsheets.

Also, major publications that pay top fees for your pictures rarely send tearsheets. (They expect you to buy the publication and get the tearsheets yourself.)

THE OVER RUN

In some cases, you can request an “over run” from the publishing house. The production manager at the printing plant allows the presses to run an extra minute. This allows the machine to produce several hundred extra copies of the article containing your photos, which you can use as promotion material to clients.

2] Credit line: Photobuyers continually are searching for new photographers with a fresh approach to their interest area. When your credit line appears, a photobuyer can make note of it. In some cases, a photo editor will seek out a photographer and make arrangements to re-use a photograph that he/she saw published in a book or magazine.

If no credit line appeared with the photo, this kind of contact wouldn’t be possible. To assure a credit line for your photographs, make sure you discuss this with the photobuyer and in your communications, remind them: Please credit.

Getting a credit line, in most cases, results from insistence from you that your credit line be used in any type of publication: brochure, web, boom, magazine, etc.

But what if a photo editor, even after you have strongly requested it, still does not use your credit line?

Have faith. Like at City Hall, administrations change also in the publishing world, and the next photo editor you deal with at a particular publishing house may have a different, more agreeable point of view on the issue of credit lines, especially in these economic down times. .



Rohn Engh is director of PhotoSource International and publisher of PhotoStockNotes.




11 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




WHO IS YOUR EMPLOYEE? -- Five Ways to Tell if a Photographer Is Really in Business - When it comes to hiring independent creative professionals, however, you as a photo editor or art director may not have such a clear picture of your prospective supplier's business status. Here are five questions to ask an independent creative professional with whom you are considering working.
http://rising.blackstar.com/eye-on-image-making-five-ways-to-tell-if-a-photographer-is-really-in-business.html


11 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource



HELP A HORSE -- Photography Project to Highlight Equine Welfare Work Members of the Equine Photographers Network, a group of more than 500 photographers from around the world who specialize in the photography of horses, will focus their lenses on story projects that will highlight the plight of horses in need. http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=13726



11 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




STILL SURVIVING. -- Analysts see bright spots in dark photo market. The bad economy has hurt the photography business, but there are a few areas of growth amid the gloom. Among the bright spots are digital SLR cameras, photo books, memory-keeping moms, and Web sites adapted for mobile phone use, concluded InfoTrends analysts sharing research results at the Photo Marketing Association (PMA) show. http://www.cnet.com/8301-13951_1-10188319-63.html?tag=mncol


11 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource





Can you sell the same image today as Royalty Free and tomorrow sell it as Rights Managed?



That’s the question asked by a photographer on the Kracker Barrel.

Both Mikael Karlsson, and Brian Yarvin , our phototechs, weigh in with their answers to this sensitive question with their opinion.
Do you agree?

The Kracker Barrel is at
http://board.photosource.com/read.php?1,10187


11 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




LEARN MORE. PACA’s "best practices" symposium is a 3 day conference in Chicago Friday, April 17 to Sunday, April 19 at The Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel.
Formerly known as the PACA Annual Meeting, this year's Symposium will be filled with informative sessions and plenty of time to network with other attendees. The dynamics of bringing two industry trade groups together (PACA and ASPP) will insure a great exchange of ideas, perspectives, and opportunities. Symposium topics will include: “Techniques buyers can use to track down orphaned images”; Preparing for Court: "If You're Called to Testify” ; “The newest technologies” ; "Stock 2.0: Next Generation Stock Photography”; “Art Buyer's Panel “ ;"Copyright, the Digital Economy, and You “.
For more information visit http://www.pacaoffice.org/conference.shtml
Stop by the ASPP table at Picturehouse Chicago April 16th and say hello
ALSO - - -Free Seminar: Nancy Wolff, Counsel to PACA and leading authority on copyright, will present 'Copyright/Copywrong in Image Licensing', followed by Q&A, from 10am to noon. Where: River East Center 435 E. Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60611
For more details: http://www.picturehouse-us.com/event.php?city=chicago





11 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource



HIS AND HERS. -- Do Men and Women Take Different Photos? - "We had Taro upstairs and Capa downstairs," says Lubben, Associate Curator at the center of Photography in New York . "It was an interesting test case for some people -do men and women take different pictures? As I gave tours of the exhibition, I was
constantly asked about it."
http://www.popphoto.com/popularphotographyfeatures/5743/do-men-and-women-take-different-photos.html
TAKEAWAY: And maybe left-handed photographers make different photos than right-handed photographers.


JUST COMMODOTIES? -- The Google Way - and How It Devalues Photography - "Google devalues everything it touches," Thomson, managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, said. "Google is great for Google, but it's terrible for content providers, because it divides that content quantitatively rather than qualitatively. And if you are going to get people to pay for content, you have to encourage them to make qualitative decisions about that content."
http://rising.blackstar.com/how-google-devalues-photography.html


11 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource



for amateurs only . . .

Anything of a technical nature…does not come easily to most people. Photography lands in that category.
Needs some hand-holding when it comes to basic photography principles.?
Here’s a website for photography enthusiasts.
You might be over-qualified – so, pass it on by. But if you are a rank beginner, you can avoid a lot of hurdles by looking into this service.
http://www.betterphoto.com/home.asp
http://www.betterphoto.com/about/default.asp



PS: Once you are ready to enter the arena of professional stock photography*, you’ll want to take Rohn Engh’s “How To Market Your Photos “ eCourse. (More Later, in PhotoStockNOTES)




*Where you can actually earn a living from your editorial stock photography


11 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource



MASH-UPS NOT
UK opposes copyright exemptions for mash-ups - There should be no new exemption from copyright law for users' adaptations of copyright-protected content, the UK Government has said. User-created content can include individuals' use of professionally-produced music, film, video or images for a new or different purpose to the original. To create such an exemption for user-generated content would ignore the rights of content creators, it said. http://www.out-law.com//default.aspx?page=9838


11 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource







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11 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




RIGHTS ARE WRONGED
-- British. government accused of speaking "nonsense" on photography law. The Home Office's assertion that the Counter-Terrorism Act 2008 won't impact photographers is "nonsense", lawyer Rupert Grey says. The law, he argues, does what the Convention on Human Rights was supposed to prevent, shifting the burden of proof, so that photographers are deemed guilty until proven innocent. http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/alex_singleton/blog/2009/03/03/government_accused_of_speaking_nonsense_on_photography_law

EXTREME PORTRAITS. Prison sentence for taking photos in UK . A new law in the UK makes it an offence to take pictures of policemen or any other law enforcement officers. From now on anyone could be arrested for taking pictures of the police, the armed forces, or the intelligence services, which could be "useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism."
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/prison-sentence-taking-photos-uk
TAKEAWAY Lucky for Rodney King, that he doesn’t live in London.
[Ref: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rodney_King}

THE WAR ON PHOTOGRAPHY
-- Our program for March 7 was about the growing problem of harassment of photographers in public places by law enforcement and security guards. We talked about personal experiences, photographer rights, and what photographers can do when faced with confrontation by authorities. (Radio Interview). http://digitalvillage.blogspot.com/2009/03/war-on-photography.html


11 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




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.



Check out Julian Block’s Tax Report in PhotoStockNOTES.

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

11 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource





THEY BOUNCE
-- Waterproof and shockproof digital cameras...are likely to become the hit of 2009, or at least; if it is up to the manufacturer. Various famous brands such as Olympus, Canon and Fujifilm have all introduced their own version of this type of camera. http://www.letsgodigital.org/en/21769/waterproof-digital-cameras/


TRIPOD HEAVEN -- Innovative Camera Tripod Makes Photography Possible at Virtually Any Angle. VANGUARD, a global leader in photographic accessories, introduced its Alta Pro tripod. With several design patents pending, Alta Pro may change the industry's standards for tripod design. Alta Pro's Multi-Angle Central Column (MACC) System allows users to move the central column as needed from zero to 130-degree angles in variable vertical and horizontal positions, allowing more angle possibilities than ever before. http://news.prnewswire.com/DisplayReleaseContent.aspx?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/03-03-2009/0004981628&EDATE=

HANDY TOOL -- Phonecams for Small Business Photography. Most small business folks carry a handy tool in their pockets that they rarely think of using - or at least not for work: the camera in their phone. Here are some useful tips on using your camera phone as a business tool.
http://www.smallbusinesscomputing.com/article.php/3808561


TRICKY PIX WriteOnIt turns pics into fake magazine covers - WriteOnIt is a simple service that lets you caption and manipulate uploaded photos. Just like
BigHugeLabs' Flickr toys project (story), it can take uploaded photos and
stick them into magazine covers. It can also slyly insert them onto coffee
mugs, billboards, art easels, and fake mirrors within ready-made photos.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17939_109-10190786-2.html?tag=mncol;title

HANDY MAGNIFIER -- Hoodman camera accessories' - Professional' Hoodloupe magnifier has to be placed on the back of the LCD monitor of the digital SLR, so that you can check the sharpness of a picture very precisely in addition to optimum reproduction. http://www.letsgodigital.org/en/21753/camera-accessories/

END OF THE RACE? -- Olympus declares 12 megapixels is enough. Olympus has declared an end to the megapixel race. Instead, Olympus will focus on other characteristics such as dynamic range, color reproduction, and a better ISO range for low-light shooting.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13580_3-10189546-39.html?tag=mncol


11 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




JOB REPORT. -- Photography Work Force Grows, But So Does Unemployment Rate - More Americans are working in photography, according to a surprising collection of data released this week. http://www.pdnonline.com/pdn/content_display/features/pdn-online/e3i917a3d5ce88238392ba01373d59318cc


EARNINGS REPORT -- How was 2008 stock sales compared to 2007? What are industry trends in the production and sale of stock images? Jim Pickerell’s “Selling-Stock” newsletter has launched a survey of Self-Employed Photographers, Illustrators and Graphic Designers to gather information from them concerning their 2008 income and cost of doing business. http://www.jimpickerell.com/surveyshared.aspx
http://blog.melchersystem.com/2009/03/05/2008-survey-of-self-employed-photographers-illustrators-or-graphic-designers/ To see last year’s results:
http://www.jimpickerell.com/articles2/admin-article-view.asp?id=2022


11 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




"ABC NEWS just called our stock agency as a result of using the PhotoSourceBANK. They needed and bought a picture of a certain tree cricket that we had listed on our PhotoSourceBANK page. Thanks so much for this service!"
- Pink Guppy Images, Norfolk, VA.


11 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource



THE COVER PHOTO CONTEST Your photo could be featured of a national magazine. The Professional Photographer. Bonus prizes from: Bogen Imaging, Canon, Eastman Kodak, Emotion Media, White House Custom Colour. Entry instructions are at www.ppmag.com. One image per entrant. Digital format. Deadline: Monday, June 1, 2009.

image: http://www.ppmag.com/cover-contest-2009/


11 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource



FLYING HIGH. -- Photographing Aboard Air Force One - Larry Downing has flown on Air Force One with every president since Jimmy Carter. In his post today on the Reuters blog, Welcome To Air Force One, Downing shares lots of photos he's
taken inside and outside the jet.
http://www.pdnpulse.com/2009/03/photographing-aboard-air-force-one.html


11 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource



In the 30’s author John Steinbeck (“The Grapes of Wrath, Cannery Row|”, etc.) is famous for saying…“I hate cameras. They are so much more sure than I am about everything.”

Well, in the 30’s –film cameras were meant to document the world as it is.
Today, a digital camera makes fantasy of our world – often a world we wish we could see. .


11 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource





PHOTOGRAPHY REALITY Series Coming. Bravo seems to have noticed the lack in photography-themed reality TV shows because the network is going to be airing a new docu-series Double Exposure (working title). Double Exposure will follow photographers Markus Klinko and Indrani as well as high-end stylist GK Reid to show viewers what it's like in the fast-paced world of high fashion and celeb photography.
http://www.cinemablend.com/television/Photography-Reality-Series-Coming-To-Bravo-15902.html


11 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




1857 - March 25 - Photographer Frederick Langenheim of Philadelphia, PA, took 8 pictures in sequence of an eclipse of the sun.

1918 - March 3 - Photographer Arnold Newman was born in New York City.


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Two Faces of Stock Photography


Who are the players in the stock photography industry?

The players, of course, are the photographers and the buyers – but there are two separate “games” they can play in, and the stock photos differ, depending on which game they're in.

To get a clear picture of this, take a magazine and tear out all the advertisements. The photos that are left are what we call “editorial photography” [game 1]. (The ads are “commercial photography” [game 2].)

Stock photography is used in both areas, but with some big differences.
Most commercial photos are shot in studios or on contrived locations and conform to the wishes of several parties:

The client, the ad agency, the art director, and only slightly, the photographer.

Editorial photos meet the wishes of the editor of a magazine, book, or newspaper, and/or, a photo researcher, but first and foremost the photo meets the wishes of the photographer.

Commercial stock photos can be designed and produced by the photographer, but are still under the dictates of having to conform to “what sells.” The photographer must tailor the photos to fit into commercial clients' needs, trends in the industry, and to appeal to a wide, general audience. The resulting photos are often called generic images because they can fit a variety of uses, appeal to a wide audience, and can produce multiple sales.

Editorial stock photos are produced by a different approach. Rather than appeal to the commercial needs of a client, the editorial stock photographer follows his or her own interest areas, own needs, and enjoyment, in photographing certain segments of life and culture. Examples: medicine and health, sports, social issues, travel, etc. The photographer then sells these photos to markets that use images in those specific subject areas.

THE MARKETS DIFFER

Buyers in the commercial field range from graphic design houses, to corporate art directors, to ad agency creative directors. There's much turnover in these positions, so developing consistent working relationships with these markets is frustrating and difficult.

In the editorial field, the buyers range from photo editors at books and magazines, to photo researchers -- the people who are hired by publishers and art directors to seek out highly specific pictures. There's less turnover and more longevity with editorial buyers, and editorial stock photographers can enjoy strong long-term working relationships with their buyers -- which translates to more consistent sales.

Welcome aboard!

Rohn Engh is director of PhotoSource International and publisher of the weekly PhotoStockNotes. Pine Lake Farm, 1910 35th Avenue
Osceola, WI 54020 USA
Email: info[at]photosource[dot]com Fax: 1 715 248 3800 www.photosource.com






03 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource





Are these the stock photos of a wedding photographer?
Yes, they are.

Here is Rohn Engh’s interview with Liz Banfield
whose wedding photos appear in national magazines.
But what most photographers don’t know is that Liz
also profits from her talent and location experience to
also capture memorable stock photos that eventually
appear in national magazines, such as Town & Country,
Martha Stewart, People Magazine, and Parenting,

not as wedding pictures but as well designed stock photos.

http://www.photosource.com/interview/banfield_psn/





03 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource





SHOOT THE CONCERT IN B/W. Convert to Black and White for Better Concert Photos. If you're forced to shoot in high-ISO "night mode" while snapping pics at a concert or in other spotty lighting, try converting your shot to black and white for occasionally photo-saving results.
http://lifehacker.com/5162693/convert-to-black-and-white-for-better-concert-photos

SELF-PROMOTION - The Pros And Cons Of Printing Promo Pieces In-House - Promo pieces for selling your photography should be specifically planned for personal correspondence directed at your targeted audience.
http://shutterbug.com/columns/business_trends/0209business/


03 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




KID PIX -- A nationwide photography franchise business, called Images 4 Kids, has released a software system that makes online viewing, ordering and sharing of children's school portraits easy for parents and relatives. http://www.emediawire.com/releases/2009/2/prweb2138114.htm


03 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource





Your assignment: to get a picture of a fellow at work in his office, which happens to be in a renovated barn. How would you tackle this challenge?
The "barn" aspect should make your task easy. After all, not everyone has hewn logs for his office ceiling or works at a word processor next to a 100-year-old pot-bellied stove.




To Create A Mood



Back when photographer Dave Burnett of CONTACT came to our farm to photograph the PhotoSource International operation for TIME magazine (see page 17 of the January 1983 edition of TIME),* he wasn't satisfied to let the appeal of the barn interior do his work for him. As a successful photo illustrator, he went about his work to CREATE a MOOD, not to TAKE a picture.

It goes without saying that Dave Burnett has mastered camera technique. While he worked (and it took an hour and a half to get the single picture that appeared in TIME), he was not hampered with problems of composition, radio remote flash systems, color balance, and questions of shutter speeds.

Like you and me, he has learned, like most parachutists, that it's wise to have all of the mechanics mastered before you take the leap. Dave's concentration was centered on something less tangible: "What mood do I want to create here?"

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"You sure have a nice place to go to work everyday."
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Although he may not have verbalized it to himself in words, his resultant picture says, "This sure seems like a
nice environment to work in."

I know, because after the photo appeared in TIME, phone calls flooded in from across the nation with most callers saying, "You sure have a nice place to go to work every day!"

Once Dave established in his mind the MOOD he wanted, he set about creating that feeling by arranging elements in the picture that would reflect this theme.

When our cat, Blackberry, ambled past he put her up on my desk next to the computer (the original TRS-80, MODEL II).

He got my denim jacket and hung it on the pot-bellied stove in our office.

This, of course, is the process that goes through all artists' minds as they create: -"if it fits, keep it. If it doesn't fit, throw it out." Recognizing what should stay and what should go makes all the difference.

Instinctively, Dave used the recipe: P=B+P+S+I (Picture = Background, plus Person, plus Symbol, plus Involvement

When you make your next photo illustration, ask yourself not: "What picture do I want to TAKE?" but - "What MOOD do I want to CREATE?"




Rohn Engh, is a veteran stock photographer and publisher of the “PhotoStockNOTES Newsletter,” http://www.photosource.com




* Ask your librarian for this back issue of TIME or send us an SASE and we'll send you a (B&W) photocopy. Mention 3/tip-i.doc

** . See Installment #14, in the eCourse, “”How To Market Your Photos.”



03 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource



BENEFITTING THE NON-PROFIT SECTOR Photographer grant program to involve the creative community. Getty Images, Inc., has announced an expansion of its photographer grant program, "Grants for Good" to involve the creative community, whose work often benefits the non-profit sector. Getty Images Grants for Good will award two photographers $15,000 each.
http://www.creativepro.com/article/getty-images-grants-good-program


03 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource



VIEWING EVERYTHING Google crowdsources Street View imagery - Google Maps' Street View feature uses imagery collected by cameras mounted to Google cars, but now the company is blending in photos taken by the public as well. Panoramio, which Google acquired in 2007, lets people share photos that have been geotagged with location data so they can be shown on a map.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13580_3-10173905-39.html?tag=mncol


03 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource



SLIMMING DOWN -- Getty will cut staff, close offices at Jupiterimages - having completed its $9 million acquisition of Jupiterimages, Getty Images is now preparing to slash the stock agency's staff.
http://www.pdnonline.com/pdn/content_display/photo-news/stock-and-syndication/e3i615140fc749e47980c1026981eb3df41

GETTING BIGGER
-- Shutterstock's Image Library Hits 6 Million - "We continue to experience tremendous growth in both the size of our library and in the volume of images that our subscribers download," said Jon Oringer, founder and CEO of Shutterstock.
http://www.stockphotographer.info/component/content/article/13-press-releases/786-shutterstocks-image-library-hits-6-million


03 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource



DON’T FIGHT ‘EM … -JOIN ‘EM
-- Veer enters the Microstock Market - Veer launches a new low-priced image resource, called Veer Marketplace. While selection is limited now, the
company says it will significantly expand later this year.
http://www.creativepro.com/article/veer-veers-microstock-market

MOVING FORWARD Last Month in Microstock - The microstock market was abuzz in February. Look at all this news! I said last month that the microstock market was going to look very different by December, but I'm revising that to March!
http://www.microstockdiaries.com/this-month-in-microstock-february-2009.html


03 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




iPHONE CONVERSION Fantastic iPhone Photography Has Forced Me to Apologize to My iPhone. After viewing Jesus's Bruce Springsteen iPhone photos again this morning, I was all prepared to continue staring spitefully at my own iPhone camera. But then I found these amazing iPhone photos.
http://i.gizmodo.com/5162271/fantastic-iphone-photography-has-forced-me-to-apologize-to-my-iphone


03 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




NOT GONE YET “JPG” has been rescued from brink by mystery buyer. 8020 Media, the innovative publisher behind the reader-generated photography journal JPG Magazine, has found a second life with new owners. The company has been acquired for an undisclosed price by a joint venture between Adorama Camera, a New York camera equipment retailer, and an anonymous investment group represented by Brandon Calder, a Web developer based in Boseman, Mont.
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/02/27/jpg-magazine-rescued-from-the-brink-by-mystery-buyer/


03 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource



PHOTO LIMITS -- Judge restricts courthouse photos in Zamora case. Court-imposed restrictions on photographing or filming multiple-murder defendant Isaac L. Zamora in shackles were extended outside the courtroom Friday, but the news media will still be allowed to photograph Zamora without limits until he is within Skagit County court buildings. Zamora, 28, was not present at the Friday hearing. He is charged with killing six people during a shooting spree in the Alger area last Sept. 2. Zamora, who was ruled mentally incompetent to stand trial, is currently being treated at Western State Hospital.
http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/judge_restricts_courthouse_photos_in_zamora_case/

CRIMINALS LIE, BUT PHOTOS DON’T Digital cameras zoom in on crime - Local agencies' switch provides instant feedback. The saying that photographs are worth 1,000 words holds especially true in court, says Michael Brooks, a retired FBI agent. Today, Brooks and other authorities say technological advancements in photography are saving law enforcement authorities time and money. The advancements also have improved the quality of photographic evidence.
http://cjonline.com/stories/022809/loc_399481004.shtml

IN TRIBUTE - Pentagon will allow photos of returning war dead, with permission - Photography groups had lobbied for the ban to be lifted and responded positively to the news.
http://www.pdnonline.com/pdn/content_display/features/pdn-online/e3i0e4b3f51d8b5e2331ead8cee9710dc85


03 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource



USING WATERMARKS AS YOUR TRADEMARK. Reaching new audiences and generating new client opportunities through effective watermarkeing..
http://www.jmg-galleries.com/blog/2009/02/25/marketing-through-infringed-photos-with-watermarks/#more-910

03 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




Paul Bannick's tramps through the Eastside woods stoked a passion for the natural world that has achieved its apotheosis in his splendid new photography book, "The Owl and the Woodpecker: Encounters with North America's Most Iconic Birds." foreword by Tony Angell, audio birdcall recordings by Martyn Stewart (Mountaineers, 198 pp., $24.95). It's a breathtaking collection of images of two of the Northwest's signature bird species, and it's sure to wind up on the gift lists of Seattle's legions of bird lovers and beyond -- according to a 2001 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service report, Washington state ranked fourth in the nation in numbers of birdwatchers per capita. More than a third (36 percent) of all state residents said they watched birds.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/books/2008456825_owl02.html
Bellevue-born author/photographer goes to the birds

By Mary Ann Gwinn
Seattle Times book editor



03 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource





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03 Mar, 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 ?

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03 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource





NEW STUFF. From iLounge “Last October, we reviewed 13 different photography applications, and it was obvious that apps to improve iPhone's camera functionality would be hugely popular. As the App Store has expanded, so has the photo tool category, and so we're revisiting the genre with a look a eight good or great new apps, ranging from camera extenders and effects/filter apps to wireless photo printing software and a depth of field calculator. http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/articles/comments/16320/

SUPPORT FOR PROS -- LicenseStream Creator Gains Momentum With Leading Photography Associations. Photographers and nearly 35,000 Imaging Professionals access a set of services, including automated content licensing and royalty settlement, that can help extend their reach online and grow their revenues.
ImageSpan and three imaging organizations (NPPA, PMA and ASMP) will offer discounts on ImageSpan's LicenseStream Creator and LicenseStream Creator PRO services, as well as on LicenseStream storage upgrades.
http://sev.prnewswire.com/publishing-information-services/20090224/SF7444524022009-1.html

AUTOMATING THE WORKFLOW -- Canon improves automated workflow for photography studios. http://www.designtaxi.com/news.jsp?id=24801&monthview=0&month=2&year=2009

STORAGE UNITS -- Jobo has announced two new photo storage devices, the GIGA Vu SONIC and GIGA one SONIC. For professionals that need high-end secure back-up of their digital images, the new GIGA Vu SONIC portable image storage device features an ultra quick download speed of up to 1 GB of data in 30 seconds. For the more budget-minded digital photographer, the affordable new JOBO GIGA one SONIC features extremely fast picture storage (transfers up to 1GB of data in less than one minute). http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/content_page.asp?cid=7-9884-9928

THE POPULAR PHOTO MECHANIC
Photo Mechanic 4.6, the latest version of the photo importing, browsing and transmitting application for Mac and Windows, has emerged from beta and is now available. Photo Mechanic 4.6 is the most feature-packed new release in several years.
http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/content_page.asp?cid=7-9884-9929

ON THE ROAD AGAIN Ritz filed for bankruptcy protection Feb. 22, 2009. Ritz Camera Centers Inc., the largest camera-store chain in the U.S., won court approval for $85 million in financing from its existing secured lenders while it reorganizes.
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=ajH_4din7HNU&refer=us

COMPARING THEM – Fifteen online photo editors compared. While not an exhaustive list of features, they wanted to focus on some of the ones that really mattered, like how much each service costs to use, how large of a photo you can upload, and what makes each one special.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17939_109-10170333-2.html?tag=mncol;title


03 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




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03 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




UNPHOTOSHOPPED ARE BETTER? -- Erin is skeptical of photoshopped images. “As a regular user of Photoshop, I’ve developed a highly-skeptical attitude toward the veracity of most photography I see these days — especially on the web...
http://www.summitdaily.com/article/20090301/NEWS/903019975/1055/rss


03 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




A BIG ONE -- World Photography Awards 2009 shortlist announcement. The Sony judging committee, made up of world-renowned photographers, curators, publishers and critics whittled down the final 186 entries from 43 countries, from 36,546 professional and 25,370 amateur photography submissions.
http://www.photographypress.co.uk/news/news.phtml/7385/8409/Sony-World-Photography-awards-shortlist.phtml


03 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource



ANNIE ANTEs-UP. The NY Times reports that famous photographer Annie Leibovitz borrowed $5 million from a company called Art Capital Group last fall and in December, she borrowed $10.5 million more from them. Her collateral didn't just include her homes but also the rights to all of her photographs. Considering Leibovitz's breadth of work, the hundreds of magazines and ad campaigns, this is quite an amazing move.
http://www.luxist.com/2009/02/25/annie-leibovitz-uses-her-photography-as-collateral/

BOOK MAKER -- “What I love about making books is how the two images can relate to one another and create a different meaning. “ Colleen Plumb realized a book was the best format for her long-term photo project "Animals Are Outside Today." So she set out to make the book herself. http://www.pdnonline.com/pdn/content_display/features/pdn-online/e3i57845f198f95ed9362af622214c457a8


03 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




THE BEST THIS MONTH Reuters posts gallery featuring the best of February. Reuters has created a gallery of the best images from its photographers worldwide called Pictures of the month: February. http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/content_page.asp?cid=7-9884-9932



03 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource




PHOTOG CELEBS -- From his Camera Obscura Gallery, in Colorado, Hal Gould has for decades brought the work of the world's greatest photographers to Denver.
http://cbs4denver.com/local/Hal.Gould.photography.2.942798.html


OBAMA PHOTOGRAPGHER NAMES HELPERS -- Chuck Kennedy, a 20-year veteran Washington photojournalist from the McClatchy-Tribune News Service, has been named to be the assistant director of the White House Photography Office, official White House photographer Pete Souza told News Photographer magazine today as he announced some of the new staff members who will be working with him to document the presidency of Barack Obama.
http://nppa.org/news_and_events/news/2009/02/whitehouse.html


03 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource





"A world without mistakes would unquestionably be less fun." Edwin Newman

03 Mar, 2009 | Posted by: photosource



1886 - March 24th - Photographer Edward Weston was born in Highland IL.

1876 - March 10th - Alexander Graham Bell made the first telephone call: "Mr. Watson come here, I want you."