Archive for March 2010

31 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

A trend for the Future…?

Free Photos

The grocery store gets you to shop there by providing a coupon that makes you an offer you can’t refuse.
Commercial stock photo sites have taken to using this strategy and are catching on. What could be better than free photos? Stock photography sites are drawing photobuyers into their websites with the alluring come-on of free photos.

Should editorial stock photographers employ this kind of marketing tactic? No, they don’t need to, because their photos have long-term value as time moves on. Unlike commercial stock photos, which have to be marketed quickly, because in most cases they are more closely tied to trends or conform to current design dictates, and consequently fall out of date quickly.

Here’s how this works for microstock photographers (the websites that offer photos for low or extremely low fees). Giving away photos. Free is looking like the wave of the future for micro stock.
Several royalty-free companies have announced that they will give away photos each month.
What’s the catch? Dreamstime was the first on-line image portal to announce that it’s got extra, time-sensitive baggage it would like to get rid of. And, in so doing, it launched a marketing technique that has started to be followed by other in the $1-a-picture on-line business. (However, Dreamstime also features some pricey pictures.)
Dreamstime is following a new Internet trend that has been used for years by brick-‘n’-mortar people: overstock. When a product’s shelf life has expired (it’s not selling) they usher the items off to a second tier of businesses that are willing to take on the non-perishible product and sell it (cheap!). (“dollar stores” or similar enterprises), Everyone benefits, including the customer.

This same system can work in the stock industry equally well because extra baggage in the commercial stock arena means extra time, extra disk space, and extra keywords, not to mention disappointment on the part of buyers. Depending on the category –teens, office workers, industry, etc. – commercial microstock pictures have a shelf life of between two to five years. After that, they are usually relegated to the trash bin.

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“It’s not unlike the supermarket that offers
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But how does a photobuyer benefit? Well, everyone likes something for free, whether it turns out to be useful or not.

Dreamstime says that this technique opens the door to many new and potential customers. Some may never have heard of Dreamstime (you just heard about them), some are former customers who forgot about them, and some of them are window shoppers. Once they have visited the website, they might go on to become long-term customers.
cut out coupon
The technique is similar to the supermarket that offers an introductory coupon. (“$2 off this product”). It’s called a loss-leader. In this case there’s little loss to Dreamstime. Customers will come in and look around and perhaps move beyond this the initial bargain section, into the front of the store.

It works. Many similar microstock companies will follow suit.

Limited shelf life in the microstock industry is a fact of life. Styles, trends, and buzz-pix become popular, then become stale, and then die. (Remember those earlier pictures of a suit-with-a-briefcase-in-hand, rushing down the street ? Do suits still carry brief cases, or has the style moved on to shoulder slung satchels?).
Now that microstock has been around for a few years, the $1-a-picture industry has come to the realization that their exquisite clichés have a limited life span. The pictures Dreamstime plans to choose for giving away, will be only images that have been online for at least one year, that have had no sales.


In our field of editorial stock photography, however, we see an opposite effect. Unlike commercial stock photos that have a short ‘shelf life’, editorial stock photos gain in their marketability. The editorial stock photographs you are capturing today can easily experience an increase in their marketability as the years move on.
A commercial stock photograph taken in 2005 may have already lost its marketability, but an editorial stock photograph of an aborigine listening to a transistor radio in the 80’s will increase in its salability and become even more useable in this century.
Whether your interest area is the environment, politics, education, etc. your present pictures will be marketable not only today but also in the future. You’ll even be able to pass your collection on to your heirs as an annuity.
Is this a new phenomenon? It has existed to a degree all along, but now it’s becoming even more recognizable, now that the publishing industry, which includes not only the physical markets (books, trade books, magazines, newspapers, etc.), but also “air-space” on TV, the Internet, has realized that nostalgia, history, and memorabilia sells. (Who would’ve thought just a few years ago that there would be a popular history channel on TV?)

If you are following a stock photo career of taking pictures in a category you love to work in, you will become a contributor to history.

Unlike the Dreamstime people who have to contend with pictures that become throw-aways, dead-weight and un-saleable, your pictures are becoming more valuable as time moves on.

Rohn Engh is director of PhotoSource International and publisher of PhotoStockNotes. Pine Lake Farm, 1910 35th Road, Osceola, WI 54020 USA. Telephone: 1 800 624 0266 Fax: 1 715 248 7394. Web site: for an example of how your editorial photos of past years can increase in value:

31 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Upcoming PhotoBuyer Survey Results

for photobuyers:

Right now we are in the middle of tabulating the results for our 2010
Photobuyer Survey Report.
We sent out a questionnaire to a number of photo researchers, photobuyers, Editors and Publishers. We’ll assess and pull together their answers. To the report of the results we’ll also add interviews with a number of photobuyers.
We’ve produced this report to give you up-to-date information about what goes
on in the minds of photobuyers.

In the 2010 Photobuyer Survey Report we're looking at things like what a
photobuyer's pet peeves are concerning photographer websites,
what kind of
promotional materials photobuyers prefer to get, what editorial stock photographers should do to stay on a buyers good side, how to best make your website attractive to
photobuyers and so on.
In other words, very pertinent and practical information for you who sell your photographs.
The results from the survey show the big picture and the interviews with individual photobuyers delve deeper for more detailed information.

As always, we welcome your input. If you have any questions you would like
us to ask the photobuyers when we interview them, please feel free to e-mail
them to me. You can e-mail your questions to me at mike[at]photosource[dot]com and I will
do my best to include as many of them as possible in the various interviews.
Watch this space, the website and your e-mail for announcements when the
2010 Photobuyer Survey Report is available!

Mikael Karlsson, - mike[at]arrestingimages[dot]com Phone: 402.806.0201

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31 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Jamie Carusone
315 245 1336

replaced by

Dorothy Fannin
First Day of Issue Coordinator
Mystic Stamp Company
9700 Mill ST
Camden, NY 13316
315 245 2690

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Margaret Sidlosky

Illustrations Editor
1145 17th St NW
Washington DC
1 202 775 6164

Is leaving NGS on April 1st will not be replaced.

31 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

The Cost of Doing Business

Numbers really can set you free. Numbers describing your cost of doing
business to be more specific. For many small business owners coming up with the
cost of doing business can seem a daunting task. It really doesn’t have to be. Since you just did your taxes, right?, all the figures and facts you need should be easily

Here's how to do it:
Add up all the costs you pay for being in business. You should include everything. We're assuming that the items you use, you use mainly for business, hence we're counting them at 100%. Look back and count everything for 1 year.

A good, basic list of costs to add is: insurance for your Cameras and lenses, health insurance, liability insurance, car insurance car repair, and maintenance (if you use your car For business), office rent, cost for camera equipment repaired or replaced, cost for office machines and computers replaced or repaired, software purchases and upgrades, dues to professional organizations, postage, phone, internet service, website hosting, website upkeep and development, cell phone, social security tax, income tax, retirement savings, and savings to grow your business. Add any other specific costs you have.

Now, add all these costs up. Remember we're looking at the total cost for the entire year. Once added up divide by 12. That's your cost to do business per month. Now take the new number you have and divide that by 22 (average number of work days in a month) and you'll get your cost of doing business per day. Take that figure and divide by 8.

You now have your cost of doing business on a per hour basis. To this number add the hourly salary you want to pay yourself. The resulting number is your total cost of doing business per hour.
In other words, this is how much you need to bring in per hour - on average - to stay in business.

Use this figure as a base for charging for assignments, for figuring out
how much of an investment you're really making when you go out on a week-long
stock photography shoot, and much more. Remember to add a little extra for more
business expansion, more future shoots, and the occasional pay increase for yourself!

Photojournalist Mikael Karlsson has 28 years' experience of working for magazines and newspapers in more than 30 countries. He moved to the United States in 1998 from his native Sweden. He lives in Nebraska and is currently US correspondent for 11 Swedish magazines and writes a how to photograph column for PhotoStockNOTES. Reach to Mikael via email .

31 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

LEARN TO LIGHT -- Free Expert Lighting Technique Tutorials - The new ‘bite size’ videos reveal lighting techniques favoured by leading photographers Christian Hough and Christopher Reeve and will build into a comprehensive ‘lesson bank’ for photographers over coming months.

5 WAYS – To Get Them To Say Yes - After you’ve spent an hour with a potential client showing them your work and talking straight from the heart, watching them walk out the door knowing they will never book can be very difficult. Being good at photography isn’t enough. You also have to be great at selling.

BACKDOOR SIGHTS – Town photography tips - Photograph your home town - Towns are full of photographic opportunities. When are you going to take your camera to yours?

-- There are ten of them. Photos That Sell. Stock photos are used for countless different purposes these days, so it’s easy to imagine ‘anything can sell’, but realistically photos that sell are usually going to meet some fairly standard criteria. Obviously there will be exceptions, but more often than not, the best selling stock photos will usually share some of the following traits … . SOURCE: MATT BRADING;
TAKEAWAY: And what is #11? Symbol. If your stock photo includes a symbol that is representative of the subject matter, and a person interacting with the symbol, -you are in a position to enhance the marketability of your photo.

LIGHT YOUR WAY -- What’s Lighting? … It’s a complicated mixture of knowledge, equipment, and magic. You shouldn’t attempt it unless you’re a trained professional with lots of money and a big studio of your own. In addition, you’ll need to memorize thousands of rules and lighting setups in order for your photos to look decent. SOURCE: By Brian Auer •

31 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

NATURE -- BBC Releases Entire BBC Photo Masterclasses Online For Nature Photography Enthusiasts The sheer unpredictability and the and insurmountable patience required to take that perfect shot is beyond belief. For all those readers, who have been interested in this highly creative field of photography, BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) has now brought in a treat that, is surely going to make you grab your cameras and reach out to capture nature in its awesome glory.

FLYING HIGH - Combining Passion and Imagery in Aviation Photography - The International Society of Aviation Photographers only has about 400 members and many of those are publishers, photography businesses and artists rather than photographers – but it is an area that requires particular skills, and a genuine love of all things flying.

31 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

IT’S NOT ALWAYS EASY -- Charles Lewis: "Three Photography Marketing Secrets You Should Know. “You and I are not professionally trained marketers. These three secrets are life changing, and no one has probably ever revealed them to you - until now." SOURCE: Charles Lewis

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31 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

TRUE GRIT -- The Most Important Predictor of Success in Stock Photography. John Lund “ We learned quickly that the most important predictor of success is determination. At first we thought it might be intelligence. Everyone likes to believe that's what makes start ups succeed. It makes a better story that a company won because its founders were so smart. The PR people and reporters who spread such stories probably believe them themselves. But while it certainly helps to be smart, it's not the deciding factor. There are plenty of people as smart as Bill Gates who achieve nothing."

ALWAYS RIGHT -- Quick Tip: Solve Customer Service Issues Quickly – Skip Cohen is a huge fan of and other books they publish on customer service, leadership, communication etc. Most photographers do not have the luxury of more than one other person to help solve customer problems, so let’s modify the TWO-PERSON-RULE “Complainers are GREAT! They give you the opportunity to fix their problems and keep them as customers – instead of saying nothing and taking their business elsewhere.”

DIRECTIONS -- Creating a Compelling Stock Photo. BLOGZA: “There is just no getting around the fact that we are drowning in images and it will only get worse. As any of you who regularly read this stock photo blog will know, this is something I think about constantly, along with how stock photographers can continue to thrive in such an environment.
TAKEAWAY: Stock photo diversification? Rights managed? He’ll soon find unless he sticks with a specialization, he’ll be on the “Boulevard of Broken Dreams.”

HOOK UP -- with digital media buyers and sellers in new community - Fast Media Connect is a specialist network where you can do most things you can do on the large network, but you can do it with those closest to your professionally. This means you can get to the point quicker, find more relevant information and even get down to business. SOURCE: Marco Oonk

HIGH QUALITY/LOW FEE – “It’s the picture that matters, not who made it.” Is the tune art buyers in the commercial world of stock photography are singers these days. “ There are very few professional photographers who, right now, are not hurting,” said Holly Stuart Hughes, editor of the magazine Photo District News. That has left professional photographers with a bit of an identity crisis. Nine years ago, when Livia Corona was fresh out of art school, she got assignments from magazines like Travel and Leisure and Time. Then, she said, “three forces coincided.” They were the advertising downturn, the popularity and accessibility of digital photography, and changes in the stock-photo market. SOURCE: STEPHANIE CLIFFORD; New York TIMES
TAKEAWAY: Photobuyers these days are looking for something additional when they license that ‘just right’ photo: It’s called expertise. Editorial photobuyers feel more comfortable when the photographer can bring some knowledge in the specialized area of their photo need. If you are an ‘authority” in a certain specialized field you can establish a lifelong relationship with a publisher whose art budget might be $30,000 to $50,000 per month.

31 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Want a press pass for the event you’ll be attending?

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31 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

ARTISAN -- Gordon Ball: “For nearly forty years I have been interested, or should I say obsessed with my camera and photography. For the past twenty five years I have been earning a small amount with my camera, shooting the odd wedding and portraits in my spare time. I have even sold my pictures to magazines. Now that was a confidence booster if you ever need one. Then about three years ago I came across a website called iStockphoto. It was a Microstock Library.
TAKEAWAY: Is this a hobby or a business? Call it a hobby, and it works. If income is $10 and expenses are $14 then it can’t be called a business.

SOMETHING MISSING? -- Inside the Bigstock Redesign - While there were many significant enhancements to the design, structure and layout of the site, there’s still some aspects that photographers have come to expect from microstock agencies that are still missing from Bigstock.

31 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

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31 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

DISSOLVED? -- Can Your Copyright Registration Be Invalidated? - One of the first things that an infringer will do in an infringement lawsuit is attempt to invalidate your registration so that you won’t be eligible for statutory damages. Fortunately, Congress recently revised the Copyright Act to make it more difficult to beat a registration.

31 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource
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GET UNMISTAKEABLE -- The 7 Common Tax Mistakes Made By Photographers - Nobody likes, or needs, an IRS audit. Here’s a talk with Matthew Whatley, the "Tax Ninja," in his office in San Francisco. Here are the most common tax mistakes made by photographers. SOURCE:

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There’s Free Filing Help for Seniors

Free, but not necessarily perfect

By Julian Block

The Internal Revenue Service sponsors a Tax Counseling for the Elderly program during the filing season. A key participant in this nationwide program is the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). It offers AARP Tax-Aide, a tax assistance and preparation program, at approximately 6,500 sites.

AARP says that its 34,600 volunteers have trained with IRS materials and been certified by an IRS examination. These counselors can help with most tax circumstances faced by low- and moderate-income taxpayers and put special emphasis on those age 60 and older. To find an AARP Tax-Aide volunteer site in your community, call 888-227-7669 (888-AARPNOW) or visit the Tax-Aide Web site.

Free help, but not necessarily perfect: AARP counselors and volunteers in other organizations prepare nearly 3.5 million returns annually. Like accountants, attorneys, financial planners, and other paid preparers, volunteers make lots of mistakes, says the Government Accountability Office, which reports to Congress on the operations of the IRS and other offices of the federal government. A GAO audit of volunteer programs concluded that the accuracy rate was just 59%. But volunteers did much better on the IRS’s own, larger sampling, which found that the accuracy rate was 79%.

IRS publications: Another way the IRS helps seniors and other taxpayers is with its nearly 100 publications and other tax material. IRS publications provide considerably more information about specific situations than is included in the instructions that accompany returns.

There’s even a publication listing all the publications. Publication 910, Guide to Free Tax Services, identifies the many IRS tax materials and services available to you and how, when, and where you can get them.

For instance, Publication 17, Your Federal Income Tax, can help you prepare your Form 1040. This 300-page publication takes you step-by-step through each part of the return.

The agency’s annual bestseller extensively covers such items as how to report income from salaries; dividends from mutual funds and individual stocks; interest; withdrawals from IRAs, 401(k)s and other retirement plans; and social security benefits; and whether to itemize your outlays for mortgage interest payments, donations to charities and the like or to take the standard deduction, the flat amount based mostly on filing status and age that you automatically get without having to itemize your spending. The tax manual’s front section highlights the latest tax law changes so that you can take them into account before filling out your return.

Other helpful guides for seniors focus on specific subjects. They include Publications 524, Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled; 554, Tax Guide for Seniors; and 590, Individual Retirement Arrangements.

Free copies of publications are available by calling 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676) or downloading from Publications are also available at most local IRS offices and at other community locations like libraries and city and county government offices.

For more on the pluses and minuses of IRS publications and free advice, see the discussion under "Getting Help from the IRS: Free Advice Comes with a Price" in "Tax Tips for Small Businesses: Savvy Ways to Trim Taxes to the Legal Minimum," available at

Julian Block,an attorney in Larchmont, NY, has been cited as a "leading tax professional" (New York Times), "an accomplished writer on taxes" (Wall Street Journal) and “an authority on tax planning” (Financial Planning Magazine). His books include “Tax Tips For Small Businesses: Savvy Ways For Stock Photographers, Artists and Other Freelancers To Trim Taxes To The Legal Minimum,” praised by law professor James E. Maule of Villanova University as "An easy-to-read and well-organized explanation of the tax rules. Business owners would be well advised to buy this book." To order his books, visit

31 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

– What, … POLAROID is back? Austrian entrepreneur Florian Kaps had solid evidence that there is still a market for old-school instant-camera technology. SOURCE: Eric Felten; WALL STREET JOURNAL ; EricFelten[at]wsjtaste[dot]com

31 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Artists, not starving: Two successful creators take to the web to spread their works
Shellie Vickrey describes herself as a fine art lifestyle photographer who looks beyond what other people to see to create beautiful renditions. This success is no different than what many artists are experiencing in the age of social media for business. SOURCE: Zdnet; Jennifer Leggio

31 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

TIMES THEY ARE A CHARGIN’ -- Times and Sunday Times to charge for new websites - The Times of London and its sister publication the Sunday Times are to launch new websites in May and start charging online in June, it was widely reported today. The News International-owned properties will be the first national general interest papers in the UK to charge for digital content. SOURCE: Emma Heald ; Editorsweblog.

Build a Valuable Photography Collection - Daniel Grant explains that for old images, value is largely determined by the closeness of the photographer to the image. “Original” images — those whose negatives and prints were made by the photographer — are generally the most valuable. “Vintage” prints, those printed up to five years after the creation of the negative, also fetch higher prices. Images created later, in large numbers or by people other than the photographer him- or herself can be relatively cheap.

31 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

"I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your book, Sell & ReSell Your Photos, and your email marketing tips. I am about a third through the book and I am absorbing it thoroughly. Every paragraph and/or chapter pauses me in my tracks and makes me think. Again, I want to thank you for everything.
- TZ McCants, Zire Photography & Graphics, Arlington Heights, IL

31 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

NOTE: It’s up to you if you want to enter any of the contests we list on this page. It’s well known that some photo contest sponsors ask for free commercial use of the winning entries (or sometimes all of the entries!). You don’t have to guess who the winner of that contest is. Don’t give up any of your rights. If your photo is good enough to win a national contest, it’s good enough to earn many dollars for you in the future. So, enter photo contests keeping this in mind.

* You’ll be pleased to know that results have been announced for the international Garden Photographer or the year’s Winter “Four Seasons” 2010 competition. Better yet, the second and current theme is Spring into Life: Energy, growth and colour. It runs from 1st March to 31st May 2010. Top prizes include £5,000 cash. Everyone who enters goes automatically through to the main International Garden Photographer of the Year competition with a closing date of 30th November 2010.
For more details:

* The HARC (Help Artists & Rehabilitate Children) Foundation announces Call For Entries from Emerging American Photographers. Winner will receive 2010 HARC Award cash prize of $2,500.00 plus a Public Exhibition. Entry postmark closing date is May 5, 2010 and receipt closing date is May 15, 2010. If I understand this one correctly, this is a strictly analog contest. Entry must be a duplicate of a 35mm slide.
For more information:

* 2010 WPGA (Worldwide Photography Gala Awards) ANNUAL COMPETITION is committed to discovering and distinguishing new talents as well as to acknowledge established artists. Be part of the group of photographers that are shifting the world of photography: enter your images to one of the most challenging and rewarding photographic competitions. Final Deadline: June 29th, 2010. Professional, non Professional and Students will compete separately in three different sections in this second edition. There will be 25 categories in each section, and each category will have two genres: single image, and series or portfolios. Each genre will be judged as a different category to encourage a broad spectrum of submissions.
In each genre of every category of the different sections WPGA will select 10 finalists, which will be announced online. Those finalists will participate in the final selection: in each genre of every category in the three sections, judges will give First, Second, and Third prize, making a total of 450 awards.
For more information:

* ViewBug is currently running a Panorama Photo Contest with a $500 cash prize, a Joby Gorilla Tripod, a large format print of the winning photo & exposure via the ViewBug blog feature, newsletter announcement, plus a homepage mention. There will be 2nd and 3rd place prizes also.
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31 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

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I remember back in Wuerzburg, I told Rick “If I make it to Paris, that’ll be good enough for me. You can put on my gravestone, ‘I made it to Paris.’”. But of course, what I probably meant was I wanted to leave Paris with memories like Hemingway or Fitzgerald and those guys –smiling.
I had seen enough movies about Paris that I felt it like a second home. As a former art student like I was, it was a goal for many of us students to feel that way. And you know something, Hitler used to be an art student also and he must’ve felt that way too. Maybe that was his reason for not burning Paris when he had the chance when his German army left Paris when the Allied Forces landed in France. It’s funny how art connects us all.

The French language is not easy to learn. Well, I shouldn’t say that because as soon as we crossed the border, I saw kids running around, 5 and 6 years old, speaking French fluently. At the Army Language School back in Monterey, California, six French persons (one was a lady) who were from six different parts of France taught us recruits so that we didn’t come away from the six-month Army Language School course with a regional accent of some kind. One thing they didn’t tell us is that the French people will be talking to you twice as fast as normal people do.

Before arriving in Paris, I got along O.K. with my “school French” as we traveled the countryside where the farm people were gracious enough to speak slowly to me to help me get my meaning across. Often they would speak loudly also, almost to the point of shouting, because their only experience with a person who couldn’t quite understand them was because they were hard of hearing.

But I found in Paris the city people had little patience with me and would simply walk away in the middle of a sentence when I was asking directions or some other question. Of course, what irritated me at first with this is they didn’t know I had spent six months learning their language and it was their fault they didn’t understand their own language. But I eventually came to understand with the French people that the way I was speaking their language, the rhythm and the accent, is an insult to them and that I was butchering their hallowed language to a point where they didn’t like to listen to me speaking it.

I had seen movies and heard about a lot of the places on our map that showed us the place to make our grand entrance. It was the railro ad station, the Gare D’Orsay. From there you can see the Seine with all its bookstalls and fishermen and touring boats, Notre Dame where the hunchback resided, The Gardens of Tuileries, the Place de la Concord, the Louvre where Mona Lisa awaits us. The Eiffel Tower was nearby too, and the Arc de Triomphe where we spun around counter-clockwise, just to see if we could escape the circling traffic and get out alive without a crash. We did and found ourselves on the upper end of the Champs Elysees, that’s the famous wide street with all the fancy shoppes and bistros and anything that has to do with world business including the fashion industry.

Good ol’ Lindbergh in 1927 chose Paris to fly into on his flight across the Atlantic and got some very good reception from the French people.

So why not us?

Up to this point, Rudi had more or less taken a tourist type of approach to his own travels to India. He was happy to see there was more dimension available to him with the way I was handling a new aspect of the trip that he hadn’t thought about yet.

That is, rather than just being spectators on our trip, we could get a better understanding of the people and the country we found ourselves in if we could become more three-dimensional to the people through a newspaper article about us.

I didn’t exactly know what I was doing, but he was happy to see me do the job and if it worked, we could both smile. If it didn’t, whatdaheck, we’d just move on.

Up to this point, Rudi had been the take over guy. And I was happy to be a part of the trip. But now I could see I had a contribution to make and Rudi was satisfied about that. I think our time in Paris bonded our relationship a little better and we became real partners.

My first thought in Paris was to find a popular newspaper in town and find their address. A cheap way to find out is to look on park benches, empty café tables, and in trash cans (we couldn’t afford to buy even a newspaper).

Our secret ticket at the big newspaper office in Paris was to flash the newspaper photo and article the Brussels newspaper had printed. But I learned something else and that is in the big cities, like Paris, they always have competition from another newspaper in town. In other words we didn’t have to go into a newspaper office, hat in hand, wishin’ they would do a story on us, like they were doing us a favor or something. Instead we would go in there like we were doing them a favor. After all, interesting feature articles like us sells newspapers for them.

Another thing I learned is, and if you ever take a trip like this, this is important, is to be sure to carry along a journal, sort of like a scrapbook where you paste in handwritten notes from well-wishers and fans along the way, and photos from people who would take them out of their wallet and paste them in my scrapbook.. All the way from Wuerzburg I had constructed ten or fifteen pages already. I kept these diary pages hooked together with two metal rings and people could flip through the pages and look at both sides.

At the Dutch, Belgian, and French border crossing, I asked the officials to rubber stamp the book’s current page with their country’s rubber stamp. This is especially useful because it gives you kind of an “official” look to your trip. Especially if a policeman stopped you somewhere just to acquire what these two guys on a Vespa were all about.

Now, back at the newspaper office, you have to remember all these people in newspaper offices like to get a “scoop” And what we learned was when we went into the first big newspaper, La Figaro, the feature editor was off to lunch and the receptionist gave me the editor’s business card and told us he would be back at 2pm. Well, we didn’t want to wait around and went to another newspaper offi ce and it happened to be the most prominent newspaper in Paris, Le Monde, like the New York Times in the USA.

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31 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

AIM HIGH -- So you want to be an aviation photographer? Dean: “A great photograph always brings two kinds of pleasures. There’s the thrill that comes from knowing you got all the technical demands right: the lighting, the composition, the focus, the moment. And there’s the excitement too that comes from looking at a subject you love presented in the most loving way possible. That’s particularly true of aviation photographers, aircraft enthusiasts who specialize in capturing images of airplanes and helicopters in flight and on the ground. SOURCE: Dean


31 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Glacier National Park Photography Workshop, Glacier National Park Photography Workshop. All NCPW workshops include daily instruction on basic photographic principles (composition, exposure, f-stops and shutter speed, camera controls, etc.) and we also give you exposure to more advanced techniques (creative photography, use of filters, etc.) as well. You will also receive instruction on Lightroom and Photoshop in each workshop as well. The general flow of our workshops include morning and evening field shoots with lecture and critique during the bad daylight down-time.

Wichita Art Museum – Photography Workshop series. Jeff Cowell has just signed on with the Wichita Art Museum to provide 10 Photography Workshops during 2010. Much of the proceeds from these workshops goes to the Wichita Art Museum to support their programs. For a calendar of dates, registration information, and workshop descriptions see:

31 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

INCLUDE THOSE TAGS -- Consumer behavior online is changing rapidly. Facebook overtook Google to become the most popular site in the US last month, according to Hitwise, demonstrating how attached consumers are to their online social lives. And access to social media is no longer confined to our desktops. The increasing number of smartphones means that owners have access to the web at all times. “The journalists now follow guidelines on tagging keywords and on writing headlines that are optimized for more effective search results,” SOURCE: Marketing Week - Steve Hemsley -
TAKEAWAY: Photobuyers are into social media also. Be sure to include keywords in your FACEBOOK, Twitter, et al messages that include your primary specialty in stock photography. You’re bound to get inquiries from photo researchers who need your expertise. –RE

GOOGLE CATCHER -- Your photos may be good, but can they be found? 5 Keys to Searchability and SEO for Photographers. Helping Google read your images cannot only help your pages and galleries rank, but images can rank on their own. Ranking an image can be extremely beneficial as users search sites like Google images for wedding venue photos, etc. We’re talking about the potential for lots of new business just from focusing on the SEO of your images.
TAKEAWAY: We here at Photosouirce InternationAL have been teaching this concept since 2007. It works so, follow their directions. The goal is to be on page 1 of a Google search. Here at PSI we want to be on page 1 if anyone types “sell my photos” or “buy my photos.” Test it out, will be on page 1. It works like magic, so, follow these SEO rules.

30 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

EARTH DAY -- Photographers from across the country are contributing to Palm Springs' Earth Day celebration this year. The competition's top three winners will be announced on Earth Day, which is April 22.

30 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

“There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.”
Ernst Haas

30 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

The First Motion Picture


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My How Time Flies!

Two Dozen

Years Ago

Date: September 1986

Here’s how we were talking in our newsletter back in September 1986,
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Whatever happened to carbon paper?
Once a mainstay in the company office, it has disappeared along with the ink well. Soon the telex machine will be retired and the emerging electronic mail via desk-top computers will take over.

What parallels loom in the photography/publishing industry? Just around the corner is a big revolution. Film-based pictures will be out and digital pictures in. While it won't happen tomorrow, all signs indicate you'll miss the boat unless you prepare for your cameras and your pictures to become antiques.

Film, as we know it today, will be going the way of tin and glass plates. The homework is in process, and the race is on in business and industry. The military, for example, already uses digital video cameras in its reconnaissance planes. The resolution (5,000 pixels) so far doesn't compare to film-based resolution (3 million pixels). But that's the kind of thing they were saying about home computers only a decade ago.

The impact promises to be monumental. According to most reports, Americans shoot 11 billion pictures a year and spend some $8 billion on cameras, film, photofinishing, and other film-related process and costs. Photofinishers get the largest chunk: $2.5 billion. Film makers get the next largest share: $2 billion. Both processes will be obsolete when digital pictures take over.

Not only will the digital picture meet the needs of the amateur photography industry, but once the digital process is perfected to produce high-resolution pictures, the transmittal of these pictures via phone lines, FM sub-carrier radio, or other data transmission process, will revolutionize the professional photo acquisition industry. Photo editors will be able to access and select pictures in minutes, rather than the cumbersome hours and days that today's processing requires, dealing with film-based pictures.

Digital pictures will be stored in central video disk banks. The notion of a stock agency holding original pictures will be an anachronism. Stock agencies are already beginning to adjust to the future portents, and all of us need to be studying the situation along with them.

One of the biggest hold-ups in this area is the tendency of olde-tyme craftsmen and decision-makers who have "always done it this way", to resist technological change. It took a generation for editors accustomed to the 4x5 camera to give in to photographers who touted the 35mm camera. Here at PhotoSource International we're drawing blueprints for a marketing network that will serve both the photo illustrator*and the photobuyer, to incorporate the technological advances as they get in place. –RE
September 26, 1986

*We were then calling stock photos, “photo illustrations.”

23 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Amazon Strikes Again!

In the continuing battle over taxing sales on the Internet, Amazon has cut ties with more of its affiliates, this time in Colorado. That state recently enacted legislation that requires online retailers to either collect sales tax or share information with the state about all of the purchases made by Colorado residents.

Federal law prevents states from requiring out-of-state retailers to collect sales tax if those merchants do not have a physical presence in the state. Due to the economic situation that most states find themselves in, looking for new sources of revenue is paramount. Many states have or are trying to pass laws that would result in on-line retailers having to collect and remit sales tax if they have affiliates in the state. So, no affiliates, no sales tax from Amazon in Colorado.

Post Office to Charge for Email

Now, if you believe that, you've not been paying attention (but I got YOUR attention!). We've all seen the email spam come and go about how the USPS will start charging you for sending email since they can't make a go of it with regular stamps and letters anymore. That's not gonna happen. However, we are all to blame if Congress grants the Post Office=s request to halt (or otherwise modify) residential Saturday delivery. Think about it. You get your charge card statements via email and your bank sends monthly statements via email. Same with your investments, with statements and proxies coming directly to your inbox, and online voting for board proposals. You pay your bills with on-line payment programs. And you've probably contacted the Direct Marketing Association asking them to stop mailing you all those advertising papers.

Sure, that saves us all a lot of money, time and often bother, and I'm certainly not going back to posting all those stamps, but it does help support the Post Office=s position about eliminating Saturday residential delivery. Naturally, there are other cost-cutting measures available to them, and no need to re-hash all that here.

A Backup Solution

Some folks prefer to have a third party handle their backup chores, and for some it may make logical and financial sense. Here's one you can check out with a trial period. It's called Carbonite ( ).

A one-year subscription is under $60, with discounts for longer periods. It works over the Internet, so you'll need a high-speed connection. There are default settings for what gets backed up, and you can add to that list, with some exceptions. If you give it a try, let us know your opinion. Here are some interesting stats from their website: 43% of people lose irreplaceable files every year, only 3 out of 100 stolen laptops are ever recovered, and up to 13% of hard drives crash in their first year. Now, go forth and (with some method) back up!

Bill Hopkins is the Webmaster of PhotoSourceFolio, where photographers
display photos
and a regular contributor to PhotoStockNotes. Send comments to Bill via email.

23 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Note that we don't include North American travelers because many of our members live in North America. Only travelers going abroad will be listed. Thanks

Name: Richard Lore

Phone: 727-493-2097

Email: talktoclaire[at]me[dot]com

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destination#2: Nice, France

We actually live in Europe most of the time so can easily take photos in London plus many other places, as well.

23 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

PEOPLE PICTURES – Rick Sammon: “We prefer pictures of people in which their pupils are open wide more so than when their pupils are closed down. That’s one reason why we like pictures of people taken in subdued lighting conditions, in the shade and on cloudy days - situations where the pupils are open wider than they usually are in bright light and sunny days.


PHOTO ILLUSTRATIONS -- Editorial photography speaks its mind. The difference between photojournalism and editorial photography is about bias and opinion. Editorial photographers look at the world around them and show their opinion of the world --in pictures. SOURCE: Caroline Thompson ; Editor: Rhonda Callow, BrightHub;
TAKEAWAY: Yes, in photojournalism you “take” the picture; in editorial photography you “ make” the picture. In editorial photography, or “photo illustration” as some people call it, you have many advantages in explaining your message to the reader who can “read into” your picture, eventually becoming a collaborator with your picture because you allow them to.

23 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

SETTING UP AN ONLINE GALLERY – Even in a troubled economy two local engineers saw a chance to pursue their photography dream. They established a fine arts gallery. Ahwatukee Foothills resident Anil Kandangath, an electrical engineer, and Rouzbeh Brumand, who has a master’s in business administration, founded a group last December called The Naked Frame, an avenue for up-and-coming photographers without access to gallery shows to sell their art. Each artist is told to select the 50 best photos from their collection for review. Then, Kandangath and Brumand select 25 to post on the Web site. SOURCE: Kathleen Gormley Website display:

23 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

BOOK COVERS -- Posted by Dean: Selling Your Photos To Book Publishers.
Prowling used bookstores in the search for old photography books back in 2002, photographer Karl Baden began to notice something unusual. Many of the most iconic images in the history of photography, he saw, were turning up on the covers of books that appeared to have nothing to do with the subject of the image.

23 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

GETTING KNOWN – E-mail marketers plan advanced campaigns - E-mail is a well-tested marketing tool, but rising volume and cluttered inboxes mean marketers must find ways to stay relevant to consumers, according to a new report from eMarketer. SOURCE: Jennifer Kruger

PHOTO SHOWS – Five Reasons to Visit a Photo Show or Festival - The spring season brings with it many photography festivals and photo-related art shows in locations across the globe. Andrew Darlow shares five reasons to visit a photo show or festival.

PROMOTION I bet you’ll read this one. SOURCE: Casey Templeton.
TAKEAWAY: If it costs a dollar it’ll pay for itself. If it costs $100, it’ll pay for itself. If it costs $1000 it’ll pay for itself. Even if it breaks even, you’ve gained $1,00,000 in branding. -RE

23 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource


23 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

TRYING IT OUT -- My Adbase Marketing Campaign: Early Results - Gordon Stillman: In January, I wrote about my decision to try e-mail marketing with Adbase, which bills itself as “North America’s largest and most advanced database of creative buyers.” In this post, he is sharing how his first e-mails performed. SOURCE Gordon Stillman ; Blackstar Rising

WHAT THEY WANT -- TRUST OVER TALENT. Clients Will Choose Trust Over Talent Every Time. Many photographers, as well as other creative professionals, operate under the assumption that talent alone will carry them through their careers. While this may be true for a lucky few, I wouldn’t suggest you count on it. SOURCE: Martin Perlin. Business of Photography

23 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Glenn McGibbon
Advertising Mgr
CM Communications
29 Newbury st
Boston MA
617 536 3400

replaced by
Lori Moretti
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1885 Quamichan St
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778 430 0892

23 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Kracker Barrel

What about insurance for the stock photographer?
Brian Yarvin explains the easy way to get yourself covered as a stock photographer.

23 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

REFRESHER -- Smudgechris says: I've been going over and over these in the last week, chopping and changing but I think I've narrowed it down to ten. Bearing in mind I'm no pro in this field just yet, these are the steps I took in order to get myself in a position where I feel confident to start taking big steps into the microstock world. SOURCE: smudgechris

23 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

PRINT ADVERTISING COMEBACK? – Longtime subscribers got a pleasant surprise in the recent Wall Street Journal , a newly launched magazine appropriately called WSJ. With reports of print advertising making a comeback, it would seem to be a perfect time to launch such a venture. The magazine is big, glossy, and filled with great photographs, and of course the exceptionally written content from a host of contributors.
WSJ Magazine Launches: New Magazine from The Wall Street Journal
SOURCE: Patricia Faulhaber

NEW LOOK LighterLife has relaunched its LighterLife magazine with a new look and improved content to offer readers added inspiration and understanding of just what LighterLife offers. The new feel and design of the magazine has been created with the help of publishing house, Specialist Publications.
The re-launch sees the weight loss magazine take on a new, clean direction. The size of the publication has moved from A4 to a smaller handbag size, making it more user friendly. The magazine also features more LighterLife clients than ever before, whether it’s at the beginning, middle or end of their weight-loss journey.

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BRAND NEW Southern Lifestyle Magazine Launched on March 15 2010, Southern Flourish: New, The magazine's 100% digital format means that readers can click-through to learn more about both the people and products featured in the magazine, as well as easily share pages with friends and embed the magazine on their own blogs and websites

23 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

The secret to having BIGGER, JUCIER tomatoes, and have the best harvest you’ve ever had. Organically! Without using any chemicals. or pesticides.

How to never have “cracked” or irregular tomatoes again.
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The most over-looked trick of tomato gardening that gives you truly mouth-watering tomatoes. Not just tomatoes that look "beautiful" - these will taste amazing! Click Here!

23 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Hacking Wordpress Blogs:

Secure Your Blog or Lose It

Wordpress blogs are some of the more common and customizable blogs out there, due to the open source content. Unfortunately, Wordpress blogs in general are full of "holes" and if you have one, you're essentially hanging out a sign that says, "hack me, I have a Wordpress blog."

Some time ago, three of my Wordpress blogs were hacked. The only way I found out about it was when one of my colleagues (who happened to be a programmer) looked at my code one day and found the problem.

Essentially, the hacker was illegally using my blog to inflate their search engine rankings at my expense, but it could have been a lot worse. Still the damage was extensive. I was able to fix one blog, but in the end, I shut down 3 of them and I'm probably going to rebuild the 4th one, as an added precaution.

Here's a sampling of what the code looked like in some of my Wordpress files on the back-end.

And there was far more code than that.

If you have a Wordpress blog, it's important to realize that one cannot totally keep hackers out, but you can make it so difficult for them to get in that they'll move onto another target. Some of these task include: Changing the passwords on your FTP and also with Wordpress itself. It's also wise to make regular backups and in the case of FTP, make sure you get an SFTP program or Secure FTP. That will make it harder for the hackers to get in. Still, there's a lot more that you can do, which I address in my program

Hacking Wordpress Blogs Give me 10 minutes of your time and I'll show you how to speed up your computer, rid yourself of computer infestations and protect yourself online.

Nathan Segal, from Victoria, BC, Canada, is a writer/photographer who has also been active as a digital artist for well over a decade. For the past 9+ years, he has written numerous articles for computer and photographic magazines and has provided his own illustrations and photographs for the articles. His articles have covered : software reviews, tutorials, computer tips and tricks, profiles and investigative reporting. visualartist49[at]gmail[dot]com; 1 408 844-4851

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23 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Postage Stamp Photo is

No Longer Fair Use

by Joel Hecker, Esq.

I previously reported on the decision in Gaylord v. United States (United States Court of Federal Claims, decision dated December 16, 2008) which held that the United States Postal Service’s issuance of a 37 cent postage stamp commemorating the 50th anniversary of the armistice of the Korean War, was a fair use and not copyright infringement (PSN January 29, 2009). This decision has now been reversed by the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, which remanded the case to the Court of Claims for a determination of damages against the government.

The stamp features a photograph of 14 of the 19 stainless steel soldier sculptures that are part of the Korean War Veterans Memorial located on the National Mall in Washington D.C. Plaintiff Gaylord sculpted these 19 soldiers in formation, known as “The Column” and obtained registrations for it from the Copyright Office. He therefore was acknowledged as the copyright owner of the sculpture.

An amateur photographer, John Alli, created a photograph of the sculpture as a retirement gift for his father, who served in the Marine Corps in Korea. In 2002, the Postal Service licensed use of this photograph for $1,500 and incorporated it into the stamp image. The photographer did not seek Gaylord’s permission but did tell the Postal Service that it would need the permission of the owner of the copyright to the sculpture as well as his permission to use his photograph.

The Postal Service, however, also did not seek Gaylord’s permission to depict his sculptures on the stamp and produced approximately 86.8 million stamps between July 27, 2003 and March 31, 2005. Gaylord then sued the Postal Service for copyright infringement.

Both courts agreed that Gaylord owned a valid copyright in the sculpture, that the photographer had access to it when creating his photograph, and that the stamp was substantially similar to the sculpture. Both courts then addressed the fair use defense by analyzing the four fair use factors, but came to different conclusions.

First Fair Use Factor :The purpose and character of the use, including whether the use is of a commercial nature.

The appeals court rejected the lower court’s decision which held that something new had been added to the sculpture, with a further purpose or different character. It found, to the contrary, that the commercial nature of the use, the sale of stamps, was not transformative, noting that the inquiry must focus on the purpose and character of the stamp, rather than that of the underlying photograph. Since the stamp did not reflect any “further purpose” than The Column, the appeals court held the use was not transformative.

The appellate court therefore found that the first factor of the fair use analysis weighed heavily against fair use.

Second Fair Use Factor: The nature of the copyrighted work.

As to the second fair use factor, the nature of the work, the court held that this factor went against fair use since the purpose and character of the stamp and the column were identical. (The lower court had found this factor not to be significant in light of its finding of transformative use).

Third Fair Use Factor: The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole.

The appellate court agreed with the lower court that, since the stamp depicts 14 of the 19 soldiers statues, it was a substantial taking and therefore weighed against fair use. However, it rejected the lower court’s determination that the qua lity and importance of the statues in the stamp mitigated such finding due to the heightened surrealistic effect which served to obscure the statues.

Fourth Fair Use Factor: The effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work

The appellate court found no clear error in the lower court’s determination that there was no resulting market harm to the sculpture. The lower court had found that Gaylord made only limited attempts to commercialize his copyright in the sculpture and it was unlikely that the stamp would impact future attempts to commercialize Gaylord’s copyright, because the stamp is just not a substitute for the sculpture. In fact, the lower court’s opinion also suggested the use of the stamp actually increased the value of the sculpture.


Taking these factors together and especially the lack of any transformative aspect, the appeals court rejected the lower court’s finding that use of the stamp was a fair use under the Copyright Act, and reversed the decision, finding such acts constituted an infringement of the copyright in the sculpture. As is evident, the facts of the case are extremely important in determining a fair use defense. The single most important aspect is whether the use is transformative. If it is, the fair use defense will almost always succeed. If not, as found by the appellate court, it will almost always fail.

© Joel L. Hecker, 2010

Attorney Joel L. Hecker lectures and writes extensively on issues of concern to the photography industry. His office is located at Russo & Burke, 600 Third Ave, New York NY 10016. Phone: 1 212 557-9600. E-mail: HeckerEsq[at]aol[dot]com.

23 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

NOT DREAMSTINE, --IT WAS JUPITERIMAGES. A wrongful use of a stock photo? -- Ms. Krupnik, 31, is suing the makers of the film for their “ongoing, unauthorized and defamatory use of her likeness in a derogatory and humiliating context,” according to a lawsuit filed in State Supreme Court in Manhattan. She seeks $10 million in damages.
The thought of an older man pleasuring himself at the sight of a younger woman is what made the scene especially troubling, according to the lawsuit.
The scene has hurt Ms. Krupnik’s professional reputation, according to the lawsuit. She works in New York as an image consultant and makeup artist, the lawsuit said. The scene led many of her clients and acquaintances to believe incorrectly that she was “the type of person who would agree to having her photograph and likeness used publicly as an object for masturbation.”
TAKEAWAY: The “use of an image” has its limits, depending on the culture you live in.

23 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

TRACK THOSE INFRINGERS – Eventually, photobuyers of all types will soon need to be aware and be required to fulfill a "diligent search" for rights associated with photos they find and plan to use at websites, graphic houses, books and magazines. When a potential buyer stumbles upon a photo they possibly could use, whether on a website or through searching a browser or stock agency online catalog, PicScout software can determine who owns the image through software called PicScout ImageExchange It also includes details how to license the image. A new product defeats any excuses for not doing the ‘right thing’ and licensing digital rights of the image. It fits perfectly with the requirements the upcoming “Orphan” bills are likely to impose. The ImageExchange can be installed using Firefox here: Explorer and Safari versions will release soon. PicScout has been tracking infringement cases since 2005 and estimates that 80 percent of images used at commercial sites are infringements. SOURCE: More info: Suzanne Matick; Public Relations for PicScout; suzanne[at]matick[dot]net; 831-479-1888 12ORPHAN

WORKS UPDATE -- “ “- Because the British government has failed to address photographers' concerns and is trying to rush this legislation through Parliament without the opportunity for proper debate or amendments to clause 43 (formerly S42), getting S43 removed from the Bill is necessary.

IMPROVING YOUR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS. Talk to the IP Czar - Victoria Espinel is the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, her job is to help coordinate the work of the federal agencies that are involved with stopping illegal behavior related to intellectual property, including copyrights. Her office has requested the public to provide information about the costs and the risks along with suggestions for what the government can do to help.

23 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

RETIRING? You may be retiring from the stock photo industry, but your original pictures don’t have to. They can continue on in a different value form and continue to make money for you.
How so? As photography artifacts

Collectors, worldwide, have begun to emerge in this 21st century, who are interested in photography artifacts*. They are interested in purchasing collections of photos from the late 1800’s up to the late 1960’s. Your own B&W originals may be valuable as “collectors’ items.”

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it’s been awhile since I was in the picture-taking business,
here’s a B&W of mine taken in 1963. It’s selling today at the website below for $750.00. That’s 20 times what it was
licensed for back in the ‘60’s. I.e., your editorial originals are valuable.-RE

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Search out those boxes of photos you retired to the attic: the Elizabeth Taylor movie opening, the first rock band concert you shot, the trek you made across Europe, the coverage of NFL football star Johnny Unitas, the assignment that sent you to Vietnam, the Chicago political riots, the tour of a plastics factory, an airplane crash, a college campus event.

Original B&W prints are primarily sought-after. (Not reprints of your original negatives. We're talking about antiquity here.)

Are transparencies acceptable? Yes and no. It depends on the collection.

Who are the collectors? They are people with access to funds to put to their passion: searching out and gathering photos that reflect specific periods of time and cultural and social aspects of people’s lives.
The photos don’t need to be works of art to be collectible. They only need be photographs that many years ago were either making the rounds to publishers, magazine editors, etc, or were being taken and filed as a matter of interest or labor of love. But they need to be originals, printed many years go. (Was your hypo fresh?) Even if they are slightly faded or dog-eared, they still have value. Markings on the back, such as captions, pencil notations by the photographer or an editor, dates, incoming/outgoing info, etc. are all acceptable, even desired.

Subject matter eligible includes sports, events, celebrities, music, social and political activities – but not landscapes, scenics, animals, nature, still lifes, portraits (unless of notable individuals).

I am in touch with individuals and consortiums who will buy entire collections of such photos.
They pay top dollar. Depending on each individual collection, purchase prices can range from $100,000 to $750,000. (Remember, value is in the eye of the beholder…)

*There’s one important caveat here. This is not a request for negatives of old photos, to be re-printed in the 21st century. This is a request for the actual photos themselves.

Like any collection, the less available they are, the more valuable they become. The photos must be (B&W or color prints) originals – not re-prints made today from the negatives. In other words, they need to be the original prints of the images.

Rohn Engh, veteran stock photographer and best-selling author of "Sell & ReSell Your Photos" and "," has helped scores of photographers launch their car eers. For access to great information on making money from pictures you like to take, and to receive this free report:
"8 Steps to Publishing Photos," visit his website at PhotoSource International or call 800 624-0266.

23 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Tax Facts for Freelancers

In these tough times, it becomes more important than ever for freelancers to familiarize themselves with steps that can keep their taxes to a minimum - and, of course, keep them out of legal trouble.
To help subscribers take year-round advantage of legitimate tax breaks while not running afoul of the rules, we offer some tips from our tax columnist, Julian Block.
If you have general tax questions you'd like Julian to address in this column, please send them directly to him. If you need additional information or guidance in specific areas, you should contact the IRS or consult your personal tax advisor.

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Julian Block, a former IRS agent and a tax attorney, is the author of "The Stock Photographer's Tax Guide." For details on how to purchase this important 32-page publication: . Julian can be reached at julianblock[at]yahoo[dot]com .

Question: I have two agents, one for assignments and another for stock photography. At filing time, they both send me 1099 forms, and I understand that copies also go to the IRS; these show what they've sent me during the year in terms of advances, royalties, and other payments related to my books. But they do different kinds of bookkeeping!
One agent's 1099 lists the gross (full) amount she received from the publisher as my income; that is, she doesn't allow for the commission subtracted by her up front before sending a check for the balance to me. The other one handles things differently; his 1099 lists only the net (after commission) payment he actually sent to me. How should I handle these payments on my return? I know I have to report the income, but I'm not sure which figures to report!

Answer: Let consistency be your guide. The amount of income you declare should be consistent with the figures shown on your 1099 forms. Otherwise, the IRS computers might go bananas, with unpleasant consequences.
When it comes to monies you receive via an agent, what you should declare depends on whether the agent submits a 1099 form for you that shows the gross amount (total paid by the publisher) or the net amount (amount actually paid to you after the agent's commission is deducted).
If the 1099 filed by the agent lists the gross, then that's the figure you should include in totaling your income to come up with your gross on line 1 of your Schedule C -- and remember to include the agent's commission, which is deductible on the line for commissions and fees, line 10. Does the 1099 filed by the agent list the net amount? Then, you should use that amount in arriving at your gross income figure -- and you should not deduct the commission on line 10, since it's already been subtracted from the income figure.
To make it perfectly clear, here's an example. Say your agent receives a check from your stock agency in the amount of $50,000, deducts the 15 percent commission of $7500, and sends you a check for $42,500. After that year's end, you receive a 1099 form that shows $50,000. You should include the full $50,000 in your reported gross income on line 1 and deduct $7500 commission on line 10. If, on the other hand, the 1099 shows only the amount actually sent to you, $42,500, you should include only $42,500 on line 1 -- and deduct nothing on line 10. Either way, you pay tax on only the $42,500; either way, the serenity of the IRS computers will be preserved.

Question: I photograph for several magazines. One magazine's 1099 form reports not only the fees they paid me during the year in question, but also includes sums that compensated me for out-of-pocket expenses. Of course this doesnt agree with my records: I don't count those payouts as expenses, since I know that I'm going to get them back -- and I don't count expense checks as income, either; it's just a wash.
Suppose I receive a 1099 form that shows $2587.53, which actually includes a $2500 payment for an article and $87.53 worth of reimbursement for telephone calls. It doesn't make sense that I'd have to include the latter amount in totaling my income for line 1 on Schedule C, since it wasn't income.

Answer: Contrary to what many photographers (and other self-employed people) mistakenly believe, it's not "just a wash." This is much like the prior situation, with payments from agents; again, you should make sure your return reflects the consistency that will keep the IRS computers in a calm, unagitated state.
You should include in your line 1 total the full amount shown by the magazine, $2587.53. Then, as with the agent's commission, count the $87.53 among your deductible business expenses, since you should not be paying taxes on it.
Question: A university asked to reprint one of my magazine articles in its alumni publication. I gave permission without asking for any payment. Since this is an educational institution, can I take a charitable contribution deduction equal to the fee I would have asked of a commercial publisher? Do I need a letter from the school? If so, what should it say?
Answer: Sorry, a letter won't help. You are not allowed any deduction.

Julian Block, an attorney in Larchmont, NY, has been cited as a "leading tax professional" (New York Times), "an accomplished writer on taxes" (Wall Street Journal) and “an authority on tax planning” (Financial Planning Magazine). His books include “Tax Tips For Small Businesses: Savvy Ways For Stock Photographers, Artists and Other Freelancers To Trim Taxes To The Legal Minimum,” praised by law professor James E. Maule of Villanova University as "An easy-to-read and well-organized explanation of the tax rules. Business owners would be well advised to buy this book." To order his books, visit

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OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHERS -- Dave Freeman: “Now that winter is drawing to a close in most of the country (it’s still snowing here in the Sierra Nevadas), it’s time to think about getting out and taking more pictures. As a photography enthusiast, I know there’s a few things that I consider critical whenever I’m out shooting, things that I don’t leave home without.” SOURCE: Dave Freeman

ELIMINATING STUFF -- Photography Accessories I’ve Learned to Ditch. Chris Gampat: “ In my time as a photographer and tech journalist, I’ve tried out loads and loads of items. All reviews have been very fair: pointing out the good and offering recommendations on improvement rather than full out blaring criticisms.

23 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

MUCH ADO ‘BOUT -- Based on the many comments on Shannon Fagan’s guest post made by stock industry leaders and photographers, the majority do not believe that the stock business is dead, perhaps sleeping but far from a vegetative state. Success for Stock Photographers-Redux

23 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

GLAMOUR -- Auction of the World's Largest Collection of Original Vintage Glamour Photography. The multi-million dollar Michael H. Epstein and Scott E. Schwimer collection, which contains tens of thousands of the best examples of Hollywood fine art, will be auctioned.

THE RIGHT FEE – Pricing & Negotiating For Photographers – A new monthly column entitled “Pricing & Negotiating” is coming from the folks at Wonderful Machine. Since they price and negotiate for so many photographers they’re in a unique position to show us nearly any scenario you can think up. Here’s the first one: Tag-teaming with TV crews on ad shoots

THE PRICE IS RIGHT – 100 Free Stock Photography Websites - Buying photography is changing….fast, and it’s getting ever cheaper. 10 years ago you could have paid thousands of dollars for an image of a background, over the past years this has been reduced to tens of dollars. Over a100 websites have photography that is free to use, not Royalty Free (which still requires a fee), but really, truly free.
TAKEAWAY: The new loss leader in the stock photo industry? In the retail business, a "loss leader" is a product sold at a low price (at cost or below cost to stimulate other, profitable sales); The price can even be so low that the product is sold at a loss.

23 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

"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

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My Story



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Destination: On our way through Belgium now heading towards Brussels and then on to Paris!

Was my new companion, Rudi, working out O.K.?

I would say, yes. So far.

I’m not one for being an assistant to anyone. I find it uneasy to follow. But, you can’t know everything, so you have to depend on others to help you get to where you’re going. I mean, following is O.K. when someone is showing you directions on how to body surf or row a canoe. But if I already know how to row a canoe, I want to be the one to decide where the canoe is going to go.

In our case, it was apparent to me that I better pay attention to Rudi when he was talking about the inner workings of the Vespa or how to roll a sleeping bag to best protect it from the rain. I could see I’d have to take a backseat when it came to matters of day-to-day decisions on how to keep our vehicle –tires, lights, carburetor, in working order.

On the other hand, Rudi could see he would have to temper his Prussian eagerness if my ideas about this journey we were making would help him towards his goal of making a name for himself.

All in all, I still found myself smiling, even chuckling and ready to push forward. In Belgium, we wound through rolling hills and farm country. For lunch, we stopped under a large oak tree and brought out Frau Reseller’s ham and cheese sandwiches and fruit.

Mighty tasty, “ I said, leaning back against the thick trunk and watching some clouds roll in from the west. Looks like we .re going to lose our sunny day,” I said to Rudi.

“Hey, Rudi, “ I said. “What do your parents think about you traveling around the world”?

He settled back against one side of the tree. “They didn’t have much to say about it when I left except that my mother couldn’t understand why I would leave my good paying job in the coalmines.

“I’ve always done just about whatever I wanted to do with my life. That’s how I was raised; so they’re to blame if what I’m doing now is wrong.”

“My father didn’t object too much, it was really my mother. She’s the boss in the family. Whatever she says goes. My father doesn’t have much to say. She started making a lot of noise when she saw I was really serious about leaving. She made some threats she’s never going to let me in the house again if I ever tried to come back. “
Has she ever written to you?”
“What? She write me?” He laughed at the idea. “She’s never written a letter in her life. Let alone to me.” Besides, she doesn’t care enough about me to bother. We hardly got along well enough to talk, let along to write.”

“And how ‘bout your father?? ??
“I get along with him O.K. He never says much though.”
“He’s a quiet person.
It’s my mother who does all the talkin’…”
“And your brother?” I asked.

“We hit it off O.K.” I hear from him about once a month. He writes to me at General Delivery in the bigger cities I expect to be in. I always tell him what sites are up ahead on my route. He lets the folks know. He let’s me know what’s happening around Wusterheide.
“Don’t you get homesick?”
“For what, home? This is my home.” He said, patting his hand against the strong roots of the tree. “You never get homesick for places you’d like to forget.”

It was clear Rudi wasn’t out to see the world on a bet. This might have compelled him to begin, but once he had begun, he had seen there were places in the world to set down stakes in than Wusterheide. Only a miracle could allow him to return there now. As the trip progress we spoke less of Wusterheide and even less of his parents.
Rudi was just under 6 ft. and no fat anywhere. He was as sturdy and well built as a panther. He was the kind of guy you might read about who could pick up the front end of a Volkswagen when necessary. He came from the north of Germany and had that typical Teutonic arrogance you generally associate with the Prussian military. Although his name, Thurau, was a Teutonic name, he told me his father’s ancestors had been emigrants from France. Through six generations, Rudi had inherited nothing you would associate with Frenchmen.

His hairline was beginning to recede and this together with the wrinkles under his pale blue eyes made him look older than his 24 years. But who knows? Maybe he was older or maybe his work in the coalmines had taken its toll. And he really was only 24.

He was a showman. Rudi was like the announcer guy in a vaudeville show that comes to town once a year. In our case in Ocean City when the winter population had dwindled down to 250 people we always looked forward to something similar when the minstrel show would come to town, usually in February, and it was put on in the school gymnasium.

The routine was the impresario asked for local volunteers to be a part of the show and people you never suspected would volunteer and go to the ‘try outs’. You were always surprised that some of the most quiet people in our county, would volunteer and do such a good job dancing and singing but you never were quite sure who was who on stage because in a minstrel all the performers had black cream smeared all over their face except a big circle around the eyes where the white could shine through. The impresario had a man who was the interlocutor, as they called him, and all the jokes and skits bounced off him.
The local volunteers have two days to learn their lines and then they held the minstrel for two days. They always had a packed house. Every relative of the volunteers for twenty miles around came to the performance. Some of them came for both shows.

Rudi was the kind of guy that could’ve been a good interlocutor. But he couldn’t have been the impresario; he had no interest in organizing an event. That’s where we made a good team. He the interlocutor and me the impresario.
Rudi had two noticeable features, a prominent broken nose and a jaw that says ‘this guy has great determination.’

“How’d you ever get that broken nose?" I asked.
He settled back against the tree and looked off into the countryside.
“It happened during the war,” he answered and then paused. “I was ten years old and me and a teenager friend were riding in the back of a neighbor’s van. We were carrying some furniture to Bremen. And out of nowhere, an American fighter plane appeared out from behind a hill and was down on us before we had a chance to pull off the road for cover.
We weren’t a caravan of trucks or anything, but he began firing at us. I guess he thought we were transporting ammunition to Bremen or something. Bullets ripped through the front window of the truck and we went spinning off the side of the road and down into the ditch. In the back of the van, the bullets missed my friend and me. He had been sleeping on one of the couches and I was in a chair back there. He came out of the crash O.K. but I was caught in the middle of all the furniture that was in the van as it rolled over several times. Chairs, metal tables were churning around in there like a tornado. The van came to a halt, upside down, at the bottom of the ditch. The truck driver was dead, shot in the face. I was badly shaken up but all I suffered was a nosebleed. Or that’s what I thought.

“Could you get any help?”

“Not for a while. The plane came back one more time and strafed us one more time just to make sure we weren’t carrying explosives. If we were, the whole van probably would’ve blown up. I know that had happened to a military truck along the same road a week before.”

“But when he left, could you get help?”

“I was too little to know what to do. Finally a vegetable truck came along and then a police vehicle and the police took us back to Wusterheide.

“And your nose, was it bleeding all this time?

“I don’t remember except the scolding I got from my mother when I got home. My father took me to a clinic in the village. At that time there weren’t any doctors. That was back in ’44 and the town doctor, Doctor Heinrich had been sent to the Russian front. Most of the nurses were sent to work in military hospitals in the area. The one nurse that remained gave my nose an injection, bandaged it up and told me to come back in a month. I never did go back. I took the bandage off myself later on, so what you see is what I saw..“

“Did Dr. Heinrich ever come back to Wusterheide?” I asked.
“No. He was captured by the Russians,” we heard. “They said he was in Siberia. Someone said he died there. ”

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Sophie Ristelhueber (b.1949, France) has been awarded the 2010 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize. At a special ceremony on Wednesday 17 March 2010. The Prize is awarded to a photographer of any nationality for their significant contribution to the medium of photography.

23 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource


Street photography workshops with John Free are held throughout the year in Los Angeles, New York and Paris. Limited to 10 students, they provide opportunity for individual instruction. Daily lectures include how to tailor your personal vision to your working technique and equipment as well as analyses of the previous day’s work.

For more information call 818-353-7223, email johnnienikon[at]yahoo[dot]com or visit SOURCE: ShawGuides

23 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

THE RIGHT KEYWORDS -- This sequel article focuses on how to use the most relevant keyword combinations to improve visibility — as well as your bottom line!

TAKEAWAY: Make your photos marketable.
The BACKGROUND, choose one that’s uncluttered and confusing (not like the photojournalistic shot I once saw of President Clinton with a telephone pole coming out of his head.)
The PERSON, choose an appropriate adult, child, teen who best represents the message (opinion) you are making.
SYMBOL. When appropriate, include an icon or tool that represents the subject matter.
INTERACTION. with the symbol. Give the picture a feeling of action or no action at all if it fits.

23 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Anil Kumble zooms into photography with 'Wide Angle'. From cricketer to photographer, Anil Kumble emerges in a different avatar with his coffee table book 'Wide Angle - Candid Moments From My Playing Days' that brings together his abiding passions of cricket, photography and wildlife.

23 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

"The personality and style of a photographer usually limits the type of subject with which he deals best. For example Cartier-Bresson is very interested in people and in travel; these things plus his precise feeling for geometrical relationships determine the type of pictures he takes best. What is of value is that a particular photographer sees the subject differently. A good picture must be a completely individual expression which intrigues the viewer and forces him to think. "

- Alexey Brodovitch - Photography, February 1964 [cited in: Creative Camera February 1972, p. 472]

23 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Modern 35mm Film Invented

All those years after the first experiments in photography, Kodak in 1934 invented 35mm film which quickly became the most popular film type and continues to be so to this day. This film was pre-loaded into rolls with perforated edges and it made it possible to load the films into cameras in broad daylight. The film size was already in use in movie films, but it was not until Kodak made the still version in 1934 and Leica the first cameras to use it, that is moved into the world of still photography. The first 33mm still camera cost $175 (equal to around $3,000 today, 2010).

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While you have them on the phone…

Something From Nothing

Wrong number? Sometimes a misdirected phone call can turn into a positive conversation that turns into a sale.

After my Dad retired, he and my Mom would come out from Maryland to visit us here at the farm in Wisconsin.

Pop, as I called him when he was alive, was intrigued with our rural neighbors. Being a former insurance agent, he never lost his curiosity for people and his self-imposed mission to help them out.

One time we were visiting Frank, a farmer down our road who had a 19th-century barn on his property that was in a near-collapse condition. Frank remarked that the barn was a drawback but he didn’t have the cash to have a demolition team come in and tear it down.

“That’s a goldmine,” Pop said to Frank.
“How in the world is it a goldmine?” said Frank.
“First of all,” said Pop, “you’re right that a barn in that condition is an eyesore if you ever wanted to sell your property. Then there’s the insurance angle. Insurance companies always raise the premium on your insurance if you have an unsafe building on your property. You’ll get a lower insurance rate once it’s gone.”
“But the goldmine?” Frank asked.
“The weather-worn boards and the beams on that barn are a valuable commodity. You could sell them to a lumberyard that would dismantle the barn for you for nothing. Or if you dismantle it yourself, you could sell the boards over in Minneapolis to an interior-decorating firm. Or, if you look in the Yellow Pages (Google wasn’t around at the time of discussion) you could find a company that will pay you to let them clear away the barn and even plant grass where it once stood, in return for the lumber.”

Frank took Pop up on his idea and now has a vegetable garden where the barn once stood.
Another time we were down at the Horse Creek Store, and I introduced Pop to another neighbor who has a cabin on a nearby lake (a lot of people from the Twin Cities have summer homes in our area of Wisconsin.)

Hank is his name, and in conversation he mentioned, “I’ve answered at least 500 phone calls this week and 450 were the wrong number!Thank God it’s Friday."

“Some guy placed an ad in the St. Paul newspaper about a vintage car for sale and he transposed the phone number and gave my 800 number instead. That cost me a bundle in misused energy, took up my time, and raised my blood pressure!” (Hank’s face started turning red as he described his past week’s reaction to the wrong numbers.)

“What business are you in?” Pop said.
“I’m a porch and lawn furniture salesman.”
“There’s a chance to turn a lemon into lemonade,” Pop said. “You probably spend a lot of your time on the phone following up on leads of people who are looking to get an update their outdoor furniture. This mistaken phone number could save you time. I bet a couple dozen of those people who called would like to learn about your deals on lawn furniture, and another dozen would consider a looking into your products. While you have their attention, and they called you, you didn’t call them, you have some ready-made prospects without spending any time or money to get them.”


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17 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Carolyn Dowd
Sr Art Production
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Nancy Bagdonas
VP Director of Art Buying
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17 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Note that we don't include North American travelers because many of our members live in North America. Only travelers going abroad will be listed. Thanks

Name: Emmanuel and Ernita

Email: lacosteemmanuel[at]yahoo[dot]co
dates#1: March 18 March 30
destination#1: Hong Kong

dates#2: March 30 April 5th
destination#2: Maccau

Comments: Let me know if you have any photo needs in the area.

17 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

COMPOSITION IN PHOTOGRAPHY – It’s what makes a photograph interesting. It's something in the picture that grabs a person's attention and draws their eye to the image. Composition in Photography: Photo Techniques

GET IT RIGHT -- Do you know why your pictures are good (or bad!) ? - The fact that some people can photograph for years and years and never quite get it and yet others can pick up a camera and shoot amazing stuff from the word go. SOURCE: Paul Dyamond

COLOR MY COLOR -- Put Color Theory to Work in Your Photos – Color is a fascinating topic — one you could spend a lifetime studying. But being aware of just a few of the potential combinations of colors will enable you to choose themes to enhance and manipulate the mood of your photos. SOURCE: JEFF WIGNALL --

17 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Phone talk

Ever get a package returned in postal mail or FedEx because the address was wrong? It costs you twice as much to resend it with the corerct address, not to mentyion the loss of delivery time to the customer.
Cradoc Bagshaw in his newsletter offers some “magic” for solving this problem.


"I’m going to throw in some magic, a magic word to be specific. The word is “because.” Many times, if you use the word "because" opposition will fade away. Try it any time you can. What you say doesn't even need to be logical, just use the word "because.

In the days when I handled all the software support and order taking myself I occasionally had problems with a few photographers who were having a bad day. I had the habit of being careful about getting names right and I'd ask the customer to repeat their name, or I would repeat the spelling back to them, just to be sure I got it right. This made some customers impatient with me until I started saying, "let me repeat that, because I'm left handed.” The response was always, “Sure, sorry.” The “because” worked, even though it didn't really make sense. This story is absolutely true.

You need a great "because" when you set your upper range. You’re saying, "I won't charge you more than this amount for this job, with these parameters, and I need this amount because..."

The best "because" is to understand what it costs you to be in business, to understand what you need for each shooting day to break even."

SOURCE: Cradoc Bagshaw. Cradoc Corporation, PO Box 1310, Pt Roberts, WA 98281. 1 800 679 0202,

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BUILD-A-SITE – Here are key questions that will assist you to build and maintain a successful website. Do You Know Your Photography Website Marketing IQ?

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NOT A GIVE AWAY -- Most of the veteran photographers I’ve talked with had the same problems starting out, so I know it’s not anything new to the industry. The key seems to be getting over it as quickly as possible.

IT’S NOT LUCK -- He’s a struggling freelance photographer just like many out there, He’s not widely known, nor has he been in the industry for decades with a client list that stretches for miles, but he knows the sooner he learns to value his own work the sooner he’ll learn to value the industry in which he works, the better his business will be, and the sooner those big jobs will start rolling in.

HOLD THE COURSE -- Writing Your Photography Marketing Plan: Determining Target Markets - Many photography businesses fall into the trap of trying to be everything to everyone. You are so hungry for business that you will work for anyone and attempt anything. That’s certainly understandable, particularly in this economy. But it’s not a good marketing formula for long-term success. SOURCE: Matthew Kauffmann
TAKEAWAY: Specializing is especially true in editorial stock photography and the secret is to figure out first what you love photographung: aviation; tennis; gardening; elementary age children -- and then find if there's a market for it. Google will show you if there is -just type five or six keywords (one of them being 'publisher') in the search bar. You'll find many markets already waiting for your talents.
And the nice thing about this way of marketing your photography is you can stay with the same target market for a lifetime, (the "theme" publishers never change their industry focus) ...

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Virtual Reality Photography
is an extensive resource for photographers and interactive media producers. It includes four sections; Photography Basics, Panoramic Imaging, Object Imaging, and Business Practices. It delves deeply into techniques and methods, is richly illustrated, and features a number of case studies from real-life shooting situations and industry experts.

Virtual Reality Photography

ISBN: 978-0-615-34223-8
$44.95 (US)
8.5"x11", full color
320 pages with over 300 illustrations

VR photography, or virtual reality photography, is a technique which allows the interactive viewing of wide angle panoramic photographs. A VR Photograph is generally a wide photographic image encompassing a 360 degree circle, but can also encompass an entire spherical view.

Virtual Reality Photography
ISBN: 978-0-615-34223-8
$44.95 (US)
8.5"x11", full color
320 pages with over 300 illustrations

VR photography, or virtual reality photography, is a technique which allows the interactive viewing of wide angle panoramic photographs. A VR Photograph is generally a wide photographic image encompassing a 360 degree circle, but can also encompass an entire spherical view.

17 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

PICK POCKET Really read the fine print of a photo contest with care, whether the organizers are well-known in the world of photography or travel or not, in an effort to highlight that most (if not all) of photography contests are, well, rights grabs. (They are fishing contests that steal your rights.) SOURCE: Tewfic El-Sawy; The Travel Photographer.

17 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

– For corporate stock photographers and graphic artists, not a pretty picture out there. Survival will increasingly depend on niche-mining, since the stopper won't ever be put back in the stock-photography bottle. A decade ago, professional photographers thought nothing of selling pictures to stock photo houses. But what once provided a source of income went into catalogs of nearly endless size and accessibility.
Seemingly overnight, a publisher who wanted a picture of a sunset could choose from thousands on any number of databases. Why pay a photographer hundreds, or thousands, of dollars to go out and shoot a new one? SOURCE: James Rainey; BRAND-X
TAKEAWAY: If you are still shooting stock “across-the-board” this is counsel to stop and select an area that you love shooting in, find photo editors in that niche, and cultivate them. You’ll survive easily. You won’t survive shooting every thing that comes along and hope someone comes to your door and asks for it.

17 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

THE JOY OF TOOLS – 10 Essential Microstock Tools. Microstock images can be a lot of work. Lucky for submitters however, there are a number of tools to help you perform the many mundane tasks.

EASY CHARTING -- Introducing Microstock Charts – Earnings Tracking with Benefits – Lee Torrens with Amos Struck, his business partner on various other projects, we are very pleased to finally introduce Microstock Charts.

17 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

NEW -- If the first issue is any indication, Afar may become my travel magazine of choice. According to the founder’s letter at the front of the issue, the magazine is not about travel so much as finding meaning in travel. SOURCE: KARA

17 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Gardening is Fun Again
When You Don't Have to
Bend or Kneel

If you've had to stop doing the gardening you love - or have been told to quit - welcome to GardenRack, the ultimate raised bed garden plan. It's a free-standing, portable, low cost alternative to in-ground gardening.

If I could show you a way to walk out onto your deck, patio, balcony, or into your yard and do some weeding, watering, planting and harvesting c all without bending or kneeling - would you be interested?

It's possible because the height can be adjusted to your own custom fit. You can tailor GardenRack's dimensions to fit any height needed. In the downloadable plans for building a raised bed garden, the planting surface is designed to be waist high.

Click Here!

17 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

RIGHTS -- Google Play’s impact on photographer rights - Google has now added functionality to the reader that is intended to improve the engagement of its users. For photography owners this raises the question of rights.

QUICK RELEASE -- Model Release Forms Go Mobile with New iPhone App - For $9.99, you can replace paper release forms (just like the FedX and the UPS guy) with an app that incorporates industry-standard legal language that is accepted by the world's leading stock photo companies.

17 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

GOOD PRECEDENT -- German Court Finds No Violation for Photographing and Licensing Photos of Property - The Photo Attorney says, “The law about property releases is often disputed. But as previously reported, no court has found that taking and selling photos of property violates any rights of the owner, unless the photographer trespasses on the property.” The case of Benjamin Ham is instructive on this subject. SOURCE:

17 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

THE SPRING SALE…. It’s coming!

One of our marketletters will help you break into stock photography in 3 ways:

1.) They provide you with a continuing list of fresh, new contacts – many of which you can add to your data base (Market List) because they make a practice of looking for the kind of photo that you like to take.
2.) The photo needs listings show you the kind of photos that buyers need. With this information you can go out and take pictures, based on their descriptions listed in the marketletter.
3.) If you have the exact pictures the buyer needs (or you can capture the image in 24 hours, you have a good chance of selling (licensing) the picture to the buyer. And the fee is not the $1 to $5 fee you often see posted for sale in microstock portals. Our listings are never lower than $50. In fact, on the PhotoDaily, they are never lower than $100.

Where can you get more information about these stock photo marketletters?

For the PRO: (daily) The PHOTODAILY

For the semi-PRO: (weekly) The PHOTOLETTER

For the person just starting out: (weekly) PHOTOSTOCKNOTES/Plus:


17 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Can You Use Schedule E

To Report Your Stock Photo Sales?


“This tax season, I’m going to report my stock photo sales not as income on the standard Schedule C, but as royalties on Schedule E.” a subscriber E-mailed me.
She said, “You can skip paying the 15.3% self employment tax, which consists of 2.9% Medicare and 12.4% Social Security. ”
Here at PhotoStockNotes, we're not ones to pass up a juicy opportunity to give our readers an insider insight on how you can avoid taxes (avoiding is legal, whereas evading is illegal!). So I ran this concept by our crack tax adviser, Julian Block, who has a string of best-selling tax books to his credit, writes a syndicated tax column and is also a former IRS attorney and investigator .
"You could land in the deepest of tax doo-doo," was his comment. Why? "The IRS looks unkindly on photographers and other self-employed who try to escape self-employment tax. Perhaps we have a case of semantics here. Yes, the word ‘royalties’ is used on Schedule E, and yes, the IRS defines royalties as ‘payment for intangible properties’ (e.g., books and artistic works, which would include photos) but the IRS insists that royalties for creative efforts be reported on Schedule C, making that income subject to self-employment tax."
Royalties from your coal, oil, or gas sites are reported on Schedule E. "You are playing the ‘audit lottery’ if you report stock photo sales as royalties on Schedule E. True, you might never be discovered, but should you be, expect to be hit with a hefty bill for back taxes, interest, and penalties." As Julian Block advises, Schedule C is the place to report stock photo income. The bad news is that you'll be subject to self-employment tax. The good news is that 1) you'll also be contributing to your social security benefits for your time of retirement, and 2) you'll qualify to shelter some of your income with deductible contributions to retirement plans.

Julian Block,an attorney in Larchmont, NY, has been cited as a "leading tax professional" (New York Times), "an accomplished writer on taxes" (Wall Street Journal) and “an authority on tax planning” (Financial Planning Magazine). His books include “Tax Tips For Small Businesses: Savvy Ways For Stock Photographers, Artists and Other Freelancers To Trim Taxes To The Legal Minimum,” praised by law professor James E. Maule of Villanova University as "An easy-to-read and well-organized explanation of the tax rules. Business owners would be well advised to buy this book." To order his books, visit

17 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

IPHONE MAGIC -- An iPhoneographer's six favorite apps
There are 2,920 photography apps available in the App Store, and more
are being added every day. Sorting through and testing each
new release—every faux film filter, cropping, and tilt-shift tool—could
amount to a full time job. Thankfully, Glyn Evans narrows it
down for you on his site SOURCE: Heather Kelly; MacWorld

LONG AND SWEET -- GigaPan Indexes Enormous Panoramic Photos. If you like taking and sharing panoramic photos—or just enjoy checking out the impressive results others have gotten—GigaPan indexes high-resolution panoramic photos.

17 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

THE LAST PICTURE PRINT – Pros and cons to Facebook's fast-growing role in digital photography. The advent of the affordable digital camera circa 2001 was hard enough on the photo industry. People no longer had to buy film because photos could be stored on memory cards or on a computer hard drive. Now Facebook is slowly but surely turning the nozzle off the industry's only other real revenue stream: photo printing.
Source: Caitlin McDevitt; The Wahington POST
TAKEAWAY: Even more reason to specialize and use metadata to allow your photobuyers to find you and your pictures easliy through a Google search.

NOT FOR STORAGE -- Don’t Use Facebook for Photo Storage - The Washington Post just published an interesting article which contains quite a few interesting statistics. Among them, 40% of households with digital cameras no longer make prints, 65% of people sharing photos online do it through Facebook.

-- The Surprising Places Where Photography Meets Business -Photographers who shoot stock might enjoy their shoots but they’re rarely taking the kinds of pictures that they’d create for fun. They’re taking pictures that sell. Services like Microstock and Flickr allow enthusiasts to sell fun images but there are a few other areas where business meets photography in surprising ways

17 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

PRICING AND CONTENT -- The “Usage & File Size Dilemma.” How about this hybrid pricing model for photography? - There are a number of problems with pricing models currently in use. It’s a stab at a pricing model to replace royalty free and rights managed. In fact, it’s a hybrid of the two models using usage and file size to create a quick and easy pricing for all types of photography.

17 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

"It is a daunting challenge for those wanting to enter the business of marketing their photos. Now there is a solution to "Where do I start?” Rohn Engh's 'How to Market Your Photos” eCourse. Pick it up and pay attention from beginning to end and you will have made a giant step."
- Allen Russell, photographer, Life in the American West, Livingston, Montana

17 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

NOTE: It’s up to you if you want to enter any of the contests we list on this page. It’s well known that some photo contest sponsors ask for free commercial use of the winning entries (or sometimes all of the entries!). You don’t have to guess who the winner of that contest is. Don’t give up any of your rights. If your photo is good enough to win a national contest, it’s good enough to earn many dollars for you in the future. So, enter photo contests keeping this in mind.

* Pictures2Win ( is a site that has ongoing photo contests with ever-changing categories and prizes varying from merchandise to money. Contests are judge-based and member-vote based. The monthly March win a camera competition is People and Portraits. 1st prize is a Samsung 10.2MP Digital Camera. There is also a members choice winner whose winning image is entered in the end of year members choice competition with the chance of winning a DSLR Camera.
For more information:

* Hallmark, the card company, has ongoing card contests that include photography. The current one is in preparation for Halloween—open for submissions until the 22nd of March. Make one frightfully funny Halloween card that is popular with online fans. The most popular ones are put up for sale online and you win $250. The very best of the best are sold in stores, too, and you win another $250. For more information:

* PhotoPlace Gallery
in Middlebury, VT, seeks photographs exploring the theme of FLIGHT. From birds to ballerinas, from airplanes to dust motes, subjects that capture the experience of lessening gravity’s pull will constitute this juried exhibition. Forty photographs will be chosen by juror David Bram for exhibition on the walls of PhotoPlace Gallery and on the gallery website. An additional 35 images will be chosen for display on the website alone. All selected works will appear in a full-color exhibition catalogue available for purchase. To help artists defray costs, PhotoPlace Gallery offers free matting and framing of exhibited works, providing images conform to pre-cut mat and frame sizes.For more information:

* In the UK, there’s a major contest for Garden Photographer of the Year. This year brings a new format, “4 Seasons” which allow photographers to win cash prizes throughout the year. Top prizes include £5,000 cash. The current theme is Spring into Life: Energy, growth and colour. It runs from 1st March to 31st May 2010. Everyone who enters goes automatically through to the main International Garden Photographer of the Year competition with a closing date of 30th November 2010.For more details:

* The inaugural 2010 EPSON International Pano Awards is dedicated to the art of panoramic photography. The Open category is open to professional, non-professional and student photographers. The Amateur category is to non-professional and student photographers only. Subject matter Categories for both groups are 1) Nature (including landscapes) and 2) The Built Environment (including architecture). The competition is now open until April 30 with a combined prize pool of over US$13,000 in cash and prizes.

For more details:


17 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

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Who is this guy? What was driving him?
I could imagine him in some Prussian shoe factory as an assistant manager with his eye on the manager’s job. Yikes! I wasn’t ever able to get along with those bossy kind of people. He probably saw me as malleable and exquisitely controllable. I also had some money. Would I soon part with it?

Were his ambitions anything like mine? Who cares? I needed help. I was outta my league when it came to traveling the world. I would just as soon stay at home and have the world come to me than have to go out to it. There must be all levels of worldly people. This was a guy at the gut level. Not at the slick, fast lane, material level of high rollers. I had seen enough of that shallow level in all the schools I had gone to, in my U.S. Army job and back at the beach in Ocean City, Maryland.
This guy was a new level for me. I had never associated with this level in my earlier life, now I was thrown in with him by necessity. There was a hole in this trip that I was making. Was he going to be my rescuer?
I would find out. I would ask a bunch of questions.
“Why did you start on this jaunt around the world?” I asked.

“That’s what everyone asks me,” He laughed. “Sometimes I’d say I’m out collecting folks songs. It depends on who’s asking. “When I had that camera that was stolen from me in Calcutta, I used to say I was a photographer and out to write a book. Other times I’d say I was curious and wanted to know what was happening on the other side of the hill.

I told some guys at the Altenhoffen Bar back in my hometown that I was going to build a special bike and go traveling like Hans Helfin. He’s a German guy that traveled all over the world. He was always my hero, ever since I was a kid. He wrote a couple books. Now he’s a millionaire.

“My friends at Wusterheide asked me when I was going to set off and I told them in a year or so, once I got the bike finished.
“They all laughed. In fact, this one guy, Friedrich, got the guys at the bar all to chip in to a kitty and they bet me a thousand marks I’d never circle the globe. My brother in Bremen is holding the money.”

“You’re saying you’re touring the world, just on a bet?” I said.
“Well, that’s not the real reason,” Rudi said, “But is was a good reason to tell the people in Wusterheide, that’s the town where my parents live. It’s a little town near Bremerhaven. No one’s ever heard of Wusterheide. Those people back there never would have understood why I would set out on a bike like that.”

“And you just started out alone?”

“Another guy was going to go along with me but he backed out. His mother didn’t think he should do it.”

I asked, “How ‘bout your parents? What’d they think of all this?”

“They pretty much didn’t care. I’d been working most of the time in the coalmines down near Duesseldorf. And I really didn’t get to be with them much. I’ve got one brother. He’s married. He keeps my parents happy.”
“You worked in the coal mines?”
“Yeah, it was the only way I could make any money. It was really good money. I didn’t get much schooling during the war years. I couldn’t get a decent job around where I lived. ”
“That was the first time he mentioned anything about the war. After all, why would he? Nothing good came out it for him. His country lost. He didn’t have anything to do with it. Why would he talk about it? There was no resentment from him about it, one way or the other.
He changed the subject. “I didn’t feel like going back to grade school. I know a lot of my friends did, but I didn’t feel like sitting in a schoolroom with a lot of 10-year-olds. So I took the job in the mines. I got good pay. Twice as much as anything around Wusterheide. I was an assistant foreman when I left. It worked out O.K. I’d get up at 4 a.m. in the morning and take a two-hour train ride before I got to work.“

“Wow!! That’s 4 hours a day on the train. Did you sleep on the train?”
“Naw, I’m not the type that can sleep on a train or car. I just spent my time thinking about going on this trip.”
And he continued.

“I spent the whole day in the mines. When I came out again it was nighttime. I was so beat. I couldn’t do any more than eat my evening meal and go to bed.
“And by the end of the month I wasn’t getting much ahead what with the cost of the train ride and the room and board that I had to pay my parents. Sundays was my only day off. That’s when I’d spend my time working on my special bicycle. If I ever made it around the world, maybe I’d be able to get a better job than assistant foreman in a coalmine.

“I didn’t go further than the eighth grade in school, and in Germany you can’t get a decent job unless you’ve got the papers to show you’ve been trained in some school. When I return to Wusterheide, I’ll show them a lot of things I’ve learned. Then they’ll listen to me. When I get back, I’ll write a few books about my experiences, like Hans Hilfen, and become a millionaire like Hans Hilfen,” he smiled to himself. “What would the people of Wusterheide think of me then? “

This was helpful to me. On this trip I had been struggling with my problem of being “the outsider”. Of being the ‘intruder’ in people’s lives. With Rudi, it seemed no problem at all. I think it was a case of he saw other people much differently than I did. People could have been a series of paper dolls for all he cared. His main interest in people was he could entertain them and earn a meal. His real drive to see the world was to be able to say one day he had seen it. I could be a part of that for him. He could see there was something about me that could help him accomplish that. He knew if he stuck with me and put up with me, it would lead to his goal. And I felt the same about him.
< br /> Back in Wusterheide, he told all his friends at the Gasthaus he would be back in four years. Nine months had passed already. Even though he had his bike stolen, he wasn’t going to quit now.

It excited me to think we were teaming together. At last I would have a companion. I might not agree with his European way of looking at things, and visa versa. I saw this would be part of the learning process for each of us. The combination would make my observing things much sharper. At least that’s how I saw it.

If he were really able to get into homes as he said he had, my problem of being unable to approach people would be solved. With a companion, I would have to lose some of the freedom I was having before, but I would never experience as much loneliness.

Besides our talents in music, the only sameness I could see in Rudi was we both had a desire to become someone; he to achieve public recognition; I to achieve self-recognition. This was a strange combination of personalities to be seated on a motor scooter headed off to see the world. I wondered how we would fare.

When it came to material things like big cars and big houses and nice clothes and jewelry and things like that, Rudi was really my opposite. I didn’t much care for those things. He was traveling the world to eventually get those things that I was in the process of giving up. I wondered how I would deal with that.

Herr Van Dohlen saw us packing the Vespa. “
“You guys want something to eat before you take off?”
“Thank you!” We answered.
“By the way,” I said. “Where’s a place in Rotterdam I could buy a camera?”
He stopped a moment and said, “Say, I just decided to sell my Rolleicord. It’s practically like new. I can give you a good price.”

The Rolleicord was the poor sister of the Rolleiflex, the camera I lost. But it was better that no camera.
I took a look. It had a leather casing that looked like it had come right out of the store window. For all I know it might have been the trophy from a card game in the tavern. He said he’d give it to me for $25. I didn’t know much about cameras at that time, but it was shiny and new so I took a gamble and bought it.

I still had my unused rolls of film.
Back in Wuerzburg, I wondered if Hans Bartsch would see the difference when he was printing my negs. Maybe I wouldn’t have to tell him how dumb I was to lose my camera. I figured I’d wait to see what Hans thought of the quality of the photos from Holland from this point on.

We headed west. The country of Belgium was our aim. The Vespa drove oddly at first with the weight of another person on the back. But I soon got used to it. It was a new pleasure to be able to chat with someone and to point out interesting things on the landscape. I soon learned Rudi was not much interested in scenery. He saw it as a backdrop. His interest was mileage and road signs. Getting somewhere new each day. He saw that as success. Like back in the coalmines, more tonnage, to him, was accomplishment.

But it didn’t bother me.
We sped along the flat Dutch highway lined with tall, stately white birch trees. The neatly trimmed countryside rolled endlessly until it reached the distant earthline where Holland faded into the horizon.

It made me feel good to have Rudi coming along with me, or should I say, me with him. Our chance meeting had saved me from inquiring about passage home to Maryland on a freighter. His outright optimism gave me inspiration. I felt the strange notion that a ‘guide’ had been sent to me, a conductor one who was to deliver me from the frustration of not being able to rise above my inability to escape the depths of loneliness. But I didn’t dare show any signs of any kind of weakness that I couldn’t keep up or do my share of the job. I knew I could d o it. As the afternoon wore on, I caught myself happily smiling.

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17 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

GOOD SCENES AND SOUNDS -- Where Music Meets The Eye: The Photography of Steve Hopson Austinist photographer Steve Hopson has contributed some stellar concert photographs to our site over the years. Be it Willie or Spoon, She & Him or The Dead Weather, we can count on Hopson being front ‘n’ center to capture the special moment.

16 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

First Digitally Scanned Photograph

Technically, this is the very first digital photograph – all these years later, digital cameras are only just beginning to have the full capabilities of film cameras. Russell Kirsch was a computer pioneer at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the USA when he developed the system by which a camera picture could be fed into a computer.
The photo is of Kirsch’s three month old son Walden and it measured a mere 176×176 pixels. Baby Walden now works in communications for Intel.

SOURCE: Contributor: JFrater ;

16 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Charles Moore,
a photographer who braved physical peril to capture searing images — including lawmen using dogs and fire hoses against defenseless demonstrators — that many credit with helping to propel landmark civil rights legislation, died on Thursday in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. He was 79.
Both Senator Jacob K. Javits and the historian Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. credited Mr. Moore’s images with building popular support for the passage of major civil rights laws in the mid-1960s.

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What’s it all about?

There have been many changes to the U.S. copyright law since 1790, when Congress first enacted the United States Copyright Law. At that time, the law gave writers exclusive rights to publish and sell maps, charts and books for a period of fourteen years. They could renew the copyright for another fourteen years.
In the 19th century, copyrights became available for pictures, photographs, paintings, articles, essays, and drawings. In 1909, the copyright law covered rolls for player pianos. Since 1976, copyright law has expanded to include cable digital photography, TV, computer software, tapes, CDs, MP3s, MP4s, and DVDs...

The length of copyright term has also gradually increased. Up until 1998, copyrights lasted for the life of the author plus an additional fifty years, before copyright they reverted to public domain (anyone could then use the material without charge). But in 1998, the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act extended the duration of copyrights by twenty years. The act was supported by a group of large corporations, led by Disney. Most of Disney's famous characters, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and all the rest, were scheduled to enter the public domain between 2000 and 2004. But now other artists and companies can't use them in their books and movies and songs until at least 2019, which means that Disney has another nine years of making money off Disney corporation creations.

Whether the Copyright Law is in your favor depends on which side of the copyright table you’re sitting at (publisher or supplier). Hint: Lately, the copyright pendulum has been swinging toward the publishers.
The most recent issue to cause questions has been "copyright orphans." These are works for which publishers cannot find the author (or photographer), to be able to either get permission to use the work, or determine whether it can be considered "fair-use," and used without permission or payment.

Here is ASMP’s comment in reference to the “Orphan Works”.

What are “Orphan Works”?
As described in a 2005 report that the Copyright Office prepared for Congress, an "orphan work" is a work (such as an image) that is protected by copyright but whose copyright owner cannot be identified and located. It is clear that such a situation harms both creators and users. However, the remedy that was proposed to the 2006 Congress was needlessly unfair to creators, leading ASMP and many other groups to seek changes when the bill was introduced.
Victor Perlman, ASMP

Rohn Engh is the best-selling author of “Sell & ReSell Your Photos” and “” He has produced a new eBook, “How to Make the Marketable Photo.” For more information and to receive a free eReport: “8 Steps to Becoming a Published Photographer,”

10 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

4 WORKING PROS -- The Business Of Editorial Photography; Telling A Story With Images - Today’s market for editorial work has changed considerably in the last few years. To explore both the changes and the marketing techniques that work we interviewed four editorial photographers.

Creativity Really Can Sell Pictures - When Toyota hired Rebekka Gudsleifdottir to shoot a series of billboard ads for the Prius in 2006, it was an idea they were after. Rebekka, though isn’t the only photographer whose creativity has helped to fill her order book. Here are five others

10 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

MARKETING TIP: When a publisher states that they want to license your photo on a RF (Royalty Free) basis, ask them first “What is Royalty Free?”
Very often their conception of RF will be different from the standard definition that’s often published on microstock sites.
In many cases, the photobuyer is looking for temporary protection if you were to license the same photo to a competitor. Or, a calendar company will ask that they can use the picture for a two-year period to make sure another calendar company won’t use it also.
Some companies only want to be able to know they can have permission to use your picture within the publishing scope of their company and don’t care if the picture is used elsewhere.
Photobuyers are usually willing to negotiate on RF use. Don’t give them full rights unless you have to.

10 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

MOTIVATION -- Sanger: “Getting Out the Door. Sometimes the most difficult part of photography is getting out the front door. All sorts of events conspire against you. Once you get started, creativity can come easily”.


10 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

* Image10 is a nationwide photo contest run by the New York chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers and open to all professional, serious amateur and student photographers residing in the United States. Contestants are asked to submit one or more images that were created after January 1, 2009. The deadline for entry submissions is May 1, 2010. Over $25,000 in prizes: (2) First Place prizes: a half-page publication of the winning Image in the Photo District News, a promotional mailer to be sent to 2000 art directors, art buyers and photo editors in New York and other major cities throughout the U.S. and an exhibition of the winning Image in a New York gallery
(2) Second Prizes : publication in the Promotional Mailer; an exhibition in a New York gallery.
(2) Third Prizes: publication of the winning Image in the Promotional Mailer; an exhibition in a New York gallery.
(10) Honorable Mention Prizes: an exhibition of the winning Image in a New York gallery.
For more information:

* Photographers who are Australian can get into this contest with approximately $45,000 in prizes. Its sponsors tell us that Head On Portrait Contest is the Australia’s major innovative showcase for portrait photography. The show’s main selection criteria are the quality and impact of the image, rather than the celebrity of the photographer or subject. As a result Head On Portrait Prize is regarded by the arts community and reviewers as the most critically important photographic portrait prize in Australia. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION – Sunday 11pm (EDT), 14 March 2010. It’s worth going to the URL below just to see a slide show of past winners.
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* This week has been kind of slow for really good contests, but we’re getting down to the end of this one which could stand a repeat, because it’s really the travel photographer’s dream: Frommer’s, the travel guidebook company, is awarding the winner of its first Cover Photo Contest the photo credit of a lifetime—placement of the winning photo on the cover of a forthcoming travel guide—and $5,000. Four second-place winners will receive a prize pack containing three Frommer’s Day by Day travel guides and a selection of Frommer’s Lug travel accessories, worth more than $300. Deadline for entries is March 31st. Contestants can visit to enter the contest and upload their best travel photos.

For more information: Note: Read the rules carefully on this one!

* The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards ( WPGA) open a Juried competition for professional and non professional photographers worldwide: The Robert Cornelius Portrait Award.
The winning images will be featured in The Photo Review, and published in the 2011 Robert Cornelius Portrait Award Calendar. The Robert Cornelius Portrait Award will consist in a cash prize of US$ 1,000, and the winners of each category will receive a cash prize of US$ 300. 50 selected images will be part of an itinerant exhibition during 2011 starting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and then in Europe and US. As in other contests organized by WPGA who partner with Save the Children, a portion of its revenue (entry fees and sales of works in exhibitions) will be donated to that humanitarian organization.
WPGA invites photographers working in all mediums, styles and schools of thought. Traditional, contemporary, avant-garde, creative and experimental works that include old and new processes, mixed techniques, and challenging personal, emotional or political statements are welcome to The Robert Cornelius Award.
The photographers (professional and non professional) may submit their images to The Robert Cornelius Portrait Award in the following eight categories:

1. Portrait, 2. People, 3. Figure and Nude, 4. Documentary, Editorial and Current Affairs, 5. Alternative processes, 6. Digital Manipulation, 7. Performing Arts, 8. Self Portrait.
For more information:


10 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

SECRETS TO TRAVEL PHOTOS-- --He has a dream job. He`s paid to explore the world with his camera and the results appear in magazines such as National Geographic Traveler, Smithsonian and Islands. Here, Bob Krist shares a few secrets for capturing the kind of images that make him one of the most sought-after photographers in the business.

10 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

DISCOVERY -- PDN's 30 2010 Gallery - A lot more people are taking pictures now than when PDN was founded 30 years ago. But only a very small percentage of those people are photographers. We salute these 30 individuals, who are helping to define what being a photographer means today.

10 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

NEW KID ON THE BLOCK: Self-described as a marriage between Flickr and iStockphoto, Snapixel is not your standard microstock agency. The Snapixel mission is "Openstock"-opening a licensing opportunity for photos that don’t look like typical stock photos.

GUIDE -- Lookstat offers free guide on microstock - ”The guide provides an overview of what microstock is and how to get started. It also contains profiles of the top sites, details on their application process, and a submission checklist which covers the latest requirements for creating accounts and uploading and submitting images.

10 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

DON’T’ FORGET VISION -- Forget software skills-its vision that’s important for photographers. Wayne FordI won`t go so far as to say that software shouldn't be taught in college. But I do think the balance has been tilted toward too much focus on technical proficiencies and too little on core skills, such as the development of vision and storytelling ability. SOURCE: Wayne Ford; BLACKSTAR RISING.

10 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

The Food4Wealth Method

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10 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

KEEPERS -- Leibovitz can keep portfolio under new debt deal. Annie Leibovitz, the photographer who mismanaged her fortune so badly that she faced losing legal rights to some of pop culture's most enduring images, has reached a long-term agreement with a private investment firm to help manage her debt and market her vast portfolio. In the course of her 40-year career, Leibovitz's lens has captured such famous faces as Queen Elizabeth II and Bruce Springsteen, many for the covers of Vanity Fair, Vogue and Rolling Stone. SOURCE: ULA ILNYTZKY

10 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

REGISTRATION TOOLS -- ASMP to hold major copyright symposium: “Copyright and the New Economy: Issues & Trends Facing Visual Artists.” ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers) will present an important symposium on Wednesday April 21, 2010 at The TimesCenter in New York City. The event is part of ASMP’s Registration Counts copyright initiative to encourage all photographers to register their work and to provide registration tools and information. Though leaders representing different industries and points of view on copyright will explore significant issues, challenges and trends in the day-long program.

The symposium is free of charge to all interested parties, and participants can register now at

10 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Digital Landscape Photography

by John & Barbara Gerlach published by Focal Press ( ) published 2010.

This is the second in a series of digital photography books (their first, Digital Nature Photography: The Art and the Science) by these authors begins with letting us know that great landscapes are everywhere to be found with beautiful illustrations of great places to search out; like national parks, private lands and scenics, right in your own backyard.

The authors lack no resources when using beautiful landscape scenes as examples, when they considered Chapter 2 Cameras and Accessories. They consider the highest sellers (and probably the most used) Nikon and Canon cameras; while (their example photos are spectacular) placing emphasis more on the technique of landscape photography, than the certain brand of camera equipment, to give you the best results. They touch on the essentials of these two camera systems as well as mentioning the value of megapixels, sensor size, Luminance and RGB Histograms, mirror lockup, metering, custom functions and using memory cards properly; all essentials in landscape photography.
In Chapter 3, Choosing and Using Lenses, they place a lot attention and importance on lens quality, with discussion on Amateur vs. Pro Quality Lenses, Lens Speed, Image-Stabilization, Zoom Lenses, Focal-Lengths, Filters, Super-Wide-Angle Lenses, and my favorite, Tilt-Shift Lenses; with a page and a half of how-to clean your lenses and filters.

With Chapter 4, Mastering Exposure, I like the in-depth explanation of determining the best digital exposure. They explore exposure basics such as lens apertures, shutter speeds, law of reciprocity, sensor noise problems, exposure increments, different types of metering formats, along with using the histogram and exposing for RAW images along with the need for exposure compensation - the basics to getting great results.

Chapters 5 Techniques for Sharp Images, Chapter 6 Light on the Landscape, Chapter 7, Composing Pleasing Images, and Chaper 8, Special Subjects – such as using boats to photograph on water, photographing waterfalls, autumn color and snowy landscapes were all covered very well.

Chapters 9 High Dynamic Range Images (HDR), HDR stands for High Dynamic Range, and refers to a post-processing method which allows to dramatically increase the dynamic range of a photograph by merging different exposures of a same scene.

This subject has been around for awhile and they covered the workflow from exposure composition, to tripod use, to software to create a natural look high dynamic range image. Really done quit well and a technique I would feel comfortable doing after reading their fine explanation with beautiful illustrations as examples.

Their last chapter on, Panoramas is worth the price of the book alone. Their attention to detail in setting up your workflow for this type of landscape image is excellent; along with the spectacular images they used as examples – WOW.

At the outset, Digital Landscape Photography by John & Barbara Gerlach would seem like a beginner's to intermediate photography (coffee-table type) book, but I found it to be a great resource for revisiting my own workflow techniques in the field and I would highly recommend this book to any stock photographer producing and selling landscape photography.

Digital Landscape Photography by John & Barbara Gerlach and published by Focal Press ( ) - List Price $24.95 – Amazon $16.47 free shipping

Joseph Stanski has been an agricultural stock photographer for the last twenty-five years. He has been 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.

10 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

THE SPRING SALE…. It’s coming!

One of our marketletters will help you break into stock photography in 3 ways:

1.) They provide you with a continuing list of fresh, new contacts – many of which you can add to your data base (Market List) because they make a practice of looking for the kind of photo that you like to take.
2.) The photo needs listings show you the kind of photos that buyers need. With this information you can go out and take pictures, based on their descriptions listed in the marketletter.
3.) If you have the exact pictures the buyer needs (or you can capture the image in 24 hours, you have a good chance of selling (licensing) the picture to the buyer. And the fee is not the $1 to $5 fee you often see posted for sale in microstock portals. Our listings are never lower than $50. In fact, on the PhotoDaily, they are never lower than $100.

Where can you get more information about these stock photo marketletters?

For the PRO: (daily) The PHOTODAILY

For the semi-PRO: (weekly) The PHOTOLETTER

For the person just starting out: (weekly) PHOTOSTOCKNOTES/Plus:


10 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

BANNING PHOTOGRAPHY -- Photography under threat in the UK: The shooting party’s over. Did you hear the one about the mother banned from taking a snapshot of her baby in the pool? Or the student prevented from photographing Tower Bridge (UK) at sunset? Be warned. The authorities now have the power to confiscate your camera — or even arrest you — for daring to take a picture in public. SOURCE: Richard Woods .

10 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

FILING -- Should you file electronically? Electronic filing was first introduced in 1990 and turns 20 this year. When you file a return manually, most of the information has to be scanned or manually keyed in by an IRS employee. In their own studies the IRS found that they themselves made mistakes on 20 percent of the returns that were processed manually compared to under 1% on electronically filed returns.
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The standard deduction was originally designed to be a no-brainer. No longer. It is a particularly unfortunate example of how our tax laws have become too complicated for the average person

Take the Standard Deduction or Itemize?
Many of you who are about to file returns for 2009 want advice on whether to claim the standard deduction or to itemize outlays like mortgage interest and charitable contributions. Itemizing pays off only when total itemized deductions surpass the standard deduction.
The normal standard deduction amounts are $11,400 for joint filers, $8,350 for heads of household, and $5,700 for married persons filing separately and singles. Couples who file separate returns must handle their deductions the same way; if one spouse itemizes, so must the other.

Julian Block, a former IRS agent and a tax attorney, is the author of “The Stock Photographer’s Tax Guide 2006.” For details on how to purchase this important 52-page publication: . For Julian’s tax saving and tax planning reports, go to and click on “2009 Tax Tip Guides.” Julian can be reached at julianblock[at]yahoo[dot]com phone: 1 914 834 3227 fax: 914 834.

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LOOK-NOT-ALIKE -- Snapixel - Self-described as a marriage between Flickr and iStockphoto, Snapixel is not your standard microstock agency. The Snapixel mission is ‘Openstock’™ – opening a licensing opportunity for photos that don’t look like typical stock photos.

-- Print a Free and Effective Flash Bounce Card. You don’t have to search for very long to find a variety of printable bounce cards online, but most of them look cheap. Use this template to put together a free, effective, and good-looking bounce card.

FIRM FOUNDATION -- How to choose the right tripod for you. A tripod may not seem like the most high-tech photo accessory when compared to expensive lenses, flash systems, and other electronic gadgets in your bag. But no matter how much you have spent on gear, it`s often the tripod that makes the difference between a great shot and a useless smear.

PHOTO EDITING -- Google acquiring Web-based photo editor Picnik - The editor works directly with online photo libraries like Flickr, Facebook, and Picasa Web Albums. Users can also upload files to the service and download them again when they are done.;title

AVANT GARDE CAMERAS -- UK embraces Micro Four Thirds cameras - The UK has embraced the Micro Four Thirds camera format, making up over 10% of interchangeable lens camera sales (by volume) in December 2009. According to figures from market research company GfK Retail and Technology, around 6,600 Micro Four Thirds cameras were sold in the UK, accounting for more than half of the system's sales volumes in 11 major Western European countries.
TAKEAWAY: The Micro Four Thirds system is a standard created by Olympus and Panasonic for compact digital camera design and development, announced on August 5, 2008.[1] The system provides a standard for design of compatible interchangeable lenses and compact cameras by different manufacturers adhering to the system. Micro Four Thirds shares the image sensor size and specification with the established Four Thirds system, designed for digital single-lens reflex cameras. Unlike Four Thirds, Micro Four Thirds does not provide space for a mirror and a pentaprism, allowing smaller bodies to be designed (including a smaller lens mount, incompatible with Four Third lens mount). The standard supports use of Four Thirds lenses on Micro Four Thirds camera bodies using an adapter, but Micro Four Thirds lenses cannot be used on Four Thirds bodies.

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FINALLY, SOME DOLLARS -- Revolutionizing Photojournalism, Again - Since its 1947 founding, the legendary Magnum photography co-op “has never really been in the business of making money,” says its managing director, Mark Lubell. And for much of its history, he says, it “has done a very good job of not making any." But as a result of its recent sale of nearly 200,000 prints by more than 100 photographers — including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, and Rene Burri — to computer billionaire Michael Dell's MSD Capital, Magnum, for the first time in its history, has a big chunk of money to spend.

-- 5 Tips for Reselling Your Camera - Camera bodies are probably the most difficult piece of photo equipment to sell, since new bodies and technology are released frequently. They lack the longevity of lenses and depreciate over time.

10 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Mike Karlsson is one executive level employee with PhotoSource International for whom I have great respect and confidence. I admire his knowledge and loyalty in returning his quick support desk responses.
-Larry Larsen, Living Photography, Photographer

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PHOTO OR NON-PHOTO? -- When Is Photoshop too much? Some photographers always say: "Don't worry, I can solve it in Photoshop". In this instance, is he still a photographer or just a digital artist? What do you think?
Alton Design/Entertainment/Creative services: The question is meaningless until one defines the task and the priorities. Art photography? The priority is aesthetics and the issue is taste. No one cares how you get your result as long as it works artistically. Journalistic photography? Big difference. Now the priority is accuracy and the difference is ethics. One's contract with the viewer is different. Either way, it's time journalists quit making a fetish of Adobe's product. Photo processing and manipulation have been with us for years. The issues raised are the same no matter which tools are used.
SOURCE: Leonard Goh; CRAVE:

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When I was 26, and living in Maryland, USA, I made a wanderlust trip through Europe, Africa, USA, Mexico and Central America that lasted over 35 months, almost three years. That was in 1957-60. When I returned home I began writing a memoir during 1960 and ’61. When I finished, I put it away in a closet and forgot it. I really didn’t forget it. I just didn’t think I should publish it because there were so many episodes and descriptions in there that would prove awkward to people like my relatives and my friends along the way. So I left it all alone. It’s now 2010, almost 40 years later and my family and me are living on a farm in western Wisconsin. I’ll dust off the manuscript and publish it here for the first time. –RE

After the first leg of my voyage through Europe and Africa, I sold my photos and story to the Saturday Evening Post, a popular magazine in 1958. This taught me that maybe I was cut out for a career in photojournalism.

Sahara on motor scooter

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French Sudan

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My Story


Rohn Engh

I opened my eyes just before dawn to a thumping feeling between my ears and in the dim light I tried to recount just how I landed in a hayloft in a Dutch barn with horses shuffling down below and pigeons in the ceiling cooing and fluttering from rafter to rafter, flapping their wings and dropping white splatterings, the kind you like to avoid on the sidewalk when you’re taking a stroll in a big city park. One hit me on the ear and I think that’s what woke me up. Shit! I grumbled as I searched for the bandanna that I must’ve lost in the melee from the night before.
And then there was my mouth. Stale beer taste. And my head. The sound of kettledrums were beating in there. I tried to go to sleep. And I did.
When I woke the next time the kettledrums were gone. I could hear someone below with the horses swashing water buckets and feeding them grain.
Rudi was already up, folding his sleeping bag. “You sleep O.K., Engh?” He asked.
I grumbled, “Yeah.”
“Hey you guys! You gonna sleep forever?” The bartender shouted up to us in what the Dutch people call ‘platt deutsch.’ It’s sorta like German with some other dialects mixed in there like Danish and Flemish and even some Creole or whatever that language is that they speak in the back bayous of Louisiana. Anyway, back in Wuerzburg it was the same thing about languages; you really didn’t have straight German to speak if you wanted to talk with the people. Some had a Bavarian accent, especially out in the country, and others in the city had an accent they called hochdeutsch, or somesuch, the kind you heard radio announcers speaking.
It was pretty much the same as when I was growing up on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, out in the country; we all spoke with a different accent than the city people that came down from Baltimore and Washington. I had to be careful when I would talk with ‘city people’ over there in Ocean City when I had my summer job at the hotel during school summer vacation time. I tried to sound like the voices I heard on the radio otherwise they would think of me as a “hick” as city people called us from the Eastern Shore. I guess it was the same with the black people who worked in the kitchen with me when they talked amongst each other but when the boss lady came back with us they would snap up into real English even that I could understand.
Anyway all this got me prepared for my journey. I didn’t mind it. In fact I kinda liked it, learning new foreign words all the time and as I look back on it now, the people I was speaking with appreciated that I was interested enough if their language to try to learn it which meant they knew I appreciated them and their country as well.
“How did you ever get from Hamburg to Calcutta on only ten dollars?” I asked Rudi as I was rolling up my sleeping bag. He was staring at me. Sizing me up, I thought. Here was someone who had accomplished something that I was setting out to do. Could I do it? I already knew my limitations. What did he possess that I didn’t?
“To Calcutta?,” he said, reaching for his guitar and holding it up in the air, “This fellow here. That’s what got me everywhere.”


He tossed it back on the straw. It was covered with scratches and souvenir stickers of countries and cities he’d been through and a few signatures of people he had met. It lay there, as if it were a pet animal, like a dog that tagged along with you wherever you went, as long as you had a morsel of food to toss it now and then.
“By playing on street corners?” I asked. “With a tin cup, asking for money?”
“Hell, no” he said, looking at me as if I were a child.
“How then?” I asked, hoping he had some magic secret.

“Hey! You guys coming down? The bartender shouted up to us.
“Be right there.” We both shouted back.

“Well, happy to see you both had a good sleep,” the bartender brinned at us as we entered the back door of the tavern. He introduced himself as Hermann Van Dohlen.
“You own this tavern,?” Rudi asked.
“It’s all mine,” he said proudly. And then introduced us to his wife, who was in the kitchen preparing breakfast.
“C’mon out here in the back and wash up,” she said, as she poured us each a hot basin of water. “Why are you limping young man?” she looked at me with concern.
“He was playing Tarzan last night in the barn, laughed Rudi.
“It’s all right,” I said, “I only turned my ankle.”
“Boys! Have some breakfast with us,” Herr Van Dohlen shouted from the tavern.
“Thanks, we answered in unison.
“Thank you, for that fine entertainment last night.” He returned.

After breakfast with the Van Dohlens, Rudi and I walked out to the stone steps leading up to the tavern. Horse-drawn wagons paraded by, people on foot, boys on bicycles, men with push carts passed.

And Rudi’s secret magic for traveling all the way to India on ten dollars?

As it turns out there was no magic secret. His answer was as old as the ages. Like the circus of ancient days, people love to be entertained and a good way to entertain them was with some kind of musical instrument.
I remembered from last night, he had a beautiful baritone voice. It didn’t always stay in tune, much like his guitar, but he proved that didn’t matter so long as you could offer them “theater.”

He hadn’t thought this all out, I could tell, but what I could tell is that he discovered as a youngster back when he was working in the coal mines, he could strum a chord on his guitar it would get attention and it would change the atmosphere. If he added his singing voice it would raise the level of “theater”.
Soon he was on his way out of the coalmines to travel into the world he had seen only in the movies. He would get to the edge of town on his bicycle and keep going. I sensed he had the same feeling I had, that nothing could hold him back.
I suppose that his friends and family told him too, that he was running away from a promising future and he’d probably fall prey to the evils of the world. I knew he was a lot like me in that we both were stubborn about changing the way our lives were going and wanted to see what else was out there before we settled down.

As I look back, it turned out that when we each started out, neither of us sat down and figured out an action plan or something like that. We didn’t realize there was some kind of magnet out there that was drawing each of us from our standard existence. It turned out that we were doing something right, -something normal, actually.

We both knew that people love to be entertained and escape from their boring normal ordinary existence. It takes their mind off things. Even if it was a good life. Sometimes they don’t even know they’re tired and weary and need to clear out their mind a little bit. They look to find ay to make all those things disappear. Music can do this. Everyone is transported. It’s nice to be able to help people in that way.

The average tourist doesn’t experience this. When music is your language, even religious and cultural differences disappear. You wouldn’t think you could reduce all the ills of the world to this. But on a one-to-one basis you really can. You really, definitely can. I was beginning to realize all this stuff, but you really can. Rudi already knew it.
I asked him, “But how did you get through nine months of travel on ten dollars?”
No one had ever asked him such a question. He thought for a while.
“For one thing,” he said, “When you travel like this, almost like gypsies, you get to be friends with people pretty quick and pretty soon they want to know more about you and what you’re doing in their town and where you’ve been and where you’re going and what you’ve seen. And they want to know about you and your family, -basic things like that. He put his shoes up on one of the wrought iron benches
“Once I’ve told them the places I’ve driven my bicycle, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Iran, Iraq, places like that, they feel as they know me better.

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10 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

2010 ICP Infinity Awards - Photo editor John G. Morris will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Peter Magubane will be honored with the Cornell Capa Award.

10 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

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10 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

National Geographic's Top 10 Photos of 2009 - Tomorrow, in many markets in the United States—and later in the week in other markets—Public Broadcasting will air "National Geographic Magazine's Top 10 Photos of the Year." You can see JPEGs of the ten pictures here.

10 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

"You can observe a lot by just watching. "-
Yogi Berra

10 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

1840 - March 4th - Alexander S. Wolcott and John Johnson opened a Commercial Photography studio in New York City. Wolcott took his first photograph on October 7th, 1839.

10 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Fabian Bachrach, who photographed presidents, kings, celebrities, and thousands of businessmen and brides as the proprietor of the country's oldest portrait photography studio, died Feb. 26 of pneumonia at a hospital in Newton, Mass. He was 92.

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The Power of


In the field of editorial photography, photo researchers no longer search for pictures by looking at scores and scores of images (real tough on the eyes after awhile!). Instead they search, first, by using descriptive words. Rarely do they use a one-word search, like “bird,” or “sports” (they’d receive thousands of hits). They usually use a three- or four-word search, and sometimes five or six words – describing the content they need in the photo.

When you attach keywords (tags) to each of your images (metadata), keep this in mind. Try to anticipate what keywords a photobuyer using Google or another popular search engine might use in his/her search.
Since text description takes up very little space* in a database, be generous in your use of words to describe each image. Also, remember to include colloquial descriptions: In California it’s a “carpet,” in Wisconsin, it’s a “rug.” In Alabama the word is “flying;” in New Jersey it’s “aviation.”

HINT: Stay away from trite descriptions and keyphrases that are too general. The phrase “Infant child and mother” may bring 2,000 hits. A better description would be, “Infant soiled diapers distraught mother” ** (in other words, more precisely describe the scene).
* The phrase, “ Four score and seven years ago, our fathers…” takes up 32 bytes. A normal 8 meg image takes up 8,000,000 bytes.
** No need to include prepositions.

mother supports toddler standing position
Victorian photo locket circa 1865
Spain Andalusia Seville Giralda Tower mother daughter under bell
poor Cuban family seated on sidewalk Havana Cuba
mother daughter Biscarrossek Beach France
men with fishung net Sete, France
crazy worm ride Edinburgh funfair people
family mountain biking France Aquitaine Landes Forest
France Aquitaine Landes Forest
boy mountain biking France Aquitaine Landes Forest
teenagers looking bored music symphony
teenagers looking bored rock concert
little girl mother walking carefully on snowy dirt road
kid and man repairing mountain bike rain
elder boy scout welcoming little sister railway station
four children contemplating sunset Frioul Islands
France Corsica island Bastia man son Jet Ski
heart-shaped biscuits white plate, valentines
male writes graffiti Hebrew
three little boys looking at world globe


The following keyphrases are too generic. The photobuyer would get hundreds of inquiries. The following need one or two additional modifiers to make the description more specific. Typical modifiers would be: where they are doing the activity (name the city, park, resort, etc.). If it’s at a school, business, industry, church, synagogue, mosque, add this also. GET SPECIFIC. That’s what the researcher does when he or she makes a Google search !

mother and baby playing
family riding bicycle together
children riding carousel
mom with newborn baby
mother kissing child
newborn baby feet
crying baby
baby on bed
newborn baby boy
mother holding baby
tired mother and baby
crying baby
mother holding baby in arms
mother and child
smiling mother with newborn baby
mother holding newborn baby
infant newborn baby boy
infant child and mother
mother and child
crying baby on mother’s lap
christ mas turkey
mom and daughter opening present
mom and son opening christmas presents
young boy and girl and dog
young girl and her parents
young girl and her mother
young girl and her father
woman taking photos of children walking in the country
brother and sister playing with sand
grandmother and her granddaughter
baby foot grasping father’s finger
mother and daughter kissing
girls hugging
children at beach
grandmother snuggling with baby
a loving family, father with his little boy

Rohn Engh is the best-selling author of “Sell & ReSell Your Photos” and “” He has produced a new eBook, “How to Make the Marketable Photo.” For more information and to receive a free eReport:

03 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Angela Farrell
Editorial Assistant
16 E 34th St
NY, NY 10016
212 251 8100

is no longer at GUIDEPOSTS

Rebecca Sahn is now in charge of photos at GUIDEPOSTS
212 251 8126

03 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

As photographers, We always try to get the best possible price for our stock photos

When negotiating with photobuyers you put a lot of time and effort into making sure that the fees you are paid are fair and square.

On the other side of the equation, photobuyers are always trying to get the best price possible from you, meaning that they want you to lower your fees or offer more for the same price. Why shouldn't you expect the same from the people who supply you with the tools and supplies that make your stock photography business run efficiently?

Growing Your Business

Staying in business is to keep growing your business. Just like an annual raise is welcome for any employee you will want to be able to give yourself a raise, at least every now and then. Costs go up and to be able to keep in step, - your revenues need to go up as well.

1. Go Local
One potential stream of revenue often overlooked is that of local newspapers. Sure, they don't pay top dollar but they are - in most cases - quite willing to pay for quality photographs that they have a need for. Talk to the local editor and see if they need assistance covering events, sports, local artists and similar. Chances are they do. Make sure you negotiate with them to give you all rights to all photos so that you can add the photos to your stock photo archive. This can also be a great way to expand your specialties and the topics you cover. The pay isn't great for local newspapers but the access offered often more than makes up for that.

2. Local and State Government
A few years back I spent the better part of a year and a half with a big photography project for our state Department of Corrections. The project was to build an up-to-date media photo library encompassing all state prisons, the training academy, special services and more. Not only did I use this opportunity to add hundreds of images to my stock archive, I was also paid handsomely by the state government to complete this work.
All kinds of government agencies and department need photographs. Be it for marketing, documentary purposes, or simply to use in brochures and on web sites the need is there. Look at the images they're currently using and offer them something better.
More often than not there is some sort of Media Office you can make contact with. Know what you offer and have your arguments ready prior to making contact. You should be able to spell out why they should take you up on your offer quickly and to the point.

3. Volunteer and Network

Ever since I started working as a photographer back in the dawn of time I firmly stated that I'd never photograph weddings, pets or kids. That lasted until last year. A friend at the Sheriff's Office asked me if I could help him out. His oldest daughter was about to be confirmed and the regular photographer couldn't make it to the church on time for the ceremony.

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Note that we don't include North American travelers because many of our members live in North America. Only travelers going abroad will be listed. Thanks

Name: Mila

Phone: 34653724189

Email: Photography.Mila[at]gmail[dot]com

dates#1: April 2 – 9 2010

destination#1: Wudang Mountains (Hubei), CHINA

Comments: Taijiquan, Taoist monasteries

03 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

WHICH STICKER PRICES? -- When it comes to which licensing model to use, there’s no one sticker price Professionals will continue to sell rights managed licenses through traditional stock agencies; enthusiasts will earn small amounts for royalty free microstock images; creative photo sharers will negotiate openly with buyers as they turn up; and niche photographers will create unique models that reflect their markets and the subjects of their images. SOURCE: Dean/PhotoPreneur

MARKETING MICROSTOCK -- Promoting microstock photography is a present day business that a great many photographers have tried recently. Both amateurs not to mention specialist photographers are earning big money from this online business. But yet like all other business enterprise, the requirement within Microstock photography is that you genuinely need the knowledge to "advertise and sell" the Microstock images.

COLOR RESOURCE -- New Site Gives Photographers Color Management Tips - is designed for photographers as both a color resource center and online community, the all-new website offers anyone involved in digital photography a robust and interactive learning resource, as well as a fun place to learn, explore, and exchange ideas

03 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Tips to Starting Your Online Marketing Strategy - Everyone says it’s so easy. But for small business photographers with little money and little time, online marketing is another task thrown on a mountain of tasks that is crushing. SOURCE: Joseph Eitan

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How would you like to enter a field of stock photography where---
[ ] Buyers eagerly anticipate your photo submissions.
[ ] You are required to make photographs only of subject matter you enjoy.
[ ] Buyers offer you assignments.
[ ] Buyers contact you directly for specific photos they need.
[ ] The buyers are always there when you need them They are responsible and accountable.
[ ] You rarely enter into a dispute with photobuyers.
[ ] You can phone your buyers collect.
[ ] Your photos can lend themselves to your own book projects that you can produce.
[ ] You rarely, if ever, need a model release.
[ ] You sell to “theme” publishers whose focus doesn’t change.
[ ] You can shoot on speculation, because you can count on your photos being targeted for several buyers in your chosen marketplace.
[ ] No special gear is needed -- no studio, no unorthodox or unwieldy photographic equipment, just a standard digital camera.
[ ] You own a near-monopoly in your specific fields of interest. The competition? Almost non-existent.
[ ] You get referrals all the time, especially from your fellow photographers who aren’t in the same market sector as you.
[ ] When you retire, your investment in this kind of stock photography will become an extra annuity for you. And because your contemporary photos become more valuable as time moves on, you can pass the copyright on to your heirs.
If that all sounds satisfactory, consider specializing in editorial stock photography, and choosing a select few subject areas to focus on and build deep coverage. Then promote your work through your own website and blog.

Rohn Engh is the best-selling author of “Sell & ReSell Your Photos” and “” He has produced a new eBook, “How to Make the Marketable Photo.” For more information and to receive a free eReport: “8 Steps to Becoming a Published Photographer,” visit

03 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

-- 8 Ways To Get More Work From Existing Clients - Most photographers spend the bulk of their time and energy trying to grow their business by finding new customers, but few put much effort into generating more work from clients they already have. Martin Vargas doesn't follow that approach.

03 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

AGAINST THE GRAIN. -- British Journal of Photography relaunches as monthly print magazine. The156-year-old British Journal of Photography has relaunched its magazine with a return to a monthly print format. It was originally launched in 1854. SOURCE. LAURA OLIVER.

03 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Chinese Food IS the Solution:
Healthy & Balanced Food for You!

Ancient Chinese philosophy has a very important influence in Chinese food culture.
Let's first look at a very interesting picture:

This is the traditional symbol for the forces of yin and yang, sometimes described
as two fish swimming head to tail. The left half is yin and the right half is
yang. Taken literally, yin and yang mean the dark side and sunny side of a hill.

People commonly think of yin and yang as opposing forces. However, it is really
more appropriate to view them as complementary pairs. The Chinese believe problems
arise not when the two forces are battling, but when there is an imbalance between
them. Floods, divorce, or even a fire in the kitchen - all can be attributed
to disharmony in the forces of yin and yang.

How does the concept of yin and yang relate to food?

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03 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

NO PICTURES HERE! In an effort to safeguard the original record copies of the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the National Archives has decided to ban all photography in the Rotunda, where the historical documents are displayed.
TAKEAWAY: well, if you want a picture of the National Archives Building, inside or out, just go to Google Images and you’ll find many. To Wit:

WHAT NOW? -- Dealing with Infringers - You have lots of options when you find an infringement. Just as your trusty f2.8 24-70mm lens is not always the right lens for the job, there’s not necessarily one response to every infringement.

03 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Update Your Hardware to

Speed Up Your Computer

The amount of RAM is an important factor governing how well your computer will run.

As a case in point, let's say you have 2GB of RAM on your computer. That might appear to be enough, but if you're running multiple applications, especially graphics programs, that can eat up your RAM quickly.

As a case in point, let's have a look at a popular graphics program, Photoshop.

Few people realize that Photoshop is a major RAM hog. To elaborate, to run Photoshop CS4, the minimum requirement is 512 of RAM with 1 GB recommended. If you have several programs running in addition to Photoshop and then start working on large file (say 40 MB with many layers), your system could slow to a crawl quickly.


A file of this type requires 3 x 5 times the amount of the file size in RAM in order for Photoshop to function properly. In this case, that's from 120 to 200 MB of RAM for the file alone, not to mention the RAM requirements for Photoshop, the operating system and the other programs

Fortunately, upgrading your RAM is relatively inexpensive, so I recommend you buy as much as you can afford. You'll discover that most present day computers are limited to approximately 4GB of which you can use 3-3.5 GB. If you're a computer graphics professional, you might be using a 64-bit operating system. These support more RAM.

Another thing to understand is that many manufacturers install RAM at a slower speed than what is optimal for your PC (i.e., 667Mhz installed with 800Mhz available). Update hardware and this can make a difference in performance.

Give me 10 minutes of your time and I'll show you how to speed up your computer, update hardware, rid yourself of computer infestations and protect yourself online.

Nathan Segal, from Victoria, BC, Canada, is a writer/photographer who has also been active as a digital artist for well over a decade. For the past 9+ years, he has written numerous articles for computer and photographic magazines and has provided his own illustrations and photographs for the articles. His articles have covered : software reviews, tutorials, computer tips and tricks, profiles and investigative reporting. visualartist49[at]gmail[dot]com; 1 408 844-4851

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03 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

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Get up to speed, quick, with my new eCOURSE.

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03 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Popular Photography Podcasters Launch Micro Site and Merchandise Store

03 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

The First Clips Shot on the Canon T2i Look As Good as the 7D [Photography]
# photography The Canon T2i dSLR sounded extremely exciting, as it
promised to bring 1080P video (with decent frame rates) to
Canon's sub-$1000 dSLR line. Photographer Dan Chung was among the first
to test it out, and the results look fantastic. More » Gizmodo

03 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

FLYIN’ HIGH -- All The Secrets of Aerial Photography. Aerial photography is becoming one of the most popular forms of photography due to it`s daring capabilities and cause for sudden excitement as well as having the ability to create great photographs.

12 CATEGORIES -- Sony World Photography Awards: The shortlist - In the professional competition there are 12 categories within the three subject genres: Photojournalism and Documentary (Current Affairs, Sport, Contemporary Issues and Arts and Entertainment); Commercial (Advertising, Fashion and Music) and Fine Art (Portraiture, Conceptual and Constructed, Natural History, Landscape and Architecture). SOURCE: DAVID POGUE; NYTIMES

03 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

MAKING MONEY -- Promote Your Skills - There are two avenues you can pursue – you can sell the photographs that you take, or you can provide your photography skills as a service to other people. Either way you go, earning money with your photography is challenging and rewarding in this highly competitive field. SOURCE: Tiffany Joyce

03 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

"The PhotoSourceFolio looks great! Thanks for your efforts."

- Kenneth P Pagel, Photographer, Greenfield WI

03 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Sony World Photography Awards. The shortlist for the 2010 Sony World Photography Awards was announced this week, with 190 photographers from 48 different countries making the grade out of more than 80,000 entries.

03 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Travel Photographer of the Year Award winner Lorne Resnick will guide you in creating travel and fine art images. These workshops will provide you with a learning experience in some of the most beautiful places on Earth.
Upcoming 2010 Workshop Schedule
May 12-16 • Arches & Canyonlands National Parks, Utah
May 19-23 • Yosemite National Park, California


03 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

GET FOUND -- The Importance of Keywording in Earnest. It is great to have good, marketable images, -- it`s even better if they are found. Dreamstime`s " Buyer searched after" is one of their more useful resources.
TAKEAWAY: The easiest way to convince yourself of the importance of extended keywording is to put yourself in the shoes of a photobuyer who is looking for, “adult woman tennis player amateur distraught exhausted” for a coffee table book on senior tennis players. If you have such a photo and haven’t keyworded that photo (metadata), then, well, you’ve lost a sale and possibly lost the chance for a new contact for your buyer database.

03 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

NOTE: It’s up to you if you want to enter any of the contests we list on this page. It’s well known that some photo contest sponsors ask for free commercial use of the winning entries (or sometimes all of the entries!). You don’t have to guess who the winner of that contest is. Don’t give up any of your rights. If your photo is good enough to win a national contest, it’s good enough to earn many dollars for you in the future. So, enter photo contests keeping this in mind.

* WiebeTech Photo Contest. Ends May 1, 2010. One winner will be selected from each of four categories (Fashion, Weddings, Sports, Travel and Portraits) and will receive a ToughTech Secure mini-Q, and the 1st place winner will receive the grand prize – an RTX400-QR! That’s a 4 bay digital storage enclosure that retails for $899. It will hold up to 8TB worth of hard drives, but I think you have to fill the bays. Still…
The ToughTech Secure mini-Q is a digital storage enclosure, too, and I suspect you have to furnish the drive for that, too. $189 retail price.
For more information:

* April 1, 2010 is the deadline for entries in the 13th annual Underwater Images Photo/Video Competition. The competition is open internationally to amateur underwater photographers and videographers. Prizes include worldwide dive travel, dive equipment, and much more.
Contest Categories for 2010: 1. Conservation-Videos, 2. Video, 3. Shipwrecks, 4. Wide Angle (Novice), 5. Wide Angle (Open), 6. Macro/Close Up (Novice), 7. Macro/Close Up (Open), 8. Majestic, 9. Togetherness, 10. Divers and Marine Life.
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* The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, CO, is looking for images that visually depict Consumption and what it means to you. The exhibition is open to photographers world wide, both amateur and professional working in all mediums, styles and schools of thought to participate in its exhibitions. Experimental and mixed techniques are welcome. Deadline for submissions is April 13 and prizes will include:
* liveBooks Website Award: Valued at $399 each, two artists will receive a 1 year subscription for a website from
* Juror's Selection Award: $300 and a Blurb book award from
* Director's Selection Award: $200 and a Blurb book award from
* Honorable Mention Award: $100
* All exhibitors are included in the Center's online gallery
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· In case you missed this one before, here’s a contest that should appeal to many PhotoLetter readers. Frommer’s, the travel guidebook company, is awarding the winner of its first Cover Photo Contest the photo credit of a lifetime—placement of the winning photo on the cover of a forthcoming travel guide—and $5,000. Four second-place winners will receive a prize pack containing three Frommer’s Day by Day travel guides and a selection of Frommer’s Lug travel accessories, worth more than $300. Deadline for entries is March 31st. Contestants can visit to enter the contest and upload their best travel photos.

* Defenders of Wildlife announces its first annual photography contest and invites photographers to enter. From now until March 12, 2010, you can submit up to five photos in each of two categories: Wildlife and Wild Lands. Winners will be eligible for a range of prizes worth a total of $5,000. The grand prize winner will receive a seven-day photo tour of Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, courtesy of Defenders of Wildlife and Jess Lee Photo Tour s.
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03 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource


When I was 26, and living in Maryland, USA, I made a wanderlust trip through Europe, Africa, USA, Mexico and Central America that lasted over 35 months, almost three years. That was in 1957-60. When I returned home I began writing a memoir during 1960 and ’61. When I finished, I put it away in a closet and forgot it. I really didn’t forget it, I just didn’t think I should publish it back then because there were so many episodes and descriptions in there that would be awkward to people like my relatives and my friends along the way. So I left it all alone. It’s now 2010, almost 40 years later. . I’ll dust off the manuscript and publish it here for the first time. I thought you would like to know how a photographer and his family came to living on a farm here in western Wisconsin –RE

My Story


Sea Gulls keep watch over the canals

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Rohn climbs to his loft at bedtime

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Horses on a cold morning

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I didn’t sleep well. I blamed it on the sounds outside my tent. Like someone walking around. Or some animal out there scraping around the bratwurst sandwich leftovers from the weekend picnickers or something.

As I lay there, I thought about what the future had in store for me. Had the predictions been right? Was losing my camera only a beginning of the catastrophes that were awaiting me? It was true that my financial situation wasn’t holding out as I had expected. The thought of contacting my parents and asking them to send me money passed my mind. No, I would be humiliated. I couldn’t do that. It would be a “We told you so!” situation .

Loneliness had crept into my trip and was playing an important role. I yearned for companionship but the thought of finding a partner for a venture like this was out of the question. My guitar had gotten me as far as I had hoped. So much for hope. Alone, by myself, I wasn’t able to strike up the courage to sing to the public as Rick and I had done back in Wuerzburg.

I had heard about Rotterdam and how it was a large seaport with ships going everywhere, even to the USA. The thought crossed my mind that when I reached Rotterdam, I could hitch a ride on a freighter back to the USA.

But really, as I think back now, I really think my problem that night was waking up in the morning to the unwelcome thought of being the outsider. As if ‘the world’ was zipping up my tent and saying “Don’t come out. You don’t belong here. Go back to your own kind. We don’t want intruders.”

Here I was, going to enter a country new to me, Holland, sometime today where I didn’t even speak the language.

I fell asleep leaving all my decisions to the following day.

I awoke at dawn and peeked out of my tent at the long morning mist stretching out over the still-frosted countryside. Like the man taking his final walk at the penitentiary, I packed up my Vespa, shivering from the cool morning or the thought of the day’s decision that lay ahead of me.
Oh well, as good ol’ Harry Truman used to say, “If you can’t take the heat, get outta the kitchen!”

On my way to the Dutch border, I found myself in a new predicament. My highway led on up the Rhine through countryside of picture postcard villages, the kind you see on travel brochures.

I stopped to make a sketch of a farmstead along the way. Hey! Wait! Where’s my camera bag ? I kept it tied with a bungee cord between my feet on the Vespa so to have it at the ready for pictures. It wasn’t there. My Rollieflex was gone!

I rummaged through my suitcase. Maybe I had packed it away there. It wasn’t there.

Then I thought of an idea. I remember that I heard a thumping sound on the cobblestone road in the village I had just passed through. It could have been the sound of my camera. I rushed back, and asked townspeople if they had seen my camera.

No one had any news for me. I went to the police, the Burgermeister, the firehouse. No one had seen it. At the fire department, the chief said that articles were often turned in to him. He said I could wait around if I wanted to. But it might be a month before someone turned my camera in. –Or never. It was a losing battle. My camera was gone.
And the roll of film that was in there. I would have no roll of film to send back for developing and printing to my friend Hans Bartsch back in Wuerzburg. I thanked the fire chief for his trouble and left.

I looked in my wallet. I had $168.00 to last for my world tour. Could I afford a new camera? It would cut my resources in half. How could I continue my journey on $84? No, I couldn’t, I decided.

So, if you’re going to take a journey like this, Rule number One, keep your camera in a safe place. And while I think about it, Rule number Two is “Keep your passport in a safe place.” Like don’t even let a police officer take it from you. That was told to me even before I left Wuerzburg. They didn’t tell me about the camera. They probably figured, at least, I was smart enough to know that.

A little further up the road I came upon the German-Holland border. The Customs officers at the Dutch border were amused by my sign on the side of the Vespa, “WORLD TOUR”.

They crowded around with interest.
“ How far have you been, son?” One of them asked, looking at the sign.
“I started in Wuerzburg, West Germany,” I said, a little ashamed of the speedometer, which read only 249 miles.

They had seen many a traveler come through on all kinds of vehicles -bicycle, motorcycle, on foot, motorbike, with aspirations of touring the country, or Europe, or the world. But most hadn’t lasted more than a tankful of gas. I wondered if that might happen to me. They stood alert and saluted me with a smile as I passed into their country.

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03 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Educating Your Photography Clients About Copyrights
– Scott Bourne says when a client buys a print from me, I make sure it is accompanied by a Copyright Notice – and I am not talking about a little watermark on the print. Rather, I provide a document with the photo that explains it is protected by Copyright.

As the digital world makes creative works like writing and photography easier to be disseminated, discovered and downloaded, , the question comes up, who does this stuff belong to?????, cuz we’d like to thank them, credit them, and reward them. .
Well, as clever as the digital revolution has shown itself to be –it can’t always find the creator of the work. It’s come to be known as “orphan work”. No one knows its parent(s). What to do? Can a law be written that would solve this boondoggel? The Brits might have the answer. Here’s their proposal.
The problems with the Digital Economy Bill Clause 42 – Licensing of Orphan Works SOURCE: Editorial Photographers United Kingdom & Ireland and Carolyn Wright,Esq. the Photo Attorney.

ORPHAN WORKS OPPOSED IN UK -- The COPYRIGHT ACTION web site gets 60,000 page views from anxious photographers, EPUK(Editorial Photographers United Kingdom & Ireland) reveals how the bill’s clause on orphan works spells an uncertain future for photographers and publishers alike. As EPUK asks what are the dangers to photographers from orphan works legislation, it becomes apparent that hazards lie ahead for publishers as well.

From ASMP:

What are “Orphan Works”?
As described in a 2005 report that the Copyright Office prepared for Congress, an "orphan work" is a work (such as an image) that is protected by copyright but whose copyright owner cannot be identified and located. It is clear that such a situation harms both creators and users. However, the remedy that was proposed to the 2006 Congress was needlessly unfair to creators, leading ASMP and many other groups to seek changes when the bill was introduced.
Victor Perlman, ASMP

EPUK (Editorial Photographers United Kingdom & Ireland) believes that …
• Moral rights need to be implemented in full and made enforceable so that users of images are compelled to identify the creator as per European Library guidelines, helping to prevent creation of new orphan works as is the case in Germany.
• Although current law prohibits removal of identifying metadata it requires proof of intent to infringe. As human error, lack of care and software deficiencies routinely strip metadata proof is rarely possible, rendering the law unenforceable.
• A licensor of an orphan work will not know if minors depicted are wards of court or or otherwise protected. Model releases and exclusivity agreements will be ignored, creating liability for both the photographer and the licensing authority. Private or personal images at present protected may be licensed as orphans.
• Third party licensing will damage market value by setting a fee that does not take account of skill, cost of creation, exclusivity or value of a photographer’s reputation.
• The numerous provisions for statutory instruments are a carte blanche for future Ministers to change the rules significantly without proper consultation or Parliamentary debate.
• Unclaimed royalties will be treated as bona vacantia, diverting the creators’ income to the state.
• European Library guidelines that a non-responsive author does not make an orphan work have been ignored.
• European Library guidelines for a reasonable search are reduced to a small subset with no proposal for effective search protocols.
• The removal of exclusivity, the removal of moral right to objection and the UK licensing of work owned by aliens breaks our international obligations under the Berne Convention and TRIPS.
So where does EPUK stand with respect to the Digital Economy Bill?
We cannot accept blanket commercial licensing of orphan works. It sets up a free-input commercial supply channel that directly competes with and undermines our business.
We can accept some form of licensing or fair dealing exception that is limited to non-profit use within the non-commercial cultural sector. Precise drafting will be required to prevent use in competition with the commercial exploitation of the work.
We regard enforceable moral rights as a necessary and rational counter to any weakening of copyright holders’ exclusive rights.

We need an informal, low cost, quick, online method of enforcing rights and obtaining compensation for breaches. To deter infringement it is essential that the penalty for a breach is significantly greater than the lawful cost would have been, even if not all of the money charged to an infringer gets paid to the rights owner.

03 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Photoshop and Photography: When Is It Real?
"What Is a Photograph?"
TAKEAWAY: If anyone ever doubted photography was art, the bets are all off. In the most recent generations, photography was meant to be real, thanks to the Leica camera and subsequent look-a-likes. Thanks to photoshop and digital, what is known as photography will now join the venerable art world of picture-making.

02 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Question: Can I deduct money spent for a subscription to PhotoStockNotes/Plus or for post cards, maps, books or for magazines purchased at a newsstand for pre-shooting research? These are not magazines that I’m now photographing for, but magazines that I expect to photograph for. And if I can: Where on Form 1040 do I list those deductions?

Answer: The law allows you to deduct business-related publications, such as PhotoStockNOTES/Plus, books, newsletters, maps, etc. . These publications are are in that category.
Like your other photographing expenses, you claim them on Schedule C (Profit or Loss From Business) on Form 1040.

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02 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

WORKFLOW PIONEER WINS AWARD. Photo Mechanic Selected as Professional Photographer's Hot One Award Winner Camera Bits, Inc. (, a pioneering provider of software for professional digital photographers, today announced that Photo Mechanic version 4.6.2 has been selected as Professional Photographer's Hot One Award Winner for Photo Capturing and Processing. Since its first release in 1998, Photo Mechanic has been a mainstay of professional photographers utilizing software to enable them to efficiently browse, caption and manage digital images. The release of version 4.6 has taken Photo Mechanic's capabilities to a new level with the addition of dozens of new features and improvements.

02 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Kansas Tornadoes. Spring is here, which means tornadoes could be just around the corner. The University’s Natural History Museum opened its “Kansas Tornado” photography exhibit today to feed the public’s fascination with tornadoes and to illustrate the wreckage and ruins Kansas storms have left behind. SOURCE: Nancy Wolens

02 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

“All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come…”
Victor Hugo, author

02 Mar, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

March 1885 - Motion picture film was manufactured by the Eastman Dry Plate & Film Company of Rochester, NY, which was also the first to produce, manufacture and market films in continuous strips on reels.