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28 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource


April 29th 2010

28 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

The Exploding Picture Sites


On-line photo-display portals are proliferating on the Internet. Not only the sites themselves are increasing, but the huge numbers of images available are staggering and continue to grow. “Something’s gotta give.”

The popularity of casinos across the land provides us with a parallel to what’s happening for on-line stock photographers. There are some big winners at the casinos. We always hear about them just as we hear about the big winners on the microstock portals. We seldom hear about the losers. Few artists or photographers like to brag about their lack of sales.
The other parallel to casinos is related to how they seem to multiply across the country, not only in numbers but also in size. If you’ve ever re-visited a casino, you are usually surprised to see how the facility has been increased in size.
On-line microstock sites have mushroomed in the same way on the Internet. Not only the sites themselves are increasing , but the huge numbers of images available are staggering and continue to grow. Some sites boast that they receive 1,000 new pictures a day. My arithmetic tells me that’s 30,000 pictures a month, or nearly 11 million a year.


Of course not all on-line microstock sites receive 1,000 new pictures a day, but let’s say they receive about 100 pictures a day. That 's 3,000 per month, or 36,000 per year. And, let’s not forget all of those personal websites that provide mini-on-line services to photobuyers.

Now if there were only 350 on-line microstock portals (there are many more), contributing 36,000 images per year to “DigitalCasinos,” plus all those personal sites, we would have a total picture count of … well, my pocket calculator can’t calculate that high.

Can the storage world of present-day servers handle these monumental numbers of images? If they can’t today, we know that so Moore’s Law, somehow, will figure out a way tomorrow to meet the expanding nature of Digital Photo Casinos.

And why do I say Digital Photo Casinos? Because for a qualified stock photographer, it’s a big gamble to put talent and labor into an endeavor where the law of probability is not on your side.

“The on-line proliferation of images is making
the Internet a big gambling casino.”

O.K. Digital cameras and upscale scanners are driving the number of available images upwards. Anyone with a quality digital camera and sensitive eye for imagery and a desire to figure out the technicalities of uploading images to an on-line website(s), can climb aboard, and they are doing so in droves. With this on-line proliferation of images, the Internet has become a big digital gambling casino.
Why a gamble? Like with any lottery, your chances are diminished by the expanding number of entries. It always makes big headlines when a person wins a lottery. The rest of us dig into our pockets for the next try. Should this be discouraging to you?

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28 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Print Money Legally!

You can, in a manner of speaking. And this method works with laser or inkjet printers. It sure won't make you rich, but it might just save $20 - $80 each year, depending on your printing capacity. Here=s what you do. First, change the default font in the documents you print. Next, well, there's no next because that's all there is, unless you want to count the savings a little at a time.

Since different fonts require varying amounts of ink for each character, you can save a little ink or toner by using a different font. A serif font tends to have thinner lines than a corresponding safns-seri font, thus requiring less ink. Naturally, fonts with "bold" or "black" in their names would likely use more ink/toner than a similar font with "narrow" or "light" in its name. Testing by showed that Century Gothic and Times New Roman were most ink-friendly. For example, Century Gothic used about 30% less that Arial.
But hold on. There=s more. Some of these less-ink-using fonts are wider. So what you save in ink/toner may be lost to consuming an extra sheet of paper (of course, if your printer allows for it or you do it manually, you can print on both sides of the paper, saving costs and helping the environment).
You can also print in draft mode whenever appropriate. For the greatest benefits to your wallet and the globe, just don't print!
Here=s a direct link to the report:

Clipped by Coupons

What's that saying, "What=s good for the goose is good for the gander"? Well, after decades of being taken advantage of, coupons are fighting back. When you use coupons from the Internet or from your cell phone (and in 2009 there were 50 million Internet coupons!), they come with a barcode. That barcode contains data that allows for, in many cases, very detailed tracking.
For example, you search the Internet looking for a Mother's Day present. You find something you want to purchase, and it comes with a discount coupon at a retailer you want to buy from. So you do. That coupon barcode can be used to discern the contents of your search (which keywords you used), where you bought the item, and how long it took you to make the purchase.
It could also tell your computer type, your IP address, even city and state, and then coupled with all that other data about you out there in the cloud or from that retailer you frequent, they've got a very good dossier started (or still building) on you.
Many of these online coupons are handled by RevTrax, and since they are the third party and don't interact directly with the consumer, they don't have a privacy policy on their website. And if you're on any social networking site, like Facebook, that info may also be part of the aggregated data. Privacy on the Internet? Forgetaboutit!

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28 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

-- “Eight great sites for photography lovers:
From historical photo archives to photo-specific search
engines. You've got your Flickr, your Picasa, your MobileMe galleries: There are all kinds of places to post your photographs online. But there's way more to online photography than sharing snapshots from your last vacation. Here are eight favorite places to enjoy photography on the Internet. SOURCE: Heather Kelly.\

NY Times, Washington Post win Photography reporting awards
honored with multiple Overseas Press Club Awards for
excellence in international journalism, while The Associated Press earned a citation for "exceptional courage" in photography during the war in Gaza.

JOIN THE FUN -- Photograph a Moment in May - The people behind the Lens, the New York Times blog on "Photography, Video, and Visual Journalism," are organizing a global record of one moment in time, captured by everyone who wants to participate. The moment: 15:00 hours in Coordinated Universal Time (U.T.C.) on May 2, 2010.

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28 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

PROBLEM SOLVER -- Shooting Stock. Commercial stock photography is all about problem solving. The first is how to make a living shooting commercial stock. One way to do it, is to solve other people’s problems. SOURCE: Paul Melcher
TAKEAWAY: In theory it sounds good if you can understand the rationale. One important ingredient: persistent.

THERE’S HOPE-- The Future of Stock Photography. Our current economic situation has severely hurt the stock photography market. “Rights managed” sales have plummeted in recent years with many photo buyers favoring microstock and heavily discounted imagery in their projects. Plus, with millions of images available online, an over-saturated market continues to dilute sales for photographers and agencies alike. SOURCE: Dan Bailey’aphy/

TAKEAWAY: Most stock photographers don’t realize that the “old school “ of buyers acquiring stock photos through online visual services is over, it’s on life-support if anything. The new generation of art directors and photo researchers is using the magic of search engines, especially Google, to locate the must-have on-target photos they need. It’s all headed that way. Take heart! –RE

LISTEN CLOSELY Ellen Boughn and the Future of Stock Photography John: What advice would you give any shooter who wants to make a living shooting stock in these turbulent times? Ellen: Think of your business as a multi-layered cake. Get your work into all the layers of the business. DEVELOP a specialty and be the best at it in the world. Even photographers on microstock sites need to build their brands within the site in order to get maximum downloads.
SOURCE: John Lund

BE SURE TO REED -- Proof Read Everything You Publish – Then Proof It Again - Many of you are going to be writing copy for brochures, websites and mail blasts. It seems very timely to publish a reminder on proof-reading. You are photographers and artists first, but if you’re trying to communicate via the printed word then take the time to use a few of the tools out there that will at least help you be understood a little better.

NEED A RELEASE? Well, maybe if you’re into commercial stock photography. Pro Models and Their Agencies - Dan Heller got an interesting email from a commercial fashion photographer that warrants some discussion: A model agency booker recently wrote to me saying: "But if you want to use the images for editorial use, we ask that you ask us first before agreeing to the usages used for that magazine. In fact, all magazines require releases...even for editorials. That's where the release will come into play." SOURCE: Dan Heller ;
TAKEAWAY: Not to worry. All magazines do not require releases. Untrue. In fact magazines never ask for model releases when they submit a photo request for our marketletter, The PhotoDaily. If they did, we would consider them amateurs, plus unaware of their First Amendment rights. -RE

PHOTO RULES OF ENGAGEMENT -- Many photographers find it difficult to make small talk while photographing people. Whether they are shooting portraits, corporate headshots or professional models, they have a reluctance to engage their subject on a personal level. That’s unfortunate, because how your subject feels while you are taking their picture is often the difference between a ho-hum image and a great one.
TAKEAWAY: It’s also a matter of timing. . . Being photographed is an excruciating experience for self-conscious people (aren’t we all?) So the first thing they want to do is start talking about the very thing they’re looking at –your camera. If you let them engage you with equipment talk, you’ve lost the lead, and certainly control …plus the chance to let them talk about themselves.

28 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

SOME Q&A: -- Peter West Carey. We asked him about how photographers can change the world, his background in photography, and more. Here's what Peter had to say...
WE: Are there rules in other countries people need to be aware of about who or what you can or cannot shoot?
PWC: For the most part it's common sense. Things like, people with guns usually don't want their picture taken and it can be forbidden in some areas. Even places where it's allowed, you will be under watchful eyes. Government buildings too.
But for the most part, when in doubt, I ask. Religious sites are a hit and miss but there is always someone around to ask. Likewise, certain ceremonies may be off limits, while others not. Most museums don't allow flash photography and some don't allow it at all. Source: Wandering Educators

LOOK FOR THE UNUSUAL World-famous icons like the Eiffel Tower and Rio's Christ the Redeemer statue pose a true challenge for travelers, who often come home with the same images taken countless times over. But that wasn't the case for myBT member awc007, who shot this spectacular photo of Easter Island from a different perspective—the moai's-eye view. SOURCE: Kate Appleton,

GOOD EXPLANATION -- Travel Photography is not illegal! Ever since September 11, 2001, it seems war has been declared on photographers. Photographers, including me, have been harassed, interrogated and detained, just for taking photos in public. SOURCE: Ned Levi Consumer Traveler

The PERIPITATIC TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER: John Lund to Glen Alison: “Glen, if my memory is accurate, you once had a large studio operation but let that all go to vagabond around the world shooting stock for Tony Stone. Can you refresh my memory about that and give us some highlights of that trip?

28 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

NOT DEAD? -- Web not killing photography. So professional photography is "doomed" and photographers are "in a slough of despond" when faced with free images on Flickr and sophisticated amateur digital cameras? Not quite yet. SOURCE: Neil MacBeth ;

-- iSyndica Acquires Stock Photography Agency Fotomind's Content Fotomind photographers jump on the opportunity to transfer their stock photography portfolio over to iSyndica's microstock digital distribution platform.

28 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

IMAGE CHANGER? -- How Using Microstock Can Damage Your Image. Ever since the Editor of Time magazine announced that a front cover of his magazine had been bought from a microstock company for a few dollars, photographers have heralded this event as the start of the end of their profession.
SOURCE: Paul Williams

28 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Photo Editing

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PHOTO SHARING, NOT -- Divorcing Long Island couple agrees to share kids, not photos. It's not a pretty picture. A divorcing Long Island couple agreed to share custody of their two kids - but couldn't decide how to divvy up 7,000 family photos snapped during a 21-year marriage.So Nassau County Family Court Judge Vito DeStefano jumped in and put everything into focus.The husband gets 75% of the photos or three out of every four on each page of 75 photo albums. His wife gets what's left. "The court finds that the husband was intricately involved with taking, compiling and cataloging the thousands of photos at issue," DeStefano wrote in a case in which the spouses were identified only by initials. "He equated his collecting of photographs of family with the hobby of collecting rare books." The hubby claimed his camera-shy wife was being vindictive by trying to take the pics, which are mainly of their kids. She said she wasn't in most of them because she was holding the camera. SOURCE: Thomas Zambito New York DAILY NEWS. tzambito[at]nydailynews[dot]com

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HEAD FOR THE HILL -- The Stock Artists Alliance (SAA) and its allied associations’ board of directors visited with senators and members of the U.S. House of Representatives on Capitol Hill to deliver two messages: Photographers require strong copyright laws to protect their livelihood. As small business owners, photographers need access to quality and affordable health care to protect themselves, their families and employees.

THEFT BY CONDOM - Daryl Banks has recently run into some trouble with copyright infringement with a series of his called Crinoline Flowers. Through an anonymous tip, Daryl learned that his series was being used without permission by a condom company from the UK and China. Though he tried many times to contact the company through his lawyer, those attempts were ignored.

-- Can Copyright Be Saved? - If there's one thing that panelists at Wednesday's ASMP copyright forum agreed upon, it's that the current copyright system is out of date. The tough question on the table, however, was how to fix the system so it works for everyone: photographers, advertisers and other content licensees, and kids who want to have fun on YouTube. SOURCE: Holly Hughes, PdNEWS

28 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Photographers Commence

Class Action Against

The Google Book Project

As you know, in 2005 the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers filed a class action lawsuit against Google in connection with Google’s scanning of books from university libraries, without the consent of the copyright owners of the books scanned. The lawsuit alleged that Google’s acts, as part of the Google Book Search Project, constituted copyright infringement.

Since then, the parties reached a proposed settlement agreement, which was met with substantial opposition. As a result, an Amended Proposed Settlement Agreement was negotiated among the parties and filed with the court. The Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a Statement of Interest concerning this Amended Proposed Settlement, which was generally supportive of the concept but opposed to specific features which the DOJ believed did not provide sufficient protection nor did it satisfy certain anti-trust issues.

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Google is committing massive copyright infringements of visual works similar to its infringements of text-based works (as alleged in the Author’s Guild lawsuit) and that the visual artists must be included in the process.

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The Amended Proposed Settlement specifically excluded almost all photography and graphic art works. As a result, a motion was filed on behalf of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), the Graphic Artists Guild (GAG), the Picture Archive Council of America (PACA), the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) and various individual photographers to intervene in the action and thereby have such organizations and the visual artists they represent be included in any resulting settlement.

On November 4, 2009, Judge Denny Chin, who was assigned to the case, denied the motion and refused to permit the intervention, concluding that these visual artists had acted too late (the case was then four years old), and in his view, the case primarily involved textual content and not visual works. Judge Chin stated in his denial of the motion that: “Frankly, in the context of an online database that is searchable using keywords, it makes sense to prioritize the rights of word-based material.”

ASMP disagreed, releasing a statement in which it said that it “believes that the Court’s decision missed the basic truth that a settlement that excludes photographic and other visual material is neither fair nor in the public interest.”

ASMP, GAG, PACA, NANPA, Professional Photographers of America, and individual photographers and graphic artists have now regrouped and on April 7, 2010, they filed their own class action lawsuit against Google, alleging copyright infringement by Google of visual artwork arising out of Google’s Book Search Project. This new case was also assigned to Judge Chin as a case related to the ongoing Authors Guild litigation.

The Photographers’ Complaint

The 21 page complaint alleges that it is “designed to redress the most widespread, well-publicized and uncompensated infringement of exclusive rights in images in the history of book and periodical publishing.” That “evil” is, of course, the Google Book Search Project under which Google is essentially scanning entire library collections and thereby creating dig ital archives of what eventually is intended to be an online database of all of the world’s books.

The proposed class is defined as all persons and entities that own the copyright and/or the relevant exclusive rights in an original visual work published in books and/or periodicals, excluding Google and essentially any person or entity associated with Google.

The complaint also alleges that Google concedes it has scanned more than 12 million books in their entirety and has identified more than 174 million other books it may also reproduce, distribute and publicly display. Furthermore, the complaint alleges that Google uses and plans to continue to use these visual works to attract visitors and advertisers to its website.

All in all, the complaint can be summarized as alleging that Google is committing massive copyright infringements of visual works similar to its infringements of text-based works (as alleged in the Author’s Guild lawsuit) and that the visual artists must be included in the process.

The complaint seeks an injunction to prohibit Google from continuing its Book Search Project as to visual works, as well as actual and statutory damages. However, the obvious intent of this complaint is not to kill the project, but force Google to include visual works in any overall settlement with the Authors Guild.

The newest wrinkle in this ongoing saga is that Judge Chin, nominated for an opening on the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and now confirmed by the U.S. Senate, will not preside over the ASMP lawsuit. Another Judge will be assigned to the case as well as any leftover matters pertaining to the Authors Guild suit.

We certainly have not heard the last of these matters.

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.

28 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Master The Techniques
Used By Top
Commercial Photographers

By Lou Jacobs Jr.
Jacobs explores the work of top ten commercial photographers, presenting an insightful compilation of stories, strategies, and images covering a variety of specialties on every aspect of the profession, providing advice on everything form marketing, to equipment, to the technical aspects of creating images in their individual specialties. Featuring Techniques And Images From: Pete Springer, Doug Edmunds; Darren Setlow; Cassandra M. Zampini; Todd Quom ; Cig Harvey; Wendy Nelson Sal Sessa

Insights on architectural, fashion, product, and advertising photography business
Tips on running a more successful, profitable commercial photography business
Ideas for working with clients most effectively and delivering the high-quality products that build repeat business

About the Author
Lou Jacobs Jr. is the author of Amherst Media’s Photographer’s Lighting Handbook and Professional Wedding Photography. He has also contributed articles and images to many publications, including Popular Photography, Rangefinder, Modern Photography, Petersen’s PhotoGraphic, Modern Maturity, and Campus Photo.

· Book Specs
$34.95 list, 81/2”x11”, 128p, 160 color photos, ISBN-13: 978-1-58428-3, Order no. 2006.

· For Further Information : Amherst Media, 175 Rano Street, Suite 200, Buffalo, NY 14207 (800) 622-3278 · fax (800) 622-3298 · kneaverth[at]amherstmedia[dot]com ·

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Learn To Design Heartwarming Images That Capture
The Bonds Between Mothers And Children

Norman Phillips shows you techniques of an important growing segment of the portrait photography market. You’ll learn how to create the right environment , the right props, backgrounds, and lighting to make the mom and her child (or even all of her children) look great-while allowing them to interact and reveal the true character of their relationship.

o Designing traditional and contemporary portraits
o Tips for pregnancy portraits
o Ideas for working with children of all ages-form infants to school-age kids.
o Creating portraits with multiple children
o Flexible lighting techniques to allow kids to be kids
o Posing techniques to make everyone look their best
o Techniques for working in the studio or on location
o Designing storyboards and mini albums from your session

Includes Images From:

Joanne Alice Sarah L. Johnston Sheila Rutledge
Michael Ayers Jeff and Kathleen Hawkins Terry Jo Tache
Michael Barton Mark Laurie Vikki Taufer
Veena Cornish Norman Phillips Wendy Veugeler
Jody Coss Cindy Romano Kerry Firstenleit

Amherst Media, Publisher Of Photography Books, PO Box 586, Buffalo, NY 14226, ISBN-13: 978-1584282624

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Podcast on How to Register Your Unpublished Photos - Check AMSP’s new podcast showing you each step to register your unpublished photos with the Copyright Office. It only takes a few minutes to protect your work!

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-- Photographer and Civil Liberties Group Sue Department of Homeland Security - The New York Civil Liberties Union has teamed up with amateur photographer Antonio Musumeci in a lawsuit that challenges a federal ban on photography. Now the NYCLU has picked up Musumeci’s case to challenge the ban on photography near federal property by suing the Federal Protective Services, FPS Inspector Clifford Barnes, and the Department of Homeland Security.

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There are two ways for small businesses to write off their outlays for equipment purchases
such as computers and file cabinets. One is to use the "standard" route to recover the cost through depreciation deductions over a period of years. The other is the often-overlooked tactic of "expensing" authorized by Internal Revenue Code Section 179. It allows them to deduct the entire cost of the equipment in the year of purchase. The immediate write-off and resulting tax trimming benefits businesses battered by the recession.

Let’s say equipment purchases include $10,000 for computers, copiers and the like. Instead of depreciating that equipment over five years, they can be immediately expensed. A $10,000 write-off lowers taxes by $3,000 for individuals in a top federal and state bracket of 30 percent.

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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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WHAT PROS USE: -- What cameras do the pros take on vacation? What kinds of cameras do you like to use when you travel? Do you have a favorite kit? Do you have a dSLR with video function? Do you use a point-and-shoot? We posed these questions to our staff photographers -- and by "when you travel," we don't mean on assignment. We mean for fun.

IT'S A LITTLE LIKE CHURCH -- .SwankoLab. The Lighter Side of the Darkroom. The product doesn't exactly simulate the processes and techniques needed to master a real darkroom, but it does put an easy-to-use interface on a photo retouch and special effects app. You can choose from a cabinet full of "chemicals" to mix special effects formulas, then apply them to the images in your camera roll.

GLASSES ON, GLASSES OFF -- Hoodman Offers “Frame Relief” - adjust the diopter in the camera to correct for your shooting eye Rx, but then your tracking eye can’t see. Hoodman Titanium PhotoFrames are glasses built for photographers.

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IT’S EASY -- Sell Your Photo Prints Online - was originally created by Dean and Kathy Outlaw, owners of a photo lab in New South Wales, Australia, as a way for a local newspaper to upload photographs from its editions. The company now has 80 active and contributing photographers.

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MONEYSWORTH -- New York Photo Auctions Total Nearly $18 Million - Representatives of the photography departments at Christie’s, Phillips de Pury and Sotheby’s touted results of the spring photography auctions last week as positive. The sales signaled an improving economy and confidence in the value of photography. SOURCE: Holly Hughes, PdNEWS

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"Thank you for the fantastic service you offer and the great advice available on your website - it has been a superb help to get started!"
- Terri Petrie, Photographer, U.K.

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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.

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Exhibit "A”

Upcoming deadline of June 1, 2010 - submit your best work today!
Awards Include:
"Emerging Photographer of the Year" receives $5,000 AUD
1st place winners in each category receive $1,000 AUD
People's Choice Awards and Honorable Mentions
Fine Art, Photojournalism, Advertising and Portrait
Sydney Exhibition and International Publicity:
Photographs from the 1st place winners in each category will be exhibited at a prestigious exhibition in Sydney, Australia.
Winning Work Featured by Le Book:
The 'Emerging Photographer of the Year' and the 1st place winners in each category will also be featured on the Le Book website.

The final deadline is June 1, 2010

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My Story

# 16

Toby returned to work on his painting in the early evening. He kept his colors in beer bottles, the kind that has a ceramic top on them and a little rubber washer and then a wire contraption that let’s you snap it shut real tight so the tempera color inside doesn’t dry up. When he was ready to start his painting he would pour a dab of each of the five colors into five glasses like a martini glass or Manhattan glass and mix his colors on a board beside him. “I like this tempera,” Toby said. “Oils are too messy. It’s hard to clean the brushes. And they’re smelly. And it takes too long to dry. Tempera dries fast. You can paint right over top of it if you don’t like how the color turns out. ”
Toby was a meticulous guy and his paintings were kinda like that too, all detailed and correct. I didn’t tell him about my painting exhibition back in Sommerhausen when I was still in the Army. Like Rudi says, “Play dumb, you can’t learn anything when you’re talking.”

Toby was a real good salesman. One thing I learned was that he took all of his paintings down by the river (he had fifteen completed) and stood them up alongside the bridge. “I always go to the same location every time, so if any of the tourists are in Paris for more than a week, they might come back a second time to the same spot to see if I’m there. I’ve sold two of them that way. One guy and his wife from Indiana, and a young girl and her mother from San Francisco.” Toby said.

He really didn’t need the money, so he aimed high with his price, like $250, (about 38,000 1957 francs francs) but he’d always come down $10 when they started to haggle.

“I didn’t want to lose respect so I never came lower than ten dollars,” Toby said.

So, it was early evening and Toby had returned to his work on the painting.
I left him alone to go out wandering in the streets. The outdoor cafes were closing down and with them went that wonderful fragrance. You could tell by the fragrance if a breeze was blowing through Paris if there was an outdoor café coming up in your walk by the coffee aroma. If you’re walking in the early morning, you could tell that with the bakeries too in Paris and they have a lot of ma ‘n’ pa Patiseries and Boulangeries because the French love those ‘just out of the oven’ long loaf baggetts. And you can also smell the chocolateries and the cosmetic shop. They all run together sometime which makes a groove in your memories of Paris.

It was dusk and I strolled along the Seine for a while. It was like strolling along the surf in my hometown back in Ocean City, Maryland. I’d wave to a beach patrol guy up in his high tower watch chair, or I’d wave to his girl friend sunning on a beach towel below, or I’d wave to whoever I wanted to and the girl would wave back, sometimes.

This was different. How’re you going to wave to strangers in Paris when you take a stroll? They’d probably think you were a creep or something. I felt lonely as I passed among couples stretched out along the sloping banks of the Seine. It was just before sundown and with a setting sun off to the west, it all reflected the skyline of Paris in the river. It was growing dark and I walked until the reflections disappeared into the dark of night.
I wondered what Rudi was doing at this time. He no doubt was with that girl, probably a German girl. Who knows? When girls are involved anything could happen. I thought about it. What if I were to be left alone in Paris? I didn’t like the thought. He’ll come back, I thought. If nothing else, all of his belongings were all back at Toby’s. This’ll be a test.

It was dark down by the river. I headed up for a section of Paris called Pigalle, the quick-fun, quarter of Paris, like Coney Island. I stepped down into a bar called, “The Three Brothers,” and took a seat between two strangers at an empty bar stool. There were five people sitting at a table near the bar. I watched their happy conversation. One attractive dark-skinned girl kept catching my eye. When the jukebox began to play, her friends left the table to dance and I went over to her.
“O.K.” she smiled.
As I embraced her, I felt her warm body snuggle against mine. And I decided she was interested in more than dancing with me. As the song lingered on, she danced with increased passion and as I talked with her I felt the firmness of her tapering torso and rounded limbs.
“My name’s Rohn, what’s yours?”
“Lullalia,” she said, drawing back suddenly to look at me with black enchanting eyes, and a coquettish smile.”
“Where do you come from?” I said, holding her at a distance, enjoying her gypsy beauty.
“I’m from Budapest, and I’ve been in Paris one year,” she said, drawing me in to her as the music was ending.
She joined me at the bar after dancing, and we spent two beers convincing each other what nice people we were. “I like you very much, Rohn” she said drawing little figures on the back of my hand that lay on her thigh. “Let’s go home.”
“Hone? But what will your parents say?” I said a little confused.
“They live too far away she said modestly, cocking her head and looking up at me blushing. I don’t mean that kind of home, ” She smiled, squeezing my hand.
I figured out which home she meant. I paid the bartender and we left.
We turned the corner by the bar and walked up the narrow street toward a lamplight. When we reached the light there was another light over a door to a small hotel that read “Hotel Dubois”.
We started walking up the stairs and Lullalia stopped. “Wait, you stay here…” she whispered, “They’ll never believe we’re man and wife.”

That was O.K. with me because I know back in Ocean City, it was against the law for hotel keepers to allow a man and woman who weren’t actually married to sleep in the same room in a hotel. I think the fine was $300. Pretty high! And they would set a court trial for you too.
“Well then, let me order the room,” I whispered back in a raspy voice.
“No, no, with your accent, they’ll charge you twice as much, she giggled”
“What’s it going to cost?” I said.
?? ?Not more than a 3000 francs,” she whispered.
That was fair enough but I only had a 5,000-franc note with me and gave it to her and she turned to go up the stairs.
“Wait,” I said. “I grabbed her waist with both hands and drew her in to me. I kissed her wildly. I drew my hand across her tight ass and then ran it up to her breast and with a soft feel said, “See you soon my beauty!” She went tripping up the steps, her black hair bouncing along with her excited steps.
Gad! I thought to myself, as she stopped and looked back at me and winked before she opened the front door. “How did I luck into this gypsy gal, so pretty and SO Paris!
I could see her trim figure disappear in silhouette as she opened the door and the light of the hotel entryway rushed out. It closed. And I waited.
And that was the last time I ever saw Lullalia.

I waited a few more minutes outside, and then, realizing what had happened to me I ran up the steps and thrust myself into the doorway to find a solemn set of crusty old men playing cards in the miniature lobby. A gray-haired desk clerk peered over the rim of his glasses when my entrance disturbed his newspaper reading. I started to ask him, “Did you see a girl..….?” And I thought how silly I would sound. I turned and left.

I walked and walked, sometimes laughing out loud at how easily I had been fooled, and then I howled, thinking of losing the 5,000 francs. I wondered what Rudi would have to say.
Well, I felt like getting drunk. What happened is I didn’t go out and get drunk. No. I did one better than that. Here’s what happened next. But let me give you a preview. It was still early evening. It wasn’t even midnight.

It began when I tried to find some good music. I still had some francs left. I wanted to find a place where I could curl up in a ball and listen to some good jazz.
If you know the music of Charlie Parker you know how it puts you in a trance if you’re not careful. That’s what I was looking for at this moment.
Let me backtrack.
During the late 40’s I had a high school girlfriend who had a record player and we used to play “Bird” and Dizzy Gillespie and all the top be-bop greats when her parents were gone for the weekend or on a trip. Parents in those days always dismissed anything new in music as evil and from the devil.
I guess this wickedness hung on with me because when I saw the signboard “The Mystique,” above the entryway to a Parisian jazz club down some stone basement steps into a cellar area, I was drawn by the sound inside. A lot of smoke greeted me at the door. It was easy to find a table in a corner; the late night crowd probably hadn’t arrived yet.
New music style takes a long time, sometimes, to get from one country to the next and while Rock ‘n’ Roll was just now getting established in the USA, be-bop was just getting going in Paris.
I was half finished with my red wine as the group came back from their break. They tinkered around with tuning and adjusting their equipment and lighting. There were five of them.
The boys were not bad, especially the alto sax kid. He had probably bought every record Charlie Parker ever put out. He was on a mission to do Charlie Parker one better. You could see some flashes of brilliance every now and then in his music. It was fresh and good-hearted music with a sense of warmth. The kid had talent.
And that’s what I hate to see in many brilliant musicians, they lead such an unhealthy life, drugs and all but they’re on to powerful statements, the kind you want to die for. You don’t have to understand it; you only have to receive it. They can open up a peephole and let you see things like the meaning of life and all that. And this kid could do it.
I wondered if he would ever make it past 30. He was probably an American,
I ordered an other glass of wine. A French girl with a red flower in her hair sat down in the chair next to me. I continued listening to the group, especially the sax player. She could see I was in some deep concentration and reached over and touched the back of my hand. When I didn’t respond, she got up and left.

What I mean with jazz is, and I mean good jazz, not the textbook stuff, when it all comes together it hits me. This guy on the alto sax had it all together. When music is right it flows right to me and through me and around me. Tonight, it was all because of him. I can’t really explain it anymore than like when you see some girl and you’re immediately in love. No questions. No numbers. You’re just in love. And in the case with music there’s no explanation needed. Nothing to figure out. You just sit there, have another glass of wine and be transported.

Like anything else that’s creative, you see it, or you hear it, or you watch it, or you read it and you’re gone. You don’t question it. You quietly absorb it. You don’t analyze it, like you don’t listen to see if it’s in tune, or harmony or spacing or if it’s out of rhythm, those mechanical things; it’s almost like you’re hearing it without letting it come through your ears. I know this is true because I’ve been in places where there’s good music and my date will ask me a question and bam! She asks it again and pretty soon she’s talking to some other guy at the table next to me because I’m in a daze of some kind. I know I’m not the only one like this cause other guys have told me they get entranced like that when they’re reading a good book and they miss the bus stop or the train station where they were supposed to get off. And that’s the nice thing about good art because it truly does have the gift to transport you away from a life that’s getting tough or probably not very exciting.

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28 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

National Geographic Seminar CREATIVITY WITH LIGHT in Seattle, WA May 16
Nevada Wier is an award-winning travel, editorial, and stock photographer specializing in the remote corners of the globe and the cultures that inhabit them. Creative tips, and practical suggestions.

Bo Bridges -- Canon Live Learning Pro Surf Worrkshop . Bo Bridges will teach you his strategy on how to photograph surfing action, including an introduction into the world of HD Video. You will also learn how to capture surf lifestyle with environmental portraits of models using different lighting techniques. Feedback of your images will be given and his post-processing methods will be shared to further enhance your images from the weekend.
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“Photography 101 Workshop – Fundamentals of Great Photography”
A class in Austin Texas has been announced. This workshop will be on Thursday nights 7-9pm from May 27th through July 1st. If you register before May 6th, you save $30.

28 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Pixazza starts tagging home, travel and sports images with commercial links - Pixazza has found a way to add value to images by tagging the content in images with commercial information and links.
TAKEAWAY: You may want to get extra hits for your editorial stock photos by adding similar destriptive meta tags and/or alt tags to each of your pictures.

YOUR CHOICE -- BradCalkins: “I see a lot of people with different takes on keywording (me included!) and I can't help but wonder if it isn't a self-fulfilling prophecy. Consider two very different approaches to keywording, along with my take on what the results would be. Is keywording a self-fulfilling prophecy?
SOURCE: Brad Calkins

COPY SPACE -- The Mind of the User. There is a saying among librarians that "every book has its reader and for every reader, a book". Information organization is designed around this principle and this philosophy is relevant for any type of information that needs to found, including visual information.

MULITPLE IMAGES -- The best time to add keywords to your photos in Aperture 3 is during the photo importing process. It’s not that it’s easier – but if you get in the habit, you’re unlikely to postpone and forget keywording altogether.

THE ADVANTAGE: -- How To Keyword Your Images. The greatest lesson I ever learned about microstock photography is that key-wording is extremely important. It’s not sexy or fun but this is where you eventually will crush your competition if you do it right. Most of your competition will luckily do it completely wrong so you can get an enormous advantage here.

28 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Annenberg Space Pioneers Digital Exhibition of Photos - When The Annenberg Foundation began discussing plans for opening the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles, their goal was to create a world-class exhibition space for photography, a venue that would give photographers the best-possible platform for exhibiting and discussing their work. A year later it is a great success.

28 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

"If a photographer comes onto my property, I have the right to shoot him!"
Does Jon really intend on shooting anyone? Probably not -- but this quote is an easy way to grab headlines now that Kate is off "Dancing with the Stars." It may have also been his way of getting rid of some frustration from what could have been a difficult day.

28 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

April 14, 1948 Berry Bernson born in NYC. Shot many covers for Life magazine.
Berenson was a noted photographer and actress. Husband, actor and star of Alfred Hitchcock's original version of Psycho (1960), Anthony Perkins The couple raised 2 sons and remained married until Perkins' death of an AIDS-related illness in 1992. Listed on the flight manifest as Berinthia Perkins, Berenson was killed aboard the hijacked American Airlines Flight 11, which was deliberately crashed into the World Trade Center's North Tower on September 11, 2001 and was one of over 3,000 souls lost on this date. She was survived by her adult sons, artist Elvis Perkins and actor Oz Perkins.

28 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Myron Davis, 1919-2010: Life magazine photographer. Mr. Davis, 90, died in the University of Chicago Hospitals on Saturday, April 17, of injuries suffered in a fire that broke out in his Hyde Park apartment, the Cook County medical examiner's office said. Working for Life magazine in the first half of the 20th century was only a dream for most photographers. Myron Davis caught the eye of a Life editor and achieved that dream just a few years out of high school. He went on to become a well-respected photographer who traveled the world and captured images of some of the country's most prominent figures. SOURCE: Jennifer Delgado, Tribune reporter.

21 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

April 21st 2010

21 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

The Spotlight

Is On You


New Generation Media is a phrase coming into its own. Stock photographers are hearing it more and more frequently. Where'd it come from? It's a response to the increasing ways you can transmit information, including visual and audio information, in today's hi-tech world.

The good news: these evolving forms of image creation and image delivery have created new digital markets for you. As a successful stock photographer you need o stay on top of not only what’s happening in the traditional print media: magazines, books, textbooks, videos and catalogs, but also the exploding electronic media -- the communication companies utilizing HD television, video processing, CDs, cell phone videos, iPods, iBooks, iPads, desktop image delivery, screen-touch educational tools, and on-demand picture retrieval.

Some of the latter are being tested to see which ones emerge as the favorite tools for both photo editors and photographers using the marketing advantages of the Internet.

Classic commercial stock photography (the familiar scenics and generalized "situation" shots) as we've known it over the past decades will continue to be in demand, but the overwhelming supply of these generalized stock shots, available now on CDs, micro-sites and other discount sources on-line, will diminish their value -- and price tag, based on their usage by the photobuyers, or the value the photobuyer sees it bringing to their company or project.

The New Generation Media market is so vast that it utilizes what has come to be known as "micromarketing," the ability to isolate specialized markets and respond to them efficiently.
Micromarkets are specialized (niche) markets. If you narrow your stock shooting to a niche area and can supply a deep selection of photos in this specialized category, you are well on your way to being an authority in your specialized category.

In the retail marketing area they call this branding. If you are known for your “brand” you have won half the battle of acquiring new customers in this new generation of Internet marketing – the search engines will fill in the other half.

To survive in the New Generation Media, it’s even more necessary now for stock photographers to become specialists. The rules for photography excellence haven't changed, only the target. The demand by photobuyers for content-specific images will spur new generation media photographers to focus on specific subject areas they enjoy, and then to service markets whose needs match those areas. The provincial generalist (the classic commercial Rights-Managed stock photographer) will fade.

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21 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Mary Linkevich
Public Information Specialist
1700 Hawk Mountain Road
Kempton, PA 19529
1 610 756 6961

has a new extension number it is X211
1 610 756 6961 X211

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Robin Fadool
Art Director
Oxford University Press
198 Madison Ave
NY NY 10016
1 212 726 6302

is on temporary leave (not sure if she's coming back)
Her temp may be her permanent replacement:
Liaht Pashayan
1 212 726 6302


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Cara Ellen Modisett, Editor
PO 21535, Roanoke, VA 24018
540 989 6138
Email: cmodisett[at]leisurepublishing[dot]com

leaving may 1

replaced by

Kurt Rheinheimer, krheinheimer[at]leisurepublishing[dot]com

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21 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

MORE THAN POTENTIAL -- An author from FreeStoneStock says, “How To Take Stock Photo Images With Good Sales Potentials. Taking stock photo images that sell is not difficult at all. In my opinion, it is actually a lot easier than when I took photos that were artistic and had very complex meanings and messages woven within them. Stock photos that sell have usual characteristics within them. If you try to follow these characteristics your photos will most likely sell much better.
TAKEAWAY: The author needs more experience in the stock photo field before giving this kind of advice. –RE

FROM HOBBY TO BUSINESS -- The statistics overwhelmingly show that people love their cameras. So why not take something you love anyway and turn it into a business? Maybe not a full time business, but something you can make money at here and there. Increasingly, that’s what the photography industry is facing.

21 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

“You could aim for something more esoteric and position yourself as a car photographer, an equine photographer or an expert on photographing orchids. While you’ll still have to do the marketing, you wouldn’t just be selling the quality of your pictures, you’ll also be pitching your knowledge of a narrow topic, an asset that few other photographers possess.” SOURCE: Dean
TAKEAWAY: Amen! Brother….And here’s some more homework on the subject by yours truly. –RE

21 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

BRING ‘EM ON! -- John Lund: “Increased Competition and Becoming Better . The world of stock photography has become, shall we say, competitive? Insanely competitive. I think everyone of us has done our share of moaning and groaning about that fact. But rather then indulge that downer of a past time; perhaps we should look at the positive side of the new competition in stock photography.”

NOT THE FAST LANE -- Success in stock photography. SOURCE: John Lund
TAKEAWAY: Maybe a sloer pace will get a faster result.

21 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Rick Sammon's Top Ten Digital Photography Tips - Rick Sammon, photographer, author and blogger, gives us ten quick digital photography tips in this video.

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GETTING STRAIGHT ABOUT “Fair USE” – Very often, photographers get upset when they might see their photo used as an example in a blog. Before you boil over and feel violated and cry “foul” be sure to understand how the “Fair Use” provision of the Copyright Law works. Here’s a video about it.
SOURCE: Abby Johnson, American University; WebProNews;

21 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

TRAVEL BLOGGING -- Top 100 Travel Photography Blogs. One incredible benefit of the Internet is the ability for travelers to share their experience with others via their blogs. This list compiles 100 of the best travel photography blogs, all of which do just that. Whether you are an art student who appreciates photography from places around the world or are an armchair travel buff, these travel photography blogs are sure to fulfill your desire for awe-inspiring photography. SOURCE:

DEPICT THE ESSENSE --Travel Photography: Here are 5 travel photography tips for those who are venturing out into this adventurous field. More than capturing memories, travel photography is about preserving a location's culture, heritage and personality. Photographers on the go yearn to be able to capture the views, the sights, and the unique features of places that they go to, but travel photography is not as easy as it may seem. It's not just a matter of going around and randomly clicking your camera; you have to be able to depict the essence of your experience.

21 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

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21 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

WHY? -- In the U.K. Eight Questions BAPLA Must Answer - When BAPLA wrote to the Government regarding the controversial Clause 43 of the Digital Economy Bill the association claimed to be speaking on behalf of a united photographic industry. It wasn’t. BAPLA ignored thousands of photographers lobbying to stop the clause. In an open letter to BAPLA, EPUK asks “Why?”

I’M NOT A TURK ! -- Greek man sues over portrait on Turkish yoghurt - Mainstream media have caught on to what an industry knew was always a possibility. A Greek man is suing a Swedish Yogurt company Lindahl for $6.9 million for using his portrait on packaging of Turkish Yogurt. The man dressed in traditional Greek clothing and sporting a characteristic moustache was not aware that the image had been used on the packaging since 2001 until ‘m a Swedish friend pointed it out. SOURCE: Photo District NEWS

21 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

To Central Park With Love

Well, you pick this photo book up and flip through it (I always like to flip through picture books backwards), and your first impression is that this was a project of a local 4-H club or Boy Scout group. It’s not something you’ll find at Barnes & Noble or on the first page of a Google search. It’ll never get an art directors’ award. The pictures are too fuzzy and besides there have been 752 books written about New York’s Central Park (just kidding…).

To those of you from the Midwest who think New York City is just a collection of sidewalks filled with fast-lane millionaires, hookers, and dog poop; streets filled with gridlock traffic, Middle Eastern taxi drivers, and wailing police cars, this book is a refreshing moment for you.

The thing is, you won’t appreciate this book if you are a professional photographer, or someone aiming to be a professional. You’ll find it, well, amateurish. But, wait, be kind, put your 300mm lens and your $350 Tamrac backpack aside and take a deep breath and forget about scrutiny and just absorb how one guy with a nostalgic $15 film camera spent 25 years wandering his adopted park, snapping away at the things he just loved. And those are: squirrels (there’s one saying a last minute prayer for a dying buddy), a robin scolding its newborn daughter, a lone jogger on a frosty morning, two lovers in a canoe figuring out how to say goodbye to each other, or maybe deciding who pays the rental fee, and there’s also the two lovers caught in the bushes having just finished the natural ritual, or just starting, and birds, birds, birds (who make Central Park their home base), none of which I know the names of.

Mind you, if you’re one of those expert bird photographers you’re probably going to gulp at the imperfections in the author’s photographic technique. This book is not fancy, or precise, or revealing some esoteric insight except one thing: love. It’s a given. This photographer shows us something with his camera many of we photographers have forgotten. Passion. Photography can introduce friends and neighbors to the way we see the world, like a kindergarten child doing a color drawing for Mom. No one asks for perfection. Just the passion will do, thank you.

Rohn Engh

The author, Roy Iwaki is an expatriate San Franciscan Cal-Berkeley transport to Manhattan, and not only a photographer but also a person with great interest in American aviation. He is a founding member of the American Air Museum in Britain.
Outskirts Press publishes his book, Wild Central Park; Crossroads of the World, 8.5 x 8.5 86 pages ISBN 978-14327-3462-6 $36.95

21 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

PROFIT FROM PAYING YOUR KIDS. Do your children help out with your business? Could they? A savvy way to take care of their allowances at the expense of the IRS is to pay them wages for work they do. Hiring them keeps income in the family but shifts some out of your higher bracket and into their lower one.

Of course, deductions for their wages stand up under IRS scrutiny only if you treat them as real employees performing real work and receiving reasonable wages — not more than the going rate for unrelated employees performing comparable chores like clerical work or deliveries.

The children are liable for income taxes on their wages. But children’s earnings are offset by their standard deduction — for 2010, $5,700, a figure that’s scheduled to increase in later years.

There’s an additional carrot. Code Section 3121(b)(3)(A) allows you to sidestep Social Security and Medicare taxes on wages paid to under-age-18 sons or daughters, provided you do business as (1) a sole proprietorship (IRS lingo for the lone owner of a full-time or part-time business that’s not formed as a corporation or partnership) or (2) a husband-wife partnership. To put it another way: This exemption doesn’t apply to a family business that’s incorporated or a partnership with a partner other than a spouse.

Write-offs for wages enable self-employeds to save more than just income taxes. They also reduce self-employment taxes owed for 2010 on the first $106,800 of net (receipts minus expenses) earnings.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Julian Block, an attorney in Larchmont, N.Y., has been cited as “a leading tax professional” (New York Times) and "an accomplished writer on taxes" (Wall Street Journal). His books include "Savvy Ways For Stock Photographers And Other Freelancers To Trim Taxes To The Legal Minimum," praised by law professor James Edward Maule of Villanova University as "An easy-to-read and well-organized explanation of the tax rules. Photographers writers and artists would be well advised to buy this book.” It is available at

21 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

IS EDITORIAL STOCK POPULAR? -- Photolibrary moving into editorial imagery - Photolibrary is making a decisive step to move into the editorial image space with the exclusive representation of Presselect. The Presselect collection contains hundreds of thousands of news, celebrity, entertainment, historical and travel images. SOURCE: FastMediaGroup

SO, IT’S ALL ABOUT CHEAP ? – Tony Stone, founder of the iconic stock photography agency Tony Stone Images (now the Stone collection at Getty Images) has joined microstock agency Vivozoom . He will lead creative strategy at the Jacksonville agency. Industry veteran Stone was brought in by Vivozoom CEO Lawrence Gould, who previously worked as CFO at both Getty Images and Tony Stone images. Vivozoom prides itself on being 40% cheaper than microstock market leader iStockphoto and by offering a guarantee on its image files. SOURCE:
TAKEAWAY: In most people’s minds in this stock photo industry, the Tony Stone brand was the top. What irony! Now it has sunk to the bottom. What happened, did the stimulus money run out ? –RE

21 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

IF YA CAN’T FIGHT ‘EM - JOIN ‘EM -- Tony Stone Joins Vivozoom - Tony Stone (the person!) announced recently that he has joined Vivozoom to help the innovative new microstock agency “sharpen focus on the most relevant images”.
TAKEAWAY. If it looks like a duck. This all sounds like the improvements here is quality litigation, not quality stock photography. It’s still going to be the same ol’ stockshlock. For more on the warranty, you can read it here:

WHY THEY DO IT. Why Microstockers Sell Microstock. It’s not uncommon to hear professional photographers say that they don’t understand why anyone would sell photos in the microstock market when more higher-priced sales are available. Here’s some of the reasons.
TAKEAWAY: I couldn’t find any reasons. Is something missing here? -RE

THE EMBRYO -- Interview with Stock Photographer Tom Grill. John: “I bet you have more experience in stock photography than any other photographer alive. You are a founder of Comstock, A founder of Blend Images, the founder and owner of Tetra Images. You have also been truly generous with your knowledge and have spoken to photographers countless times sharing your wealth of experience.
TAKEAWAY: He’s the guy that told us back in the last century to shoot microstock but nobody knew what he meant.

FIND THE BUYERS -- Determine A Niche For Your Microstock Photography. You should know what you’re passionate about but how do you find markets with hungry buyers and limited competition?
TAKEAWAY: Good advice! Find a niche . . .

21 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

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21 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

HE LEFT HIS LEGAL MARK -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, who announced his retirement on Friday, is arguably the most liberal member of the court. What's less open to debate is that a pair of his opinions written over a decade ago outlined the legal environment that gave rise to today's Internet. Stevens said he was happy to ban certain kinds of "hard-core pornography" and perhaps restrict teaser images on the Web "that serve no function except to invite viewers to examine hardcore materials." But, he wrote in a dissent, the federal law unreasonably sweeps in "a wide range of prurient appeals in advertisements, online magazines, Web-based bulletin boards and chat rooms, stock photo galleries, Web diaries, and a variety of illustrations encompassing a vast number of messages." SOURCE: CNET

21 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

-- Why Some Customers Will Pay More for Stock Photography - Jim Pickerell: “Photographers need to recognize that there is no precise definition as to what makes one image better than another. Henry Scanlon, president of Comstock said, “I want to find out what the customer thinks the image is worth, and what he has in his budget for this project. Then I want to get all of it.’”

-- Value, not usage, will determine picture pricing – Paul Melcher: “ Photography is an investment for the image buyer. A photograph, or a series of photographs, can increase the value of anything around it, like a multiplier. Once associated with words in a magazine, or slapped next to a product or service, it starts doing its magic. How do you price potential impact? Part gamble, part luck, part intuition, and part research.
SOURCE: Paul Melcher.

21 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

"My business is composed of a photo stock company named Pink Guppy. At present we represent a large and growing number of photographers and have over 2 million images.
Over the last few years our business has not been growing as it once was. We noticed that you have photobuyer lists containing over 50 subject areas. Several customized lists of photobuyers were ordered.
Now our business is again growing.
This makes our photographers very happy.

If these updated buyer leads can help a large stock company like ours, surely they can give a jump start to any stock photographer's business sales.
I recommend Rohn Engh's Specialized List of Photobuyers highly to stock photographers at all levels.

Thanks for coming up with such a brilliant idea!"

- David Liebman, Stock Photo Agent, Norfolk, VA, USA

21 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource


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I was looking for the Paris that you see on posters or hear about in movies. It’s hard to get a handle on what Paris is.

Paris, and this is just my impression, and I’m not an authority. I feel Paris thinks it’s a bright and glistening new-world machine of fashion turned into business politics and the arts turned into politics and culinary ambitions turned into politics and all of this protected by guards parading around in shiny badges and important-looking funny hats and uniforms.

At other times, and it depends on the weather, Paris sometimes thinks it’s like a seaport city where sailors come in and trample all over town seeking out its pleasures and sexual delights and then leave the next morning without saying thank you.

At other times, I think Paris thinks it’s a college town with all the social intrigue you get with a bunch of intellectuals slippingly trying to get a hand grip on a level with each other slightly above the level of us student types. Us students are like children, recognize something’s wrong up there in the tower but we’re more interested in seeking out fun rather up than trying to solve the dilemma at headquarters.

Whew! I wanted none of those intellectual doings and maneuvers. Go-with-the-flow I always say.

Paris is also a self-conscious small town that’s flits by as you try to grasp it in one thought. That’s the thought I arrived in Paris with. It’s a small town, always looking at itself in a pocket mirror, always guarding and protecting its image of itself. A lot of people migrate to Paris because they want to be associated with this image that Paris has of itself.

I prefer this .

It’s light and gay as the song says. It’s a city where the moon is always shining, and it’s a full moon, too.
Maybe the description of Paris that the trolley car man for the tourist company gives, is the best one.

Rudi and I were bystanders in all of this.
Of course, me being a product of the art school background , I was looking at Paris in an artsy way. Rudi, well I don’t know. I hadn’t known Rudi long enough to figure out what he thought about all of this.

Although I knew the German language well enough to get along on a social level, I didn’t know German on a level to discuss inner meaning levels and that sort of thing. Plus I don’t know if Rudi ever got down to that level of discussion. He was someone to keep the level of conversation more like on replacing a part on the Vespa or keeping feelers out on where we could get our next meal. But that was O.K. ‘cause I think if we started disagreeing on some esoteric subject, we just might end up in a fistfight or so mething and the whole trip would get miserable. So this was O.K. with me. “Let sleeping dogs lie,” I always said. I wasn’t looking for companionship or affection, I was looking to see the world and get things straightened out in my own head of just what my part in the whole universe scheme of things was.

When we arrived in town, we both knew Paris would like us. We represented the free spirit that the French people love. Unlike in Belgium and Holland where the country folk we met up with thought we were breaking some sort of rule, or unspoken code, or breaking some actual law by traveling the way we were. The Parisians wondered why more people weren’t doing it.

So, we were welcome in Paris. The guitars on our back, the beards, the precisely packed motor scooter ready for adventure, it all invited a welcome from people. It also helped that the newspaper announced we were in town. At bistros, a drink would arrive at our table from someone across the room with a “thumbs up” sending us a smile. Even the ticket vendor at the Ferris wheel slipped us a ‘free pass’ reserved for celebrities. It all was heady stuff, but we both knew it had to be handled with a delicate touch. And we both knew that when we left Paris and headed south, it would be a new ball game.

Toby worked on his oil painting at nighttime so he excused himself and suggested we go out to see Paris at night. We quickly learned the ‘Paris at night’ that you hear about and read about is elusive. In other words the popularity of the favorite spots are continually changing. Parisians make it a game in trying to escape the tourists.
We followed the winding back alleys of Saint-Germain-des-Pres in search of Gertrude Stein or Henry Miller’s 1929 Paris. Well, this was 1957, would it be any different?

In one cellar and out again. Typical Parisian nightlife, where are you? We thought we had found it when we heard strains of Dixieland music coming from a cellar called the “Huchette”. We went down in there to find a mass of university students wildly dancing to something that sounded like New Orleans jazz performed by Parisian musicians. It brought a smile to my face and brought clear to me why French people smile when they see American art students trying to paint another picture of Monmarte or the Eiffel tower the way we Americans smile when we hear foreign musicians trying play jazz. The effort is there but something is always missing.

We turned around and left just as a tour group from American Express tour Office was entering with its crowd of customers on a ‘visit to typical Parisian night spots’ as we left.
Down a side street, and beside the church of Saint-Germain-de la Pres, we heard the soft harmony of a male voice singing an American folk song. The music came from inside a thick Tudor door that had an Elizabethan sign hanging above: “L’Abbaye”.

Inside it was actually two guys entertaining, --one a Negro the other a White. They were seated at a small, spotlighted stage in the corner. They were both American, but sang folk songs in several languages according to the brochure in the entryway of the oak-paneled 18th century-looking hall. When the song was finished, as if by instruction, the crowd showed their approval not by applause but by snapping their fingers.
To me, there was something curious about the lockstep fashion of the audience snapping their fingers like that. First of all, how do you get the initial audience of the evening to snap their fingers? Do you put up a sign in French, “No applause please, snap fingers only.” Or what if they don’t read French? Or what if they’re from Texas? Can you get cowboys to do that?
And besides, how ‘bout me? I can’t snap my fingers, left-handed or right. I never learned how. That would mean I could never show my appreciation for anything that required applause if this finge r snapping thing spread world-wide!
I wondered what Rudi thought of the finger snapping. I couldn’t help feeling that Rudi, growing up in Nazi Germany as a youngster was very familiar following a code that came from somewhere above. You don’t question it. You just do it.
The fellows were good singers. But we left when the waiter informed us drinks were 350 francs a go. That’s about a dollar. The fellows were good, but not that good.

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Tyler Stableford, award-winning adventure photographer in Boulder, Colorado. An intensive action-sports photo workshop. You will have the chance to shoot trail runners athletes in action in one of the open-air parks and rock climbers on Sunday. A two-day field workshop will explore the creative and technical skills needed in both editorial and commercial shooting styles. Tyler will share his secrets for making your images stand out, including lighting, camera angles, and techniques to capture action shots and environmental portraits

QUICK LEARNING -- Ten Questions To Ask Before Signing Up For A Photo Workshop. If you’re interested in improving your photography, in my opinion there are few things better you can do that will help you as much as attending a photography workshop. Not only will you force yourself to get out and shoot, you’ll have a chance to do it with teachers and other photographers who can broaden your horizons. SOURCE: Scott Bourne; PhotoFocus

– “Join me, the Photo Attorney, for the PMA Webinar on Tuesday, May 18, 2010. I’ll be talking about legal and business issues affecting photographers, including copyrights, restrictions on photography, contracts, insurance, licenses, and more. Also stay tuned for TWiL’s Episode 56; it will be edited and available soon. We discussed the copyrightability of tweets and the visual artists’ new class action lawsuit against Google.

20 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

EXPAND YOUR CONCEPTS -- The Practical Keyworder - Concepts: One thing leads to another... Concept keywording has gotten a bad reputation - why? As I pointed out in an earlier post, many articles have been written about the necessity of "shooting to concept" (Want Success? Start with the Concept). So, if you have a great concept, why not throw on as many concept words as possible?
TAKEAWAY: Photobuyers with imagination can read many concepts into your picture, if you allow them to.

20 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

AH! TO BE AN AMATEUR AGAIN! -- Snapshot Winner for Last Sunday -Eric Collins. He said was "just being a tourist" and witnessed an approaching storm from the North. I was later told it was a wall cloud." Eric won a $25 gift card from Dairy Queen.

20 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Tasteful Pictures' puts food photos on the Getty's menu
The Getty Museum exhibit traces food photography from the mid-19th century to the present day. From the upcoming exhibit at the J. Paul Getty Museum: Peas ...SOURCE: Mary MacVean -Los Angeles Times'In Focus.

20 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

“I want to find out first what the customer thinks the image is worth, and what he has in his budget for this project.”
Henry Scanlon, former president of Comstock NYC

20 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

April 9 - Eadweard Muybridge was born in Kingston-on-the-Thames, England, in 1830. He emigrated to California in the 1850s, where he took up photography and quickly became one of the first internationally known photographers. Between 1867 and 1872 he took more than 2000 photographs, many of them views of the Yosemite Valley.
It was Eadweard Muybridge who designed a new camera that could take a picture in one-thousandth of a second. To test his improvement, he set up twenty-four cameras along a race track with trip wires to pull the shutters. With those cameras, he managed to take a series of pictures of a horse galloping, proving for the first time that all four of a horse's hooves will sometimes be off the ground at the same time.

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Has StockShlock Run

Its Course?

What attracted you to photography? Was it taking “staged” pictures of commercial models? Or was it taking real-life pictures of the world around you? If it’s the latter, then examine the direction you’re going with your photography.

History shows us that all aspects of creative expression goes through phases, as styles and public preferences change. Sure, fads and crazes, not to forget approaches in art, come and go. And as the ability to gain new information speeds up, thanks to the Internet, we’re seeing preferences change even more rapidly, whether it’s in women’s fashions, men’s hairstyles, or photography.

Here at Photosource International, our editorial customers require photos that reflect (in a real-life way) the world around us. We aren’t photojournalists whose customers are usually news outlets, TV, and websites that pay high fees for disaster pictures (the kind we see nightly on the news hour); nor are we paparazzi who get paid well for photos of celebrities and their doings.

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"Maybe we’ve run our course in “StockShlock.” Real-life people won’t qualify anymore, and like Hollywood, we stock photographers will have to resort to avatar figures."

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And especially we are not commercial stock photographers who specialize in wishful imagery (the world according to Getty, iStock, or Corbis). The Internet is now drowning in this kind of imagery. Check out any of the on-line portals. They’re all there, the generic lovely blonde with green sunglasses; an executive throwing documents in the breeze; day-glow chartreuse tennis balls; a close-up of a wind-swept fashion model; and of course, the ipod guy.

Ho-hum, yawn. Is this the kind of subject matter that attracts an emerging photographer to photography? In the majority of instances, people decide on a photographic career because of their love of capturing something meaningful or poetic with their camera. They win a prize, they take a photography course, and then they search for ways to make money with their talent, to provide for themselves and their family.
They encounter a fork in the road. They learn about Royalty-Free, microstock and Rights-Managed images. They embark on a career of supplying generic images, copying the style and content of the major stock houses.

Are these generic stock images the easiest pictures to take for emerging commercial stock photographers? Next to snapshots, they are, if the photographer takes the copycat approach. Most commercial stock shooters have found that the effortless way to produce a bunch of commercially acceptable stock images is to capitalize on the ideas of the leading stock houses that have done the market research and know the trends.

This has always been the formula for the fashion industry, the commercial music industry, and most other industries where taste and trends guide production. The recipe in the commercial stock photo industry is to keep the successful concept the same, and add favored locations, clothing, hairstyles, and currently preferred color and tints.

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BUILD IT RIGHT -- Seven Tips for Building A Portfolio - Unfortunately, there’s no EASY button to press that will yield you the perfect portfolio. Building a portfolio requires brutal honesty and dedication to the truth.

LEARNING -- Introducing Worldwide FREE Creative Education - Chase Jarvis and super-tech friend Craig Swanson bring you the world's first LIVE creative education internet channel.. All live feeds from some of the world's best creative instructors. Tune into and check it out. Calendars, courses, archives, etc.

PROMOTE IT -- How to Promote Your Stock Photography Business. Top 10 things you can do to promote your stock photography and vector portfolio.
SOURCE: John W Griffin

14 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Are you interested in seeing your photographs published?

Secret: Don't go out and just "take pictures."
Instead find markets for your 'interest area' of stock photography. Once you search them out on Google, take pictures within that group of photobuyers who are waiting for your expertise at this moment.

Make your submissions when you get back from your photography jaunt.

You'll find receptive photobuyers waiting for you if you use this simple marketing technique.

14 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

THANKLESS JOB ? -- Survey Results: PDN's 2010 Assistants Survey - Photography assistants have been hard-hit by the recession, and many of them find the work physically demanding and thankless,. Overall, the average number of assisting days was 66 last year, compared to 97 days during 2008--a decrease from about 8 assisting days per month to 5.5 days per month. SOURCE: Photo District NEWS

-- The Knowledge You Need to Sell Your Photos. The difference between a professional who makes a living out of photography and an enthusiast looking for his or her first sale isn’t always talent. There’s no shortage of mediocre photographers using their cameras to pay the rent, and there’s no shortage too of photography lovers with a great eye and a portfolio filled with valuable but unsold images. Much of the difference between a reliable revenue stream from photography and just the thrill of a great picture comes down to a few key pieces of knowledge.

14 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

WHAT’s IN THE TRAVEL BAG? Travel and editorial photographer Susan Seubert in “Pack Your Kit”.

14 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Can your point and shoot camera qualify to take acceptable photos for commercial stock photography?
Mikael Karlsson and Brian Yarvin give some good answers.

14 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

If Amateur Photographers Are As Good As Professionals, Then We Can All Be Professional Photographers. Last year, after producing it for 74 years, Kodak retired Kodachrome film. Likewise, microstock photography sites like iStockPhoto have undermined the stock photography business model so much so as to incur comparisons of its business to pollution and drug dealing. The microstock business has been buoyed by a the increase in supply of new photographers -- and as with any market where the supply is increased, price is driven downwards. SOURCE: from the 1000-words dept;
TAKEAWAY: What's missing here.: -- Customers, any customer, looking for an item will always search the easiest way to find it, with the "cost" being one of the considerations. The Internet is evolving to my earlier (20 years ago) prediction that stock photographers will succeed if they build a deep selection of images in a category that they love photographing.
Both entities win: --the photographer who loves his/her work and the customer who has a deep selection to choose from PLUS the built-in expertise of the photographer who is continuing to gain new knowledge of the subject matter. -RE

14 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

FIRING LINE -- Let’s Not Abandon Photography to the “Experts” – David Saxe recently attended a portfolio review where he had his work critiqued by 20 curators, gallery owners and publishers. In addition to receiving their feedback on his work, he learned two interesting things about the people who did the reviewing: They couldn’t agree on what makes a good photograph. They cared more about whether photographs belonged in a group together than they did about the merits of individual photographs. Source:David Saxe;

14 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

offers digital magazine. Travel Oregon recently announced its magazine is now available as an all-digital, interactive version on its website:

14 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

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14 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

-- Photography organisations file lawsuit against Google - A number of organisations representing photographers has filed a lawsuit for copyright infringement against Google. The reason for the lawsuit is Google’s ambitious and controversial bookproject, the scanning of all books that have ever been published to make them available online.

14 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Speed Up Your Computer XP:
A Guide To Disabling Programs at Startup

Some Common Messages

When you use Google to search for the different Startup items, here are some things to observe:

  • Many of the items use upper and lower case in the names. I recommend typing in the search item exactly as written, because the search may be case sensitive. This could lead to incorrect or misleading results.

  • As you search, you'll notice some common messages, which include information such as:

  • A description of the file

  • Concepts (which tends to list keywords associated with the startup item)

  • A summary (which gives you information about the startup item, what it does and whether or not it can be disabled without adversely affecting computer performance).

  • You might need to look at several sites to get a better idea of what a startup item does. Sometimes one item can appear to be innocuous while on another site the same name could be the name of a computer virus. Careful reading of the documentation is necessary. In the end, though, what to turn off is up to your discretion. If you have any doubts about your ability to do this safely, consult a qualified professional.

When you're satisfied with the changes in the Startup menu, click on Apply at the bottom of the dialog box, then click on Close. You'll then be presented with the following dialog box. Click on Restart to apply the changes.

When the computer restarts, you'll see the following, which tells you that you've used the System Configuration Utility to make changes to the way that Windows starts. To accept these changes, enable the checkmark beside the statement, "Don't show this message or launch the System Configuration Utility when Windows starts" and click on OK. Your new settings have been applied and your computer will run faster.

From time to time, as you accumulate more programs (and potenially more programs that run on startup), you'll need to run this utility again to speed up your computer.

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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14 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

NOT IN THE U.K. -- S43 of the Digital Economy Bill was voted out of existence in the House of Commons with the brief announcement "The noes have it". The Clause, which threatened overly broad commercial orphan works usage rights and proposals for extended collective licensing that turned copyright on its head, was dropped by the Government in response to opposition pressure. The rest of the Bill survived.

Google Library Project. -- -- Photographers File Class Action Against Google The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), joined by other trade associations and individual photographers, has filed a class action copyright infringement suit against Google. The suit relates to Google’s allegedly illegal scanning of millions of books and other publications containing copyrighted images and displaying them to the public “without regard to the rights of the visual creators”, ASMP says. The trade associations decided to file the class action after the Court denied their request to join the currently pending $125 million class action that had previously been filed primarily on behalf of text authors in connection with the Google Library Project.

14 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

The Beginners Guide to
Underwater Digital Photography

By Larry Gates

$34.95 list, 81/2”x11”, 128p, 180 full-color photos, ISBN 978-1-58428-274-7, Order no. 1911. Amherst Media; 800 6223278

Writing for the “regular guy” photographer, Larry Gates shows you how to make the smart technical and creative decisions that lead to great underwater images-without breaking the bank. Gates covers all the critical aspects of underwater photography in this comprehensive manual. He begins with equipment, showing you how to select gear for the kinds of images you want to create.
Next, he shows you how to use this equipment effectively in the underwater environment to produce crisply focused, colorful, and properly exposed images of any scene or subject you might encounter. Finally, Gates presents practical strategies for maximizing your results when photographing specific subjects-from telephoto images of the smallest creatures to wide-angle images of sunken ships.
Simplifying the seemingly complex task of underwater photography, Gates makes it easy to get started quickly and improve your results on every dive.

· Features
· Adding light to reveal the colorful aspects of the underwater world
· Tips for photographing a variety of underwater subjects, from fish (and other creatures), to wrecks, other divers, and the reef itself
· Step-by-step techniques for every phase of the photography dive
· Maintaining your equipment to minimize the potential for problems during a dive
· Techniques for getting closer to fish and other aquatic creatures
· Postproductions refinements to perfect your images

Larry Gates is and underwater photographer and photography instructor whose images have appeared in Skin Diver, Florida Scuba News, and Water Line. He has also worked as a safety and support diver for Paramount Studios and provided technical assistance to Vogue Magazine.

14 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Are you ready to advance to Stage 2 in editorial stock photography?

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14 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource


Were you late with your taxes this year? That can prove costly. The law authorizes the Internal Revenue Service to impose hefty, nondeductible penalties if you submitted your 1040 form after the deadline of Monday, April 17 (the 15th fell on a Saturday) and did not obtain a six-month automatic extension that moves the deadline back to Monday, Oct. 16 (the 15th falls on a Sunday).
How much is the penalty going to cost you? Generally, the late-filing penalty is 5% of the balance due (the amount on line 75 of the 1040 form) for each month that return is late, up to a maximum of 25%. The IRS calculates the penalty after subtracting taxes previously paid - most commonly, through withholding from your salary and your estimated payments.
And there's more. Another rule applies if your return is at least 60 days late. The late-filing penalty is at least $100 or the balance due with the return, whichever is the lesser figure. That means the IRS does not exact a late-filing penalty when there is no balance due.
And now the good news. There are times when the agency will forget about penalties for late filings or payments. To induce the tax collectors to undo an overdue-return penalty, you have to persuade them that there was "reasonable cause" for your tardiness.
So what cause is reasonable? The government's list of acceptable excuses includes a serious illness or death in your immediate family, postal delays, wrong advice from IRS employees, agency tardiness in providing tax forms and instructions, and the destruction of your home, photography studio or records as the result of a fire, other casualty or civil disturbance.
But what if you just don't have the money? The lack of sufficient cash to settle the tab at filing time, even if you are able to demonstrate that, is not reasonable cause that will relieve you of a penalty.
The IRS treats a 1040 form as filed on the date it is mailed to the IRS. That's more good news if you made it to the post office before midnight of April 17. Assuming there is no reasonable cause, you may qualify for relief under what is known as the "timely mailed, timely filed" rule. The agency will not assess the usual penalty against a taxpayer whose return is mailed by the filing deadline, even if it is delayed or lost in the mails.
But expect no clemency for a return for 2005 that is mailed after April 17. Worse yet, a late mailing can turn out to be considerably more expensive than you might think if there is a delay of some sort in the mail delivery.
The IRS computes the late-filing penalty for a delinquent return from the date it is received, not the date mailed. The difference between a postmark of April 17 and April 18 can mean an extra 5% penalty if the return is delayed for as little as one extra day.
This was underscored in a dispute involving a return that was due on the usual April 15, but not mailed until May 14, just under a month late, and not received until May 19, a bit over one month late. The IRS said the penalty should be 10% rather than 5%, and the United States Tax Court agreed.

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, vi sit

14 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Fear: Newbie photographers with expensive equipment are destroying the photography business.
Fact: Newbies with expensive equipment have always been threatening the photography business. That assault has intensified recently with the availability of well-programmed, computer driven cameras that are often smarter than the people holding them. Add to that mix widely pirated image editing software and clever plug-ins that apply sophisticated effects without requiring much user intervention or understanding. SOURCE: MARK LINDERSAY The Guardian

14 Apr, 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.

Art of Photography Show, (The sixth annual), an international competition and exhibition of photographic art, proves to be a tremendous opportunity for photographers around the world with an expected exhibition audience of 30,000+ visitors, cash prizes totaling $10,000 for the top photographers and an opportunity to have photographs reviewed by acclaimed curator Natasha Egan, the Associate Director and Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago.

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Two fellows and the girl with pig tail lingered with Toby over in one of the corners of the room. It was late, and I wondered when they were going to leave so we could turn out that light in the ceiling. They started mumbling among themselves, and occasionally looked over at us. I felt uneasy. I don’t like that when people you don’t know or you just met start talking just low enough that you can’t quite make out what they’re saying. .
“You cats ever smoke any pot? The one guy said.
“Wass?” Rudi said.
“Grass, man!… weeds!”… Like marijuana ! “He walked over to us, shouting, but in a loud whisper, as though he thought the police were next door or something.
Rudi saw the rolled up weed in his hand. “Ah! You mean kiffen.” Rudi said. "Ich bleib weg von dem Zeug. Ich versuchte es einmal in Indien. "
“He means he knows what it is. He tried it in India. But it’s too expensive for him.”
“But this is free!” The fellow said loudly in a throaty whisper as though shouting would make things understandable.

So far on the trip, Rudi and I had not talked about drugs or alcohol because neither of us seemed to need anything like that in the way of priority. We both seemed to look at it the same way; it was a luxury, if you could call it that, which we couldn’t afford. It costs money, and it was that way on the trip, too Drugs and booze were O.K. but they were so expensive. It’s not that either of us had some moral thing against it. It wasn’t one of those “avoiding temptations” problem kind of things That’s not to say we avoided it entirely. And one of those times was coming up.
Toby’s friend, he was a French guy, moved closer to us. “We’d like you to join us. I came into a good supple today.”
Toby came over, “You ever smoke any marijuana, Rohn?”
“Sure,” I said, surprising myself with my answer. I tried to appear nonchalant. But you know what? I don’t even smoke cigarettes. I guess, with the answer I gave him, I didn’t want to appear non-friendly. I was looking for approval. After all Toby was our host. He was letting us stay overnight at his place. My “too expensive” argument wouldn’t hold up. .
Back in art school in Maryland there was plenty of pot smoking. And if you didn’t smoke pot you were usually an outcast, not “part of the gang”, so to speak. But there was one student that avoided pot altogether. He was one of those life-of-the-party fellows but he didn’t touch it, so he was my example to follow and he wasn’t ostracized or anything. I don’t know what his reason was but mine was a practical reason; cigarettes, pot, it was just not i n my budget, what little budget I had I put it to a beer now and then.

Paint brushes, oils, and other art materials took every cent I had. Besides I was on a scholarship, and losing that because of breaking the house rules would have not pleased my mother who had encouraged me to follow a career in art.
So here I was, in Paris, with an invitation to a pot party. To get wild. To be the Bohemian. But you know something? All that was secondary to me. I realized the voyage Rudi and I were on was already a “high” for me and I’m sure if Rudi thought about it too, it was a high for him too. We were on a mission. Why should I put this trip at risk? Rudi probably had similar decisions on his trip to Calcutta and survived by not getting engaged in dizzy activities that could end the whole thing.
With this attitude, we probably came across as prudes. But it didn’t matter. On our trip we were always “leaving the next day”.
Did I refuse Toby’s invitation? No. I accepted. So did Rudi.

After several sucking ins of the burning smoke, I began to sink into a sleep-like mode. There have been many descriptions and odes to smoking marijuana so I don’t need to repeat them here. With me, and I hear it affects all people in different ways, it was an experience of watching myself fall asleep, but at the same time, struggling to keep from falling asleep, or waking my self up. It was like I was driving on a busy two-lane highway knowing that if I continued to fall asleep I could cause the car to go to the right and go into a ditch and roll over, or I could veer off to the left into oncoming traffic. So it was a constant struggling to keep awake, a tension, the whole experience this time.
Toby and his friends were sitting on the floor in a corner. I bid them “Bonne nuit…” The sun was just coming up. I stood by the fifth floor open window, looking over a quiet Paris skyline where touches of sunlight were glancing off a nearby church steeple. The sky to the east was pale blue with tinges of pink along the bottom. The silhouettes of a couple of birds heading south glided off in the distance. And nearby, the silence was broken by a pigeon that fluttered and landed on a nearby ledge.

The pot was working its ways. I was secretly appreciating the newness of the day, a horizon of morning cleanliness from my Paris overlook.

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Irving Penn’s portraits of trades people - Former Sotheby's Photo Head predicts prints from Irving Penn's Small Trades series, now selling for between $60,000 and $250,000, will reach $1m at auction. Pity they were printed so flat and lifeless.

SETTING A FEE -- How to Price Your Photography – - Pricing photography is the second hardest thing you will ever do as a professional photographer. (Finding the right clients is the first hardest.) It’s very easy to make mistakes when pricing and once they’re made, it’s hard to recover from them.

14 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

"Rohn, the work you are doing with your PhotoStockNOTES is excellent -- a real service to many photographers who would rather otherwise still be in the dark on so many marketing issues. Thanks, and we intend to help spread the word."- Bob Grytten, Columnist, Holiday FL

14 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

The good, the bad and the ugly of Photoshop in today's media. With the advent of digital photography came Photoshop, giving photographers (and indeed anybody) the ability to modify and even change the situation portrayed in an image completely, more easily and believably. Now digital technology rules.
SOURCE: Alice Johnson, Deputy UAE Editor

14 Apr, 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.

Art of Photography Show, (The sixth annual), an international competition and exhibition of photographic art, proves to be a tremendous opportunity for photographers around the world with an expected exhibition audience of 30,000+ visitors, cash prizes totaling $10,000 for the top photographers and an opportunity to have photographs reviewed by acclaimed curator Natasha Egan, the Associate Director and Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago.

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14 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

PRACTICAL KEYWORDS: Keywording, or *cataloging* has been the key to finding useful information - and images - for hundreds of years. Cataloging and classification is an old art that is slowly being rediscovered as sites like Dreamstime attract large numbers of contributors and as the number of images available grows exponentially. The sea of information - and images - is vast. How is it possible to stand out from the crowd, to maximize views and downloads, and to make certain that your efforts are rewarded?

Find Effective Keywords
-- When you add your digital photos to a stock photography websites, you are always asked to add keywords or tags, and to assign your image to various categories. How do you make a list of effective keywords for your photographs? SOURCE: Marlee C. Dorst

HE HATES IT/BUYERS LOVE IT -- “I hate keywording. I really do. I like post-processing in general but sitting down and coming up with all the possible ways someone might be searching for an image is tedious. Especially as a nature photographer, since there are so many different things about an animal that might be potentially interesting to someone. SOURCE: Michael Hampson
TAKEAWAY: He may hate the job of keywording but he will love cash or the check for the sale of the image because it was found through effective keywording.

14 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Henri Cartier-Bresson show at the Museum of Modern Art

There are two big maps on the wall outside the Henri Cartier-Bresson show at the Museum of Modern Art, one of Europe and Asia, the other of North and South America. They are crisscrossed with so many dotted lines that they look more like maps from the Age of Exploration than what they are: a record of one man’s photographic travels. On view, in addition to the prints, are the magazines, such as Paris Match and Life, in which his photo essays were published. The catalog has a log showing Cartier-Bresson’s travels, month by month, year by year. He seems to have never stopped moving. SOURCE: JOHN ZEAMAN The Record

13 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

1883 - April 12th - American Photographer Imogene Cunningham was born in Portland, Oregon.

13 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

“People with drive get more done than people with talent…” – H.T. White

13 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Legendary Rock Photographer Jim Marshall Dead at 74 . Spinner - Dan Reilly - Quote in his official bio perfectly sums up his legacy: "I do see the music. This 'career' has never been just a job -- it's been my life."

07 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

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Direct Mail and Snail Mail

It Ain’t Gonna Go Away

When TV became the popular medium, most advertisers thought radio was doomed. It didn’t happen. Radio is still healthy. And what of advertising and promotion by direct mail? Has the Internet taken its place? No. It looks like direct mail is here to stay.

An effective method to keep your name and photography in front of clients is to contact your photobuyers periodically with your own direct mail campaign. Postcards, sell sheets, calendars, and posters all can be used to advantage.
Direct Mail
In planning your direct mail marketing to photobuyers, you might want to consider what we've learned at the PhotoSource International website. These tips can make your direct marketing more effective:
[] By using U.S. Postal Mail (as opposed to email) to contact your photobuyer prospects, you can include a Business Response Card (BRC), to give you feed-back information, gauge effectiveness, make sales, and transform prospects into future sales leads.
[] Your post card, sell sheet, calendar or poster should feature a photo chosen for its sales potential. Very often, your direct mail campaign will pay for itself through multiple sales of this featured photo.
[] Making a mailing list of contacts that are targeted to your specialty area (rather than broad-siding), improves response quality and reduces the unit cost. In doing this, you are establishing your “brand” (specialization). Don’t be tempted to mail outside your specialization. Instead, build your brand.
[] Tailor your message and photo illustrations to your specialty audience.
[] Repeat mailings every four to six months to the same list will increase response dramatically.
[] Follow-up telemarketing to your photo client(s) will increase market awareness for you and portfolio requests from them.

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07 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Cara Ellen Modisett, Editor
PO 21535, Roanoke, VA 24018
540 989 6138
Email: cmodisett[at]leisurepublishing[dot]com

leaving May 1st 2010

replaced by

Kurt Rheinheimer, krheinheimer[at]leisurepublishing[dot]com

07 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Product photography. This post is about product photography, with a focus on the use of props. This time we leave the lighting stuff on a side a we talk a bit more about we approach a food shot.

D-TOWN TV is a fresh approach to and photographic techniques to today's digital photographers with Scott Kelby and Matt Kloskowski as its hosts. No matter what the skill level or interest, each episode covers a wide variety of topics

EASY WEB DESIGNS -- Webdesign: Stinge Sitebuilder - BeyondMegapixels has decided to work with Stinge Sitebuilder. Our main reason for choosing Stinge Sitebuilder was primarily due to its easy use. Over the next couple of months we will be showcasing sites developed using its technology, so you will see and hear more.

GET PUBLISHED -- Are You Trying to Get Published? Editing Counts - When it comes to selecting the best photos to show buyers and publishers, most photographers show far too many images. What’s worse, many of the images they end up selecting are not their best.
TAKEAWAY: If you want to sell to books and magazines, you’re soon going to learn that the photo that the editors choose from the selection you sent for consideration is rarely the photo you thought would be chosen. Why? Editors choose their photos on how well the photo blends with the article’s storyline. S0 –don’t let other photographers, pro or con, judge you photos, and certainly not Flickr enthusiasts –unless they are the photo editor of the magazine or book you’re submitting to.

ONLINE NATURES PHOTOGRAPHY LESSONS -- Learn Nature Photography from the BBC - The "BBC Wildlife magazine" has posted PDFs of its photo master classes online. You can download them all for free.

GET THE BASICS -- New Training for Emerging Pro Photographers - GoingPro, a totally new program providing educational opportunities and business advice for emerging professional photographers interested in all styles of photography including wedding, portrait, nature, commercial, stock, photojournalism, fine art and more. Monthly educational webinars and podcasts will be beginning next month,

07 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

If you specialize your stock photo collection, photobuyers (and Google) will know where to go when they need your brand of stock photography.

07 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

THE $7 COVER -- Steve: “ I post some of my photos to the evil, industry-destroying photographer-exploiting, amateur hour world of “microstock.” In short, stock sites have traditionally sold Rights-Managed licenses for hundreds or thousands of dollars, making life as a stock photographer an easier and more viable endeavor. This model still exists and is used all the time. But now there’s the evil option.

WEB OPTIMIZATION – Dan Heller discusses issues related to managing web presence. Some of these methods directly result in income, such as advertising dollars, whereas others indirectly affect income, such my ranking in search engines or by directing traffic towards monetizable content.

ONE DEFINITION: -- Stock photography-- WHAT IS IT? Stock photography is existing photographs that are available for specific purpose. Sometimes it is also known as picture library or photo bank and digital stock photography can just simply mean that the pictures are taken digitally. You can see a lot of these digital stock photographs in books, magazines and websites. You might ask why the publishers don’t hire professional photographers for the job. This is because the pictures in photo bank are cheaper than getting someone to do it. Author: Michael Wong; Source:

07 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

That new PHOTOSHOP improvement..

See how "Content Aware" will save you hours in your workload.

07 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

GOING TRAVELING? How to Choose the Best Digital Travel Cameras. Read more at Suite101: How to Choose the Best Digital Travel Cameras: DSLR and Small Cameras for Outdoors, Beach, Tours, Backpacking

10 Travel Photography Tips: Planning to trip or vacation? Here’s 10 handy travel photography tips to get you thinking about how to capture your time away.

07 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

‘MICROSTOCK IL’ -- Agency opens opened in Israel aims to offer a vast repository of images for commercial use covering life in Israel, and Jewish, Islamic and Christians holy places.

07 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

ALL IN THE FAMILY -- They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, this one has a lot to say. It says microstock. It says perfect-people perfect-world lowest-common-denominator cookie-cutter pile-them-high sell-them-cheap image. Why would a reputable company want to be associated with those words? The problem with this image is that it has that.... 'Deja Vu' feeling to it, and for a good reason.
TAKEAWAY We saw it coming. Even a strikingly unique and touching picture of Mother Teresa delivering her goodness to the poor ...if used multiple times in multiple ways for various nonprofit organizations destroys the message of the original picture itself. Less is sometimes more. –RE . For more comments on this subject:

CLICHÉ VILLE -- Iconic Symbols And The Power To Communicate In Stock Photography. There are images that have become so identified with certain concepts that they are not only everywhere but have become clichés as well. These “iconic” symbols are ubiquitous and often banal, but even then retain the power to communicate effectively. SOURCE: John Lund

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FOTOLIA SELLING FREE PHOTOS -- I guess photographers are not expected to be writers. But can you figure out what this headline is supposed to mean?: Fotolia Selling Free Photos.
How can ya sell somethin’ that’s F-R-E-E ? . .

07 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

POINT OF VIEW -- Does nationality affect documentary photography?
Do Chinese and Western photographers document the same China through
their photos?

DON’T WORRY, PHOTOGRAPHY STILL RULES. Pros and Amateurs Debate: Is Photography in Trouble? The New York Times Story on the troubles professional photographers are facing drew a lot of reader mail. Some amateur photographers said, basically, good riddance to the pros. Some professionals said that they were struggling; others thought the story overstated the problem. STEPHANIE CLIFFORD; New York TIMES.

07 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Slowtwitch3D Magazine headed for newsstands. The first issue of Slowtwitch3D will hit news stands in mid-April and will be offered on a monthly basis thereafter. Thirty-five thousand copies will be available at the news stand and another 35,000 will be given away at events and promotions. Slowtwitch Publishing is pleased to announce Slowtwitch3D, the first triathlon magazine printed in 3D.

07 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Building a backyard chicken coop
will be one of the best investments you'll ever make.

Not only will you have a self sustained miniature-farm that produces fresh organic eggs everyday, recycles your food scraps and provides high quality fertilizer, but you'll be proud to know that you made something with your own two hands.
chicken coop
Also, building your own chicken coop just makes economical sense. You can build a chicken coop at just a fraction of the cost of buying a pre-built one. Most pre-built chicken coops you buy need to be assembled anyway, you're really just paying hugely inflated prices for the material.

Unfortunately, building your own chicken coop is not as easy as hammering some wood and wire mesh together. You need to take into account materials, insulation, ventilation, lighting, positioning, nesting, perches, litter collection and protection from the elements and other animals.

Fortunately for you, using my many years of experience in poultry farming, I've created an easy to follow guide to building your own perfect chicken coop. It doesn't matter if your a master carpenter or a total beginner, If you require a big or small coop, or if you have a small or big budget.
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07 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

MONEY BACK NOT GUARANTEED -- Photographer Wins $588 in Court, Al Gore’s Current TV Wants It Back - Current TV is in a legal tussle with San Francisco photographer Ken Light over the rights to a photo Light took of a prison inmate. Light’s victory may be short lived. In a surprising move, Current TV has motioned for an appeal — they want their $588 back. SOURCE: PETAPIXEL


07 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

PhotoGraphers Market

Did you know Photographer’s Market is one of the bonuses when you sign up for the SPRING SALE which starts tonight?
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07 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

PROTEST in UK: Photographers take to the streets to 'project' their grievances. Street photographers are set to stage an open-air exhibition in London to demonstrate against the increasing restrictions being placed on photographers, as well as new government controls from the controversial Digital Economy Bill.

07 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

More Time to File Form 1040
And if you owe, it's usually easy to arrange installment payments
By Julian Block

For most people, this year’s deadline for filing Form 1040 is Thursday, April 15. Miss the deadline and you could get slapped with a substantial, nondeductible penalty.

Generally, the penalty is 5% of the balance due (the amount that remains unpaid after subtractions for taxes previously paid through withholdings from wages during 2009 and payments of estimated payments) for each month, or portion of a month, that a 1040 is late.

The maximum penalty is 25% of the balance due—a truly steep charge. On a balance due of, say, $10,000, that works out to $500 a month. The penalty can reach as much as $2,500 when more than four months elapse before your return reaches the Internal Revenue Service.

Sometimes, the IRS will forget about a late-filing penalty.
The agency will waive the penalty only if you can convince it that the delay was “due to reasonable cause and not due to willful neglect.” An example: You’re unable to complete the return by the deadline because your residence, place of business, or records are destroyed by fire, flood, civil disturbance, burglary, or other casualty. Another acceptable excuse is the death or acute illness of an immediate family member or your own serious illness.

What if you don’t have sufficient cash on hand to pay the balance due at filing time? Even if you’re able to prove it, that isn’t reasonable cause that will relieve you of the penalty.

There’s no problem if you need extra time to complete your return or just to avoid the late-filing penalty. It’s easy to obtain a six-month automatic filing extension, moving the deadline back to Friday, October 15. By April 15, submit simple-to-complete Form 4868 (Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return), available at, or file it by phone (call toll-free 888-796-1074 ), with computer tax preparation software, or through a tax professional.

Form 4868 extends only the time to turn in Form 1040, not the time to pay any taxes owed. While the IRS doesn’t require payment by April 15 of the tax you estimate as due, failing to do so means you’ll owe nondeductible interest, which runs until payment of the tax. It makes no difference that you had a good reason for not paying on time; you’ll still owe interest. Moreover, you might be assessed a nondeductible late-payment penalty on the unpaid tax. When you finally file your return, be sure to enter any extension-related payment on Line 68 of Form 1040 as "amount paid with request for extension to file."

The IRS relaxes the rules for those who are unable to fully pay the balance due by April 15. Usually, it’s easy to arrange for partial payments in installments by submission of Form 9465 (Installment Agreement Request). It allows you to request a monthly payment plan and specify the amounts you can pay each month and the monthly due date.

State tax returns: Some states accept Form 4868 for extending their due date; some require their own extension forms. Check the rules of the state in which you have to file returns, including the penalties for any underpayments of taxes.

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 Mini mum,” 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

07 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

TRENCH TOOL -- War Through an iPhone Camera Lens in the middle of a fire fight against the Taliban in Afghanistan's Helmand province. AP photographer David Guttenfelder caught the moment, and many others just as captivating, with his iPhone.

WHAT`S NORMAL? -- Standard Lenses - For Photographers And Photography. Positioned between the wide-angle and telephoto settings of your zoom, the standard lens settings provide the most natural view of the world around us If telephoto lenses start at around 70mm, and wide-angle ones are 35mm, then standard lens settings are the ones in between.

UP HIGH -- British Photographer Builds Space Camera for only $750 - The British photographer and space enthusiast managed to build his own camera contraption, then sail it into Earth’s upper stratosphere and capture stunning images of our planet, like the one above.

07 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

PRICING -- Writing Your Photography Marketing Plan: Marketing Mix – Price - Pricing is undoubtedly the most deceptively simple task that most photographers face. Setting prices too high will drive clients away, as we all know. On the other hand, setting prices too low leads to working too hard for too little. Source: Matthew Kauffmann; BlackStar/Rising

07 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

"I currently receive PhotoStockNOTES and thank you for providing the service. I learned of PhotoSource International when I purchased Sell & ReSell Your Photos a few months ago, and appreciate the insight and advice it provides."
-Michael A. Lebednik, Photographer, Manalapan NJ

07 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

PHOTOGRAPHY IS BECOMING ART -- Photoshop's soon-to-be-released "Content Aware" tool basically uses a computer algorithm to create content in a photograph to fill a blank area or cover up undesirable elements in the image. The process of removing and adding content was time consuming and sometimes obvious to a trained eye with previous versions of Photoshop. The coming tool is easy and seems almost impossible to recognize. Source: Joshua Trujillo

07 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource


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My Story


The address said “Toby’s, 88 Rue Jacob, St. Germain-de-Pres.
I checked our guidebook. “That’s across the river. On the left bank, it says here.” I said. “Let’s try to make it. You want to?” I turned to Rudi.
Rudi answered, but not in a convincing way. “Ja, Engh, if you want to.”
I could see he wasn’t exactly thrilled by my suggestion, and I suspect it was because this guy, Toby, this “artiste” was not the element he had run into on his way to India on his bicycle, and certainly not the social strata he encountered among the hard-working coal miners in Duesseldorf. I think he would have rather spent the time checking out the tire pressure or the wheel alignment on the Vespa. Rudi wasn’t anti-social, it’s not that, it’s just that in the life he knew in Germany, it was a social environment that was very class divided.

He was aware of the carefree life that college students enjoyed in Europe. He had seen it in the movies. And he’d seen it in his travels through the mid-east and he’d seen these class divisions in India. He didn’t fit in. So he migrated more to the lower classes in the cities and the peasants in the countryside.

To get anywhere in the upper level job market in Germany you had to have an abitur – a high school diploma, and he had never gotten past the 8th grade. Back in Wuesterheide he was destined to become what his father did for a living, and what his grandfather was –a dirt farmer.
“You’ll like these guys and girls,” I said. But how did I know? I just said it anyway. I’ve never known anyone who didn’t ever graduate from high school. We all gravitate to our position in life, I guess. I realized then when I saw Rudi’s hesitation that he felt he would be out-classed at the party, just like I felt the strange feeling back in Holland and Belgium that I was outclassed -but this time it was by working people, the people who lived in housing projects or toiled in the fields.
This would be Rudi’s chance. He was being thrown into the fire of “upward class mobility” we used to say back in Maryland. It would be interesting to see how he would handle these exchange students.

Most of them would be American “beats” who had come to Paris to study. Those people are the dropouts, the young people who choose not to go along with society, at least, and the way they saw society was headed.

We did some more grocery shopping and spent some time ‘til late evening in the Bois de Boulonge, a big park in Paris. Rudi got a chance to straighten a minor problem on the Vespa’s steering mechanism. We weren’t really supposed to be doing motor scooter repairing in there and a gendarme came by and told us so but he let us stay when Rudi showed him the newspaper article.
When it started to drizzle we got under the protection of the chestnut trees in the park. Someone told us the aroma from the sweet smelling scent from the wet chestnut trees in the rain was really strong, like the aroma in a cigar store, but I’m not sure if that smell didn’t come from the fast women that were roaming the park for customers. Two of them were intrigued by our scooter voyage and each helped by shielding us from the rain with their umbrellas. We gave them each an apple from our grocery bag. Charming ladies!
On to Toby’s place. Rue Jacob was more an alley than a street. We rang the bell downstairs in the dimly lit vestibule. A concierge came to the door and squinted at us. “They’re in Number 5,” she said, “staring at our beards. She pointed at a window three stories up. It was closed but we could see shadows of people moving against the tan window shade.
We passed through a dark patio and entered into an even darker doorway that led to a narrow stairwell that creaked as we climbed. At the fifth floor we heard voices coming from behind a green door that had at one time a number 5 tacked to it. We paused for a moment and listened to the commotion. A late night party sound, like the fraternity house party from college days. I thought about turning around and leaving. I knocked on the door. No one answered. I heard the sound of a harmonica above the crowd noise and a guitar. Again, no one answered. We tried the door. It was unlocked. So we went in.
Two people had been sitting on the floor near the door. “C’mon on in” a girl shouted over the noise and she and her friend made room for us. “The more the merrier!” She said in English in an English-sounding accent.

Every one was so engrossed in their own personal conversations, no one noticed us. The room was about the size of a 2-car garage. People were scattered about. So much you could hardly see where the floor was. There was no furniture available to sit down so we walked over to a corner. No one looked up. No one paid attention to us. They all kept talking.

All of us were swallowed in a thick cloud of gray cigarette smoke. We stood there for a moment, wondering if we should stay. I don’t think anyone would have noticed if we would've walked back out.

Figures reclining on floor mats, cushions, and boxes. It looked like a frantic auction, with each person there the auctioneer. Girls with long uncombed straight hair. No cosmetics. Tight dark leotards. Men wore striped t-shirts or corduroy pants. Some with berets. I think those were the "artistes."

Most of them had beards some had goatees. The atmosphere was electric but it wasn’t happy. Serious, depressing looking expressions flashed about the room.

Posters, calendars landscapes, and sketches covered fading wallpaper that covered a cracked wall in need of repair. Some of the sketches were done right on the wallpaper. The room did have two windows, but there’s little chance that the renter saw any sunlight. Daytime was the time to catch up on sleep from the night before.

Toby came over and greeted us once he recognized us from earlier in the day. He had a wine bottle in his hand and two cups.
“You made it!” he said. “Cool!”

Toby waved over to a thin guy pouring the last drip of wine from a bottle. “Kurt, come over here.” Toby said.

Kurt was a tall, skinny, gaunt-looking American student studying in Paris, well-shaven and with a shock of black hair that was combed forward to meet his bushy eyebrows. He had been talking with a petite local French girl with short black hair. I figured she was either a dancer or an actress.
“Are you going to recite tonight?” Toby asked Kurt.
Kurt looked down at the girl who had wandered over after him. Before she answered, the room quieted down. A blond bearded guy opened a window and with a Clint Eastwood movie poster began chasing clouds of smoke out of the room into the Paris sky.

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07 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Frans Lanting's workshops immortalize the county's natural marvels. Most of us have been left breathless by an incandescent sunset at Natural Bridges. But very few know how to capture that moment for eternity. Internationally recognized photographer Frans Lanting has made a mission of teaching people how to do so.

07 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

War photographer on exhibit at Misericordia
The Misericordia University Pauly Friedman Art Gallery is presenting the exhibit, “Robert Capa: World War II Photographs,” until April 17 on campus during gallery hours: Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday to Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

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07 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

-- An Interview With Nick Vedros . His advice to young photographers is to figure out what their commercial specialty is. If you are happy making a decent living in your own city, great! It’s all about balance and being happy.”

Nick Vedros
( graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in Photojournalism in 1976 and then quickly found his true passion in the world of commercial photography. From his Kansas City-based photo studio, Vedros has won top honors from the ADDY Awards, Effie Awards, Archive International, Communication Arts, the Top 200 Advertising Photographers, and the Canon Explorers of Light program. His award-winning photography has brought him advertising photography from top clients like Apple, Bayer, Capital One, Coca-Cola, DuPont, IBM, Kodak, Microsoft, Sony, and Sprint.

"To really make it in the commercial and advertising business your work needs to differentiate you from the rest. It has to be something that’s pertinent in the marketplace. It has to be something that clients are going to buy. It needs to be a style and hopefully a trend that you can modify throughout your career. Here, I’ve taken and run with the humor thing with lots of postproduction and digital work for more than 25 years. There are a lot of photographers who say their specialty is food photography but they pick a style that everybody is doing. So it’s really hard to get a client to fly into your city to work with you when the client knows that they can get the same thing in Chicago or Cincinnati or Springfield. The key to working nationally is coming up with that specialty that will be your national style and getting it to the markets that will hire you in a consistent fashion.
"I think young photographers need to figure out what their commercial specialty is and if they even want to go after a national market. If you are happy making a decent living in your own city, great! It’s all about balance and being happy. If you can get enough local work to make a living and really enjoy yourself, that’s a lot more success than someone trying to go national and being stressed all the time. I think it’s where you put your values and how you evaluate success that is most important.

SOURCE: Maria Piscopo ; Shutterbug; ttp://

07 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

“I hope to stay unemployed as a war photographer till the end of my life. “Robert Capa

07 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

1895 - April 26th
- Photographer Dorothea Lange was born in Hoboken, New Jersey.

07 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Peter Gowland, an innovative fashion photographer who invented elite cameras and equipment that he used to shoot pinups and magazine covers for six decades, has died. He was 93. SOURCE: Bob Poole; AP

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