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27 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: photosource



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27 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: photosource



July 29th 2010


27 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: photosource





Keeping Up





Technology these days has wings -- sometimes rocket fuel. Both stock photobuyers and photo suppliers have learned that by paying attention they can keep up -- and by keeping up with the changes - they can survive. The good news is that the standard rules for success in our stock photo industry haven’t changed.

The photography budget for a medium-size publishing house is between $20,000 and $40,000 monthly. For a major publisher, it's twice that amount. Stock photographers who have said, “ I want to sell my photos,” have learned to identify certain markets that match their own areas of interest. Once they become a "regular" at a specific publishing house, they receive a steady stream of photo requests and assignments.

One way to succeed in our new digital era is to avoid failure. Here are some marketing mistakes you want to avoid:


CREATE FIRST THEN FIND A MARKET

This number one is probably the most oft-repeated marketing mistake. Creative people tend to produce their product first and then attempt to find a market for it. This is a recipe for disaster. The Boulevard of Broken Dreams is strewn with bodies of creative people who never learned: "Find the market first, and then create for that market."
This doesn’t mean just “take whatever sells.” It means identify markets that want photos in the subject areas you like to photograph.

SPREAD TOO THIN

When you try to be all things to all people in the publishing world, with a huge variety of offerings, the photobuyer's reaction is: "No one can be that good!" Discover your photographic strength areas, and go for them. Many entry-level stock photographers try to go after the whole pie rather than a piece of the pie.
Become a specialist. Don't photograph everything you see. You'll burn out. Stay within a "segment" and become an expert in your area(s) of interest. This way you’ll earn recognition for your “brand.” Learn to speak the language of your interest areas. Become an expert in the area, or a select few areas, you like to focus on. You'll become a valuable resource to a specific group of photobuyers out there. If wild horses can't pull you away from your goals, you'll succeed. You'll fail or get bored if you aim for only those markets that “pay well.”

FOR SOUL NOT FOR SALE

Writers rarely can get their poetry published, and even rarer is getting paid for it. Similarly, in the stock photography field, don't expect your 'artsy' pictures to be frequent sellers. Consider them your poetry. Ask yourself next time you're taking (making) a picture, "Is this for sale or is it for soul?" Spend Sundays to take pictures that feed your soul, take nuts and bolts marketable pictures during the week to feed your family.

PASSING THROUGH
Give the appearance that you are a 'permanent' resident. Creative people as a group tend to change their address once every five or six years. Photobuyers shy away from the vagabonds, the wanderers, no matter how talented they might be. Buying photos is a business and photobuyers want you to be where they expect you be and to be businesslike in your dealings with them, and that means being 'reachable' five days before deadline. Your e-mail address will keep you reachable, wherever you are or move to. Stick with it, don’t change it.

LOOKING LIKE A BEGINNER

If you appear to be ' just starting out,’ photobuyers will pass you on by. They don't have the time to hold your hand or "train" you. They'd rather spend their time with someone who is "hassle-free". You should give the appearance of looking like a pro. Build a simple but quality website. Correspond on quality stationery, labels, and envelopes. Aim to get on the photobuyer’s “white list.”
If your photo specialty matches the photobuyer’s publishing theme (gardening, car care, environment, etc.) he/she will put you on their contact list.

TECHNICAL FAILINGS

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http://www.photosource.com/psn-article/frontjump.html

27 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: st



For our recent 2010 Survey of Photobuyers, Mikael Karlsson of PSI asked photobuyers this question.

If you receive a great electronic promo piece from a photographer, are you likely to forward it on and share it with colleagues in your office/business?

Answer Percentage
Yes 50.85%
No 23.73%
No answer 25.42%

Mike's Comment:
This is an important aspect of marketing and something to keep in mind. If the recipient of one of your promotions like what you have to offer he or she will likely share it with others. Not only does this give your marketing piece much more impact, but it also gets your name out there with a positive note. As in, “...that photographer who just sent us that neat promo piece that NN shared with the rest of us”.
This kind of marketing is something money can't buy. Not only does your message get spread. It gets spread by someone who likely has a lot of goodwill with his or her colleagues. Try it out on yourself. If someone you respect and trust comes to you with an offer from a store, are you more likely to react positively compared to if you see an ad from that store in the paper? The delivery method – in this case the photobuyer you initially sent your promo piece to – can make or break any marketing campaign. If you are fortunate enough to get extra spreading power for your marketing pieces consider yourself lucky because it is likely to make a big difference.
This is also a good challenge to yourself to keep up the good work. See it as a challenge that the next marketing piece you send out should be better than the one sent before. This way your promotional pieces get better and better and you'll reach more and more people. Which in turn will reach more and more people because some of these “new” photobuyers that get to hear about you and your stock photography through their colleague are likely to license images from you spreading your name/credit line even further.
Consider the “spreadability” of your electronic promotional pieces. Small files are better than large one. Uncomplicated image files (such as JPG, TIF etc) are better than animations or huge slide-show files. Avoid anything proprietary like the plague. If a recipient has to install new software simply to view your promotional materials chances are your stuff will never get even looked at. As with all marketing you want to make it easy for your recipient to access and view it. Add ease of sharing your promo pieces with others as well because this is absolutely something you want to encourage.

http://www.photosource.com/shop/index.php?app=ccp0&ns=prodshow&ref=ps2008


27 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: photosource




FINDERS KEEPERS
-- Ansel Adams Trove, or a Pile of Glass? Negatives Purchased for $45 a Decade Ago at a Garage Sale Stir Controversy Over Authenticity; 'It Could Be Anyone'. Experts enlisted by the negatives' owner said the images were early works by Adams, famous for photographing the West. If authentic, they would represent rare works from the '20s and '30s. A set of 65 glass photographic negatives was identified Tuesday as vintage work of Ansel Adams by a team of experts enlisted by the owner, eliciting cries of skepticism.
If authentic, the negatives, purchased for $45 at a garage sale 10 years ago, would represent a major addition to the body of work attributed to the iconic American photographer. SOURCE: Wall Street Journal. Lauren A. E. Schuker at lauren.schuker[at]wsj[dot]com http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB10001424052748703292704575393671879091924-lMyQjAxMTAwMDIwODEyNDgyWj.html



27 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes




NIGHT WORK -- Night Photography Tips For Exceptional Photographs. Photographs taken between the hours of dusk to dawn are generally referred to as night photography. Photographers taking photographs at night usually have a choice between using a long exposure, exposing the scene for seconds or even minutes, or using artificial light. http://photographytechniques.phoenix-blogs.com/night-photography-tips-for-exceptional-photographs/


BE YOUR OWN MODEL
-- From HINXU. “If you can stay aware and observant you will find your own life can provide some great inspiration, locations, models and more. Your life can be a great source of inspiration for your stock photography. I am going to provide a number of examples of how I have used my life experiences including visits to the doctor and even my own surgeries to directly benefit my stock photo career. Stock pictures are all around us, but often we just fail to realize it. SOURCE: HINXU. http://www.hinxu.com/turning-doctor-visits-into-hot-selling-medical-stock-photos.html
TAKEAWAY: Ths idea is laudatory but the part about avoiding people in your pictures is faulty. –RE

PLAN AHEAD -- Often times we find ourselves just being wherever we are, taking advantage of what light is available, taking pictures of what sights are available. It really helps to know, ahead of time, exactly what you want to photograph, and how you want to photograph it, for any particular destination. Here are a few tips. http://www.beyondmegapixels.com/2010/07/plan-your-shots-ahead-of-time/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BeyondMegapixels+%28Beyond+Megapixels%29


27 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



OLD FAITHFUL -- US Congress still a loyal customer of the print - With the launch of the iPad, the internet, social media, mobile applications ... who is still reading the newspaper? Congress has not forgone the print and still remains a loyal customer of the paper version. In total, Congress spends roughly 1.2 million dollars a month on news and research. http://www.editorsweblog.org/newspaper/2010/07/us_congress_still_a_loyal_customer_of_th.php



27 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



GET SEEN -- Press Releases That Win Publicity for Photographers - When it comes to spreading the word about a photography business, large or small, nothing is more effective than a write-up in a newspaper or an appearance in the news. Not only do you suddenly get all of the recognition and awareness that usually costs a fortune in advertising dollars, you’re also seen by viewers as an expert and an authority. http://blogs.photopreneur.com/press-releases-that-win-publicity-for-photographers?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PhotopreneurBlog+%28Photopreneur+Blog%29

27 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: bswenson






27 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



ETHNIC DIVERSITY -- Photo Buyers Still Asking for More Ethnic Diversity in Images - For as long as John Griffin has been running CutCaster, he’s been hearing the same request from buyers. They want to see more “everyday” people in stock inventories, they tell him, and in particular, they want to see more “ethnicity” represented. http://blogs.photopreneur.com/photo-buyers-still-asking-for-more-ethnic-diversity-in-images?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PhotopreneurBlog+%28Photopreneur+Blog%29

27 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes




HOW ARE YOU DIFFERENT? -- Don’t simply imitate what your competitors are doing. Do something different and do it well. The oldest adage in the sales and marketing business is to develop a USP – a Unique Selling Point. Figure out what you do better than anyone else and differently than anyone else and promote the heck out of that. http://goingpro2010.com/?p=666
TAKEAWAY: In stock photography, a Unique Selling Point translates to BRANDING.

27 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



NOT A PIECE-A-CAKE -- Still/Video Convergence: Stephanie Rausser Shoots and Directs a Pharma Campaign - Stephanie Rausser, who specializes in commercial shoots involving lifestyle and kids, says that just about every other client who now calls her with an assignment to shoot stills ends up inquiring about video production, too. However, the "anyone-can-shoot-video" hype surrounding the DSLR’s that shoot video is way more complicated than people perceive it to be. SOURCE: PDOnline.com ; http://www.pdnonline.com/pdn/content_display/features/pdn-online/e3i3639278d2189e4efee7bac0914d6d0b6

27 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



AWKWARD STOCK PHOTOS -- It's those cringe-making stock shots you hoped everybody had forgotten about. http://awkwardstockphotos.com/
TAKEAWAY: You can’t always come up with winners.


27 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



GOOD ENOUGH? -- What happens when people are asked to perform the same task for less compensation they are used to receiving ? Well, they use the same skills they have always used but in less time, as they try to augment the number of jobs they can perform, in order to increase their revenue ( or at least keep them flat). Thus, they come out with more or less the same product or service, but just less worked upon. It carries less quality, less commitment, less attention to details. http://blog.melchersystem.com/2010/07/22/in-search-of-goodenough/

27 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



MAGAZINE NEWS -- Ninety magazines launched in the first half of this year, that’s less from the 187 new titles that launched in 2009 for the same period, according to MediaFinder, the largest online database of U.S. and Canadian publications. At the same time, only 87 magazines folded this year as opposed to 279 in the first half of 2009; and 16 print magazines converted to online only formats as opposed to 43 in 2009.
http://www.resourceshelf.com/2010/07/19/serials-90-magazines-launched-in-first-half-of-2010-down-from-187-new-titles-in-first-half-of-2009/


MARK -- Most magazines are littered with ads all over the place and so it takes away from the aesthetic. An interview about Mark: Can Architecture Photography Save Publishing? - Joern Blohm who is an architecture and interior photographer based in San Francisco, asks Thomas Miller, an award-winning graphic designer with more than 12 years of publishing experience, what sets Mark apart from other architecture magazines? http://popphoto.wordpress.com/2010/07/14/on-mark-can-architecture-photography-save-publishing/2/


27 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: st





Speed Up That Hard Drive:


Hear That Chugging Noise In The Background? That's Your Hard Drive


Speeding up the computer is one of the most common refrains around computer users. They want a solution to the problem, usually as fast and as cheaply as possible. They also want it to be done in the shortest amount of time, so they can get back to what they were doing before. Speed up hard drive capacity and you'll speed up your computer

If your computer is running agonizingly slow, there are many reasons for it, but most of those aren't obvious to the casual computer user. The first thing that many people tend to look for is some piece of software that will solve the problem. What they don't realize is their habits are usually the number one reason for the slow computer.

Sound surprising? Not really.
Consider this, your computer didn't suddenly arrive at its slow condition. Chances are, when you bought it (assuming its current technology) it was a pretty fast machine, but over time it began to slow down.

There are many reasons for that. Look at it this way. Is your computer a standalone device or connected to the Internet? That one thing alone will be a major contributor to your problems?.

Do you buy off-the-shelf software or is it stuff you find online? Another major contributor to a slow computer!

How many programs have you got on your hard drive? Have you checked? Do you know its capacity? If you don't, your hard drive could be dangerously full, which could slow your computer to a crawl. To speed up hard drive capacity, the first thing to do is offload programs. Next is to remove as much data as possible.

Speed up hard drive response by doing regular mainentance on your drive. I'm not talking about the Windows tools, either. They're not the best for the job. There are other, 3rd party utility programs that do a better job.

Nathan Segal

Give me 10 minutes of your time and I'll show you speed up hard drive, rid yourself of computer infestations and protect yourself online.

27 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



GET IT RIGHT -- Greek man gets £175.000 from Swedish producer of Turkish yoghurt - Why is he not amused? Greek and Turkey have a notoriously difficult relationship so being the face of Turkish yogurt has been upsetting. http://www.fastmediamagazine.com/archives/7447


PAYMENT PLEASE -- Snowboarding Photographer Labeled “Unstable” by CEO for trying to protect copyright. A snowboarding photographer battled a company for months trying to get them to acknowledge that they had used his photo without permission or payment. The photographer, Chris Messervey, has now published his months of correspondence with the company on his blog in hopes of getting satisfaction. http://pdnedu.blogs.com/pdn_pulse/2010/07/snowboarding-photographer-labeled-unstable-by-ceo-for-trying-to-protect-copyright.html
TAKEAWAY: Alert! Careful when you publish another person’s letters to you. It may be copyright infringement.



27 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: photosource










Federal Court

Disallows Improper

Bulk Copyright

Registrations



by
Joel L. Hecker, Esq.



It is a regrettable fact that, for a variety of reasons, most photographers do not register their photographic images, thus depriving the photographers and their stock agencies of the right to obtain statutory damages and attorneys fees in connection with copyright infringement claims.

In an attempt to remedy this situation, Corbis and other stock agencies began to offer their contributing photographers an option of transferring copyright to the agency for purposes of copyright registration. After the images were registered, the agency would then reassign the copyright back to the applicable photographers.

To confirm that this practice would hold up, the Picture Agency Council of America (known as PACA) had a dialogue with the Copyright Office in early 2002 in an attempt to obtain official Copyright Office approval of this practice.

On February 12, 2002, the Copyright Office’s Chief of the Examining Division confirmed in writing that the Copyright Office considered the copyright claim
“to extend to the photographs themselves because, assuming that the claimant [owner of copyright] listed at space 4 is the author of the compilation [usually the stock photo agency], an acceptable transfer statement is also provided in space 4 of the form VA. Thus, the Office interprets the claim to extend to the individual photographic authorship for which the names indicated as space 2b of the form VA are the responsible authors.”

The Copyright Office further wrote: “that the Copyright Office preferred, but did not require, the registration application to contain the names of all of the photographers on continuation sheets.”

As a result, Corbis and other agencies continued the practice of registering hundreds of images as part of a single copyright registration application without always separately listing each individual photographer.

Beginning in March 2001 and continuing through December 2006, photographers Marc and David Muench, doing business as Muench Photography, Inc. (“MPI”), licensed approximately 180 of MPI’s images to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company (“HMH”) through Corbis, its stock photo agency. In 2009, MPI sued HMH in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, alleging that HMH exceeded the scope and terms of the licenses granted, which acts constituted copyright infringement.

On January 18, 1996, David Muench filed a copyright registration certificate for a collection of unpublished photos, covering 20 of the images at issue. Muench listed himself as the author. Since the individual author of each was listed on the copyright certificate the court found these 20 to be properly registered.

On September 30, 1997, the Muench brothers transferred legal title in their other images at issue to Corbis, solely for the purposes of copyright registration.

Corbis then submitted six copyright registration applications to the Copyright Office which registered several automated databases of photographs, including these Muench images.

Each application form filed by Corbis, listed itself as one author, and listed the names of only three individual photographers “and others”, or “and (number) other photographers”. Corbis did not list MPI, Marc Muench or David Muench as an author of any of the photos contained in the automated databases.

The Court’s Decision

The defendants moved for summary judgment to dismiss the case on the grounds that the photos were not properly registered by MPI since the actual registration certificates did not list MPI as an author (it was one of the “others” listed by Corbis).

The court framed the issue as follows:
The Court is faced with the novel question of whether the registration of an automated database--here, a compilation of photographs by different photographers--by a third-party copyright claimant that has been assigned the rights to the individual works for the purposes of copyright registration registers the individual works thereby permitting the individual photographers to sue for copyright infringement.
The court determined that the copyright registration procedure required information about the copyright claimant, the particular work, and the author of the work. Specifically,” said the court, “the application must include the name and nationality or domicile of the author or authors." When the work at issue is a compilation, the copyright, "extends only to the material contributed by the author of such work."

MPI argued that the text of this section,103 of the Copyright Act, together with case law and the Copyright Office's letter, provide that the registration of a collective work covers the individual works even if the individual authors' names are omitted from the registration form.
The Court rejected this reading of the statute as “misguided”.

No Deference Given to the Copyright Office’s Interpretation


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27 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: st






Zen and the Magic of Photography
Learning to See and to Be through Photography

We’ve all had those photographic moments
when we just took the photo without thinking about it.

We saw what we knew was a keeper, that once in a life time great image - no thoughts – no words, - we knew it was going to be a great photo.

Well, that’s what this book is about.

That’s what Zen is about. Becoming a better photographer without words; and sometimes, without thought – more “the feel of the moment”. That is the Zen of the moment - the here and now of creating great memorable photographs.

This book has three sections to it and begins with the general knowledge and introduction of what Zen is about: Part I “Experiencing Zen through Photography and Photography through Zen”. Here he discusses What is Zen, What is Satori, Photography and the Creative Mind , and Zen and the Empty Mind, and the Role of Intuition and Feeling in Photography and Zen.

As you can tell from these headings, this book is not about technical stuff. It assumes you have all that already. Rather is about mastering a way of observing, that every photographer must have and must experience, that is, the ability to capture that moment we’ve experienced in all of its fullness and completeness, right now – not yesterday, or tomorrow, but now. This is an important section, as it establishes the ground work for what’s to come next.

The thought of putting such an abstract concept as Zen and Satori in print and then to photography, is pretty exceptional. The author moves on in Part II to illustrate a link between still photography and film using this technique. Movies scenes with actors like Marlon Brando in “On the Waterfront,” and James Dean in “Rebel Without A Cause,” are examples of an artist being in the “here and now of Zen.
He includes scenes shots along with explanations, of why the scenes works, so when put up against one’s own experiences, you have a comparison or study if you will.

Finally, in Part III the author suggests “Opening Oneself to the Light” of this Zen/Satori moment, with examples of several pages of his own images – full page and half page examples. He invites us to find this “Satori” moments in his work as well as encouraging us to begin looking for it in our own work. Rowe believes that this Zen perspective is teachable, and does so by showing and illustrating how one becomes more aware and intuitive.
This is a book I would highly recommend to experienced stock photographers. It was a fun read as well as very engaging. I use it in my own photography, daily.


Zen and the Magic of Photogaphy:
Learning to See and Be through Photogaphy by Wayne Rowe, Published by Rocky Nook, joan[at]rockynook[dot]com ISBN: 1933952547, Price: $24.95 – At Amazon: $16.47

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Joseph Stanski has been an agricultural stock photographer for the last twenty-five years. He has published in many ag-oriented magazines as well as national publications. He retired as a schoolteacher and is currently teaching photography and running his stock
photography business in Southeast Iowa. www.photos4calendars.com







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Each chapter teaches you one technique, explaining the concept on which it is based, demonstrating the setup step by step, and revealing the final results. Working through the image design process for each image, Grey teaches you to creatively use accent lights, subtractive lighting, shutter drag, double main lights, and more.
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27 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: photosource






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27 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



DON’T SEARCH ME! -- In Britain: Theresa May, The Home Secretary guarantees the freedom of photographers. She has confirmed that the Home Office will 'look at the issue of photographers and stop-and-search powers.' http://www.bigbrotherwatch.org.uk/home/2010/07/theresa-may-guarantees-the-freedom-of-photographers.html



27 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



GOOD BYE OL’ FRIEND -- Kodak takes its Kodachrome away Photographer who snapped the Afghan Girl allowed to use last roll of iconic film of the 20th century As Kodachrome is no longer manufactured, Steinle said Dwayne's Photo will end its processing of Kodachrome on Dec. 10 2010. SOURCE: Colleen Surridge, Parsons Sun ; http://www.vancouversun.com/entertainment/Kodak+takes+Kodachrome+away/3318015/story.html#ixzz0uebFUkbr ; Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/entertainment/Kodak+takes+Kodachrome+away/3318015/story.html#ixzz0udbVDIuX




27 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes




MANAGING YOUR PHOTOS. -- Digital photography’s biggest plus is the fact we can take as many images as we want, with different angles and settings, for little or no cost (well, other than the camera). Then one day you realize you have thousands upon thousands of images scattered all over your computer and you haven’t backed them up in a year. Sooner or later, you are going to have to get used to the real cost of digital photography: file management. SOURCE: Jeff Harper ; jharper[at]herald[dot]ca)
http://thechronicleherald.ca/ArtsLife/1192538.html


27 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



WHAT’S NEXT? -- Expected Trends in Conceptual Stock Images - We all wonder what to shoot next. Determining what the next trend will be is never easy but Soren Breiting at www.stockphotonews.com did a write-up on the expected trends in conceptual images http://blog.cutcaster.com/2010/07/07/expected-trends-in-conceptual-stock-images/

27 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: photosource



"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.


27 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes





MARKETS THAT PAY
-- 10 Travel Photography and Travel Writing Markets that Pay. Jeff Bartlett: Reality can be difficult for a travel writer/photographer. The bills must be paid and today’s current market isn’t the easiest to navigate. Thankfully these 10 outlets, will not only publish travel photography and travel writing, but they’ll pay for it, too. As publishing budgets shrink, the demand for combined writing and photography work has never been higher. Whether focusing on travel writing or photography, it would likely benefit you to include both services in potential queries. SOURCE: Jeff Bartlett: http://www.photojbartlett.com/2010/07/18/10-travel-photography-and-travel-writing-markets-that-pay/



27 Jul, 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.

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* The Lux Photography Awards seeks the best photographers in a variety of genres, and rewards them with photography related gear from a variety of companies and workshops with various professionals. The genres include Natural World (Wildlife and Nature Images) **Everything Wild, No Man-Made Objects**, Bodies in Motion (Sports), The Urban Landscape (Travel), Universal Faces (Portraits). Regular entry deadline is September 30th, 2010. For more information:
http://www.theluxawards.com/?page_id=2

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* Since its inception in 2005, Hey, Hot Shot! has provided one hundred and twenty-nine photographers from all over the world with exposure, support and recognition. This year marks the 5th anniversary of the competition and the 7th anniversary of Jen Bekman Gallery. In celebration, they are introducing more opportunities for every contender. In addition to the hallmark awards of past competitions, this year they are offering a $5,000 honorarium and five Curator's Choice Awards. Deadline for submissions is August 22, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. (EDT).
For more information:
http://www.heyhotshot.com/

-jgM


27 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: bswenson





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AT THE STATUE OF DON QUIXOTE



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THE PESETA




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THE MADRID NEWSPAPER ARTICLE



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ROSA AND CONSUELA





My Story


# 28






Madrid -- 5K
The sign said.

We had almost arrived back in civilization!

“Feels different, doesn’t it?” I yelled to Rudi as we drove through what might be called the suburbs.
He nodded and managed a smile. I sensed through his goggles he was worried that we might run out of gas. At least now there were human beings around. Even a truck or two, some bicycles and a motor scooter or two.
The Vespa sputtered, faltered, and lost power. I let it coast onto a grassy plot along the street.

“What happened?” I said.

“Nothing a good drink of gasoline won’t fix,” he said, as he peered seriously into the empty tank. It was bone dry as the saying goes.

Rudi continued, “I was hoping we would be able to fill it before this happened. There’s always some sediment in the tank from the dust and grit from the roads here in Spain that can get sucked through the gas line into the carburetor. Then we’d have trouble.
He took hold of the handlebars and steered it back onto the street and started pushing. “What’re you doing?” I asked.

“Which way is Madrid?” He asked.

“That way” I pointed.
“Let’s go, then, start pushing.”

He was right. We couldn’t just sit there and wait for something to happen. We had to attract attention and something would happen.

Trucks and buses and cars and people on bicycles and motor scooters were passing us. Bystanders on the street would stop and watch us pass by. One yelled, “Guitar!” when he spotted the guitar strapped on my sweating back.
After about a mile of this, a Vespa motor scooter swerved in front of us and stopped our progress. Other vehicles swerved around it, honking as they passed. Two girls were on the Vespa. The driver yelled in the traffic, “I saw your American flag on your suitcase. Are you Americans,?”
I pulled over to the side. “Pull up to that parking place and we’ll tell you all about us.”

It turned out the driver, Rosa, and her rider, Consuela, lived nearby. Rosa was a former foreign exchange student (1955) in Milwukee and spoke good English. Both were good-looking Spanish girls in their early twenties.
“Touring the world?” Rosa asked.
Rudi became his charming self again. It always happened when girls were involved.
“And you’re pushing the Vespa around the world,?” Consuela joined in smiling.
“Only to the next gas station.” Rudi said.
“We can help with that!” Consuela said. “My brother works at a gas station down about a kilometer. “We’ll get some for you.”
“Thanks!.” I said.
“Here, take this gas can,” Rudi said.
Rosa drove off with Consuela holding the gas can.
“Hope we didn’t just lose a gas can,” Rudi snickered.
But the girls were back in a few minutes.
We filled the tank with the mixture of gas and oil that our two-cycle motor needed.
“How much do we owe you?” I asked.
“Nothing, nothing, de nada, Rosa said.”
Jeeze, that was close, because we didn’t have one peseta, nothing, to give her.
“I’m just repaying you for all the help you Americans gave me when I was a high school student in Milwaukee, ” Rosa said.
Rudi asked her, “Where’s the camping place in Madrid for tourists? We heard there was a good one on the west side of town.”
“Come!” We’ll show you,” Rosa said. She was a very friendly girl. You ride with me, Rudi, and Consuela can ride with you, Rohn.”
We switched passengers. It was a new world suddenly. Only an hour ago we were out on the arid wastelands of Spain, fighting grit and gravel, trying to protect ourselves from the tortuous Spanish sun, hoping our gasoline would hold out.

Now we were driving down the wide boulevards of Madrid, the regal capital of Spain, past its massive neo-classic administrative buildings, baroque monuments, and spacious gardens. Wow! And as co-travelers we had two lovely senoritas.
I think Rosa was taking the long route to the camping grounds, just to show off her beautiful city to these foreign boys.

There’s something about entering a new town or city on a trip like this world trip. I don’t know about Rudi, but for me, there’s always a feeling of loneliness that comes over me whenever we entered any new town. It’s the unfamiliar faces and strange street names and signs and buildings. So much to learn! But today, with Consuela hugging my waist and other places as we drove along, I felt comfortable, and in good hands, especially her hands.

“Is that the Madrid main Post Office?” I shouted back to Consuela, pointing to a large white granite building.
“Yes,” she said and I rode ahead to Rosa and shouted that I wanted to stop at the Post Office.

“O.K.” she said, as we turned back around.
I was anxious to learn if my articles about our trip had pleased the editors of the Baltimore Sun. If they had, maybe the newspaper had sent a check! And we would be able to eat again! And maybe even take the girls out to lunch!
Rudi entertained the girls on the Post Office steps and I went inside.
Sure enough, a banner of Franco was hanging on the wall behind the clerk, watching his every operation. It must’ve been two yards long. The clerk was issuing a customer a stamp with Franco’s picture on it. It was 2” long.
“Yes, we have one letter for you, young man. That will be a charge of one peseta please.” the clerk said.
“One peseta?” I pleaded. “I don’t even have one centime.” I looked at the return address of the letter; it was from the Sun. A cent and a half, and I didn’t have it to pay for a general delivery letter that might contain a check for twenty-five dollars!
I went over to a group of middle-aged men and asked the first man I saw for the peseta. Maybe it was my expression, or maybe my intensity. He could see I looked like an American and by my faulty Spanish accent was sure. American tourists are always rich, he probably thought. “What’s this all about?” Some kind of trick?? He thought. He looked at his friends, reached in his pocket and parceled out in his hand the equivalent of a peseta in coins and dumped them into my cupped hands.

“Thank you, sir, if you wait right there I’ll pay you back ten-fold!” and I went over and waited in line at the window again. I got the letter. I nervously tore open the thick envelope. My five installments that I had written for them fell to the floor along with a letter that ended, “- - and furthermore, Mr. Engh, our office does not feel at present that your trip has taken on the flavor of a travelogue necessary to please our readers. We welcome correspondence from you at such time that you feel your trip has progressed to a point where it will appeal to our reader interest.”
There are no back doors to Post Offices worldwide; otherwise I sure would’ve taken one that day. The man from whom I had borrowed the peseta was still waiting for me with his friends.
“I’m sorry, mister; I made a mistake.” I felt like giving him the letter; it was of no more use to me - - besides, he had paid for it. He just looked at me as if I had played a good joke on him. He and his friends turned and walked off without saying a thing, just shaking their heads.

I went outside and took Rudi aside and whispered, “It’s no go, Rudi, they don’t want to buy anything right now. I guess you and I haven’t seen enough of the world.”
“Did they say they like your work?”
“They said it would do.”
“Well, keep trying. ”
“Ah, the hell with it! I’m not going to write for anybody anymore. You know what I’m going to do? I’m going to wire home and tell my folks to send me some emergency money. I’ll stay right here in Madrid at the American Express office and wait for it. This is no way to live. I feel like a dog. And besides, we’re not having the good time like we used to have back in France when everything was going our way.”
“Well, what the hell did you bargain for when you started out on this trip?” Rudi challenged me.
“I didn’t think it was going to end up anything like this!” I said.
“That’s the easy way out, Engh! You’re just yielding to the temptation of writing home for money. Even if it’s your own money. Anybody could do that!”

But I was hoping we could take the girls out to dinner.” Rudi shouted, “No! Engh! We don’t take anyone out to dinner. We’d never survive taking people out to dinner. In a couple of days, you’ll think of something. You always have. Now turn around and smile at the girls. We don’t want to let them know the predicament we’re in.
He slapped his hand on my drooped shoulder. “Let’s see what happens. We’ve got a good thing going here. Two nice girls to show us around the city. What could be better?
My stomach started to growl. I was hungry!
“I feel lucky,” Rudi said.

“O.K.” I said. “There you go! If Rudi feels lucky, everything’s going to go our way!”
I think Rudi was trying to pep me up. I followed his decree. It made me feel good again. I waved at the girls, smiling. They probably thought we were cooking up something to do with then, like a movie or something. With no money, we couldn’t do anything. It was hard to smile.
I felt a little ashamed that I had to show Rudi I was unconfident, even frightened, but hunger does strange things to men, and the thought that I could have the money just for the asking had weakened me. I thought over his proposition, and decided he was right. “You’re right, pal. Let’s try it and see what comes up. I’ll think of something!”
The girls were relieved when I told them everything was fine and tucking the letter into my saddlebag, I told them I received a contract from a travel promotion syndicate in the USA and they were going to publish my travel story when I got back home, even make a movie out of it.
“Do they have a television station here in Madrid?” I asked Rosa.
She shrugged her shoulders
“I know what it is, TV they call it.” Consuela said. “No we don’t have TV. But they have it in France and broadcast it from the Eiffel Tower. But no one has the TV sets here in Spain. They’re expensive. But it’s coming to Portugal. They’re getting it before us!”
Now there was an idea. Maybe they’ll have it set up before we get to Portugal.
We arrived at the Casa de Campo, a large park at the west end of Madrid. “Can we help you set up your tent?” Rosa asked.
“Sure,” I said. “Help us set up our beds.”

We had learned to always accept help from people. It made them feel good that they were part of what we were doing. Their help usually resulted in taking twice as much time to do it. But it was always worth it. Especially if they were two nice girls like Rosa and Consuela. Gosh! It was fun being with them. They were always smiling. They really brightened up our spirits. Especially since they were making our beds for us,- so to speak.

“Gotta go!” Rosa smiled. Consuela agreed.
“When will we see you again?” I asked.
“We know where you live,” Rosa laughed. “Here’s our phone number. We both live together in our own apartment. How long will you be in Madrid.?”

“Don’t know,” Rudi said. “Depends on if we like Madrid.”
“We like it,” I said, looking over at Consuela. “We’ll be here for awhile.
We waved goodbye to the girls and set about finalizing our space at the camping site registration office. We still didn’t have any money. Luckily, you were allowed to leave your passports if you didn’t immediately have the money or didn’t know how long you would be staying. We learned later on the trip that’s not a good idea. The thieves like passports, especially American passports.

Want to read more?
http://www.photosource.com/psn-article/mystory28.html


27 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: photosource



CHASE JARVIS -- As a professional photographer and as a visual artist known for capturing the explosive physicality of athletes and the sweeping panoramas of far-flung landscapes, he specializes in the iconic..
Working on the periphery of his destiny, Jarvis decided to study philosophy and aesthetics alongside his medical courses. Then, just weeks before college graduation, Jarvis' grandfather, the one who loved cameras, died. He left behind loads of photo equipment, including a camera that went to Jarvis. At the very moment Jarvis was about to walk stone-faced into a career he didn't want, fate put another option in his hands. SOURCE: Tyrone Beason; Seattle Times http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/pacificnw/2012354444_pacificpchase25.html


27 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



WHERE TO FIND THEM -- A good photo-archiving program is a necessity for anyone who stores digital pictures on their home computer, not just professional shutterbugs. A good archiving program will let users store their pictures efficiently and quickly, organizing keywords and metadata, while making it simple to label them so they can be found easily later. SOURCE: Philipp Laage http://www.newsfactor.com/news/Photo-Archiving-Software-for-All/story.xhtml?story_id=032003MR8VDS

27 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: photosource




The Institut Valencià d'Art Modern has received a lot of artworks over the last 25 years. Out of the 10 643 works comprising the IVAM's collection, 61 % are donations made by collectors, artists and heirs who have considered that the IVAM is the perfect museum to preserve and disseminate their creations.
Fourth Room. The fourth room is based on photography. It shows, on the one hand, the dramatic scenes of the Spanish Civil War taken by anonymous photographers and some others taken by important ones like Robert Capa or David Seymour "Chim";
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=39478


27 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: photosource



"A boo is a lot louder than a cheer. If you have 10 people cheering and one person booing, all you hear is the booing." — Lance Armstrong

27 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: photosource



1976 - July 20th - Photographs taken on Mars were transmitted to the Viking mother ship in orbit around Mars.

27 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: photosource



JACK JAFFE. Through the years, Mr. Jaffe's camera recorded the civil rights movement, Maxwell Street musicians and Montana's big skies. He exhibited widely and has photographs in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.
With Focus-Infinity backing, 33 photographers spent two years producing photo essays on all aspects of life in Chicago. The resulting 650 prints comprised "Changing Chicago," which went on exhibit at five city museums in 1989.
Mr. Jaffe, 82, died of lymphoma Thursday, July 22.
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2010-07-25/features/ct-met-jaffe-obit-20100725_1_mr-jaffe-focus-infinity-fund-jack-jaffe


27 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: bswenson






Sony HDR-CX500V 32GB High Definition Flash Memory Handycam Camcorder

The Sony HDR-CX500V 32GB High Definition Flash Memory Handycam Camcorder provides you with hybrid recording to GPS tagging.
The camera's 1/2.88" 6MP "Exmor R" CMOS sensor captures 1920 x 1080i HD video that can be stored to either the 32GB internal flash memory or optional Memory Stick PRO Duo cards.
When it comes time to transfer your HD video or 12MP stills to your computer for sharing or editing you'll like the ease with which you can pop the memory card out of the camera and into the computer.
When you feel like watching video from the camera on your HDTV the HDMI connection makes it easy to share it with friends and family using just one cable, while also up-converting the video from 1080i to 1080/60P.

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Sony 16GB S Series Walkman Video MP3 Player (Red)

This is a well-rounded entertainment device at a budget-friendly price. Aside from playing your music, the S Series also features a built-in FM tuner, the ability to record voice or FM radio, an alarm clock, and video and photo playback. Supported formats include MP3, WMA (DRM), and AAC for audio, AVC, MPEG-4, WMV (DRM) for video, and JPEG for photo.

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21 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



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21 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes


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21 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes




Use Email to Brand Yourself





Everyone uses email these days. This means it’s a perfect method for you to capitalize on to build your “brand” in a stock photography. Each time you send an email you can make an impact for your brand.

Most of your business communication is done these days through email. Take advantage of it. If you design your email messages effectively, your branding impact will always be part of every communication you send.


Why branding?
Because that helps photobuyers find you and know they want to do business with you. For photobuyers, researchers, and editors, the stock photo industry is no longer a massive world of unrelated photos floating around in cyberspace on scores of stock photo sites. Photobuyers today, thanks to the transformation the Internet has created in the stock photo industry, expect to go directly to a specific service that can deliver the precise photo they need.

Do you know how to make yourself known to buyers who need photos that you specialize in? Are you prepared to lead them to your web site? You will position yourself “to be found” if you “brand” yourself and your stock photography.

EMAIL DOES THE JOB

The impression your potential clients receive from you starts with your emails. Sure, your clients will be interested in seeing your stock photos (if you’ve chosen your target market correctly) – but they want to know more about you. You leave an impact with them each time you’re in correspondence with them. Your recipient will get to know your business and understand your mission if you pay attention to branding yourself. It will distinguish your business from the competition and make your mark with your chosen audience.

But be careful
— branding is a “Have and to Hold” situation. The most successful kind of branding is the kind that is permanent. When you establish your business, choose your brand early and stick with it. Changing brands later on in your business career is an invitation for confusion.

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

21 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



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No longer at Weekly Reader:

John Klein
Photo Editor
Weekly Reader Corp.
1 Readers Digest Road
Pleasantville NY 10570
914 242 4072
jklein[at]weeklyreader[dot]com

For further information:
Julie Alissi
Weekly Reader Corp.
Jalissi[at]weeklyreader[dot]com
914 242 4072

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Jones Publishing
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21 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: st



For our recent 2010 Survey of Photobuyers, Mikael Karlsson of PSI asked photobuyers this question.

Do you prefer to receive marketing and promo materials electronically or traditionally (through the mail)?

Answer Percentage
Electronically 50.85%
Traditionally 3.39%
Makes no difference 27.12%

Mike's Comment:

This clearly shows that while marketing through e-mail and other electronic submissions is preferred, there is still a place for traditional marketing. In the editorial stock photography trade that translates into postcards and other printed promo pieces.
Personally I have had really good success with postcards over the years.
Especially large postcards. My last postcard marketing campaign I used Overnight Prints and printed cards that are 6” by 11”. The format allows me to stand out from all the regular size postcards the photobuyers receive. The printing quality was great and the price was good indeed. I have used Modern Postcards extensively in the past and can warmly recommend them as well. They too offer great quality at great prices.
For e-mail marketing I recommend Constant Contact. Once you get signed up on their web site you'll be able to design your own great looking emails.
You add your contact list and messages are sent out through their web site. The messages automatically contain opt out links in accordance with
current regulations. You'll also get access to links you can put on your web site that will allow people to sign up for your marketing e-mails, newsletters etc. You'll also be able to keep track of who opened your e-mails, who clicked on links etc. All in all a very nice package deal that will allow you a lot of control over your e-mail marketing quickly and easily.
[ Overnight Prints – http://www.overnightprints.com ]
[ Modern Postcard – http://www.modernpostcard.com ]
[ Constant Contact – http://www.constantcontact.com ]

21 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes




An Approach for Building Your Portfolio

It's one thing to sit down and think of ideas to submit for stock, but I see a lot of people taking the same approach as I do: We mainly shoot what we know. Specifically, we work within our comfort level and skillset. I don't have a studio nor do I have access to models so I generally revert to do the same types of images. Keeping your portfolio growing is a challenge if you're going to continue in the same rut. SOURCE: Wisconsinart 's Blog; http://blog.dreamstime.com/2010/07/14/an-approach-for-building-your-portfolio_art32893

SHOOTING FOOD: -- Joe Routon is a longtime contributor to Budget Travel, and we've spotlighted his images on our site and on the cover of Budget Travel's June 2009 issue. We recently noticed he often takes sharp images of his food, so we asked him for some insights.
SOURCE: Sean O’Neil http://current.newsweek.com/budgettravel/2010/07/food_photography_done_for_fun.html


Excuses for Shooting Photos for Free — and Why They’re Bogus - Ninety percent of small businesses fail within the first two years. With few exceptions, working for free is the fastest way for freelance photographers to become part of this 90 percent. John Harrington responds to the excuses he has heard. http://rising.blackstar.com/photographers-excuses.html

IDEAS -- Make a Masterpiece from Your Contact Sheets - Create art IN your camera! Martin Wilson did, and the results are incredible: each contact sheet is a self-contained work of art, made of cleverly-composed patterns and words. http://content.photojojo.com/photo-projects/contact-sheets-as-art/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Photojojo+%28Photojojo+-+Peace%2C+Love%2C+and+Photography%29



21 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes




BETTER SELECTIONS -- Google revamped its popular image search site recentlyy, offering cleaner results pages that feature up to 1,000 images and bigger images when you click on a photo.
It’s almost as if the Google Search team has been looking at Microsoft’s image search on Bing and asking themselves why they hadn’t done that first.
For instance, Bing image search launched with so-called “infinite scrolling”, which allows a user to simply scroll down a single webpage to see more and more results, without ever having to click to see a new page.
Launched in 2001, Google Image search has grown to handle a billion queries a day, and indexes more than 10 billion images. Up to this change, Google showed 20 fairly small images with text below them and much spacing between the images. In the new interface, the thumbnails are larger, the text is hidden and the images are much closer together. Hovering over the image pops up an even larger thumbnail and information from the page the image was on — including the image’s caption.
http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/07/google-chases-bin/#ixzz0uHFdiPbW

Read More http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/07/google-chases-bin/#ixzz0uHGXau97



SILENT AUCTION -- Benefits “My Viewpoint Youth Photography Initiative” - Photographer Emily Schiffer has organized a silent auction fundraiser, Open Sky To Skyscrapers, on Thursday, July 22 from 6-9 p.m. at VII Gallery in Brooklyn, New York, to support her My Viewpoint Youth Photography Initiative. Schiffer has been teaching students in the program for five years. http://pdnedu.blogs.com/pdn_pulse/2010/07/emily-schiffer-holds-silent-auction-fundraiser-at-vii-gallery.html

21 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes






CLIMBING UP
-- Is book publishing on a downward slide? Not according to several sources corralled by Newsweek Magazine (July 26th 2010, page56)

To Wit: In the year 2000, 282,242 books were published. So far in 2010, 1,852,883.

Some other interesting stats:



By NUMBER 17, NYC and Nayeli E. Rodriguez / Newsweek 7/26/10 pg56



21 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



FESTIVAL MARKETING -- One of a Photographer’s Greatest Marketing Tools – the Holiday Card - Whether the economy was tough or not, the issue would still be the same – it takes a constant effort to keep your name out there with the public. Most of you are sitting on a gold mine of your own images and barely take advantage of the real asset they could be as a marketing tool! http://goingpro2010.com/?p=178



21 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: bswenson






21 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes




DON’T GET HURT -- Eight deadly travel photography hazards
When we travel, there are hazards which can prove deadly to digital cameras, and even modern day film cameras.
When we travel, we need to exercise our “street smarts” to keep ourselves safe and secure, as well as, keep our photography equipment safe and sound. Virtually all traveler photographers worry about keeping their photography equipment safe from theft. Fewer worry about the many other photographic equipment hazards they may encounter, which can do just as much harm.
SOURCE: Ned S. Levi http://www.nslphotographyblog.com/2010/07/eight-deadly-travel-photography-hazards.html


Senate Considers Bills Favorable to Home-Based Businesses and the Self-Employed - SAA urges the U.S. Senate to pass two key tax provisions that will be beneficial to alleviating the tax burden faced by small business owners like photographers. As the Senate prepares to debate Here’s the bill: H.R. 5297 - The Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 SOURCE: Stock Artists Alliance; http://www.stockartistsalliance.org/node/813


FREE PHOTOS -- Excuses for Shooting Photos for Free — and Why They’re Bogus - Ninety percent of small businesses fail within the first two years. With few exceptions, working for free is the fastest way for freelance photographers to become part of this 90 percent. John Harrington responds to the excuses he has heard. http://rising.blackstar.com/photographers-excuses.html

PIXEL PUSHERS TAKE OVER? -- It’s official, media and photography break up! - The Long love affair between photography and Media is over. Because the editorial world is replacing experience photo editors with journalistic background for inexperience pixel pushers that are ordered to select the cheapest images, regardless of quality, they are opening the visual airways for steep competition. http://www.fastmediamagazine.com/archives/7421
TAKEAWAY: Maybe in commercial stock photography the landscape is unsettling. But not in editorial stock photography. Let’s make that clear.



21 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes




When photography first collided with digital technology, photographers suddenly had a new learning curve to ascend. Chances are, you’ve been working with digital for a while now, and you’re probably feeling relatively comfortable with all the new tasks digital introduced to your photographic workflow. Choose the right service for getting your video out into the world where prospective clients can see it. http://www.digitalphotopro.com/business/dpp-solutions-now-showing-your-masterpiece.html

21 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



THE RIGHT WAY -- Mistakes Made By Amateur Travel Photographers -- Not just anybody can just point and shoot a camera. So how can you be a good travel photographer and stand out from the crowd of camera wielding enthusiasts? http://culturalcubana.org/?p=177



21 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes




This week . . .


The topic: Model Releases !


(No you don’t need them…..most of the time in editorial photography)

http://board.photosource.com/read.php?1,10579



21 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



ROLLING UP THE SLEEVES -- PACA (Picture Agency Council of America) announces new board and opens registration - In challenging market conditions, it’s essential for organizations and businesses alike to set goals, which makes weekends like these critical to ensure long-term success. PACA’s 15th Annual International Conference is designed to revolutionize the way its members do business. http://www.fastmediamagazine.com/archives/7411

21 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



MONEY BACK -- Recently stock image distributors have sent messages to their contributors offering to file to collect reprographic royalties in the United Kingdom from the Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS). SAA suggests that contributors would do better to file a claim directly with the DACS website. Who can file a claim? Any visual artist whose works have been licensed for qualifying editorial uses in the UK can file for reimbursement. You do not need to be a UK resident or citizen. http://www.stockartistsalliance.org/node/812

21 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



THE FACTS, PLEASE -- -- Has Demand for Microstock Photography Peaked? In May 2009, Jim Pickerell began following the sales of 198 of iStockphoto’s top contributors. According to iStockcharts data, these 198 ranked in the top 250 image sellers among the microstock site’s more than 100,000 total contributors. The term “contributor” is more accurate than “photographer,” because a significant number of iStock’s top sellers are illustrators and graphic designers selling illustration, not photography. In any case, over the past 14 months, some of the 198 have risen to higher positions in the top 250; others have declined as more aggressive producers have moved up.
http://rising.blackstar.com/has-demand-for-microstock-photography-peaked.html
TAKEAWAY: As in any creative profession, and microstock is certainly creative, there are always the top-dogs. They ride high for a while, and others eventually take over. Jim has reconfirmed that maxim. He’s discovered that Istock top-dogs pull in $6.50 to $7.50 for an average gross sale for an image in the standard collection. A significant number of these top photographers are exclusive with iStock and can earn 40 percent of their gross. If you want to be a top dog in microstock, better hire a good accountant to help keep expenses down, or sell hundreds, or thousands of your pictures.
Keep the statistics coming, Jim. -RE


NOT THE SAME ‘OL -- Science Is an Untapped Photography Niche - “Standard images (sunsets, puppies, a guy in a suit holding a briefcase) are plentiful on iStock and contributors face stiff competition,” iStockPhoto has told us. “There still is a tremendous need for specialty shots. For example, shots that convey specific scientific concepts with appropriate props and models.” SOURCE: Photopreneur http://blogs.photopreneur.com/science-is-an-untapped-photography-niche?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PhotopreneurBlog+%28Photopreneur+Blog%29


21 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes




Maverick: Virgin’s e-magazine headed to an iPad near you
Virgin is looking to expand into the publishing market with a new magazine called “Maverick” that targets the upscale international audience with content on entrepreneurism, technology and travel. The kicker is that Maverick will be an electronic magazine only, first available on iPads and later available on iPhones and Android devices. Unlike other magazine ventures — like WIRED’s dead tree media and iPad app — Maverick will be digital only, a move they hope will reduce costs substantially. The project is being spearheaded by Holly Branson, daughter of Virgin’s zillionaire founder Richard Branson, and scheduled to launch in October.
http://www.crunchgear.com/2010/07/16/maverick-virgins-e-magazine-headed-to-an-ipad-near-you/




21 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: st



Increasing Computer Speed: Don't Put the Boots to Your Slow Computer Yet! Find Out How to Fix It

Increasing computer speed. This one issue causes nightmares for users all over the world. The bottom line is that you want your machine to be as fast as it was the day that you bought it. And that could be possible, but a computer is a machine and like any machine, it requires maintenance. And before you ask, sorry, but there's no such thing as a maintenance free computer.

To increase the speed of your existing computer (assuming that it's slower than you would like) requires some detective work. After all, your computer was probably a pretty fast machine when you bought it, but over time it began to slow down, either gradually, or all at once.

The first thing to consider is: "What was the last thing you did before your computer started to slow down?" Knowing what happened will be a step in determining your problem.

Increasing computer speed: If your computer is slow, there are several things to consider. The first one is how many programs load when you start your computer. One way to find out is to look at the taskbar (that area on the lower right of your computer screen. The number of icons present gives you information about how many programs are running. If you have too many of these programs running, they'll suck up your computer memory and will cause your computer to slow down. They will also slow down your computer when it starts up, as well.

One fast way to fix that is to click on each icon and find out what program it is, then go into that program and turn off the settings that allow the program to load when the computer starts up, increasing computer speed. But that's labor intensive. In my book, youll learn of better ways, that help you speed up your computer - without turning off programs that are essential keeping your computer safe.


Increasing computer speed. It's a common problem. Give me 10 minutes of your time and I'll show you how to speed up your computer, rid yourself of computer infestations and protect yourself online.


21 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



GET HELP -- We spend a ton of time talking about marketing photography online - helping photographers extend their reach through websites, blogs, social media, etc. So, it should be no surprise that we often get questions about protection. There are some amazing resources for photographers to learn more about protecting their copyright. We've taken a stab at gathering up *some* of the best resources we've found - mostly from industry organizations, government and nonprofits, and a few voices of wisdom in the industry.
http://blog.photoshelter.com/2010/07/photography-copyright-protection-online-resources.html

TEST IT -- What Do You Really Know About Copyright Law? - Legal issues about your photography can be confusing, but becoming knowledgeable in the area is part of being a professional in the 21st century . SOURCE: Samuel Lewis http://www.digitalphotopro.com/business/what-do-you-really-know-about-copyright-law.html


21 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: st




Master The Skills

You Need To Succeed

In This Highly Competitive Field



The rewards of being a professional wedding photographer are great-not only financially, but also in terms of community status. As such, increasing numbers of ever-more-talented photographers are entering the field, making for a very competitive market-place.

Today, being good is not good enough; it takes greatness to truly stand out and succeed.

In this book, Rangefinder editor Bill Hurter shows you what it takes to achieve that objective, --covering all of the skills that must come together to create world-class images.

• Featuring Techniques And Images From
Stuart Bebb Brett Florens Ray Prevost
David Beckstead Jerry Chionis Kenneth Sklute
Joe Buissink Greb Gibson Marc Weisberg
Ben Chen Gene Higa Jeff and Julia Woods
Jesh de Rox Kevin Jairaj Yervant Zanazanian
Dan Doke Kevin Kubota ...and many more!

Wedding Photography
Advanced Techniques For Digital Photographers
By: Bill Hurter

• Features
o Working more effectively to anticipate pressure, honing your powers of observation, and idealizing your subjects
o Improving your ability to anticipate events and shoot the peak moments of action and emotion
o Tips from pros like Mike Colón, Gene Higa, and Dan Doke on refining your shooting procedures and workflow
o Techniques for directing your subjects, allowing you to create images that flatter while still looking natural
o Meeting the challenges of lighting on the wedding day-with tips for natural light, mixed light sources, flash, more


• About the Author
Bill Hurter is a the editor of Rangefinder magazine and the author of numerous books, including The Portrait Photographer’s Guide to Posing, Children’s Portrait Photography Handbook, and The Best of Adobe Photoshop, all from Amherst Media
• Book Specs
$34.95 list, 81/2”x11”, 128p, 180 color photos, ISBN-13: 978-1-58428-990-6, Order no. 1912.

• For Further Information Contact:
Kate Neaverth or Craig Alesse, Amherst Media, 175 Rano Street, Suite 200, Buffalo, NY 14207 (800) 622-3278 • fax (800) 622-3298 • kneaverth[at]amherstmedia[dot]com • www.amherstmedia.com



21 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes





What do photobuyers think of YOU?


It would be nice to know, wouldn't it?

This 28-page report by Mikael Karlsson at PhotoSource International will reveal what you have always wanted to know.

The 2010 Photobuyer Survey

What's in it? Order Now

For starters, here are some examples:

In your opinion, what are the biggest mistakes new photographers make as far as customer service and how they work with you as a photobuyer/researcher?

“Resistance to letting go of non-watermarked comps and hi res files. Insisting on negotiating a fee before my clients have decided to use the image.”

“Slow in responding. Suspicious of your motives, i.e. think that you are going to use their stuff for no payment.”

“If it becomes an issue of education. I hate wasting my time. I can't squeeze 15 years of my knowledge into a 5-minute explanation. I expect them to trust me.”

“Stop pestering me about irrelevant things. I can't get you a comp copy of the book. I don't know when your check will be mailed.”

Want to read more?
http://www.photosource.com/survey2010.html

21 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



PROPHET: -- Was John Szarkowski the most influential person in 20th-century photography? An insightful critic as well as a visionary curator, Szarkowski filled New York's Museum of Modern Art with the colour photography of William Eggleston, and championed the transgressive work of Diane Arbus and Lee Friedlander. Everyone who cares about photography is in his debt. SOURCE: Sean O'Hagan http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2010/jul/20/john-szarkowski-photography-moma



Caption for photo: Szarkowski championed photographers like Garry Winogrand, whose New York (1969) is currently on show at Tate Modern's


WHERE IT ALL BEGAN -- The History and Evolution of Stock Photography. Stock photography is something that revolutionized the photography world and paved way for many hobbyist photographers to pursue their careers in the photography profession. It is something people are using these days instead of hiring a photographer.
http://www.nikonspling.com/the-history-and-evolution-of-stock-photography/


21 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



FINALLY! -- It Happened: An iPhone SLR Lens Mount
Sick of your iPhone's puny lens? Then it's time for a (somewhat unwieldy) upgrade.
http://gizmodo.com/5588742/it-happened-an-iphone-slr-lens-mount


On-Line Photo Printing - Looking for a reliable, quality on-line print shop for your digital photographs? Here are a few recommended resources: http://www.beyondmegapixels.com/2010/07/on-line-photo-printing/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BeyondMegapixels+%28Beyond+Megapixels%29

LONG DISTANCE PRINTS -- On-Line Photo Printing - Looking for a reliable, quality on-line print shop for your digital photographs? Here are a few recommended resources: http://www.beyondmegapixels.com/2010/07/on-line-photo-printing/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BeyondMegapixels+%28Beyond+Megapixels%29

21 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes





ANSEL ADAMS: BIG MONEY -- An auction of famous photographs using Polaroid film.
The auction record for an Adams work was set in 2006, when a gelatin silver print of his "Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico" (1941) sold at Sotheby's for $609,600. A mural-sized gelatin silver print of the 1941 "Moonrise," likely printed in the 1950s or 1960s, is expected to highlight this week's sales with an estimated price of 300,000 to $500,000.
Mr. Adams's breathtaking images of national parks and areas of the American West made him the most widely recognized landscape photographer of the 20th century. But few are aware of his unique connection with the Polaroid brand.
SOURCE: LAUREN FEDOR ; Wall Street Journal ; http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704050804575318850950128226.html?KEYWORDS=instant+nostalgia+for+about+art+polaroid+lauren+fedor

June 22nd 2010: AND THE WINNER IS: Adams' "Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite National Park," sold for $722,500 . It shattered the previous auction record of $609,600 for his "Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico," from 1941, set in 2006.



21 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY helps diagnose landscaping issues.
http://www.gwinnettdailypost.com/localnews/headlines/98473414.html


21 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



"I get so much information from this company! Rohn and his associates are the best in the business! Keep up the great work!"
- Barb Flanick, Photographer, Pittsburgh, PA


21 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



Photo Manipulation Isn’t a Sin But Lying About It Is With technology making it so easy to profoundly alter photojournalistic images — deleting or adding items, changing the source of the lighting and so on — how can we, the audience, know that what we’re seeing is “the truth”?
The answer is, we can’t.
While it is commendable that Reuters and Adobe, for example, are working to make altered files more readily identifiable, let’s face it: it’s a losing battle. It will never adequately protect news consumers. It Comes Down to Two People. More info: http://rising.blackstar.com/photo-manipulation-isn%E2%80%99t-a-sin-%E2%80%94-but-lying-about-it-is.html ; Posted in Photojournalism ; SOURCE: Paul Melcher .


21 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



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.

* International Photography Competition to be held as part of photokina 2010 and INTERMOT 2010. The objective of the competition is the photographic depiction of the topic “motorised two-wheeler” from the individual perspectives of the participants. Photographers are invited to capture this topic in impressive images. Unfortunately the competition is only open to European photographers. The deadline for submissions is 10th September 2010. A jury consisting of experts from both areas — photography and motorcycles — will choose the finalists from the photos submitted and present them in a special exhibition at photokina (21st to 26th September 2010). The top prizes, which fit perfectly into the overall concept of the competition, will be top-quality lenses from the photo industry partner Tamron and, from the two-wheeler sector, a scooter from Peugeot. And, in an interesting twist and With a bit of luck, people who do not yet own a camera can win a Hero 5 HD HELMET from GP Pro if they send in one sentence explaining why they should win one of these cameras, which can be fitted onto every motorcycle, to foto[at]intermot[dot]de by 15th July 2010. I you haven’t seen these helmet cameras yet, take a look at http://www.goprocamera.com/
For more information:
http://www.intermot-cologne.com/thefair/photokina_photo_competition.php

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* The International Prize “Arte Laguna” starts the new edition with the goal to promote young contemporary art. Remaining consistent to the original purposes of its two creators, Laura Gallon and Beatrice Susa, Arte Laguna Prize continues its course as “incubator of Italian and international young art”, with the will to discover new talent, to support emerging artists in promoting their creativity and to develop their careers.
The final exhibition – which displays the 110 finalists selected by judges – is scheduled in March 2011, involving again the prestigious venue of the Arsenal of Venice. And the total value of the Prize is about 100.000 euros. For more information:
http://www.artelagunaprize.com/

-jg


21 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: bswenson






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WE SING FOR OUR SUPPER AT THE CANTINA




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THE “GUARDOS” CHECK US OUT



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GERARDO INVITES US FOR OVERNIGHT




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WE REPAIR A FLAT TIRE




My Story


# 27





It was hot the whole time we were at the Padre’s. Hot, I mean really hot.
No one seemed to have a thermometer in Spain so I really don’t know how hot it was. Maybe 110. At the Padre’s it was a dry hot when we came but when we left, it was a sticky hot. I guess the barometer dropped. I really don’t know what that means. I used to hear my father say that. “It’s going to be hot today,” he would say. “The barometer must’ve dropped.” We didn’t have any air conditioning at our house. In fact, I don’t think any of our neighbors did either, so you just accepted a hot summer on the Eastern Shore of Maryland in those days during the war in the 1940’s.

The windows were all open at the Padre’s to catch any breeze that came through. Every now and then a quiet breeze would cross through where we were sitting. It was such a friendly feeling. You sat there all hot and sweaty and then this breeze would waft across the table and move a piece of paper or a feather sitting there. It’s a really fine natural pleasure to have a breeze like that cool you off momentarily. It didn’t last long. Only a second or two. But you knew there was always going to be another coming through again soon. A friendly breeze. Next to an ice cream cone on a summer day, I think a momentary breeze like that on a hot summer day is one of my finest pleasures.

In Spain, they have that long break at midday they call siesta time. It’s just too hot to work, even to think. The heat of the day in Spain calms down after sundown and the countryside cools off. Even the tiny little bugs that are always flying around getting in your eyes sometimes disappear. Then in the morning, it’s refreshing. Nice and cool.

In other parts of the world, just before the dawn and light blue sky arrive the birds begin to chirp and announce that a hot dusty day is coming again. But you know what? In this part of Spain, up on the plains, there are no songbirds. I guess because there are no trees and bushes or any kind of vegetation where they can live. It’s just a silent early morning except for the clomp, clomp, clomp of a horse-drawn wagon off in the distance.

Shortly after leaving the Padre’s, a wind came up and we were heading into it. . Low rumbling clouds were waiting for us up ahead to the west. We didn’t have goggles so we just squinted our eyes as we moved into it.
”Oh Jeeze!” I thought. We’ve never really had any really big storm on this trip. We’ve been lucky. Please, let’s not have it now. We’re out of money. We’re nearly out of gas. We’re in a part of Spain out here on the plains where hardly anyone lives. This is like traveling from Yuma, Arizona to Albuquerque, New Mexico. I don’t know if there’s a road between those two, but it sounds awfully barren travel.

Anyway, the storm started out with small gusts of wind that every now and then picked up the gravel from the road shoulders and hit us square in the face. It wasn’t the kind of steady wind that blows sheets off a clothesline or women’s hats off into the street. But I wouldn’t want to fly a kite in it.
It was a summer storm. Just like the kind that always brews up anywhere on the planet on a hot summer day, from USA to USSR. One of those hot July dog-day tempests that drops the temperature 10-15 degrees very quickly. It’s the kind that if you’re in your car, riding along on a summer day, windows open and rolled down all the way, your elbow hanging out the side, and then you hear the sound of water pellets splatting the dusty metal roof of your car, making a rifle range sound on top. You quickly roll up your windows.

Out on the plains, tumble-weed-looking things, the kind you see in the Cowboys & Indians movies were flying eastward and low over the fields. If there were trees out there, (but there weren’t any except the new saplings that had been planted for miles along the highway by the Franco people,) they’re be bending in the wind, losing leaves and branches. This was not the kind of storm where you hear the thunder way up high where the eagles fly, it was more the kind where the crackling comes shooting along the low ceiling of clouds, down where the crows fly.
Sometimes this kind of rainstorm passes overtop as though it only wanted to let off a little steam. Other times you unfortunately are in the place where it makes its decision to crank up its ferocity and dump a ton of rain on you or sometimes-even hail.
Well this day, it started with those thick, fat, pellets of rain, threatening to let the dam burst if it wanted to. The dark clouds of this storm were low and moving with gusto overhead. You could almost reach up and touch them. They’re always accompanied by cracks of thunder atop them, as though the lightning man is riding herd right along with them, looking down to see which iron fence post or cow it wants to zap with its blitz of lightning. It’s the kind of storm you want to run for cover.
But where? The horizon was bare. No grove of trees. Nothing.
In the driving wind and rain we came upon a cross roads with a small sign we could see that pointed to Tajuna to the left. “Let’s try down this way!” I yelled to Rudi behind me and turned to drive south. The clouds began breaking up here to the south. Soaking wet, we could see a small town down in a valley and came upon some buildings on the outskirts. It turned out to be a pub/grocery store, a kinda watering hole for local farmers. We went in and several local farmers gave us a stare as we entered the dark place. And then one of them shouted, “Guitar!”
I think if I hadn’t been toting my guitar strapped on my back and we would’ve walked into that place without it, we would’ve been stared at the whole time until we left. That’s the kind of feeling I got in this part of Spain. We didn’t look “normal” to them and immediately they would have been suspicious of us, especially since we didn’t have black hair like typical Spaniards.
To me, it was a shame to see a country with a population that was so suspicious of each other and especially strangers. We didn’t find anything like this in France. Maybe we would’ve if we had been in France ten years earlier when you never knew if your neighbor was a French Resistance fighter, or a secret spy for the Vichy government. As I said before, it’s an ugly feeling to be in a society where neighbor report on neighbor, where friendships can turn into a bad blood. I didn’t know I had it so good back in the ol’ USA. And as I said before, Rudi didn’t seem to notice this feeling of distrust because he had grown up in the Nazi era.

For myself, there’s nothing more terrifying than to be in a room with people and notice that a person thirty feet away is looking at you while writing in a small notebook

“Is it raining outside? You’re all wet!” The store owner greeted us with an amiable smile.
“No, but it his over the hill to the north.” I managed to let him know.
One of the fellows in the corner yelled “Guitar!” again.
“Another asked, “Are you professionals?”
That gave me an idea. I took off my cap, and held it out, and said “Si, senor!”

Rudi winced. I guess he thought I was stepping too low and he didn’t want to be associated with me.
“I returned a glance that said, ”Hey! They sell food here. We can make some money and buy ourselves some lunch.”

Want to read more?
http://www.photosource.com/psn-article/mystory27.html


21 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



Nikhil Bahl -- Just added - Hands on Photography Workshops to Improve Your Compositional Skills!
What you shoot, the lighting at that moment, how you frame an image and when you click the shutter, all combined create either a photograph we are proud of, or one we discard. Wouldn't you like to discard less and create more inspiring images? SOURCE: Nikhil Bahl
- July 24Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens - July 24

http://nikhilbahl.blogspot.com/



21 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



THE BASICS : Keywording Tips for Stock Photographers. In order to help potential customers find your stock images, you’ll want to make sure that you describe certain things in the keywords for every image you submit to a stock photography site. GLOW IMAGES.
http://www.glowimagesblog.com/2010/07/13/keywording-tips-for-stock-photographers-part-2-don%E2%80%99t-forget-the-basics/


21 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



THE 41ST ANNUAL LES RECONTRES D’ARLES -- 20 Picks from the Arles Photography Festival. Recently in the charming Provencal town of Arles, the international photography festival began its 10-day extravaganza
http://news.yahoo.com/s/artinfo/20100715/en_artinfo/20_picks_from_the_arles_photography_festival_1

DENNIS HOPPER, ARTIST? -- Dennis Hopper Double Standard Exhibit Opening
The exhibit is the first comprehensive survey of Hopper's prolific work in art, film, photography, and sculpture,
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/12/mocas-dennis-hopper-doubl_n_643047.html

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Images from an Activist Lens: 1959-2008

Wisconsin Retrospective of the Art Photography of.

Franklynn Peterson



Sunday, August 1,2010, 7 - 9 pm

Steenbock Gallery of the
Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters
1922 Old University Avenue, Madison, WI

Exhibition continues August 2 - September10, 2010
(8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday)
for info:
608-231-1003


21 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



"Failure is not the opposite of success; it's part of success."
Arianna Huffington


21 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



JULY 1965 – Camera multiple flashbulb device, known as flashcubes, were made by Sylvania Electric Company, and introduced July 8th, at a press conference at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Four flash bulbs were set in a single socket; a sleeve of three cubes retailed for $1.95. The cubes were presented jointly by Sylvania Electric Products Inc, and Eastman Kodak Company.


21 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: bswenson






Flip Video SlideHD Camcorder
Why wait until you get home to share your video clips?
The Flip Video SlideHD Camcorder answers the calls of Flip fans everywhere - giving you a way to not only record, but to share your high definition videos on a 3 inch touch screen display. Not only that but the SlideHD also provides you with 4 hours of nonstop recording to its 16GB internal memory which can store up to 12 hours of 1280 x 720p content.
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Save thousands by teaching yourself all about Solar Power. Comprehensive manual by industry expert guides you through the process. Includes all resources necessary - spreadsheets, insolation charts, worked examples.
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Canon Pixma MP990 Wireless
Photo All-In-One Printer


The Canon Pixma MP990 Wireless Photo All-In-One Printer is a printer, copier and scanner all rolled into one unit with built-in automatic duplex printing.
To create images that retain clarity and detail when enlarged, the MP990 puts out documents and photos at resolutions up to 9600 x 2400dpi.

It is fast, producing 4 x 6" borderless color photos
in about 16 seconds.

The Pixma MP990's scanner delivers files up to 4800dpi and can
handle documents up to 8.5 x 11.7".

The scanner includes a Film Adapter Unit to enable digital conversion of 35mm film and slides.

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14 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: photosource





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14 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: photosource




July 15th 2010



14 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: photosource







Web Video

…catch the momentum




Many cell phones, iPods, iPads, and just about every size and shape of digital camera
that is sold today includes the capability to take motion pictures. Depending on the size and quality of the device, you can record both audio and video, from a four-minute video segment to up to fifteen to twenty minutes (and more!).

Web video is here to stay, and broadband internet access is the vehicle that is fueling the boom.
Are you enjoying the leap? Web video in the last few years has taken a tremendous leap forward on the Internet. The statistics show the rise of this innovation.
As a stock photographer, you can create new ways to use this technology, to get yourself and your work more exposure, resulting in more opportunities for sales.


And just how would you put video segments to work for yourself?


Create short video segments to advertise your work…on your own website, on a portal, on YouTube, Skidoo, FaceBook, and the many more internet spin-offs that are sure to come along.

LIKE A FLICK


And not only can you offer slideshows of selections of your images, but you can put together themed segments on your website, such as, “Images from my recent trip to Oaxaca, Mexico.”

Utilize videos to also advertise yourself. Exercise self-promotion. Include a video of yourself, your surroundings. Tell about your passion for photography; talk about your observations and opinions about facets of the stock photo industry that would interest your photobuyers. YouTube stands ready to air them.
And why is this important?

Everyone loves a parade.

Parades come in morsels. We enjoy watching sound bytes of a parade. Each morsel lasts only a few minutes, and then another section of the parade comes along. It’s compatible with human nature to be engrossed for a few minutes in people-watching.

If that person is you on a web video, you’ve discovered a new form of public relations with your client list. Put the two together and you have helped cement a photobuyer-photographer relationship.

To give you an example of how this works, you can see a clip of how I placed a short (4 minute) clip on YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DevxX-e57j8

Web video's rapid growth will continue.
In our stock photo industry, video has all the signs of becoming the most important medium for us on the Internet.

You probably can recall
earlier attempts of web video technology. Regular phone lines, computers and software that didn’t talk to each other, many times made videos impossible to view. They were filled with static, fuzzy film, and glitches. Now the DSL technology is much better and has relegated most of these hang-ups to past history.
Thanks partly to the popularity of such TV programs as “America’s Funniest Videos,” and “Candid Camera” – no one expects Hollywood-style lighting and precision with your web videos. If the message is clear, technical perfection can take a back seat.

To read more:
http://www.photosource.com/psn-article/webvideo.html

14 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



THE RIGHT WAY -- Exposing to the right is to deliberately over expose the shot without clipping. When you take your next shot have a look in the LCD screen and look at the histogram, if the graph is mainly to the left the shot contains more shadow detail, if it's in the centre it will contain both highlight and shadow detail, to the right it contains more highlight detail.
http://blog.dreamstime.com/2010/07/04/expose-to-the-right-_art32807

Five Ways to Elevate Your Game - If you think you’re not worth it, neither will your client. So here are some ideas that will helpfully get you to move in the right direction. http://goingpro2010.com/?p=605

14 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



YOU’RE IN THE RIGHT BUSINESS -- Market to Reach US$10.7 Billion by 2015, According to a New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.Growth in the market is especially driven by factors such as ubiquitous need for advertisements and promotions, increasing use of social networking sites, rising eminence of digital photography, and growing niche applications. While many perceive photography as a leisure pursuit, an increasing number of individuals and corporations see commercial photography as a requisite tool for effective business development and social networking. http://news.yahoo.com/s/prweb/20100707/bs_prweb/prweb4215264_1

FOCUS ON FOCUS: -- Five situations when manual focus has the upper hand on auto focus. Digital cameras present photographers with an ever increasing array of Automatic and Semi Automatic shooting modes. Most of these center around different ways of exposing your shots – however many cameras also give options for different focusing modes (auto, continuous focusing for moving subjects and manual). http://blog.dreamstime.com/2010/07/06/five-situations-when-manual-focus-has-the-upper-hand-on-auto-focus_art32828

GET SEEN – GET JOBS
-- Photography SEO: Don’t Set It and Forget It – John Harrington: “When Google fiddles with its formula, I always hear from a number of photographers whose Web sites have fallen off the radar. Make no mistake; losing “Google juice” — say, by dropping from page 1 to page 5 in search results — can turn your business’ lights off, too. In my case, my Web site generates anywhere from two to six assignments per month, and that is a substantial amount of money. It’s good reason to take SEO very seriously. http://rising.blackstar.com/photography-seo-dont-set-it-and-forget-it.html
TAKEAWAY: This is important. Print it out, and paste it on your bathroom mirror. And read it twice everyday. –RE

HAPPY RETURNS -- Photography or Greeting Card Business – You Decide --- Americans purchase 7 billion greeting cards every year. The average person receives 20 greeting cards in a year. http://virtualphotographystudio.com/photographyblog/2010/07/07/photography-or-greeting-card-business-you-decide/

GATHER ROUND
-- PLUS Registry To Launch This Fall - Unique Identifiers for every rights holder, image and license. By registering with PLUS, each rights holder obtains a "PLUS-ID" uniquely identifying that individual or company throughout the global marketplace. When distributing or publishing images, rights holders may assign and embed a special unique PLUS-ID into each image, allowing image users to easily and quickly access and manage the rights information associated with that copy of the image. Volunteer for Registry beta testing http://plus.useplus.org/PLUSnews/2/PLUS_Registry.htm

AIM HIGH -- Overwhelmed, Ho Hum photos and clients you want to shoot for - Junk mail and even bills, correspondence and newsletters are filled with Ho Hum photos that do nothing to grab our attention. How much more effective it would be to use more dynamic and entertaining imagery, and how much better to shoot with those clients in mind! http://www.fastmediamagazine.com/archives/7315

Photography SEO: Don’t Set It and Forget It - When Google fiddles with its formula, I always hear from a number of photographers whose Web sites have fallen off the radar. Make no mistake; losing “Google juice” — say, by dropping from page 1 to page 5 in search results — can turn your business’ lights off, too. http://rising.blackstar.com/photography-seo-dont-set-it-and-forget-it.html
TAKEAWAY: This is important. Print it out, and paste it on your bathroom mirror. And read it twice everyday. –RE

CRADLE PHOTOS -- Newborn photographer Heidi Guerard joined The Rhode Show to talk about her unique studio. Unique newborn photography at days old. Most moms out there would agree that from the day a child is born, time just flies by. So, make some memories early
http://www.foxprovidence.com/dpp/rhode_show/unique-newborn-photography-at-days-old


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MOBILE LIGHTING -- Brian Hirschy: “Let me start by saying that there are some travel photographers that won’t go near artificial lighting – I am not one of those. I’m not discriminating between those who use artificial light and those who don’t. I don’t really draw a strong distinction between the two, other than to say I love natural light just as much as I love lighting setups in many ways – it just happens to be the lighting setups that get my blood rushing and make me excited about being a photographer. If you are one of the strictly natural light guys, no worries – unfortunately you might not get much out of this post other than maybe some information you can store away for when you do pick up a strobe. http://www.brianhirschy.com/mobile-lighting-for-travel-photography/


14 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: photosource



Build Your Brand Identity

A few questions to start thinking about…

-What is your business’s slogan or tag line?
-What do you specialize in?
-Who is your target market?
-What words do people use to describe your business?
-What is your unique selling position?
-Have you had a logo professionally designed?
-What need do you fill that others don’t?

http://www.homephotographybusiness.net/hpb/index.php/build-your-brand-identity/


14 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: photosource



Like Wine They Mature With Age

Did you ever wonder if your editorial images would be worth much after you’re gone?

You don’t have to wait ‘til the public is reading your obituary to learn how valuable your editorial images are. Here’s an example. The Turnley Brothers sold their documentary collection to Corbis for $2.3 million ($3.83 per image). The Bettmann Archive (pictures from the turbulent 20’s, 30’s and 40’s) sold for $13.5 million ($1.23 per image). If you figure each image at an average $2.53, you do the math. An edited and keyworded collection of 50,000 images depicting life in the last century could sell for $126,000—a nice legacy to leave your heirs. --RE


14 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: st



Ask an Art Buyer: Targeting and Evaluating your Promotion – Heather Morton’s answer via video to Ryan Roger’s question, I have an account with agency access, and have been sending out printed promos. My response has been lackluster. I wonder if I’m sending to the wrong people though. Do you have advice on who exactly to send my promos to? http://www.heathermorton.ca/blog/?p=6572
TAKEAWAY: Mailing list marketing is shooting in the dark. Heather would say, Don’t”. The reality: Commercial photobuyers stand over a wastebasket when they review incoming promotional mail. It's important to target your list as Heather says.

14 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: photosource



Kracker Barrel


The topic....buying a new camera…for stock photography.


Can you add your impressions (or experience) to what Jim and Brian have contributed?

The subject at hand is:
Sony A-700 vs NEX-5

http://board.photosource.com/read.php?1,10562



14 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes




MIRROR ON THE WALL -- Will stock agencies become obsolete? No one ever expected it, but formats similar to FACEBOOK maybe become the search format of the future to acquire photos. According to comScore, Facebook is growing at three times the speed of top photo websites. It is not customary to compare a social networking site and a photo sharing site, but this has become unavoidable in this case. SOURCE: Rohit Bhat http://www.watblog.com/2010/07/12/facebook-photos-leave-flickr-picasa-way-behind/
http://www.comscore.com/About_comScore

CO-EXISTENCE -- On July 1 2010, Crestock was acquired by Masterfile Corporation. Acquisitions of microstock agencies by more traditional stock agencies have been a common trend over the past few years. Both micro and macro agencies seem poles apart with their price levels and business strategies, but the sensible people at least realize that they now both have a place in the market and can coexist.
http://www.microstockposts.com/is-it-time-to-give-crestock-another-try/

14 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



GETTING PARTICULAR -- Stock photography is a very special market together with ever tightening up principles. A lot of internet sites are already packed with images and do not allow any new photos inside a number of categories. A great many other places have raised their photography requirements just so they acquire significantly less photos.
http://www.fastcashphoto.com/2010/07/ultimate-microstock-photography-education-tutorial/

CREATIVE CHANCES: -- Veer PhotoOp 2010 - Veer produced the PhotoOp shoots internally. It consisted of four separate shoots for each of nine photographers! Each photographer had their own models for the entire day so there was no issue with multiple photographers uploading similar shots. http://www.microstockdiaries.com/veer-photoop-2010.html#comments

14 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: st



IF YOU DON’T SUCCEED -- Want To Make A Better Photograph? Do It Again – Scott Bourne says, this is simple, short advice that has served him well. “If I have ever made an image that didn’t rock my world, I found the simplest and surest way to solve that problem was to do it again. This won’t work for lots of categories like weddings, one-time sporting events, etc. But if you are making a product shot, illustration, fine-art nude, landscape, or anything you can repeat, go back and try again.” http://photofocus.com/2010/07/06/want-to-make-a-better-photograph-do-it-again/

14 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



ONLINE SUBSCRIPTIONS -- One Way The Web Is Not Killing Print: By Driving Magazine Subscriptions. So maybe the Internet isn't entirely strangling the life out of print after all? This year, 24% of "new business sales" among Magazine Publishers of America (MPA) member magazines will be generated by online subscriptions, http://www.businessinsider.com/heres-one-way-the-web-is-not-killing-print-2010-7#ixzz0tQYstaVg

GOOD NEWS ABOUT 2010. -- “Mr. Magazine” is casting his gaze on how 2010 is faring so far in terms of magazine launches. And he has some encouraging news: The second quarter of 2010 has witnessed the launch of 44 more new magazine titles than that same time last year. In the second quarter of 2009, there were a total of 167 titles. 52 had an intended regular frequency of more than four times a year. In the second quarter of 2010, there were 56 new regularly published magazines and 155 annuals and specials. SOURCE: Alex Alvarez ; MediaBistro http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlny/magazines/mr_magazine_has_good_news_about_2010_so_far_166760.asp


14 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: photosource



FIND PHOTOS Viewfinder Lets You Search Download Flickr Photos on an IPad
The $10 app lets you search through Flickr's vast photo library while giving you the ability to filter your searches to only show Creative Commons photos with specific licenses--which can help you avoid any potential legal issues from using other people's photos. SOURCE: David Dahlquist, Macworld http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/200964/viewfinder_lets_you_search_download_flickr_photos_on_an_ipad.html


14 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: st



The Law (in Plain English)® For Photographers

By Leonard D. DuBoff and Christy O. King

Invaluable resource provides essential and timely legal advice

Digital imaging and the Internet have created new markets and opportunities for photographers – as well as new controversies and lawsuits. While the average professional photographer is hardly likely to have and in-house lawyer, the need for photographers to understand their rights and responsibilities as artists and as business people is more urgent than ever.

In the third edition of The Law (in Plain English)® for Photographers, seasoned attorneys Leonard D. DuBoff and Christy O. King provide essential and timely legal advice for aspiring and professional photographers that can mean the difference between and photographer’s success and ruin – all written “in plain English.”

“Much of the material in this volume is intended to enlighten photographers so that legal problems can be avoided,” DuBoff observes. “Unfortunately, even the most prudent individual may become entangled in the web of complex legal issues.”

The third edition has been expanded to include analysis of key digital issues, new cases on fair use and copyright infringement, post-9/11 rules for shooting “sensitive” locations, and updates to right of publicity laws protecting images of famous people even after death (including the new California law).

In addition, photographers will find information on:
• Censorship and obscenity
• photography organizations
• The rights of privacy and publicity
• releases, contracts, and other forms
• Organizing as a business
• online stock photography deals
• Tax deductions for the home office
• leases
• Relevant court cases
• estate planning

Third Edition
424.05, 6x9, 216 pages
Paperback, ISBN 978-1-58115-712-3
Publication Date: May 2010
More info: CONTACT SARA HENDRICKSEN 212.777.8395 X15 SHENDRICKSEN[at]ALLWORTH[dot]COM


14 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: photosource





What do photobuyers think of YOU?


It would be nice to know, wouldn't it?

This 28-page report by Mikael Karlsson at PhotoSource International will reveal what you have always wanted to know.

The 2010 Photobuyer Survey

What's in it? Order Now

For starters, here are some examples:

In your opinion, what are the biggest mistakes new photographers make as far as customer service and how they work with you as a photobuyer/researcher?

“Resistance to letting go of non-watermarked comps and hi res files. Insisting on negotiating a fee before my clients have decided to use the image.”

“Slow in responding. Suspicious of your motives, i.e. think that you are going to use their stuff for no payment.”

“If it becomes an issue of education. I hate wasting my time. I can't squeeze 15 years of my knowledge into a 5-minute explanation. I expect them to trust me.”

“Stop pestering me about irrelevant things. I can't get you a comp copy of the book. I don't know when your check will be mailed.”

Want to read more?
http://www.photosource.com/survey2010.html

14 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: photosource



Podcast : Stock Photography: An Interview
Scott Stulberg answers the 7 biggest questions about how to start earning money with stock photography. http://www.7photographyquestions.com/2008/06/p4-stock-photography-an-interview-with-scott-stulberg.html


14 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



SEEKING FREEDOM -- A ground breaking photography project by award-winning documentary journalist James Mackay calls for the unconditional release of all Burmese political prisoners, of whom human rights groups estimate there are over 2,000 currently languishing in jail. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/caught-on-camera-burmas-political-prisoners-2002989.html SOURCE: Matilda Battersby http://www.independent.co.uk/multimedia/archive/00395/U_Win_Tin_-_Aung_Sa_395368t.jpg http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/caught-on-camera-burmas-political-prisoners-2002989.html

BANNED FOR TAKING PHOTOS -- Carlos Miller "We were permanently banned from the Miami-Dade Metrorail for taking photos.
We had planned to ride the Metrorail through three stations to see if anybody would try to stop us from taking pictures of the trains.We didn’t even make it inside the first station. By the time it was over, three hours after a security guard told us it was against the law to take pictures in the parking lot of the Douglas Road Metro Station in Miami, a 50 State Security Captain had banned us for life from ever setting foot on the Metrorail again."
SOURCE: Carlos Miller. http://carlosmiller.com/2010/07/01/we-were-permanantly-banned-from-the-miami-dade-metrorail-for-taking-photos/
Additional: http://nppa.org/news_and_events/news/2010/07/miami.html


14 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: photosource



Photos need special care to preserve memories

Keep temperature and humidity levels constant. Attics have fluctuating temperature levels from winter to summer. Basements typically host dampness and mold, so both those storage areas won't serve as good places to store family photos.
From the late 1800s to circa 1960, most photo prints were gelatin emulsion on paper. These prints are sensitive to moisture. Gelatin prints will shrink and curl if their environment is too dry. By the 1970s, the majority of our photo images were on resin coated paper. These photo prints are durable and coated with polymers.
http://www.pottstownmercury.com/articles/2010/06/27/life/srv0000008632494.txt


14 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



THIS ONE’s FREE -- ProStockMaster, the original microstock software for a contributing stock photographer is now released as freeware. ProStockMaster was first launched in 2006 and rapidly became a favorite tool for microstock shooters. The software runs on Mac Os X and Windows and saves stock photographers hours of tedious work, automating keywording and simultaneously uploading stock photos to multiple microstock agencies. http://microstockinfos.blogspot.com/2010/07/prostockmaster-released-as-freeware.html



14 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



GETTING IN TOUCH -- Photographer Mary Kate McKenna called on the power of Twitter to help her through a business disaster. She said using social media as a business tool was a natural step. McKenna said she can track 100 percent of her business to her Twitter account. She tweets several times a day from her iPhone, posts weekly blog entries and regularly updates her business Facebook profile. SOURCE: Lauren Redding
Frederick; News-Post Staff; http://www.fredericknewspost.com/sections/business/display.htm?StoryID=107106




FACEBOOK ON TOP -- What started off as a social networking website, Facebook now has more photos on it than any other dedicated photo sharing website! According to comScore, Facebook is growing at three times the speed of top photo websites. It is not customary to compare a social networking site and a photo sharing site, but this has become unavoidable in this case. SOURCE: Rohit Bhat http://www.watblog.com/2010/07/12/facebook-photos-leave-flickr-picasa-way-behind/


14 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



NEW WAY -- A Professional Fashion Shoot With an iPhone 3GS
http://gizmodo.com/5580276/professional-fashion-shootwith-an-iphone-3gs


14 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: photosource



"We had a tremendous response from photographers, due to the newsletter blurb you gave us for The Visual Arts Alliance's Annual National Open Juried Exhibition. Thank you for this service that you do for the art community."
-Mary Erbert, Director, VAA, Houston TX


14 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



2 CONTESTS* Black and White Spider Awards: Deadline 16th July 2010
Celebrating its sixth year, Black and White Spider Awards is the leading international award honoring black and white photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers in a prestigious annual competition and globally webcast event, reaching photo fans in over 154 countries. Participating photographers vie for 132 title awards in 25 categories. The first place winners of each category then compete for the grand award of Photographer of the Year. Prizes include:
1) Win a title at the world's biggest black and white photography event
2) Receive endorsement from the most respected names in the industry
3) International press and exposure
4) Your work published in the book, "The World's Greatest Black & White Photography, No.2"
5) Your work published in The PHOTO PAPER Magazine
http://www.thespiderawards.com/index.php
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Kolo Monthly Photo Contest: Deadline July 31, 2010
The Kolo Photo Contest is back! Starting Saturday, May 1, Kolo will announce a new monthly theme on Kolo.com, Koloist.com and Kolo Facebook. Each month, 15 winners will receive a $50 Kolo gift card. Contestants may enter up to 10 photos per month (per theme). July’s theme is FRIEND, which is open to interpretation.
If you are a monthly winner, you will automatically be entered to win the grand prize of $500 cash and Kolo luxury albums and boxes worth $500 retail. The grand prize and six second-place winners will be announced on Feb. 1, 2011. Winners will be judged by a panel of expert photographers and designers.
For more information: http://kolo.com/create/contest/
--Jim McCUe


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BEWARE -- Another Canadian Geographic Rights Grabbing Photo Contest - Canadian Geographic Photo Club. is a really good idea and the photo contests have great themes and some nice prizes but by entering these competitions your are at minimum giving away your photos to be used by Canadian Geographic magazine in any way it sees fit. That might seem acceptable or the price ‘you pay for winning’ but this Rights Grab applies to any image entered! http://darwinwiggett.wordpress.com/2010/07/10/another-canadian-geographic-rights-grabbing-photo-contest/


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ROHN TESTS A MULE NEAR HUERTA



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PEASANT SIESTA



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LONELY ROAD NEAR MINISTRA



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CURIOUS SENORAS





My Story


# 26






The Padre’s house was next to a thick adobe wall that surrounded an old Dominican Church in the center of the village. The little kid ran up to the wrought iron entrance gate and started ringing a small bell that hung from a post. “Hey, that’s enough!” I told the kid, but he kept on, enjoying the license to ring a church bell.

Out of a side door of the church an elderly woman in a shawl and dangling some long prayer beads came up to us on the inside of the gate., “Yes?” she said.

We said we needed to talk to the Padre. With an expression that said, ‘Doesn’t everybody’?, she asked what our purpose was.

Rudi clapped his hands together (in prayer fashion) , raised them to his face and closed his eyes to show that we were looking for a place to sleep. She understood that part of his Spanish and got over to us that the Padre was teaching a class of catechism and wouldn’t be available for another hour or so.

“Should we wait?” we asked ourselves, thinking maybe there was another place in the village where we could find a bed before it got dark.

In time like these, when it came to finding a place to stay for the night, we never flipped a coin; we always relied on Rudi’s instinct. He claimed to have an intuition that could predict the nature of our luck before we set upon a venture. It was really not much more than guessing but I would humor Rudi with letting him have a go at it. Someone had to do the job. When he made a wrong guess, we’d forget about it. It made his percentage of correct answers look better.
“My gut feeling tells me we’ll have luck,” He answered, taking a seat on a wooden bench by the gate. Notice he didn’t say if it was going to be good luck or bad luck.
“I sure hope you’re right this time!” I said, “I’m so hungry I cold eat a horse.”
“Just hold on a little longer, and you’ll reach that middle stage of hunger where you’re not hungry for a while!”
I sat down on the bench by the gate with him and bent into a position that made my stomach smaller. “Ah! There I feel much better,” I groaned.
Rudi laughed, “You Americans just can’t take it!” He said. “You shield yourselves from real things until you’re like machines.”
Well, if he wanted an argument at this time, I was ready for him. “And why not?” I snapped back. “Why be uncomfortable when you already have the means to be comfortable?” I felt some new pains shoot through my abdomen as my stomach shrank smaller.

Rudi was ready to shoot back. “Because when you’re faced with a situation like you’re faced with right now, you cringe and become cowards. You look for some pill to solve the problem. Just like in the war; without all your money and supplies, you would’ve never been able to stand up against us, the Germans, or the Russians for that matter.”

I think Rudi was getting hungry too and wanted to take it out on somebody. He seldom brought up the war.
“What’d you expect us to use? Bows and arrows?” I said. “Who gives a damn how you win a war, just so you win it?”
And then I thought how we won the war against Japan. And then
I felt like shutting up.
“If you’re going to do a thing, do it right.” Rudi said.
“What’s that got do with war? Life isn’t a war!” I returned.
“It isn’t?” he asked.
And then a small middle-aged man in a long black cassock came walking up from the church side door.
We both stood up as he greeted us, “Good evening Padre,” I said. “My friend and I are touring the world on our motor scooter and we’re interested in meeting with a Spanish Padre and thought we’d stop in to see you. I hope you will excuse us if we’ve interrupted your catechism class.”
He understood my primitive Spanish.
“No, that’s quite all right, boys, I have one of my better students taking over the lesson. Won’t you come in for a while?”
We passed through a barren courtyard that looked like it could’ve used some flowers or grass or something. Come to realize it, all of Spain looked like that so far. It was so different from France and the other countries where you had flowers growing everywhere, and hedges and things.

We followed him to a one-story room in the corner of the walled courtyard. “Sit down, please,” he said, pointing to a small wooden table in the center of what appeared to be a dining room. My stomach made a revealing growling noise just as I sat down. I don’t think he heard it, what with the shuffling chairs and all.
“Do you like Spanish wine?” he brought out a large quart jug of church wine from a closet.
“Gracias,” we answered as he poured us each a half a glass of red wine. That was all I needed - - an appetizer!
He spoke some French, a little German, and naturally Spanish, and with that combination supplemented with scribbling pictures, we were able to talk with each other.
The customary poster of Franco was on one of the walls. On other walls were Jesus-pictures and bishop-looking people. And there was a depiction of Mary-mother-of Jesus on the front wall. We sat and talked about our trip; he was interested in learning how other people were living in other places. He was puzzled at first at the idea of an American and a German traveling the world together on a motor scooter. Often we had met people who had never seen nor talked with an American or a German before, but had formed opinions of them through hearsay. Generally these opinions were uncomplimentary, but once we had talked with people they saw for themselves that we had neither horns nor long red forked tails. We didn’t pose as ambassadors or anything like that, but we always left the family or village with a much better impression of Americans and Germans, usually, in most cases, I think.
He told us he had been born in Riaza, a small town to the north of Madrid, and had attended the seminary in Madrid for twelve years. He had come to the little village of Cogolludo and its eight hundred parishioners six years ago, and planned to remain there, the bishop willing, for the rest of his life. I guess he was about 50 years old. His mother, and also his sister and her husband and one daughter lived there with him also at the church in the rooms that bordered the wall of the courtyard. He called them out to meet us.

That was strange, but I guess it was the custom in that part of Spain, bringing your family along with you to live with you at the church. I can see why mothers would encourage a son to become a priest. She would always have the security of knowing she would have a place to live when she got old. She looked about 70. Come to think of it, I don’t remember seeing any homeless women or men lying around the streets in any of the big cities in Spain. I guess Franco had a building somewhere for them or just ‘eliminated’ them like he did his political opponents.
“You play songs on those guitars?” The Padre asked.
“Sure, wanna hear a song?” Rudi asked.
While we were tuning our guitars, a long file of young children passed the front gate, and we figured the catechism class was over. He invited them to listen in.
When we finished the three Spanish folksongs we knew, he had the children sing one of their school songs. It’s always fun to hear little children, boy and girls, sing a song together. It’s like listening to the fresh sound of a mountain stream flowing over some rocks through the woods. It doesn’t matter the language.
Rudi and I clapped and they smiled at our approval. He dismissed them; his mother and the family slipped away in the adjoining doors of the courtyard and we were left alone to talk with the Padre.
“Call me, Padre Juan,” he said, and I’ll call you Rohn and Rudi.
There was no post office in the village, and twice we were interrupted during our conversation while the Padre gave out mail to parishioners. He was the post office. Also, at one point he was called upon to administer first aid to a small child who had taken a fall in the street. The child’s mother had come to the Padre with her boy with a bruised and bleeding elbow. The nearest doctor was twenty-five miles away, and the villagers always turned to the Padre for medical help like this. I wonder what she would’ve done during the civil war going on twenty years ago. Even though times were tough for this village today, under Franco it must’ve really been miserable twenty years ago during the fighting. We often saw decaying wooden homemade crosses sticking in the ground along the highway commemorating somebody who lost their life at that spot.

The local community aided the Padre, too, by giving him a percentage of their grain crop each harvest, which he in turn sold to the merchants of the village or gave to the poor.
Anything that he mentioned that sounded like food made my mouth water. I was distraught with curiosity to know if he was going to invite us to stay for dinner. I tried to make our conversations as interesting as possible. This way he wouldn’t excuse himself to go to dinner. I was desperate for a meal. I think Rudi was too. I had never before seen Rudi make himself so charming. If the Padre wasn’t going to ask us for dinner, I had a plan. I was simply going to tell him we were poor, and ask him if he please would give us some of the grain that he gave away to the poor of his parish. I would eat it raw. Then I thought how silly that would be. It was only one day that I hadn’t had a meal. I had heard of people who had gone two weeks without eating and they lived. Certainly I could last longer than a day. Besides, I didn’t want to show Rudi I was a weakling.
I heard the rustling of pots and pans from somewhere. But I also heard gurgling from my stomach. I’ve got an unusually boisterous stomach when it comes to needing some attention. When I sensed its complaints coming on, I managed to clear my throat or cough a little.

“You have an allergy?” The Padre asked me.

“No, I don’t think so. It’s just that we’ve been sleeping in hay lofts at night time.” I answered. It didn’t hurt anything to give him a hint that we needed a place to sleep for the night.

Wonderful aromas from the kitchen seeped into the courtyard like a lovely woman. It gave me new vigor. I cranked up my conversation with Padre Juan, even more captivating and descriptive about our travels. The aroma from the other room was like receiving a second wind. I imagined the wonderful taste of chicken drumsticks cooked in olive oil and garlic; chopped up onions sprinkled with salt and a little white Spanish wine poured in and a touch of diced green peppers.

I couldn’t speak. I let Rudi do the talking. I sat back and in my head ran a flick of the best Spanish meal we had back when we left Barcelona on our way to Zaragoza and the mayor of the little village had invited us for lunch when we inquired for the road west at his house just before siesta time as his wife was about to put the main meal of the day on the table. He called it ‘arroz con pollo’. The senora served it on top of long grain rice and some diced tomatoes with chopped fresh parsley. We each had a wedge of lemon and were told to squeeze a little on top. “We don’t eat those,” the mayor said as I landed with a bay leaf under my tongue and tried to get it out. I set it on the plate. Rudi somehow found that hilarious.
Then at the tinkling sound of a little bell, the Padre stood up and said, “Won’t you boys join me in a meal?”
Rudi, in his most blasé manner, I mean really, really blasé manner uttered a quiet “Thank you.” It sounded like he almost didn’t want the meal. Like a starving cat that seems to retain its dignity all the way ‘till death, all he said was that “Thank you.”

I could see the Padre wasn’t sure what Rudi meant by his “Thank you.”

Padre Juan even made a gesture that I interpreted momentarily in a panic, to mean, “Well If you don’t want to eat - - wait here; I’ll be back in a half-hour.”
The Padre’s gesture might have been “Fine. Let’s all wash our hands before dinner.” I didn’t know for sure, but I didn’t want him to misinterpret Rudi at such a desperate time. I felt like I was at a poker table. This was no time for reading wrong intentions.
I interrupted him in a loud voice that surprised me, “Oh! Thank you, Padre Juan! That would be wonderful!”

Rudi gave me a wincing stare. I guess I shouldn’t have shown the Padre how much I really wanted something to eat. It was undignified, at least in Rudi’s way of thinking. He was a stickler sometimes, for that sort of decorum things. Once in France I had wanted to change my stained shirt for a clean one. We were in a town square, and he almost flew into a rage when I changed it out on the main street. He wanted me to hide behind a tree or go behind a building or somewhere.

But Rudi’s expression changed quickly. The knowledge of food on the table makes an irritable man human again. We followed Padre Juan to a white-washed kitchen, where his housekeeper, a woman named Silvia, the one who had come out to greet our bell ringing the first time, had prepared a setting for three on an oil-cloth-covered table.

Well, it wasn’t chicken but it was even better! She served huge portions of beef in a broth that had chickpeas, leeks, carrots and bubbles of olive oil floating around the top. It was scalding hot but I dipped chunks of the hard crusted bread into it and it cooled right down. I thought I heard my stomach say, “Thank you! Thank you!” When she offered me another helping, I held up my bowl without trying to look eager and let it linger as long as possible under her big ladle spoon. This strategy turned out to be not necessary at all, because after the stew, there came another course! She brought out a big pot and served us chicken and boiled potatoes covered with a steamy tomato sauce. The Padre poured us each a glass of white wine, and after two helpings of her “cocido,” announced the meal was over by offering us peasant cheese and fruit. Jeeze, was I full!. The skin over my belly was really stretched! I guess I was having a natural reaction. My body was telling me “Go ahead, eat a lot. You might not have another meal in weeks.”
I had never eaten so much in my life. I felt bloated. We sat and talked about our trip and our future plans. It was getting dark, and the Padre found our conversation interesting and lit an oil lamp. “Did you find the people of France much different than the people of Spain?” He asked.

Want to read more?
http://www.photosource.com/psn-article/mystory26.html


14 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



David Middleton has taught this class for 10 years and has continued to refine and broaden the material presented in this class. Professional Photography Workshop . Even if you’ve never dreamt of being a full-time photographer, have you ever thought about getting your images into a magazine or a gallery or a calendar? Have you thought about doing a book but you didn’t know how to go about it? Or maybe the thought of earning some money with your images has crossed your mind but you didn’t know where to start? Or you tried but your images were rejected and then you gave up. Maybe you are just stuck in a rut and you want a little inspiration. Trying to earn money in photography sure can be frustrating if you don’t know what you are doing or what the tricks of the trade are. When: August 15 – August 21, 2010 Where: Manchester Center, VT
http://thelightroomlab.com/2010/07/professional-photography-workshop-2/


14 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes




WHAT’s IMPORTANT -- Common mistakes when keywording images: what an image is not. If someone asks you what can you see in the image enclosed, what would you answer? Is that a landscape, a single tree, farmlands, the horizon, blue, green, yellow…? What would you say?
http://blog.agefotostock.com/post/2010/07/05/Common-mistakes-when-keywording-images-what-an-image-is-not.aspx
TAKEAWAY: Rarely do editorial photobuyers look for stand-alone illustrations. Instead they are seeking specific photos (in this example) the species of tree, the type of crop in the field, etc. for a photo request




14 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



CAN CELL PHONE CAMERAS DO IT? -- That’s a question often asked. Let the photos speak for themselves.
SOURCE: Brian Lam; Gismodo.com http://gizmodo.com/5576509/395-photos-taken-on-cellphones?skyline=true&s=i
TAKEAWAY: Photobuyers look for pictorial illustration first, technical resolution second.


14 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



EXHIBITS – A WAY TO GET KNOWN -- Photography Marketing Tip: 8 Steps To Getting Free Exhibits Of Your Photography. How’s your photography business doing? Is the telephone ringing as much as you want it to?
Most Photographers Don’t Understand That The Backbone To The Photography Business, The “Engine” If You Will, That Drives The Photo Business, Is Getting Lots And Lots Of Qualified People To Know You Exist, And To Call You Now. http://portraitphotographyguides.theproductjudge.com/2010/07/04/photography-marketing-tip-8-steps-to-getting-free-exhibits-of-your-photography/

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Berlin photography exhibition celebrates peacetime in Viet Nam http://vietnamnews.vnanet.vn/Life-Style/200962/Berlin-photography-exhibition-celebrates-peacetime-in-Viet-Nam.html


14 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes




CATCHIN’ UP -- Facebook Photos Leave Flickr, Picasa Way Behind. Sometimes, the sheer size of something overwhelms you, the point in question – Facebook. What started off as a social networking website, Facebook now has more photos on it than any other dedicated photo sharing website! According to comScore, Facebook is growing at three times the speed of top photo websites. It is not customary to compare a social networking site and a photo sharing site, but this has become unavoidable in this case. SOURCE: Rohit Bhat http://www.watblog.com/2010/07/12/facebook-photos-leave-flickr-picasa-way-behind/
TAKEAWAY: Because this is an important news item for you, I’ve repeated it here in the TRENDS section.


14 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: photosource



"...People pictures: If you are just shooting the passing scene, people don't care. 'Grab shots' tend to look as though a sneak took them. Eye contact makes all the difference in a good image. You are the exploiter - You are "taking" something. ...- it isn't called "taking pictures" for nothing! - Anonymous

14 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: photosource



1855 - July 12th
- George Eastman the inventor of the camera was born.

1965 - July 8th
- Camera multiple flashbulb device, known as flashcubes, were made by Sylvania Electric Company, and introduced at a press conference at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Four flash bulbs were set in a single socket; a sleeve of three cubes retailed for $1.95; the cubes were presented jointly by Sylvania Electric Products Inc, and Eastman Kodak Company.

1976 - July 20th
- Photographs taken on Mars were transmitted to the Viking mother ship in orbit around Mars.


14 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: photosource





Bill Hudson, a Photojournalist During the Civil Rights Era, Dies at 77 Mr. Hudson's powerful images of the civil rights era documented police brutality and helped galvanize the public.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/27/us/27hudson.html?_r=2&emc=eta1



14 Jul, 2010 | Posted by: photosource



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