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25 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes






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25 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



August 26th 2010


25 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes





How to Have

Your Small Legal Gripes

In Small Claims Court





You can avoid a court case, especially if the judgment you’ve requested is under $2,500. But your personal monetary outlay might exceed your settlement reward.



Should you take a photobuyer to court? If you don’t mind traveling to the buyer’s business location, it should be an educational experience for you.

Personal or business claims can be filed. You can get your money back for a botched car repair or collect a small ($10 to $1,000) debt from someone who owes you money.

Satisfaction guaranteed: Although monetarily it's often not worth it to bring a case to Small Claims Court – the maximum claim in most states is $3,000 to $5,000 -- most cases are brought on principle – nobody likes to be cheated.
If you think you are entitled to damages greater than the money limits $3,000 to $5,000) but still wish to sue in Small Claims, you give up your right to recover damages over the money limits. The additional money can't be claimed later in a separate lawsuit.
Since each state is different, be sure to check with your local county clerk for details (they're in the phone book or on the web.)

BENEFITS OF SMALL CLAIMS COURT


No lawyers needed. About 90% of such cases can be handled without counsel.
Quick resolution. The hearing is usually held a few weeks after a complaint is filed. The case is heard and settled the same day.
Opponents get a chance to communicate. Many cases involve people who are so angry with each other that they can't talk it out. The court setting encourages rational thinking as well as communication.
Inexpensive. In New Jersey, for instance, filing a case in Small Claims Court costs just $15 for one defendant, $ 2 for each additional defendant.

HOW THE PROCESS WORKS


[] Filing your claim. The forms can be picked up at your courthouse. Or call and have them mailed to you. They are very easy to fill out. After you file, your only other obligation is to show up at the courthouse for the hearing.
[] Before the hearing. The judge will warn you that although you're entitled to your day in court, it's often better to settle without a hearing. Reason: You may get less than you think you deserve...but you may get more than the judge will award you if you win.
The judge will insist that you attempt to settle, whether you wish to or not, and you will be assigned a clerk, who will immediately hold a settlement conference at the courthouse. With the clerk present, each side tells his/her story...the clerk explains the law...and the two parties try to reach an agreement. About 60%-70% of all cases end here. The rest go on to a hearing.
[] The hearing. The judge now conducts a bench trial – there is no witness stand, no jury and, usually, no lawyers.
Each side has the opportunity to present his/her story and to ask questions or make comments on his/her opponent's story. Either party may bring witnesses, whom the judge will hear if they have new information to add to what has been presented. After all the pertinent evidence is heard, the judge renders his decision.
Total hearing time: 10 to 15 minutes. (If the judge expects the case to take longer, the case is usually rescheduled for when there is more time, to prevent a back-up in the court's schedule.)
If the defendant in your case doesn't show for the hearing, you receive a default judgment...and an award in the amount you requested when you filed.
[] Obtaining your money. If the judgment or settlement is in your favor and the defendant doesn't pay, you can take one of three steps:
Docket the judgment. This registers the judgment in a higher court. A lien is placed on the person's personal and real property, so that if he ever sells any property, he must pay off the judgment.
Issue execution. A court officer is sent to the defendant's house with a writ to levy on his property. This writ authorizes the officer to sell enough of the defendant's property to raise money to pay the debt. Other possibility: If you know where the person banks, a court officer can go to that bank with the writ to obtain your money.
Nothing. Sometimes it’s better to not make the effort to pursue the offender. You may win the settlement, but the cost of pursuing the defendant could far outweigh the financial reward. This is especially true of “start-up” ad agencies or stock photo agencies that are here today, gone tomorrow.



Rohn Engh is director of PhotoSource International and publisher of PhotoStockNotes. Pine Lake Farm, 1910 35th Road, Osceola, WI 54020 USA. Telephone: 1 800 624 0266 Fax: 1 715 248 7394. Web site: www.photosource.com/shop





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25 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



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

Are you interested in receiving updates by e-mail when photographers you work with add new images to their sites, plan future shoots, etc? Assuming that these updates aren’t abused and that you actually receive them only when the photographer has something of value to say.


Answer
Percentage
No way 0.00%
Typically no 15.25%
Maybe, if the photographer is interesting 35.59%
Typically yes 18.64%
Absolutely 1.69%


Mike's Comment:

This goes hand in hand with the question about newsletters above. If you are interesting to the photobuyer chances are they would actually be OK with you sending them an update every now and then about what you have recently added to your collection and what shoots you are heading out on.
Avoid anything personal, anything about your family, anything about your pets, and (obviously) anything about religion or politics.
Keep it very simple and to the point. A good example of an update could be: “I have just finished adding 200 new fresh images of Etruscan Urns (or whatever you specialize in) to my collection and these photos are now available on my website (add link to the photos here). Next month I'll be shooting the excavation of the newly found Viking gravesite of Olaf the Brute in southern Norway. If there are specific images you might be interested in from this exciting site please feel free to let me know.”
Less is often more when it comes to these things. Look at the short snippets from the police blotter in your local newspaper. All the crucial information in as few words as possible.

2010 Photobuyer Survey
Click Here


Photojournalist Mikael Karlsson has 25 years' experience of working for magazines and newspapers in more than 30 countries. He moved to the United States in 1998 from his native Sweden. He lives in Nebraska and is currently US correspondent for 11 Swedish magazines and a regular contributor to a wide variety of U.S. publications. Reach him at mike[at]photosource[dot]com.



25 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



THEIR SECRET -- Practice, Practice, Practice - Pick out any well-respected photographer whose work you admire and you’ll find they’re constantly experimenting. They’re always practicing, listening to their clients and paying close attention to the trends in the market. SOURCE: Goingpro.com http://goingpro2010.com/?p=853


SOLD! -- Photographers Reveal The Details Behind Their First Sales - "What types of pictures are people selling through PhotoShelter?" Grover Sanschagrin emailed 26 random PhotoShelter members who had made at least 1 sale since Jan 1, 2010 to answer this question. http://blog.photoshelter.com/2010/08/photographers-reveal-the-details-behind-their-firs.html
TAKEAWAY: Putting your pictures with a microstock site is like sitting in a chair at a weekend art fair. You meet nice people and get nice comments about your work. Rarely do you make a sale. But in the new millenium, the SEARCH systems on the Internet offer you a better way of getting buyers to come to you. LESSON learned: Start building a strong KEYWORD base for your specialized editorial stock photography.

CLEAR VOICE -- How to Record Quality Sound for Multimedia - While DSLRs that shoot HD video promise an easy way to shoot high quality video, the weakness of many videos photographers have shot this way is in audio recordings. It’s best to have a location sound person to record, monitor and manage audio, especially when shooting sync video with DSLR cameras http://www.creativepro.com/article/webinar-make-websites-live-publish-updates-quarkxpress



HAUNTING -- Infrared photography gives haunting view of Dallas using infrared photo techniques. A tilt-shift lens adds extra shimmer to some of the moody scenes. SOURCE: EVANS CAGLAGE / Dallas Morning News
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/fea/lifetravel/stories/081610dnliv-photos-of-dallas.5c92f0f2.html


WHEN INSIDE -- Dan Bailey: ”As outdoor photographers, we often find ourselves doubling as travel photographers, which means that sometimes we end up shooting inside. And since we outdoor types like to light and fast, we don’t always carry extra strobes or additional lighting equipment that the indoor guys like to schlep around.” SOURCE: Dan Bailey http://thephotoletariat.com/5-tips-for-shooting-beautiful-interior-photography/




WORKFLOW -- The Digital Darkroom, photo editing steps. Hank Plumley: “One of the most frustrating things for me when I was starting out was the number of times I went back into my photo editing software to add to, delete, or change something on an image that I thought was done. http://www.blog.hankplumley.com/2010/08/workflow-digital-darkroom-photo-editing-steps/

25 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes




ILLUSTRATIONS GALORE -- There are two sides to every story, but photos only contain a single image. The dual-imaged diptychs... 71 Dual-Wielding Diptychs
http://gizmodo.com/5614740/71-dual+wielding-diptychs


25 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes




Meredith Corp., A media and marketing company, reported $365 million in fiscal fourth-quarter revenues, a 5.6% year-over-year increase. Total FY 2010 revenue decreased 1.5% to 1.39billion, year over year. The company also reported $33.4 million in earnings for Q4 2010, an improvement from last year’s net loss of $163.7 million loss. For fiscal 2010. ended 6/30, the company saw net earnings of nearly $104 million. A year earlier it reported a loss of $107.1 million. Source : Direct Marketing news

25 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: bswenson






25 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



BACKFIRE?
-- Identification jackets for journalists in Goa (India)
Announced during a function to mark World Photography Day.
http://www.newkerala.com/news2/fullnews-24245.html
TAKEAWAY: Wonder if there’s a big red bull’s eye on the back of the jacket for the convenience of those nice people (politicians) who don’t like to be photographed off-guard.


25 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes





SPONTANAEITY -- Can you catch it? Travel travel photography: the fuzzy area between iconic and cliché. Almost every writer and traveler has a camera these days. A good chunk who visit Buenos Aires go to the San Telmo Sunday market, and when they do, they find this couple dancing tango in the streets. It all looks vaguely spontaneous, the scene quintessentially Argentine — both of which are debatable. SOURCE: Audrey Scott; http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/2010/08/travel-photography-iconic-cliche/



PLAN AHEAD -- Develop a good travel planning routine ... some resources and examples. People typically travel to the same places these days for work however; occasionally there is a new city to explore. Here’s an evolving system of getting a feel for a place before arriving through pre-trip research. These days it involves a series of websites saved as favourites and a couple of other routines. http://blog.dreamstime.com/2010/08/20/develop-a-good-travel-planning-routine-some-resources-and-example_art33174


25 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



A MAN’S CASTLE -- Is a “Property Release” Required for Use of Photo of a House for an Advertisement? - HSBC Bank USA used two photographs of house in a brochure (viewable on Scribd) distributed with the San Francisco Chronicle to advertise mortgages. The owner of the home sued under seven theories of law after others asked him about his financial condition and whether his home was for sale. SOURCE: Carolyn Wright, Esq. http://www.photoattorney.com/?p=1561
TAKEAWAY: Can they use a picture of your house in an ad? Yes, they can, at least, by California law.

THIEF CATCHER -- ImageRights Free Service - ImageRights International, Inc., a company that helps professional photographers and illustrators discover the illegal use of their intellectual property on the Web, is offering a free version of its online image recognition and recovery service to further expand efforts against image piracy. Customers who take advantage of ImageRights’ free service may also participate in the company’s new, optional Recovery Program, which will launch next month to help photographers and illustrators obtain compensation for the unauthorized use of their images. SOURCE: Shutterbug http://shutterbug.com/news/080910imagerights/


ANSEL AUCTION -- A suit alleges trademark infringement, false advertising, trademark dilution, unfair competition and other claims. It does not specify damages but asks the court to order the defendants to pay restitution of their profits from any sales, as well as award any other monetary relief. SOURCE: Brook Donald; Associated Press
http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/news_details/article/177/2010/august/24/lawyer-negatives-verified-as-ansel-adams-work.html
other information: Tale of Ansel Adams Negatives Grows Hazy
A dealer with a troubled past and an unknown photographer complicate claims of a found Ansel Adams trove. SOURCE: REYHAN HARMANCI http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/14/arts/design/14photos.html?emc=eta1
Thanks: Roy




25 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



WORK FOR FREE -- “Have I Told You How HUGE This Opportunity Is? - This kind of thing is usually relegated to the lower realms of photography but it’s nice to see Advertising Agency Latcha and Associates would like to include car photographers by seeing if they will shoot samples on spec. From their “Shoot A Sample” brief.” SOURCE: Rob Haggart. http://www.aphotoeditor.com/2010/08/19/have-i-told-you-how-huge-this-opportunity-is/
TAKEAWAY: An insight again. Commercial stock photography can be the wrong road to take. Stick with the editorial stock photography markets. The ride is smooth and you’ll be working with people who speak your language.


OVERVIEW -- The evolution of stock photography: The merging of traditional and micro - The Stock Photography Market is in transition; Will the future see our stock photo revenue be coming or going?
SOURCE: John Lund. http://www.fastmediamagazine.com/blog/2010/08/17/the-evolution-of-stock-photography-the-merging-of-traditional-and-micro/
TAKEAWAY: Making “better” pictures isn’t the answer. Making a better search system for finding the picture you are searching for is the solution.

ROAD KILL -- “Anderson/Wolff: “Did you see this coming? The web is dead –“ Chris Anderson, editor in chief of Wired magazine and journalist Michael Wolff are declaring the web dead. That is, the web as we know it. They propose that the open nature of the web where people find information through search engines is giving way to a more controlled version where companies merely use the web’s infrastructure to ‘cordon off’ areas that they control. http://www.fastmediamagazine.com/blog/2010/08/18/did-you-see-this-coming-the-web-is-dead/
TAKEAWAY: “Cordon Off?”..?… Isn’t that what medievale towns and cities used to do to keep the riff-raff out only to later discover they also cut the free flow of commerce development?



25 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes





VIAGGIO, A NEW MAGAZINE -- from Brazil. Say hello to Viaggio, a new magazine published by chef Mario Batali and Bob Guccione Jr. (founder of Spin magazine and son of Penthouse founder Bob Guccione). "[O]ur title has many meanings," wrote Batali in the introduction, "Our intentions are to cover, uncover, and discover the magnificent and tangy feeling of excitement and passion that can be part of all voyages." http://eater.com/archives/2010/08/19/viaggio-a-new-magazine-from-mario-batali.php


25 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



Update Hardware to Speed Up Your Computer

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

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

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

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

Why?

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

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

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


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



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




25 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes





HE’S WATCHING -- Photog Probes Secret Sites With Megazoom and Science - Geographer and artist Trevor Paglen has spent a career tracking the purposefully hidden cogs of U.S. military Secret Ops. Paglen photographed airplanes involved in the rendition program from great distances. His series Limit-telephotography employed high-powered telescopes whose focal lengths range between 1300mm and 7000mm. SOURCE: PETE BROOK. http://www.wired.com/rawfile/2010/08/photog-probes-secret-sites-with-mega-zoom-and-science/




ANSEL THE TEACHER -- Digital Landscape Photography: In The Footsteps Of Ansel Adams by Michael Frye. The goal of Digital Landscape Photography: In The Footsteps Of Ansel Adams is to show you what can be learned from Adams' working process and how these lessons can be used today with modern digital techniques. SOURCE: T. Michael Testi Seattle Times.
http://www.seattlepi.com/books/425058_141349-blogcritics.org.html?source=rss


25 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes






By popular demand . . .


An economy-wise price for the



PHOTODAILY





PHOTOLETTER




Watch for it to arrive in your e-mail box

Just before Labor Day



25 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



TRADING TALENTS -- Become a Star Photographer with Actors Headshots - Struggling actors are also an opportunity for photographers. To win parts, actors need headshots and to get those headshots they have to turn to photographers, creating a reliable stream of work at a price that ranges broadly around $225 for a two to three-hour shoot. It’s a realistically priced niche with plenty of opportunities. http://blogs.photopreneur.com/become-a-star-photographer-with-actors-headshots?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PhotopreneurBlog+%28Photopreneur+Blog%29
TAKEAWAY: But what if the would-be actor is penniless? USE THIS: “I’m an editorial horticultural (you supply the example) stock photographer and I need a model for many of the pictures I make. Spend an afternoon with me making pictures in local public gardens and I’ll barter with you to produce your professional portrait(s).



MONEYSWORTH -- Photographers – How To Stop Justifying Your Low, Low Prices. So let me ask you a question. Is it okay that a surgeon makes hundreds of thousands of dollars every year? He has educated himself in his passion; He studies continually; He works in a specialized industry that requires him to be good at what he does; He lives and breathes what he does; He uses his money to take care of himself and others. SOURCE: Virtual Photography Studio Newsletter. http://photographybusiness.wordpress.com/2010/06/15/photographers-how-to-stop-justifying-your-low-low-prices/



MONETIZING PHOTOGRAPHY Twenty Months of SEO and Monetizing Photography. John Lund: “What I think is happening is that as I get more material up I get more keyword possibilities for those long-tailed keyword searches.” http://blog.johnlund.com/2010/08/twenty-months-of-seo-and-monetizing.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+johnlund%2FUkbR+%28The+Stock+Photo+Guy+-+John+Lund+Stock+Photographer%29

25 Aug, 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.

* Natural World Photography Show. The Center for Fine Art Photography will present a Main Gallery Show December 3 – 31, 2010. Theme: This exhibition will illustrate all aspects of nature. EXHIBITION AND AWARDS:
With selection for this exhibition, featured artist's work will be seen by an international audience of collectors, curators, art consultants and other advocates of fine art photography. Each participant will be included in the Center's Main Gallery exhibition and Online Gallery exhibition.
2 liveBooks Website Awards: Valued at $399 each, two artists will receive a one year subscription for a website from liveBooks.com
Juror’s Selection Award: $300 and a Blurb book award from Blurb.com
Director’s Selection Award: $200 and a Blurb book award from Blurb.com
Honorable Mention Award: 2 year membership and a three image submission to a call for entry at the Center.
All exhibitors are included in the Center’s online gallery.
Deadline for entry: 14th September 2010.
For more information:
http://www.c4fap.org/cfe/2010NaturalWorld/index.asp

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* In conjunction with National Geographic Channel, WorldNomads.com is offering the opportunity for one talented individual to go on a 7 day assignment with National Geographic photographer Jason Edwards, to the Kingdom of Bhutan.
Working alongside Jason they will photograph rare and endangered wildlife, historical architecture and colourful cultural life. Gaining invaluable mentoring and hands on experience in everything from shot set up, technique and composition through to insights into Jason’s many years of diverse experience, they will learn what it is like to be a National Geographic Photographer on assignment.
The scholarship winner will receive (AUD)$2000 worth of Pentax photographic equipment plus have their best photographs published on National Geographic Channel. They will be flown to Paro from their country of residence to join their mentor and guide from Jo Jo’s Adventures to explore the deeply spiritual Bhutan as it opens up the modern world, in careful balance with its ancient traditions.
Applicants for the scholarship must submit no more than 5 photos that tell a story about a place they have visited.
Applications close October 17, 2010.
For more information:
http://journals.worldnomads.com/scholarships/story/59940/Bhutan/2010-Travel-Photography-Scholarship-Kingdom-of-Bhutan-jg


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How to Take Your Best Shot
at the National Geographic Photo Contest - There probably isn’t a photographer in the world who hasn’t dreamed of getting published in National Geographic magazine. Jeff Wignall gives you tips for winning and what to avoid.You can submit images until Nov. 30. http://rising.blackstar.com/national-geographic-photo-contest.html

25 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes








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ROHN TAKES A MID-DAY SIESTA




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RUDI ENTERTAINS FIELD WORKERS




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ROHN BORROWS A SUN HAT





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WE ENTER PORTUGAL AT ELVAS









My Story


# 32







“O.K.” I answered timidly. Rudi had said we ought to try to see how much speed we could get out of the Vespa 150. There was this steep grade coming up on the highway and it would be a good testing ground.
Well, the answer is not something you sit around and debate about. It’s something you’re supposed to answer an automatic “Yes”, like “Wanna another beer?” At least with guys our age. And I guess it’s the same with girls. But our culture allows girls some leeway. I mean girls wouldn’t automatically say “yes” to something daring, usually. At least not the ones I’ve known. But not for guys. It stamps ‘sissy’ on your forehead if you say, “Wait, let’s stop and think about this.” That’s what I would’ve liked to say. Here we were in the middle of open country in Spain, on a lonely highway, not a soul around, except the railroad train we heard now and them somewhere in the valley or mountains we were traveling though. Not a bird or a donkey, could’ve heard me, and I could’ve said anything, and no one would’ve heard me. But Rudi has been putting me in situations like this recently and I guess this was one of them. I’d didn’t want to hear again, “You Americans are all alike.”
He looked at me again. “Let’s try ‘er out!”
But I knew he was asking a question, not telling me. I think he wanted to put some of the blame on me in case we crashed and got all banged up.
“Sure!” I said, like you’re supposed to.
Rudi gave it full gas and we sped down the mountain grade. Now I should mention that in Spain at that time the gasoline service was not always what you would hope it to be, and at the previous gas station we had suspected the attendant of not adding the full amount of oil to the gasoline-oil mixture or even forgetting to add the oil to the mixture. If this happens there is the chance that the piston will not be properly lubricated, and it will freeze in the cylinder chamber. This causes the rear wheel to freeze up.
So there we were, speeding down that hill at 80 miles per hour. I don’t know how fast we were really going. The speedometer only goes up to 50. I remember back in high school my classmate, Marion Baker, had his dad’s car and he and Bob Fletcher and Bobbie Campbell were also in it. We were on our way to a Saturday night dance at a roadhouse outside of Salisbury and Marion got this notion that he ought to see how fast his dad’s new truck could go and he told us “Watch this.” He just got it in his head that he was going to test out his dad’s truck.

I think it was a Studebaker one of those new pickup trucks after WWII. Pretty soon we realized he was giving it a test run like they do in the movies. I was watching the speedometer and it got up to 83. So I know what it feels like to go 83 m.p.h. None of us said a word. But we all left the car knowing we weren’t virgins anymore when it came to going really fast.
About a year after that, Bobby Campbell was doing the same thing with the car he had bought when he got his new job. He was alone, or drunk or something and he ran into a tree in Taylorsville right across from
Betty Anne McAliister’s house, and got killed. Every time I went by that tree I thought about Bobby. I was thinking about him now.
Well, as you’re probably thinking, something’s going to happen with that Vespa motor. It sure as hell happened.
We were going down that hill at eighty miles per hour, the rear wheel of the Vespa suddenly braked, it just didn’t move anymore. It was stuck. I could smell rubber, I think. The scooter began fishtailing. Rudi swerved to the left, and then counter-steered to the right, then when we slid to the left Rudi countered again, correcting the direction of the scooter before it reached the point where we could’ve toppled over and splattered onto the road. I gripped Rudi, shouting wild sounds of encouragement, but expected to go sprawling into the roadbed any moment with our heads bouncing like soccer balls. Neither of us were wearing crash helmets. And I just imagined two crosses being erected alongside that lonely Spanish road the next day.
This all happened in a matter of a few seconds, and if Rudi hadn’t been the quick thinker that he is, we probably would have had just that fate. As it was, he thought to pull in the clutch, which released the drive shaft from the frozen cylinder and allowed us to free-wheel the rest of the way down the hill. The reality of what had happened didn’t strike us ‘til a few moments after it was all over, and we pulled to the side of the road and took a good long rest.
I was the first to talk. “You’ve got to have respect for the machine,” I said after a while, recalling my own accident a few days ago.
“You can’t have respect for any machine!” Rudi scolded me. “If you do, and you start fearing a machine, it’ll sure as hell be the death of you. Machines aren’t responsible. You’ve got to make yourself master of them. The only thing you’ve got to have respect for when you’re driving this scooter is yourself!”
He took the posture of a professor or friendly doctor. He usually raised his jawbone and looked downward at me when he was in his lecturing mode. I didn’t mind feeling like a lowly student. He was right. And, I was alive. That’s what counted. This was one of the several times on our trip we almost met destruction.
I could tell Rudi had also been frightened by the near accident. But he wasn’t going to let the scooter get the best of him. He was right, you have to be the undisputed master of machines; if not, you become their slave. It gave me encouragement to realize this, and it began to dispel my fear that I had been starting to get of driving the scooter.

The next couple of days we mostly spent camping out. It was like we were exhausted trying to talk with the peasants who were poorer than we were and could hardly share a piece of bread with us. We soon passed over the border and were in the country of Portugal. No problem at the border customs. We were finished seeing posters with Franco’s face on it. No Guardias with rifles slung over their shoulders. But we were to find out the political freedom that I’ve been talking about was pretty much missing in Portugal too. Salazar, he was the big boss in this country and he ruled it just as strong as Franco. We knew we had to be on our good behavior here too.
And the people? Well, at least the folks out in the countryside that we encountered seemed to accept us more readily that the Spanish peasants people did. They would cheerfully wave to us in a fashion that indicated they agreed with our way of traveling. One farmer, for example was wheeling a wheelbarrow along the side of the road, took the time to put his wheelbarrow down when he saw us coming, and vigorously waved to us smiling as we passed.
Another man, in a general store, offered us bandages for my swollen hand. That was a surprise. He offered to fill our canteen with water. Nice guy.
And the language. I thought the Spanish we had learned would get us through. No chance. Portuguese was a new language for us entirely, and at farmsteads we had to finger talk most of the way, pointing to pictures or making drawings.
But the really nice thing was that our "lodging system" worked just as well in rural Portugal as it did elsewhere along our way. We would ask for lodging in a stable or barn. Get accepted. Get out our guitars and practice our songs. The children would gather around to listen. And then the adults and elders. And then Rudi and I would hear that favorite sentence, “Supper’s on the table, why don’t you come in and join us?” Later in the evening, the word would spread to neighbors and they would arrive on bicycles or donkeys for an evening of song. Some farmers would bring their own instruments. And all this without even speaking their language. We felt that despite the warnings of others that our “lodging system” would not work when we crossed over into Africa, we sensed it just might.

By the time we reached Lisbon we had decided we like the people of Portugal. It was early evening when we entered the capital and from a distance we could see the city lights flickering in the Lisbon harbor. It looked a lot like a post card for San Francisco.
It was a mid-summer evening, almost sundown, “There’s the city out there!” I shouted to Rudi. “Any place special you’d like to stay tonight?”
“It’s Saturday night! Let’s see if we can’t find some activity going on in town. Maybe there’s a German ship in the harbor.” Rudi was always looking for German ships. I think he considered them floating islands of bock beer, sauerkraut, and a good night’s sleep on a soft mattress. Heck, I didn’t want to spend the weekend on a German ship. We were in a new city. I wanted to see what Lisbon was like.
We were used to driving on lonely country roads in Spain so here we were dodging city traffic and pedestrians. We drove down avenues of statues and gardens and ornamented buildings with glazed tiles, and finally reached the Praca do Comercio, a plaza called “Black Horse Square.” At a stop light we drove up side by side to a young Portuguese man and a girl riding together on a Vespa motor scooter. It was the same kind we had except it was nice and clean. He looked like a young businessman and the way she was snuggled up against him it looked like they were pretty good friends. .
“Where are you going?” the guy shouted in French over the sounds of the city. I guess he recognized us as traveling troubadours. French was the international language at that time in Europe.
“On our way to Africa!” I shouted as Rudi wheeled the scooter closer to them so that we could hear.
“This time of night?” the young girl asked.
“Oh, no. We just arrived in town. We don’t know where we’re going. Just thought we’d look around.”


Want to read more?
http://www.photosource.com/psn-article/mystory32.html


25 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes





ROAD TO SUCCESS: To Succeed as a Pro Photographer, Stay Focused and Learn to Say “No”. It’s hard to turn down help in building your photography business, especially from friends and relatives. But a few years ago, I realized that the assistance I was receiving actually had become counterproductive. To grow my business, I had to learn to say “no.” SOURCE: Craig Ferguson
http://rising.blackstar.com/to-succeed-as-a-pro-photographer-stay-focused-and-learn-to-say-%E2%80%9Cno%E2%80%9D.html



25 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes




RICK SAMMON’s Florida Photo Caravan, January 2011. A traveling educational experience starting in St. Augustine and ending in Miami’s South Beach, with stops at Merritt Island and Delray Beach. http://rickrawrulessammon.blogspot.com/2010/08/join-photo-fun-on-my-111-florida-photo.html






25 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes




Katrina + 5: Through the Lens
I’ve been grappling over how to talk about Katrina + 5. Should I say anything at all? Something contrived but candid? Write an epitaph or poem in perfect iambic pentameter? I don’t know. But honestly, at this point I don’t want to say anything or hear anything about it. I don’t want to watch TV specials or Spike Lee’s new sequel or read another New York Times article or some obligatory anniversary piece by some faraway paper. All I want to do is look at the photographs—lots of photographs.
SOURCE: Marcie Dickson http://www.myneworleans.com/Blogs/New-to-New-Orleans/August-2010/Katrina-5-Through-the-Lens/



25 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



"There is nothing permanent except change."
-Heraclitus

25 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



1966 - August Photograph taken from the moon of the earth was made from Lunar Orbiter 1, which took off August 10th. On August 14th, it became the first United States probe to achieve lunar orbit and it photographed all 9 primary Apollo landing sites. A total of 207 frames (sets) of photographs were taken and relayed back to earth on August 23rd.

25 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



Joanna Steichen, Photographer’s Wife and Aide, Dies at 77. Joanna T. Steichen, who married the photographer Edward Steichen when he was 80 and who edited an important survey of his work, died on July 24 at her summer home in Montauk, N.Y. She was 77 and lived in Manhattan. Source: WILLIAM GRIMES; NYTimes http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/07/arts/design/07steichen.html?_r=1&emc=eta1
Info Thanks: Roy I

25 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: bswenson





Canon EOS 7D SLR Digital Camera

Designed for pros and semi-pros alike, the Canon EOS 7D SLR Digital Camera with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Kit is a high-performance camera that features the resolving power of an 18-megapixel APS-C format CMOS sensor and dual DIGIC 4 image processors that enable 8 frames-per-second capture of high-definition, low-noise imaging at sensitivity levels up to ISO 12800.

In addition to high-definition still images, the Canon EOS 7D can also capture true HD 1080p video at 30 frames per second. Video clips can be up to 12 minutes in length or 4GB in size, and you can make full use of all Canon EF and EF-S-mount lenses, which enables an exceptional range of creative visual possibilities. And to ensure clean, blemish-free image files, the 7D employs a dual dust-reduction system.
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Portable LCD TV

The SC-197D 7" Portable LCD TV from Supersonic is an economic choice for those looking to take the magic of television with them when they leave the living room. With digital ATSC tuning, a 7 inch display, and selectable 16:9 (wide) or 4:3 (standard) viewing modes you can enjoy your favorite local broadcast stations with ease.
Other video sources can be connected as well using the A/V input for numerous additional viewing options.
You can also connect an external antenna for improved reception, or headphones for watching without disturbing those around you. The remote allows for control of the TV's functions from a distance, while three power source options keep the TV up and running whether you're near a wall outlet or not.
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Arri Production Equipment Bag
The Arri Production Equipment Bag, Small (Black) is designed to carry and protect a Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 7D or similar size digital SLR camera or camcorder kit.
It is constructed from water-resistant PVC coated Tarpaulin with a heavy-duty inner shell, an inner cloth lining is treated with a wear-resistant tricot coating and interior padding. The interior base of the bag is made double lightweight corrugated plastic with foam core padding for additional ground protection. There are removable internal dividers that can be configured to customize the interior of the bag. Elasticized straps on top for changing tent or other flat accessories.
The bag has 1 zippered front pocket, 2 zippered exterior side pockets, 2 clear storage pockets on the interior lid, 1 drawstring pouch and 1 can holder. It has a usable temperature range of -4.0 to +104°F (-20- to +40°C). It is carried by dual straps with overlapping grip or a removable, adjustable shoulder strap with pad.

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18 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes




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August 19th 2010


18 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



Do You Make The Match ?



Producing quality images is just the first step in selling your pictures to the book and magazine industry. Will you sell your photos because of your talent?

The world doesn't work that way. Does every deserving painter receive recognition? Does every fine author get published, every talented musician get recorded?

In your creative field, talent abounds and so does tough competition. So how do you get to the head of the line and see your pictures in print? The key is "MATCHING."

Matching yourself --is the bridge you create to cross over from being unpublished to having your images make consistent sales. If you make the right match (with photobuyers) you make life easier for you as a stock photographer.

Many stock photographers make the mistake of considering EVERY publication a target for their photography. This is a recipe for disaster. Do successful writers consider every publication a potential market? Do professional musicians aim for mastery of every style of music?

Successful professionals sell their work regularly because they have: 1.) analyzed what specialized aspect of their professional field they enjoy most, and 2.) analyzed which markets are the natural targets for their specialties.

You'll move to the head of the line quickly if you step out of the great general photography marathon, and begin a race of your own, to markets that match your own special interest areas.

If your database is bulging with excellent shots of hot air balloons, covered bridges, waterfalls, and sea gulls silhouetted against a setting sun, you can be sure that you are eligible for membership in the "Marathon" club.



When a photobuyer reviews such poetic pictures, he'll say, "Are your pictures for sale, or are they for soul?”

"You've proved to me that you know how to take a good picture. But I've seen a truckload of those today. Now show me if you can produce a picture that fits our focus, that I need for my layout, that adds, expands, clarifies, gives insight, into the interest area we target for our readers."

That's your invitation to see your credit line in national circulation.


You have two choices: 1.) continue to battle the fierce competition in the general field, or, 2.) analyze what a specific editor's readers like to see, and determine if it matches one of your personal interest areas (sailing, backpacking, education, labor and industry, health care, etc.).

When you make a series of the right matches, you'll be on your way to making a MATCH of yourself as a valuable resource for a significant segment of photo editors in the publishing world.


ROHN ENGH published a book back in 1982 called, "Sell & ReSell Your Photos.” (Writer's Digest Books.) It's now in its fifth printing and has become a bible for photographers just entering the field of stock photography. Rohn also publishes photo needs of national publications in three market letters ranging from a monthly to a daily. He answers the question, “how do I sell my photos?” For more information and to receive a free eReport: “8 Steps to Becoming a Published Photographer,” http://www.photosource.com/8steps.php He can be reached at Pine Lake Farm, PhotoSource International, 1910 35th RD, Osceola WI 54020. (715) 248-3800. info[at]photosource[dot]com


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18 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



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

"If a photographer, who has the kind of images you routinely need, offers a free monthly e-mail newsletter on their website, will you sign up?"


Answer Percentage
Yes 36.17%
No 38.30%
No answer 25.53%


Mike's Comment:

Is it worth it? Yes it is. There are some big caveats that are very important to keep in mind. When you send out a newsletter you are on some level acting as a publisher. Keeping that in mind, look at the publications you like to read. What is it in these publications that draw your interest? Stories about the writer's latest family vacation or an informative piece on (whatever the subject of the publication is). In writing – especially in the newsletter format – brevity is clarity. Keep articles short and to the point. Never add anything as pointless filler. Constantly keep your readers in front of your eyes when you write. You don't write to entertain yourself, you write for your readers.
It is essential to make it easy for people to get in touch with you and many newsletters make the fatal mistake to not include or prominently display contact information.
Spend time on the design. Keep it simple, easy to navigate and readable. Again, picture your readers in front of you. Use a business-looking format for your newsletter. You might love kittens but the chances are that most of your readers are (hopefully) photobuyers with a professional interest in your photos and not much else. Keep that in mind and for more information on this specific area, check out former Sidebar articles in PhotoStockNOTES.
http://www.photosource.com/shop/index.php?app=ccp0&ns=prodshow&ref=ps2008


Photojournalist Mikael Karlsson has 25 years' experience of working for magazines and newspapers in more than 30 countries. He moved to the United States in 1998 from his native Sweden. He lives in Nebraska and is currently US correspondent for 11 Swedish magazines and a regular contributor to a wide variety of U.S. publications. Reach him at mike[at]photosource[dot]com.



18 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



CROPPING -- Old issue, still ignored by most. Dreamstime: “We keep getting emails from buyers where they complain about poor cropping of images. Not poor compositions, but poor cropping in regards for file usability. We were asked to pass the next comment directly to our community.
http://blog.dreamstime.com/2010/08/08/cropping-old-issue-still-ignored-by-most_art33092

WORKFLOW -- David Boswell: “I mainly use 2 programs in my photography: Adobe’s Lightroom and Photoshop CS5. I use Lightroom for all my cataloguing and keywording and for my initial processing of the RAW image (if you are serious about photography you should be shooting in RAW)and then fine-tune the photo in Photoshop (PS).
http://dboswellphotography.wordpress.com/2010/08/08/240/


FROM THE BOAT -- How To Take Great Photos from a Boat; Steve Davie: “When you travel, you’ll often end up using a variety of modes of transport: trains, buses, rickshaws, even elephants. There will also be plenty of times when you will need to take to water. Ferries, kayaks and sightseeing boats can present you with some fantastic opportunities to shoot some unique images, they can also provide countless opportunities for you to ruin your expensive equipment!” http://blog.vtravelled.com/how-to-take-great-photos-from-a-boat/



MAKE IT BETTER -- Can These Web Sites be Saved? - Three photographers get candid criticism and advise from three experts on how to improve their websites.
http://www.pdnonline.com/pdn/content_display/features/pdn-online/e3ie16e8b7507e085a965d6f449ef279dee


FRESHEN UP -- Does Your Website Need a Face Lift? - Take a look at your website. It might be perfect or, like so many other photographers, you either need a facelift or you've overdosed on photographic Botox! Two specialties? Don’t mix them up in the same gallery. You’ll wind up confusing your clients and in the end they might go elsewhere, just because they’re looking for a photographer who’s focused on just their needs. SOURCE: Skip http://skipsphotonetwork.com/2010/08/does-your-website-need-a-face-lift/



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THE SAGA CONTINUES -- Ansel Adams garage-sale find debunked? Experts say Yosemite shots are by Earl Brooks Rick Norsigian's 10-year quest to prove that he turned up a trove of "lost" Ansel Adams photo negatives at a Fresno garage sale now has a rival explanation advanced by Norsigian's opponents: They were taken by a heretofore unknown photographer from the Fresno area named Earl Brooks. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2010/08/ansel-adams-photographs.html

CAN A PHOTO TALK? Web Photos That Reveal Secrets, Like Where You Live - The New York Times reports on questions about personal privacy that can arise from "geotagging" photographs or videos - embedding GPS location data - and then publishing those photos on Web sites or social-networking services such as Twitter or Facebook.
http://www.privacylives.com/new-york-times-web-photos-that-reveal-secrets-like-where-you-live/2010/08/13/


DONATE YOUR EXTRA CAMERA
-- Help Others at RTP, (Rehabilitation Through Photography), they have been transforming lives of people with special needs through photography for almost 70 years. Here’s an opportunity to donate a "new" or "used" camera (digital or film) to help change the lives of hundreds of people with special needs through the magic photography.
http://shutterbug.com/news/080910donate/


18 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



ARCHIVE PHOTOGRAPHY AT WORK -- LIFE magazine may have folded three years ago, but its parent company, TIME Inc., has continued to crank out photo books and themed issues using its photo archive as material. And now a LIFE Publications are available to the public via the latest publishing technology: the iPad. SOURCE: Holly Hughes; PDNews. http://pdnedu.blogs.com/pdn_pulse/2010/08/life-archive-launches-ipad-version-of-photo-book.html
TAKEAWAY: Book publishing is not going to go away. It will just drop the ol’ hard cover method of reaching the public and find a new, economical production method.


18 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



SHOW OFF -- Five Ways To Increase Your Photo Blog's Audience - If you're attempting to become(or already are) a professional photographer, in Scott Bourne's opinion you need a blog. But not just any blog will do. Your blog needs to be an extension of you. It needs to show off your work for sure, but it also needs to show off your personality. http://goingpro2010.com/?p=845
TAKEAWAY: Good advice. Blow your own horn. No one can do it better than you.


18 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: bswenson






18 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



GOING TRAVELING? -- Travel Photography Tips. Bill Lockhart: “Here are some tips that might help you on your next photo travel adventure.”
http://www.phototravelreview.com/travel-photography-tips/

HOW TO EXPRESS IT -- The Secret of Travel Photography. One of the most appealing areas of photography is travel photography. When visiting
a new place, every photographer wants to find a way to catch its feel, its
uniqueness and bring it home with him. Travel photography can a very appealing and rewarding, yet very complex task. Just walking around and getting random shots is not the way to do it. http://associated-press.net/photography-blog/digital-photography/the-secret-of-travel-photography/



18 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes




So that’s what the American Photo article is all about…
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Brian, Ric, and Mike get into it on “Lifestyle Stock (commercial) Photography”

http://board.photosource.com/read.php?1,10605

Good Q&A!


What's a typical "Lifestyle" picture...?
Here's an example from CORBIS.


SOURCE: CORBIS ( corbisimages.com )



18 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



CATHY RETIRING -- ASPP Executive Director To Retire, Names Successor. Cathy Sachs, long time Executive Director of the American Society of Picture Professionals (ASPP), (703-299-0219) has announced to the National Board of ASPP of her decision to retire in December 2010. Cathy, a popular administrator for both photographers and photobuyers in the USA as well as abroad has held the position for more than 15 years.
During her tenure ASPP has become a vocal and highly visible association in the image industry. She is recognized as a well-respected, important contributor to industry forums.
The National Board has appointed Jain Lemos, who will assume the responsibility of the Executive Director position as of October 1, 2010, transitioning with Sachs through the end of the year. -RE



18 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



TEAMING UP -- Pixmac overcame the microstock catch-22 very early by including photos from the Fotolia and Dreamstime reseller programs. With this method they reached 10 million available images before any other microstock agency. http://www.microstockdiaries.com/pixmac.html
TAKEAWAY: This is a copycat idea. Actually Fotosearch in Waukesha, Wisconsin in 1998 introduced the Fotosearch website, bringing together many multiple image publishers from their catalog to one searchable web site.


NEW MICROSTOCK BOOK -- A new book by microstockphoto person, veteran, industry insider, Ellen Boughn publishes Microstock Moneyshots. Includes secrets for posting microstock images that will get viewed, downloaded and most important, sold.
http://www.fastmediamagazine.com/blog/2010/08/11/stockphoto-veteran-publishes-microstock-moneyshots/
TAKEAWAY:
Will the person who is making money from microstock please stand up? (Not gross revenue please -- net revenue only)


18 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



WHAT IS GREAT?
Six Reasons That Great Photos Alone Won't Make You a Success - Before falling for the line that shooting lots of "great" images leads to commercial success, keep in mind these six basic principles of the photography business.
http://rising.blackstar.com/six-reasons-that-great-photos-alone-wont-make-you-a-success.html
TAKEAWAY: Topic is stock photography. Whatever the mythical “great” stock photo is… aside, photobuyers buy what they need, not what they like. Their cubicle walls are displayed with “great” photos but they are signing checks for pictures they need.
More and more photo researchers are using the power of “SEARCH” to find the pictures they need using ‘long-tail’ keywords. (multiple tags)… More and more photographers are learning how to tag their images and reaping the sales benefits.
This all filters down to a new concept in selling and re-selling stock: the realization of the hidden expense of finding the ‘right photo’ on a microstock site. Buyers are finding it’s becoming more productive (and fast, time is money) to go right to the source of an independent specialized photographer for their on-target need and stop wasting time, wearing out eyeballs in on-line galleries. So get out there and tag those photos! --RE


SELF DESTRUCT -- Scott Bourne: “Self-Sabotage," Don't sabotage yourself. There are plenty of other people out there just waiting to do that for you. Don't give them the satisfaction of doing it to yourself. http://goingpro2010.com/?p=809


YOUR CHOICE -- Why Selling “All Rights” Is Wrong for Your Photography Business. John Harrington: I recently had a distinctly unpleasant conversation with a client who called me after his subordinate had contracted me for an assignment. The contract included a standard rights package. The client began the call by referencing the agreement and asked, “We do own all rights to these photos, right?” http://rising.blackstar.com/why-selling-all-rights-is-wrong-for-your-photography-business.html

18 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



PROTEST DOWN UNDER -- Photographers Rights. Earle Bridger: “I am organising a field trip to Sydney to take part in a rally that will protest against the continuing harassment and prevention of photographers taking photographs in public places. SOURCE: Danielle Lancaster.
http://blue-dogphotography.blogspot.com/2010/08/photographers-rights.html

18 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



Fake Software:

Find Out What Fake Software Is And How To Avoid It



One of the fastest growing online scams concerns fake software, sometimes known as fake anti-malware software, or "Rogue" software. It's marketed by ads that simulate genuine software programs. You'll encounter seemingly legitimate names such as: DriveCleaner, AdvancedPCTweaker, PC Cleaner 2008, and many, many others.

Here are some things to know about rogue/fake anti-malware software:

When you visit one of these sites, you'll be encouraged to run a scan on your computer for spyware. The scan will inevitably find that your computer is infected with spyware (whether you have it or not) and will try to scare you into paying for the software to remove it.

If that software gets on your computer, it can cause all sorts of problems. Your machine will almost certainly slow down, you could encounter random popups, secondary infections and you could be charged for additional "services" or software you didn't purchase.

Obtaining a refund is next to impossible because these companies frequently change name and URL's. To make matters worse, you could easily have become a victim of identity theft. If you suspect that your identity has been compromised, file a report with the FTC.

Fake software is an enormous scam which affects users all over the world. It's extremely insidious and the names online make it even worse. According to one list I discovered, there were well over 400 different names for this software.

If you're wanting to install antimalware software on your computer, here's what I recommend, call your local computer store for a recommendation or go to a trusted friend and see what they use. Don't buy anything online unless you know that the program is legitimate. It's far too easy to buy fake software, which could damage your computer and cost you hundreds of dollars to repair.


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



Fake software.a
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.


18 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: photosource



Who Owns the Copyright?
- If I hand my camera to another person to shoot a few frames, who owns the copyright for the images? SOURCE: Carolyn Wright, Esq. http://www.photoattorney.com/?p=1492

18 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes




500 Poses for Photographing Women

A Visual Sourcebook for Portrait Photographers

GET THE CREATIVE SPARK YOU NEED TO DESIGN
BETTER POSES AND SPICE UP YOUR PORTRAITS!


By: Michelle Perkins

Filled with images by some of the world’s most accomplished portrait, fashion, and commercial photographers, this book provides a resource for photographers seeking inspiration for their own work.

Stuck on what to do with a particular client or unsure how to use a prop? Flip through the sample portraits, pick something you like, and then adapt it as needed to suit your tastes.
Looking to freshen up your work with some new poses? Find a sample that appeals to you and look for ways to implement it (or some element of it) with one of your subjects.

It can be difficult to remain creative day after day, year after year, but sometimes all you need to break through a slump is a little spark. In this book, you’ll find a plethora of images designed to provide just that.




· FEATURES
o Inspiring images from top portrait, fashion, and commercial photographers
o Head-and-shoulders, three-quarter, and full-length poses
o Ideas for location and studio portraits
o Poses for both traditional and contemporary portrait styles

· ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Michelle Perkins is a professional writer, photographer, and designer who has written for PC Photo and is a regular contributor to Rangefinder and AfterCapture magazines. She is the author of Professional Portrait Lighting and Beginner’s Guide to Adobe® Photoshop®, both available from Amherst Media.

BOOK SPECS

$34.95 list, 81/2”x11”, 128p, 500 full-color photos, ISBN-13: 978-1-58428-249-5, Order no. 1879.

· 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








18 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



It's the Way the Internet is Going


--and it's to your benefit


PICTURE FEE VS. COST TO FIND THE PICTURE






Freelance photo researchers and staff photo editors are discovering that the time spent searching for and acquiring a hard-to-locate images may sometimes be more costly than the cost of the picture itself.

Microstock photos are inexpensive, but going to microstock can be a trap to picture acquisition professionals. For the photo researcher attempting to find that “just right” photo through the microstock route, the process often requires them to sift through scores of images, most of which are generic standards, without the special details of content that the photobuyer needs. It also doesn’t help that the buyer is not able to communicate directly with the photographer. It can be a frustrating and expensive time- consuming procedure for the photobuyer.

For this reason, more and more photobuyers and photo researchers are finding that thanks to the Internet they can deal with individual stock photographers who already specialize in the subject matter the researcher is looking for. This process is now fast and easy and is proving less costly, time-wise, than taking on the arduous search of a microstock portal to locate an “on-target” image. And with direct communication .
with the photographer, buyers can acquire a specific image that more effectively complements this project.

There are several reasons for this.


1.)
New text search innovations on the Internet (Google, Yahoo, Bing) make it much easier to speedily discover (through a multiple keyword search) which individual stock photographer or photographers have photos of the subject matter they are seeking.
2.) Independent stock photographers have now mastered keywording techniques that effectively describe the photos they have available.
3.) These photographers have websites tailored and SEO-ready (Google finds them easy for page 1 results) for each of their stock photo subject-matter specialties. They can provide buyers with a deep picture selection of the topic, with LightBox presentations, hi-res 24/7, and overnight delivery worldwide.
4.) Because the photographer specializes, he/she is often an expert on the subject and can be responsive to the photobuyer’s needs, as well as give consulting help.

It stands to reason more and more photobuyers are using Google and other search engines to locate and purchase those hard-to-find photos quickly, and often for less overall cost than the full cost of searching the microstock sites.

To check out the search system to find specific photographers for a specific subject area, type in a multiple keyword selection describing a sample photo to find, into the Google search bar, then put a colon, and then the word photosourcebank. If a PhotoSourceBANK member has your selection, his/her name and contact details will appear on your screen.



Rohn Engh is publisher of PhotoStockNOTES and director-founder of the PhotoSourceBANK, (since 1999)a compilation of over 2 million key words and key phrases describing photos available from stock photographers worldwide. www.photosourcebank.com


Note: Today is the final day where you can benefit by signing up at a discount for the PhotoSourceBANK.
Click here to get all the details.

http://www.hard-to-locate-photos.com

http://www.photosourcebook.com/bank

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"The PhotoSourceBANK is sure worth the investment ($4.95 a month). On my PhotoSourceBank site (www.photosource.com/1338) a photobuyer recently found a specific butterfly she needed. The resulting sales will pay for my membership for many years to come! Thank you PhotoSource." David Liebman, Photographer, Norfolk, VA.

"Glad we renewed. Just had someone find us today through PhotoSource to renew a usage for a textbook revision for $800+ from 10 years ago." Paula McNamara & Jack McConnell, McConnell & McNamara, photographers, Wethersfield, CT.

"Having Horticultural Photography(TM) included in the PhotoSourceBank is a major part of our marketing strategy. The qualified leads we have received have more than paid for the fees to be part of the system." - Ms. Robin M. Orans, Horticultural Photography(TM) Campbell, CA


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18 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes





NO SALES -- Best Selling Stock Photos That Aren't. John Lund: “I have a number of best sellers that aren't. That is, I have created a number of
stock photos that I was sure would be best selling images that have either barely sold at all, or, indeed, have no sales at all. In the example here I went to quite a bit of trouble to gain access to the recovery room, have a body cast made (actually a plaster mock of one ), execute the shoot and spending the better part of a day using Photoshop to put the whole thing together (the visible patient parts-nose,eyes-fingers etc. are actually mine) and clean up the recovery room. But in this case there doesn't seem to be any traction (pun intended). SOURCE: John Lund ; http://blog.johnlund.com/2010/08/best-selling-stock-photos-that-arent.html



18 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



NOTHING? -- Laurence Green: "When everything becomes digital, then nothing is - As technology reaches saturation point, marketing companies are already looking to the 'post-digital' era. Imagine a world where billboards recognize your face and serve up some precisely targeted advertising for you as you approach." SOURCE: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/comment/7920417/When-everything-becomes-digital-then-nothing-is.html
TAKEAWAY: And throw into the prediction the famous quote by Andy Grove, Former CEO of Intel Corporation, “All things technology evolve the same way. They become smaller, sleeker, better designed, more portable and carry more information.”


18 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: bswenson





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RUDI SINGS FOR THE CROWD



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WE RE-GROUP AFTER THE ACCIDENT



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THEY HAD NEVER SEEN ONE



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THE GLEANERS by JEAN-FRANCOIS MILLET, -1857





My Story


# 31




Monday was our last day in Madrid. Before leaving town, we checked the post office where I found a letter to us from the central Vespa factory headquarters in Genoa, Italy. I had written them when we were in France, reporting that we were touring the world on a Vespa. I thought they might want to publish the news in their trade magazine. They thanked us for the story and even included a letter of introduction for us that we could use in our travels.
“Say, this is a good thing!” I said to Rudi, showing him the letter from the factory. “It asks the Vespa people around the world to give us any aid they can.”
“Well, things look bright again, Mr. Engh!” Rudi always called me Mr. Engh when he was in a especially good humor. The local Vespa factory in Madrid had run our machine through a fine-tuning process and our scooter felt brand new.
“Portugal! Here we come!” I smiled, as I looked down the main boulevard of Madrid, I thought I could see Gibraltar and North Africa off in the distance.

Somewhere beyond the great Toledo Mountain range that stretched out before us on the road to the west was the land of Portugal.

Portugal! Who knows anything about Portugal? We never heard anything about it back in France or Spain. No one asked us, “Are you going to Portugal?” It was almost like Portugal was left out of our history or geography books back in Maryland. It was almost like Portugal wanted to forget that it was once a powerful empire in Europe and in the world for that matter. We were going to the country that had once sent Vasco Da Gama to India, Ferdinand Magellan around the world. Portugal with its grand daughters in South America and Africa, the great commercial giant of the fifteenth century. And don’t forget Brazil. The whole country speaks Portuguese. What kind of language is that going to be for us?

The further we drove from Madrid, the more poverty we met when it was time to ask for a night’s lodging. Some farmers in western Spain, unaccustomed to seeing itinerants or anyone who traveled, like tourist people, simply couldn’t understand why we were asking to sleep in their barn or shed. Often they thought we were thieves, and refused to talk with us. I would show them my Diary and the newspaper articles –but they couldn’t read. The only people who could read were the children who had gone to school and were out in the fields working somewhere.
Other times, when they did give us lodging, they were suspicious until the moment we left. In some cases our music held fascination for them, and they thought to ask us if we’d had a meal. Other times, we would carry half a loaf of bread with us to a farm and ask if they could sell us some cheese or butter. This put us on an economical level lower than they, and they didn’t feel ashamed to invite us in for their evening meal, usually taken in a spare room with a hard mud kitchen floor.
We would sit on wooden stools with the light of a candle in the small adobe room, and share porridge and bread with them, and then retire to a sheltered stable until dawn. They spoke a Spanish dialect that was nothing we had ever heard. The only communication we could have with them was our guitars. Our music was our introduction but also something else we were to learn that we had to depend on when we got over into North Africa and the Arabic people and then later on down into black Africa and that was trust.
Yes, there may be cultural differences everywhere, but trust runs through them all. That’s what we found.
Now I can’t tell you how to look trustworthy. Maybe your mirror can do that for you. Sure, people who we thought deserved our trust have fooled us all. But whatdaheck, you win some and you lose some. The both of us must’ve looked trustworthy. Or we were mighty lucky.

The people we met in the countryside midway between western Spain and eastern Portugal seemed to be an angered people, almost bitter, just about to give up their struggle against nature. There didn’t seem to be much room for fun in their lives.
Since there was no fun to be had with the peasants, I thought of some fun I could have with the animals. We were on the long road to Lisbon, and I had spotted a field of grazing arena bulls. Yes, the kind Alfonzo had faced back in the bullring in Madrid.
We stopped near the wire fence, and I dismounted and took a couple of photographs of the rugged creatures out in the field grazing. Then I got the idea to try my luck at attracting a bull over to me at the fence. There were some field workers across the road and they stopped to see what I was doing.
I tied two of my red kerchiefs together, and stuck them in my back pocket, secretly hiding my red flag from a group of nearby bulls about ten yards away. One was nearby. On ground level with the animal, I could see he was almost as high as a horse and twice as wide! I imagined myself a matador, standing in the path of such a menacing animal that was charging at me and then I would swiftly but gracefully step to one side to let the death-dealing horns of the bull pass within inches of my body. The thought made me weak, and I silently complimented the courage of the matadors who had risked or given their lives for such a unique art.
“You better get outta there!” Rudi shouted. “He might see that red bandana, and that’ll be the end of you.
“Now just keep cool. I want to make an experiment.” I shouted to Rudi. I wanted to experience the feeling of being in the path of an onrushing bull. I was going to make him charge and then I’d run for the protection of the motor scooter.
“Keep that motor going, Rudi!” I yelled over to him. I cautiously drew the red cloth from the back of my pocket and then quickly waved my homemade flag at the nearest bull. He had been staring at me the whole time, and as soon as he saw the motion of my flag, he gave a quick snort and a start. My reflexes jumped to attention much quicker than I had anticipated, and I turned to flee at the same time the bull reacted. But the flash reaction of my brain had not synchronized with my legs, which tangled into a pretzel when I turned to sprint the distance between the scooter and me. I fell flat on my face, and lay there motionless, with my ear close to the ground. I could hear the stampeding hoofs of the charging bull. I imagine the bull crashing the fence, trampling me, and jolting Rudi and the scooter to the other side of the road.
When the charging echo had subsided, I could hear the sound of Rudi’s laughter. I looked up to see him shaking his head and pointing to the bulls, which had all stampeded to the other side of the field, apparently frightened by my red flag!
“C’mon, jump on here,” Rudi shouted. “Before they change their minds and come back after you.”
As we took off, the group of Spanish fieldworkers that had been watching me didn’t move. They just stared at us, especially at me, not daring to laugh, not daring to smile, they just stared.


On the following day Rudi and I had our first accident
. Roads in Spain aren’t the worst we encountered in Europe, but few roads in Spain get much maintenance. They don’t need to. There just aren’t that many cars around.
About a hundred kilometers out of Madrid, on the road to Lisbon, out in the rolling hills of wheat and oats, we came upon a small grade. Traveling at about forty miles-an-hour I sped up over the top as usual, only to find a construction site on the other side. No warning! One half of the road was free, no cars coming, and I could have passed the barrier easily, except for a wandering donkey that was squarely in the middle of the open free passageway. There was no time to put on the brakes, and I elected to bypass him by going over to the side shoulder. The front wheel of the scooter sank into deep gravel and it whipped the scooter and us sideways and shot us back onto the road again. We slid sideways to the pavement making a loud metallic screeching noise and tumbled us about ten yards down the road We finally halted in the center of the macadam road. Like in the pileup of players on a football field, we lay in the debris a few moments and then got up from the entanglement. We didn’t say much. The little donkey made his braying noise as if to say “Whatdahell was that!?”

Want to read more?
http://www.photosource.com/psn-article/mystory31.html


18 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



GET READY -- Preparing For A Photo Workshop. A workshop is an excellent way to improve your photography. When you’re well prepared, you’ll get the most out of the experience. http://www.outdoorphotographer.com/how-to/shooting/preparing-for-a-photo-workshop.html

THEIR POWER
-- Joe Reifer: “A life of photography has peaks and valleys. And then there are the plateaus. Sometimes moving into the next phase of your photography can involve a lot of time on the plateau. Over the last 10 years, I've found that workshops are a great opportunity to have a peak experience that can move your photography to the next level.” http://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/the_online_photographer/2010/08/the-power-of-workshops.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+typepad%2FZSjz+(The+Online+Photographer)&utm_content=Google+Reader




18 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



The Sixth Annual "Art of Photography Show." World-class exhibition opens on August 28 and features the top 111 images chosen out of 14,000 entries from 67 countries. It is expected that the show will be viewed by over 30,000 people from August 28 to November 7, 2010. This is the sixth year of this annual photographic exhibition at the Lyceum Theatre Gallery , located in San Diego, CA. For more information about the exhibition: www.artofphotographyshow.com

18 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes




“All things technology evolve the same way. They become smaller, sleeker, better designed, more portable and carry more information.”

-Andy Grove, Former CEO of Intel Corporation,

18 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



1839 – The first photograph taken in the USA was on August 19th. The photo was a “daguerreotype,” a form of image recording invented by Louis Jacques Mande Daguerre, of France.

1889 – First Photograph of a Meteor was made in the United States, on August 10th, taken by Harvard College observatory, Harvard University, Cambridge Massachusetts.


18 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: bswenson







Aluratek CINEPAL Personal Media Player

The Aluratek CINEPAL Personal Media Player is an 8.9" (22.6cm) portable device meant to satisfy multiple entertainment cravings. With the CINEPAL you can watch videos, view photos, read eBooks, and listen to music most anywhere.

The device supports 720p and 1080i HD video, and 720p video output to an HDTV. Numerous HD video formats are supported, along with music and photo formats. And should you need more storage than the 4GB built-in memory can provide the CINEPAL has an SD/SDHC expansion slot, and a USB flash drive input.
The player lasts for up to 4 hours on a full charge.

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Canon Large Format Printer


The Canon imagePROGRAF iPF8300 Large Format Printer accepts media as wide as 44" (112cm).

This printer uses Canon's re-formulated 12-color LUCIA EX pigment ink set to yield a large color spectrum thus increasing the achievable color gamut by approximately 20% from the previous imagePROGRAF 12-color series, and can achieve over 90% coverage of Pantone colors.

The iPF8300 has an Ethernet interface for convenient networking, and is equipped with a large 80GB hard drive which provides high volume printing and streamlined workflows. The hard drive also allows faster processing of large files plus the ability to reprint jobs directly from the printer.
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VIXIA HF M300 Flash Memory Camcorder


Canon's VIXIA HF M300 Flash Memory Camcorder is a 1920 x 1080 high definition camera that records up to 12 hours of video (LP mode) to SD/SDHC memory cards. The HF M300 also doubles as a digital still camera with the ability to shoot 3.3MP stills, along with Dual Shot capture and capturing stills from already shot movies, among other functions.

At the heart of the HF M300 is the 3.89MP Full HD CMOS sensor and Canon's DIGIC DV III Image Processor. Other tools, like the Canon HD Video Lens, Dynamic SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization, a 2.7" LCD, and 18x Advanced Zoom all help to capture your videos with ease.
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August 12th 2010


11 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes




Inspiration or Perspiration...?



For 35 years I’ve been observing photographers who ask, “How do I sell my photos?”. Many survive. But many more fail. Of those who fail, the most common flaw is their refusal to pay attention to the business aspect of their photography.

In other words – they went out of business not because they were not good photographers, but because they were not good business people.

Being a good photographer cannot be learned – either you have it or you don’t. (And if you have it, you still have to develop it!)

But, being a good businessperson can be learned.
“But I don’t like all that drudgery associated with business,” you might say.
Yes, it’s true, meticulous record keeping and routine tasks are involved. Record keeping. Statistics to keep. Correspondence to keep up with. Forms to fill out. “Ugh!” you say – and you are correct.
But look at it this way: Are you in love with your photography? If you are, then the inconveniences associated with publishing your photography should pale against your rewards.

THE BEST YEARS


History shows that most anyone in business can succeed if they’re willing to put up with the inconveniences (and “the lean years”) associated with their endeavor. Actors often talk, write, and sing about their years of struggle. While it was happening, they say, it wasn’t pleasant. But if they survived, and went on to fame – they often will comment that those years –were the best years. Can you draw a parallel to your own efforts? If it’s any consolation, you might be passing through “the best years” right now. Enjoy every moment!

The inventor Thomas Edison didn’t “discover” the electric light bulb. He simply put up with the drudgery of testing more than 7,000 different ways to make it work. He was in love with what he was doing. When someone asked him, “Isn’t it boring – going through all those tests?” he replied, “On the contrary, it’s exhilarating. Now I know 7,000 ways it cannot be done.”

INSPIRATION VS. PERSPIRATION


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


11 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes







Quintin Lake interview by Nick Smith in Outdoor Photography Magazine
Acclaimed architectural photographer, Quintin Lake, tells how he made the transition from architecture to photography and why geometry really matters.
http://blog.quintinlake.com/2010/08/06/10-questions-quintin-lake-interview-in-outdoor-photography-magazine/




11 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



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

"If you receive an e-mail from a photographer promoting his/her new website, with one or two nice photos in the e-mail itself, how likely are you to visit the site? (Assuming that the photographer offers the type and quality of images you routinely need.)

Answer With Percentage
Very. I’ll likely visit as soon as I can find the time. 32.20%
Likely. I’ll make a note and will likely visit within the
next few days or so. 20.34%
Maybe. I’ll make a note and might visit the site; it might
also slip my mind. 15.25%
Unlikely. Probably not. 3.39%
No. I don’t operate like that. I don’t have time to visit
photographer websites. 9%

Mike's Comment:
While there is a not insignificant number of photobuyers who will not visit your site no matter how good your promotions are, the majority can still be persuaded to. This makes it worth it. Again it is important to remember that the better your promotions are, the better the chance of interested visitors. Ideally you want photobuyers to look forward to your promotions and see them as a reminder to visit your very interesting website.
If your choice is between sending out a mediocre promotion or wait for a while and send out a great one – opt for the great one.


Photojournalist Mikael Karlsson has 20 years' experience of working for magazines and newspapers in more than 30 countries. He moved to the United States in 1998 from his native Sweden. He lives in Nebraska and is currently US correspondent for 11 Swedish magazines and a regular contributor to a wide variety of U.S. publications. Reach him at mike[at]photosource[dot]com.


11 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT -- Shooting Challenge: Abstraction We usually take pictures of people, places and things. But sometimes there's value beyond the subject itself, found in the aesthetics of the photo alone. SOURCE: Mark Wilson http://gizmodo.com/5604338/shooting-challenge-abstraction

Ten Things You Never Want To Do With Your Online Photography Portfolio - "Why isn't my site getting any traffic?" and "Why aren't people contacting me online?" Here are 10 frequent mistakes- do you see yourself here? http://virtualphotographystudio.com/photographyblog/2010/08/10-things-you-never-want-to-do-with-your-online-photography-portfolio/

BE PREPARED -- Tips for Successful Stock Shoots. John Lund: “ I asked this woman model if her family might like to model for a shoot and the answer was a resounding "yes" and a great concept stock shot of ethnic families facing adversity with togetherness and teamwork.
http://blog.johnlund.com/2010/08/tips-for-successful-stock-shoots.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+johnlund%2FUkbR+%28The+Stock+Photo+Guy+-+John+Lund+Stock+Photographer%29



11 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



LOOKIN’ UP -- Q2 Newspaper Revenue Turns Positive at Washington Post Co. - Newspaper publishing revenue increased 2% at The Washington Post Co. in the second quarter of the year despite the continued decline in print advertising revenue, the education and media company reported Friday. http://www.editorandpublisher.com/Headlines/q2-newspaper-revenue-turns-positive-at-washington-post-co-62233-.aspx
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NO RESPECT! -- Terrorists fed up at being treated like photographers! From PHOTOMIKE in Britain. “Terrorists have definitely been having a hard time of it lately, what with all the State’s attention rightly being focussed on harassing evil-intentioned photographers and their highly suspicious activities. Like taking photographs for example. How unbelievably dastardly of them. I mean, let’s face it, the good old organs of British State have finally persuaded us that terrorists are part of our culture now. They’re an important part of our ailing economy, justifying all that extra manpower for security, and CCTV and stuff. And they have rights. Let’s not forget that. http://fotdmike.com/2010/08/07/terrorists-fed-up-at-being-treated-like-photographers/

11 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



LET THEM KNOW ABOUT YOU -- Emerging Photographers. 10 RULES OF GOOD SELF-PROMOTION - Photographers need to aggressively promote themselves if they want to get published or hired. Here are some basic rules for good self-promotion. http://goingpro2010.com/?p=740

PICK THE RIGHT ONE -- A picture consultant asks this question of her client photographer: “I’m looking at these images from two perspectives. One is: Does it match your goals? The other is: What is the most unique and powerful image that would get you attention for high-end editorial, news feature and advertising work, and yet is consistent with your other images?” SOURCE: Allegra Wilde http://www.pdnonline.com/pdn/content_display/photo-news/photojournalism/e3i7deb554f2e0e8b2f3e8319f0cfba803c?pn=2

11 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: bswenson






11 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



RELATIONSHIPPING -- why People Don't Buy - Understanding that your prospects are afraid …is the magic information you need to make sales. You don't have to convince them you're the best photographer in the world or that you have the lowest prices. You need to convince them that you care about them and that everything will be all right.
http://goingpro2010.com/?p=819


USING AN IMAGE? -- What constitutes personal use of an image? - Licensing stock images can be a complicated business. Whether you need an image for an advertising campaign, a company presentation or for your personal blog, you should know the legal ins and outs before you agree to license it. SOURCE: Marco; FastMediaMagazine.
http://www.fastmediamagazine.com/blog/2010/08/02/what-constitutes-personal-use-of-an-image/

FOLLOW THE PRODUCTION -- The Making of Lee Friedlander's America By Car - Book publisher D.A.P. offers a behind-the-scenes look at the process of printing Lee Friedlander's latest book, America By Car. There are also a few shots of Friedlander himself documenting his involvement in the proofing process. Friedlander analyzed each completed print after it was inspected by Meridian Printing technicians.
http://pdnedu.blogs.com/pdn_pulse/2010/08/the-making-of-lee-friedlanders-america-by-car.html

DEAD? -- Neil Burgess: "Photojournalism is dead - agency boss laments the passing of an era. “Magazines and newspapers are no longer putting any money into photojournalism. They will commission a portrait or two. They might send a photographer off with a writer to illustrate the writer's story, but they no longer fund photojournalism. They no longer fund photo-reportage. They only fund photo illustration." SOURCE: Greenslade; Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/greenslade/2010/aug/02/news-photography-magazines
TAKEAWAY: Maybe we have a venerable career looking for a new title. The speed at which news flies these days, the old way of delivering news via pictures (photojournalism) will be replaced. The vocation of photojournalism is not dead; only the way it is delivered to us is dead.


11 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



LEARN ON THE GO -- App for iPhone and Android Enables Photographers to learn their cameras. The Photography Trainer app is an interactive step-by-step guide on how to set the camera to capture photos with impact – you tell it the type of subject being photographed and the lighting you’re in, and the app guides you on how to set items like shutter speed, aperture, ISO, focus, etc. It helps you get out of “Auto Mode” to allow for more creative photography. http://news.yahoo.com/s/prweb/20100805/bs_prweb/prweb4347024_1

11 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



A REQUIEM? -- :Pistole: "Professional Travel Photography is gone for good. The Travel Publications are gone, with a few exceptions. The big international magazines are still there, but with badly reduced number of pages, of readers, of stories. And, what's worse, with confused identities and scopes. Even generic magazines have renounced their travel section."
http://pistolesiphoto.blogspot.com/2010/07/requiem-for-travel-photography.html
TAKEAWAY: Hmmmmmm. Vacating the Vacation Vocation. Could the career presently be over-crowded? Could the iconic travel venues have now all been covered? Could it be no one will ever discover that deep penetration of a venue is much more desirable than skimming it? Could the economy have had some effect on present day travel? -RE

BEATING A HASTY RETREAT
– In Britain, The Royal Photographic Society thought supplying free pictures to big business was a good idea. Not now. EPUK's Andrew Wiard and David Hoffman report on a Royal climb-down. The RPS had intended to supply its members work free of charge, replacing paid for use in high-profile areas including displays at motorway service areas, in-flight magazines, national newspapers, specialist magazines and trade shows, web sites both for consumers and commercial partners, as well as poster campaigns at railway stations and on trains. http://www.epuk.org/News/962/rps-retreat


11 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes





Mike Karlsson tells how he, as an itinerant Swedish news photographer a decade ago or so, moved to a horse farm in mid-Nebraska, found a stock photography niche, and settled in to become a “stay-at-home stock photographer”. Check it out. Let Mike know your thoughts. -RE

http://board.photosource.com/read.php?1,10603


11 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



Children’s Portrait Photography Handbook
TECHNIQUES FOR DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHERS, 2ND ED.


MASTER THE SKILLS YOU NEED TO CREATE
ENDURING PORTRAITS THAT CAPTURE THE MAGIC OF CHILDHOOD


Children are notoriously difficult to photograph, but this book provides the insight you need to rise to the challenge and create images that will be treasured for generations. Rangefinder magazine editor, Bill Hurter takes you behind the scenes with some of the world’s top children’s photographers to explore the amazing images and see just how they created them.

INCLUDES TECHNIQUES AND IMAGES FROM:

Patti Andre Jim Garner Craig Kienast
Drake Busath Amber Holritz Larry Peters
Michele Celentano Elizabeth Homan Tim Schooler
Bruce Dorn Kevin Jairaj Vicki Taufer
Frank Frost Tim Kelly …and more...






· FEATURES
o Picking the right camera and lighting equipment for photographing busy children
o Studio lighting techniques for both formal and casual portraits-and tips for working with children who just won’t stay put
o Using window light to capture natural images
o Taking your shoot outdoors for fun sessions and portraits that reflect the joy of children at play
o Posing tips for infants, toddlers, school-aged kids, and senior portraits
o Talking to kids and planning a successful shoot
o Design techniques for collecting you images in albums that parents will treasure forever
· ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Bill Hurter i
s 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, 165 full-color photos, ISBN 978-1-58428-996-8, Order no. 1917.

· For Further Information Or To Receive A Review Copy, 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





11 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes




GOING DOWNHILL? -- P.M.: ”The Era of Diminished Expectations in Photography - Today's photography market is flooded with functional images that wash over us without impact. They may do the "trick" for cash-crunched art directors and editors - but they have no magic. They are "good enough" images at a time when being "good enough" seems to be all that matters.” http://rising.blackstar.com/the-era-of-diminished-expectations-in-photography.html
TAKEAWAY: Don’t despair. No one’s expectations are being or getting diminished unless you let them. P.M.’s bemusing lines sound like your parents when Elvis came on the scene, or the Beatles. They got through it. We’ll get through this one too.


11 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



Hardware Routers: Protect Your Computer From Thieving Hackers

Which type of hardware router to buy depends on your setup, as to whether that's for a LAN with cables only or a wireless setup for the home or office.
For the most part we're going to look at the home setup.

On the PC side of the equation, those would be D-Link and Linksys. I personally use Linksys, a broadband firewall router, with 4 port switch/VPN Endpoint. This type of firewall is relatively easy to use and set up.

If you're in an office setting with multiple machines, printers, etc., you'll need a switch, more routers, and print server.
One option that I like in particular for a wireless router (for both PC and Mac users) is the Airport Express and the Airport Extreme. These are easy to set up and are an excellent option

The Airport Express supports up to 10 wireless users, you can add a printer, send your music wirelessly and it's really compact, 3.7x2.95x1.12 inches and weighs only 7.4 ounces. It's 802.11a/b/g wireless and supports 2.4GHz or 5GHz frequency bands.

The Airport Extreme supports up to 50 wireless users, it supports 3 three Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports for connecting computers or network devices and you can set up wireless printers.
If you have a USB hard drive, it can become a wireless shared drive, accessed by everyone on your network. It's 802.11n wireless and supports 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless frequencies. It's 6.5x6.5x1.3 inches and weights 1.66 lbs.

The down side of these routers is the price, at around $100 for the Airport Express and $179 for the Airport Extreme.
Note: There are some who say that you should use a software firewall, such as Zone Alarm, but this isn't the best approach. Whenever possible, use a hardware firewall. Here are two reasons why. Hardware routers provide better protection. A software firewall tends to slow down your computer.


Hardware routers are essential for your protection. Give me 10 minutes of your time and I'll show you how to speed up your computer, rid yourself of computer infestations and protect yourself online.


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


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11 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



CLEAN UP -- Senate votes to clean up federal copyright laws - The bill includes rule changes that will make it easier for the Copyright Office to transition to digital record keeping and allow filers to submit documents electronically.
http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/112335-senate-cleans-up-federal-copyright-laws


11 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes







the PhotoSourceBANK Mid-Summer Sale…..

August 16th, 17th, and 18th
(Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday)

The SEARCH abilities on the Internet have advanced to an amazing height. You can practically find the answer to any question you might have at home or office about any subject of interest or concern.



The key to all this is keywords.


Type in the right keywords and you have your answer in seconds.

And this holds true for your stock photography also.


Photobuyers today do the same when they’re trying to find a specific picture for their publishing project.
But how do you let them know? Check it out below.*

The PhotoSourceBANK has been in existence since 1999
and we now have over 2 million keywords and phrases in it.

Are you capitalizing on the benefits of the web?

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If you are a member of the PhotoSourceBANK*, you know the power of this search and find system. If you haven’t renewed your membership we will be sending you a notice about our upcoming Special Mid-Summer Sale

It’s Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday -August 16, 17, 18.


Here’s a video we recently sent out to 3500 photobuyers on our mail list, explaining how we are keeping up with the web and making improvements to the PhotoSourceBANK.
http://www.photosource.com/video/pl_video.php

The PhotoSourceBANK mid-Summer Sale...

Watch for it. Coming on Monday!


http://www.photosourcebook.com/bank/photographer.php


11 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes




SUPER SAFE -- Freedom of photography: Police, security often clamp down despite public right - Police officials say officers who seek to stop photography are driven by safety concerns and the fact that the presence of a camera can spike emotions
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07
/25/AR2010072502795_2.html?sid=ST2010072503132

TAKEAWAY: Oh Dear! We are are emotion spikers.


HANDCUFFING?
-- In Britain, police investigating press photographer incident - A spokeswoman for Hackney Police has confirmed to BJP that it is "currently looking into the circumstances" surrounding a freelance photographer who was prevented from taking pictures at the scene of a shooting.
http://www.bjp-online.com/british-journal-of-photography/news/1726356/police-investigating-press-photographer-incident



11 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes




A LOOK BACK IN COLOR -- Unearthed Color Photos from Depression-Era America Show Rare Glimpse at Life In 1935 when Kodak put the first color-film out, that people started using it. Nonetheless, color photos from Depression-
era America are scant, which is what makes these so important. http://gizmodo.com/5605061/unearthed-color-photos-from-depression+era-america-show-rare-glimpse-at-life


11 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes




WHAT’s NEXT? MERMAID PIN-UPS? -- Digital Camera Swim Mask - A new swim mask that features a built-in waterproof 5.0 megapixel digital camera so you can capture still photos and shoot video underwater, while keeping your hands free as you swim. http://shutterbug.com/news/071610mask/

11 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



"Keep up the great work!"
-Frank G. Pratt, Photographer, Anchorage, AK


11 Aug, 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.

* The WPD 2010 Professional Wedding Photo Contest is open to WPD members and outside professional wedding photographers. Contest finalists will be revealed to the public for voting and critique. The winners will be determined by voters. Points will be judged leaned towards creativity and concept. The $1,000 grand prize could be yours!
Awards:
Top 10 Finalists:
One-Year WPD Membership ($360 Value) - Top three winners and seven runner-up finalists will receive a full year of WPD membership or extension.
First Place:
$1,000 Grand Prize - The grand prize winner will receive $1,000.
Second Place:
Apple iPad
With a large, high-resolution LED-backlit IPS displaye, the iPad's battery can still last up to 10 hours of video and surfing. The Multi-Touch screen on iPad is based on the same technology on iPhone, but it's been completely reengineered for the larger iPad surface, making it extremely precise and responsive.
Third Place:
Adobe Photoshop CS5 Upgrade
Improved complex selection, automatic ghost removal HDR editing, Camera Raw 6 plugin, revamped user interface, better media management - with Adobe® Photoshop® CS5® software.
Public Critique Commentator Award:
Range of Photoshop Plugins to Choose From
The nature of the WPD wedding photo contest's public critique is to elevate the contestant's level of creativity via honest and constructive open feedback. WPD presents the Contest Commentator Award to the individual that provides the best and insightful critique. The winner will have a selection of Adobe Photoshop Plugins to choose from the following software vendors: onOne, Extensis, Alien Skin, and Zevrix.
8/27/2010 - Outside contest submission closes.

For more information:
http://www.weddingphotographydirectory.com/wedding-photo/contest/2010/contest-rules.aspx
-jg








11 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: bswenson








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THE MATADOR



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FRANCO




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VISTING THE VESPA FACTORY



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LEARNING THE NOTES







My Story


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I’ve heard it said that even in the worst squalls out at sea with ships battling the waves and men falling overboard that if you were to descend only a few feet below the surface, the fish would be swimming calmly smiling at each other, and wondering what all the fuss was about.
That’s how Rudi and I felt in our time in Spain, whether it was out in the arid desert or the cities. What with the poster of Franco all over the place, and on postage stamps, and flags, we couldn’t help but feel we were being watched. You never knew if you were talking with a sympathizer from the left, or one from the right, or somewhere in between. All we could do was listen. It was usually from young people and students from the universities. I would ask a student to write some kind of protest message to the world in my travel diary that I showed along in our travels, but they wouldn’t do it. They didn’t want the authorities to trace the words back to them.
That always made me feel bad to know I was part of all that kind of thing when I was in the CIC back in Wuerzburg. I was a cog in the political wheel of the U.S. government getting its fingers into the community. I was one of those reporters of activity, a messenger of subterfugion. I don’t know exactly what that word means and it’s probably not in the dictionary but it sounds like a dirty, stinkin’ thing that peoples can get into when they deal with other peoples. Oh well, the experience in Spain opened my eyes to what I didn’t want to do when I got back to the USA. Maybe that’s the price of freedom, I thought to myself.

We really didn’t understand what the political fuss was all about in Spain ‘til we left the country. To the people, we represented the world outside of Spain. The people were curious about us. We were always on display at gatherings and events, at family gatherings and cocktail parties. (We bought some wash ‘n’ hang clothes with our radio money so we could have some “dress up” clothes...) But the conversation was never about politics unless it was in a low whisper. But then, with my faulty Spanish I couldn’t understand most of it anyway. And as far as Rudi, well, as I said before, what else was new? The transition from Nazi politics to Franco politics wasn’t much of a jump. I guess he thought political oppression everywhere was pretty much the same. Something you just lived with, like a wheeze or something. It was just there. You didn’t try to fix it. I couldn’t wait for him to get to America, and to experience the rumors all Europeans had heard that there really is a country with freedom as its base and it was there to enjoy and defend. I began to appreciate the USA more and more, despite all its misgivings like my involvement with its international intelligence systems. Ignorance is bliss, they say, but traveling the world, as we were doing, some of my ignorance was being demolished.
When we talked with the Spanish students, I got the feeling they wanted to be assured that some day they would also be free like they had heard we were in the USA. Few adults ever really discussed politics with us, not only because they could get thrown in jail for doing it, but also because it was too complex for us to understand. We only knew if the familiar Franco poster was hanging on the wall, or one of the uniformed “Guardia Civil” were nearby, their demeanor changed. It was like they were little children and a stern, uncompromising, dictatorial father entered the room. It truly scared me, really, to see that happening in a country of people that looked like people from any other country. And as I say, it made me appreciated our Bill of Rights in the USA.

The next few days we spent in Madrid, looking about the town, going to friends’ homes for parties and dinners.
On Saturday night we were attending a party at an apartment and one of the guests asked, “Why don’t you fellows go see a bullfight tomorrow?
This was something that interested me. Back in France, in Nimes, we had tickets to attend a bullfight but before things really got started for real, the rains came and lasted all afternoon. They cancelled the event.
Have you ever seen one?” He asked.
Rudi answered that he had seen one in a film and didn’t care to go.
“But a film’s not the same as the real thing,” He laughed.
Rudi said, “No, I don’t want to watch one. It’s a slaughter however you see it. You pay to see death. It’s ugly enough without paying to see it.
The guest interrupted, “I think death is very popular among those who don’t have to experience it. Death is the great mystery of our lives. We don’t like to talk about it, but we’re eager to learn anything about it we can. It always makes headlines, and next to sex, it’s the greatest seller of magazines. We Spaniards like to see it first hand. At your American and German boxing matches, I bet if you took those puffy gloves of your prize-fighters, and more boxers started getting slaughtered in your rings, you’d get more attendance at your boxing matches.”
“I can’t buy that,” Rudi returned.
“If they lowered the speed of your stock car races to, say, thirty-five m.p.h., what do you think would happen to the attendance?” He countered.
Another guest interrupted, “ I don’t agree with either of you people. Those people don’t come to see death; they come to see a man defy death. The bull and the man have only one symbolic significance. The spectator vicariously puts himself in the ring with the bull, and enjoys escaping death along with the matador. The noblest thing a man can do in life is defy death.”
Jeeze! They went on and on like this. I grabbed my drink and left to listen to some flamenco guitar that was being played in the kitchen.
The next day Rudi went one way; I went the other. Rudi elected to go to the zoo; I chose the bullfight and got a ticket up in the bleachers for a few cents. I thought at first I’d change it for a more expensive seat, on the shady side, but the man next to me struck up a conversation just about the time I had decided to leave.
Recognizing I wasn’t Spanish, he spoken to me in a combination of Spanish and French and a little English. “You like Spanish wine?”
That was a friendly way to start a conversation, I thought to myself. “Yes,” I answered.
He pulled a leather bota from a basket that carried his lunch and some bicycle tools. “Take a drink!” he offered with a friendly chuckle. He was a weathered guy, probably from the Catalan side of Spain where they spoke a sort-of-a-French dialect. I imagined him in a messy white apron behind a counter in a butcher shop but I don’t know what his profession was. He was around 50 and probably visiting a relative in Madrid, and like me, came alone to the bullfight.
I think it impressed him when I was able to allow the stream of wine to drop squarely in my mouth.
“You like the bull fight?”
“I don’t know. This is my first time,” I said, handing him the bota. He took a drink and then wiped the wine from his mouth with the back of his sleeve.
“You’ve never seen one before?” he grinned at me, the way you do when you’re holding a birthday present for someone behind your back.
“No. Just in the movies.”
“Well, you’re lucky you sat here beside me so’s I can explain to you what’s go to happen.” He seemed over-anxious. Not in the sense that someone lets you know what a movie’s all about before you’ve even seen it, but more so the symbolic significance of what I was about to see.
“Son, you are going to witness man’s defiance of the terrible power of a one-thousand pound bull,” he began in a whisper, almost as if he were telling a ghost-story, and when he came to one-thousand pound bull, his eyes squinted, and he said it with reverence - - as though he were introducing the ghost.
We each took another drink of his wine. The sun was hot. I hoped the affair would start pretty soon. My friend, his name was Pedro, was so intense with his attempt to brief me on the “right way” to look at a bullfight that he leaned uncomfortably close to me. I felt a spray of wine-saliva splatter my right-cheek.
“And you know why you paid those forty pesetas?” he asked in a monotone whisper that droned out like E-sharp major.
I shook my head, and he placed his hand on my wrist, whispering, “To have a human confirm its superiority over the irresponsible force of that mighty one-thousand pound beast. To arrogantly defy death!” and then in a crescendo, his voice gradually raising in pitch, “- - But sometimes we witness the price in blood of a man, too sure of himself, and too overconfident of his lot!” Pedro passed me the wine bag again. I could see there wasn’t much left when I finished my drink. We had drunk nearly a liter.
An orchestra of about five pieces, much too small for the size of the stadium and much too loud for their talent struck up a song. The loudspeaker blasted it out. People had packed the stadium to capacity. The sun was beating down on me. My head felt light. My companion kept talking; I couldn’t understand all of what he was saying. The band suddenly broke into a special song as a long line of men came parading into the arena dressed in the fashion of the 17th century Spanish cavalry. I remembered I had once seen such a procession at the beginning of a circus.

I couldn’t help remembering my companion’s words and wondered if any of those elegantly dressed men were going to be killed that afternoon. There were some horses, too, with things like mattresses that hung down from their sides. Pedro was entranced with the procession. I wanted to ask my friend what these mattresses were, but I was afraid he would begin talking at length again. I decided I wouldn’t ask him any more questions. I would just sit and watch. I would have more fun just gazing in awe at the whole colorful aspect - - it wasn’t like watching a baseball game and needing a scorecard.
The group paraded over to a special booth in the stands and each of the men, in Ivanhoe fashion, paid courtly tribute to a group of celebrities who seemed to be officials for the contest.
Just about that time, Pedro, my companion stiffened up in anticipation and offered me the rest of the wine and told me to watch the east gate of the arena. The band stepped up the music to triple time. Three or four costumed-men with long magenta capes darted about the perimeter of the arena.

Then the blare of a trumpet across the arena loudspeakers.

Suddenly a massive, black, snorting bull with a red flower tacked to its neck shot out from the shadow of the east gate. For a moment it pranced in the dust of the center ring - - slowly observing the figures with capes who were dashing about. It looked like a heavy armor tank slowly revolving its turret, attempting to get a victim in the sights of its canon.
Then, with the agility of a gazelle, it made a start for one of the costumed men who stood motionless in the center of the arena. The others had fled. At first, the man gave no sign of recognition that the bull was charging upon him. I wanted to stand up and shout a warning to him. I was tense. Pedro was tense. The crowd was quiet. Pedro was quiet too. It was like when the batter in a baseball game hit a high, long fly ball that might go over the fence and the outfielder is rushing back to catch it. Even the beer vendors are quiet.
In the path of the onrushing bull and at the last moment, the man out there artfully waved his cape. With crafty agility, he nimbly sidestepped and snapped the cape next to his hip, causing the bull to ridiculously gore the thin air. Pedro and the crowd let out with a frenzied, “Olé!” The man began lightly tripping off sideways across the arena, but the bull wheeled around, spotted him, and thunderously gave chase. The crowd simultaneously roared a warning. The man broke into a run and narrowly escaped the bull’s massive horns by quickly slipping behind a strong wooden backboard barrier. A cloud of dust went up as the bull came to a sliding halt to avoid running headlong into it. The crowd let out a loud sigh of relief and a trickling of laughter.
Before the dust settled, for a brief instant I fancied the costumed man was me. It was April again; I was still back in Wuerzburg, and the bull appeared as the Army Captain in my unit, my parents, and my army buddies who all teamed together to discourage me from going on this motor scooter trip. The strong wooden barrier was me. It was my determination and my curiosity all rolled into this wooden barrier that the bull was trying to bust down. It was my personal conviction that even this monstrous bull was not going to dissuade me. For a moment, like a flash, it really was encouraging to feel that way. But then the next flash that came to me was the thought that maybe something would happen to me that I should’ve avoided that would kill me or mutilate me. I tried not to let me see myself in the next picture: a vision of me walking away from the bull by disappearing into the long dark corridor that goes back into the interior of the stadium. This all happened in a matter of seconds, but as our world trip went on, the scene flashed before me several times when I was offered the opportunity to call it quits. Instead, like the bullfighter I would step back out into the open arena.

Want to read more?
http://www.photosource.com/psn-article/mystory30.html

11 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



HIP HIP HOORAY! -- Heathrow honours its “grandfather” of photography. After 64 years of snapping celebrities at London Heathrow, veteran photographer Dennis Stone is to receive a key to the airport marking the occasion. http://www.businesstraveller.com/heathrow-honours-its-a-grandfathera-of-photography



11 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes




LIGHT & MOTION -- August Photography Workshops: Light and Motion – Saturday, August 14, 6:00-10:00 PM – BEGINNING Level
- Sunday, August 15, 7:00-11:00 PM – INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED LevelTwo new 1/2-day workshops on Light and Motion: Photographing the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair!
http://www.nihcameraclub.com/august-photography-workshops-light-and-motion-photographing-the-montgomery-county-agricultural-fair



11 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes




SYNONYMS -- When it comes to keywording stock images, synonyms are your friend (pal, buddy, mate). There are hundreds of things out there that can be referred to by more than one word. As a stock photographer, you have no way of knowing which word your customers will use in their searches. http://www.glowimagesblog.com/2010/08/02/keywording-tips-for-stock-photographers-part-5-synonyms-are-your-friend/
TAKEAWAY: You may not know exactly which word or phrase a photo seeker will use, but you can guess. After a while you’ll get good at guessing as it will translate into sales.

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HELPER -- Metadata editor METAmachine 2 released

Already recognized as a powerful desktop utility for editing metadata in images, METAmachine 2 represents a significant upgrade with major enhancements to its licensing and keywording capabilities
SOURCE: Rob Galbraith http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/content_page.asp?cid=7-10054-10832



11 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



In America, the photographer is not simply the person who records the past, but the one who invents it.
Susan Sontag -

11 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



1966 – August - Photograph taken from the moon of the earth was made from Lunar Orbiter 1, which took off August 10th. On August 14th, it became the first United States probe to achieve lunar orbit and it photographed all 9 primary Apollo landing sites. A total of 207 frames (sets) of photographs were taken and relayed back to earth on August 23rd.


11 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: bswenson





Braun Slide Scan 4000 Film Scanner

The Braun Slide Scan 4000 Film Scanner is specifically designed to batch scan 35mm mounted slides (scanning area is 37.5 x 37.5mm with a 50 x 50mm Mount). By using a slide magazine, the Slide Scan 4000 is capable of scanning up to 50-100 mounted slides at a time.

The scanner includes a USB interface which is compatible with both Windows and Macintosh systems, and includes the Digital ICE3 system for automated image clean-up and color balance.
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Scanned image files are about 5MP each and a 1GB SD memory card will hold approximately 1000 JPEGs. Film or slides are placed onto the included slide or negative tray and loaded into the machine, one frame at a time. Trays will accommodate 4 slides and a strip of 6 negatives. With one-touch button on the top of the unit, scanning, editing and saving functions are made easy.
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04 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes


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August 5th 2010


04 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



Clean Up Your Act



Even if you are just breaking into the world of stock photography, you can operate like a “pro” if you follow a few common sense rules. These are an important part of the answer to “How do I sell my Photos?”

If you're not getting the sales you feel you ought to be getting, maybe there's something here that'll be food for thought, and eventually turn your sales picture spiraling upwards.

The following questions reflect three basic reasons photographs are rejected. If you qualify in any of them --you should reassess your marketing methods. Learn more --not only about 'taking pictures' --but about 'marketing' them:
1. ] TECHNICAL QUALITY. This means not only as applied to the content of your pictures, but also as to the scanning quality of your images. Are you sending photobuyers scanned images that are scratched, have dust spots, etc.? And are you sending images in the format required by that particular buyer? Always do your homework and comply with what each buyer prefers.

2. ] ON-THE-MARK. Are the photos you've submitted to the editor TARGETED? That is, do they respond exactly to the request of the photo editor? Do your pictures hit the mark? Or has the editor asked for pictures of waterfalls, and you've submitted pictures of brooks and streams -"just in case" the editor might want to see them?
Editors are busy people. Their time is valuable. Sending off-target images is not a wise move.
3. ] CONSISTENCY. Are you working on establishing a “brand” for your stock photography? Are your pictures cohesive in STYLE? Do your pictures themselves have a consistent professional-looking style to them? That is, do they all look like they came from the same photographer? Will photobuyers recognize your “brand?” A good way to test the cohesiveness of your pictures --and their professionality-- is to gather tear sheets of published pictures from the magazines and periodicals you read, lay them on the living room floor (about twenty of them) and place selections of your pictures beside them. Do your groups of pictures fit in? If so, you are on target. If not, re-take the same pictures and consciously develop a consistency in style. This doesn’t mean make everything the same; more the idea of developing your own flair, your own approach, your own voice, with your images. This is a powerful way to have “your brand” selling your photos for you.
Keep these three points in mind to avoid temporary failure and gain quick success.



ROHN ENGH published a book back in 1982 called, "Sell & ReSell Your Photos.” (Writer's Digest Books.) It's now in its fifth printing and has become a bible for photographers just entering the field of stock photography. Rohn also publishes photo needs of national publications in three market letters ranging from a monthly to a daily. He answers the question, “how do I sell my photos?” For more information and to receive a free eReport: “8 Steps to Becoming a Published Photographer,” http://www.photosource.com/8steps.php He can be reached at Pine Lake Farm, PhotoSource International, 1910 35th RD, Osceola WI 54020. (715) 248-3800. info[at]photosource[dot]com

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04 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes




Do You Safari?

If you're using Apple's Safari browser, you might want to turn off the feature, on by default, that automatically completes online forms.
And be sure you have installed the latest updates. While most browsers have a similar auto-complete feature whereby you start typing in a form field and the browser will attempt to automatically fill out the rest of the form for you, Safari pulls some of its data from your computer's address book, with the potential for websites to gather names, email addresses, and other info from anyone who visits a website designed to collect this info. To disable this feature, select "Autofill" from the preferences menu and uncheck the boxes on that page. This issue has apparently been around for a while, and a fix is in the works, or may even be out by now. So, if you use Safari, make sure you have the latest Safari browser software.

Hardware Virus

If you're using Dell PowerEdge servers R310,R410, R510 or T410 and have recently had the motherboard replaced, you should contact Dell for a possible replacement. Turns out that some of those motherboards are infected with malware that could allow access to data stored on the server. All stock of these motherboards at Dell are now clean, and they are contacting affected customers. A Dell spokeswoman said that the malware was old and easily spotted by security programs.

First Still, Now Movies

Kodak has said that its movie-film business is shrinking faster that expected. Along with that, the higher profit margins that film enjoys over digital are also going away. One thing that is helping Kodak is their intellectual property income and income from sales of commercial and consumer inkjet printers.



Bill Hopkins is the Webmaster of PhotoSourceFolio, where photographers
display photos
and a regular contributor to PhotoStockNotes. Send comments to Bill via email. Fax:
1 818 831-0916. For on-line questions, contact Bill on the Kracker Barrel.



04 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: st



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

How much time per week do you spend looking through photographer websites?


Answer
Percentage
No time at all 6.78%
1 hour or less 35.59%
2 to 5 hours 22.03%
5 hours + 8.47%


Mike's Comment:

Do you remember back in the day when just having a website was going to make us all multimillionaires? Dreams were built and dreams were crushed swiftly in those days. Now people take a more reasoned approach to websites. It is indeed very important to have one, but the chances that it will bring in the big money with little or no effort are – sadly – not very big if they even exist.
The answers from photobuyers to this question confirms what we have known for many years. Photobuyers are as much, if not more, stressed as the rest of us. There's very little, if any, leisure time to browse the World Wide Web for new talent. Photobuyers tells us that they are expected to do more in less time and for less money today compared to a few years back. In that equation of ever shorter deadlines it would be unrealistic to think that as long as your photos are good enough, sooner or later you'd get “discovered” by a photobuyer. It just doesn't work that way.
The replies to this question makes it clear that photobuyers have very little time to browse websites. Even if those websites belong to photographers they have worked with in the past and who's photography they really like. I have talked to many photobuyers lately that all say the same thing, unless they have a want-list and are looking for specific images there's just no time to browse photographer's web sites. For this reason sites without efficient search engines or with an easy way to quickly locate specific images often fall short even when photobuyers are searching for specific images.
Another piece of information we can gather from this is that the more efficient your site is to find and display the photographs a visitor is looking for the better off you are. Let's look at some basic things you can do to make your website all it can be:
1. Understand and implement basic Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for your web site. If you do a search on-line for Search Engine Optimization you will find plenty of information. This is something you can do yourself. Avoid services that charges money as well as link-farms, basically web sites that will exchange a link with you just for the sake of exchanging a link.
2. Update often. People tend to come back to sites that have something new to offer.
3. Make the experience of visiting your site a pleasant one – ask the question from your regular visitors about what they like and dislike on your site. Adjust accordingly.


04 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



CIRCUMVENT GETTY -- Be a Good Photography Seller - “I have never had such a horrible time trying to acquire rights than when a client wants something off Flickr, DeviantArt or Twitpics, or similar,” one designer told us. “I’ve had several instances where people on those sites were hiding behind aliases and either don’t check their comments, PMs or email, or they just don’t believe we are offering them money to use their photos or they may think we are scamming them somehow.” http://blogs.photopreneur.com/be-a-good-photography-
seller?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PhotopreneurBlog+%28Photopreneur+Blog%29

TAKEAWAY: Getty takes 70% for their services.



Backing Up:
10 Steps to Peace of Mind When Traveling in the Digital Age - The best system is one that is not only simple but also one that is redundant and safe. Here is what Greg Downing does step by step, to ensure his images are safe, easy to access and redundant! SOURCE: Greg Downing http://www.naturescapes.net/docs/index.php/category-technical/44-technical/417-greg-downing

YUM! YUM! -- 11 Essential Food Photography Tips From Top Food Photographers - Some great food photographers shared how they advanced in food photography and gave some very practical and useful tips that we all can use when we take food photos. SOURCE: http://www.learnfoodphotography.com/11-essential-food-photography-tips-from-top-food-photographers/#utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+FoodPhotoStyling+%28Learn+Food+Photography+and+Food+Styling%29#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=11-essential-food-photography-tips-from-top-food-photographers


GETTING IT RIGHT -- Group photos. Ugh! Here are five tips from a pro. Any group shot has the potential of becoming a train wreck — an out-of-control portrait But when the photo is an assignment you at least have the opportunity to prepare for what might go wrong in advance. http://rising.blackstar.com/five-tips-for-better-group-photos.html


04 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes




PART I -- BIG FIND! $45 Yard Sale Find Turns Out to Be $200 Million Worth of Lost Ansel Adams' Negatives. Rick Norsigian found a couple of boxes full of glass negatives at a yard sale and bought them for $45, negotiated down from $70, 10 years ago. Now, he's discovered that they're early photographs of Ansel Adams worth $200 million
http://gizmodo.com/5597729/45-yard-sale-find-turns-out-to-be-200-million-worth-of-ansel-adams-photos


PART II -- LOOK-ALIKE? The mystery of the Ansel Adams garage sale negatives keeps taking on new twists, but the latest twist might have solved it once and for all. KTVU in Oakland is reporting that a Bay Area woman named Mariam Walton has come forward with apparently solid proof that the photographs were not taken by Ansel Adams but her Uncle Earl. She was watching KTVU report on the story Tuesday when she suddenly saw a photograph of the Jeffrey Pine on Sentinel Dome and recognized it as a print her uncle Earl Brooks made back in 1923. If the photographs are indeed Uncle Earl’s and not Ansel’s, then it would appear that much of the “evidence” that was examined by experts and presented to the public was faked, and that the whole story is indeed a $200 million con. SOURCE: Michael Zhang http://www.petapixel.com/2010/07/29/ansel-adams-garage-sale-mystery-apparently-solved/

EFJ Backs Calls for Euro-wide Protest against Photo Fees in Germany - "This is a ridiculous fee system imposed by authorities in what is supposed to be a cultural showcase for Europe," said Arne König, President of the EFJ, "Anybody should be allowed to take pictures of public buildings and such a system should be removed immediately." http://europe.ifj.org/en/articles/efj-backs-calls-for-euro-wide-protest-against-photo-fees-in-germany




04 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



ONE STEP AHEAD -- Fall Marketing Ideas For Emerging Pro Photographers - It’s time to start putting together your proactive marketing ideas for the fall and it doesn’t matter what your specialty is. No matter how difficult the economy is or your feelings about business this year, nothing changes the power you have to plant an idea with your target audience. http://goingpro2010.com/?p=769



ALWAYS PROMOTING -- Ask Anything – Summertime = Marketingtime? - Most photographers think that summertime is a time not to do any marketing. Former Art Buyers Amanda Sosa Stone and Suzanne Sease say, most American’s do not take holiday for weeks on end (like we should) – so we are always working through the summer time. Market, Market, Market… http://www.aphotoeditor.com/2010/07/29/ask-anything-%E2%80%93-summertime-marketingtime/


04 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: bswenson



Where are you traveling to next? Are you taking the right MARKETING photos?




04 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes





What is Available in Apps....?


for the Photographer?

By Lee Foster

To see what is available to the photographer in apps, start by setting up an iTunes Account (at no charge) and browse around the Apple ITunes App Store. Start at Apple.com if you do not have an iTunes account. Click on the Store. You will need to have a credit card for payment and a billing address to set up your account. You will not need to buy anything.


DON'T BUY, -JUST LOOK, at first


Then begin browsing around the App Store, thinking of your area of interest, Photography... Browse, but don’t buy, unless you have an iPod, iPhone, or iPad on which to view the app content. However, browsing can be informative.

To browse, once you get into iTunes, click on the App Store. Then, on the right side of the App Store choice, you’ll see a dropdown menu. Choose Photography. (Ignore, for the moment, that some apps possibly of interest to you might be in a different category. For example, my travel photo guide apps are listed in Travel rather than in Photography.) Make Photography your first stop.

As you look at the iPhone Photography Apps page, what will jump out is the listing All Photography iPhone Apps. As I write this, there are 2,594 photography apps in the App Store. The creators of these products decided that what they fashioned was best categorized under Photography. Creators can put their app in only one category. As you consider all these apps, it may seem daunting to think that you will have to wade through all the 2,593 apps to find what you might want.

The Photography Apps page makes some recommendations on photography apps to help you choose. A New & Noteworthy list suggests 20 new photography apps that might be of interest. There’s also a What’s Hot list of 120 photography apps that Apple staff deems of greatest interest. And, on the right side of the page, you can see the 200 Top Paid Photo Apps and the 200 Top Free Photo Apps.

When a lot of people voluntarily buy a photo app, there must be something to recommend it.

The current best seller is the app iMovie ($4.99), which allows you to edit movies shot with the iPhone4. When browsing apps, be sure to click on “More” on the right side of the description page to see the full, informative text about the app. You’ll also see a few screenshots from the app.

STRETCH YOUR CREATIVE HORIZONS


Another top seller is Color Splash ($1.99), which turns your photos into black-and-white but allows you to save color in a selected portion, dramatically drawing attention to this effect. It’s an interesting photo manipulation possibility. You’ll find many photo apps of this kind, stretching your creative horizons if you like to alter photos.

Browse long enough and you are likely to get hooked, determining that you will want to get an iPod, iPhone, or iPad to display apps. (Or maybe you'd like to produce an app yourself.) Next month I’ll talk about just one app, which I purchased and use often. This app can make almost every photographer’s life easier, happier, and more productive. I’ll leave you wondering until next month what that app might be.

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Lee Foster has three apps in the Apple iTunes App Store. Search “Lee Foster” and up come the three in the iPhone Apps list below Movies, Albums, and Songs. Two are travel photo guides with a lot of functionality. They are San Francisco Travel Photo Guide (Sutro Media, $1.99) and Washington DC Travel Photo Guide (Sutro Media, $1.99). Lee’s third app is a travel literary book with photos, an ebook-style app titled Travels in an American Imagination: The Spiritual Geography of Our Time (IndiaNIC, $2.99)





http://www.fostertravel.com

Travel writing/photos on 200 destinations for consumers and content buyers at http://www.fostertravel.com
5,000 hi-res photos searchable and downloadable at http://stockphotos.fostertravel.com
Two new photo travel guidebooks at http://www.fostertravel.com/book.html
Latest thoughts on travel at http://blog.fostertravel.com
Travel Photo Guide app on San Francisco at http://www.sutromedia.com/apps/sfphotoguide
Travel Photo Guide app on Washington DC at http://sutromedia.com/apps/DC_Travel_Photo_Guide



04 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



So, you asked, “What’s the secret to selling my photos?”

Which Way Are You Running?


Marathon runners run 24.8 miles in an event. They practice and train hard. They’re always running.
They are definitely good runners. They are pros – or near pros.

Imagine you’re in the running, too.
So – there’s a marathon…. Yeah!

What if instead of the usual 35 runners entering with you in the local marathon…135 enter. O.K. So what?

Then again, what if there were a special incentive (like $5,000) to the winner.
Probably 10,035 runners would enter.

What if the incentive next year was $10,000 to the winner and the prize doubled every year from then on.

A lot of marathon runners! All of them, very good runners.
But what of the expenses involved in participating in the marathons? (Car travel, room, board, plane flight, accidents, food, health bills, etc.)
Who pays those? You do, of course.
Soon you realize the more runners, the less chance for you to win the prize.
After a while –something’s got to give, right ?

Pretty soon the whole idea of staying in the fray requires a hard-thinking reassessment.

Can you see a parallel to your involvement in microstock?
Are you in effect running in a monumental marathon?
This is only the beginning.
Antidote: Focus on a select few subject areas you love to photograph. In other words, specialize.

It’s called BRANDING.

This is your ticket to working directly with specific photobuyers who pay much higher fees than microstock buyers, and who will seek you out as an important resource for them.


Rohn Engh, veteran stock photographer and publisher of PhotoStockNOTES has provided on-line targeted information for photobuyers and photographers for three decades. No other newsletter brings stock photographers such up-to-the minute, practical information from a professional intimately familiar with both sides of the stock photo desk.
For more info on how to sell your stock photos: http://www.photosource.com





04 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



UP CLOSE TRAVEL -- The trick is to get creative with your photos of transportation. While standard, representation shots of the side of the bus you rode from Nairobi to Arusha will do, what’s another way to tell the story? Do you have shots of what it’s like inside, packed three to a seat? What about luggage storage or the exhaust billowing out the tailpipe? And along the way, do you make any stops and what’s the activity around the bus like? The driver and the money handler, what’s their part in the travels? http://digital-photography-school.com/travel-photography-subjects-transportation#ixzz0v1w3Ua00

04 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



photography forum

What’s a ..... m 4/3 camera ?

Will it work for stock photo editors?


Brian Yarvin gets philosophical.

http://board.photosource.com/read.php?1,10583


04 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



Photoshop World Conference & Expo to Host the Largest Exhibition of Digital Photography and Photoshop-Related Products and Services in Las
Vegas This September. Photoshop World is produced by the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) in partnership with Adobe. The industry expo features product launches, hands-on demonstrations, exclusive offers, and enticing promotions and giveaways from more than 40 exhibitors
http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/home/permalink/?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20100729005148&newsLang=en



Kodak has 2Q loss, ending consecutive up quarters
its slumping film business cast a shadow over the photography pioneer's prolonged digital transformation.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100728/ap_on_bi_ge/us_earns_eastman_kodak_8


04 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes




BIG BROTHER PHOTOGRAPHY -- Paul Melcher: Crowdtaste this ! So.. No idea what to shoot next ? well, why don’t you get your camera to choose your image?
http://blog.melchersystem.com/2010/07/26/crowdtaste-this/


04 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



VARIETY -- 5 Ways Microstockers Make Their Images More Salable. (from a microstock company). One of the questions BigStockPhoto gets asked the most from submitters is “What do the buyers want?” The answer is not so simple. We have customers from different parts of the world, all searching for different images, and different types of projects. The most important thing to remember is that variety is key. Try different subjects, and be open. One week you may want to shoot only women, the next you can do farm equipment. It can help you in many ways, but more sales will be one of them. http://www.bigstockphoto.com/blog/theupload/2010/07/5-ways-to-make-your-images-more-salable/
TAKEAWAY: This advice is actually the opposite of what you should do if you want to last in the stock photo industry as an editorial shooter. The photographer-tested marketing system answer is to become known as a certain “brand” --not as someone who shoots any and all photos. Photobuyers will contact you through a search process on the Internet when they are aware of your brand of stock photos. Begin today to build your brand. -RE




04 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



ALASKA EXPERIENCE -- Daniel said he was a photographer. He gazed out over the water, and had an ethereal calm in his voice. At first I thought it had to do with the taciturnity I imagined all Alaskans possessed, or with the state's mythically loose marijuana laws. Then he told me the story of his most recent photo shoot.
SOURCE: Richard Radford; Capital City Weekly.
http://www.capitalcityweekly.com/stories/080410/new_690706098.shtml


04 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes





68 NEW TITLES -- Mr. Magazine: “Would you believe me if I told you that there were more new magazines arriving for the first time on the nation’s newsstands in July more than 2009, 2008 and 2007 respectively?” The hot month of July witnessed the birth of 68 new titles.
http://mrmagazine.wordpress.com/2010/08/03/it-has-been-a-hot-hot-july-that-is-in-the-new-magazine-launches-world/





STIMULUS FROM CANADA
-- With a total of $1.5 million to distribute to publishers, the Business Innovation program is part of the new Canada Periodical Fund launched earlier this year. The CPF replaces the Publications Assistance Program (postal subsidy) and the Canada Magazine Fund with a Sept. 17 deadline for applications. SOURCE: GATINEAU, QUE; CDS Online
http://www.mastheadonline.com/news/2010/20100803721.shtml


GREEN WILD -- New Online Green Fashion Magazine: The Wild. Commets from Tree Hugger Magazine. New online art, culture, and fashion magazine The Wild has released its inaugural issue, and we're fans already. The quarterly publication is jam-packed with quality content, perfectly paired with enticing photography, on social and environmental issues. Overall, the execution is professional, artful, and beautiful. http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/07/new-online-green-fashion-magazine-the-wild.php


04 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



Another Update…(They still belong to Ansel.)
HOLD IT! Here's a little plot-thickener in the strange case of the disputed photo negatives of Yosemite and coastal California scenes that may or may not have been taken by Ansel Adams. According to Iser, simply owning a reproducible artifact, such as a photographic negative, a recording artist's master tape or the original manuscript of a novel, doesn't give that object's owner any rights to make copies and sell them. The copyright -- and the earnings that flow from it -- belongs to the artist and his or her estate.
SOURCE: Mike Boehm LA TIMES. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2010/07/if-purported-ansel-adams-pictures-earn-big-bucks-their-discoverer-may-not-get-to-keep-them-.html
TAKEAWAY: Looks like “The Finder’s” legal camp is basing copyright ending 70 years after the date the photos were taken. Actual copyright law says it is 70 years after the death of the (author) photographer



MISGUIDED SUIT? -- Photographer: “Despite my agency’s removal, Mr. Mackie is now suing me for copyright infringement and claiming the full measure of statutory damages, possibly $60,000 or more. All for a photograph taken on a public sidewalk, showing a woman interacting with a piece of public art, paid for by public funds. And it only depicts a small portion of the artwork at that.”
SOURCE: Geeky Swedes; Seattle's Ballard neighborhood
http://www.myballard.com/2010/07/22/photo-flap-leads-to-legal-fundraiser/


04 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: st




The Business of Photography

GET ON THE PATH TO SUCCESS WITH PRACTICAL TECHNIQUES


Learning the art of photography is the only the first step in building a successful career. To make a go at being a true professional photographer, you also need solid business skills.

This book will help you overcome any bumps you encounter on your road to success, showing you what to expect, what not to expect, and how to make the smart decisions that will keep you moving toward your goals.

Tucci and Usmani cover everything you need to know to achieve your goals-from setting up your business and building a brand identity, to targeting you marketing at the right demographic, to providing to-notch customer service that will earn you clients for life.

Written in clear language you don’t need to be a CPA to understand, this book is an invaluable resource for photographers who want to spend more time behind the camera and less time wading through spread sheets!

TUCCI AND USMANI’S
The Business of Photography



By: Damon Tucci and Rosena Usmani


FEATURES
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o Understanding and planning for sales, income, and employment taxes
o Controlling your expenses and setting prices
o Deciding between a home-based studio of one in a commercial space
o Customer service practices for satisfied clients
o Marketing techniques to get you started and keep you succeeding
o Working with employees and subcontractors

ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Damon Tucci is a professional photographer known for infusing his documentary images with a high-fashioned style. Rosena Usmani is the founder of Exposure Business Solutions, a company devoted to designing synergistic marketing concepts. She holds an MA in Corporate Communicatons.



• BOOK SPECS

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• For Further Information Or To Receive A Review Copy, Contact:
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NEED A PHOTO? You paid for them, why not use them? These are government contracted photos from departments such as the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Library of Congress, NASA,, The US Agricultural Dept, and many more agerncies. The book is call “Amazing Public Domain Images Sourcebook” If you are looking fore some priceless (meaning free) photos for your blog, here’s a book that shows you how to find them. Photopreneur provides guidance on utilizing the world’s largest free photography collection: the tens of millions of images currently in the public domain. http://pmanewsline.com/2010/07/30/photopreneur-releases-%E2%80%9Camazing-public-domain-images-sourcebook%E2%80%9D/



04 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: bswenson








Watch for the PhotoSourceBANK Summer Sale coming up !


- - - - - - - - - - - ---
This system has the photobuyers coming to you,
not the other way around…
- - - - - - - - - - - - -

The SEARCH abilities on the Internet have advanced to an amazing height. You can practically find the answer to any question you might have at home or office about any subject of interest or concern.


The key to all this is keywords.


Type in the right keywords and you have
your answer in seconds.




And this holds true for your stock photography also.

Photobuyers today do the same when they’re trying to find a specific picture for their publishing project.
But how do you let them know? Check it out below.*
PhotoSourceBANK
The has been in existence since 1999 and we
now have over 2 million keywords and phrases in it.


Are you capitalizing on the benefits of the web?

If you are a member of the PhotoSourceBANK*, you know the power of this search and find system. If you haven’t renewed your membership we will be sending you a notice about our upcoming Special Summer Sale.


Watch for it. Coming soon!


Here’s a video we recently sent out to 3500 photobuyers, explaining how we are improving the PhotoSourceBANK.
http://www.photosource.com/video/pl_video.php



* http://www.hard-to-locate-photos.com

* http://www.photosourcebook.com/bank/


04 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



RISK ARREST? Since 9/11, a number of government bodies have sought to limit photography in railroad stations and other public buildings. One rationale is that pictures would help people planning acts of mayhem. It has been a largely futile effort. On a practical level, decent cameras now come in every size and shape, and controlling how people use them would require legions of police officers. Moreover, taking photographs and displaying them is speech protected by the First Amendment, no less than taking notes and writing them up.
SOURCE:JIM DWYER; New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/28/nyregion/28about.html


04 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes





Update. . . .
LET THE FIGHTS BEGIN -- And now the latest on the “Ansel Mystery.” The dispute heated up last week after Norsigian presented what he and his lawyer, Arnold Peter, presented as conclusive proof at a gallery in Beverly Hills – only to have Adams’ heirs and the trustee in charge of the photographer’s copyrights challenge the expertise of Norsigian’s experts and pointedly deny their conclusions.
SOURCE: Mike Boehm; Los Angeles Times http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2010/08/ansel-adams-controversy-should-fresno-states-art-gallery-show-disputed-photos-.html


04 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes




"Just wanted to let ya'll know that I appreciate all that you do."


-Mark I. Oster, Photographer, Corpus Christi, TX


04 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: bswenson





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CAMPSITE FRIENDS



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AT RADIO MADRID




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THE MADRID VESPA FACTORY



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LEARNING THE SPANISH GUITAR






My Story


# 29





There I was. It’s a funny feeling.
You’re in a city you’ve never been in before. You’re talking to people you’ve never seen before. You’re wearing clothes you’ve never had on before (except your underwear), and it’s all in a language you hardly understand. And we are sitting there in the vestibule of the national Vespa Club of Spain. We got there an hour early. No one’s around and who should walk in but that bastard, Senor Moreno.

“Well, good evening, my good friends, Rohn and Rudi. I saw the picture of the two of you in the newspaper. Very good, very good, smiling showing his large group of white pearly teeth.
Ugh! I thought myself. That slimy ass-kisser now cuddling up to us. No wonder he’s the manager. He’s brown-nosed his way all the way up to manager of this place.
We’ll, what do we do in a situation like this? Punch him in the nose? Ignore him? Stand up? Sit down. ?
Rudi had it right. He stood up, saluted Moreno and stuck out his hand and shook hands with the slimy guy. I followed suit. I shook hands with the slimy bastard.
I was learning my first important lesson of public relations when on a world tour. If you want to survive, smile, even if it hurts.
I also learned that with hard-nose bastards like Moreno, you have to look tough, almost like you could snap your finger and two gangsters would come up behind him and stick a knife in his back. No kidding. These kinds of guys are all over the world. You never know when you’re going to meet one that’ll be a roadblock for you. And you’re never quite sure who is one and who isn’t. I guess if you exposed yourself enough to them, like we did, you learn to smell ‘em out.
This is particularly hard for me. I didn’t grow up in a dog-eat-dog environment like Rudi did. I’m kind of a softie by description. I’m trusting as hell. This doesn’t work when you’re meeting new people everyday. But whatdahell. I didn’t have any money to lose, or reputation, or girl friend, -all those things men usually try to be macho about. By the way, I looked that word up, macho. It means manly, virile, arrogant. -I’m not like that. And I guess I’m proving, so far anyway, you don’t have to always be that way if you want to travel on a world trip.
Anyway.
Moreno sat down in a plushy chair next to us. He sat closest to Rudi. You can learn a lot from a guy like Moreno. He sized both of us up. He knew Rudi was the less emotional of us and if he played his cards right he could twist things to even telling the president of the club that he, Moreno, was the guy that arranged for the newspaper reporter to interview us at the Vespa Club. The Law of Probability was on his side. No one would suspect that that wasn’t so. Now, mind you, I didn’t realize all this right there on the scene. It’s just that I’m telling you the kind of things I learned on a trip like this. I began to see a pattern in people. And it just wasn’t in one country; it was everywhere, even in black Africa.
I can’t remember what we talked about. My concentration was more on how I could prevent myself from offending Moreno.
Rudi on the other hand acted as though he had met Moreno for the first time and was unaware of the nasty way Moreno treated us the day before. . He was good at that.
Like that guy that tripped Rudi on the way out of the tavern back in Belgium. Rudi lay there for a split second and then started doing push-ups! Just two or three and then turned and stared at the guy doing a couple more push-ups at the same time, with one arm! And that stare! He gave that guy the stare. I saw it. It was like a couple of zaps that Batman or the Green Hornet could produce.
And then again, I’ve learned since then that if it were important to Rudi for getting where he needed to go, Rudi would’ve gotten up off the floor and bought the guy a beer!
I learned also this about Rudi as we traveled on through France. There were no rounded corners about his diplomacy. He always came straight to the point. He did exactly what needed to be done to smooth out some rough corners on our trip.
Yes, he had principles and he had respect for himself, but if he had to stoop to conquer, so to speak, he always chose stooping. It’s not that he didn’t have any pride or that sort of thing. He knew what to do if you want to survive.
Back to our waiting period with Moreno. How do you ‘small talk’ in a language you can’t speak, and with a guy who almost threw you out of the place you are now sitting? I don’t know, maybe I’ll learn that later on in the trip because Señor Ibarra arrived.

“Hello, Muchachos! I see you made it on time!” Señor Ibarra greeted us, as he entered the club a few minutes late. “Let’s have a drink, and then we’ll head on over to the hotel.
“You sure have a nice club.” I commented to him.
“Yes, motor scooters are very popular in Spain. People here don’t have money to buy cars like they do in your country, so they buy scooters. We don’t get much rain, and besides, they’re very economical.”
“Are they manufactured here in Spain?” Rudi asked.
“Yes, and oh, that reminds me. You fellows are invited to visit the Vespa factory day after tomorrow. Take your scooter down with you and they’ll make any necessary repairs.”
“Well, that’s wonderful!” I commented.
In an hour, we were in the lobby of the Emperador, waiting for the elevator to take us to the top floor to the gala banquet room.
Upstairs we found at least a hundred and fifty people mingling, sipping cocktails and talking motor scooter talk. The visiting club was from Valladolid to the north, a city of a hundred thousand or more and a center of the Castile country. Señor Ibarra introduced us to the President of the Valladolid club, and other dignitaries who were present for the affair. For dinner, we had chicken consommé, vegetables of all kinds, and a juicy steak with a fiery Spanish wine sauce. Pretty fancy for two guys who just 48 hours ago were grateful for a bowl of rice.
Near the end of the meal, the president of the gathering rang a little bell, made a few announcements, and then introduced various personages who were sitting at his table, including us.
“Let’s have a song!” someone shouted.
They had probably read the story about us in the newspaper that morning. We got out the guitars and sang a few examples of songs we had learned in our travels. When the meal was over, we stood around in little groups for a while, and then retired to an adjacent room where an orchestra had begun to play. Señor Ibarra introduced us to some of his friends.
This all felt like I was back in Baltimore. You attend these kinds of things and your face hurts the next day from all the smiling you had to do. But for your career, it pays off.
“And this is José Bermudez. He’s Spain’s most popular radio comedian.” This guy had the twinkle of a clown in his eyes when he spoke to us - - a small, jovial man in his late forties.
“I sure enjoyed that singing, fellows!” he could speak a little English. “How about coming around to visit me at the radio station tomorrow?” he said, handing us his card. “Would you like to see what a Spanish radio station looks like?”
“Sure,” we both answered and then joined him in a drink at the bar that had been set up. He introduced us to other radio people friends.
Señor Ibarra came by, “Checkin’ up on you two. “You enjoying yourselves, boy?” he asked.
“Yes!” Rudi answered. “This isn’t much like the surroundings of a stable we generally know at this hour.
“Ha!” he laughed. “Which do you like better?”
“Give you one guess!” Rudi said.
At two o’clock the crowd began to thin out. “Let’s go have some coffee,” Señor Ibarra suggested.
Out in the street once again, it seemed that the city was living and moving like a noon rush hour. “Why are all these people in the streets at two in the morning?” I asked Señor Ibarra.
“We have a different day here than you have in America,” he began. “In the summer time, our working day begins at ten in the morning. At two in the afternoon we close our shops, have our midday meal, and take a siesta until four-thirty. The working day is over at eight-thirty p.m., which puts the evening meal at nine o’clock and the beginning of nightlife around eleven. So if you go to a movie, or a dance, or just sit around in a café, you can expect your evening to be over around two o’clock!”
“Why so late?” Rudi asked.
“It’s cool! It’s cool!” Senor Ibarra said. “No one likes the heat of midday in Spain in the summertime.”
Our evening was over at 3:00 a.m. After a coffee and a visit to a few cafes, we wearily bid Señor Ibarra buenas noches.

The next day we visited Señor Bermudez at the Radio Station.
“You boys want to take that tour now?” he asked after we were in his office a few minutes.
“Fine, we answered as we went out into the halls lined with studios and engineering booths. The radio station supplied most of Madrid and affiliate stations with everything entertaining over radio.
“Radio’s an important item in the Spanish home.” Señor Bermudez said, “We don’t have television in Spain,” he said as we passed into one of the engineering booths, where a technician was taping a program of some local singers in the adjoining studio.
“Will that program be played later on?” Rudi asked.
“Several times!” Señor Bermudez answered. “Not only here in Madrid, but in Barcelona, Seville, many places, all over Spain.”
“Are they paid for making that tape?” I asked.
“Sure,” Senor Bermudez said.
As we looked into other studios, getting an idea of the technical operations of the place, I got an idea myself.
Rudi and I had sung before- -why not at Radio Madrid- -especially if they paid for entertainment? I didn’t know how to go about asking Señor Bermudez; I hoped I wouldn’t make any blunders. I simply said, “Rudi and I are professional singers. We’ve sung together in Belgium, Holland, and France. How ‘bout if we make a tape for your station?”
Rudi gave me an evil look. He knew I had never sung over a microphone before, and before today, he had never even seen one.
Señor Bermudez paused for a while and then said, “Well, fellows it sounds like a good idea, but I’ll have to talk it over with my superiors, first. How ‘bout coming by tomorrow at this same time, and I’ll let you know their answer?”
I felt a sigh of relief that he didn’t turn the idea down, and also that he didn’t ask us to go into an empty booth and make a test tape that very moment.
We finished our visit and left the studio to return to camping site. As soon as we got outside, Rudi turned to me boiling mad, “Now what the hell did you go and do that for? You know damn well we’re not professional signers. I wouldn’t know the first thing to do when I got in front of a microphone. You’re not going to make a fool out of me in front of those studio people. After the first song they’ll tell us to come back some other day! No, sir! You can go up there tomorrow but you’re not going to get me to go!
“Now wait a minute!” I said. “This is a chance we might have to make some money.”
Rudi was pretty mad. “It doesn’t matter to me. I’ll go out and sweep streets before you get me to make a fool of myself in front of all Spain!”
“Who’s going to make a fool of himself? We didn’t do anything like that in the Rotterdam tavern, where we met, or in Paris, or in the rest of France did we?”

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http://www.photosource.com/psn-article/mystory29.html


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Rolf and Michelle Hicker -- a husband and wife photography team shooting nature, wildlife and travel, and whose website generates in excess of 8,000 visitors a day!
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04 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



LOS ANGELES AT NIGHT -- In October, professional photographer Tom Paiva and Andy Frazer Willl be leading a night photography workshop for three evenings around downtown Los Angeles. This workshop will include classroom instruction, held in Culver City, and three evenings of instructor-lead shooting. One of those evenings will include special access to an industrial location that is off-limits to the general public. http://gorillasites.blogspot.com/2010/07/los-angeles-night-photography-workshop.html




MOTORSPORTS -- Salisbury, CT, Lime Rock Park is offering for the first time in its 54-year history a Motorsports Photography Workshop. A hands-on school, the workshops will be held during one of Lime Rock’s biggest events, Historic Festival 28, the annual Labor Day weekend vintage speedfest. Click Here

SELECTIVE LEARNING -- Getting The Most Out Of A Photo Workshop Or Conference - Getting the most out of the these conventions and trade shows is important and it’s your responsibility. Be honest with yourself – where do you need the most help? SOURCE: Skip Cohen http://goingpro2010.com/?p=778

IT’S REWARDING -- The Art of Keywording Photographs - Derrald Farnsworth-Livingston gives some tips on what you should do to maximize the keywords associated with your photography. For this exercise, I will be using the image above, “Mist and Melancholy” to help illustrate what keywords should be associated with this image. SOURCE: Derrald Farnsworth-Livingston http://blog.journeyoflight.com/2010/07/27/marketing-photography-part-iii-the-art-of-keywording-photographs/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TravelingTheJourneyOfLight+%28Traveling+the+Journey+of+Light%29
TAKEAWAY: Yes, keywording is tedious. But each time you have completed keywording a photo, imagine a photobuyer signing a check to you because your keywords attracted that buyer to your site where the purchase was made. -RE


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FINDING YOURS -- How many times have you heard it said that location is everything? For many buyers of stock images, location really is everything. One client was working on an informational book about Italian cuisine and had to have images that were actually shot in specific regions of Italy. Glow Images has a lot of great images of Italian food, but unless the keywords included the city and country, that client couldn’t even consider them.
http://www.glowimagesblog.com/2010/07/26/keywording-tips-for-stock-photographers-part-4-where-am-i/




WORDS TO SELL BY -- Seven Keywording Tips. Your images will sell better if you put a little extra effort to writing accurate keywords, and lots of them. Here are a few tips to help you master the art and science of keywording. http://www.bigstockphoto.com/blog/theupload/2010/07/keyword-tips/


04 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes




LEONARD NIMOY is most famous for his portrayal of Spock, the pointy-eared, half-Vulcan science officer on the Starship Enterprise, on Star Trek. However, it’s an image he’s wanted to escape for a long time. Indeed, the actor even published a book entitled I Am Not Spock, but the persona has proved hard to shed. Still, Nimoy hopes that people can see beyond Spock in his new photography exhibit, entitled Secret Selves, that opens Saturday at Mass MoCA. In fact, Nimoy has been an accomplished photographer for nearly as long as he’s been Spock, and his work has been collected by several museums.
Secret Selves contains 26 color photographs
, 11 of them life size, and is Nimoy’s first solo show at a major museum.
http://thecelebritycafe.com/feature/%E2%80%98star-trek%E2%80%99-actor-leonard-nimoy-debuts-photography-exhibit-07-29-2010

BEST FOOT FORWARD -- The Signature Image: A Fine-Art Photographer Looking for New Gallery Representation - Industry experts weigh in on which image a fine-art photographer should use in marketing his work to gallery owners. SOURCE: Michael Foley http://www.pdnonline.com/pdn/content_display/photo-news/fine-art/e3i397236cd72a25e485fa8394cf73b0499



04 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



“Above all, I craved to seize the whole essence, in the confines of one single photograph, of some situation that was in the process of unrolling itself before my eyes.”
Henri Cartier-Bresson (French Photographer, 1908-2004)


04 Aug, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes



1840 - August 18
- A class photograph of the Yale College class of 1810 at their 30th reunion in New Haven, CT was taken by Professor Samuel Finley Breese Morse. He made 35 daguerreotypes, each a half-inch square.

1908 - August 28
- Photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson was born in Chanteloup, France.



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