Archive for January 2011

26 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes


26 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

January 27th 2011

26 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

Selling your photos and making money
Travel Photography Tips
Your Editorial Stock Business

Home Office
Learn from an experienced photo editor
Get Prints That Match Your Display!
SHOW OFF YOUR STUFF Should you copy another photographer's work?
Apple Gives $10,000 to the One Who Downloads 10th Billion

Travel Tips To Safari Photography
The journalistic approach to travel photography
When to include ownership meta data
Yuri Arcurs, Leading Microstock Photographer, Interviewed
How to Evaluate a New Microstock Agency
Owner Blames New Digital Era For Store Closure
The Other Side to the DMCA Takedown Notice.
Brady’s Civil War Journal
Let a Blog bring customers to your website
Julian Block’s Easy Tax Guide
The Photographer's Ultimate Toy Kit
Should You Buy Used Photo Gear?
Photo Contests

26 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

Those Valuable Minutes Each Day

Do you enjoy selling your photos and making money? If you answer no to that question then the rest of this article would be a waste of your time. If your answer is yes, then consider this:
Time, to the creative person, is more important than money. It’s something money can’t buy -- so if you’ve been squandering your time, you’ve been tossing away your potential profits, much like the lemonade stand proprietor who, without disciplining himself, drinks his profits.
Creative people are famous for wasting time by spending it trying to make money to support their creative habit. They spend time moonlighting at a fast-food restaurant or a construction job to gain the money to buy tripods, cameras, disks, lenses. Because they take time away from their picture-taking and picture marketing, they find themselves going financially and professionally backwards.


Others squander their time on activities that have little to do with their mission of marketing their pictures. If you are a home gardener, did you ever figure out how much time you spend in your garden? One hour a day for 6 months is 180 hours. What kind of solid Market List could you build if you devoted 180 hours to your Market List this spring and summer? Once you discover which editors are out there with $10,000 to 30,000-a-month photography budgets waiting for your specialized photographs, those golden homegrown carrots won’t be so liable to distract you from operating your own real gold-making machinery.
I’ve heard all the alibis gardeners, golfers, dog trainers, hikers, and tennis players have when I ask them why they are pursuing these hobbies rather than building a solid Market List. I have a three-word reply for them: “Excuses, excuses, excuses.” This is not to say you can’t also enjoy your varied interests. Just get serious about your time management.


And finally, there is the ambitious go-getter who moonlights as a short-order cook, in-between night classes and a full time job. “I really have no time!”
This sounds like a foolproof excuse, but consider this: Just 15 minutes a day is 91 ¼ (that’s ninety-one and a quarter) hours a year! In one year a person could be well on his/her way to successfully selling their photos, if they disciplined themselves to spending 15 minutes a day on building a Market List, adding text descriptions to thise photo metadata or/and PhotoSourceBANK*, or refining those tags and descriptions. In one year they could quit that counterproductive short-order cook job (4 hours a night = 800 hours a year!) and become a valuable resource to a number of editors who have a constant need for photos in the subject areas the photographer specializes in.
How to get started: If you have a copy of one my early stock photography books, or find one on for $3.95, get it, because the marketing information in it is invaluable to you. The digital and Internet delivery information may not be right up to date in an older copy, but the marketing strategies are ageless. Review Chapter Four (pages 75-78) in "Sell & ReSell Your Photos." In four weekends, you could be off and running-- and kissing excuses, excuses, goodbye.

Rohn Engh is director of PhotoSource International and publisher of PhotoStockNotes. Pine Lake Farm, 1910 35th Road, Osceola, WI 54020 USA. If you sell your photos, check out his website. E-mail: info[at]photosource[dot]com . Fax: 1 715 248 3800. Web site: or


26 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

MARK EDWARD HARRIS -- Inspiring Minds : Travel Photography Tips by Mark Edward Harris.

26 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

New Address

Danny Meldung, B.A., M.A.
Photo Affairs, Inc.
Photo Research & Permissions
9030 Leslie St., unit #205
Richmond Hill, Ontario
L4B 1G2
Tel: 905-907-0070
Fax: 905-907-0071

Old Address

Canelli Height Crt Unit 36
Old Thornhill ON L4J 8V5

26 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

Saving Money in Your

Editorial Stock Business

by Mikael Karlsson

One of the most well-known talk radio hosts on financial matters is Dave Ramsey. His mantra is always the same. Don't go into debt. If you can't afford to buy something without going into debt simply don't do it.

While this makes a lot of sense it's not always practical, especially for those of us who are running a business. Keeping up with demands from customers you'll sometimes find that you need to invest in new equipment before you can pay cash. There's also always the risk of technology and equipment simply breaking down and needing immediate replacement.

One way of saving money is not to spend money on taxes that by legal right you’re not required to. Of course, check out this financial strategy with a registered tax advisor who deals with home-office entrepreneurs. You’ll be surprised about some deductions you were missing – and therefore losing money on.

Here are a few tips.

Home Office deductions

Many folks used to be reluctant to take a deduction for having an office in their homes. It was thought that this somehow made the IRS think you were trying to cheat on your taxes. This simply isn't true anymore and the fact is that if you have an office dedicated to your stock photo business use in your home you are likely eligible for significant deductions on your taxes.
Ask your local tax expert(s) for help with the details. The key is to measure your office space in your home and relate that measurement to your total living area. This includes a percent of the cost of upkeep and improvements to your office area as it relates to your normal home expense. If it works out to 1/8 (in measurement) to the size of your home, then the heating/air conditioning expense is reduced by 1/8. So it goes for your new roof. One caveat in this area: If you sell your house, and therefore your business office, these deductions may be retrievable by the IRS, depending on current IRS rulings.

Are you taking all the deductions you can and are allowed by the law? Do you keep records that are viable enough to see you through an audit? There is a huge potential for savings on your yearly tax-bill. Especially if you have invested in computers, software, web design help, cameras/lenses, photocopier, or any other expensive equipment for your business.
I recommend that you check with a local CPA for your taxes. Maybe even have one do your taxes for you. I do, both for my business as well as the personal taxes for my wife, Ruth,and myself. The cost is roughly $200 per year but the savings making sure I take advantage of the allowable deductions quickly cover and outweigh the cost.
And if your tax advisor is knowledgeable in the area of intellectual properties you might be able save even more since that person will be aware of deductions that a person from, say H&R Block, might not know about.

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


26 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

Name: Steven Begleiter

Phone: 406-546-7604

Email: begleiter[at]mac[dot]com

Dates#1: 3/30/11 to 4/10/11

Destination#1: Yucatan, Mexico, Merida

Comments: I will be traveling to Merida, Mexico then Celestun on the Gulf of
Mexico and will be visiting Mayan Ruins

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Name: David Bailey

Phone: 719-338-4384

Email: dbimages[at]aol[dot]com

Dates#1: July 2011

Destination#1: England: London & Cambridge

Dates#2: July 2011

Destination#2: France: Paris, Reims

Dates#3: July 2011

Destination#3: St Petersburg, Copenhagen, Berlin, Stockholm, Tallinn,

Comments: Accepting travel, landscape, people, architecture, culture,
destinations and cruise stock requests for listed countries.

26 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

SHOOTING CHALLENGE -- Long exposure. Night and Day. Say, for instance, tonight is a full moon. And whether you live in the country or the city, you'll take a picture tonight, but you'll make it look like day. How? That's the challenge.

PHOTO EDITING WITH GARY CRABBE – An often overlooked skill that is essential for all photographers to learn is photo editing. One of the best methods to improve one’s photo editing skills is to learn from an experienced photo editor. For that task Jim Goldstein approached professional photographer and photo editor, Gary Crabbe, who was kind enough to share his knowledge on the subject.

MONITOR VS PRINT -- – Beyond Monitor Calibration – Get Prints That Match Your Display! - One of the most frustrating things that can happen to any photographer is getting prints that don’t look like the image that we saw on our monitor. Free Webinar, Tuesday, February 15th , 1PM EST SOURCE: Scott Bourne

BUILDING A BETTER ONLINE PORTFOLIO - Heads-up on a great free webinar happening Thursday, January 27 4-5pm Photographer portfolio expert and Pulitzer Prize-winning photo editor Stella Kramer will be leading a very informative PhotoShelter webinar titled "Build a Better Online Portfolio." SOURCE: PhotoShelter.

26 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

SHOW OFF YOUR STUFF -- BLURB is planning a premium photo book offering. CEO Eileen Gittins outlined some of the changes coming in 2011 to the popular photo book printing service. They include a premium offering aimed at working photographers, designers and other creative types that will include more paper, cover and end sheet options. SOURCE: Rob Galbraith

26 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

Should you copy another
photographer's work?

You'll be surprised
at the answer.

26 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

SHOULD I HIRE A PHOTO EDITOR? - Former Art Buyers and current photography consultants Amanda Sosa Stone and Suzanne Sease have agreed to take anonymous questions from photographers.
Question: I am a Photographer trying to branch out to a new market, Travel and Leisure. Do you think it's important to have a photo editor edit my website and portfolios? I have been getting the comment, “I like your work. I wish it had a tighter edit and a little more focused.” SOURCE: A Photo Editor

26 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

BIG PRIZE -- Apple Gives $10,000 to the One Who Downloads 10th Billion App, MacPhun Gives Additional $5,000 MacPhun LLC, developer of photo and video apps, promises additional bonus from $1000 to $5000 to the one who downloads the 10th billion app from the App Store. $1000 – if it is any app from Photography category,

AOL Set to Launch ‘Editions’ iPad Magazine App
AOL appears to be readying an all new magazine app designed specifically for the iPad. The app, titled Editions, appears to be a news reader in the style of the popular Flipboard and Pulse news readers. While the company has not released details about their latest push into the Apple App Store, they did release a video on YouTube talking about the new app.

26 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

HIGH FLIERS -- East Africa Safari Helicopter Flights,Travel Tips To Safari Photography. Anthony Juma: “Are you planning for a safari? Do you know what are the problems you will face while on your safari? Then if not, we have A Travellers Quide To Safari Photography for you." SOURCE: Anthony Juma.

SHOWING THE CULTURE -- If we are to define iconic travel shots as the broad, symbolic images that establish the mood of a place, then cultural shots are the images that fill in the details and tell the rest of the story. They bring the viewer into the location and offer them an intimate perspective of life itself, as it exists everyday for the people who live there. In that sense, they are the journalistic approach to travel photography. SOURCE: Dan Bailey

Fort Smith National Historic Site
At Fort Smith National Historic Site you can walk where soldiers drilled, pause along the Trail of Tears, and stand where justice was served. The park includes the remains of two frontier forts and the Federal Court for the Western District of Arkansas. Judge Isaac C. Parker, known as the “hanging judge,” presided over the court for 21 years.
SOURCE: Greg Disch

26 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

Roll Back !

Here's our section on good questions asked in past issues.

Good Question!

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Back in 2009, “photo metadata” was becoming the buzz-word.

Rick, James and Rodney talk about photo metadata.


I wish to submit images to one of the posts in PSI daily.
They want me to include ownership meta data, photographer's name/contact info,caption and credit info. Do I simply do this by adding info into the file name, or how is this done?
If possible please send an example of a photo with this info along with directions as to how to go about it.
Thank You _ _Rick Nemish

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Metadata is text embedded in the image file itself and has nothing to do with the file name. You can't see metadata without software that can read it. In Photoshop it's the text accessed by File Info.

Metadata allows you to include caption, keywords, licensing info, and most important, your contact info.
You can find more info about metadata on my company's site at []

Also see:
[] or []

James Cook Creator of: METAmachine

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It is worth checking this site out:

Rodney _ _ _

26 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

FRONT RUNNER -- Yuri Arcurs, Leading Microstock Photographer, Interviewed.
John Lund:
”Like most 'traditional' stock photographers I wish microstock had never happened…but it did and now it seems to be the 600-pound gorilla of the stock photo industry. But as much as many of us blame microstock for the decline in our ability to earn a living, some individuals seem to have mastered the medium and are actually doing phenomenally well…and at the front of that pack is Yuri Arcurs

REASONABLE EARNINGS? -- How to Evaluate a New Microstock Agency - Lee Torrens: "When a new microstock agency launches there’s always a pitch for contributors. Sometimes we jump on board and contribute, and sometimes it works out and the agency eventually starts generating reasonable earnings. But most of us have also seen the time and energy we spent submitting go down with the agencies that fail." SOURCE: Lee Torrens

26 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

GONE WITH THE WIND: Photo Supply Store Owner Blames New Digital Era For Store Closure. Like a tattered black-an-white photograph, Freddy Barrett Jr. knows small photo supply shops have become things of the past. Due to changes in the photography industry created by digital cameras and technological advances, Barrett is closing his store. SOURCE: Pam Haynes
PHOTO SOURCE: Freddy Barrett Jr.

Digital cameras have rapidly changed the face of photography. Photographers can now be divided into two categories. There are traditional photographers who view each advance in technology with suspicion. Then there are the digital photographers who think film photographers are still living in the dark ages.

26 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

IT CAN TURN YOU INTO A PIRATE – If you snap pictures of book pages at a book store for later reference, is this against the law? Nick Bilton asked Julie A. Ahrens, associate director of the Fair Use Project at the Stanford Law School. “The core issue here is that you are creating a copy of something rather than buying it,” she said. “Is it morally incorrect? Maybe. But it entirely depends how much of the book you copy, and what you do with that copy, that would determine if it was illegal.”
PHOTO SOURCE: Photo Illustration by The New York Times
TAKEAWAY: And now comes a question for photobuyers. Can, Researcher, Janet Doe take a photo of a photo with her cell phone she sees on the web and distribute it to several photo suppliers and ask, "Can you deliver a similar photo to me?"
Hmmmm. The Fair Use doctrine seems to think yes. We invite your response. -RE

PROTECTION: IT AIN’T EASY -- The Other Side to the DMCA Takedown Notice. The PhotoAttorney: "Photographers often use the DMCA Take down Notice Procedure to battle copyright infringement on the Internet. The Notice is a powerful tool especially when it may be difficult to recover damages from the infringer. But the infringer also has heavy arsenal. Specifically, the same provision of copyright law that allows for the takedown notice also allows the alleged infringer to file a counter notice."

26 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

Brady’s Civil War Journal Photographing the War 1861-65

By Theodore P. Savas

Forward by award-winning Civil War author Eric J. Wittenberg. With over 250 compelling images, Brady’s Civil War Journal captures behind-the-lines action and marks the first time in history when people on the home front saw the true nature of war.The photos were taken by Brady and his assistants.

$24.95, 10 ¼ x 11, 256 pgs, 265 photos
Hardcover, ISBN 978-1-60239-292-2
Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: November 2008

Theodore P. Savas is the author, coauthor, or editor of more than a dozen books including The Campaign for Atlanta and Sherman’s March to the Sea and A Guide to the Battles of the American Revolution as well as a score of articles in journals and magazines. He is currently managing director of Savas Beatie LLC, an independent publishing home.

26 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

Got a website that’s floundering

out in cyberspace....?

going nowhere, and nobody knowing

you even exist?

Your problem is no different than any merchant who loves to hear that tinkling bell when someone walks off the street and into the shop.

The problem is ‘traffic’. How do you get it????

That tinkling bell is gathering dust and getting rusty. I’ve got the answer for this.

Let me explain.

a website is o.k....

Q: What’s better?

A: a BLOG. . .

Google likes blogs. They contain. . .

· more current, up to the minute information for the visitor than standard websites

· plus valuable background information.

· Blogs are simple in design

· They feature uncomplicated navigation

· Plus a profile and picture(s) of you

And also FACEBOOK, Twitter, LinkedIn, MySpace etc.

· And Blogs feature a central subject plus your point of view on that subject.

· Blogs allow others to join in with their comments, additional insights and opinions.

· And for photographers, best of all:

· Blogs allow you to make an easy BRIDGE over to YOUR standard website.

· Or wherever you “warehouse” your large (or small) portfolio of images.

· And of course, to your shopping cart.

I've got something for you...

want to read more ?

26 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

Julian Block’s Easy Tax Guide for Writers, Photographers, and Other Freelancers: Trim Taxes to the
Legal Minimum

Julian Block

Available at:

Most freelancers, consultants and other self-employed individuals lose more than necessary to federal and state tax collectors.
But not the freelancers who know how to make the continually changing tax laws work for them.
Julian Block’s Easy Tax Guide for Writers, Stock Photographers, and Other Freelancers: Trim Taxes to the Legal Minimum is a reference that offers clear, concise, uncomplicated and immediately useful advice on how to sidestep pitfalls and take maximum advantage of frequently missed, perfectly legal opportunities that can save many thousands of dollars.

About the Author
Nationally recognized expert Julian Block is a syndicated columnist, former IRS special agent (criminal investigator) and attorney, who has been praised as a "leading tax professional" (New York Times), "an accomplished writer on taxes" (Wall Street Journal) and “an authority on tax planning” (Financial Planning Magazine).
He is a member of the New York Financial Writers Association and the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

26 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

ACCESSORIES -- The Photographer's Ultimate Toy Kit - If there is one thing photographers like almost as much as buying a new camera, it’s buying lots of little toys to go with it. Unfortunately, a lot of the more important accessories—flash units, filters, tripods—can be quite expensive.
But there are lots of really inexpensive and useful accessories that can save the day in a pinch. Jeff Wignall’s Top 10 Favorite Inexpensive Accessories SOURCE: Jeff Wignall;

GET USED TO USED -- Scott Bourne "Should I Buy Used Photo Gear? – The answer is a resounding yes – if the gear in question meets your needs. There’s little advantage in buying new most of the time. There are exceptions but for the most part, buying used is just a great way to save money and let someone else pay for the initial depreciation”. SOURCE: Scott Bourne

26 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

"The photographer's life is not getting any easier, except for such services as those offered by Rohn Engh. I have subscribed to his want lists since it was one yellow sheet--way too long ago to remember the year. But I can't forget the help those lists gave me as a beginning stock photographer, or the constant stream of new clients they brought me. I have also continuously benefited from his educative articles and books. As a pioneer, he has been imitated, but he was never equaled. I wish him long life."
- Victor Englebert, Photojournalist, Allentown PA

26 Jan, 2011 | 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.

Px3 Photography Competition

The "Prix de la Photographie, Paris" (Px3) strives to promote the
appreciation of photography, to discover emerging talent, and introduce
photographers from around the world to the artistic community of Paris.
Winning photographs from this competition are displayed in Paris and
published in the high-quality, full-color Px3 Annual Book.
Px3 Judges: Juried by leading editors, publishers, curators, gallery
owners, consultants, creative directors, and art directors, Px3 brings the
best of photography from across the globe to Paris.
Px3 Categories: Advertising, Photojournalism, Book, Book Proposals, Fine
Art, Nature and Portraiture.
Px3 Photographer of the Year
Both professional and non-professional photographers compete for the top
award, the Px3 Photographer of the Year and 3,000 Euros. The winner’s work
is publicized internationally, receives the spotlight at all events, is
exhibited in Paris, and published in the Px3 Annual Book.
Px3 Best New Talent (Non-Professionals and Students Only)
Non-professional photographers compete for the Px3 Best New Talent Award
and 2,000 Euros. The winner’s work is publicized and exhibited in Paris
and published in the Px3 Annual Book.
Deadline: March 31, 2011
For more information:

PX3's photography competition, Sports and Fans, is a one time theme
competition. Sports and Fans is now accepting submissions for any action
and adventure sports images and the culture and lifestyle surrounding the
following sports: Adventure Racing, Baseball, Basketball, Biking, Body Boarding, Bowling,
Breakdance, Cliff Diving, Enduro, Expedition, Freediving, Football,
Freestyle Soccer, Hang-gliding, Ice Climbing, Inline Skating, Golf,
Jumping, Kayaking, Kitesurfing, Motocross, Motor Bike Trial,
Mountaineering, Mountainboarding, Parachuting, Paragliding, Rock Climbing,
Rugby, Running, Sailing, Skateboarding, Skiing, Skydiving, Snowboarding,
Snowkiting, Snowmobile, Surfing, Swimming, Tennis, Trialbiking, Triathlon,
Volleyball , Windsurfing, Wakeboarding, Wingsuit Flying, and other sports.
1st Place: $2,000
2nd Place: $1,000
3rd Place: $500
DEADLINE: April 15, 2011
For more information:

The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards
The 2nd Edition of The Jacob Riis Award
FINAL DEADLINE: January 31st, 8:59pm PST
2nd Edition of the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers
FINAL DEADLINE: January 31st, 8:59pm PST
Portrait and People
FINAL DEADLINE: February 6th, 8:59pm PST
For more information:

Unlimited Submissions of Print or Digital Images
Exhibition: June 4-26 ,2011
A non-refundable fee of $40 will be charged for up to four
images and $10 for each additional image per artist. You
may submit any number of images. Checks should be made
payable to PMPE.
Please use only ONE format for each artists’ juried
entries. Your work will NOT be reviewed and NO refunds
will be given if more than one format is submitted.
i.e.: 2 framed and 2 digital images.
Over $1,000 will be distributed among the award winners.
For all inquires, please contact us:
Telephone: 215-862-9568
215-862-0582, the Mill during the show only
FAX: 215-862-3959
Web site:
Volunteers: volunteerpmpe[at]comcast[dot]net
Mill Address: 2619 River Road (Route 32),
New Hope, PA


26 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

MAUI PHOTO FESTIVAL & WORKSHOPS (Third Annual) Celebrates Digital Photography by Bringing Top Pro Photographers to the Most Photogenic Locations

Galveston FeatherFest Registration is under way for Galveston FeatherFest, one of the premiere birding festivals in the southeastern U.S. The ninth annual event is set for April 7-10. Serious birders looking to add to their life list, nature enthusiasts just getting started, and photographers at all skill levels will want to reserve their spot early.

INSPIRING THE CREATIVE SPIRIT - Beyond the Lens Photo Workshops now registering students for 2011.

ALASKA NORTHERN LIGHT PHOTO WORKSHOP -- Three separate weeks in March of
northern lights workshops in northern Alaska led by Nature Photographer
magazine columnist Andy Long.

26 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

"Saturate yourself with your subject and the camera will all but take you by the hand."
- Margaret Bourke-White

26 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

January 1823 – Matthew Brady was born near Lake George, New York.

26 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

MILTON ROGOVIN-- Photographer, Dies at 101. Milton Rogovin, an optometrist and persecuted leftist who took up photography as a way to champion the underprivileged and went on to become one of America’s most dedicated social documentarians. SOURCE: Benjamin Genocchio via Roy Iwaki

26 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

EN210 GeForce 210 512MB Graphics Card
The EN210 GeForce 210 512MB Graphics Card from ASUS is a powerful graphics card with 512MB of memory that delivers amazing visuals to your display. The video card is HDCP compliant, allowing seamless device connection and playback of copy-protected material. With support for VGA, DVI, and HDMI, the card can be used with a wide variety of displays. Bundled software provides chat and overclocking without the hassle of interrupting your game. The card offers full support for DirectX 10.1, and is excellent for playing graphics-intensive video games and watching high-definition movies.
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Forms & Letters Guide
The Forms & Letters Guide consists of a number of personalized business forms and letters, including a stock invoice, delivery memo, model release, property release, and so on. Each form and letter will be personalized with your name, address and contact information. Receive the guide now for only $29.95!
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Are You Taking The Best Photos Possible With Your Digital Camera?
If you want to really learn digital photography... if you have a digital camera but don't understand half of its features... if you are considering moving up from an old "film-style" camera to a digital camera, but aren't quite sure what kind of camera to get... this website was written just for you.
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25 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: st

Do You Need Model Releases?

“I have photographed children and teen dancers at a local dance studio. Now I want to put the photos on display in a gallery. Does an art exhibition, or photo exhibition, fall into the editorial category as per whether model releases are required or not? What can I do without a model release form? Can I exhibit and sell the photos or just exhibit them?”
one of our readers recently wrote.
This is definitely a gray area, depending on usage of photos. For editorial usage, this concerns your First Amendment Rights, which allow you to publish (sell for publication) or exhibit – without model releases -- photos you take in places open to the public, and at public events.
Like most legal matters, privacy law is open to interpretation. My comments on the subject of model releases are always directed to the use of your photos in editorial situations, i.e. to inform, educate, or entertain (not to endorse or advertise or be associated with a commercial product or event).
A community art show or photo exhibit is not unlike your local newspaper publishing a feature photo in its Home Life section, or on its website, and falls into the editorial category.

The real test of this question about whether you should be trying to get a release for such photos of children at dance class is whether a book, newspaper, or magazine (the basic customers of editorial photographers) who would publish the photos would be the target of a legal case brought by a parent. Over my forty years of observing editorial stock photography, it rarely happens that a parent objects to their child's picture being published or exhibited – unless the picture is unflattering or puts the child in a sensitive light. No attorney on a contingency basis would ever accept a case unless real invasion of privacy is the concern.
Our USA First Amendment covers this issue.
Frivolous lawsuits of this nature used to happen, it seems, more often in earlier years, the 70's and 80's. You'd think it would happen more now-- what with all the sensitivity and fear that's prevalent in our society these days. It may be that stock photographers have become gun-shy. They believe that they will get "grief" if they photograph people in public and then exhibit the photos at a show but fail to get a model release.

What's the result if you, as a stock photographer, photographing in the area of child development, domestic violence, social issues, child abuse, child safety, child welfare, etc. - if you don't capture poignant scenes of what's happening in your community? The other side wins. The pictures are not published and corporate or governmental interests who would wish you didn't expose their blemishes would be happy.
Eugene Smith, Henri-Cartier Bresson, Margaret Bourke-White, never walked around with a model release pad in their pocket. It's the publisher who gets in trouble when an irresponsible art director uses a picture in an insensitive way in the magazine's layout, that perhaps distorts the true situation. In other words, your neighbor's child's picture is used in a story about teenage gambling. Then a parent could rightfully take that publisher to court, and probably win - if the implication is not true.
Regards a neighborhood art show or photography exhibit, when in doubt, apply the Golden Rule. Ask yourself, "does this picture embarrass a friend or neighbor?" If it does, you might choose not to show it in your exhibit.
True, there are always extenuating circumstances, and different interpretations of the law in different parts of the country. You can run up against a burly security guard demanding that you not take pictures in his shopping mall.
Well, it so happens that's where you're going to find excellent subject matter on the subject of community life. If a security guard at a public place attempts to take your camera or even hassle you unnecessarily, a call to the police on your cell phone would not be out of order, even perhaps to arrest the guard for attempted theft of your camera.
By the way, be sure to carry around a "Bust Card" in your camera bag. It's available in PDF form at /library/bustcard.html> It outlines your rights as a citizen, and is a reminder you can show to a security guard or policeman when necessary.
To be hesitant about photographing a child in public because you've heard stories that "you could get in trouble," is to deprive the viewing public of information and insight and of your talents and the way you see the world. You have to ask yourself the question, "Is this picture worth it? There's a 1% chance that it'll result in great hassle for me, and a 99% chance that it'll belong in a retrospect of my work."
If you have heard (usually from uninformed or misinformed photography instructors and photo columnists) that you need a model release for a picture of a child or adult taken in public, here's a challenge for you:
If you can document a case in the United States where a photographer was taken to court for publishing a picture in editorial usage without getting a model release, I'll reward you with a year's subscription to any service we have at PhotoSource International.
Take note that I've said, "documented." Photographers, Internet gossips, and my fellow photo columnists continually perpetuate the myth about model releases and all the trouble you can get into when taking such a picture in public. But when asked for follow-up documentation, so far (for thirty years) it has never been forthcoming. This challenge always quiets the naysayers.
So there. Photograph in public freely. Exhibit your work, and sell your child dance photos for editorial usage, in the spirit of "informing, educating or entertaining the public." No judge in a court of law is going to fault you for that if you are sincerely engaged in editorial photography. It's your right. Even more so, it's your duty to protect that right, by challenging those who would suggest it is not.

As an editorial stock photographer you are going to find much more enjoyment when you are photographing subject matter that you like to take. Learn more about how to sell those pictures at PhotoSource International and the PhotoSourceBANK, Pine Lake Farm, 1910 35th Road, Osceola, WI 54020 USA. Rohn Engh is director of and publisher of PhotoStockNotes. E-mail: info[at]photosource[dot]com Fax: 1 715 248 3800;

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January 20th 2011

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The game of selling photos
The top pet peeves.
Coming up with new stock photo treatments
How to Take Great Portrait Photographs
Shoot Where You Are
AWebsite that allows amateur Photographers to receive critiques
Learn to make the marketable photo
Your Photography Business Plan for 2011
How do you increase the likelihood of catching Something really special?
Responding to photo requests by email for the first time
A new twist to the internet-based stock photography market
Royalties Fall as Microstock Opens for Photojournalism EnthusiastsThe latest addition to the fold is a “sports magazine
Neither side is giving up its legal position regarding the Obama Hope poster.
commonly asked Copyright questions
Corbis says it will prevail in latest "right of publicity" case.
How to Shoot Great TravelPhotos
PhotoStockNOTES/Plus is for you.
Locating Long Tail Keywords with Less Competition
Embedded Photo Metadata -- Will it help your SEO?Jonathan Webber photographs the life and history of uptown Charlotte.
Tokyo photography museum takes a look into the future
Lennon fans that aren't able to check out his photography exhibit
Want to save money on taxes?

19 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

The Two Faces of

Stock Photography

Who are the players in the game

of selling photos?

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

To get a clear picture of this, take a magazine and tear out all the advertisements. The photos that remain are what we call “editorial photography” [game 1]. (The ads are “commercial photography” [game 2].)
Stock photography is used in both areas, but with some big differences.

Most commercial photos are shot in studios or on contrived locations. They conform to the wishes of several parties: the client, the ad agency, and the art director(s) -- the photographer doesn’t have much say in it except to click the button.

Editorial photos meet the wishes of the editors of a magazine, book, or newspaper and/or, a photo researcher, but first and foremost the photo initially meets the wishes of the photographer. The editorial photographer has complete control of the image.

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


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

Buyers in the commercial field, range from graphic design houses, to corporate art directors, to ad agency creative directors. There's much turnover in these positions, so the ability to develop a consistent working relationship with these markets is frustrating and difficult.
In the editorial field, the buyers range from photo editors at books and magazines, to photo researchers--the people who are hired by publishers and art directors to seek out highly specific pictures.
There's less turnover and more longevity with editorial buyers. Editorial stock photographers can enjoy strong long-term working relationships with photobuyers in the editorial field, -- which translates to more consistent sales.
Welcome aboard!

Rohn Engh is director of PhotoSource International and publisher
of PhotoStockNotes. Pine Lake Farm, 1910 35th Road, Osceola, WI 54020 USA. If you sell your photos, check out his website. E-mail: info[at]photosource[dot]com . Fax: 1 715 248 3800. Web site:


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Rebecca Horne
Title: Photo Editor
90 Fifth Ave, 11th Fl
New York , NY 10011
212 624 4783

replaced by

Randi Slatken
90 Fifth Ave, 11th Fl
NY NY 10011
212 624 4783

19 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

The Photobuyer Survey

Interview Section

Emily Tietz is a freelance photo researcher who works mostly with textbook publishers.

Mike: The top pet peeves on stock photographer's web sites were music, poor search engines, too much personal non-photography related info/bio, and heavily watermarked photos were the top pet peeves on stock photographer's web sites according to the survey results.

What are your pet peeves and why? (Only individual photographer's site - not agencies)

Emily: You've named some of my peeves...
Music: Music is just distracting and I mute my computer immediately.
Watermarks: When images are too heavily watermarked it becomes hard to confidently select content because of not being able to clearly see the image.
"Messy"-looking sites: If there are too many brightly-colored fonts, a mixture of font sizes and styles, and flashing things it's sensory overload and I don't linger long. There's too much clutter to wade through to figure out what I need. No obvious "search" line. This is related to messy-looking sites. I am always surprised when I have to search for the search function - sometimes even by having to go to a different page than the homepage. If it takes too many steps to be able to search, I'm not likely to return unless I'm desparate.
No obvious way to make contact.

Mike: We asked the participants in the survey to give us their take on what great customer service from stock photographers looks like to them. We got lots of different views. Among the top ones were speedy replies and speed in invoicing/granting usage rights. What would great customer service look like to you? And, how do the photographers you work with rank on customer service to you?

Emily: Again, you've named it: Speedy responses. Also, having a website that's easy to navigate. Finally, creating an invoice that addresses what I've asked for. When I send out a billing request I always include a short list of items that need to be included on the invoice. It's not unusual to then receive an invoice that only includes a partial amount of the needs and I have to go back to the photographer to get it redone.

Mike: In your experience, what can stock photographers do to be better at filling the needs of photobuyers if you were giving an accomplished photographer who is starting out or starting over in stock photography a short lesson in the most important aspects of what they should think about in marketing and
licensing their work to photobuyers?

Emily: I'd say to pay attention to the two issues you've addressed above - especially to invest the time and resources into creating a usable, professional-looking site. Electronic rights and password protected websites are becoming more prevalent, so they should think about how they want to handle that. Large textbook publishers tend to work mostly with large photo agencies. However, the marketing from an individual that I will linger on is usually an email with a brief (3-5 sentence) introduction by the photographer of the subjects he/she focuses on, their full contact information, and a link to a clean-looking, easily searchable site. . . including a couple of their best shots in the email itself is good for enticing me to click the link to see more.

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 from where he sells his photos. He is currently US correspondent for 12 Swedish magazines and a regular contributor to a wide variety of U.S. publications. Reach him at mike[at]photosource[dot]com.

Want to get a copy of the Photobuyer Survey? Go to

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Name: Damian Davies

Phone: +44 (0)7767-787351

Email: dd[at][dot]uk

Dates#1: Feb 2011

Destination#1: Courchevel, Val d'Isere, etc (Alps)

Dates#2: Feb 2011

Destination#2: Turin

Comments: In February I will be undertaking some commissions in the Three
Valleys ski resort area of France (Courchevel, Val d'Isere, Meribel, Val
Thorens, Les Menuires, St Foy etc) along with Italian Alps including
Sestriere, Sauze d'Oulx and Turin.

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MAKEOVER -- John Lund: “Often re-visiting old ideas and concepts, such as (in this case) business people on ladders, and coming up with new treatments and your own personal vision and style can boost the success of your stock photo production efforts.”

PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY -- Tips – How to Take Great Portrait Photographs
A portrait photograph should communicate something interesting or attractive about the subject. There are certain portrait photography tips which can help you take great photos. SOURCE: Katherine Murphy ;

SIMPLE SHOOTING -- Shoot What You Have, Shoot Where You Are - One of the lessons that I’ve recently learned and have tried to take to heart is a simple one… just shoot. Don’t obsess over having your entire lens collection with you so that you can get the “perfect” shot. Chances are you’ll miss the shot while you’re fumbling with a lens change, anyway. And don’t forgo taking the shot if the light isn’t “just so”, shoot what you see. You’re there, you have the opportunity, and even if conditions aren’t perfect. SOURCE: Tiffany Joyce

Step by Step: How’s Your Website? Everyone has their own opinion on what makes an effective website, but here are the only things that matter: When people find your website, do they stay and look around or, are they gone in a flash moving on to one of your competitors?” SOURCE: Skip Cohen

19 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

CRITIQUE -- New Photography Website is a newly launched photography website that allows amateur photographers to receive critiques of their photos directly from world-class professional photographers offering amateur photographers a critique on the Internet.

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Are you following the same foot tracks as other photographers?

Are your photos indistiguishable from your photographer friends?

Learn to make the marketable photo,-the ones that photo editors are interested in.

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BEHIND THE SCENES – A Commercial Shoot by Tamara Lackey – “I recently shot an on-location, full-day commercial shoot for a beauty products’ lifestyle and wellness blog. The goal of the shoot was to showcase a family in its natural environment, including the time they spent together cooking in the kitchen.” SOURCE: Scott Bourne ;
PHOTO: Tamara Lackey

FIGURING THINGS OUT -- Your Photography Business Plan for 2011 - Andrew Fingerman: "What will your photography business look like by January 2012? If you're like many photographers I know, you've got a general sense that things will continue to turn out ok as long as you keep doing what you're doing. That's no business plan."
Andrew Fingerman gives what he calls an "exercise" that can be completed in a few hours, or a few days. Think of each bolded section below as a new section of your 2011 plan, and let's get started...
PHOTO: Andrew Fingerman

WHAT’S NEW? -- - On February 11 and 12, Selina Maitreya will present “Clarion Call” a FREE two-day telesummit (phone webinar) for professional photographers. Selina says, “If there’s one thing I know about the photography industry there is always something to learn. Yet, who we learn from is extremely important.” With that in mind, she is bringing together an amazing group of photographers, clients and industry suppliers. SOURCE: ASMP

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REALLY SPECIAL STUFF -- Q&A from StackExchange. What I'd like know is what recommendations do you have to make travel photos more compelling? How do you move from moderately interesting shots to something really engaging? Are there photo principles that apply especially to traveling? How do you increase the likelihood of catching something really special? Are there any recommendations on post-processing hundreds or thousands of different subjects? SOURCE: Stackexchange;
PHOTO: Kendell Gelner

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Roll Back !

Here's our section on good questions asked in past issues.

Good Question!

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Questions - Sumitting to Photo Requests
Posted by: ewpnet (IP Logged)
Date: December 9, 2009 03:58AM

Hi, I am new to direct sales stock photography. I've licensed my images through small stock agencies in the past, but am new to working directly with photo editors. I recently subscribed to the PhotoDaily / Photoletter and have a few questions:

(1) When I have images matching a PhotoDaily / Photoletter request, do I go ahead and setup a lightbox and email the photo editor? Or do I need to contact them first and obtain guidelines prior to responding to the photo request?

If I need to request guidelines, is it proper to send an email to a photo editor (whom I've never corresponded with before)? Or do I need to go through the formal process of mailing them samples / letter, etc. or otherwise introducing myself in some way?

(3) What is the best etiquette / proper form for responding to photo requests by email for the first time? I'm assuming short and sweet... Do I introduce myself or cut straight to the chase?

(4) When you submit by postal mail, you send a delivery memo. Do I need to do something similar when submitting images by email or low-res lightbox images?

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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I believe most of your questions are answered
in the various PhotoSource materials, but it's been years since I mailed anything. Even when the images are transparencies, I now scan them.

If I believe I have what an editor wants, the last thing I want to do is allow someone else to get their attention before I do. So I make sure to get something in front of their eyes as soon as I can. If I need more information, I can pursue that too, but I need to let them know that I have what they're looking for.

That said, I don't load up an email with images. I may include one or two of modest size to get their attention, but I provide links to higher rez and possibly a larger selection. Then I post those images to my web site where they can look at them at their convenience and with a browser - which is far better than most email programs for viewing images. I also avoid overloading them with a lot of similars, which I've seen some people do. You have to be your own critical editor.
With digital images I include a delivery memo on submissions. It details what I've submitted and identifies each image positively - I go by serial numbers. It also notes the purpose of the submission and whether or not any usage is authorized.

Each image also includes metadata with my copyright and contact info so if it gets inadvertently separated from all other identification, it's still covered.

James Cook

Creator of:

original Q&A:,10337,10341#msg-10341

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NEW TWIST -- Irish start-up Picturk to create images of the future - Picturk, the recent winner of the NDRC ‘Lift Off’ competition, has set its sights on bringing a new twist to the internet-based stock photography market – through ethical crowd sourcing using local camera clubs.

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EDITORIAL PHOTOS -- Royalties Fall as Microstock Opens for Photojournalism Enthusiasts - Kara Udziela, an iStock spokesperson says, “There is also a constant need for photos that tell stories about travel and lifestyles or those that provide social commentary. If other microstock sites follow iStock’s lead and also start selling editorial-only images, contributors will have to ask themselves why they’re accepting iStock’s maximum 20 percent when Fotolia starts at 25 percent and Dreamstime at 30 percent. SOURCE: Dean
PHOTO: H.T. White

19 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

Yahoo's Latest Play at Growing a Media Empire -- A New Sports Magazine
The latest addition to the fold is a “sports magazine,” ThePostGame, which Yahoo says will create a place for longer and more universal sports content that doesn’t currently have a comfortable home in the existing sports vertical. SOURCE: E.E. Boyd
(Go Packers!)

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STALEMATE -- AP and Fairey Settle Copyright Case - After a nearly two-year court battle over Shepard Fairey’s unauthorized use of an AP photo in the Obama Hope poster, AP and Fairey have reached an amicable settlement. Really amicable. Neither side is giving up its legal position regarding the Obama Hope poster.

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EASY, FAST, & CHEAP -- Q&A – Copyright Registration Issues – Carolyn Wright answers a couple of commonly asked questions.

PUBLIC PHOTOS -- Defiant Corbis says it will prevail in latest "right of publicity" case - "This case and the previous two cases are not only about celebrities," Dan Perlet, Corbis's director of communications, tells BJP. "They actually include any photograph that features a person, whether or not they are recognizable or famous, that hasn't been model-released. Any kind of editorial photography - not model released - would be affected."

19 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

How to Shoot Great Travel Photos
By Susan McCartney

A world traveler and master photographer shows us how to capture travel photos with digital and film cameras in this guide. Illustrated by more than 230 of the author’s own colorful images, How to Shoot Great Travel Photos presents a road map to the challenges and rewards of being a travel photographer.

Susan McCartney has traveled widely on assignment. This book is highly recommended for stock photographers wishing to break into the travel industry. Her photos have been featured in leading publications including Travel and Leisure, Travel Holiday, Glamour, Life, the New York Times Magazine, Popular Photograph, and Shutterbug.
Allworth Press
10 East 23rd Street
New York, NY 10010
ISBN 158115-326-0

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Don’t know anything about stock photography?

But would like to know more. . ?

Our marketletter…

is for you.

· you receive two current photo needs from photobuyers at magazine and book publishers every week (on Friday) who are seeking specific images for their upcoming publications.
· They pay between $25 and $100 for each photo.
· They let you know their deadline
· These are NOT microstock prices ($1-$5, etc.)
· Also, you receive the weekly PhotoStockNOTES, a newsletter that brings you up to date on all that’s happening in the field of stock photography.
You’ll quickly learn trade secrets and fresh new ways of selling your individual pictures.

You don’t have to be a “well-known” photographer to join PhotostockNOTES\PLUS.
As long as you have the picture they NEED, you are considered a knight in shining armor if you have the picture they need! (They’ve tried everywhere to find it…)

I’ve made a 5-minute video (see above)for you to explain just what the
PhotoStockNOTES\PLUS marketletter is.

Click here or copy and paste into your browser.

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DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY -- Gordeon Haff: Interchangeable Lens Compacts (ILCs) Significantly smaller than today's dSLRs, they're also referred to as micro-4/3 (after the mirrorless interchangeable lens standard used by many of these cameras) or the somewhat tongue in cheek EVIL which alludes to the Electronic Viewfinder that's an option for most models in this class. ) SOURCE: Gordon Haff ;

19 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

"I give you credit for getting me started in stock photography, as I purchased your book Sell and Re-Sell Your Photos many years ago, and followed the information in it for setting up my files of slides and finding photobuyers. In the last few years I have switched to digital and find I like it so much better. Thanks for all your help!"
- Doris J. Brookes, Photographer, Ash Grove, MO

19 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

DEATH VALLEY PHOTO WORKSHOP -- Next month is the Death Valley/Alabama Foothills workshop. Starts Feb. 10th .

CALIFORNIA COAST workshop -- Award winning local photography instructors Neil & Susan Silverman photographing the scenic Mendocino Coast March 16-20.

19 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

GRABBING KEYWORDS -- Advice on Locating Long Tail Keywords with Less Competition. Mfranklin: “So what exactly are long tail keywords? These are merely multi-phrase keywords that have up to three or more terms that are used when people conduct online searches to find a particular web site.

Embedded Photo Metadata
-- Will it help your SEO? David Riecks: “There have been several recent articles, that recommend adding embedded information to the images on your website in order to enhance your SEO. While the idea certainly has merit, there is one hitch to what they propose. That hitch is that while it is possible for automated search bots to be configured to read the embedded photo metadata embedded in digital images, there is no evidence to suggest that the search engines are currently doing this; nor is there any evidence that it will help with the SEO for your images or your website — at least not without some additional work. SOURCE: David Riecks,
TAKEAWAY: That doesn't mean that embedding metadata is not a good practice. It's just at this point in time, according to Riecks, that the practice has little value for those wishing to enhance their Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

19 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

LUNCH ON THE TOWN -- During lunch, while most of us make phone calls or run errands, Jonathan Webber photographs the life and history of uptown Charlotte, North Carolina.
"Everything we encounter is the product of its history, and a photo is a moment in that history," said Webber, a 43-year-old legal proofreader and Web administrator for a law firm.
Growing up with a father who photographed for clients like Walt Disney, George Lucas and Harry Langdon, Webber tried his hand at taking photos in college. But with film development still quite expensive, he eventually traded photography for less expensive pursuits like drawing and music. "Carrying my camera everywhere gives me a lot of opportunity to practice and has heightened my situational awareness. Keep your head on a swivel and your eyes peeled."
SOURCE: April Denee Baker ;

19 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

3-D PHOTOGRAPHY - Tokyo photography museum takes a look into the future
The Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography has entered a new dimension.
The museum's special exhibition this year concentrates on 3-D photography.

JULIAN LENNON -- To Showcase His Photography Online. For Lennon fans that aren't able to check out his photography exhibit in person: his work is going online.

LIFE -- Photographer Bob Gomel Looks Back at the 1960s in Dallas Exhibition: Multiple Exposures.

19 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

"I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn't photograph them. "
-Diane Arbus

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1928 January 17th – A patent was issued to Anatol M. Josepho for the “Photomation,” a fully-automated apparatus for developing photographic filmstrips. It is said that the inventor received $1 million for his invention, that he developed in a loft building on 125th St, New York City, and put into operation at 1659 Broadway, NYC.

19 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

MPro150 Pocket Projector

The MPro150 weighs only 5.6 ounces and measures 5.1" deep, 2.4 inches wide and less than an inch high. It's small enough to fit in your pocket to take anywhere.
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Julian Block’s Tax Tips for Stock Photographers gives you this important information.
Julian Block has been singled out by the New York Times as a “leading tax professional,” and the Wall Street Journal calls him “an accomplished writer on taxes.” He has published many books on tax issues and often contributes to magazines such as Consumer Reports, Money, Parade, and Reader’s Digest.
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Photography Posing Secrets Volume 2

One of the most popular forms of photography is portraiture. Whether you are an enthusiastic amateur or a seasoned professional you will almost certainly have been asked to capture someone's image. However, so will almost every other photographer. If you want your work to stand out in the crowd you need the ability to produce images that are in a different league.

Every photographer knows that a portrait should show more than just a person's physical appearance. A good portrait should also convey some of the character and spirit of the person. How many of your competitors know how to do this? Do you?
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January 13th 2011

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process of selling photos on the net
Conceptual stock photography has become popular.
14 Ways to Increase Photo Print Sales
Why You Should Only Want to Work with Certain Clients
How Sarah Silver Changed Her Marketing
It’s discussed on the Kracker Barrel this week
Love Your Images?
Fix it in Photoshop later
Two Old Magazines May Return
Copyright Protection For Product Photos
Suspicious photography
at Brooklyn Depot, NY.
The hidden history of China in photos
Pays $15,798 to Develop 1,580 Rolls of Unprocessed Kodachrome
Consider Before Posting Social Media Responses
Call for entries for their 68th annual “Picture of the Year” competition
One of America’s more insightful Chicago street photographers
Moab Utah Photography Workshops for 2011
How to embed photo metadata
How to make the marketable photo

12 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

Missing I.D.’s

In the process of selling photos on the Net, your images can possibly lose their identity; that is, their parent meta information. … No one then knows who owns them when that happens. They are either published without proper permission, or abandoned. You and photographers with similar photos in the same situation stand to lose revenue. Congress, they say, is attempting a remedy.

Most people feel compassion for orphans. How 'bout “photo orphans”? These are photos found in attic trunks, closet boxes, museum archives, and floating unattached in cyberspace. These photos essentially have no identity – other than what's depicted in the picture. There's nothing to indicate the photographer or the owner stamped on the reverse side or watermarked on the digital file. Nothing.

Here's the problem. A potential buyer sees an image and wants to use the picture for commercial use or otherwise. But there's no one to contact. We have an 'orphan.' So what's to be done?

Common sense says that if you're the customer, you try your best to locate the copyright owner. You document your attempts, and then after a reasonable amount of time, you give up and either use the picture (if your deadline hasn't passed), or you forget it.


This same dilemma rears its head with all sorts of copyrightable items (music, drawings, plays, illustrations, etc.).
With stock photography, publishers say they don't want a copyright infringement legal suit if they use the picture when they have no success with a reasonable search for its copyright owner. Photographers are saying that they are vulnerable because certain of their images have in some cases had the copyright information inadvertently or purposely separated from their images. Subsequently these images have fallen into the hands (sans i.d. info) of other publishers, professional and otherwise. The source properties of the image change or are changed each time a “user” publishes it, like a joke that gets embellished each time, making the rounds. No one knows who originally created the joke.
The end result, with an image, is that there is confusing photo meta data available or none at all.


Congress has been trying the last few years to see if it can't work up some legislation ( to resolve this dilemma. The whole intellectual properties community in the past, as well as stock photographers are in the discussion arena. Congressional bill was drawn up in committee and it was recommended that the Senate as a whole consider it. Although it was placed on a calendar of business, the majority party leadership determines the order in which bills are considered and voted on. Keep in mind that sometimes the text of one bill is incorporated into another bill, and in those cases the original bill, as it would appear when you study it, would seem to be abandoned. (Fun, isn’t it?)
Here at Photosource International, we take a place at the table not on one side or the other (researchers, publishers, art directors vs. photographers
and photo suppliers), but in the middle. We are the place where photo suppliers meet with photobuyers. One day we might talk about infringers on the Internet,
the next day it might be “the sharing of concepts and ideas” that contribute toward creative progress for us all.
Photo "borrowing" without permission is rarely a good thing - but there are times when someone needs to duplicate (copy) a photo because of a deadline, a national holiday, criminal trial, or other reasons - and the owner of the photo cannot be quickly found - for one reason or another.
The discussions about "orphan" photos will continue.

Rohn Engh is director of PhotoSource International and publisher
of PhotoStockNotes. Pine Lake Farm, 1910 35th Road, Osceola, WI 54020 USA. If you sell your photos, check out his website. E-mail: info[at]photosource[dot]com . Fax: 1 715 248 3800. Web site:


12 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

The Photobuyer Survey

Interview Section

Mikael Karlsson interviews...

Randall Larson who is the Editor of 9-1-1 Magazine.

Mike: Many of the photobuyers that participated in our survey mentioned that they dislike working with new photographers (as in new to the trade) because the hassles it potentially brings... such as unreliable photo quality, no real idea how important meeting deadlines is, etc. Is this something you have experienced?

Randall: "Because 9-1-1 Magazine focuses on emergency services and responses in which on-scene imagery may not always be the best quality ,we sometimes have to opt for whatever we can get, so I'm used to working with non-professionals (i.e., firefighters who carry a camera in their turnout gear, amateur photogs/firebuffs/ etc). Naturally the preference is for professional quality work. Non-pros inevitably turn in photos that are too low in resolution for magazine publication. I've even had naive PR people turn in Polaroid quality images to accompany a story they have provided for print.
"I don't mind working with new photographers but I make sure to inform them of our needs and resolution requirements. Web publishing - in terms of 'news photos' - can often make do with less than stellar photography, and for a one-of-a-kind emergency in-progress image I will sometimes accept something that I wouldn't touch in a pre-planned shoot."

Mike: Model and property releases are a big question for many photographers that are starting out or starting over in stock photography. Your magazine publishes photos of police in action, accident scenes, emergency responders in action etc. Do you require that photographers obtain releases for photos?

I "Generally do not, no, since most of the in-action images are news photos in which model releases are not necessary (at the same time I try to be sensitive to image content and avoid graphic excess [i.e., no dead bodies at accident scenes, no sensitive images of victimized children, etc.), but for specially posed shots (which we use only occasionally) a release is always a good idea. It often depends on the use to which the image is going to be put, but generally for the kind of in-action images I prefer to use, I do not require a release.

If you were to pick one or two categories (or more if you feel like it) of photos that you need for the magazine but you're having a hard time finding, what would those categories be?

Randall:"I get tons and tons of 'buildings on fire' images and car crash images. They're easy to take and there are tons of firebuffs and ambulance-chasing-photographers who take them. I'm not knocking it, but I need to be selective and look for something particularly unique in either the image or the composition of the photo.
"Since we focus on communications I often will look for a shot about emergency workers at an incident scene communicating, or of an image showing the command post in foreground and the scene in the background, or images of different types of emergency workers interacting
(police/EMS, highway patrol/fire command, etc). What I get less of are law enforcement in action shots (tougher to take since they are harder to find) or access crime scenes than fire scenes, which tend to identify themselves via huge columns of smoke). Not all photogs have time to undertake full shift ride-alongs [as you do] which is what it takes to get decent police images.
"Secondly, due to our communications specialty, are good photos of dispatchers at work in dispatch centers.
"Again, this takes pre-planning, approval, and willing dispatchers to be photographed (most dispatchers don't like it)."

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 from where he sells his photos. He is currently US correspondent for 12 Swedish magazines and a regular contributor to a wide variety of U.S. publications. Reach him at mike[at]photosource[dot]com.

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Name: David Bailey
Phone: 719-338-4384
Email: dbimages[at]aol[dot]com
Dates#1: July 2011
Destination#1: England: London & Cambridge
Dates#2: July 2011
Destination#2: France: Paris, Reims
Dates#3: July 2011
Destination#3: St Petersburg, Copenhagen, Berlin, Stockholm, Tallinn,
Comments: Accepting travel, landscape, people, architecture, culture,
destinations and cruise stock requests for listed countries.

12 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

CONCEPTUAL STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY – Best Selling Concepts. Conceptual stock photography has become increasingly popular. Many digital camera enthusiasts have found they are able to make extra money or even launch a career selling conceptual stock photography.
SOURCE: Ellena Wittman via John Best
TAKEAWAY. Hold on. The way the author describes it, this in no more than “cookie cutter” photography; that is, “you shoot what’s popular, what’s selling.” The obvious result is an overcrowded market, plus you become lost in the crowd of everyone shooting the ‘popular, current’ subject matter. Instead, shoot concepts, yes, but shoot what interests you most. You’ll find a market for it, - Don’t worry. Use Google to find which market (s) is waiting to buy the photography you love to shoot-… not what’s currently popular. –RE .

Five Ways To Know Your Photos Aren’t Cutting It. Scott Bourne: “ - It’s important to note that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. You may have different opinions, but try to focus on the general idea.

PRICING PRINTS -- 14 Ways to Increase Photo Print Sales - How can photographers sell more prints? Grover Sanschagrin asked a panel of photographers who have proven to be successful at selling prints. From their responses he was able to make a list of their top suggestions.
TAKEAWAY: Picasso once said, “You can sell a painting for $250, or $2,500, or $25,000. It all depends on how long you are willing to wait.”

12 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

2010 Breakdown of Print & Electronic Marketing Material Spending - Print accounted for less than half of spending on the production and distribution of branded content last year. For details on the spending breakdown, see the WhatTheyThink article. SOURCE: Patrick Henry via Terri Stone.

12 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

Are you using "symbols"

to improve your stock photography?

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THE TWO TYPES — and Why You Should Only Want to Work with One of Them – David Saxe: “I call them ‘amateur’ clients. This is to distinguish them from the clients I do enjoy working with — ‘professional’ clients. Here are the two client types as I see them. See how these descriptions compare with your experiences. SOURCE: David Saxe
TAKEAWAY: The beauty of editorial stock photography is -- you don’t have “clients.” They either need your image or they don’t. No hassling involved, or very little. There’s no choice to classify them if your next client is a wedding prospect. You can be pretty sure the client is an amateur. My hat’s off to wedding photographers. They must have the patience of Job – the successful ones. We can all learn from the wedding pros. Please invite a wedding pro to explain how they turn the feisty amateur into a kitten.

12 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

REVAMP -- How Sarah Silver Changed Her Marketing - About a year ago, fashion and beauty photographer Sarah Silver received a unique holiday gift from her rep, Kate Ryan of Kate Ryan Inc.—an appointment with a marketing expert, Beth Taubner of MercuryLab. The consultation eventually resulted in a complete overhaul of Silver’s branding. SOURCE: Jacqueline Tobin

12 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

IMPROVE YOUR TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY -- The answer to ‘How to improve your Travel Photography’ isn’t simple. There are a few things that can improve any photographer’s skills.

12 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

Stock photography is like a
moving parade . . . .

changes, changes, changes . . .

If you’ve read

Sell&ReSell Your Photos


You are probably wondering if there’s
an update to those 2 books.

Yes, it’s discussed on the
Kracker Barrel this week,

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ONE BIG MARKET? -- Lee Torrens: “Distribution of stock photos was previously much cleaner than it is now. Microstock photos were licensed at microstock agencies. Traditional Royalty Free & Rights Managed photos were licensed at traditional agencies. There was lots of cross-distribution within the traditional market, but it didn’t extend into microstock. And there was no cross-distribution within the microstock market itself. Agencies started to shift content between markets and open up the distribution channels. Then simplicity faded. Some of the new complexities are well known within the stock photo industry. SOURCE: Lee Torrens

12 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

LOVE YOUR IMAGES? -- John Lund: “ I recently read a post on a stock photo forum from a photographer in which he commented on how his 'personal work', placed with stock agencies, far outsells the work he shoots specifically for stock. I have heard that from more than one photographer. So why is that? It may be that this photographer's personal work is not competing with all the images that are flooding the market, images created by thousands of photographers with the intent and purpose of creating stock photos."

Skip Cohen -- “ The Basics - I know it’s simplistic, but I’m so tired of hearing young photographers say, 'No problem. I’ll fix it in Photoshop later!' You’re kidding yourself and even worse you’re losing credibility with potential clients! You need to understand the basics; exposure, composition, output and then you can fool around with Photoshop." Skip Cohen.

12 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

OLDE-TYME -- Two Old Magazines May Return In The New Year
A new year may see new life for two long-defunct publications. SOURCE: Pat Loeb
TAKEAWAY: And it would be nice to see SaturdayEveningPOST revived and all those Norman Rockwell covers.

12 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

New York Times

Sues NYPD Over

FOIL Practices

by Joel Hecker, Esq.

As you know, many photographers have had problems attempting to obtain government records pursuant to various Freedom of Information Law requests (commonly referred to as “FOIL”). Help may now be on the way!

The New York Times has commenced a lawsuit against the New York City Police Department for systematic and pervasive violations of New York State’s FOIL.

The Times alleges that it is the nation’s largest seven-day-a-week newspaper and newspaper website and that it actively covers breaking news stories about crime and law enforcement through feature pieces and in-depth articles that explore the underlying social and political aspects of crime, historic trends of criminal activity and law enforcement, and the success or failure of public policies. It further alleges that facts, reports, statistics, and other data from public records held by the police and other agencies are essential to this work. The Times claims that its work is important to public understanding of crime and law enforcement, and for democratic oversight of public institutions and public servants.

Under FOIL, all documents in possession of a public agency are presumed to be open to the public unless the agency can identify a specific statutory exception. This is so because FOIL imposes a broad standard of openness upon agencies of the government. The burden rests upon the agency to demonstrate if any particular exception is applicable. A “blanket” exception is simply not permitted.

The New York FOIL has defined specific time frames within which an agency, such as the NYPD, must respond. For example, the NYPD must respond within five business days to each FOIL request by either making a final determination or giving a date “which shall be reasonable under the circumstances of the request” for the agency’s response. If the request is denied in whole or in part and is then appealed, the agency is required, within ten business days, to “fully explain in writing to the person requesting the record the reasons for further denial, or provide access to the record sort.” FOIL does not permit any extensions to this ten day deadline.

The Times alleges that, as a matter of practice, the NYPD does not meet these deadlines, and that pervasive violations occurred routinely. Its petition sets forth four separate FOIL requests as examples of this pattern.

Request for Firearms Licensing

This FOIL request was for an electronic copy of the database containing the name and address of each New York City resident who had been granted a firearms license, a public record. The NYPD responded stating that a substantive response would require more than 20 days and estimated that a 90 day extension to August 24, 2010 was required. Thereafter, the NYPD’s response was to simply produce a paper printout of the names of license holders, but not addresses.

The Times filed an administrative appeal which was denied. The Times sent a letter challenging the legal basis for this denial and certified that the database would not be used for commercial fund raising. The NYPD responded by agreeing to provide “locality and zip code” but not the specific addresses nor the electronic version of the database.

Request for Crime Incident Reports

This FOIL request was for an electronic copy of the NYPD Crime Incident Database from January 1, 2004 to the present. This database contains information about each incident reported to the NYPD such as the date, time, location and nature of the incident. The request specifically excluded identifying information about victims and witnesses. The Times followed similar procedures as in the previous request and received similar responses and denials.

Request for FOIL Logs

This FOIL request was for an electronic copy of the NYPD’s tracking log which documents the handling of FOIL requests, and includes the number of requests, dates such requests were received, time taken to process each, and the disposition of each request. The Times followed similar procedures as in the previous requests and received similar responses and denials.

Request for Hate Crimes Database

This FOIL request was for an electronic copy of the database of each hate crime reported to the NYPD from January 1, 2005 to the present. This database provides the nature, date, time, location, and other information about each hate crime reported. The Times also followed similar procedures as in the previous requests and received similar responses and denials.

Alleged NYPD Patterns and Practices

The Times alleges that, in these four cases and others, the NYPD as a matter of practice fails to respond to administrative appeals within the statutory time limits, fails to consider or respond to administrative appeals from constructive denials (when there is no timely response one way or the other), fails to consider the individual circumstances of each request when setting a time table for responding to a FOIL request, fails to determine whether to grant or deny requests within the statutory time limit, and fails to set a date certain for production of records that is reasonable under the circumstances when a request is granted either in whole or in part.

The Times alleges that these and other acts demonstrate that the NYPD is continually and systematically in violation of FOIL. As a result, the Times contends the NYPD has impeded the Times in its efforts to fulfill its constitutionally protected role in a democratic society, and more specifically to do the type of investigative reporting it feels essential to its mission.

The Times issued a press release concerning the litigation, which stated that it had become increasingly concerned over the last two years about a growing lack of transparency at the NYPD, that types of information previously released was now being withheld, and that disclosures which could have been made quickly are being put on hold for months.

Relief Sought

The Times seeks two types of relief. The first is specific to these four requests, asks for a judgment declaring that the NYPD’s ongoing practices violate FOIL and directing that the NYPD immediately provide copies of the requested electronic databases.

The second is more pertinent to the photography industry and the public at large. It seeks an order directing the NYPD to cease each of these unlawful practices and to certify to the court at least semiannually that the NYPD is in substantial compliance with the procedural requirements of FOIL as well as providing the court with specific detailed data demonstrating such substantial compliance.

NYPD Response

The NYPD has denied these allegations, saying that “none of the FOIL requests about which The Times complains, is, in our view, ripe for litigation,” that the NYPD processes FOIL requests in accordance with controlling law, and that the NYPD would have no further comment since the issues are now in litigation.

The official NYPD response is currently due on January 15, 2011 and the petition is returnable in New York Supreme Court on January 20, 2011. There is a good likelihood that these dates will be extended to permit more extensive airing of the issues. We therefore will hear further on this matter in the future.

© Joel L. Hecker, 2011

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

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PATRIOTISM OR PARANOIA? -- Workers say there is suspicious photography at Brooklyn Depot. Transit workers say they have seen several suspicious people videotaping highly flammable natural gas tanks at the Jackie Gleason bus depot in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, NY.
TAKEAWAY: And be sure to read the two comments

12 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

CHINA -- The hidden history of China in photos. Photography is flourishing as an art form in China but a collection of rare early photographs reveal the country's long history with the medium.
Daguerreotypes and photographs from the period between 1840 and 1911,
which up till recently have not been widely collected or displayed. SOURCE: Laura Allsop ;

12 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

PASSION -- He pays $15,798 to Develop 1,580 Rolls of Unprocessed Kodachrome. The world's last photo-lab using the rare chemicals Kodak's Kodachrome film requires for developing ran out in December—but not before Jim DeNike rushed over 1,580 rolls of film he had lying around. Guess what they were of? SOURCE: [NY Times via PC Mag via Peta Pixel]

Product Review: - This flash-mounted accessory makes for a good addition to your kit. It’s dynamic enough for the most seasoned photographer and easy enough for the humblest of beginners. With this one attachment you have a positionable reflector, flag, and snoot all in one, giving you countless lighting options for even tricky situations. SOURCE: Jason D. Moore;

12 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

Grover Sanschagrin: -- “5 Points Photographers Should Consider Before Posting Social Media Responses - If you're like many photographers, you've created a Facebook 'fan page' for your business and/or a Twitter account to help get the word out, and you're hoping that somehow this is going to pay off in the form of more business. But what happens when questions and business leads start coming in? Grover Sanschagrin wasn't able to find a list of best practices for photographers, so he thought he would create one himself. SOURCE: Grover Sanschagrin. PHOTOSHELTER.

12 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

“Rohn Engh’s PHOTO TIPS are concise, current, and informative. I usually print the articles for future reference. Thank you!"
- Cheryl Warren Bradford, Photographer, Canada

12 Jan, 2011 | 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.

POY CALL FOR ENTRIES - Organizers of the Picture of the Year International competition have put out a call for entries for their 68th annual competition. The contest has categories for documentary photography, multimedia, and visual editing.
The registration and entry deadline is Friday, February 14, 2011.

12 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

Doris Derby -- was in the middle of the racially charged atmosphere that
defined life in Mississippi during the 1960’s, watching it unfold through the lens of her camera. A new Atlanta, Georgia exhibit: “Archives displaying Mississippi Civil Rights photography.” The Archives at Atlanta is located at 5780 Jonesboro Road, in Morrow. For more information about the exhibit in January and February , call (770) 968-2100. SOURCE: Curt Yeomans
SOURCE: Curt Yeomans

Vivian Maier -- evidently one of America’s more insightful Chicago street photographers, has at last been discovered. The release of every fresh image on the Web causes a sensation among the growing legion of her admirers. Ms. Maier’s streetscapes manage simultaneously to capture a redolent sense of place and the paradoxical moments that give the city its jazz, while elevating and dignifying the people in her frames — vulnerable, noble, defeated, proud, fragile, tender and often quite funny. SOURCE: David W. Dunlap NYTimes;

12 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

Moab Utah Photography Workshops for 2011 -- The remarkable landscapes of Moab Utah, Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, Dead Horse Point State Park and the Colorado River corridor attract professional photographers willing to share insights on technique, composition, inspiration, field photography fundamentals spiced with comradelier. Here is the 2011 list of workshops based out of Moab Utah.

12 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

TAG YOUR IMAGES -- How to embed photo metadata - Learn how to add photo metadata to your digital image files using popular professional software with some help from our tutorials. You can read them online, download as a PDF, or view many as a screencast /video tutorial. As soon as possible in their workflows, photographers and users should ensure rich metadata are present in all image files, including such fields as: Caption/Description; Keywords; Unique identifiers (such as working file numbers) SOURCE: the Stock Artists Alliance. (SAA)

12 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

STREET PHOTOGRAPHER EXTRODINAIRE. -- LA Art Show Debuts Never-Before Seen Works by Photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson. The 16th Annual Los Angeles Art Show, taking place January 19-23 at the Los Angeles Convention Center will debut a special exhibit of never before seen works by master photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson. Titled “Rarely/Unseen” the exhibit is curated by Peter Fetterman, owner of Peter Fetterman Gallery and will feature more than 35 photographs that have never been printed before.

12 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

"The negative is the equivalent of the composer's score, and the print is the performance."
-Ansel Adams

12 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

1857 - French photographer Eugene Atget was born in Libourne, France. He took more than 10,000 photographs of Paris architecture, monuments, and people.

12 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

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Segment Marketing

Learn Food Photography

APhotobuyer Speaks Out
Travel Shots In The Snow
Photographing fireworks
How To Avoid Pricing Yourself Out Of Business
Creation of the perfect press release
Website marketing success stories
The next stage of photo marketing
Photographers who deserve to be rewarded
Install the Kindle app for free
Photographers who shoot for Condé Nast publications
A great photographic opportunity.
Make a great travel photo
Devaluing the work of stock photographers
The last day Kodachrome film will ever be processed anywhere.
Banning video cameras when it comes to deliveries
No standard for how you number limited editions
harassed by JetBlue at JFK
Judge has handed photographer Daniel Morel a decisive pre-trial victory

05 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

If They Need It

In ancient times, customers visited a central marketplace for their shopping needs. Eventually civilization invented wheels that enabled sellers to travel out to potential customers, knocking on door to door, hoping for a sale.
Enter technology. Today, thanks to search engines and digital delivery, each of us now has the opportunity to sell photos to a segment of the market out there.
Here's an illustration. When we first moved to the farm, a young high school girl came to the door selling tomatoes. She said she loved growing tomatoes and had so many, she thought she'd sell them. Since we already had a garden, and plenty of tomatoes, I didn't buy any. I saw her later in the week and asked her how sales were going. "I had to throw them all out. Seems everyone grows tomatoes."
Several years later, I saw her at the Horse Creek Store. She had since married and had her toddler with her. "How are the tomato sales going?" I asked.
"I gave that up, she laughed. "But I started a new business. I love animals,especially “shelties” (Shetland Sheepdogs.) And I figured there must be others out there that do, too. So now I raise Shelty pups and I just love it! We're thinking of building a kennel next summer."
By focusing on another interest area, one that was not over-crowded, and not highly competitive, she discovered “segment marketing.” Instead of trying to sell people a plentiful commodity (tomatoes), she put her energy toward finding people who wanted her product (Shelty pups). Instead of considering the whole world as her market, she narrowed in to a small segment: those who love Shetland Sheepdogs. She still grows tomatoes, but she doesn't try sell them.


Computers and software will allow you to enter the field of “segment marketing.” Once you discover what your personal photo marketing strength area is, you will begin shooting primarily in that area, because you will have identified photobuyers who are seeking your kind of images at this moment. Because you speak the photobuyer's language, you will build a working relationship with those buyers that you can sell photos to that will last a lifetime.
Segment Marketing will guide you towards building a stock file that will have marketing potential, in areas you like to photograph. If you still want to sell photos that are generic images (tomatoes), too (that are beautiful but tough to sell), you’ll understand that will be strictly for your own pastime.

Rohn Engh is director of PhotoSource International and publisher of PhotoStockNOTES, the newsletter for photographers who sell photos. Pine Lake Farm, 1910 35th Road, Osceola WI 54020 USA. E-mail: info[at]photosource[dot]com. Fax 1 715 248 7394. Web site:


05 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

LEARN FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY -- Interview with New York Times Food Photographer and Columnist Andrew Scrivani - Andrew Scrivani has regularly shared his food photography knowledge in New York Times column Diner’s Journal. SOURCE: He is interviewed by Neel of Learn Food Photography.

05 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

The Photobuyer Survey

Interview Section

Mike: "If a photographer that is starting out or starting over as a stock photographer wants to market their work to you, which is the best way to do
that? Assuming that he/she shoots topics you need...?

Mike: The answers we got were really all over the place on this one. The most common answer we got seemed to be ..."a small, well-edited collection by e-mail - consisting of smallish files."

Subject: Tina Kramer, freelance photo researcher and graphic artist.

Tina: To answer your question, Mike...If a photographer has an idea of a type of work I do then I like links sent with photos that are arranged by topic (subjects). Also I like a "reminder email" (maybe every 4 weeks)... I forget about some of the agencies that I have used in the recent past. I do not need scenery photography, beautiful models, pictures of animals. I seem to get sent those daily! They are inappropriate and are time-wasters for me and the photographer.
Many stock photographers seem to think that the only way they can prevent theft of their images is by putting huge watermarks all over the digital low
res files.

Can you describe why this practice makes it so hard for you as a photobuyer to work with these photographers?

Tina: I must present the work to a client and sell the concept, if it is too much
work for me with the large watermarks or very little image / pixels I won't bother using the image unless there are not any other choices and as you know I
like to contact the photographer and get higher resolution images to design.
But I understand the photographer's concern and hopefully the relationship with the company using the images is strong enough to trust that misuse will not happen.

Mike: What can a photographer do as far as service/customer service to make himself/herself really stand out to you and make you want to use them again and again?

A few of the stock agencies we use are very small businesses, but a response is needed within a few days.. if not that day responding when emailing or calling within a reasonable amount of time or I must move on to another photo supplier.
Mike: Suggest other photo submission problems some photographers have:

Tina: Communication!

Mike: You work in a specialized field of publishing. You need specific kinds of images .How important is it for you and photobuyers like you that the photographers you work with know their topics and to share that knowledge with you when you are looking for hard-to-find specific images?

Very important! It saves time and money, by not submitting wrong images for a specific technology. I rely on the photographer's expertise. You have been very helpful in the past explaining the technology.
Example : "What you see in the photo are two ammunition casings being compared side to side. The dents come from the hammer hitting the primer in the ammunition as the gun is fired. So, say some ammunition casings and bullets are found at a homicide. A suspect is located and it turns out he has a gun of the same caliber that was used for the homicide. The crime lab will fire the suspect's gun into -typically - a big water-tank [Note:] (photos of this on my web site here and here The water allows the bullet to stay intact because there is no impact into anything solid that would deform it. The bullet can then be compared to bullets found in the victim and at the crime scene. If you look closely at the photos of bullets I sent, you should see what looks like tiny scratch marks. Those are rifling marks (lands and grooves in forensic lingo). The rifling marks come from the rifling inside the gun barrel and are unique
from gun to gun. Hence by examining two bullets experts can determine if both bullets were fired from the same weapon or not.[Note]This example is from a recent submission I (Mike)sent to Tina for a specific ballistic image she was looking for.

NOTE: The question we asked all the photobuyers participating in this survey is : "What are your pet peeves on photographer web sites and why?"

Beautiful website to catch you but horrible search database, slow speed, easy navigation a must, I love flash. Photos look better in flash.

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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 from where he sells his photos. He is currently US correspondent for 12 Swedish magazines and a regular contributor to a wide variety of U.S. publications. Reach him at mike[at]photosource[dot]com.

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05 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

TRAVEL SHOTS IN THE SNOW -- Steve Davey: “The snow may have passed in much of the UK, but if you’re planning a skiing holiday or are off anywhere icy, there are plenty of opportunities for fantastic photography – as long as you know how to deal with the conditions." Steve Davey is once again on hand with expert tips and advice for getting those classic shots…”
SOURCE: Steve Davey

SHOOTING FIREWORKS -- So how do you go about photographing fireworks? First, make sure that you have a camera that can be operated manually. Look for a “B” or bulb setting. You’ll also want to be able to focus manually. SOURCE: Craig Ferguson

Photo Composition Tip – Iteration – Scott Bourne
“If you want to make strong compositions, look for repeating themes. Whether making a portrait or any other photograph repeating themes can make your shot more impactful.”

THE PRICE OF PRINTS -- How To Avoid Pricing Yourself Out Of Business – Grover Sanschagrin interviewed Dean Oros, a full-time professional photographer based in Toronto, Canada who is successful at pricing and selling prints.

THE PERFECT PRESS RELEASE For Photographers -- Lori Osterberg; “If you are new to owning your own business, you may not have discovered the magic of press releases yet. Every single day, media outlets around the globe are in search of news. But before you get excited about possibilities, you have to master the creation of the perfect press release first." SOURCE: Lori Osterberg;

PLANNING A WEBSITE? -- Maria Piscopo asked four professional photographers to share their website marketing success stories. Visit their websites as a companion to this article. SOURCE: Maria Piscopo

05 Jan, 2011 | Posted by: psnotes

A TIME MAGAZINE COVER -- Shooting a Portrait in Burma as a Photographer for TIME Magazine - TIME Magazine’s latest cover features a photograph of Nobel Peace Prize-winner Aung Sang Suu Kyi, with the feature story offering a glimpse into her life since being released from house arrest. The above is an interesting video in which Platon, the photographer behind the photo, tells the harrowing tale of what it took to make the photo. SOURCE: Michael Zhang

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EXTRA MILEAGE -- So, your assignment client can’t afford your fee? Try barter. You will discount your fee if they will include your name and website address alongside your published photo.

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If your pictures are no different
than the next guy’s, -- advance to
the next stage of photo marketing
and say goodbye to the typical postcard
picture that anyone can buy at the local newsstand..

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HOLD YOUR BREATH -- Lakshmiphotos: “Photography requires a great deal of sacrifice. In order to capture that perfect photograph, a photographer has to explore the ultimate limits. To boldly go where nobody has ever gone before. And to make a complete fool of himself. Check out this funny photo gallery that consists of 36 hilarious photos of photographers that deserve to be rewarded for their professional efforts, that stop at nothing to get that photo right.”

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READ ALL ABOUT IT -- Now You Can Get Magazines On Kindle - Amazon is doing its bit to bring magazine style reading experiences to digital devices. Amazon has just launched a magazine service for Android. The company is offering free trials on many magazines. The service is live and anyone with a mobile device can install the Kindle app for free and start reading the magazines on their phone or tablet.

EXPOSURE, EXPOSURE, EXPOSURE -- You Thought Condé Nast Was Only Cheap to Photographers? - Photographers who shoot for Condé Nast publications–those who don’t have lucrative contracts with the publisher, that is —know that the company hasn’t shared these economic windfalls with its contributors. But photographers aren’t the only ones who sacrifice payment in exchange for the exposure they hope to get, fashion models help Condé Nast by working for far less than they could make in non-editorial work. SOURCE: Holly Hughes

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IT’S COLD OUT HERE! -- Ned Levi: “I don’t know what the weather is like where you are today, but here in the northeastern US, it’s cold, it’s wet, it’s white, and it’s also a great photographic opportunity.”
SOURCE: Ned Levi

CAPTURE THE MOOD -- The main goal of the travel photographer is to convey a sense of place. This means capturing the mood of the location and doing so in all types of conditions.
SOURCE: Russ Burden

SPICE THEM UP -- Anil: “There are a number of factors that have to come together to make a great travel photo and by tweaking a few key ones you can improve many of your pictures from the road in seconds. You don’t need professional software or a DSLR camera (although they help) to make your lackluster travel pictures a bit more vibrant and impressive to look at.”

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NIGHTMARE? -- Mark Stout: “Microstock has been rubbing professional photographers wrong for some time now due to their efforts to devalue the work of photographers too far below what it costs to produce it.”

PORTFOLIO ANALYSIS -- Gruizza: “New free microstock submission service LightBurner adds new functionality. The latest update includes more new stuff in the analytics sections of the subscriber's account.”

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END OF AN ERA -- Steven Frischling: Goodbye Kodachrome, -you inspired generations of travel photographers. If you were born in the last century, the 30th of December 2010 was a sad day for you, the photographer who have been inspired to see the world through photography. It was the last day Kodachrome film will ever be processed anywhere in the world.SOURCE: Steven Frischling

BANNING BIRTH PHOTOS -- Photos During Delivery Banned - Laurie Shifler was just one of the disappointed and somewhat upset new mothers who were shocked to learn that an increasing number of hospitals have been banning the use of video cameras when it comes to deliveries. SOURCE: Kristian S.

THE NUMBERS GAME - Limited editions. It began in the 1970s, but “editioning” photographic prints has swiftly become the norm in the art market. However, while it may now be standard practice, there's no standard for how you number limited editions, or any guide to what you can charge for them. Getting it right remains a matter of considered judgment. SOURCE: Diane Smyth
PHOTO: Michael Ormerod.

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SECURITY VS. NEWSWLORTHY -- Photographer harassed by JetBlue at JFK- The NPPA (National Press Photographers' Association) has written a letter of protest to JetBlue Airlines after security guards from the airline interfered with photojournalist, Steven Sunshine, who was taking pictures at JFK Airport while covering the story of hundreds of flight delays resulting from a blizzard in the Northeast. SOURCE: Alicia Calzada

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THE HAITI PICTURES -- Photographer Daniel Morel wins pre-trial victory against Getty, AFP. . - A federal court judge has handed photographer Daniel Morel a decisive pre-trial victory in his copyright infringement claim against AFP, Getty Images, CBS, Turner Broadcasting System and others for unauthorized use of his exclusive earthquake images from Haiti last January. Unless AFP, Getty, and the other defendants decide to settle with Morel, the case will go to trial. SOURCE: David Walker

BLOGGING PITFALLS -- Everyone knows that images help make a good blog post great. Not only do they provide a much-needed visual element to break up the gray text, but they help your content stand out in RSS readers. Unfortunately though, not everyone has the photography or art expertise to make an image for every post and, even those who do often lack the time or consistently apply it. SOURCE: Jonathan Bailey

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by Nancy Wolff

Stock Photographers will benefit from this real-world guide to photography and the law. This enlightening and informative volume takes readers through the nuances and subtleties of copyright, trademark, and the laws of privacy and publicity.
With a look at cases, statutes, and news items from today’s headlines, Wolff covers the most timely and pressing legal matters confronting photographers and their representatives. Here’s a list of vital subjects for stock photographers.
RIGHTS AND LICENSING UNDER COPYRIGHT/ THE PUBLIC DOMAIN/INFRINGEMENT/ THE DIGITAL MILLENNIUM COPYRIGHT ACT/FIRST AMENDMENT CONSIDERATIONS/ PROTECTED TRADEMARKS/PHOTOS ON THE INTERNET/ MORAL RIGHTS/ FAIR USE The Professional Photographer’s Legal Handbook is written for non-attorneys. An essential tool for photographers, photobuyers, stock agents, picture researchers, and other professionals in the field of photography.
Allworth Press $24.95

ISBN-13:978-1-58115-477-1; ISBN-10: 1-58115-477-1; ISBN-13:978-1-58115-477-1 (pbk.); ISBN-10: 1-58115-477-1 (pbk.)

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So, you’d like to be on
the First Page
of a Google Search?

Now, the independent
stock photographer

can be there!

Click here to watch this video.

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"I keep referring people to your site, and to Rohn Engh and his book. I have read Sell & Resell Your Photos more than one time. Thanks for the great resources!"
- Charles Pike, Photographer, Charlotte NC

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BADLANDS PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS -- Rikk Flohr served as Artist in Residence for the National Park Service at Badlands National Park in central South Dakota on three separate occasions since 2007. With over 80 days of experience in the park locating scenic vistas, finding unusual formations and discovering the area's unique wildlife, Rikk can greatly enhance your photographic
experience. $645.00 ($200.00 deposit due at registration) Spring Scenics - May 14-18 2011, Spring Scenics - May 14-18, 2011

Canon Destination Workshop in Death Valley -- California Death Valley National Park, located near the border between California and Nevada, is filled with breathtaking desert scenery and unique geological formations. The Park’s 3.3 million acres are home to rare desert wildlife, undisturbed wilderness, colorful rocks and canyons, unique evaporative salt features and miles of pristine sand dunes. Presented by: EOL Jennifer Wu - Program: Sunrise, Sunset and Night Photography in Death Valley National Park Date: January 28, 2011 – January 31, 2011 Time: Sunrise to Sunset - see agenda pdf for details Fee: $1049 Location: Death Valley National Park, CA ; Furnace Creek Inn and Ranch Resort Death Valley, CA 92328 ; Accommodations: Furnace Creek Inn and Ranch Resort Death Valley, CA 92328 Contact: Ask for Reservations and Booking # 309451 for rate of $130 Phone #: 760- 786-2345 Web: Questions: canonlivelearning[at][dot]com

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“Earth Now: American Photographers and the Environment” opens at the New Mexico Museum of Art on April 8, 2011, but its online component can now be found on the web at Fraction Magazine, the online magazine of contemporary photography, will partner with the museum in presenting and expanding the exhibition’s web site. Twelve photographers will be highlighted in the online exhibition.
Source: The Photograph Collector, (215) 891-0214, Editor: Stephen Perloff.

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”No matter how slow the film, spirit always stands still long enough for the photographer it has chosen.”
Minor White

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1977 - The first 35mm color transparency, taken by Ernst Hass, was magnified 516 times and exhibited by Eastman Kodak Company at Grand Central Station, NYC. The resulting blow up was 18x60 feet and consisted of 20 panels which were spliced together and placed on an 18-foot spiral. It depicted a herd of impala grazing in Kenya.

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MC-1000 Competitor 2-Way Radio
For business, safety, and job-site wireless communications the Eartec MC-1000 Competitor 2-Way Radio is a transceiver that fits many needs.
This type of radio operates in what is termed a "simplex" mode. With this configuration, when one user broadcasts a message over the radio, the signal is received by all users.
There is no limit on the number of MC-1000 radios that can be linked together using this method. Users can be positioned up to 2-miles from one another and communication is protected from interference by 38 privacy codes across 15 channels.
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Starter Kit
Welcome to the PhotoSource International Starter Kit! In this kit, we have gathered information about what you need to get started in editorial stock photography. You will find various samples of submission forms, promotional material, query letters and so on. You will also find a glossary, a miniature dictionary of editorial stock terms.
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Nightclub Photography 101 The Nightlife Photography industry is quickly growing. More and more individuals have discovered that they can make great money by taking photos of beautiful people at popular nightclubs.
Nightclubs will pay photographers to help create an exclusive atmosphere at their parties, and deliver high quality images for use in their marketing and promotion efforts.
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