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Sell My Photos online
Those eWarehouse Pix
The Wifetest for software buys
PHOTOS OF TEENY TINY THINGS
COPYRIGHT LAWSUIT possible?
Five Tips For Unmotivated Photographers.
SURVEY...Do you like PhotoStockNOTES?
JUST DON'T LOOK DOWN
How to Shoot a Book Cover in 15 Minutes
THREE PHASES OF DEVELOPMENT for you?
Travel Photography Tips
WHAT ARE THEY DOING IN MICROSTOCK?
WHERE’D MY IMAGES GO?
New editor hired for New Mexico Magazine
Have You Granted Your Client An Implied License?
Your Digital Landscape Photography
Memorial Day Sale this Friday!
COLOR PHOTOGRAPHY TURNS 150
YE OLDE TIME 1850’S PHOTOGRAPHY
Wide angle lenses are a staple of landscape photography.
Get Adobe DNG
THAT’S NO PROOF!
Social media is here to stay?
Previous Photo Needs.
Photos for Hope
FOR SURFING ENTHUSIASTS
Adobe warns of severe but rare Lightroom bug
Selling Photos on the Internet

25 May, 2011 | Posted by: st






Microstock…good or bad?


Those eWarehouse Pix

By Rohn Engh



The warehouse is growing. Some say by 45,000 new images a day. I’m referring to the collective storehouse of all the photos in the online photo storefronts, the stock photo agencies, Flickr, et al.


This mass of unrelated images can be tapped into in milliseconds, thanks to search engine technology. And such access is becoming easier and easier by the minute.

Never before in history have photos been more accessible to art directors, photo editors, and private consumers.
All these pictures can of course be categorized in several ways. But keep in mind that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.What is one person’s treasure is another person’s trash.

So let’s take an overview of what we all, as editorial stock photographers, have played a part in getting us into.

We’re talking ‘microstock.’


Microstock photos. Are they good or bad? Yes, they are good or bad. This article maintains that microstock sites embrace only a certain mode of photography: standard clichés, tourist destinations, fantasy, generalized photos (beautiful scenics, etc.). This ever-popular cliché style of photography is becoming "staticized" (new word). It's being catalogued into microstock e-warehouses and cemented onto static polyester CD-ROM and DVD discs, and other digital storage formats.


PARTNER OR ENEMY...?



Where do you find microstock in the media?

Microstock photos are the generic photos we see in trade magazines and travel brochures, in websites and catalogs, in ads and newsletters and office announcements. They're everywhere. And now that they've become more available, we're going to be seeing even more of them.
Does this affect your stock photo business?
It could. It depends on the way you are doing business.

If you are threatened by microstock, it's probably because you've been producing microstock-type photos your entire photography career and haven't realized it.
In my book, Sell & ReSell Your Photos, I describe what is now defined as microstock photos, as "Track A" pictures-- the lovely exquisite cliches, the generic pictures that fill the pages of most advertising agency brochures and postcard mailings (sunsets, covered bridges, clouds, trees, office products, mountains, -many with an animated young couple or healthy seniors in the composition).

THE MAJOR DIFFERENCE


Opponents of microstock usually make a distinction in their assessment of this segment of stock photography.

On the one hand they declare the lower-priced microstock discs ($39.95 and lower) as inferior and not worthy of stock photography. On the other hand, they assess high-end discs ($250 and up) at high value. In reality both types of discs contain typical "Track A" pictures. The major factor that differentiates these two microstock categories is their technical quality.
High-end microstock discs are usually produced by industrial-strength flatbed scanners or by drum scanning (equipment cost: $25,000 to $75,000), and because of their quality can substantially short cut the production process, saving the photobuyer hundreds of dollars. Low-end discs are scanned on low-end equipment (equipment cost: $1,500-$3,000). The resulting images usually can't be used larger than a quarter page, or are used in projects where professional reproduction quality is not paramount (newsletters, brochures, websites, etc.).


Want to read more ?


25 May, 2011 | Posted by: st




The Wifetest



DIGITAL IMAGES AND SOFTWARE

Every piece of software I purchase has to pass the rigorous "wife-test."

The wife-test basically asks two questions. Those questions are:
1. Will this product make me more efficient?
2. Will this product pay for itself in the near future?

If the answer to both questions is "yes," I go ahead and buy. And it has to be a clear yes, no sneaking around with a "probably," or a "yes, maybe..."

I call it the "wife-test" because if I asked my wife, Ruth, for her input about a particular piece of software or anything else I might need for my business; those are the questions she would ask. Not because she thinks I might fritter our money away but because she's a practical and astute person who sees through the ads and marketing hype.

DIGITAL EXTRAS

As we all know, when you go digital there's no end to all the extras you'll need. Like a faster computer, new hard drives, a DVD burner, mobile devices, software that does this, that and the other, a larger monitor, various cables, card readers, and boxes after boxes with trinkets and gizmos!
Using the wife-test to lean on has helped me steer clear of quite a bit of hidden money-magnets.
In the past, two different pieces of software passed the wife-test with flying colors. These were Capture One DSLR Pro from Phase One, and Spyder Pro from ColorVision.

CAPTURE ONE


The Capture One software is an image editor that handles RAW photos straight from my Canon digital camera. It has a converter that develops the RAW format into TIF with a minimum amount of hassle and a maximum amount of ease and functionality. This feature is light-years better than the conversion software that comes with the camera.
Capture One is intuitive to use and I have found that it has helped me cut 20 percent off the time it used to take me to import digital images into my computer. Mainly it's the RAW developer and the handling of associated data that makes this a very good buy, in my book. I warmly recommend Capture One DSLR Pro to anyone who routinely handles digital images. For those who don't need the full pro version, Capture One has a lighter, cheaper version. To purchase or for more info simply visit Phase One's website at www.phaseone.com

CALIBRATE YOUR MONITOR


Spyder Pro is a color management and calibration tool - something no stock photographer who works with digital images should be without.
The software calibrates your monitor so that you can rest assured that what you see is really what you'll get as far as colors go.
This is really crucial for anyone selling digital images, because photobuyers will really be upset with you if your low res preview has brilliant color and your final high res submission looks nothing like the preview.

There are products that will make your life a lot easier when we're talking digital stock images. There are also products that won't. For me, the 'wife-test' has proven very useful in helping me discern between the two.


Photojournalist Mikael Karlsson has 18 years' experience of working for magazines and newspapers in more than 30 countries. He moved to the United States in 1998 from his native Sweden. He lives in Nebraska and is currently US correspondent for 11 Swedish magazines and a regular contributor to a wide variety of U.S. publications. Reach him at mike[at]photosource[dot]com.




25 May, 2011 | Posted by: st



Name: Renata Ratajczyk

Phone: (416) 538-1087

Email: renatara8[at]gmail[dot]com

Dates#1: 14-18 June, 2011

Destination#1: Rome and area, Italy

Dates#2: 20-30 June, 2011

Destination#2: Warsaw, Breslaw and possibly other locations in Poland.

Comments: I plan to take lots of pictures in Rome and area like for example
in Tivoli - Villa di Este, Villa Adriana, and to photograph some other
location close to Rome. Then I will be traveling to Poland mostly staying in
Warsaw, but also visiting Breslaw and area. I might also go to other
locations. I am open to accepting assignments and special requests to take
pictures for you.

If you need pictures from Poland, you might also like to contact me about
thousands of images from this country I already have in my stock photography
files.

To see some samples of my travel work, please visit one of my travel stock
portfolios at:
http://lightvision.photoshelter.com/gallery/Western-Canada/G0000jFr7uKI.yqQ/

You will also find there more travel galleries under Galleries. Please
contact me for more info. Thank you.

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Name: Emmanuel Lacoste

Phone: 62-5674-87687

Email: lacosteemmanuel[at]yahoo[dot]com

Dates#1: June 16th 2011 June 23 2011

Destination#1: Singapore

Comments: We'll be shooting a wide variety of images in Singapore. We specialize in Asian lifestyle and travel images.
People, food, and tourist destination will top our shooting list.

25 May, 2011 | Posted by: st




PHOTOS OF TEENY TINY THINGS -- Macro photography never gets old. http://gizmodo.com/5802619/153-photos-of-teeny-tiny-things
PHOTO: Tom Wood

COPYRIGHT LAWSUIT -- CW: “ After you choose the jurisdiction where you are going to proceed, you then have to file certain documents and pay some money to initiate your copyright infringement lawsuit." SOURCE: Carolyn E. Wright, Esq.; : http://www.photoattorney.com/?p=2246

AVOIDING BURNOUT – Five Tips For Unmotivated Photographers. Scott Bourne: “It happened more often to pros than amateurs, but at some point, there’s a ‘been there done that’ mentality that creeps in and people get discouraged. My aim here is to help you overcome this problem if you’re unmotivated. SOURCE: Scott Bourne; http://photofocus.com/2011/05/20/five-tips-for-unmotivated-photographers-avoiding-burnout/


25 May, 2011 | Posted by: st





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25 May, 2011 | Posted by: st




JUST DON'T LOOK DOWN: Thrill-seeking photography craze brings stunning results from the top of the world. This is one of the most gut-wrenching experiences imaginable, but 'Rooftopping', a new heart-stopping photography craze is sweeping across the globe.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1388338/Photography-craze-Rooftopping-brings-STUNNING-results-world.html#ixzz1Mv6q86w1
PHOTO: Tom Wenn


QUICK THINKING -- How to Shoot a Book Cover in 15 Minutes - Photographer Jordan Matter had just such a dilemma recently when he was asked, at the very last minute, to shoot the cover photo for a new novel being published by Penguin entitled “The Grief of Others” by Leah Hager Cohen. Here’s how he handled it. SOURCE: PhotoDistrictNEWS http://pdnpulse.com/2011/05/how-to-shoot-a-book-cover-in-15-minutes.html
PHOTO:Jordan Matter


25 May, 2011 | Posted by: st






If you’re a wedding photographer
and not selling some of your images as
stock photography, you’re missing out
on revenue that could be yours.

In the next twenty minutes, Liz Banfield,
a wedding photographer from Minneapolis,
reveals her secrets.




25 May, 2011 | Posted by: st




THREE PHASES OF DEVELOPMENT – JF: "While learning and refining their skills I believe that most photographers progress through three distinct phases in their development." SOURCE: Joe Farace ; http://photofocus.com/2011/05/18/a-photographer%E2%80%99s-three-phases-of-development/
PHOTO: Joe Farace


25 May, 2011 | Posted by: st





Travel Photography Tips -- Corina: “This is the first article I published in Shopartgallery's Page On Facebook and is dedicated to Travel Photography, a fascinating world in which once you've entered, is very difficult to leave. It becomes a burning passion that makes you long for the next opportunity to go out with your camera.”
Ref:Shopartgallery's Page On Facebook. http://blog.dreamstime.com/2011/05/14/travel-photography-some-tips_art35174
TAKEAWAY: Careful here… If you take a picture of the Coliseum in Rome, you are entering the great gallery of the sameness, repeat sameness, photos that have been taken the last decade. In other words, this is a “so-so” picture that photobuyers are going to consider as the average postcard picture of the Coliseum. Instead, go one step fuirther and make it an editorial photograph using Rohn Engh’s formula: P=B+P+S+I.


25 May, 2011 | Posted by: st



WHAT ARE THEY DOING IN MICROSTOCK? LT :“How High Quality Microstock Contributors are Boosting Revenues with SuperStock...
Have you heard of SuperStock? They’re a big traditional stock photo agency. They compete for the same professional photo buyer clients as the big boys. They also distribute content to over 100 other agencies in the traditional market. SOURCE: Lee Torrens http://www.microstockdiaries.com/how-high-quality-microstock-contributors-are-boosting-revenues-with-superstock.html

25 May, 2011 | Posted by: st



WHERE’D MY IMAGES GO? -- (Citizen arrest?) Man Told He Is Guilty Of Felony For Videotaping Whale – (Carlos Miller) Hans Welch responded to a call for volunteers from the Marine Mammal Conservancy where they needed help with pilot whales that had been stranded off the Florida Keys. After he started recording this unique experience, a doctor from the Marine Mammal Conservancy immediately confiscated his camera, handing it to a woman on shore who deleted his footage. http://www.pixiq.com/article/man-told-he-is-guilty-of-felony-for-videotaping-whale

25 May, 2011 | Posted by: st



WELCOME ! -- New editor hired for New Mexico Magazine. New Mexico Magazine's new editor-in-chief is veteran journalist Dave Herndon, a former editor at several national magazines and New York newspapers. SOURCE: Associated PRESS http://online.wsj.com/article/AP3a4bb3a5a08f486d9e2bb9f7b4058621.html

25 May, 2011 | Posted by: st



CLAIM TIME -- CW: “Have You Granted Your Client An Implied License?" - Many photographers, after they are asked to take photos for a client, deliver the images and wait to get paid. When the check doesn’t arrive, does the photographer have a copyright infringement or a breach or contract claim against the client? It depends. “ SOURCE: Carolyn E. Wright, Esq. http://www.photoattorney.com/?p=2206

25 May, 2011 | Posted by: st



A PhotoSource International book review by Joseph Stanski.


Digital Landscape Photography

by John & Barbara Gerlach published by Focal Press (a.langlais@Elsevier.com ) published 2010.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Joseph Stanski has been an agricultural stock photographer for the last twenty-five years. He has been published in many ag-oriented magazines as well as national publications. He retired as a schoolteacher and is currently teaching photography and running his stock
photography business in Southeast Iowa. morningstar138@hotmail.com




25 May, 2011 | Posted by: st








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COLOR PHOTOGRAPHY TURNS 150 -- “Back in 1861 a physicist named James Clerk Maxwell and a photographer named Thomas Sutton captured the first ever color image. It's a shot of a colored ribbon and it's as basic as you might expect.”.SOURCE: Steve’s Digicam; http://www.steves-digicams.com/news/color_photography_turns_150.html

25 May, 2011 | Posted by: st



YE OLDE TYME 1850’S PHOTOGRAPHY -- Gigantic DIY Camera Shoots on 3-Foot-Wide Film Even with all the new high end DSLRs coming out today, film photography is still followed by a fervent group of enthusiasts. But for now, no camera--digital or otherwise--will rival Darren Samuelson's gigantic six-foot-long folding camera.SOURCE:Kevin Lee. Pcworld ; http://news.yahoo.com/s/pcworld/20110519/tc_pcworld/giganticdiycamerashootson3footwidefilm_1


FISHEYE LENS LANDSCAPES - D.H.: “Wide angle lenses are a staple of landscape photography. The wide angle zoom seems to be the modern standard in everyone's camera bag. In the strict landscape photography sense the idea of using a fisheye lens probably seems silly. The extreme distortion and huge angle of view can really seem like more of a gimmick than a serious tool.” SOURCE: Darren Huski .http://www.naturescapes.net/docs/index.php/category-photographic-technique/41-photographic-technique/457-darren-huski
PHOTO: Darren Huski


THAT’S NO PROOF! -- ElcomSoft: “The credibility of photographic evidence becomes vital in numerous situations for insurance companies and courts, as they may accept digital image as indisputable evidence if it can be proven genuine. However, the discovered vulnerability in Canon Original Data Security system proves that verification data can be forged and, thus, the whole verification system cannot be relied upon. “http://tinyurl.com/2ufm5va More info: SOURCE: Kevin Beaver; http://securityonwheels.blogspot.com/2010/12/canons-digital-camera-image-originality.html
NIKON: DITTO -- Russian encryption specialist ElcomSoft has also discovered flaws in Nikon's systems for ensuring that images have not been tampered with. SOURCE: John Leydon http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/04/28/nikon_image_faking_hack/

25 May, 2011 | Posted by: st



SOCIAL MEDIA!, DOES IT WORK? – A.M.: : “Do you ever get sick of people telling you that social media is here to stay? 600 million people use Facebook? Boring! Twitter this? But here's the thing: Internet-based marketing works. All the stuff that we've talked about in the past couple years from SEO to Google Analytics to Blogs to Email Marketing to Facebook, they all work. SOURCE: Allen Murabayashi; http://blog.photoshelter.com/2011/05/im-so-sick-of-social-media-too-bad-it-works.html

25 May, 2011 | Posted by: st




Our new section called Previous Photo Needs. The following excerpts from previous PhotoDaily and Photoletter issues can inspire you to go out and simulate similar photo needs for a kind of ‘self assignment.’ Each week we include photo listings from a year ago. We present here typical photo needs from a year ago. 2010.
We hope you like this new section of PhotoStockNOTES and welcome your feedback. -RE






GALENA, ILLINOIS
Inside editorial usage
Galena, Illinois
mining cottages on Dewey Avenue, Galena
Council Hill Station: wood-frame City Hall, historic schoolhouse, any picturesque buildings.
Note: For XXXX Living magazine, interior, editorial, full-color
Color, JPEGs Only, No Originals Accepted, Viewing Platform
Pays no research fees.
Email only
Email for FedEx number
No phone calls
If you have these specific images, post a selection of quality thumbnails (no more than 6 for each subject) and e-mail the lightbox where it can be viewed. Allow the lightbox to remain available for at least one month. In the subject area of your e-mail, use the word, PhotoSource. Sample digital scans will be accepted via e-mail if lightbox is not available.
XXXXX XXXXX, Photo Editor
XXXXXXXX, NC 27401
Email: XXXXX XXXXX[at]XXXXXXX[dot]com
Web: www.XXXXXXXX.com
Pay Range: $200 - $250 Inside
Deadline: May 18th

BADJAO SEAFRONT RESTAURANT IN PALAWAN
ROASTED SPARROWS COMMONLY SERVED IN TAIWAN

Inside editorial possible cover
Badjao Seafront Restaurant in Palawan (shots of the restaurant and any of its dishes)
Roasted sparrows commonly served in Taiwan - They are literally tiny birds, whole roasted and seasoned. You can buy them from street vendors in a little paper bag. They are eaten whole, bones, innards and all!
Note: Ref Islands SO 10/Taste
FTP Info: ftp.XXXXX.net
username: XXXXX
pass: XXXXXXX
Please use an FTP program (like Fetch) as opposed to a browser.
Please email me to let me know you've uploaded images.
If you have these specific images, post a selection of quality thumbnails (no more than 6 for each subject) and e-mail the lightbox where it can be viewed. Allow the lightbox to remain available for at least one month. In the subject area of your e-mail, use the word, PhotoSource. Sample digital scans will be accepted via e-mail if lightbox is not available.
XXXXXXX XXXX, Photo Editor
XXXXXX Magazine and XXXXXXX Magazine
XXXXXXX, FL 32789
Email: XXXXXX[at]XXXXXXXXX[dot]com \
Web: www.XXXXXXXX.com
Pay Range: $100 (Inside) $350 (Cover)
Deadline: May 18th


WILDLIFE especially BEARS (in or near residential areas)
Inside editorial usage
Wildlife especially bears (in or near residential, tourist areas, school and playgrounds, on highways, roads.) "Wild animals in or near houses, schools, playgrounds, subdivision streets, highways, roads, walkways, porches, backyards, swimming pools, campground or near tourists clearly shown as part of the image." We are always looking for fresh, new images," says photobuyer.
Note: Please prepare a collage of jpeg thumbnail images for review. Include your complete address information and phone number.
Note: Include name, address, phone number and where photos were taken.
Pays no research fees.
"No phone calls please," says photobuyer.
High res.
If you have these specific images, post a selection of quality thumbnails (no more than 6 for each subject) and e-mail the lightbox where it can be viewed. Allow the lightbox to remain available for at least one month. In the subject area of your e-mail, use the word, PhotoSource. Sample digital scans will be accepted via e-mail if lightbox is not available.
XXXXXXX XXXXXX, Executive Director
Missoula, MT 59807
Email: XXXXXXXX[at]XXXXXXX[dot]org \
Web: http://www.XXXXXXXXXXX.org
Pay Range: $100- $300 (Inside)
Deadline: June 21st





ON ICE!
Inside editorial possible cover use.
On Ice! Everything that's cool about ice. How does a Zamboni work? How are crops protected with ice? ice in first-aid, icing on airplane wings. Why is ice always 32 degrees F? Ice ages, ice fishing, the Greenland ice sheet and more.
Note: Nov/Dec 2010 XXXXXXX, keep in mind that this magazine is essentially written for 10- to 16- year-old children. You are encouraged to view recent XXXXX back issues for content and style. Queries may be submitted at any time, but queries sent well in advance of deadline MAY NOT BE ANSWERED FOR SEVERAL MONTHS. Go-aheads requesting material proposed in queries are usually sent four months prior to publication date. Unused queries will be returned approximately three to four months prior to publication date. To be certain that your query is received, it is best to send it by regular mail. Receipt of e-mail queries can not be guaranteed.
XXXXX XXXXXX, Editorial Department
XXXXXXX[at]XXXXXXX[dot]com
XXXXXXXX PUBLISHING
XXXXXXXXXX, NH 03458
Pay Range: $35 (Quarter), up to $100 (Full Page) (Color Inside)
Deadline: May 28th 2010

FLOWER OR VEGETABLE GARDENS IN TEXAS
For inside editorial, possible cover use.
Vertical or horizontal
Flower or vegetable gardens in Texas
a.) close-up of plants indigenous to Texas, eg., Indian Blanket, Englemann Daisy, Flatwood Plum, American Holly, Beebalm, Purple Prairie Clover
b.) specific gardening techniques
c.) individual flower and vegetable topics
d.) gardening activities
e.) gardening topics, e.g. weeds in garden, garden pests etc
f.) various types of gardens, water gardens, raised gardens, landscape edging.
"MUST BE Texas gardens ONLY" says photobuyer.
Note: "Must be Texas locales. No commercial gardens," says photobuyer.
Send SASE with submissions.
Low res sample jpedg for review.
If you have these specific images, post a selection of quality thumbnails (no more than 6 for each subject) and e-mail the lightbox where it can be viewed. Allow the lightbox to remain available for at least one month. In the subject area of your e-mail, use the word, PhotoSource. Sample digital scans will be accepted via e-mail if lightbox is not available.
XXXX XXXXX, Editor/Publisher
XXXX GARDENER
Waco, TX 76714
Email:XXXX@XXXXXXXXXX.com \
Web: http://www.XXXXXXXXXX.com
Pay Range: $25-$75 (Inside) $100-$200 (Cover)
Deadline: June 1st

LARGE MARLIN
BIG BOATS POWERED BY PODS
ARUBA TRAVEL BRIEF
EASY BILLFISH DESTINATIONS

Cover and two-page spreads
Vertical for cover
Horizontal for two-page spreads
1. LARGE MARLIN -- We need BIG marlin (800-plus pounds),
both blue and black marlin. No shots of hanging fish, please. We want jumping marlin and shots of big fish boat side. Also need fishing-related (marinas, boats, beaches) of Cairns, Australia; Bermuda; Kona, HI; Cabo Frio, Brazil; Madeira; and Tahiti.
2. BIG BOATS POWERED BY PODS -- sport-fishing convertibles
powered by pods (Volvo, CumminsMerCruiser, Zeus, etc). Running shots and interior shots will be considered.
3. ARUBA TRAVEL BRIEF -- Marina shots, blue marlin, white marlin, wahoo..
4. EASY BILLFISH DESTINATIONS -- More info TBA...
Note: For Aug/Sept issue
Please send low-res jpegs for selection process. We will request RAW images of those photos we intend to use. Feel free to contact me with any questions.
If you have these specific images, post a selection of quality thumbnails (no more than 6 for each subject) and e-mail the lightbox where it can be viewed. Allow the lightbox to remain available for at least one month. In the subject area of your e-mail, use the word, PhotoSource. Sample digital scans will be accepted via e-mail if lightbox is not available.
XXXXX XXXXXX, Senior Editor
XXXXXXXXX MAGAZINE
XXXXXXXXXXX, FL 32789
Email: XXXXXX[at]XXXXXXXXXXXX[dot]com \
Web: htpp://www.XXXXXXXXX.com
Pay Range: up to $100 (qtr or less)
Deadline: May 24th



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



From the Sunflower Fund. (South Africa) Please help support the 100,000 PHOTOS FOR HOPE initiative.

Photographers worldwide can participate by donating images for sale and auction at the event.
For info: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=195089533865225 for event details and sponsor info - the address for delivery is The Sunflower Fund – Gauteng, Postnet Suite 145, Private Bag X9976, Sandton, 2146 Johannesburg, South Africa

Non-photographers can assist by getting to the event and inviting as many friends to attend as possible.

Of course all proceeds go directly to the charity.

The Sunflower Fund – Gauteng, Postnet Suite 145, Private Bag X9976, Sandton, 2146 Johannesburg, South Africa


25 May, 2011 | Posted by: st



FOR SURFING ENTHUSIASTS -- One of the world's leading surf and travel photographers, Lucia Griggi, is offering exclusive workshops at the Errant Surf for aspiring snappers in Newquay. (U.K.) The workshop is aimed at aspiring photographers with a passion for documenting surf, travel and action sports. Ed. Note: No need to bring your surf boards, we’re talking about Cornwall, England here. http://www.thisisthewestcountry.co.uk/news/cornwall_news/9027285.Photography_workshops_for_surfing_enthusiasts/

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IT’S ABOUT TIME. – Freedom! 64-bit Windows to get Adobe DNG thumbnail views.
Read more: http://news.cnet.com/8301-30685_3-20063497-264.html#ixzz1MfwFh5mk


Adobe warns of severe but rare Lightroom bug
Read more: SOURCE: Stephen Shankland; http://news.cnet.com/8301-30685_3-20064205-264.html#ixzz1Mrc2lEHx


25 May, 2011 | Posted by: st



"It's one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it's another thing to make a portrait of who they are." - Paul Caponigro


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1895 May 26th - Dorthea Lange, Hoboken, NJ, started as a portrait photographer for socialites in San Francisco. The unemployed men in the streets inspired her to make documentary photographs. Her "Migrant Mother" is the most famous of her work.

25 May, 2011 | Posted by: st





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May 19th 2011


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It Couldn't Get Any Better...
Do you need permission to photograph in public situations?
Fourteen Ways Photographers Can Screw Up an Email
Here's your excuse
Photography Email Promos
Mitch Kezar Interview
How & Why We Get Hired
KEEPIN' UP WITH MS. JONES
How do I price video?
The magic is in the technology
IMPROVING YOUR TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY SKILLS
MORE UNIQUE TRAVEL Photos
LAPTOPS FOR TRAVEL ?
A PUBLIC PROPOSAL
RED BULL LAUNCHING U.S. Magazine
Check out the first issue of Dirt
Your First Microstock Photographs
Studio Lighting Anywhere
Historic Photo Books and Photographs Sale
The Key to a Photograph
Mobile Photography?
This one worth $3.89 million?
Garrison Art Center exhibit September 10 to October 2, 2011.
This year's Photo Review International Photography Competition
THE WPGA EDITORIAL AWARD
The Road To Success In Photography
"BUSINESS BLITZ" workshops


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It Couldn't Get Any Better...



Triple Marketing







IT COULDN'T GET ANY

BETTER



In the early days of Hollywood,
grabby movie producers signed
promising stars to long term contracts -- not unlike slavery. The next wave of actors saw what was happening and elected to become independent contractors; able to pick and choose their future scripts.
Maybe our stock photography industry is evolving in a similar vein.

In the wake of the rush toward automation in the commercial stock photo industry, it will be interesting to see if this kind of merger will represent an example of how mid-sized agencies will combine forces to offer convenient, personalized services to local and regional clients, much like how "quick-stop" grocery stores survive very well in the shadow of massive food chains.

CONVENIENCE SHOPPING


History has shown us that consumers will often choose convenience (speed) of some products over other buying choices: price, brand, and quality. With regional stock agencies in the mix, it means that you, as a freelance stock photographer, will have three ways to market your photos: 1.) You’ll send your commercially oriented generic stock off to an automated, digitized giant (Getty, Corbis, Alamy, etc.); 2.) Send your regionally-oriented stock to local regional agencies; and 3.) Market your highly specific editorial stock photos directly to special-interest buyers and publishers whose needs match your personal coverage areas.


THREE-TIER MARKETING

Here's the advantage of this three-tier selling strategy:
Number 1 will pay the bills. Your commercially-oriented stock photos will go stale after five or six years, but you'll continue to keep on top of the fads and pump them out.
Number 2 will enable you to anchor yourself to something other than an email address. You'll give personalized service and receive first-name attention from your regional agency.
Number 3 will allow you to photograph in the areas of editorial stock closest to your heart (environment issues, developments in education, Native American issues, archery, the homeless, rodeos, gardening, and so on). These photos will eventually become of historical significance and you can pass their value on to your heirs.

SPECIALIZATION


In my eCourse and in my earlier marketing book
, “Sell & ReSell Your Photos,” I emphasize that in order to be successful in the world of editorial stock photography, you should choose a special interest area that is of special interest to you, and focus on photographing in that field. Eventually you will amass a large file of specialized photos that will be of great interest to a specific segment of the photobuying universe, especially if you have a deep selection they can choose from. Your customers will be world-wide and your free promotion for your specialty will be through Google.
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Most photographers I meet, and who attend my seminars, are more interested in short term monetary gain. They ask me, “What sells best?” I interpret this to mean that they will then enter that field of stock photography, whether it matches their interest area or not.
This is a recipe for failure.

If you have a talent for photography and you match it with an area of interest that you love photographing in, you’ll be able to withstand the pitfalls and roadblocks you’re bound to meet up with.
LESSON: Choose a specialty area that appeals to you, one that wild horses can’t pull you away from. In the short term, it might not be highly profitable, but in the long run it will pay off, because you’ll have enjoyed every minute of it.

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Rohn Engh is the best-selling author of “Sell & ReSell Your Photos”
and “sellphotos.com.” He has produced an eBook, “How To Make the Marketable Photo,” and an eCourse, “How To Market Your Photos.” For more information and to receive a free eReport: “8 Steps to Becoming Published Photographer,” visit http://www.sellphotos.com
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Getting Access


Do you need permission to photograph in public situations?
For an editorial stock photographer, the answer is yes and no.
No, applies for the majority of circumstances, if your photos are not to be used for advertising, endorsements, or promotion, and will be used for educating, informing or entertaining the public.

However, for most stock photographers, there are occasions when the need to ask someone for permission to photograph arises. I'm talking about situations where you want to photograph the interior of a store, a pharmacist dispensing pills, a shopping mall, kids in a classroom, and so on. We, the public, need to know what's going on in the society we live in, yes, but there's also the case of 'tresspassing' or other local laws that might prevent free access to you.

It can be to your benefit to seek permission.
As an editorial photographer, you probably specialize. By following the proper channels and working under the guidelines of the property owner, or person in charge of an area, or event, you assure yourself the authorization to return for more photographing of this specialized subject matter at future times.

There will be circumstances, of course, when you’re unable to find or contact the person who would give permission. If you do proceed with your photographing, without the permission, a courtesy file photo or tear sheet sent to the property owner or person in authority later, will often assure an invitation to photograph again.


THE RIGHT WAY

So, when the moment arises and you need to ask someone for permission to photograph, how should you do it?

Stock photographers
have two ways to go about obtaining permission to photograph. One way is right and one way is wrong. Citing your First Amendment Rights, you can try to demand permission to photograph. This seldom ends with success, and certainly no cooperation or invitations for return visits.

The other way is to ask courtesously. Be polite, explain why you would like to photograph inside the store, school, shopping mall, etc. Carry with you samples of a magazine or textbook where your photos appear. That's always a quick explanation to people from whom you'd like to get permission. If you don't have tear sheets yet, you could show them examples of other photographers and explain how you plan to produce similar results.

Remember that you most likely are talking to someone who is unaware of the field of stock photography. In some cases, they may be wary of you and suspect that you are working for their competition.
In other cases, like a tourist gift shop or enterprise might be a profit center for them, and they wouldn't welcome the competition from you. An explanation of how you would be using the photographs is then in order.

Most permission givers will be delighted that you are interested in photographing their property or business operation. They will recognize the public relations benefit of letting you publicize them -- free of charge (and you can help them be aware of this with the right presentation on your part).

In the case of high-calibre events, a letter of introduction from the sponsoring organization or business corporation is an automatic permission.

AN EXAMPLE


Let me give you a real life example. I shoot law enforcement situations (prisons, police, crime, social justice, and similar topics). I once got an urgent request from a book publisher who needed images of parole situations -- a hearing, a parole officer talking to a parolee, and other similar images. The problem was that the publisher needed the images within a week. Now, one week is very little time to try to set up something like this. Luckily, there was a parole hearing scheduled at one of the prisons nearby.

Because I had previously done some shoots inside area prisons through the local Department of Corrections, the administrator knew my work and name and was willing to cooperate. (I promised him some file copies.) We got through the red tape in less than a day. The shoot got done on schedule, and the photobuyer was grateful for my ability to solve a huge deadline problem for him. Another plus for me: I was able to increase my connections with the chief administrator at the local Department of Corrections.

Asking for permission is something you will have to do sooner or later. I hope these tips will help you prepare for the eventuality.


Photojournalist Mikael Karlsson
has 17 years experience of working for magazines and newspapers in more than 30 countries. He moved to the United States in 1998 from his native Sweden. He lives in Nebraska and is currently US correspondent for 11 Swedish magazines and a regular contributor to a wide variety of American publications. Reach him at mike[at]photosource[dot]com.

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Fourteen Ways Photographers Can Screw Up an Email – GS: “There are certain things you should never do when communicating via email with photo editors and creative directors. The PhotoShelter Research Team uncovered 14 of their biggest pet peeves recently, and the list initially appeared in the free downloadable 40-page report titled "What Buyers Want From Photographers.” SOURCE: Grover Sanschagrin; http://blog.photoshelter.com/2011/05/14-photographer-email-mistakes.html



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NEED AN EXCUSE? If you're a stock photographer and have never taken a "nature" picture, here's your excuse. June 15th is worldwide Nature Photography Day. The event was established back in 2006 by NANPA,(North American Nature Photography Association), in Wheat Ridge, CO, USA. Bill Plunkett, president of NANPA suggests getting out on the 15th of June and "Start by being brave, experiment with taking photographs of the same nature subject - turning a scene that might seem ordinary into something extraordinary." Established in 1994, NANPA has 3,000 members in North America and internationally. For more information, visit http://www.nanpa.org/nature_photography_day.php and www.nanpa.org or call 303-422-8527. email: info[at]nanpa[dot]org




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OPEN THIS -- How To Get Clients To Open, Read, and Enjoy Your Photography Email Promos - Grover Sanschagrin: “Email marketing campaigns can be very effective for photographers if done correctly. The problem is, most photogs don't harness its full potential because they don't understand the basics. For some photographers, a carefully maintained email list can yield new and repeat assignments, and enthusiasm for their images.” SOURCE: PhotoShrlter ; http://blog.photoshelter.com/2011/05/how-to-get-clients-to-open-read-and-enjoy-your-pho.html

18 May, 2011 | Posted by: st




^Press the arrow button above to start the video


From newspaper photographer, to advertising
photographer, to stock photographer,
Mitch Kezar of Minneapolis followed his
passion of hunting and fishing and has
become an outdoor photographer.
He emphasizes "know your client's mission"
so you can provide them not only with photos
but with valuable knowledge on the subject
you are photographing.
-12 minutes

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IF YOU’RE LEGIT, YOUR IT -- How & Why We Get Hired : Chase Jarvis interviews an art director. “We posted the above video excerpt of my interview segment with art director/creative mojo/REI brand manager Jason Sutherland. In this video interview, Jason shares wicked insight on how photographers get selected for jobs, where he and his art director/creative director peers look for new talent, how he judges your work, why, and a whole lot more. http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2011/04/how-why-we-get-hired-interview-with-an-art-director/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ChaseJarvis+%28Chase+Jarvis+Blog%29
TAKEAWAY: If you are ‘authentic’ in your stock photography specialty, those who hire photographers for the task greet you warmly. Why? Because you bring knowledge that they may not have. Because you “get” what the art director is doing at his company. You can complement each other. And you’ll be sure to be hired again. –RE

KEEPIN UP WITH MS. JONES -- Bridal shots swiped online. A former Marlborough man living in Australia has been caught passing off a Blenheim photographer's work as his own. SOURCE: Michael Berry http://www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-express/news/5000325/Bridal-shots-swiped-online

PRICING VIDEO – GM: “I get asked this question all the time “How do I price video?”. As the producer, I charge an overall “creative fee” or “producer fee” for handling all aspects of the job from concept to creation. In the markets I work in, primarily in the corporate and institutional sectors, I work directly with my client and handle the production rather than go through an intermediary like an ad agency or designer. Gail Mooney: http://www.asmp.org/strictlybusiness/2011/05/pricing-video/

EVOLUTION
-- Bringing Back – Marco: “In this 3 minutes Adweek video Cindy Gallop calls for a re-invention of the advertising industry. In the case of the picture business a focus on pricing models, internal competition and systems may have had a similiar effect and limited time being left for innovation. She also addresses the fact that clients are no longer willing to pay for content”. SOURCE: Cindy Gallop ; http://www.fastmediamagazine.com/blog/2011/05/15/bringing-back-the-magic-in-the-picture-business/
TAKEAWAY: The magic is in the technology -- not the ad man. Ad agencies are now bemoaning that clients can accomplish art/layout/design themselves thanks to templates, built-in add-ons, tracking metrics and …the photos themselves thanks to photoshop. Just like in the stock photo industry, clients say, “I can do that!” And they can …thanks to today’s technology (all the way from inception to 24/7 delivery). Look for photos (free, that is) soon to serve as quasi-advertising placards for the photographer. -RE


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IMPROVING YOUR TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY SKILLS -- SG: “Most travelers want to show off their photographs and have decent reminders of a great adventure. If the travel photography is dismal, your trip might seem to have been less than extraordinary.”
SOURCE: Suzy Guese; http://blog.onetravel.com/travel-tips/improving-your-travel-photography-skills.aspx


MORE UNIQUE TRAVEL Photos -- 6 Ways. http://blog.onetravel.com/image.axd?picture=2011%2f5%2fCamera_OT.jpg
SOURCE: NeilTa ; http://www.digital-photography-school.com/6-ways-to-capture-more-unique-travel-photos#ixzz1MCZnwhVA

LAPTOPS FOR TRAVEL -- If you’re traveling for longer than a two week holiday, using a camera with a sensor 10MP or higher to shoot your photographs and are planning to shoot lots of photographs, then carrying enough memory cards for your trip my not be practical, cost affective or secure. SOURCE: Abby; http://www.travelphotographyschool.com/laptops-travel-photography

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A PUBLIC PROPOSAL -- A Time Lapse Accidentally Captures a Man Proposing to His Future Wife. The photographer was enjoying a beautiful Spring Day in New York City and decided to make a time lapse in Central Park. When he looked back at the time lapse he spotted a man proposing to his future wife. SOURCE: Michael Justin
http://gizmodo.com/5801060/a-time-lapse-accidentally-captures-a-man-proposing-to-his-future-
wife/gallery/1



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RED BULL LAUNCHING U.S. -- Lifestyle Magazine Red Bull, the energy drink that’s carved out a niche sponsoring extreme sports athletes and events, has launched a glossy lifestyle magazine in the United States that will premiere next month. SOURCE: Cam Martin http://www.mediabistro.com/sportsnewser/red-bull-launching-u-s-lifestyle-magazine_b8841
image: http://www.mediabistro.com/sportsnewser/files/2011/05/05062011-Red-Bulletin.jpg


GREEN -- RT: “What’s green, six feet tall and wrapped in tinfoil? Stumped? Check out the first issue of Dirt, the new magazine from Straus Newspapers Inc. for those who want to live closer to the earth and have some fun doing it.”
SOURCE: Becca Tucker http://www.strausnews.com/articles/2011/05/12/warwick_advertiser/news/34.txt


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In the past two articles, we have been through the first steps of getting ready to enter the microstock segment of the world of stock photography. Now to the details!

If you do decide to “have a go,” future articles in this series will describe each of the main microstock photography sites and provide links. You'll find in general, there are no charges or fees to join these sites as a contributor.



Your First Microstock Photographs


Now to business

I happen to be more comfortable with landscapes and travel photography than working with models, although I do think that the brightly lit studio model shots sell very well.
Go with your comfort zone, at least at the start. I recommend that you go through your old photos (although not too old, the images need to be at least 4Mpixels at

most sites). Find the ones that are sharp, well exposed, have no people or identifiable products in them,*and then review the images at full size to make sure that there are no dust marks on the sensor. If noise is present in the shadows (colored blobs of “grain”), use noise reduction and then reduce the image down to about 4 – 5 Mpixels.
ISLAND OFF ST. JOHN

Finally, look at them at a small thumbnail size as well, as the buyers will often look at a whole page of images at that size and your picture needs to jump out at them even as a thumbnail. The first pictures I uploaded were travel ones like these:

These were pictures that I had taken during a vacation in
the Caribbean and were nice travel pictures. The originals were not much bigger than 4M – this was back in 2005 when the pictures were taken, and so I had to carefully crop them to not lose much of the file size. I also boosted the saturation a bit to make them jump off the screen, but not so much that they look artificial. These were accepted by all the agencies I deal with (although I had to reduce saturation for the St John Islands
LIZARD ON THE A STONE WALL
shot to get it accepted at iStockPhoto as they are not keen on over-filtered images).
You should try to find about 30 images and get them all into first class condition and sized to 6M, say.

By the way, when I talk about 6M, I mean that if you multiply the dimensions of the image (eg 3000 x 2000 pixels) you get a number around 6,000,000. Smaller is OK as long as it is more than 4M.
To avoid confusion, this figure does not refer to the file size when you look at the file on your computer.

Save the images at the highest quality JPEG setting – usually 10, or 100%. You don’t want to have any sign of compression in the image that comes from using a lower quality setting. Also, if you can control the color profile, convert the image to sRGB before saving, as most monitors and websites are set to show those colors correctly.

Next, you have to keyword your photos. Keywords are probably the most boring part of the process as they need to be comprehensive, but not misleading, and so too much copy and paste between images is not going to work.

For a set from the same location, I often create a list of the keywords that apply to all images and copy them to each of the images, and then add some specific keywords to fully describe each picture.

There is a good keywording site which works by searching Shutterstock for similar images and then lets you select the keywords that apply to your image.
You should aim for about 30 - 40 keywords - never more than 50. Then add a title with around 10 words that succinctly describes the image and a description that more fully describes the picture.
I'm told that it is a good idea to include as many of the really important keywords in the title and description as possible, as that will help your picture in web searches.

If you keyword in Lightroom, you should then save the metadata (keywords etc.) to the file as they need to go along with the uploaded image to the microstock site.
There is a "right-click" command in Lightroom to do this, otherwise it may happen that the keywords will stay in the database and not be copied into the file itself. You can also use Photoshop and some free tools for manipulating the "metadata" in files. I've had good success as well with ProStockMaster, which is now a free software program. Now you have 30 properly edited, keyworded and described images ready for upload!

The next post
will describe each of the main microstock sites and their foibles!

* Ed. Note: Although true for many microstock sites, this is rarely true for editorial stock photography.

Steve Heap is an accomplished photographer who has built up a
profitable portfolio of microstock images over the past three years – mainly focusing
on travel and landscape images. He blogs regularly about his day by day experiences
in stock photography on BackyardSilver.com
and offers his best images for sale as prints or downloads on BackyardImage.com.


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Studio Lighting Anywhere:

A review for PhotoSource International
by Joseph Stanski

The Digital Photographer's Guide to Lighting on Location and in Small Spaces by Joe Farace, published by Amherst Media, at www.Amherst Media.com

Joe Farace is noted for both his excellence in photographing as well as writing about photography and digital imaging. With a degree in engineering from Johns Hopkins University and fine art photography training at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore), Joe Farace has the credentials to author Studio Lighting Anywhere. The book is a sexy, well-illustrated, well written "How to" book, on using photographic studio lighting anywhere.
Joe starts out in chapter 1 with Getting Started With Studio Lighting. Here he describes different lighting situations and equipment needed for these situations; throughout the whole book he shows illustrated examples, with photos, to show exactly where he places the model, the lights, and other equipment. He gives you reasons for each lighting situation and placements. Chapter one includes Continuous Lighting, Electronic Flash, Lighting Hardware Options, Power Packs and Light Heads.
In Chapter 2, Farace centers around Using Light Modifiers such as Umbrellas, Parabolic Umbrellas, Lighting Banks, Reflectors, Ring Lights, Reflectors and Scrims, and Mix and Match modifiers.
Chapter 3, he asks Where Do Speedlights Fit In? With Lightbanks to Go, On-Flash Diffuser, The Right Grip Gear, Collapsible Umbrellas.
Next he helps us with Chapter 4, Setting Up An In-Home Studio, with subjects like, Space, Putting It All Together - Lighting and Digital Darkroom to the Rescue.
He Continues with Chapter 5 with Backgrounds and Other Tools - Paper or Plastic, Digital Tricks, Muslin, Canvas Backgrounds, Alternative Fabrics and Green Screen.
He rounds out the final chapters with Measuring Light and Lighting Styles, Working in Your Studio Space and Digital Workflow. I particularly like that he was using the updated version of Adobe Lightroom (to organize and print), and Adobe Photoshop (to tweak his images), as well as a Twitter site ( www.twitter.com/joefarace ) to keep up with the latest changes in this technology. With Studio Lighting Anywhere, Joe Farace clearly demonstrates that you can create and develop studio lighting anywhere. I would not hesitate to recommend this great book on studio lighting to stock photographers and any professional fashion, glamour, or portrait photographer as well.

Studio Lighting Anywhere by Joe Farace; published by Amherst Media, marketing[at]AmherstMedia[dot]com - ISBN-13: 978-1-60895-298-4 – Price: $34.95 and at Amazon.com Price: $23.07


Joseph Stanski has been an agricultural stock photographer for
the last twenty-five years. He has published in many
ag-oriented magazines as well as national publications. He retired as a
schoolteacher and is currently teaching photography and running his stock
photography business in Southeast Iowa. browncow108[at]lisco[dot]com



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Historic Photo Books and Photographs Sale -- Photo-books are an art form that’s garnering a lot of attention among collectors and one that links diverse aspects of photographic expression The Important Photo Books and Photographs sale will be on exhibit from May 14–18, with the auction Thursday, May 19. SOURCE: Nicholas McLaughlin http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/content/view/56212/
PHOTOS: Bert Stern
Via: Roy Iwaki

VISUALIZATION -- In Rare Footage Ansel Adams Explains The Key to a Photograph– Marc Silber: Ansel Adams used the term “visualization” often–but what exactly does it mean? How does it fit into your work flow as a photographer? I looked all over for a good explanation–then last year Ansel’s grandson Matthew loaned me rare unreleased footage–and there it was! Listen well to what he has to say…” http://www.silberstudios.tv/blog/2011/05/the-key-to-a-photograph-from-ansel-adams-rare-unreleased-footage/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SilberStudios+%28Silber+Studios%29

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Mobile Photography: 20+ Resources for Apps, Snaps & Inspiration: http://mashable.com/2011/05/12/mobile-photography-resources/


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BIG BUCKS -- K.H.: “Do You Think the Value of the World’s Most Expensive Photo Is Deserved? Cindy Sherman does; her photos always feature her as the subject, dressed up in story-telling mode. But is this one worth $3.89 million?” SOURCE: Kat Hannaford
http://gizmodo.com/5801516/do-you-think-the-worlds-most-expensive-photos-value-is-deserved
Also: http://blog.cutcaster.com/2011/05/12/top-15-highest-prices-paid-for-a-photograph/


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


Garrison Art Center (Garrison, NY) is holding a juried photography exhibit September 10- October 2, 2011. It is open to amateurs and professionals and all photographic mediums. Best in Show Award is $1,000. There are four categories: People, Nature, Architecture and Open. Each has a First Place prize of $200 as well as Second and Third Place Prizes.
Deadline for submission is June 16th.
For more information:
http://www.garrisonartcenter.org/


This year's Photo Review International Photography Competition will be juried by Robert Mann, Director of the Robert Mann Gallery, one of New York’s leading contemporary photography galleries. The Photo Review Competition enables thousands of people across the country to see the accepted work in our 2011 competition issue and on our website. Also, the prize-winning photographers will be chosen for an exhibition at the photography gallery of The University of the Arts, Philadelphia.

Awards

Prizewinners exhibited at the University of the Arts Photography Gallery, Philadelphia
Accepted entries reproduced in The Photo Review journal and website
Editor's selections exhibited in several Photo Review web galleries


Prizes include:


SilverFast HDR Studio ($457), from LaserSoft Imaging
SilverFast HDR ($299), from LaserSoft Imaging
SilverFast DC Pro for digital cameras ($299), from LaserSoft Imaging
a $250 gift certificate from Calumet Photographic
a 1 TB ioSafe SoloPro external hard drive ($250)
a 24"x50' roll of Museo Silver Rag ($200)
a 20"x24" silver gelatin fiber print from Digital Silver Imaging ($195)
a $150 gift certificate from Lensbabies
camera bags from Lowepro
$250 in cash prizes
Submission Deadline May 31.
For more information: http://www.photoreview.org/compete.htm


THE WPGA EDITORIAL AWARD
Winning images will be published in Intransit Magazine and exhibited in Matera, Italy in October 2011
The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards invites professional and non-professional photographers worldwide to submit their work to the 1st Edition of The WPGA Editorial Award
Challenging personal, emotional or political statements are welcome. Works published or already awarded by other organizations will be accepted in this Award.
The theme is open, but the images should address current affairs, cultural and daily life, environmental issues, natural disasters and the aftermath, wars and related conflicts, celebrities’ portraits, sports, etc.
Best of Show: US$2,000
Deadline May 31st
For more information: http://www.thegalaawards.net/




-jg


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EXCELLENCE: On The Road To Success In Photography; John Lund: “Is it just me or does the bar for photography keep getting raised? I feel like the bar isn’t just going up, it has already reached staggering heights! Glen Alison recently brought to my attention a photographer, Elena Vizerskaya, who contributes to
iStockphoto and Getty (via the Vetta Collection). Her work and interview can be seen here: http://www.istockphoto.com/article_view.php?ID=975
There is no doubt in my mind that Elena is well on the road to success, huge success, in photography (okay, maybe she is already there...but "being on the road" fits my headline better). The key to success in professional photography in the coming years requires excellence, and lots of it. SOURCE: John Lund ;
http://blog.johnlund.com/2011/05/excellence-on-road-to-success-in.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+johnlund%2FUkbR+%28The+Stock+Photo+Guy+-+John+Lund+Stock+Photographer%29
PHOTO: Elena Vizerskaya


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Our new section called Previous Photo Needs. The following excerpts from previous PhotoDaily and Photoletter issues can inspire you to go out and simulate similar photo needs for a kind of ‘self assignment.’ Each week we include photo listings from a year ago. We present here typical photo needs from a year ago. 2010.
We hope you like this new section of PhotoStockNOTES and welcome your feedback. -RE





BICYCLE TRAVEL
Inside editorial, possible cover, brochure and website use.
Bicycle travel. "Not interested in road racing, mountain bike racing, mountain bikers jumping off cliffs, etc. Looking for of people traveling/touring by bike with panniers or loaded trailers," says photobuyer.
Note: Prefer 35 mm slide or hi res digital only, email for FedEx number.
Sample digital preview scans accepted.
Pays no research fees.
Will convert color to B&W.
If you have these specific images, post a selection of quality thumbnails (no more than 6 for each subject) and e-mail the lightbox where it can be viewed. Allow the lightbox to remain available for at least one month. In the subject area of your e-mail, use the word, PhotoSource. Sample digital scans will be accepted via e-mail if lightbox is not available.
XXXX XXXX, Editor
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXX, MT 59802
Email: editor[at]XXXXXXXXXXX[dot]org \
Web: http://www.XXXXXXXXXXXX.org
Pay Range: $100 - $250 (Inside) $500 (Cover)
Deadline: June 15th

BEAUTIFUL AND UNUSUAL ADIRONDACK LANDSCAPES (Winter)
Cover
Beautiful And Unusual Adirondack Landscapes.
without people (Spring)
Note: We generally select the best seasonal image available. Close-up details or beautiful vistas of the Adirondacks, wildlife and people are all considered.
Photography Guidelines
Adirondack Life works with freelance photographers on every issue. Most images are stock; some are assigned. Assignments generally go to photographers we've worked with previously. We accept any size format transparencies or black-and-white prints. All images must be taken in the Adirondack Park. Ideas for photo essays and photo features are welcome.
Photos must have been taken inside the borders of the Adirondack Park. Photos can be submitted as slides or in digital format on CD Rom.
Slides must be labeled with your name and the location of the scene. Please include self-addressed, stamped envelope for returns.
Duplicate transparencies must be labeled as such. If you have images that have already been published in XXXXXXXXXXX, please do not resubmit them.
DIGITAL PHOTO GUIDELINES:
We can accept Photoshop, tiff, jpeg, or raw files on CD
Digital photos must be shot at high resolution. (for example: a 1/4 page photo must be 800 pixels by 1000 pixels). Do NOT enlarge files from the original file size.
Digital images for cover consideration must be at least 3400 x 2600 pixels in dimension.
Please do NOT crop, color-correct or sharpen images before sending them
If possible, please include good color or B&W proofs. Proofs can be thumbnails or full size. Please include a list of locations for each image.
Medium (2 1/4") and Large format (4" x 5") vertical photos are preferable. If possible, digital photos should be 9"x11" at 300dpi. Please keep in mind that we need some open space (or solid color) at the top of the image for the logo and cover lines.
*Please note that we work on issues 3 to 4 months in advance of the current season.
All images must have the photographer's name and proper identification visible on the mount. Images will be held until publication of the issue in which they are being considered. All images will be returned within two weeks after publication, unless otherwise requested. Providing a SASE is appreciated.
For additional information or to send your submissions contact:
Art Director
Jay, NY 12941
If you have these specific images, post a selection of quality thumbnails (no more than 6 for each subject) and e-mail the lightbox where it can be viewed. Allow the lightbox to remain available for at least one month. In the subject area of your e-mail, use the word, PhotoSource. Sample digital scans will be accepted via e-mail if lightbox is not available.
XXXXX XXXXXX , editor
XXXXXXXXXXXX MAGAZINE
XXXXXXXXXXX NY 12941
XXXXXXX[at]XXXXXXXXXXXXX[dot]com
Web: http://www.XXXXXXXXX.com
Pay Range: Cover - $400
Deadline: June 14th

DANCING!
Ads and posters
Dancing!
Action images of dancing, e.g. ballroom, romantic, hot exciting dancing, social dancing, salsa, disco, foxtrot, tango, close-ups of dancers, etc. "These forms of dance only. No foreign countries. Current U.S. look only," says photobuyer.
Note: Photobuyer requests e-mail before submitting. No phone calls - email ONLY please.
If you have these specific images, post a selection of quality thumbnails (no more than 6 for each subject) and e-mail the lightbox where it can be viewed. Allow the lightbox to remain available for at least one month. In the subject area of your e-mail, use the word, PhotoSource. Sample digital scans will be accepted via e-mail if lightbox is not available.
XXX XXXXXX, Photo Research
XXXXXXX & XXXXXX ADVERTISING
XXXXXXXXXX FL 33122
Email: XXXXXX[at]XXXXXXXX[dot]com
Pay Range: up to $300 (Brochure)
Deadline: June 15th





ALTERNATIVE-ENERGY SOLUTIONS IN OLD HOMES
WOMEN CANNING AND AND MARKETING/PACKAGING SHOTS
PLANTING, GROWING, HARVESTING AND USING HEIRLOOM POTATOES
Inside usage
Vertical or horizontal.
Energy-efficient updates and alternative-energy solutions in old homes Women canning and preserving in a small-business/commercial kitchen setting, including the final product and marketing/packaging shots
Planting, growing, harvesting and using heirloom potatoes (must include variety identification)
Note: Please put submissions on a CD and include a contact sheet.
Mail it to XXXXXXX
"No phone calls, please," says photobuyer.
Photo supplier responsible for shipping charges.
Prefer digital preview scans or "Lightbox".
"Only need previews if I have not worked with you before and you are a digital photographer," says photobuyer.
Pays no research fees.
Photo supplier responsible for shipping charges.
Prefer digital preview scans or "Lightbox", Comments: Digital specs: 300 dpi at actual size (at least 4x6 in tiff format. Cover consideration 8x11
If these rates are not acceptable please bring this up on the initial contact.
Digital images welcomed at 300 dpi
at actual size (at least 5 x 5, larger preferred).
If you have these specific images, post a selection of quality thumbnails (no more than 6 for each subject) and e-mail the lightbox where it can be viewed. Allow the lightbox to remain available for at least one month. In the subject area of your e-mail, use the word, PhotoSource. Sample digital scans will be accepted via e-mail if lightbox is not available.
XXXX XXXXXXXXX, Managing Edi
XXXXXXXXXXXXXX MAGAZINE
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX KY 40533
Email: XXXXXX[at]XXXXXXXXX[dot]com \
Web: http://www.XXXXXXXXXXXXX.com
Pay Range: $65 (partial page)
Deadline: May 14th

NORTH CAROLINA
Cover
Vertical
NORTH CAROLINA
Beech Mountain
Mt. Mitchell
Sugar Mountain
Note: For the July/August issue. High-altitude escapes - looking for beautiful, summer shots images that say "high up"
The theme: high-altitude escapes.
All must be taken in our coverage region in the mountains of these
nine states: VA, WV, TN, KY, AL, GA, MD, NC, SC
Our coverage area is outlined here:
http://www.XXXXXXXXX.html
Looking for beautiful scenics that tie into our stories - should be
gorgeous vertical or crop able-to-vertical pix, including mountains, can
include people but avoid staging, high saturation color, high quality images with room at top for a masthead.
Keep in mind COVER SHOTS, too, especially from travel features and photo essay: great vertical shots (or crop-able horizontals), with room at the top for a masthead and not too busy, especially on the left, which is where we usually put the teasers.
For cover and for travel stories, - we're looking for Summer scenics, towns, people, outdoor recreation, attractions, road shots. All images Summer
To save paper, postage, materials and time - on our part and yours - for those of you who are shooting digitally, PLEASE SUBMIT VIA E MAIL OR FTP rather than sending disks, if at all possible (this might not be possible for those with dial-up connections). Attach cutlines in a document with your submission.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Please don't submit non-digital images (slides,
transparencies) for more than two issues in advance - there are definite limits to our time and storage space here. Post this calendar wherever you find it most handy for future reference. If you have these specific images, post a selection of quality thumbnails (no more than 6 for each subject) and e-mail the lightbox where it can be viewed. Allow the lightbox to remain available for at least one month. In the subject area of your e-mail, use the word, PhotoSource. Sample digital scans will be accepted via e-mail if lightbox is not available.
XXXXX XXXX, Editor
XXXXXXXXXX MAGAZINE
XXXXXXXXXXX VA 24018
Email:XXXXXXX@XXXXXXXXXX.com
Pay Range: $40 - $100 (Interior)
$150 (Covers)
Deadline: May 13th

PEOPLE INTERACTING, CANDID INDIVIDUALS, RURAL AND URBAN SCENICS, WORSHIP, NATURAL/EVERYDAY SETTINGS.
Inside editorial use.
People Interacting, Candid Individuals, Rural And Urban Scenics, Worship,Natural/Everyday Settings.
1.) People interacting in spontaneous, unposed situations.
2.) Candid of individuals.
3.) Rural and urban scenics.
4.) Worship scenes.
5.) Multi-ethnic or ethnic in natural, everyday settings. "We try to include a diversity of age, sex, race, socioeconomic backgrounds as well as persons with handicapping conditions.
Note: May crop without seeking photographer," says photobuyer.
Send to:
XXXXXXXXX MAGAZINE
XXXXXXXXX TN 37203
Note: Does not pay holding fee.
Requires return postage (SASE only) sent with submissions.
This is a non-profit organization.
Pays upon publication.
If you have these specific images, post a selection of quality thumbnails (no more than 6 for each subject) and e-mail the lightbox where it can be viewed. Allow the lightbox to remain available for at least one month. In the subject area of your e-mail, use the word, PhotoSource. Sample digital scans will be accepted via e-mail if lightbox is not available.
XXXXXXXXX Associate Editor
XXXXXXXXXX MAGAZINE
XXXXXXXXXXXX TN 37203
Email: XXXXXX[at]XXXXX[dot]org
Web: http://www.XXXXX.org
Pay Range: $40
Deadline: June 1st


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"BUSINESS BLITZ" workshops -- The U.S. National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) has launched a one-day workshop on effective business practices for freelance photographers. "Business Blitz", kicks off on June 10th in McLean, VA, near Washington DC. SOURCE: Ron Galbraith http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/content_page.asp?cid=7-11532-11576


18 May, 2011 | Posted by: st



YOU’RE INVITED ! -- – CJ: “ I’m shooting for a month in NYC, celebrating the concept of the snapshot during an official Artist In Residency. The new project includes you + me — “dasein: an invitation to hang” While I’m shooting I want the world to know that you are invited to join me. Not necessarily in person but to be shooting creative moments, snapshots in your world, wherever that may be…. My hope is that you will then share those images via this website: Invitation ToHang.com . This site will serve a place where you can submit your best, most intriguing snapshot images, everyday for the next 30 days. SOURCE: Chase Jarvis : http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2011/05/new-project-includes-you-me-dasein-an-invitation-to-hang/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ChaseJarvis+%28Chase+Jarvis+Blog%29

18 May, 2011 | Posted by: st



"A portrait in not made in the camera but on either side of it." - Edward Steichen

18 May, 2011 | Posted by: st



1884 May 4th - Photograph of a lightning flash three miles away was taken by W C Gurley of the Marietta Observatory, Marietta, OH.

18 May, 2011 | Posted by: st





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May 12th 2011


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The Stodgy Photo Agencies
Hold Back Or Move Forward ?
How to GET NOTICED.
Give Your Photos Cool Backgrounds
This PRECISION
BETTER FISHING PHOTOS
Still Life photography
What To Expect If You’re Injured on Assignment
WANT TO GET ASSIGNMENTS?
Choose your clients with care
USING THE PAST TO FORECAST THE FUTURE
The Photographer’s Quest to Stay Relevant
Learn how to edit your photos to tell a story.
WHAT DO CLIENTS WANT?
We are surrounded by images
Facebook For Photographers
Why The Debate Over Image Manipulation Is Mostly a Waste of Time
Tips for a Smooth Photoshoot
Been thinking about becoming a fulltime stock photographer?
The Shpilman Institute for Photography Announces First Research Grant Winners
PROFESSIONAL WOMEN magazine
RIGHTS GRAB AGAIN
Now to business – your first stock photographs
Nature Photography Photo Workshop
CAMERA DIFFUSERS
CALCULATING PHOTO PRICES
How do you write someone out of history?
Based in Evanston, Illinois, Mather LifeWays
IMAGINE YOUR WORK ON THE COVER OF A MAGAZINE
Just a reminder
The Art of Building photography competition
The British Wildlife Photography Awards
The Deutsche Börse award announced
Greetings Former Workshop Participants and Friends
ARCHITECTURAL PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
GOING DEEPER Beyond the image.
Night Vision: Photography After Dark,’ at the Met
In Libya -Killed

11 May, 2011 | Posted by: st





Are they gone…?

The Stodgy Photo Agencies




Automation in the stock photo industry is making it simpler and easier to process and deliver photos that have gone through the digitalization process.

Stock photography, once a labor-intensive commercial enterprise, is becoming an automated industry.

The stodgy stock photo agencies of the early 1990's, who had no time to welcome newcomers to
the field, are seeing those same newcomers turn to
multiple-use microstock (Royalty Free) markets that deploy state-of-the-art technology.

As long as automatic controls on cameras make it easy for anyone with an eye for commercially acceptable stock photography to make pictures, newcomers will be attracted to microstock.

But automation has its drawbacks, as we all saw in the event and portrait photography field, where in many cases, wannabe photographers entered that field with enthusiasm only to discover that the easy automated production line process reduces their photography to not much more than factory-like work.

THE BEAN COUNTERS PAVE THE WAY


Commercial stock photography, like the music industry, has become so inbred, so automated, that anything beyond the acceptable norm is dismissed, or at best, looked upon with annoyance. The bean counters in the ambitious corporate stock photo world discourage any risk-taking (and that includes creative stock photography). They smile on their way to the bank, as they prove, quarter after quarter, that the commercial stock photo industry should be market-driven, not photographer-driven.

That leaves photographers in a position of having to create within the guidelines of bean counters. Photographers who have a need "to take the photos they want to take" are not welcome. The bean counters direct the process with pronouncements such as “we exist to continually look for ways to improve the bottom line.”

THE APPEAL OF EDITORIAL PHOTOGRAPHY


Editorial stock photography on the other hand, is driven by another need: the public's need to know, as well as the photographer's own need to know and express him/herself.

The editorial stock photo market is vast. It extends from your immediate community to across the nation, and around the globe. Your markets demand authenticity, documentation and accuracy. They also appreciate good story-telling. They love insights into how others are living their lives -- locally, nationally and internationally.

The success of TV's 60-MINUTES, FACEBOOK, TWITTER, and the afternoon and late-night talk shows, attest to the unquenchable curiosity of the public to learn about the world around them. Generic pictures from a commercial stock agency won't suffice. Content-specific photos (editorial photos) are what’s needed.

As automated digital delivery of stock photography becomes more commonplace, the need for editorial stock photography, contemporary and historical images, is growing exponentially.

If you have prepared well and honed your photography to target a specialized area, you'll be an important resource to existing, as well as future, media: cable, TV, Blogs, websites and satellite media, in their task of delivering information to the public.

Because automation results in swift delivery of images, and because digital archiving holds the promise of placing millions of pictures in a single location for lightning-speed access, editorial stock photography is going to be in big demand in the near future.

The stodgy photo agencies, on the other hand, will rarely play a role in this coming scenario. Generic, commercial stock photos aren't invited to the party.


Rohn Engh is the best-selling author of “Sell & ReSell Your Photos”
and “sellphotos.com.” He has produced an eBook, “How To Make the Marketable Photo,” and an eCourse, “How To Market Your Photos.” For more information and to receive a free eReport: “8 Steps to Becoming Published Photographer,” visit http://www.sellphotos.com
800 624-0266.






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Hold Back Or Move Forward ?




Times are tough
and they have been tough for a while. Many photographers are experiencing a drop in images sales and many publishers of magazines and books are trying to cut corners.

Cutting corners is often a necessary business practice when there's a downturn in the economy but the key to doing this right and not hurting your business instead of helping it, is to know what corners to cut and what corners to leave alone.

Generally speaking, you want to avoid cutting anything that generates income for you. This would include things like image production, marketing, trade publications, advertising, etc. The reason for this is that even though times might be tough now, they’ll be even tougher in the future if you’re not ready when the market makes a resurgence. .

As you know by now, getting on the radar screens of photobuyers and staying there is the single most important thing for your stock photo business. Cutting your advertising, marketing and similar areas is a surefire way of falling off that radar screen.
The dip in image usage is only temporary and when things get back to normal, you want to make absolutely certain that you are on the minds of all the photobuyers that are important to you.

Many successful businesses have increased, rather than decreased, marketing during rough times. Good, professional marketing is the key to success for any business but this becomes even more important when times are rough. Why does it become more important?

Well, since there are fewer images being licensed there are fewer opportunities for your work to be selected over the work of a competitor. Even though the number of customers may still be the same, the number of sale-opportunities have shrunk.

So, increasing your share of the photobuying market can only be a plus. Even when times are rough. Targeted marketing will bring you customers and once you have the customers contacting you, it’s up to you to move forward and close the sale.


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




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Name: Matthew Noble

Phone: 00441723865384

Email: matthew@matthewnoble.co.uk

Dates#1: 15 - 22 May

Destination#1: France, Limousin

Dates#2: 23 May - October 2012

Destination#2: UK - Yorkshire

Comments: Photographer based in Yorkshire UK

11 May, 2011 | Posted by: st



GET NOTICED -- How We Hire Photographers: New York Magazine - Allen Murabayashi: “Ashley Macknica has worked as a freelance photo editor at Jane Magazine and New York Magazine. In part two of our webinar series entitled How We Hire Photographers, Ashley discusses the importance of persistence and "repetitive exposure" in getting a photo editor's attention.” http://blog.photoshelter.com/2011/05/how-we-hire-photographers-new-york-magazine.html

COOL BACKGROUNDS -- Adam Dachis “Make a DIY Texture Projector to Give Your Photos Cool Backgrounds on the Cheap. If you take portraits, or would like to, one of the problems you'll often need to solve is getting yourself some good and interesting backgrounds. Here's a neat DIY project that uses a cardboard box and a few other items to solve the problem on the
cheap.” http://lifehacker.com/#!5796813/make-a-diy-texture-project-to-give-your-photos-cool-backgrounds-on-the-cheap


PRECISION -- Capturing action. LEGENDARY PHOTOGRAPHER Henri Cartier-Bresson coined the phrase 'the decisive moment' where all the elements come together for a split second, at which time the image must be made. In sports photography there is a moment where all the elements line up for maximum impact, and in people photography, even in travel photography, the same principles apply. SOURCE: Nick Rains
http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/journal/photography-tips-capturing-action.htm


BETTER FISHING PHOTOS -- Benbow: “O'Keefe provided a good seminar on making better photographs at the recent Federation of Fly Fishers fair in Ellensburg. SOURCE: Mike Benbow
http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20110505/BLOG50/110509896


VIBRANT STILL LIFE -- 27 Creative Examples of Still Life photography. Still life photography is an opposite concept of the action photography... SOURCE: Radwa; http://www.graphicmania.net/27-creative-examples-of-still-life-photography/


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TAKE CARE: What To Expect If You’re Injured on Assignment – Jay Malin: “When Bangkok-based photographer Philip Blenkinsop returned home after having a bomb blow up a few feet in front of him while photographing in southern Thailand for Time Asia, he got a lesson in the sort of assistance and protection freelancers on assignment can expect from their clients. SOURCE: Jay Mallin http://www.pdnonline.com/pdn/features/What-To-Expect-If-Yo-2568.shtml

11 May, 2011 | Posted by: st



WANT TO GET ASSIGNMENTS? Ed. Note: Notice how Jason, the art/creative director refers to photographers who specialize as “legitimate”. In other words, the photographer knows the territory, knows what the art director needs in the way of visuals. –
Chase Jarvis: “There are raging debates online all over the place about how to approach Art Directors and Creative Directors to show work. Email them, or don’t. Some of those folks are my friends and they want to help us help them. And they aren’t afraid to share their opinion. So here’s 10 questions (pulled from yours and updated with a few of mine) that needed answering following my chasejarvisLIVE a couple weeks back with AD/Brand Manager Jason Sutherland.
http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2011/04/10-questions-with-an-art-director/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ChaseJarvis+%28Chase+Jarvis+Blog%29



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Joe Farace is a photographer out of the Denver area and is well-known as a writer of both magazine articles and books.
Book publishing by photographers as a way of promoting their work is becoming popular now that self-publishing a photo book has emerged out of the digital revolution.

Grab a cup of coffee and spend a half-hour with this interesting guy who loves to share stock photography ideas.




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GET CHOOSEY -- Paul Dymond: "Photographer - choose your clients with care, and vice versa. My first question to any client I haven't met before is 'Have you seen my work?'. Yes I know that for many of us ...times are quiet and beggars can't be choosers. But if you don't actively choose who you work with ...then I think you're letting yourself in for some heartache, or at the very least a sense of dissatisfaction. http://pauldymond.blogspot.com/2011/05/photographer-choose-your-clients-with.html

USING THE PAST TO FORECAST THE FUTURE – Joe Farace: (See the Interview/video this weeek). “Most of us aren’t mathematicians but preparing forecasts is easier than you think. You take your best guess (that’s all any forecast really is) at what you expect or would like to gross by each month and it’s OK if you initially guess wrong. Be sure to keep records comparing your forecast to actual results and over time, this data will become a valuable planning tool.” http://goingpro2010.com/2011/05/03/making-business-forecasts-for-fun-and-profit/

KEEPIN’ UP -- Step by Step: The Photographer’s Quest to Stay Relevant – Skip Cohen: As a professional photographer your biggest challenge will be to stay relevant to your target audience. You need to stay on top of what’s hot and what’s not! Some resources for you to follow: http://goingpro2010.com/2011/05/06/step-by-step-the-photographers-quest-to-stay-relevant/

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TELL A STORY -- In some of the workshops Layne Kennedy conducts, participants share just ten shots at the end of the trip. “They learn how to edit their images down and tell their travel story in a concise, compelling way,” explains Layne Kennedy, a Minneapolis based magazine editorial photographer, who leads many travel photography workshops in the states and abroad. “It’s not just about taking great travel pictures, it’s about telling a story,” he says. SOURCE: Farewell Travels ; http://www.farewelltravels.com/lib_2011-05-04_Picture_This.html
PHOTO: Michelle Cast

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Detective work... Recently, in the Kracker Barrel, the question was how to get hold of a stock agency that changed its address and not let the world know about it, -or at least a news organization such as PhotoStockNOTES and its publisher, PhotoSource International.
All is well now, and the agency filled in with some questions of the past.
Hopefully, everyone has been paid (according to the agency they are)and business relations will continue smoothly again.


You'll find the details at:
http://board.photosource.com/read.php?1,5042


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WHAT DO CLIENTS WANT? -- More Cepic 2011 Introductions, Christina Vaughan and Lewis Blackwell - From London Christina Vaughan, Cepic president and CEO of imagesource introduces the 2011 congress taking place in Istanbul. http://www.fastmediamagazine.com/blog/2011/05/03/cepic-2011-seminar-introduction-by-turi-munthe/

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LEMONADE -- Stangot: “We are surrounded by images. Most people have heard the cliché, “When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade”, this is true and helpful when your environment and resources are limited.
SOURCE: Dreamstime http://blog.dreamstime.com/2011/05/05/we-are-surrounded-by-images-_art35090
PHOTO: Stangot


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Facebook For Photographers – John Lund: "What particularly caught my eye in the new survey by Photoshelter 'What Buyers Want From Photographers...' were two statistics. First, 61% of buyers search Google for images, and secondly, 87% go to stock agencies for images. Think about it. If your images are not on your site, and your site isn’t optimized for the search engines, you are missing out on the chance of getting your work in front of 61% of image-licensing art buyers. http://www.fastmediamagazine.com/blog/2011/04/26/facebook-for-photographers/

REPORTER OR ARTIST? -- Charlie Borland: “Why The Debate Over Image Manipulation Is Mostly a Waste of Time."
The debate over whether or not image manipulation should be done and whether it is ethical or not rages on and in my opinion, much of it is unnecessary. The opinions vary widely over disclosing what is real and what is not and some question whether any digital photograph can be believed. There are now even attempts to set ethical standards for digital photography manipulation..” http://www.pronaturephotographer.com/2011/04/why-the-debate-over-image-manipulation-is-mostly-a-waste-of-time/

THE SUM OF THE PARTS -- Tips for a Smooth Photoshoot - Kate: “Whether you are running the show yourself or you hire a producer, here are a few simple tips that may help you run a smoother production. http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2011/05/zen-the-art-of-production-12-tips-for-a-smooth-photoshoot/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ChaseJarvis+%28Chase+Jarvis+Blog%29
TAKEAWAY: Thanks, Kate. And another presidential quote (President Teddy Roosevelt) and another point to add, “Speak softly and carry a big stick” All the great Hollywood movie producers seemed to have this attribute. -RE


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MUSCLE FLEXING
-- Ed. Note: If you’ve been thinking about becoming a fulltime stock photographer here’s a report that might cause you to reconsider..
Scott Baradell: “Stock photographers are up in arms. The latest round of fury has been triggered by Getty’s decision to change its contributor agreement. Most notably, these changes allow Getty the right to include all royalty-free content in its subscription package.
They also remove the right for contributors to block Getty selling any of their images on a royalty-free basis. ;SOURCE: BlackStar Rising
http://rising.blackstar.com/getty-photographers.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Black-Star-Rising+%28Black+Star+Rising%29&utm_content=FeedBurner
TAKEAWAY: A Fable. Gulliver is gulping his children and soon he won’t have many left to chew on. Where did they all go? It’s tomorrow or 2012. The tide has reversed. These picture-takers escaped to the Internet corridor that has long been blossoming behind the screen, beckoning them to the new freedom. The time has come. Gulliver’s castle is crumbling and integration of labels like rights-managed, crowd-sourcing, microstock, macrostock, and royalty free, are floating downstream, flowing into the Internet stream to be separated into distinct branches of their liking. These are individual, independent photographers each opening their own specialty shops, big and small, each gathering their own faithful followers. These photosuppliers use their own personal marketing giant, the Internet, who broadcasts photowares to be delivered with speed, far and wide, to awaiting clients. And yes, these emerging picture artists are enjoying this new dawn of photomarketing, free from the bonds of Gulliver. -RE


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The Shpilman Institute for Photography Announces First Research Grant Winners (The SIP) is pleased to announce the recipients of its inaugural Grants Program for research in philosophy and photography
and for general research that advances understanding of photography’s practices, theories, and history. Paula Amad, Associate Professor, Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature, University of Iowa was their top prize winner. “The Earth’s ‘Lost Archives’: Rethinking Memory Through Aerial Photography,” $15,000. SOURCE: Romi Mikulinsky.
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011/5/prweb8364413.htm


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PROFESSIONAL WOMEN -- There are over 11 million single mothers in the United States. On May 1, 2011, a new on-line lifestyle magazine... SoloMomLife directed at professional single moms will launch online. The publication offers practical ways for single mothers to take time out for themselves, enjoy spa days, start and run businesses, and travel with their children (or without them).
SOURCE: Lisa T. Richardson, editor, founder http://www.auto-mobi.info/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=157946&Itemid=50


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RIGHTS GRAB AGAIN -- Carolyn A. Wright, Esq.: “Texas Motor Speedway Wants Copyrights Of Photographers - A photographer seeking credentials to shoot at the Texas Motor Speedway reportedly was handed a harsh agreement to sign, which includes a transfer of copyrights to the photos taken there and restricts what the photographer can do with the photos. It appears that the Speedway has joined other rights grabbers. http://www.photoattorney.com/?p=2184
Other rights grabs in exchange for access: http://www.aphotoeditor.com/2009/07/17/concert-photographers-asked-to-transfer-copyright-to-janes-addiction/comment-page-1/ . SOURCE: Carolyn A. Wright, Esq.
TAKEAWAY: This situation is where you want to stand up for your own rights, and in particular, the Freedom of the Press. Pompous event coordinators and security guards have the right to ask you to sign a release allowing the sponsor to own the copyright to your pictures. You have the right to not sign it. If you don’t mind paying your own way to an event, (not using the free press pass they issued you), well, whose going to know you have a camera underneath that raincoat you’re wearing. ? -RE


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Photo Book Review – Nature Photography Photo Workshop – Scott Bourne: “Nat Coalson’s book, Nature Photography Photo Workshop simply floored me. I’ve seen other people try to do this, but never so well. http://photofocus.com/2011/05/08/photo-book-review-nature-photography-photo-workshop/

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EVERYONE KNOWS WHAT A GREAT PHOTO IS…
BUT DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT A GREAT MARKETABLE PHOTO IS?

You've heard it often, "That's a great photo, did you take it?"
Congratulations, your scenic mountain-at-sunset won first place in the regional photo contest. You scratch your head and ask, "I wonder if I could sell this photo…?"

---Rohn Engh





This e-Book by Rohn Engh, publisher of PhotoStockNOTES will cause you to change the way you take editorial stock photos from now on.
Price: 14.95
29.95 for a hard copy at Lulu.com

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CAMERA DIFFUSERS -- have been made from all sorts of cheap supplies before, but never have I seen one made from a Pringles can, a couple of rubber bands, paper towels and some duct tape. SOURCE: Kat Hannaford
http://gizmodo.com/#!5796276/once-you-pop-you-cant-stopdiffusing


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CALCULATING PHOTO PRICES -- Matt Brading: “There's big pressure on stock photography prices these days but that doesn't mean you have to give up the rights to your images or accept anything less than a fair and reasonable payment. This information is offered as personal opinion and you should educate and inform yourself appropriately before entering into any business negotiations.
This is a process I use personally when I don’t have the option of looking up a pricing table or a calculator.” *
http://www.fastcashphoto.com/2011/05/stock-photography-pricing-a-simple-method-for-calculating-photo-prices/ More info:
* http://www.StockPhotoPriceCalculator.com


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LOOK WHO’s GONE -- Rebecca Price: “How do you write someone out of history? It's easy. Just don't mention them. Or just photoshop them out of the picture. On May 6, 2011, a New York-based Hasidic newspaper, Der Tzitung (sometimes spelled Der Zeitung), ran the White House photograph with two glaring omissions. They removed two women from the reproduction: Secretary Hillary Clinton and Audrey Tomason, the Director of Counterterrorism.” SOURCE: Rebecca Price ; http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rebecca-price/hillary-clinton-photoshop_b_860083.html

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

Based in Evanston, Illinois, Mather LifeWays is a unique, non-denominational not-for-profit organization that has served older adults for 70 years. Dedicated to developing and implementing Ways to Age WellSM, we create programs, places, and residences for today’s young-at-heart older adults. These include providing continuum of living and care; making neighborhoods better places for older adults to live, work, learn, contribute, and play; and identifying, implementing, and sharing best practices for wellness programs, aging-in-the-workplace issues, emergency preparedness, staff development, and online education and programs empowering working family caregivers. To learn more about our senior living residences, Community Initiatives, and Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging, call (847) 492.7500 or find your way to www.matherlifeways.com
As part of its 70th anniversary celebration, Mather LifeWays is holding a photo contest to capture images of what people of all ages consider “Aging Well” through the lens of the camera.
What does aging well look like? Placing in a cycling, swimming, or foot race? Making healthy food choices? Planting and tending to your first garden? Having fun with friends or family? Volunteering for a cause? Hugging your grandchild? Playing sports with the local club? Mather LifeWays would like to collect images of and celebrate people participating in these and other activities demonstrating how they are aging well
The deadline for submission of no more than three photos per entrant is June 30, 2011.
The entrant of the photo awarded first place will receive a $300 Ritz Camera gift certificate. Second place prize is a Mino HD Flip Camera and the third place prize is a Kodak Digital Photo Frame.
For more information:
http://www.matherlifeways.com/photocontest/


IMAGINE YOUR WORK ON THE COVER OF A MAGAZINE
Here's your chance to make it happen! Professional Photographer magazine invites you to submit photographs for a chance to have your image featured on a cover.
In addition to landing the cover of a 2011 edition of Professional Photographer, the winner will also be awarded a selection of prizes from our generous sponsors: Manfrotto, Photobiz Web Solutions, Tamron & White House Custom Colour.
Deadline: May 31, 2011
For more information:
www.ppmag.com/cover-contest-2011/


Just a reminder: Hallmark has several photo contests going on each month. How it works is that you submit a great card to the contest. They put the best cards online for sale and you win $250. The very best of the best get to be sold in stores, also, at which time you win another $250.
For more information:
http://www.hallmarkcontests.com/

The Art of Building photography competition is an international showcase for the very best digital photography of the built environment. It is open to both professional and amateur photographers.
Run by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), the competition celebrates the creativity of the industry, the passion of the people who work within it, and the impact their work has on those who make use of the final construction.
Prizes: £1500 cash and title Art of Building Photographer of the Year
Deadline: May 31, 2011
For more information:
http://www.artofbuilding.org/


The British Wildlife Photography Awards were established in 2009. The key aims of the Awards are to:
Recognize the talents of photographers practicing in the UK, while at the same time highlight the great wealth and diversity of Britain’s natural history.
Celebrate British wildlife, in all its beauty and diversity, through a collection of inspirational photographs.
Showcase the very best of our nature photography to a wide audience and engage all ages with evocative and powerful imagery.
Encourage discovery, exploration, conservation and enjoyment of our natural heritage.
Raise awareness about British biodiversity, species and habitats.
Winners and commended entrants will have their work showcased in a national touring exhibition and in a stunning book published by AA Publishing. Now in its third year these awards celebrate and recognize the talents of photographers of all nationalities practicing in the UK, while at the same time, highlight the great wealth and diversity of British natural history.
The competition is open until 2 June 2011, with a prize fund of up to £20,000.
For more information:
http://www.bwpawards.org/




-jg




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American photographer Jim Goldberg was awarded the 2011 Deutsche Börse
Photography Prize in a ceremony at Ambika P3, University of Westminster, London.
http://www.pdnonline.com/pdn/news/Jim-Goldberg-Awarded-2536.shtml?imw=Y




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Our new section called Previous Photo Needs. The following excerpts from previous PhotoDaily and Photoletter issues can inspire you to go out and simulate similar photo needs for a kind of ‘self assignment.’ Each week we include photo listings from a year ago. We present here typical photo needs from a year ago. 2010.
We hope you like this new section of PhotoStockNOTES and welcome your feedback. -RE






CHILDREN PUSHING AN ADULT INTO SWIMMING POOL
Canon Ad
Vertical
Children pushing an adult into swimming pool, MUST be shot with a Canon camera
Note: IMMEDIATE NEED
Pays no research fees.
One year all print media in North America, Latin America, and electronic
Please send low res jpegs
If you have these specific images, post a selection of quality thumbnails (no more than 6 for each subject) and e-mail the lightbox where it can be viewed. Allow the lightbox to remain available for at least one month. In the subject area of your e-mail, use the word, PhotoSource. Sample digital scans will be accepted via e-mail if lightbox is not available.
XXXXX XXXXXX, Art Buying Manager
New York, NY 10013
Email: XXXXXXXX[at]XXXXXXXXXX[dot]com
Pay Range: $2500
Deadline: March 8th TODAY END OF DAY

HOTEL HORSA IN RIO DE JANIERO
Inside editorial use.
Horizontal
Hotel Horsa in Rio De Janiero Interior or exterior of
Horsa Hotel
Originally opened as an apartment building, the Hora National Hotel has 510 guest rooms and suites across from the beach at Gaeva.
Note: IMMEDIATE NEED TODAY
Photobuyer requests Email before submitting and for FedEx number. No phone calls please. "Do not contact unless you have exactly what I am looking for," says photobuyer. Will convert color to B&W. Mailed submissions accepted only after initial contact with photobuyer. Sample digital preview scans accepted via Email. Research fees negotiable.
If you have these specific images, post a selection of quality thumbnails (no more than 6 for each subject) and e-mail the lightbox where it can be viewed. Allow the lightbox to remain available for at least one month. In the subject area of your e-mail, use the word, PhotoSource. Sample digital scans will be accepted via e-mail if lightbox is not available.
XXXXX XXXXXX, Photo Editor
Email: XXXXXXX[at]gmail[dot]com
Pay Range: $300 - $350
Deadline: March 8th TODAY

LAKE AHQUABI STATE PARK, LAKE AHQUABI
Inside editorial usage, web
Lake Ahquabi State Park, Lake Ahquabi
(22 miles south of Des Moines)
Any attractive scenic photos of the park, lake, hiking trails, forest.
People in shot OK.
Note: Color, JPEGs Only, No Originals Accepted, Viewing Platform
Pays no research fees.
Email only
No phone calls
If you have these specific images, post a selection of quality thumbnails (no more than 6 for each subject) and e-mail the lightbox where it can be viewed. Allow the lightbox to remain available for at least one month. In the subject area of your e-mail, use the word, PhotoSource. Sample digital scans will be accepted via e-mail if lightbox is not available.
XXXXX XXXXXX, Photo Editor
XXXXXX MAGAZINE
Greensboro, NC 27401
Email: XXXXXXX XXXXX[at]XXXXXX[dot]com \
Web: www.XXXXXXXXXXXXXX.com
Pay Range: $175 - $200 Inside $100 Website
Deadline: March 12th



TENNESSEE
Cover
Vertical
Tennessee
Mt. LeConte
Roan Mountain
Rocky Top/Thunderhead Mountain
Note: For the July/August issue. High-altitude escapes - looking for beautiful, summer shots images that say "high up"
The theme: high-altitude escapes.
All must be taken in our coverage region in the mountains of these
nine states: VA, WV, TN, KY, AL, GA, MD, NC, SC
Our coverage area is outlined here:
http://www.XXXXXXXXXXXXXX.html
Looking for beautiful scenics that tie into our stories - should be
gorgeous vertical or crop able-to-vertical pix, including mountains, can
include people but avoid staging, high saturation color, high quality images with room at top for a masthead.
Keep in mind COVER SHOTS, too, especially from travel features and photo essay: great vertical shots (or crop-able horizontals), with room at the top for a masthead and not too busy, especially on the left, which is where we usually put the teasers.
For cover and for travel stories, - we're looking for Summer scenics, towns, people, outdoor recreation, attractions, road shots. All images Summer
To save paper, postage, materials and time - on our part and yours - for those of you who are shooting digitally, PLEASE SUBMIT VIA E MAIL OR FTP rather than sending disks, if at all possible (this might not be possible for those with dial-up connections). Attach cutlines in a document with your submission.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Please don't submit non-digital images (slides,
transparencies) for more than two issues in advance - there are definite limits to our time and storage space here. Post this calendar wherever you find it most handy for future reference. If you have these specific images, post a selection of quality thumbnails (no more than 6 for each subject) and e-mail the lightbox where it can be viewed. Allow the lightbox to remain available for at least one month. In the subject area of your e-mail, use the word, PhotoSource. Sample digital scans will be accepted via e-mail if lightbox is not available.
XXXX XXX XXXXX, Editor
XXXXXXX XXXXX MAGAZINE
XXXXXXX, VA 24018
Email:XXXXXXX@XXXXXXXX.com
Pay Range: $40 - $100 (Interior)
$150 (Covers)
Deadline: May 6th

LITERARY VOICES; AMERICAN AUTHORS
Inside editorial possible cover
Literary Voices: American Authors. Looking for anything (suitable for children ages 8-14) related to this
Note: For July/Aug 2011 issue of XXXXXXXX®. Do not forget that our magazine is aimed at youths from ages 8 to 14.
If you have photographs pertaining to any upcoming theme, please contact the editor by mail or fax, or send them with your query. You may also send images on speculation.
XXXXX XXXXXX, Editor
XXXXXXXXX, NH 03458
Fax: X XXX XXX XXXX
Web: http://www.XXXXXXXX.com
Pay Range: $25 (Qtr) - $100 (Full page)
Deadline: June 1st

CHILDREN (all ages/ all ethnic backgrounds)
Inside editorial, possible cover.
Children, (all ages, all ethnic backgrounds)
Solo, small or large group shots - male/female
For our quarterly legal journal.
Note: "This is an independent non-profit law center, images for use in quarterly news journal," says photobuyer.
Photobuyer requests email before submitting.
No phone calls
Pays no research fees.
One-time use.
If you have these specific images, post a selection of quality thumbnails (no more than 6 for each subject) and e-mail the lightbox where it can be viewed. Allow the lightbox to remain available for at least one month. In the subject area of your e-mail, use the word, PhotoSource. Sample digital scans will be accepted via e-mail if lightbox is not available.
XXXXXX XXXXX, Director of Communications
XXXX, CA 94612
Email: XXXXXX[at]XXXXXX[dot]org \ Web: http://www.XXXXXXXX.org
Pay Range: $25-$50
Deadline: May 21st


11 May, 2011 | Posted by: st



NEAR, time-wise — FAR, distance-wise.
Greetings Former Workshop Participants and Friends,

Torres del Paine ©Ellzey
Near The EXTREME LANDSCAPES workshop is getting close. Departs June 25. Goes to July 9.
Far It starts in the Torres del Paine region, the extreme south of Chilean Patagonia, and ends in the Atacama Desert, the driest desert in the world, in the extreme north of Chile. (Approx. 2,121 mi., 3,414 km between our shooting locations).
See workshop/safari details here: http://www.billellzey.com/pages/workshops_patagonia2.html
Jack Dykinga
Jack was to co-lead this workshop. A couple months ago he had a freak fall that boogered up his shoulder. Surgery revealed severe damage. Prognosis— no schlepping big camera gear and international baggage for several months. Bummer, to say the least. Here's his email address for those of you who know him and want to send good wishes: jack[at]dykinga[dot]com.
The Trip
As the workshop/safari title states it's extreme in many ways, though not physically demanding. First and foremost is the extremely stunning landscape of these two regions, from Patagonia's iconic massif, the Torres del Paine, to the extremely mysterious moonscapes and high altitude hot springs and geysers of the Atacama Desert. Second it's in winter (southern hemisphere ya know). It's for people who see winter's unique beauty with the bonus of photographing winter light on particularly stunning and exotic landforms.
Semi-Private
What with Jack's accident, cum absence, our number of participants accepted is reduced. It is possible that the instructor-participant ratio will be as low as 1:5 or even 1:4. This obviously means more personal attention throughout the trip.
Guide & Outfitter
Salvaje Corizon! (Wild Heart)! http://www.salvajecorazon.com/
My first experience with Salvaje Corazon hooked me for good. Professionals. Great trip organization, logistics, food, congeniality, vans, drivers, translators, hosts and Chilean ambassadors.

Hot springs, Atacama Desert ©Dykinga
So come join us if you can. Yep, it's a cliché to say it but, this trip could truly be a once in a lifetime experience.


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ARCHITECTURAL PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP-- on Chicago Phase One PODAS presents two among the finest architectural photographers in the USA, Jeffrey Totaro and Chris Barrett for a 3-day workshop in the architectural capital of the US, Chicago, IL.
http://www.phaseone.com/global/PODAS-Workshops/Chicago.aspx







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GOING DEEPER -- Paul Melcher: “Beyond the image. Up to now, images would only give you remote information in a passive way. More than often, they illustrate an accompanying article, with no more duty than to confirm what you are reading. As much as the photographer or publisher tried, it was a view and forget operation. No so anymore.
http://blog.melchersystem.com/2011/05/03/beyond-the-image/
TAKEAWAY: FACEBOOK does a good job of this, but Stipple does it better, and pretty soon, XYZ will do it even better.


11 May, 2011 | Posted by: st




Night Vision: Photography After Dark,’ at the Met - Review
What Photographers Saw After Sunset. “Night Vision: Photography After Dark” continues through Sept. 18 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; (212) 535-7710, metmuseum.org. SOURCE: MARTHA SCHWENDENER
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/29/arts/design/night-vision-photography-after-dark-at-the-met-review.html


11 May, 2011 | Posted by: st



"Of course it’s all luck"
– Henri Cartier Bresson

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In Libya -Killed: Tim Hetherington, pictured in Afghanistan while making the documentary Restrepo, was killed in a mortar attack in Misrata yesterday



Killed: Getty Images photographer Chris Hondros walks at the ruins of a building in southern Beirut, Lebanon - he was killed recently in Misrata, Libya


Read more: http://www2.macleans.ca/2011/05/06/sex-drugs-and-combat-photography/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1379185/Tim-Hetherington-Last-picture-photographer-killed-Libya.html#ixzz1LvCuOnJU

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1379185/Tim-Hetherington-Last-picture-photographer-killed-Libya.html


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Mini-Boom One-Light Kit
The Impact Mini-Boom One-Light Kit is a basic, 250 watt, 5" floodlight with an air-cushioned stand, and boom arm with counterweight.Click Here!


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How To Make The Marketable Photo

EVERYONE KNOWS WHAT A GREAT PHOTO IS…
BUT DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT A GREAT MARKETABLE PHOTO IS?
You've heard it often, "That's a great photo, did you take it? "Congratulations, your scenic mountain-at-sunset won first place in the regional photo contest.
You scratch your head and ask, "I wonder if I could sell this photo…?"
Sure, -- you could sell it... –to the local library, bank, or hotel lobby.
But that doesn't make it "marketable." That kind of sale is a one-time sale. You'll get only a few of those. In contrast, marketable photos are those that have the kind of content and treatment that make them sell over and over again for you.
And to markets world-wide. With the help of the Internet.
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AC-1400 4-Section Aluminum Tripod w/ BA-00 Ball Head
The Oben AC-1400 4-Section Aluminum Tripod w/ BA-00 Ball Head provides a sturdy base of support for any DSLR, point-and-shoot camera, or a compact camcorder. The head/tripod combination weighs less than 3 lb and bears more than 6 lb, to support DSLR cameras even as they're equipped with long zoom lenses
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May 5th 2011


04 May, 2011 | Posted by: st



How To Sell Your Photos
Would You Hire This Photographer?

Going With An Agency
Finding New Photography Locations
how you can follow new posts
Ten Ways to Work with Natural Light
ALWAYS USE A LENS HOOD
Can online news revenue ever come close to print revenue?
Businessman prepares bid to buy Boston Globe
Rohn interviews Rick Smolan
BUILDING YOUR BUSINESS
Ebook vs Printbook…
color or B+W? It's a tricky question
5 TIPS
FASTER THAN A… ( QUICK JOURNALISM )
Things Are Changing
I took a tumble over a 20-foot wall in Pisa,
NEW MAGAZINE READY TO POWER AHEAD
SENSITIVE USE OF A PHOTO
Introduction to Microstock Sales
PHOTOGRAPHING CHILDREN – Photo Workshop
Mothers day sale !
EXCEPTIONAL LIGHTING PHOTOGRAPHY
evolution of a classic.
Going Out To Photograph?
ARE THEY WORTH IT?
Previous Photo Needs
Vacation & Travel Photography Workshop
Nature and the Architect


04 May, 2011 | Posted by: st






Would You Hire

This Photographer?


(The case for specialization…)


by Rohn Engh





Over the past thirty years, I have championed the proposition that specialization is the route to take for success in the field of stock photography. My detractors have grumbled, “Hey, you’re always harping on this.”
Yes, it’s true. Specialization Because it’s at the heart of what works for the independent photographer, and a surprisingly large number of photographers lose years of their working life before they become convinced of the truth of it; if indeed they ever do.

It’s been distressing to me to see so many excellent photographers lose their enthusiasm for stock photography over the years. The reason wasn’t that they didn’t have talent or good business sense, but because they tried to be “all things to all clients.” They didn’t specialize. They didn’t produce a deep selection of photos and knowledge in one (or a select few subject areas.)

Now, thirty years later, hundreds of successful photographers are living proof of the success brought by specialization. > In other disciplines as well: doctors, musicians, attorneys, the military and so on. To rise to the top of their profession --they specialize.

THE CHAMPIONS


The stock photographers who have turned out to be champions, are those who picked one topic, one area of stock photography expertise, a subject area that they loved photographing, and stuck with it. Their ‘brand’ is now widely known by the photo buying community. These photographers have built a deep treasury of excellent stock photography in their area of expertise. They have meshed their talent with markets that need the kind of photographs they’ve prefered as their brand.

This concept of specialization is not contrary to business school advice. It goes all the way back to the birth of merchandising: > Make an item for consumption that pleases you to produce, and determine if there’s a market out there. If by your research you find there is,

GO FOR IT!

Of course here, we’re talking about selling your photos, building wealth, and sharing your expertise. I’m addressing working photographers, not fine art photographers who might today be at the top level of fame, -- but tomorrow in the bottom level of the income scale.
Is this idea of “specialization” outdated and “old school”?

I came across a video featuring a contemporary working photographer interviewing an art director, that I think would be of great interest you.

Go Here:
http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2011/04/how-why-we-get-hired-interview-with-an-art-director/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ChaseJarvis+%28Chase+Jarvis+Blog%29
The working photographer is Chase Jarvis, a well-known commercial photographer (www.chasejarvis.com). And the art/creative director is Jason Sutherland of the company, REI, (Seattle, WA). Here’s the interview. It’s a lesson in why specialization is so important to your success as a stock photographer. Notice how the words “authentic ” and “legit” are used in their conversation (at 03:28), and notice how an art director will expect you to know the mission of their brand. Also, notice how an art director would hope you had knowledge of their theme, their subject area, even before you started your stock photography career.


PHOTO: Chase Jarvis



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Rohn Engh is the best-selling author of “Sell & ReSell Your Photos”
and “sellphotos.com.” He has produced an eBook, “How To Make the Marketable Photo,” and an eCourse, “How To Market Your Photos.” For more information and to receive a free eReport: “8 Steps to Becoming Published Photographer,” visit http://www.sellphotos.com
800 624-0266.



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Going With An Agency

Signing up with a stock photo agency isn’t fast money, far from it.
Make certain you understand how the agency works in the area of payments to you, as few things can turn a business relationship sour as fast as misunderstandings about when payments are made.
Many photobuyers work 4-6 months to a year or even two years ahead before making a photo selection.
Until they are close to going to print, they don’t send payment for your photo usage.
This means that when you enter your photographs with an agency, you should be prepared to wait. How long? For a year or two before you start seeing consistent sales.
As you can see from the above examples, the time between when a sale is made and a payment is received, can vary.
Not happy with the results you are getting from an agency? Reasons for terminating the contract should be specified in the contract.
It should spell out:
1.) how the agency is required to return your database of photos, or to keep your digital database of images.
2.) What is to be done with a remaining account balance, and the other important financial details.
3.) Don't expect to find that your stock photo agency, in their ciontract with you, will cover (with insurance) the cost, in case of fire, flood, wind, etc. damage to your images (digital or film, or prints.)
Again, the contract is in place to protect your interests as well as the interests of the agency. It is a wise investment to have your attorney look over a contract you’re not feeling sure about. Also, if photographer friends are signed up with the same agency, get their feedback.
One important detail the contract should spell out is what happens in the case of a serious disagreement. The agency should be willing to provide you, or your representative, access to their books, so you can find out if sales are being credited properly.
Most contracts stipulate arbitration to be carried out by a licensed/certified arbiter in the state where the agency is located.

Signing up with an agecy is a great accomplishment, but no one said the journey was going to be easy.

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 USA correspondent for 11 Swedish magazines and writes a
how to photograph
column for PhotoStockNOTES. To reach Mikael
via email
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Name: Steven Knipp

Phone: [852]6925-4640

Email: superscribe[at]hotmail.com[dot]hk

Dates#1: May through Sept

Destination#1: Hong Kong, Macau, S China, Philippines

Comments: Can cover anything from aviation and construction,to environment,
people and culture, food and hotels, travel and touris.

04 May, 2011 | Posted by: st



GEOCACHING -- A Creative Tip for Finding New Photography Locations – Jim Harmer: “Sometimes it can disappointing when you have a free morning but you can’t think of anywhere new to shoot. Try geocaching, you can find the locations near you by going to the Geocaching website. I discovered some incredible little spots in the city that I would never have found otherwise. http://improvephotography.com/774/a-creative-tip-for-finding-new-photography-locations/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ImprovePhotography+%28Improve+Photography%29



RSS - keeping up.




Here's a good explanation of RSS
and how you can follow new posts
of your favortite websites
(like PhotoStockNOTES).
Once you set up a "Reader"
the latest post(s) will come to
you, rather that you having to
search for the post.

SOURCE: Lee Lefever -- Commoncraft.com





Free Photography Tutorials –Two videos, Ten Ways to Use One Light Source and Ten Ways to Work with Natual Light.. SOURCE: Matthew Jordan Smith http://www.pixiq.com/article/free-photography-tuturials



ALWAYS USE A LENS HOOD -- Four Reasons: Scott Bourne : “I know this might seem to be a really basic post, but that’s what people tend to miss the most, the basics! We all do it. We take short cuts thinking we’re speeding things up, then we spend twice the time we should, fixing our mistakes." http://skipsphotonetwork.com/2011/04/how2-series-four-reasons-to-always-use-a-lens-hood-by-scott-bourne/
PHOTO: Scott Bourne

04 May, 2011 | Posted by: st



How Print Vs. Online News Consumption Compares - Can online news revenue ever come close to print revenue? Scout Analytics looked at the differences in user behavior in print and online and came to a pessimistic conclusion—that both the time spent consuming and money earned from online news will never come close to that of print news. SOURCE: Infographic; http://paidcontent.org/article/419-infographic-how-print-vs.-online-news-consumption-compares/

DO I HEAR $201m? -- Businessman prepares bid to buy Boston Globe - A Wellesley, MA businessman is preparing to offer more than $200 million to buy The Boston Globe from its longtime owner, The New York Times Co. SOURCE: Casey Ross ; http://articles.boston.com/2011-04-29/ae/29487987_1_globe-editor-business-plan-business-model


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Rohn interviews Rick Smolan,
photographer, publisher,
and creator of the Day in the Life
series of coffee table-sized books.

Rick shares his thoughts and ideas
on where stock photographey fits
into the changing on-line photography landscape.

The 28 minute interview is jam-packed
with insights into this inventive person.



Video slowing down? Your computer’s buffer pauses because it can’t handle this 28-minute video with many images? Here’s a remedy, play the video with audio in the off position, go have a coffee or involve yourself for 28 minutes and come back and replay the video from the start. Presto! You’ll be able to play the entire video without a pause.

04 May, 2011 | Posted by: st



BUILDING YOUR BUSINESS -- Art buyers talk about working with agents and reps - Juliette Wolf-Robin travels the U.S. asking art buyers, editors and industry insiders how artists can market their businesses more effectively. SOURCE: Angela Kryhul;
http://www.adbase.com/Blog/Building-Your-Business/ArtBuyersTalkAboutWorkingWithAgentsandReps


04 May, 2011 | Posted by: st



Ebook vs Printbook…

And the winner is. . . .


The Tipping Point For Ebook vs Printbook Sales to Consumers has occurred this year, and it was February 2011.
Not only did ebooks experience triple digit growth over their number of sales from the previous February, but ebooks outsold all other categories of books.
The significant paragraph is, “For February 2011, e-Books ranked as the #1 format among all categories of Trade publishing (Adult Hardcover, Adult Paperback, Adult Mass Market, Children’s/Young Adult Hardcover, Children’s/Young Adult Paperback).” *

There are also smaller ongoing changes in the ebook scene of particular interest to photographers. Barnes & Noble’s Nook, one of the important ebook reading devices, has come out in color. Apple’s iPad has beautiful color. Amazon’s Kindle, as a device, remains black and white, but the applications for reading Kindle books on the iPad or smart phones do allow color.
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The opportunity for photographers to publish
their work in ebooks has never before been so auspicious.
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In the recent past the pattern was: produce a printbook of your work, then maybe an ebook. Increasingly, the pattern is becoming: produce an ebook of your work, then maybe a printbook. Possibly the printbook could be a print-on-demand book with an entity such as Lightning Source, which would mean that any bookstore working with the Ingram system could order it. However, quality and inexpensive print-on-demand remains black and white, as of now, but--all these matters evolve.

Some basics to keep in mind are the following: You will want your ebook to be available through Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, and the Apple iBookstore. There are other players, but they are now relatively minor compared to these three.

The next decision is: will you do all the coding work yourself to prepare your ebook, going through those learning curves, or will you engage a provider, such as Smashwords, to process and present your ebook to these entities? Smashwords calls its conversion tool for all formats “the meatgrinder.” The results are not always pretty. All these nuances are evolving.

The publishing barriers to entry, the gatekeeper world of the past, with a select few publishers and editors determining what would be published, has changed forever. With the rise of ebooks, which have preparation cost but little production cost, the future looks bright for the photographer who wishes to see his or her work published.

In my own case, I will publish two new ebooks on my favorite subject, Northern California travel writing/photography, in 2012. I’ll tell you more about them in future months.

You can watch this progress in my individual content segments at www.fostertravel.com. I’ll explain exactly what my printbook, ebook, website, app, stock photo, and article/photo-placement-in-magazines strategies will be. Maybe you have similar publishing dreams for your favorite subject.
* You can read the press release from the Association of American Publishers, at http://www.publishers.org/press/30/.


--
Lee Foster
Foster Travel Publishing
PO Box 5715
Berkeley, CA 94705
510-549-2202
lee[at]fostertravel[dot]com
http://www.fostertravel.com




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



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COLOR OR B+W? Travel photography tips: color or B+W? It's a tricky question. The answer depends on the look that you are trying to achieve. Some images are more reliant on texture and tone than on color, and other images need the color to tell their story. B+W is also considered slightly more 'arty' but at the end of the day it's what you, the photographer, prefer. SOURCE: Nick Rains http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/journal/travel-photography-tips-colour-or-black-and-white.htm
PHOTO: Nick Rains


5 TIPS -- Improve Your Travel Photography. SOURCE: Ralph Velasco http://blog.contiki.com/2011/04/28/5-more-tips-for-improving-your-travel-photography/
PHOTO: Ralph Velasco


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FASTER THAN A… ( QUICK JOURNALISM ) -- Blurb,the photo book company has launched a mobile media story app - New mobile platform enables anyone to quickly compose and share media stories directly from their iPhone. A BLURB MOBILE story can range from sharing a personal moment with friends and family, to a real-time report from a front-line photojournalist covering breaking. Produced by individuals with a passion for capturing life’s moments, news, etc. http://www.photographymonthly.com/News-and-Reviews/2011/4/Blurb-launches-mobile-media-story-app

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BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND -- Scott Bourne: “ Photographers: As Much As We Hate To Admit It – Things Are Changing. We need to start re-thinking our business model. Nope – I am not suggesting you become a cheap shoot and burn photographer. I’m suggesting you take a measured, professional, well thought-out approach to deciding how digital file delivery can fit into your business model." http://goingpro2010.com/2011/04/27/photographers-as-much-as-we-hate-to-admit-it-%E2%80%93-things-are-changing/

TAKE CARE! -- David duChemin: “And Then I Fell. – “took a tumble over a 20-foot wall in Pisa, Italy. Somehow it seems even more relevant now. As for the fall, here are the short strokes: I was trying to get a better angle on a scouting shot, made a poor decision, lost my balance and fell. http://www.pixelatedimage.com/blog/2011/04/and-then-i-fell/



04 May, 2011 | Posted by: st




NEW MAGAZINE READY TO POWER AHEAD A new magazine, aimed at those interested in powerboats of all sizes, will hit the shelves on both sides of the Tasman early next week.
SOURCE: Mike Rose ;
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10722531


04 May, 2011 | Posted by: st



SENSITIVE USE OF A PHOTO -- Mother Claims Defamation Over Daughter’s Image on Billboard - The mother of a six-year-old New Jersey girl whose image appeared in controversial anti-abortion ads has sued the advertisers in New York Supreme Court in Manhattan for unauthorized commercial use of the girl’s likeness. The lawsuit calls the ads “offensive, defamatory, and racist.” SOURCE: DavidWalker
http://pdnpulse.com/2011/04/mother-claims-defamation-over-daughters-image-on-billboard.html


04 May, 2011 | Posted by: st




Introduction to


Microstock Sales


– How to start...




by Steve Heap

In the previous post I gave a brief overview of how making sales through microstock sites works – now to dig deeper into how to get involved.
How much can I earn?
I have photographs on about 15 microstock sites on the Internet, with around 1300 images on average on each site – some sites more, others considerably less as their standards are either higher or they restrict the number of uploads you can make per week.
iStockPhoto is the most restrictive, allowing only 20 images in any seven days. As their standards are also high, you can see how it takes a long time to build a large portfolio with iStock.
Although I have been creating stock photographs for 3 years, I really focused on getting more images online in 2010. I had 360 images at the end of 2009 on Shutterstock – today it is almost 1400. Across the main sites, I had this number of files on-line at the end of March 2011:



How did that effort translate into hard cash? Earnings over the last year have steadily grown – I took more pictures, uploaded more pictures and, like clockwork, the income rose:

Stock Earnings during 2010

As you can see, in March, I finally hit $750 for the month, and in 2010 as a whole, I earned almost $5000. A recent survey by a microstock proponent, MicrostockForum, of 540 stock photographers for 2010, reported that the average income was $13000, with the highest reported income being $211,000! The median (the most common income across the group) was $3200, of those who answered the survey, which shows that there are a lot of low earners, but some really successful photographers at the top end.
Compared to the median, I did pretty well! If you want to have a go at making money from microstock sites with your stock photography, read on!

Setting up a Limited Liability Company

The first step is to think about taxes and how you can set the costs of setting up in business as a stock photographer against the earnings you receive.
In my case, I decided to create a Limited Liability Company (LLC) that safeguards your assets from anyone who has a problem with an image that you have published.
There are many useful articles on the web about how to set up an LLC – I followed one of those and wrote an earlier blog on setting up a Limited Liability Company for your earnings.
Please consult with a tax adviser and lawyer if you are not sure about this. I do my own personal taxes, but I have used a professional to create the tax return for the LLC and pass the losses (in the early days) back to me for inclusion in my own tax return.
As long as you are steadily attempting to make money, you can set the cost of your equipment, running expenses such as website hosting, phone, rent, software etc. against the income you receive.
In the early days of your new business, this will almost always be an overall loss, and you can deduct that loss from your personal income on your own tax return.
Although I haven’t yet gotten to the stage of taking photo collecting trips to exotic places, I assume that you can set the cost of such trips against income when you really start to earn some serious money from your photographs! [Ed Note: The IRS encourages entrepreneurs to engage in business. Read chapter 16, “A Mini Tax Shelter” in Rohn Engh’s Sell & Resell Your Photos to learn how you are eligible to reduce your tax debt, including travel costs. Show chapter 16 to your tax advisor. If he/she does not agree, find a new advisor because that person is costing you tax savings. – RE ]

What sort of equipment do you need?


want to read more ?

04 May, 2011 | Posted by: st



Book review
by Joe Stanski


PHOTOGRAPHING CHILDREN – Photo Workshop by Ginny Felch and Allison Tyler Jones, published by Wiley Publishing, Inc.
This is a workshop “how to” book about photographing children. It begins (Chapter 1) with a comment about being inspired when photographing children and I was inspired. These two very professional photographers have put together a book that was definitely inspired by their own children as well as their clients’ children.
In Chapter 2 there’s a brief explanation of “The Look of A Photograph” and its technical side – brief, but enough, with such subjects as shutter speed, aperture, ISO, Depth of Field, and using the different modes on the digital camera to get what you want.

Chapters 3 and 4 deal with Light – Seeing the Light and Manipulating the Light. Here we learn quite a bit about available light (“Sweet Light, Reflections and Shadows, and Soft Light) and artificial lighting (Flash, Bouncing Flash, Reflectors, Light Temperature, and Basic Studio Lighting (one-light setup, metering, etc.)

Then we come in the real meat & potatoes of this book with Chapters 5 Composing, Chapter 6 What’s Your Style, Chapter 7 Evoking Expression and Emotion, Chapter 8 Ages, Stages, and Groups and Chapter 9 Equipment for the children’s Photographer. With these chapters, both authors show and tell us with examples, illustrations, tips, notes and quotes from other professional photographers, just how to get the best children’s photographs, while optimizing both their equipment and their environment. If all you do is buy this book for the photos, you’ll have gotten a deal.
These are professional photographers, and they did it right by not only showing us what the images should look like, but giving us (teaching us) assignments at the end of each chapter to help us, get it right. ( Assignments Website: www.pwassignments.com )

The final chapter Post-Production and Presentation illustrates a general workflow within a image-editing software with basic retouching, color, black and white, cropping tips and some storyboarding with different presentation options of the images.
I was impressed with the photographs in this book because, the authors found the formula for capturing the spirit and innocence of their subject, whether they were, mother and child, just child,
just babies, or dad and child as well as family. They got it, and you’ll have it, if you purchase this wonderful book about photographing children.
I highly recommend this book to any stock photographer or their family. Photographing Children – Photo Workshop by Ginny Felch and Allison Tyler Jones, published by Wiley Publishing, Inc.,http://support.wiley.com - ISBN-13: 978-0470114322, Book price: $29.99 – Amazon Price: $18.89




Joseph Stanski has been an agricultural stock photographer for
the last twenty-five years. He has published in many
ag-oriented magazines as well as national publications. He retired as a
schoolteacher and is currently teaching photography and running his stock
photography business in Southeast Iowa. browncow108[at]lisco[dot]com




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Rohn Engh: " I had a chance to watch a stock photographer in action the other day. She was in her 30’s, efficient, energetic, -and a mother.

How do I know?"

Because while she was stuffing equipment back in her carrying case, she smiled over at me and said, “Gotta get back to my kids.” Because she didn’t say, “our kids,” I assumed she was a single mother. Maybe not.

And I thought, hmmmm… that’s a load of work and responsibility to put on a person, even if she has a husband to help with the burden. The task of completing an assignment, and then the at-home workflow and follow-through, plus nurturing 3 kids. How does she do it?

We sometimes forget that women in the workplace have more than a 9 to 5 duty ahead of them every waking morning. And the entrepreneur/freelancer faces extra financial responsibilities.

To help out, I’m going to offer the mothers among us the PhotoDaily or PhotoLetter Marketletters at ½ price over the Mother’s Day weekend. That’s a $137.50 savings on the PhotoLetter, and a $187.50 savings on the PhotoDaily. If you are a mother, or are part of a photography household where one partner is a mother, we welcome you to subscribe, re-subscribe, or extend your subscription to the PhotoLetter or PhotoDaily at this special Half-Price Discount.

ORDER NOW!

This offer will be available each day of the Mother’s Day weekend, May 6th, 7th, or 8th. We’ve made a special order form where you can sign up by credit card, check, or PayPal.* Sign up online or give us a call at 800 624-0266 ext. 21.

Use the coupon code: mom
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..in awe of all mothers, Happy Mothers Day!

Rohn Engh

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04 May, 2011 | Posted by: st



EXCEPTIONAL LIGHTING PHOTOGRAPHY -- Marc Silber: “I recently had the pleasure of meeting up with David Hobby who is the master of small strobes and author of the blog Strobist. What follows is a transcript of some of his tips from our video together. http://www.silberstudios.tv/blog/2011/04/photography-tips-from-david-hobby-for-exceptional-lighting/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SilberStudios+%28Silber+Studios%29


Photosmith Lets You Do Some Lightrooming On Your iPad. If you like to manage your photos on your iPad but prefer Lightroom’s rich feature set to iPhoto or Aperture, meet Photosmith, an app for the iPad that allows you to do all of your Lightroom organizing, rotating, sorting, metadata editing, labeling and keywording.
http://www.cultofmac.com/photosmith-lets-you-do-some-lightrooming-on-your-ipad/92332


NIKON ANNOUNCES THE NIKOR 50MM F/1.8G-- The folks at Nikon call the new Nikor 50mm f/1.8G the "evolution of a classic." It's fast, compact and inexpensive, and Nikon believes that it's going to be a standard for photographers moving forward.
http://www.steves-digicams.com/news/nikon_announces_the_nikor_50mm_f18g.html


PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS 9 -- digitalcamerareview: “Photoshop Elements has long been synonymous with image editing on PCs and Macs. In fact, if you ask most average consumers say they use “Photoshop” on their computers what they really mean is Photoshop Elements. Abode launched a refresh of the software late last year with new features for Photoshop Elements 9 ($79.99). Let’s take a closer look at this latest update.
http://www.digitalcamerareview.com/default.asp?newsID=473

PRICELESS NECKLACE: Joe Farace: “Going Out To Photograph? Bring A Strap –The neck strap is part of the camera’s basic equipment and fulfills the important role of protecting the camera from being dropped. While you may protest, “this would never happen to me,” I saw it happen twice during a workshop I was teaching in Montana." http://photofocus.com/2011/04/30/going-out-to-photograph-bring-a-strap/

04 May, 2011 | Posted by: st



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.

ARE THEY WORTH IT? -- Ask the Photo Business Coach: What’s the Truth About Photo Contests? – (Beate Chelette) Video http://rising.blackstar.com/ask-the-photo-business-coach-whats-the-truth-about-photo-contests.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Black-Star-Rising+%28Black+Star+Rising%29
TAKEAWAY: Usually the winner of a photo contest is the sponsor. Study the rules and if they fit your aspirations, go for it. Did you know, the great operatic star, Luciano Paveratti, got his start by winning a singing contest in Italy where he was an elementary school lteacher?


04 May, 2011 | Posted by: st




Our new section called Previous Photo Needs. The following excerpts from previous PhotoDaily and Photoletter issues can inspire you to go out and simulate similar photo needs for a kind of ‘self assignment.’ Each week we include photo listings from a year ago. We present here typical photo needs from a year ago. 2010.
We hope you like this new section of PhotoStockNOTES and welcome your feedback. -RE






LIGHTHOUSES
Cover
Lighthouses NOT on rocky coasts just on the ocean
Note: Please send ONLY what is listed and your best.
No Phone calls.
If you have these specific images, post a selection of quality thumbnails (no more than 6 for each subject) and e-mail the lightbox where it can be viewed. Allow the lightbox to remain available for at least one month. In the subject area of your e-mail, use the word, PhotoSource. Sample digital scans will be accepted via e-mail if lightbox is not available.
XXXX XXXXXX, Creative Director.
XXXXXX XXXXXX PUBLISHING
NYC, NY 10017
Email:XXXX XXXXX[at]XXXXX[dot]com
Pay Range: $2000-$3000 Cover
Deadline: May 10th

NEW ORLEANS.
Inside, possible cover
Vertical
New Orleans. Specifically, shopping on Magazine Street; touristy souvenirs from Bourbon Street (or depicting Bourbon Street); recognizable landmarks, strong vertical scenic. or depicting Bourbon Street); recognizable landmarks, strong vertical scenic
Note: Pays no research fees.
Photo supplier responsible for shipping charges.
E-mail before submitting,
If you have these specific images, post a selection of quality thumbnails (no more than 6 for each subject) and e-mail the lightbox where it can be viewed. Allow the lightbox to remain available for at least one month. In the subject area of your e-mail, use the word, PhotoSource. Sample digital scans will be accepted via e-mail if lightbox is not available.
XXXXXX XXXXXX, Managing Editor
St Louis, MO 63141
Email: XXXXXXX[at]XXXXXXXXX[dot]com
Web: www.XXXXXXXXXXXX.com
***
Pay Range: $100 (Inside) $300 - $350(Cover)
Deadline: May 10th

BRUNY ISLAND
Inside editorial possible cover
Bruny Island
43 Degrees Apartments on Bruny Island
Camping at Captain Cook Caravan Park on Bruny Island
White wallabies on Bruny Island
Fairy Penguins on Bruny Island
Berry Farm on Bruny Island
Blight Museum of Pacific Exploration on Bruny Island
South Bruny National Park on Bruny Island
Cape Bruny Light House
Friars Rocks on Bruny Island
Also food shots of oysters, cheese, and white wine (in simple, generic
environments - if they have an island/tropical feel, that'd be great)
FTP Info: ftp.XXXXXXXX.net
username: XXXXX
pass: XXXXXX
Please use an FTP program (like Fetch) as opposed to a browser.
Please email me to let me know you've uploaded images.
If you have these specific images, post a selection of quality thumbnails (no more than 6 for each subject) and e-mail the lightbox where it can be viewed. Allow the lightbox to remain available for at least one month. In the subject area of your e-mail, use the word, PhotoSource. Sample digital scans will be accepted via e-mail if lightbox is not available.
XXXX XXXXXX, Photo Editor
XXXXXX Magazine and XXXX Magazine
XXXXXXXXXXXXX Winter Park, FL 32789
Email:XXXXX XXXXXX[at]XXXXXXXX[dot]com
Web: www.XXXXX.com
Pay Range: $100 (Inside) $350 (Cover)
Deadline: May 10th



WOMEN.
Inside editorial usage.
Women in positive light showing women in all strata's and situations of society, alone or in group. All ages/ethnic mix. "We want to depict real women in real life," says photobuyer.
Note: Photobuyer buying all rights. Photographer responsible for model release.
If you have these specific images, post a selection of quality thumbnails (no more than 6 for each subject) and e-mail the lightbox where it can be viewed. Allow the lightbox to remain available for at least one month. In the subject area of your e-mail, use the word, PhotoSource. Sample digital scans will be accepted via e-mail if lightbox is not available.
XXXXXX XXXX, Editorial/Production Director
XXXXXX Press
XXXXXX, OH 44115-1100
Email:XXXXXX@XXXXXXXXXXX.com
Pay Range: $50+ (Quarter)
Deadline: May 15th

SAILING VESSELS
Inside editorial usage
Sailing vessels. "Not looking for the average, pretty, generic sailboat photographs that would be used for a poster in a college dorm room."
Please look at past covers on our website at www.sailingmagazine.net to see what we are looking for.
Note: Pays no research fees.
Photobuyer requests e-mail before submitting.
Mailed submissions accepted only after initial contact with photobuyer.
If you have these specific images, post a selection of quality thumbnails (no more than 6 for each subject) and e-mail the lightbox where it can be viewed. Allow the lightbox to remain available for at least one month. In the subject area of your e-mail, use the word, PhotoSource. Sample digital scans will be accepted via e-mail if lightbox is not available.
XXXXX XXXXX, Features Editor
XXXXXXXXX MAGAZINE
XXXXXXXX, WI 53074
Email: XXXX[at]XXXXXXXXXXX[dot]net \
Web: http://www.XXXXXXX.com
Pay Range: $50 - $100 (Inside)
Deadline: May 21st

ANY WRITER RELATED SUBJECTS
Cover
Any writer related subject such as books, libraries, pens, computers, and people reading or writing. However, we are open to almost anything. In the past we have used landscapes, animals, birds, flowers, cat's eye and buildings.
Note: $50.00 per image cover images where the top one-third is nonessential because it will be covered with our masthead (magazine title).
You are welcome to visit our back issues. Web page where we have thumbnails of past covers. Although the images may not be very clear, you may get an idea of the types of past covers used. The link is http://www.writersjournal.com/backissues.htm
We prefer images to be sent via e-mail in TIFF format, with a dpi of 300 or on CD's. We also accept slides or 8 x 10 photos which we will scan.
We are low-budget and pay $50.00 per image for one-time use.
If you have these specific images, post a selection of quality thumbnails (no more than 6 for each subject) and e-mail the lightbox where it can be viewed. Allow the lightbox to remain available for at least one month. In the subject area of your e-mail, use the word, PhotoSource. Sample digital scans will be accepted via e-mail if lightbox is not available.
XXXX XXXXXX, Editor
XXXXXX XXXXXX MAGAZINE
XXXXXX, MN 56573
Email: XXXXXXXXXXXX[at]XXXXXXXX[dot]com
Web: http://www.XXXXXXXX.htm
Pay Range: $50.00 per image
Deadline: May 30th



04 May, 2011 | Posted by: st






Vagabond Vistas: Think of this as a crash-course in travel photography geared toward the hobbyist photographer who simply wants to create more-interesting and better-composed "vacation photos" on May 12th Ewing, NJ; Source: David Simchock http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e3reyxnt432ee69d&llr=xqzklccab



04 May, 2011 | Posted by: st




ANDREAS FEININGER: "Nature and the Architect". Two years ago, the National Gallery of Canada received an extraordinary donation of 252 exquisite photographs by Andreas Feininger, one of the greatest modernist photographers. Best known for his dynamic urban views of Manhattan and Chicago, Feininger left a legacy on his 1999 death at 93 of 346 Life magazine photo-essays, thousands of photographs and more than 50 publications. Beginning last Saturday, until August 28, visitors to the NGC can enjoy 27 of these remarkable works in Gallery C202b.
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/April2011/28/c7658.html
TAKEAWAY: ..and remarkable they were! As a young aspiring photographer, Andreas Feininger’s photos were an inspiration to my generation of students.
PHOTO: Andreas Feininger

04 May, 2011 | Posted by: st



"I have to be as much diplomat as a photographer."
- Alfred Eisenstaedt

04 May, 2011 | Posted by: st



1849 May 3rd – The birthday of journalist and reformer Jacob Riis, born in Ribe, Denmark. He emigrated to America in 1870, and barely got by in a series of jobs – ironworker, farmer, coal miner, peddler –and learned about life on the brink of poverty. He became a police reporter for The New York Tribune. In 1888 he bought a camera, which allowed him to combine his articles on poverty with pictures of dark tenement rooms and hallways. His efforts culminated with the book, How the Other Half Lives (1890), illustrated with line drawings based on his photographs.


04 May, 2011 | Posted by: st





120 R100 Black and White Reversal Film
Efke 120 R100 Black and White Reversal Film is a fine grain, extremely sharp reversal film that is characterized by a very high silver content. This film is designed to be reversed processed as a B&W slide film - much like Agfa Scala. The resulting chromes display an excellent gray scale tonality. Efke films are made using ADOX formulas (for high resolution) that were first introduced back in the 1950s.
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M7 TTL .72 Rangefinder Camera (Black)
Born after 17 years of design, the Leica M7 TTL .72 Rangefinder Camera is a fantastic hybrid of classic Leica values with modern electronic advantages which results in a camera that's faster than ever yet still endowed with the 'soul' of a Leica.
There's a certain feel to the mechanical operation of a Leica M's functions that's oddly satisfying in an emotional context, and this is the hallmark of the Leica brand. That feel has not changed, but instead been infused with aperture-priority autoexposure, an informative viewfinder, and high-speed TTL flash synchronization.
The Leica M7 is as whisper-quiet, reliable, and easily focused as any Leica M camera, but now has the speed and control that only the modern accompaniments can give.
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