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28 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st



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28 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st



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28 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st





Are They Coming to You?





It’s one thing to get recognition for your photos; it’s practical and helpful to also get paid for them.

I’m not talking about the $5 or $10 you receive for generic images from an online micro-site. Photobuyers purchasing specific-content photos will pay ten times that, if they can find your photos – and they can find them, if you put keyword descriptions of them on a photo-textcentric * Internet site.

Join the photo-textcentric movement.*

Photo editors now look for the images they need by doing text searches on the Internet instead of plowing through numbers of actual photos.

They narrow their search down by using faster and precise text search, then contact the photographer for a selection of images to review.


Next time you’re on a vacation, take a lot of pictures, but also take notes. What is the name of that historic site (spell it right), that nightclub, or baseball park? What about other landmarks, scenic locations, recreation specialties, in the town you are visiting?

Using a brochure from the Chamber of Commerce as a guide, or the post card counter in the local drug store, capture your images with your digital camera. If it’s 8 megs or above, the images are eligible for magazine and book reproduction.
Again, take notes, the more the better. Who? What? Why? Where? When?

The answers to theses questions will be required as captions by many of your clients, photo editors, and researchers. And the details and identifying descriptions surely will be needed when you “keyword” each of your images to upload to your personal site, and/or to a photo-textcentric site like www.photosource.com/bank . (Hundreds of photobuyers visit the high-traffic PhotoSourceBANK every day to search for the photos they need.)

Making your photos accessible to buyers in this way (listing them on a textcentric site) is much more efficient than the former way of doing business, where you waited for a photobuyer to eventually find and view your website, on-line store, your exhibit, or Internet catalog, looking for a specific illustration for one of their projects.

If you specialize in one or a couple specific interest areas, the textcentric route is the way to go to make sales.

Commercial on-line stock photo agencies rarely accept images that may be arcane, obscure, and too specific to promise multiple sales. However, photobuyers in the multi-million dollar editorial stock photo industry are always seeking hard-to-find images for their magazines, textbooks, brochures, TV documentaries, and book publishing projects.

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Textcentric searching – which has
become the search method of choice
within the last two years -- means
the buyers come directly to you. And
you receive 100% of each sale.


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“Photo-textcentric” is not a word
you’ll find in today’s dictionary,
but next year you might. It’s a
term that's been coined recently
to capture this speedy method for
finding the source of a photo
by searching by means of text
rather than pictures.


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When you list effective descriptive keywords on a search site on the Internet, you position yourself to sit back and reap an extra revenue stream proportionate to the numbers of photos and keywords you use. For photographers with a small promotion budget, your investment is negligible.

This method of finding photos and of selling photos has become possible thanks to advances in search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing and others.

Buyers who come to you directly will be in great need of your photos and they are willing to pay $100 to $200 for one-time use of your images (all photo rights return to you). You can sell the use of your photos again and again.

The Internet has allowed the independent stock photographer market to expand. It’s not uncommon for stock photographers to corner their personal local market, and then branch out to sell their photos worldwide, thanks to this new photo-textcentric approach.

* PHOTO-TEXTCENTRIC: Search engines are at the forefront of this new way to market your photos on the Internet. Looking for a photo? For example, a photo of ‘elephants taking a mud bath in Kenya’ (a typical listing)? You need only to type a search phrase (text) using the key words of your choice into the search bar of Google or a similar search engine, plus the word “photosource”. You’ll find the photo (and the photographer) in seconds.

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Q&A


Q: You might ask, "Keywording photos is boring and time-consuming. Why should I go through that drudgery? I'm a photographer, not a librarian!

A: YES keywording is important – it brings you sales.
And there’s another prime reason that can motivate you to keep churning out those keyword descriptions (captions): they keep your images alive and saleable.
If when you retire you want to sell your collection, or donate it to a museum/university – your entire body of work will be of no use or value unless your photos are equipped with written identifiers. Even more compelling, if you want to leave a legacy through your work to your spouse or children, likewise for it to be of practical value to them, make sure keywording is part of your every day work process.
THE REALITY: In the near future, if you're not available to consult with the owner of your photos, a photo collection worth $150,000 would be considered worthless if they are not properly keyworded. Who's going to know the name of that country school house or the small creek that runs by it? -RE





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




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28 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st




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

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

Mike's Comment:

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



28 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st








"Should I build a website?"

Your question depends on the extent
of your desire to make a web presence
for your stock photography.

Most important: If you do decide to
maintain a web site, make sure it's
one that will leave potential
customers with a good impression
of your stock photography enterprise.


28 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st




Shooting Sharper: Landscapes & Cityscapes
nadir siddiiqui : It’s time for another edition of Shooting Sharper. In this series, I decided to get slightly more specific and focus on particular areas of photography...
http://www.dawn.com/2012/02/20/shooting-sharper-landscapes-cityscapes.html
PHOTO: Nadir Siddiqui

FIRST IMPRESSIONS -- Photographers’ Websites: galleries – Skip Cohen: Your website is your storefront. People are “walking by” every day, but you want them walking in. By putting up boring mediocre images you give Uncle Harry the best advertising money can buy. All he has to do is show people your site and say to the bride, “My work is better than that!” http://goingpro2010.com/2012/02/24/photographers-websites-part-iii-galleries/

28 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st




SHOW ME THE GREEN -- 2012 Photocrati Fund Offers $5000 Photography Grant
Photocrati Media, a leading provider of website templates for photographers, announces the 2012 Photocrati Fund – a $5,000 grant for a pro or emerging photographer focused on environmental or humanitarian photography.
http://www.timesunion.com/business/press-releases/article/2012-Photocrati-Fund-Offers-5000-Photography-3354982.php



28 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st




The Naked and the Dead: Weegee’s Lessons for Today. Edward Tenner:“Weegee’s work has been shown many times during his life and beyond, but Murder Is My Business, a new retrospective at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York, which holds his archive, displays a side of his life that has received too little notice: He was a brilliant strategist as well as a passionate observer of humanity, and his story offers an object lesson in dealing creatively with challenges.” http://www.american.com/archive/2012/february/the-naked-and-the-dead-weegees-lessons-for-today
PHOTO: Weegee


28 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st



SEARCHING FOR MARKETS? Attend Publisher Trade Shows when they come to your city. Publishers, and sometimes Art Directors, are on hand. Let them know about your stock photography service. Take along your business cards to distribute, plus a portfolio or tear sheets of your published pictures.

28 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st




NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER(s). Kent Kobersteen: “The creative part of my job as Director of Photography at NG was to match photographer and subject, and to do everything I could within the Magazine to make it possible for that photographer to do his or her best creative work.” Gerd Ludwig and Kent Kobersteen had a conversation that led to this post. Kent was the Director of Photography for National Geographic magazine from 1987 to 2005.
http://thephotosociety.org/blog/what-it-takes-to-be-a-national-geographic-photographer-by-kent-kobersteen/
PHOTO: Michal Mrozek

INSURANCE -- Tips for Self-Employed Photographers – Photographytalk: “As a self-employed photographer, you can be injured and find yourself unable to work and support yourself and/or your family. Remember, not only might you be unable to work, but also your business would come to a halt. Prospective and/or former clients would have to seek another photographer for their assignments, causing your business to become inactive. http://www.photographytalk.com/photography-articles/2086-9-critical-disability-insurance-tips-for-self-employed-photographers?utm_source=feedburner


SOMETHING NEW -- 41 extreme ideas for photographers – Rosh Sillars: “Are you looking for new direction in your photography? Consider the list below. Doing the same thing over and over tends to lead to the same results. It’s time to kick the same-old, same-old to the curb and try something new. http://www.roshsillars.com/2012/02/41-extreme-ideas-for-photographers/?


28 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st




What do you prefer?

eBook, app, or Book…



By Lee Foster


Photographers wishing to see their photos published in stand-alone products now have three forms to consider--books, ebooks, and apps.

It is important to understand the aesthetic of each and the pros and cons of the different forms.

Today’s consumer is now considering an historic choice of forms. What will the consumer prefer?

I have two subjects that exist in all three forms.

My print books The Photographer’s Guide to San Francisco and The Photographer’s Guide to Washington DC (both from Countryman Press/Norton) exist as both printed books and ebooks, readily seen on Amazon.

They also exist in the Apple iTunes store as the apps San Francisco Travel and Photo Guide and Washington DC Travel and Photo Guide. The DC app has also come out in the Android Store, and the San Francisco app will soon follow.

So, what is the consumer thinking today?

Let’s start with the Book. This subject is complex. We’ll look at the aesthetic of books in the column, and cover ebooks and apps in my next columns.

REGULAR (paper) BOOKS


Here is what consumers are telling me:

The “Pro” for the book begins with its old fashioned comfort and known aesthetic. We are all familiar with books. There is no learning curve or expense involved in the reading process.

We all have the reading device, which is the human eye, distributed in pairs to each of the 7 billion people on earth.
Books have a glossy color print-on-paper aesthetic that is ppleasing to many.

The “Con” arguments against books are getting stronger in the minds of many consumers.

It starts with the book’s limitation, which is physical. My two books in question have 96 pages and no more, with 75 photos and no more. By contrast, an ebook or app product can have much more extensive content. My apps have more than 500 photos.
The content of the book is also self-contained, static, and does not go beyond itself. Increasingly, that is seen by consumers as a limitation. Ebooks and apps can have links in them to carry the reader beyond to more insight or more photos.
Books are also limited to one linear presentation of the material, the single way that the author organized it. An ebook is similar, if we define an ebook as simply a page-turning facsimile of a printed book. That may be fine for a novel, but not always ideal for an informational non-fiction book. An app is different, in a revolutionary manner. An app is a software-enhanced product that can sort and organize material. A book or an ebook could show all “photos of San Francisco” and an app can do the same.

But only an app could sort out and show only “museum photos in San Francisco” or only “restaurant photos.” Some consumers like this power of sorting and selecting.

Another problem with books, from the perspective of consumers, is that they can be purchased only in a limited geographic area. My San Francisco book can only be purchased in North America. It is very expensive to ship around a physical object that will be sold for $14.95. My San Francisco book will never be sold in Japan or Italy, for example, without substantial added postage cost.

By contrast, an ebook or app can be bought anywhere in the world and downloaded at once. My app on San Francisco has been purchased in 46 foreign countries.

Books are not “green.” They involve harvesting trees, consuming ink and paper, and incurring heavy freight expenses. Books need to be warehoused. Lack of “green” is a growing negative factor about books for many consumers, especially in the younger generations.

Books are also bulky and heavy, while ebooks and apps have no weight and do not fill shelf space. An enormous number of books can be placed on my iPad or my iPhone. The phone device is needed anyway, so the book/app reading device may not require an extra purchase. We may think that people will only read books on tablets, such as the Kindle Fire or the iPad, but the reality is that the phone device is also a reader, and may be used for more reading worldwide than we suspect.
Possibly the final negative aspect of books will be most important to the consumer. Books are generally more expensive than ebooks, and ebooks are generally more expensive than apps. The high expense of books is a necessary reality because of the manufacturing and distribution realities. The price of ebooks and apps is a matter of perception of value. A higher percentage of the price for ebooks and apps is goes to the content creator than is the case with books.
If you want to see your photos published in books, your task will be more difficult than the path into ebooks and apps. Print-on-demand of color photos in books is not yet economical, though black-and-white in print-on-demand is plausible. You generally need to sell a physical book at five times the manufacturing cost to make the venture profitable.

Chances are you will have to print a book with color photos in China or some other Asian country.

You will probably need to print 3,000 or more units to be economical, as I did with my book Travels in An American Imagination.

The alternative to such “independent” publishing is “waiting to be published by others,” and that wait is getting longer each year.

So, there you have it for books. In my next columns let’s consider the pros and cons of ebooks and apps.


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

http://www.fostertravel.com

Travel writing/photos on 200 destinations for consumers and content buyers at http://www.fostertravel.com
5,000 hi-res photos searchable and downloadable at http://stockphotos.fostertravel.comTwo 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



28 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st




Travel photography challenges in Italy
Cecil: “Italy is a beautiful country. Can’t argue on that. There are too many stunning picturesque scenes to capture at every corner in every city. But I realized there are something and some places where visitors are not allowed or not advisable to take photos in Italy. Here are some…” http://www.travelfeeder.com/travel_tips/travel-photography-challenges-in-italy


Whether you plan to capture Facebook photos to dangle in front of jealous friends stuck at home, or to create professional prints of your trip, these travel photography tips will help you to produce consistently better photos.
http://goasia.about.com/od/Pictures-and-Maps/tp/Travel-Photography-Tips.htm
Greg Rodgers

28 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st






Do you like to photograph pets?

Maryann had a question -- (she loves cats...) How can she capitalize on her knowledge about cats.

Read the answers. Maybe you have one for her.
go to:
http://board.photosource.com/read.php?1,11380


28 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st



COSMETICS -- Photo-Sharing Site 500PX Gets a New Look. Stan Horaczek: "The new guys, 500PX, aren't keen on letting Yahoo's behemoth,FLIKR catch up, as 500PX got a serious facelift of its own recently."
http://www.popphoto.com/gear/2012/02/photo-sharing-site-500px-gets-new-look-photo-market


28 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st



TRUE-TO-LIFE -- 5 Reasons Why You Should Talk To Strangers & Photograph Them Charlie Borland: Your mom was right, when as a child, she warned you about talking to strangers. But as a professional outdoor photographer you should (with caution), talk to strangers who might be performing an outdoor activity that makes for good stock images. http://www.pronaturephotographer.com/2012/02/5-reasons-why-you-should-talk-to-strangers-photograph-them/


2020 Vision: Newspaper Content, Evolved – (Kristina Ackermann) In last month’s introduction to the 2020 Vision theory, I wrote that newspapers have reached a critical threshold where they must reinvent themselves now if they hope to be in business in the year 2020. In this installment, I look at a newspaper’s primary product — content — and how I believe that product must evolve to meet the needs of future media consumers. http://www.editorandpublisher.com/Features/Article/2020-Vision--Newspaper-Content--Evolved



28 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st



Don’t forget to “Like” our Facebook Pages.



28 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st




PREMIUM WILDLIFE & NATURAL HISTORY magazine ‘SAEVUS, launches India’s premium wildlife and natural history magazine at the Little Rann of Kutch on February 17, 2012. http://www.bestmediainfo.com/2012/02/premium-wildlife-natural-history-magazine-saevus-launched/

28 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st



KNOW YOUR RIGHTS -- as a Photographer & Filmer! (Video) Chase Jarvis: “Want to know what your rights are as a photographer in the USA for shoot photos in public? All of us USA’ers do, as well as anyone who might travel here. Keep in mind this video talks about your rights to shoot images/video as an individual and not about shooting commercial projects in public which require a permit! http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2012/02/joseph-gordon-levitt-know-your-rights-as-a-photographer/?


28 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st




A PhotoSource International Book Review
by Joseph Stanski


Mother and Child Portraits -
Techniques for Professional Digital Photographers
by Norman Phillips
Published by Amherst Media, Inc. at www.AmherstMedia.com.

Yet another great portrait and studio lighting technique book from Norman Phillips. This one focuses on mother/child portraits using digital camera equipment. The purpose of these portraits is to portray the warmth of the emotional bond between mother and child or children. This book and its illustrations draws much from Norman's own family experiences over the years. It is a warm tribute to both his technical abilities and his wonderful joy as a parent, and his feelings for this type of photography.


The layout of the book begins with Norman defining the difference between "Traditional and Contemporary portraiture; and then goes on to Chapter 2 - Pregnancy Portraits. Chapters 3 through 9 continue with the theme, "Mothers with" - Children from Birth to Eleven Months, Children One to Two Years Old, Children Two to Five Years Old, Children Six Years and Older, Mother With Two Children, Mother With Three Children, and finally, Storyboards and Mini Albums (working on location and in the studio).

This book is truly an idea book for posing, lighting and proper clothing. The images, along with the illustrated lighting situations, are simply outstanding. There is an emotional side to this market that almost sells itself, and Norman’s images exemplify that very well. I would not hesitate to recommend this book to stock photographers engaged in studio work with mother and child portraits. I think photographers can find themselves using the book as a ready reference.

Mother and Child Portraits - Techniques for Professional Digital Photographers by Norman Phillips and published by Amherst Media, Inc. at www.AmherstMedia.com. marketing[at]AmherstMedia[dot]com ISBN-10: 1584282622, $34.95, At Amazon.com: $24.20

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 school teacher and is currently teaching photography and running his stock photography business in Southeast Iowa. browncow108[at]lisco[dot]com


28 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st




Just around the

corner…



COMING IN MARCH


Opportunity for more sales!

A chance to put keywords describing your
photos on the PhotoSourceBANK DIRECTORY

DISC


We send this DIRECTORY DISC directly to the

desks of hundreds of photobuyers.


More than 2 million image descriptions (text) are on the

DISC.


Are yours on there?

You can have your descriptive keywords on the

DIRECTORY DISC by:

1. Getting on PhotoSourceBANK. Put in your text photo descriptions.

This makes you eligible to:

2. Join the DIRECTORY – to get your image lists sent directly to our list of specific photobuyers.


These two resources – PhotoSourceBANK

plus the DIRECTORY DISC – give you double-barreled

exposure and availability to photobuyers, who then can

find you and your photos and pay you for their use.

Watch for the DIRECTORY DISC

MORE DETAILS COMING NEXT WEEK



Rohn Engh

PhotoSource International


P.S. Affordable!

* PhotoSourceBANK -- $59 yr.

($39 yr. For Early Birds)

* PhotoSourceBANK Directory DISC -- $15 6-mo.


NOTE: Updated Directory Discs are sent to photobuyers every
6 months, March and September.

28 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st




Detroit before & after photos tell true story of Motor City's vanished buildings. Ashley C.Woods: “Where do old buildings go when they die? Perusing the gallery of "Detroit Re:Photography," the work of Dave Jordano and Aaron Rothman, makes you wonder if there's a heaven for works of architecture lost before their time.” http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/detroit/index.ssf/2012/02/detroit_re-photographed_before.html




28 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st



Questions to ask
your tax advisor


Can I hire my son or daughter in your stock photography business, rather than outsource the job?

Can I work from home and enjoy reduced costs of expenses that are normally not available as deductions to an office worker.

Are these write-offs for me? Software, computer, office heat,telephone calls, lighting, air conditioning,
How about my car?
Or, business-related magazines, and workshops?

The N.O.L. factor (NetOperating Loss) from previous years to reduce your tax burden in a profitable year? What's my advantage?

When I need a model in my travel pictures in Italy or Japan, can I have my spouse as the model and use the expense as a deduction?

Remember the IRS always asks the question, “Did you spend the money you are claiming?” As a stock photographer you have irrefutable evidence: the actual photos themselves. Your photos are your receipts!


Need answers to these question? In Google type: PhotoSource International tax tips. Each article will be valuable.
-RE

28 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st




BUY IT -- Don’t Just Pin It, Buy It: Pinterest Rival, Fancy, Figures Out Social Commerce...Sarah Perez: “mid the increased speculation surrounding Silicon Valley darling Pinterest’s forthcoming revenue model, competitor Fancy, a social photo-clipping service popular among the style-conscious set, has been quietly working on revenue ideas of its own.
http://techcrunch.com/2012/02/23/dont-just-like-it-buy-it-pinterest-rival-fancy-may-have-just-figured-out-social-commerce/?



28 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st



BLOSSOMS -- Erez Zukerman: “Time-lapse photography allows you to watch objects and scenes change over time. Lapse It Pro for Android lets you use your phone's built-in camera to create your very own time-lapsed scenes. SOURCE: Computerworld; http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9224600/Lapse_It_Pro_Time_lapse_photography_for_your_Android_device


SMALL IS BIG -- Chris Cheesman : “UK sales of compact cameras at the bottom end of the market have dodged the impact of the smartphone revolution, say analysts. Sales of fixed lens compacts, priced £50 and under, shot up 26% in volume and 29% in value in 2011, according to GfK Retail and Technology UK Ltd.” http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/news/Budget_cameras_escape_death_by_smartphone__news_311552.html


CAMERA OBSCURA -- Photographer builds twin-lens camera using Lego . Trevor Moggo: “When most photography enthusiasts have a go at building their own camera, it usually consists of nothing more technical than a box with a tiny hole in it. A photographer from Norway, however, had a different idea.... — and yes, it works. http://www.digitaltrends.com/photography/photographer-builds-twin-lens-camera-using-lego-and-yes-it-works/
PHOTO: Carl-Frederic Salicath


28 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st




Luminate gets $10M to add more than just a caption to photos
Sarah Mitroff: “Luminate has created a way to make the trillions of static images on the web interactive. The company announced it has raised $10.7 million in a third round of funding and was launching an image app store. Luminate’s original approach attached relevant ads to images online. The company expanded on that idea and created a platform for publishers to attach any information to a picture, whether it’s an annotation, a link to news stories, or even a display of products that match what you see in the picture. With its apps, Luminate is able to closely identify products and people in pictures. When it can’t find an exact product match, it offers close substitutes. http://venturebeat.com/2012/02/23/luminate-10m-funding/



28 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st



DIGITAL MAGIC -- Arizona Considers Anti-Photoshop Law – David Walker: “An Arizona legislator has introduced a bill to make it illegal to run print ads in the state that have been Photoshopped, unless viewers are notified that the image has been altered. http://pdnpulse.com/2012/02/arizona-considers-anti-photoshop-law.html

28 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st




360-DEGREE LANDSCAPES... taken from the top of PYLONS. Anthony Bond: “Daredevil photographer Wouter Van Buuren scales 70m-high electricity pylons, cranes, bridges and even skyscrapers in a bid to take the vertigo-inducing snaps.”
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2104775/Wouter-Van-Buurens-360-degree-landscape-photography-taken-
PYLONS.html
PHOTO: Wouter Van Buuren



HELP WANTED -- How I Got That Job: John McDermott’s adidas Assignment – Meghan Ahearn: “Take a peek at the promos that helped the photographer grab the attention of the sportswear company’s art buyer. http://www.pdnonline.com/pdn/features/How-I-Got-That-Job--4793.shtml
PHOTO: John McDermott



PHOTOJOURNALISTS -- "This is New York: Erica McDonald, Photographer and Community Builder. NEW YORK—In the digital age, a lot of people are entering the world of photography, and the Internet is oversaturated with images and information. Erica McDonald is like a sieve, sifting through it all and distilling what is helpful to the community of photojournalists and documentary photographers. She is at the same time creating a community through her online endeavor DEVELOP Photo. http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/content/view/191045/
Eric Macdonald
PHOTO: Nancy Siesel
Via: Roy Iwaki



IN FLIGHT BABIES -- The Flying Baby: Rachel Hulin, Photographer, Captures Infants In Flight
While on assignment, photographer Rachel Hulin took a moment to take a photo of her son, Henry, "in flight" -- setting up the shot to make it appear as though the baby was floating in midair, she told TIME in an interview. After posting the picture on Facebook, and getting a huge response, she knew she had found something special.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/22/the-flying-baby-rachel-hulin-captures-babies-in-flight_n_1294627.html
PHOTO: Rachel Hulin



28 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st




Choose the Right Keywords for Your Stock Photos to Take Them From “Uploaded” to “Sold.”
Out of all the money making ideas floating around online (and even on this website), stock photography is one of the most creative. You get to be creative with your photos, how you present them, and even how you sell them using keywords. http://gradmoneymatters.com/money-making-ideas/stock-photography-tips.html
PHOTO: Fotalia


IMPORTANT BAGGAGE -- New Campaign To Embed Information Permanently In Digital Media A campaign has been launched now to embed descriptive and rights information in digital media and to retain it during the whole life cycle.
http://www.stockphototalk.com/the_stock_photo_industry_/


28 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st



“ To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children… to leave the world a better place… to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson


28 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st



1876 - March 10th - Alexander Graham Bell made the first telephone call: "Mr. Watson come here, I want you."




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Does the....


Nittie Gritty Bother You?





“The bumps in the road aren’t big if you enjoy what you’re doing.” That’s how the saying goes. Can you pass the test?

I’ve been observing picture professionals and their business operations for 35 years. Many survive. But many more fail. Of those that fail, the most common flaw is their refusal to pay attention to the business aspects of their enterprise.

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

Being a good businessperson can be learned.

“But I don’t like all that drudgery associated with business,” you might say.

Yes, it’s true, meticulous record-keeping and routine tasks are involved. Record keeping. Statistics to keep. Correspondence. Forms to fill out. “Ugh!” I heard you say – and you are correct.

But look at it this way: The inconveniences associated with operating your business should pale against your rewards.

THE BEST YEARS


History shows that anyone can succeed if they’re willing to put up with the inconveniences (and “the lean years”) associated with their endeavor. Actors often talk, write, and sing about their years of struggle.

While it was happening, they say, it wasn’t pleasant. But if they survived, and went on to fame – they often comment that those years –were the best years.

Can you draw a parallel to your own efforts? If it’s any consolation, you might be passing through “the best years” right now. Enjoy every moment!

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

INSPIRATION VS. PERSPIRATION


We tend to call someone a genius if they succeed far beyond their colleagues. But Edison’s famous reply was, “Genius is 1% inspiration, and 99% perspiration.”
The actor George Burns was asked how he got to the top in his profession. He stumbled with a few clichés about being lucky and working hard, and then said, “What I’m trying to say is – don’t get discouraged and quiet. If you are really in love with what you’re doing –handling all the nitty gritty details along the way won’t bother you”.
It bears repeating: people fail at their business not because they’re not good at what they do, but because they didn't apply themselves to good business practices. It’s all woven together – the major operations and the detailed business side.

There’s a prevalent misconception
in the art world that “creative people
are not good business people.” You
could not convince Shakespeare, Picasso,
or Andy Warhol of that notion.

Yes, the business side of your career can get stormy. But if you enjoy what you are doing, such squalls blow over and you sail on.






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



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21 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st



Get the word out !


Marketing


What is marketing? Without marketing you will not reach new customers and clients and sales will stagnate.

Marketing is "selling", yes, but it's strategic selling.

You improve your chances of success,
if you make the match of your product
with someone who needs it.

Reaching new sources of income is crucial to grow any business, no matter how big, or small the business or the customer base is.

The Internet

How can the Internet help you find markets for your category of stock photography.

It is a complete electronic library of information about your target market(s) as a stock photographer: magazines, book publishers, associations, agencies, clubs and organizations, journals, web sites etc. that will be interested in using your stock photographs.

FIND YOU MARKETS - It's EASY


The trick is to find who's hiding from you - and in fact, at this moment, wished they could locate you -- because your photo collection matches the 'theme' of their publishing ventures.

Use the free Google service to find out who is looking for you and your photos at this moment. In the search bar of a search engine like Google, type in the words: Publisher guidelines book magazine _________________ .
Where you see the “blank” above, fill it in with your particular specialty(s) in stock photography. You’ll find on the first two pages (20 entries) of the search, potential markets you never heard of. Some of the entries will refer to other markets that also need your category of stock photos. Good luck in your findings!


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





21 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st




CHOICES -- 10 case studies in exposure for outdoor photography – Jose Antunes: “Do we need more than one book on exposure? You bet we need, because although exposure needs technique, it also needs human input. And different photographers have different inputs.” http://www.pixiq.com/article/10-case-studies-in-exposure-for-outdoors
PHOTO: Michael Frye

THEATER -- 6 Ways to Add Drama and Mystery to Your Images – Darren Rowse: “Recently at a get together with 6 photographer friends we started chatting about the idea of adding Drama and Mystery to images. Don’t ask me how we got to the topic but the conversation was so good that I decided to ask each photographer for their favorite technique for creating Dramatic and Mysterious Shots. http://www.digital-photography-school.com/6-ways-to-add-drama-and-mystery-to-your-images

How to start a photography business
Rosh Sillars: "Please listen to this warning. Having family and friends hire you and tell you your photography is great is not reason enough to go out on your own full-time. How will you know when the time is right? When people in your circle, family and friends refer you to people outside your circle. This is a sign of trust. Once the referrals come at a consistent pace you should evaluate your progress. It may be time to take the next steps.For some people, starting part-time is the right answer. The first thing you need to understand is what you are about to do is start a real business. Understanding business is important. The competition in the photography industry is too great."
SOURCE: http://www.roshsillars.com/2012/02/how-to-start-a-photography-business/


21 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st




FEMININE TOUCH -- in photography. Lee Mei LI: “The gender stereotype of “male photographer, female model” that marked much of photography’s history is also slowly changing. These days photography is no longer seen as a technical pursuit so much as an acquisition of aesthetics, and women, more and more, are exploring the possibilities it offers, especially as a hobby”.
http://thestar.com.my/lifestyle/story.asp?file=/2012/2/18/lifefocus/10717362&sec=lifefocus

KODAK DE-CELEBITICIZES ITSELF -- Kodak Theater Is No More: Sarah Sidmore: “Photography Company Ends Naming Deal with Hollywood Theater.
One big name that likely won't be at this year's Oscars: Kodak. The Eastman Kodak Co. received court approval Wednesday to end its sponsorship deal with the Hollywood theater that is the venue for the Academy Awards.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/16/kodak-theater-is-no-more-_n_1281796.html
PHOTO: Associated Press

New York Institute of Photography Launches New Website Review Service for Photographers. SiteCatapult is a service designed to give photographers with websites feedback and advice on how to use their sites in order to grow their business. http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/2/prweb9192807.htm

21 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st



Dealing with new publishers, art directors, photo editors. . . .


When A Photo Editor Wants Re-Use of A Photographer's Photo...

Since stock photographers have always licensed (“rented”) their photos, it is surprising to them when photobuyers state that they expect their payment for a photo to represent both present and future use of the photo.

Unless a “work-for-hire” agreement is arranged in writing between the publisher and the stock photographer, payment for the use of a photo is for one-time rights only. (By the way, the 1976 revision of the Copyright Law, enacted into law in 1978, addressed this very point.)

Before 1978, it was assumed that the publisher (the buyer) owned the photo.

The 1970’s law declares the photographer retains all rights to the photo unless it is otherwise stated in writing. In other words, unless a buyer gets a photographer to actually sign a piece of paper that says the publisher owns the rights to the photo, any court of law will assume the photo belongs to the creator of that photo. It is illegal for a publisher to re-use a photo without the photographer's permission.

YOUR RETORTS


Some publishers are unaware of this work-for-hire provision of the Copyright Law.

Individual freelancers might encounter publishers who assume they can retain all rights to a photo. Also, in the new Digital Age, publishers more than ever will want to assume all rights –even of previously published photos.

Their reason to capture all rights is that they claim electronic distribution of photos will present an administrative nightmare to seek out copyright owners of previously published photos.

Here are some demands from publishers that photographers might encounter, and some responses photographers might offer:

Publisher: We want to retain all rights to the photos on this assignment.
Photographer: My profits come from the re-sale of the photos in my file. After you have published the photos, they will go into my stock file. If you want to own further rights to those photos, we will have to work out an agreement as to which rights you want. The fee would be substantially higher than the contract we have presently worked out. Right now, you are buying one-time rights only.

Publisher: We need to retain rights to the photo because we want to be able to publish it elsewhere.

Photographer: And I also need to retain those rights as electronic delivery becomes more prevalent.

Publisher: We need to have retroactive rights in all the photos you have previously produced for us.

Photographer: I cannot sign a contract that says you own all of my pictures previously published with you. Those photos were licensed for one-time use only. The Copyright Law says that unless I have signed a statement (Work-for-Hire) to the contrary, the photos belong to me, not to you.
Publisher: Our new contract states that we can publish electronically all of your pictures previously published with us. If you do not sign the contact, we will no longer require your freelance services.

Photographer: I produce photos on the basis that they will belong in my file to sell again and preserve my business. I license them to you for one-time use.

UNLIMITED USAGE RIGHTS


Publisher: We are not asking you for the copyright, only the on-line rights.

Photographer: You are asking me to give you unlimited usage rights to my photos. These photos are part of my annuity; they are inheritance for my children, and grandchildren. Apart from that, to assign on-line rights to you would be inviting you to be in direct competition with me. I will have to charge you more for my photos if you wish to have on-line rights also.

Publisher: We are dealing only with on-line permission here. We are not making much money from any electronic publishing. In fact, we are losing money at present.

Photographer: Some start-up publications often don’t make money for several years. Some never make money. They go bust. But the suppliers along the way are paid, nevertheless. Any business start-up is a risk, a gamble.

Publisher: Our contract says you are free to sell your photos to any other buyers.
Photographer: I could sell you all rights to this photo for $1500. But if I sell to your publication this photo for $350, and the contract says I still retain the copyright but you have the right to use this photo any way and as often you wish, virtually an unlimited license, then I have in effect sold you all rights for $350, not $1500.

Publisher: Read this contract carefully. There are liability claims. We have included an indemnification clause. You will be responsible for legal fees if we are sued by some profit-seeking plaintiff with no case.
Photogrpher: I’m a professional. That’s why you asked me to do this assignment. You have trust in me that I will do a good job. That’s the risk you take. I’m not going to take on responsibility that is rightly, and historically, yours.

Publisher: We may use one or two of the photos from this assignment, but we expect to own all of the photos that you take.

Photographer: If you’d like full control
ownership) of the photos from this shoot, I can offer you a work-for-hire arrangement, at a fee commensurate with that. Otherwise, I shoot the assignment, and you purchase one-time-use rights to the photos you want to use.

Publisher: What do I have to do to get you to sign this contract?

Photographer: First, make electronic use of a photo payable at the same one-time-use rate as your print use, or pay three times that rate to own (unlimited) electronic rights to a photo. Secondly, I cannot sign a contract that turns over to you, at no additional compensation, electronic rights to all my photos previously published with you.


-Rohn Engh


(Note: for more information on pricing of a photo for re-use, check out the Kracker Barrel http://www.photosource.com/board and search for “re-use.”)


21 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st









A Website --it's your ambassador.

"You don't get a second
chance at a first impression..."


21 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st



KEEPIN’ UP -- Does Your Website’s Page Design Affect Your Site’s SEO? – Allen Murabayashi : “After the Google Panda update in early 2011 some saw a 90% drop in website traffic. We engaged SEO expert Tom Critchlow from Distilled to help us analyze the problem. He suggested that perhaps certain sites were more affected because of their page design. On-site SEO factors play a major role in your site’s overall SEO. Don’t underestimate the importance of page titles, meta descriptions, and other on-page text. http://blog.photoshelter.com/2012/02/does-your-websites-page-design-affect-your-sites-seo/

21 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st



SUPPLY AND DEMAND -- A New Approach – John Lund: “A new stock agency with the intriguing name “Evolve Images” has opened its doors. The three founders of Evolve, Mark Ippolito, Robert Henson, and Jonathan Solomon certainly have a ton of experience between them having held numerous positions at such leading stock agencies as Getty Images, Corbis, Blend Images, PhotoDisc, and Comstock. What they are offering is a highly curated collection, a new method of pricing that seems sort of a RF and RM hybrid, and the promise of “sustaining a creative economy”. http://blog.johnlund.com/2012/02/evolve-imagesa-new-approach.html

21 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st



TRUST ME -- The Client Perspective – Selina Mailtreya: “What DO clients really want?” Clients want a photographer they can trust, one who they know will meet the visual needs of their project at hand, and will do so in a process that is smooth. Trust is built through several steps that you need to take.
http://www.asmp.org/strictlybusiness/2012/02/the-client-perspective/

GET SEEN -- Selling Stock: it's about search rank, not price. Dan Heller: “Yesterday, I reposted an article I originally wrote in 2007, discussing the misconception that microstock pricing is what's driving down overall license fees. http://danheller.blogspot.com/2012/02/selling-stock-its-about-search-rank-not.html .
TAKEAWAY -- To get ranked on the search you need to fashion your metadata in your source code in such a way that you are the photo researcher’s prayer. How You specialize. But, you say, “I don’t specialize, I’m a generalist.” Here’s the answer: I’ve seen other photographers do the following. Pick one topic where you have an over-rabundance of images, say, -dogs. Configure your site description, keywords, and title (source code) so that buyers looking for dog pictures will land on your site. (perfectly legal). At this point, you make your move (as long as you have the visitor aboard and coralled). You redirect them to your “general” portfolio site. There's no other magical way you can get them to visit your site unless you have a multi-dollar advertising budget, or they already know you or your domain name -and that takes dollars to attain name recognition. The alternative? It’s to remain on the 32nd page of a Google search. -RE

GIVE ‘EM WHAT THEY WANT -- Stock Photography Caters to Stereotypes
Alex Wild: Consider microstock giant iStockphoto’s perception of scientists: The Scientist-as-Mad-Scientist, and the lab-coat-and-blue-liquid cliché, is driven by image buyers. Thus, these are images that conform to preconceptions of how society wants scientists to look.”
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/compound-eye/2012/02/19/stock-photography-caters-to-stereotypes/
PHOTO: iStock


21 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st



START UP -- How to Start Your Own Magazine:– Meghan Ahearn: “As a freelance skateboard photographer, Allen Ying was in the habit of buying skateboard magazines. However, when he noticed friends and colleagues weren’t interested in them, he started wondering if he could put together something different. His mission was to create a magazine that would capture... “How inspiring skateboarding can be..." http://www.pdnonline.com/pdn/features/How-to-Start-Your-Ow-4732.shtml


GOING STRONG -- From Bloomberg, a New Luxury Magazine. Amy Chozick: “A Wall Street executive posing in front of a garage full of red Ferraris isn’t the populist choice for a magazine cover given the current economic climate.” SOURCE: NY TIMES;
http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/12/from-bloomberg-a-new-luxury-magazine/
TAKEAWAY: Marketing Hint: In these economic times, let the newsstands be your guide. Which specialized magazines are surviving (which ones are fat with ads and editorial material)? Choose for your stock photography specialty the subject(s) that continue to stay alive. -RE


EDITORIAL SHOOT -- Behind the Scenes. Joanne Pearson: “In this post, I'm going to share with you some of the photographs that I shot on assignment for the June/July 2011 issue of Farm and Ranch Living magazine. Most of my magazine assignments are shot a year in advance and my contracts often stipulate that the images I shoot for an assignment cannot be used by me until a specified time after publication in the magazine. http://joannepearson.com/home/?cat=13
PHOTO: Joanne Pearson


21 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st



DON’T REVEAL -- 10 Tips to Help Photographers & Creatives [that's YOU] with Contracts - Kate: (Executive Producer at Chase Jarvis Inc.): “I will start by stating very overtly that I am NOT a lawyer and can’t give you legal advice. My Top 10 Checklist for Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) Below you will find ten things to consider as you review any NDA. And again, you should definitely consult a lawyer, but this is a great starting point: http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2012/02/10-tips-for-photographers-and-creatives-dealing-with-contracts/?

ARRESTS -- in Olympus Corp. Fraud Case. When Michael Woodford took over as CEO of Japan's Olympus Corp. last year, he could hardly foresee that within a year he would uncover a massive fraud at the company, investigate it, be fired for investigating it, try to make a comeback to take control of Olympus and see its Chairman arrested for being a part of the fraud. SOURCE: Forbes ; http://www.forbes.com/sites/walterpavlo/2012/02/16/arrests-in-olympus-corp-fraud-case/?feed=rss_home


Joel Rosenblatt : “Apple Seeks Permission to Sue Bankrupt Kodak Over Patents Apple Inc. asked a bankruptcy judge for permission to sue Eastman Kodak Co. over allegations it's infringing patents that Apple says cover technologies used in printers, digital cameras and digital picture frames.”
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-02-16/apple-asks-for-approval-to-sue-bankrupt-kodak-over-patents.html


21 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st




Lighting Techniques for Beauty and Glamour Photography: A Guide for Digital Photographers, by Christopher Grey and published by Amherst Media, Inc. marketing[at]AmherstMedia[dot]com

A PhotoSource International Review by Joseph Stanski


Christopher Grey's new "how to" book is yet another a great addition to his extensive and accomplished publishing and glamour photography career.
Lighting is key -- while the right lighting can give glamour shots an air of romance and mystery, the wrong lighting can completely ruin the feel of a portrait session.
Chris introduces us in Chapter 1, to effective lighting techniques, by first defining The Gear and the Look, with softboxes, umbrellas, bare-tubed strobes, reflectors and accessory arms.

He then goes into the "how to's" of lighting techniques in Chapters 2 thru 26, with clear chapter headings for reference, such as Proper Main Light Meter Placement; Working with One Light and Fill; Silhouettes and Backlight; Triple and Quadruple Main Lights; High Key, Low Key; The Isolation of Your Subject; Underlighting; Greenscreen; Beauty and The Barrier; Shooting Up and Across; Adding Drama and Focus; Pinup Images; Fitness Images; Boudoir Photography; as well as Maternity shoots.

Christopher's book is a well-written, well-illustrated and easy-to-follow guide that does an excellent job describing the "how to" set up of your lights to achieve a variety of specific effects when photographing women.
He includes photos that serve as excellent examples of the effects of changing both the power of the light as well as how different modifiers affect the image.
He explains the steps he took, with lighting diagrams and setups, to achieve specific results with different photographic techniques.

All in all, a very first-class read and instructional publication. I was particularly struck by his "Introduction" - in defining his work in beauty and glamour photography, and how he personalized his work to help others heal themselves.

A craftsmen in beauty and glamour photography. The best. I highly recommend this book to stock photographers interested in lighting for beauty and glamour photography.

Lighting Techniques for Beauty and Glamour Photography: A Guide for Digital Photographers, by Christopher Grey and published by Amherst Media, Inc. marketing[at]AmherstMedia[dot]com - ISBN-10: 1608952347, available for $34.95; at Amazon.com for $23.07; available as a Kindle at $15.39 with free wireless delivery.


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 school teacher and is currently teaching photography and running his stock photography business in Southeast Iowa. browncow108[at]lisco[dot]com


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5 Excellent Books on the Business of Photography
Charlie Borland:”Are you well established as a photographer and wonder how to increase business or how to price imagery in the new markets? It is a challenging time and a time where photographers need to spend more and more of their time developing business which means less time doing what we all love to do: shoot! While I find a lot of good info on the net is really scattered and I often find myself instead referencing a small collection of books in my library that are very good in regards to the business of photography. http://www.pronaturephotographer.com/2012/02/5-excellent-books-on-the-business-of-photography/#more-4188



21 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st






What do you do when the BLIZZARD has you SNOWBOUND?

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21 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st



YOUR RIGHTS: ACLU Says: “Know Your Rights, Photographers!” A light look at a heavy (and important) topic. (Video) http://www.aphotoeditor.com/2012/02/13/aclu-says-know-your-rights-photographers/

21 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st




HARD IMES -- The Kodak Fallout. Richard B. Woodward: “Visitors to the George Eastman House in Rochester, N.Y., over the past decade could not help noticing that the museum-in-a-mansion, the world's largest repository for all matters photographic, was struggling to keep up appearances.” http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204740904577194932800601346.html

21 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st



Lexar Introduces Several Professional-Grade Memory Products (SD and CF cards & new card reader) – Scott Bourne: “Photographers use memory cards unless they shoot film. So when a new card comes out I pay attention. I’ve tested a wide variety of these cards over the last decade and here are my general conclusions… http://photofocus.com/2012/02/18/lexar-introduces-several-professional-grade-memory-products-sd-and-cf-cards-new-card-reader/

THAT’S FAST -- Melanie Gonick: “Femto Photography - Visualizing Light in Motion at a Trillion Frames per Second. The device has been developed by the MIT Media Lab’s Camera Culture group in collaboration with Bawendi Lab in the Department of Chemistry at MIT. A laser pulse that lasts less than one trillionth of a second is used as a flash and the light returning from the scene is collected by a camera at a rate equivalent to roughly half a trillion frames per second.”
SOURCE: MIT News
http://web.media.mit.edu/

THE BOX IS BACK -- Quirky new Pentax camera combines design, function. T.J. Donegan: “In a world of ever-shrinking interchangeable lens cameras, the mirrorless Pentax K-01 stands out from the crowd with a boxy, unique design by famed industrial designer Marc Newson.” SOURCE: USA TODAY;
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/products/story/2012-02-18/reviewed-pentax-k-01/53137116/1

BE GONE! -- Leo Xavier: “Virtually Eliminate Wandering People From Your Future Smartphone Photographs. If you don’t want random strangers crowding your precious photographic memories, check out what Swedish photography firm Scalado has come out with. The app called Remove, claims to be the world’s first optical removal software for smartphones. http://www.mobilemag.com/2012/02/15/virtually-eliminate-wandering-people-from-your-future-smartphone-photographs-video/

Helmet Cameras Grab the Slope Action.
Joseph P. Kahn: “William Milner,17, from Lincoln, R.I., bought his $300 waterproof-cased helmet camera two months ago, and with that purchase joined a YouTube generation of consumers who are taking the home movie phenomenon to a new level.” http://articles.boston.com/2012-02-14/news/31060137_1_helmet-cam-snowboarders-camera


21 Feb, 2012 | 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.

Defenders of Wildlife Third Annual Photography Contest Deadline is March 15, 2012. Grand prize is a week long photo tour with renowned conservationist and wildlife photographer, Jess Lee as he takes you through Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Tetons on one of his signature photo tours. www.defenders.org/photocontest for submission guidelines. http://www.defendersblog.org/2012/02/defenders-kicks-off-its-3rd-annual-photography-contest/

Make New York Yours. The 3rd Ward Winter 2012 Open Call is your chance to win over $15,000 in prizes, including your very own NYC Solo Show, a work residency to produce the best work of your life, and the level of publicity and exposure that artists, designers, and other creatives around the world can only dream of.
Your chance at greatness starts now. One winner will receive a Solo Exhibition in New York City, travel expenses, and lavish accommodations in NYC for the week of their gallery show. Plus, show us your work for additional prizes, including cash grants and inclusion in a New York City exhibition.
For the past six years, 3rd Ward has been a leading resource for artists and creative professionals in New York City and around the world. You create inspired work. Now share it with the world. Join us for a chance to launch your career.
The Standard Deadline is February 29, 2012 11:59pm EST http://www.3rdwardopencall.com/?f=adl2

21 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st




DARWIN WOULD BE PROUD -- Laura Moss: “Can 1 man photograph every animal species on Earth? National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore is on a mission to photograph every species — and help save them in the process. http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/can-1-man-photograph-every-animal-species-on-earth
PHOTO: Joel Sartore


21 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st



Previous Photo Needs. The following excerpts are from previous PhotoDaily and Photoletter issues (2 years ago). They can inspire you to go out and simulate similar photo needs for a kind of ‘self assignment.’ Each week we include photo listings From PhotoDaily and the weekly PhotoLetter from a year ago. -RE





I'M A MAC/I'M A PC
inside
Desperately seeking hi res scan of the original "I'm a mac/I’m a pc" print ad.
Note: IMMEDIATE NEED TODAY
"No phone calls, please," says photobuyer.
Pays no research fees.
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.
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX, director
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Email: XXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Pay range inside use: $175-$200
Deadline: Feb 21st (Today)



UNDERWATER FRESHWATER FISH INDIGENOUS TO VA.
ANIMALS
(in natural habitat)
Inside editorial, possible calendar (inside)
1.) Underwater freshwater fish indigenous to VA photographed underwater NO PEOPLE
2.) Animals close-up(s) of animals, e.g. birds, animals, game and non-game, indigenous to Virginia in their natural habitat;
Note: This is a non-profit organization.
Large format 12x15 horizontal 360 dpi
Please send 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.
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Art Director
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Email: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Pay Range: $100+ inside editorial $200 (Calendar- inside)
Deadline: March 1st

PEOPLE BIKING ON ONE OF MINNESOTA'S BIKE TRAILS
Inside editorial usage.
Horizontal
Dramatic photos of people hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, birding and camping at Minnesota's state parks, forests and along the bike trails and rides. People biking on one of Minnesota's bike trails or on a group ride.
Note: 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.
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX, Researcher
XXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Pay Range: $100+ package of 12
Deadline: March 21st





ATHLETIC COACHES/PLAYERS
AAU BASKETBALL COACHES/PLAYERS IN ACTION.

Cover
Vertical
Athletic coaches/players in action, all sports, all levels.
Vertical Shots of athletic coaches/players in action, all sports,
all levels.
Also, AAU basketball coaches/players in action.
Note: Photo supplier responsible for shipping charges.
Will Convert to B&W if necessary
Pays no research fees.
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.
XXXXXXXXXXXX Senior Graphic Designer
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Email: XXXXXXXXXXX
Pay Range: $100 - $125
Deadline Feb 24th



GOLDEN EAGLE
Inside
Golden Eagle, h or v, with the nictitating membrane (aka haw or third eyelid) visible
Note: For a series of books about animal body parts
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.
XXXXXXXXXXXXXX, Photo Manager
XXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXXXX
Email: XXXXXXXXXX
Pay Range: ¼ pg interior $75- $150
Deadline: Feb 18th



HOUSEHOLD INTERIORS.
Inside editorial and website
Household interiors, prefer small, close to the wall spaces within a room that would be appropriate for stenciling.
Note: "Need close-ups, for super-imposing our art for web use," says photobuyer.
Minimum size: 300x400 pixels.
"No calls, please," says 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.
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX, General Manager
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Email: XXXXXXXXXXXX
Pay Range: $50 - $150 (1/2 page)
Deadline: March 12th







The listings above
give you a good idea of the kind of income producing information our PhotoDaily and PhotoLetter marketletter can provide you. You get photo needs directly from Photobuyers – new listings each issue – who give you the fees paid for each photo and the deadline. (Buyers in PhotoDaily pay $100 and up per photo; buyers in PhotoLetter pay $75 to $100.)
Photobuyers list with us from across the country and around the world. They are always looking for photographers who can supply them with photos in their publishing house’s category of interest …such as childhood education, family living, outdoor enjoyment, travel in this country and abroad, automotive, gardening, etc.
Many of our subscribers pay for their vacations with their travel pictures; others pay for their new cameras or lenses.
Published photographers are eligible to subscribe to the PhotoDaily. If you are a part-time photographer you may prefer the weekly PhotoLetter. If you’re a new comer, Check out our PhotoStockNOTES/PLUS.

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21 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st



Bill Ellzey's Santa Fe Photographic Workshops
March 14-17, 2012
Composition & Light in Outdoor Photography
This course is about seeing. And what better place than charming Santa Fe, New Mexico, and its countryside, to hone your eye for composition, light-Art!
It's 4 very full days of photography, daily feedback and instruction. We'll have 5 shooting sessions in the surrounding landscape as well as the round-edged, adobe architecture and alleyways of this historic, old town.
Here are a couple of links for more information or registration
http://www.billellzey.com/pages/workshops_santa_fe.html
http://www.santafeworkshops.com/photography-workshops/workshop/839


21 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st



GET ORGANIZED -- Lynne Rigby: “I was the world’s worst offender in the image organizational department. I take about 25,000 shots a year of my family and when I need an image, I have to go through the folders that I think it might be in. Heaven forbid, I use all those handy dandy features that I teach about in LR101 . My new year’s resolution was to get my stuff organized this year and so far, every picture I’ve taken has been keyworded. I’ve figured out a few shortcuts to make it as painless and quick as possible.” http://www.clickinmoms.com/blog/get-organized-keywording-tips-for-lightroom/

21 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st



"When words become unclear, I shall focus on photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence."
- Ansel Adams

21 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st



1931 - February 21st - The camera exposure meter was invented by William Nelson Goodwin, Jr. of the Weston Electrical Instrument Corporation, in Newark, NJ., who obtained patent No. 1,407,147 on a thermal ammeter.



21 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st





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14 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st




Delivering Your Own



Photos by Disc




It's the dream of most stock photographers who are embracing today’s digital world.

You place one hundred of your photos on a CD and send it off to a photobuyer who declares, "Thank you! You saved me hours of photo searching, plus hundreds of dollars of pre-press charges."

But here are two cautions to keep in mind:

1.) Many photobuyers aren't interested in seeing your disc unless you are highly specialized in one area (the area they need) and can come up with one hundred blockbuster photos in that specialty area.
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Examples: Medicine, children and families, flowers, pets, etc. Why? You’re up against competition from the many high-quality royalty-free targeted discs that are now available to buyers for them to choose images from, at a very low cost.
2.) Producing the images on a CD is one task, but packaging them is another challenge. Unless you package your CD in a format and design that can compete with the RF (Royalty-Free) competition, your submission will be regarded as sub-standard. Labeling and delivery method are important.

THE NEW WAY


If you focus on some specific specialty
areas with your stock photography, you
do have the opportunity to capitalize on
CD technology. Here's how:

First, see:http://www.photosource.com/video/lesson1a.html to discover ways to find specific markets for each of your specialty areas.

On a standard CD, you'll be able to put thousands of low resolution "thumb nail" images (72 dpi dpi). This will give the photobuyer selection choices in depth.

NEXT STEP. Say, for example, you have a general specialty of aviation, and you also have a sub-specialty: antique airplanes. You can cull together 100 of your best antique airplane shots and place them on their own specialized disc. For a “How-To”: http://answers.ask.com/Computers/Hardware/how_to_put_pictures_on_a_cd

For cataloging your thumbnail photos, see: www.techsupportalert.com ;
www.collectorz.com ; www.mybusinesscatalog.com

PACKAGING. Rather than invest in “jewel boxes,” buy the paper pouches available on-line or at discount office supply houses such as Office Max. You'll also want to buy pre-cut self-apply disc labels. On your computer, design the wording for your label using one of your antique airplane images as illustration.
For a professional-looking CD cover, you can get one for $5 at www.fiverr.com.

It's important to illustrate the subject matter (in taxt or photos)of your disc on the label.

Why? Because 'general pictures' have no interest to photobuyers. In fact they are known to stand over a trash can when opening the morning mail. If you match the contents of the disc with the "theme" of the publishing house, you'll find interest from the photobuyer.

DELIVERY. Pre-arrange with your photobuyers that you will be mailing them your disc. Package each disc in a white mailing carton available at the office supply store or from MAILERS (800-872-6670).
Put one of your disc labels on the white mailing carton and put the whole thing in a Priority Mail envelope, the kind you can send from a U.S. Post Office. If you want the disc returned, include return postage. Otherwise the photobuyer, these days, will assume you don't want the disc returned.

PRODUCTION. Be prepared for your photobuyers to ask you for high-res versions of the photos they select.


THE PERMANENT FILE.
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You can encourage your photobuyers to keep your CD’s in their permanent files or central image library. I espouse this “permanent file” approach in my book, Sell & ReSell Your Photos (see pages 127-128), where the photographer leaves specialized images on file at a publisher’s Central Art Library for easy review and access.

When art directors are in a bind and need a quality "filler" for a page layout, they can go to the photos in their permanent file.

The advantage of CD delivery, of course, is that because the image is “in-house,” the photobuyer can pick up the phone or email you with a request for a hi-res delivery of your image.

This permanent file system works well with publishers, and in 30 years I have not heard of any loss or any copyright infringement.



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


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14 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st



Get the word out !

"Growing Your Business".


Marketing


What is marketing? Without marketing you will not reach new customers and clients and sales will stagnate.

Marketing is "selling", yes, but it's strategic selling.

You improve your chances of success,
if you make the match of your product
with someone who needs it.

Reaching new sources of income is crucial to grow any business, no matter how big, or small the business or the customer base is.

The Ol' Fashioned Way

Increase public awareness of your stock photography..

Spend a day at the library and bookstore
Constantly building and adding to your mailing list is a great way to expand your business. Buying address lists is very expensive and often the targeting leaves much to be desired. The good news is that you can easily build your own mailing list for zero dollars.
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Spend a day at your local library and/or favorite bookstore. Browse books and magazines that cover the topic(s) that you specialize
in. Write the titles and any contact information you can find down.

Use your computer to search Google or your favorite Internet search engine to find contact information you couldn't locate previously. If you don't have access to a computer or the Internet, your library is very likely to offer free access.

Search for new contacts and look through previous issues and publications to see what they have used in the past. This will assist you in tailoring your marketing exactly to the type of photographs individual photobuyers have a need for.

As with any marketing effort the more you know about your target audience and their needs, the more successful your marketing will be.

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





14 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st



JUST DO IT -- How To Make Photographs that Sell – Tony Bynum: "Most of us create images that we like and we hope webpage, website, how to sell my photos other’s like too. When we share a photograph on Facebook, we often get a dozen “likes” and a few comments like, “I love it,” “you really have an eye,” “you have a gift,” these are all common and rewarding to artists, but how do you create images that sell? The answer for me is, you just do it. . . Let me explain."
Source: http://tonybynum.com/how-to-make-photographs-that-sell-just-do-it/

14 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st




GETTING PERSONAL -- Lauren Margolis: “How Google Gets Personal & Why You Need To Know About It – (Lauren Margolis) This post is about “Search, plus Your World” – or Google’s latest updates to its algorithm that have google. website. video, sell my photos “personalized” all of our search results. Personalized search will be important to get familiar with as you move forward in implementing SEO best practices.” http://blog.photoshelter.com/2012/02/how-google-gets-personal-why-you-need-to-know-about-it/

14 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st



MAKE IT REWARDING -- Tips to ensure a rewarding relationship with photobuyers

Do your homework. Know the special interest areas of your photobuyers. Know what content they need and what their publications look like, so that you are prepared to carry out the following nine steps:
1. Present a “give” list. Don’t be a “gimmie." Don't contact photobuyers to ask questions to help yourself -- help them. Let them know you can provide them with photos in such and such areas (the areas you've researched that are the focus of that particular buyer) and that you are in a position to be a regular supplier of them. In the course of your conversations, you draw out what specific current needs the buyers have, all the while emphasizing what experience or qualifications put you in a position to be an important resource for the photobuyers and their publications.
2. If you get the chance to be in conversation with a photo researcher or photobuyer, introduce yourself cheerfully. The way you open the conversation will set the tone for the entire exchange and impression.
3. Be open. Be candid. Evasiveness or ambiguity won’t work. Beforehand, clarify to yourself your purpose for the call, the points you want to provide to the photobuyer, and then straightforwardly go for it. For example, don’t use the excuse, “I am updating my database.”
4. Be enthusiastic. Exude a sense of confidence. A positive attitude will encourage your buyers to want to see various ways they can use your services. Yet don’t be overbearing or officious.
5. Be complimentary. A well-paced, well-meaning compliment about the photobuyer’s publication, latest layout, insightful coverage, etc., will serve you well.
6. Be social but brief. Briefly bring up one or two current topics related to the photobuyer’s area of concern. The more social you are, the more likely you'll elicit a favorable response. Of course, don’t overdo it! The photobuyer will appreciate your awareness that he/she is busy and has deadlines.
7. You might share with the photobuyer some bits of information you have learned from other sources in the field. However, be certain not to betray anyone’s trust.8.
8.Be charitable. Allow that 75 percent of photobuyers don’t have time to return phone calls from unknown (to them) prospects, especially after a deadline has passed. Thanks to e-mail, many buyers are replying with some sort of acknowledgement. But, some don’t have the time, or think they don’t have the time. Solution: It’s nothing personal. Maintain equanimity and sail on. Persevere with new submissions for new needs, and you’ll score at some point.
9. Understand model releases. Even though model releases are not required 99 percent of the time for editorial usage (illustration purposes in books and magazines), this subject strikes fear in the heart of many photobuyers. Some (especially the recruits interns, and newcomers) seem to think they need model releases to protect themselves and their jobs. They are not concerned with their or your First Amendment Rights. However, when photos are used to inform and educate, model releases are not required for editorial photos. If the magazine or book photobuyer you’re speaking with requires releases, it’s a signal to you to politely end the conversation and move on to the many markets who know their First Amendment Rights; that is, who are aware that for 99% of their needs they don't need model releases. -RE




14 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st







The Easy Way to Sell

Stock photography sales are easy
when you separate out from your
database of pictures a particular
niche.
The next step is to find out if
there's a market for that niche.

Here's how.


14 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st



NETWORKING -- The First Steps in Getting Yourself Published. Skip Cohen: “Having your work featured in any publication doesn’t happen by accident. It’s the result of the very best networking! There’s that word, “networking.” While it’s one of the most abused words in business, here’s how it works in getting your work out there. http://goingpro2010.com/2012/02/09/photographers-the-first-steps-in-getting-yourself-published/


KODAK MOMENTS -- “Chicagoland shooters share sense of nostalgia as Kodak halts digital camera old cameras, KODAK, sell my photos manufacturing. Jonathan Bullington: “I never associated Kodak with digital photography," said Andrew Wachtel, 52, an amateur photographer from Evanston. "That's probably their problem. (Kodak) is so associated with film."
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-talk-kodak-cameras-0210-20120210,0,3492793.story


14 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st



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BOOK MODULE -- Lightroom Interview: Kevin Tieskoetter Sean McCormack: “ Recently I got to pose some questions to long time Adobe Engineer Kevin Tieskoetter about his role on the Lightroom team and his work on the Book Module in Lightroom 4 Beta. Kevin was gracious enough to take time out and answer them.” http://www.pixiq.com/article/kevin-tieskoetter
PHOTO: Jeff Schewe


14 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st




piggy bank, money
Traveling Without Breaking Your Bank Account – Tiffany Price: "Who doesn’t love to travel around the world taking photos? Tiffany gives some good suggestions on how to travel without breaking the bank. The three biggest travel expenses are transportation, lodging, and food. Let’s take a look at each of these and see some ways you can save. http://digitalphotobuzz.com/traveling-without-breaking-your-bank-account

OKLAHOMA TRAVEL -- Publications available. The Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department offers several new comprehensive publications free of charge to assist travelers in planning a trip to and within Oklahoma. http://newsok.com/2012-oklahoma-travel-publications-available/article/3645978#ixzz1lrD10Unb


OVERLAND -- Grounded Travel Freedom. Colin Wright: “But as much as I like flying — and I do, very, very much — I generally prefer overland travel when I have the option. It may not be as fast, and it may not be as scientifically impressive, but what it lacks in flair, it makes up for in experiences. SOURCE: USA Today; http://travel.usatoday.com/alliance/flights/flightster/post/2012/02/Grounded-Travel-Freedom/623510/1

MICHIGAN TRAVEL IDEAS -- the official state travel guide, is being released today and is free of charge. It and has long been one of the state’s top trip-planning resources.
http://www.thenewsherald.com/articles/2012/02/06/news/doc4f301d29a2d34853102765.txt



14 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st




FLYING BLINDFOLD -- John Lund: “What I Know man pulling on elephants tail, sell my photos About The Stock Photo Industry. As demonstrated by this stock photo interpretation of the fable of three blind men and an elephant, it is almost impossible to gain a full understanding of the stock photo industry as a contributing photographer.
http://blog.johnlund.com/2012/02/what-i-know-about-stock-photo-industry.html?
PHOTO: John Lund


14 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st



REJECTION -- Ellen Boughn: “Recently I posted about some of the major reasons that photos are rejected due to subject, composition or cropping issues. This week, hold on to your photoshop hat as we go over the common technical mistakes that cause photos to be refused by inspectors and reviewers. http://www.ellenboughn.com/technically-speaking-reasons-photos-are-rejected? two ladys talking, sell my photos TAKEAWAY: OMG… I feel sorry for the reviewer who has to spend his/her day viewing microstock photos that (get ready to hold on to your hat again) offer these amateurish results:
· The date stamp was active and time/date shows on frame
· The photo is out of focus
· The depth of field is too shallow for the subject
· An image has been submitted upside down or sideways
-RE


14 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st



FREE SPEECH -- Kathleen Davis: “Learn About Photographers' Rights From an Animated Ghost of Ben Franklin. A lighthearted video touts free speech in light of recent attacks on photographers' rights. http://www.popphoto.com/news/2012/02/learn-about-photographer%E2%80%99s-rights-animated-ghost-ben-franklin

14 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st



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14 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st



DISCOVERY -- An Easy Way to Find the ISP for DMCA Takedown Notices. Carolyn E. Wright: “Even copyright attorneys get infringed. David Oppenheimer of Performance Impressions, LLC, a client of our firm, recently found 14 of my photos on a different attorney website. He figured correctly that the uses (two examples shown below) weren’t authorized. (Note: not only is the text not mine, it’s not correct for the most part). SOURCE: Photoattorney.com http://www.photoattorney.com/?p=3571

OWNERSHIP -- Email by Telegraph Photo Editor Causes Copyright Infringement Stir - Michael Zhang: “After discovering his photograph used without permission on The Telegraph’s website, photographer Jonathan Kent contacted the newspaper asking to be compensated for the unauthorized use. He then received an email from deputy picture editor Matthew Fearn, who defended the newspaper’s actions, stating…” http://www.petapixel.com/2012/02/10/email-by-telegraph-photo-editor-causes-copyright-infringement-stir/

14 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st



THEFT OR CONSENT? -- Mickey H. Osterreicher: “The case of AFP v Morel, in which Daniel Morel, a photographer in Haiti during the 2010 earthquake, uploaded some of the first photos of the disaster to TwitPic.com by linking them to his Twitter account. Morel claimed that AFP distributed his images without his permission, while AFP argued that in posting his photos Morel had agreed to Twitpic's terms of service, which in turn provided AFP with a license to distribute those images. In the lawsuit, Agence France Presse (AFP), sought a declaratory judgment that it had not infringed upon Morel's copyrights. http://jpgmag.com/news/2012/02/photography-the-law-reading-understanding-your-rights-1.html



14 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st



A PhotoSource International book review...
by Geralee Sullivan




Architectural Photography, 2nd Edition – Composition, Capture, and Digital Image Processing,
by Adrian Schulz.

Architectural photography is more than just documenting a project. An architectural photograph shows the form and appeal of a building far better than any other medium.

With the advent of the digital photographic workflow, architects are discovering exciting new opportunities to present and market their work.
This book is a step-by-step guide to architectural photography for both the aspiring photographer, and the professional photographer wanting to expand his skills in this arena. And architects themselves will find this book motivating and inspiring.
This second edition has been extensively revised and includes 80 new images and illustrations, with an expanded chapter on shooting interior spaces.
It also includes an updated discussion of post-processing techniques and the latest technical developments in photographic techniques and equipment. The book includes creative tips, tricks, and guidelines for producing quality architectural images.
Author... Adrian Schulz – both an architect and a professional architectural photographer – uses real-world projects to teach you how to:
capture outstanding images of buildings, inside and out; choose the right equipment and use it effectively; compose architectural shots;
work with both ambient and artificial light; and...
process images in an efficient workflow based on Adobe Photoshop.

ISBN: 978-1-933952-88-8
229 pages, with Index
US $44.95; CAN $46.95
Publisher: Rocky Nook
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14 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st







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14 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st



AT IT AGAIN -- Accredited Journalist Carlos Miller was arrested while covering the Occupy Miami eviction, following orders by Miami-Dade police's Major Nancy Pérez. They deleted his footage, which is illegal and may lead to a federal lawsuit. (Video) http://gizmodo.com/5883167/how-a-smart-photographer-won-over-a-bunch-of-abusive-cops
TAKEAWAY: This kind of ‘entrapment’ or ‘sting journalism’ is becoming anti-climactic. We want our –in-the-streets-rights, yes, but let’s not let anyone get hurt, especially the people that are paid to protect us - the police.

YES YOU CAN -- A Depot and a Fight to Photograph the City : David W. Dunlop: "An M.T.A. property protection agent stopped a reporter from taking pictures of the 126th Street Bus Depot. Not a big deal itself, but a symptom of a citywide problem: the unwarranted prohibition of photography from public spaces.
"'The problem is, however, much larger.
Security is inevitably invoked, but the security rationale seems to have been upended by
the Web. “Things like Google Earth are
making irrelevant, if not ridiculous,
objections to people snapping
pictures on the sidewalk,'”
Mr. Dunn said."
SOURCE: NY Times; David Dunlop
http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/07/the-bus-depot-the-m-t-a-doesnt-want-you-to-see-or-does-it/?emc=eta1
via: Roy Iwaki


14 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st




5 Budget Tripods for Outdoor & Landscape Photography. Dan Bailey: “You can’t be a great landscape photographer without a good tripod. Period. However, a Gitzo does not a photographer make. You don’t have to drop $500, $700 or more in order to get a perfectly good and workable camera support. There are plenty of decent tripods out there that will hold your camera steady enough to let you capture compelling images of the natural world. http://danbaileyphoto.com/blog/5-budget-tripods-for-landscape-photography/


IMAGE STORAGE -- Stephen Shankland: “Photography enthusiasts have seen the light when it comes to shooting raw images, but plenty of them have yet to convert to Adobe Systems' DNG format for storing those images. Adobe could bring some new sheep into the Digital Negative fold with abilities arriving in Adobe's Lightroom 4 software and its Photoshop CS6 cousin.


BUDGET PHOTOGRAPHY: Great DSLR News for Shooters on A Budget. Larry Becker: “Let me say 2 things right up front…1) I happen to shoot Nikon, but I am not a Nikon fanboy that bashes Canon because I think they both make great camera gear and the competition makes for great cameras, whichever way you go.
2) This is not a review or lab comparison, just a set of observations to help people on a budget know about some awesome options. http://larryscheapshots.com/
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57371809-1/adobe-offering-new-reasons-to-get-dng-religion/


14 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st



G+ LOOKALIKE? Meghan Kelly: “Facebook is rolling out its new lightbox photo viewer feature to all 840 million users by the end of this week, a spokesperson for the company has confirmed to VentureBeat. The new display helps make photos more attractive by showing them larger, moving comments off to the side, and graying out the background to minimize distraction.
http://venturebeat.com/2012/02/08/facebook-rolling-out-lightbox-photo-viewer-globally-by-end-of-week/



14 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st




IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU -- How To Get Over Your Fears And Raise Your Prices as a Photographer – Jenika McDavitt: “People are used to paying $5 for 50 prints at the corner grocery store and under $30 for a packet of school photos. Thus, most people’s “anchor” for photography pricing is probably somewhere between $5-30. So they wonder: Why would they want to lay down a hundred bucks, let alone two grand, for your services? When you market to differentiate yourself, you may find it tempting to focus everything on YOU. Make it about them, the client. http://www.digital-photography-school.com/how-to-get-over-your-fears-and-raise-your-prices-as-a-photographer


HOW MUCH TO CHARGE -- The successful photographer in 2012 – Rosh Sillars:”Success is subjective. I divide photographic success into two distinctive areas. The first area is the opportunity to create beautiful images. The second measure of success for the photographer is all math. Your income should be greater than your expenses and your net income should be enough to live a comfortable life. You might be surprised by how much you really need to charge to stay in business. http://www.roshsillars.com/2012/02/the-successful-photographer-in-2012/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NewMediaPhotographer+%28Rosh+Sillars%29

14 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st



Neiman Marcus Launches "NM @ SxSW" Street Style Photography Contest
Neiman Marcus announced today it is hosting an online challenge to find a street-style photographer that will attend SxSW as a correspondent for the Neiman Marcus blog, NMdaily.
http://www.sacbee.com/2012/02/10/4254049/neiman-marcus-launches-nm-sxsw.html
TAKEAWAY: Wait a second! This is no way to hire a photographer.


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dead rose, flower, sell my photos ALL ‘ROUND TRADESPERSON -- Become a Photographer Without Giving up the Day Job. Dean: “Renata Ramsini’s website describes her in four different ways. She’s an “efficiency-lover,” a “photographer,” a “policy wonk” and a “law student.” That’s not the order in which her life has played out however. Like many photography enthusiasts, when it came time to pick a profession it never occurred to Ramsini to pick up her camera and push for a career in picture-taking. http://blogs.photopreneur.com/become-a-photographer-without-giving-up-the-day-job?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PhotopreneurBlog+%28Photopreneur+Blog%29
PHOTO: Renata Ramsini


H2-O -- Photographer Captures Worlds in a Drop of Water. Stephanie Paooas: “Markus Reugels can capture the world in a drop of water, not to mention Venus, Mars and the moon. Reugels is a floor installer and hobbyist photographer in Marktsteinach, Germany, but "hobby" doesn't begin to convey the beauty and precision of his photographs of images reflected in tiny, perfect globes of water.”
http://www.livescience.com/18358-water-droplet-world-photography.html
PHOTO: Markus Reugels

VERTIGO ANYONE? -- Katie Silver: “Spare a thought for the photographer: How one man risks life and limb to take vertigo-inducing picture. With their teeth clenched and a look of sheer determination etched on their faces, these courageous climbers take rock-climbing to dizzying new heights.The images were captured by master of mountains, Paul Bride, who risks his life to secure the stunning shots. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2096828/Vertigo-inducing-pictures-risky-work-fearless-photographers.html
PHOTO: Paul Bride


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WORKFLOW -- Tom Bourdon: “Digital workflow. Keywording. Normally we shoot one subject at a time which means adding keywords can be done in bulk by selecting all relating images and the keyword just once. Simple, or it should be. Difficulties arise when you shoot lots of different things and it’s oh so easy to say, I’ll come back later and add the keywords. At present I currently have a few thousand images in my collection that have no keywords, will I ever get around to adding them?.. probably http://tombourdon.co.uk/index.php/2012/02/digital-workflow-keywording/
TAKEAWAY: Keywording is not the most glamorous of your workflow tasks but it will prove well worth the time investment in the future when you are ready to sell your photo collection or pass it on to your heirs. Without keywords your images will be near useless.


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“In photography, the smallest thing can become a big subject, an insignificant human detail can become a leitmotiv. We see and we make seen as a witness to the world around us; the event, in its natural activity, generates an organic rhythm of forms.”
- Henri Cartier Bresson

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In February 1860, the photographer Mathew Brady (books by this author) took the first of several portraits of Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln went to New York City to give an anti-slavery speech at the Cooper Union. He thought a portrait might help his presidential campaign.
Brady was one of the first Americans to get into photography, and within a few years he was known as one of the best portrait photographers in the country. Brady was the first person to take a photograph of an American president when he photographed President Zachary Taylor in 1849.
The portrait was difficult to take, in part because Lincoln was so tall (6’4”). Brady usually used a head clamp to immobilize his subjects, but the clamp didn’t reach Lincoln’s head. So Lincoln had to stand absolutely still for several minutes of his own free will. The photograph worked out, though, and it was published on the cover of Harper’s Weekly, the equivalent of today’s New Yorker magazine. Lincoln later claimed the photograph and the Cooper’s Union speech had made him president.

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Simon Marsden, renowned photographer who specialised in gritty b&w images of subjects including mystical landscapes, gothic graveyards and old ruins, has died aged 63.
http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/news/Photographer_Simon_Marsden_dies_update_includes_tributes_news_311385.html


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Can You Use



Someone Else’s

Trademark?




Often, photographers will establish a “logo” or trademark to distinguish their business from others.

In copyright law, “fair use” sometimes allows a person to “borrow” copyrighted material for the purpose of informing and educating the public. However, the concept of fair use in copyright law does not have a direct equivalent in trademark law. If you plan to use a trademark which you suspect might belong to someone else, it’s important to understand the concept of “use.”

Under trademark law, use of a trademark generally occurs where the mark is associated with a product or service, such as your photography business.

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The longer a trademark has been in use, the stronger its capacity to be uniquely attached to the business of that original trademark user.

For example, if another business, especially a photographer, uses a confusingly similar trademark to yours, you have the right to bring legal proceedings to stop them from using it (an “unauthorized use”), if you’ve used it long enough for it to have a well-established association with your business.

Can a trademark be mentioned or displayed without the permission of the original trademark owner? The answer is yes, depending on the circumstances.

In order for a trademark owner to be in a position to complain, the owner must establish that the mark is being “used” by someone else as a trademark. Someone, or another business, merely reproducing the mark, would not be enough to attract the sanctions imposed by trademark law.

What would be offensive is a situation in which the mark is used to capitalize on, or “ride on the coattails” of, the goodwill of the original trademark owner. In this case the original owner of the mark is entitled to control the use to which the mark is put.

From a practical point of view, you may want to perform trademark searches to verify whether the mark you are thinking of using (for a non-commercial purpose) has been already registered. If it has, you might wish to contact the trademark owner and seek permission. If this seems impractical, an alternative might be to place an asterisk next to the mark and indicate the owners’ name as a footnote.

The concept of whether you are “using” a trademark for the purpose of distinguishing products or services from those of others is important to keep in mind. There is nothing prohibiting the mention or display of a trademark for a non-commercial purpose, or non-conflicting purpose so long as the mark is presented fairly and in good taste. For example, we are all familiar with the trademark: Since I am writing about "trademarks" this example would be "fair use."

Another example. Say my last name was Johnson and my brother and I went into the trucking business and we called ourselves "Johnson & Johnson." As long as we did not use the same type style and script as the former, we would not violate the trademark law by trademarking ourselves, Johnson & Johnson.

If you use the "Golden Rule" you will probably be within trademark law 99%! -RE



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





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Get the word out !

"Growing Your Business".


Marketing


What is marketing? Without marketing you will not reach new customers and clients and sales will stagnate.

Marketing is "selling", yes, but it's strategic selling.

You improve your chances of success,
if you make the match of your product
with someone who needs it.


Reaching new sources of income is crucial to grow any business, no matter how big, or small the business or the customer base is.


Increase public awareness of your stock photography..


E-mail marketing


A good alternative to mailing postcards is to market through e-mail if your clients and photobuyers are open to it.
It’s free.
There are a number of services that will assist you in sending professional looking e-mails with opt out options and much more.

Constant Contact
is one example and they offer a trial period free of charge so you can try it out and make sure it works for you and the folks you market to before you decide.

You certainly can rely on simply sending e-mails out from your own computer without subscribing to a service like that offered by Constant Contact and similar providers.

Keep your e-mails simple and to the point.

Avoid animations at all cost. Use photographs but understand file sizes and how long it takes the recipients to download and open your e-mail messages.
(The larger size image = the longer it takes to open the email.)

Consider sending your emails to photobuyers in both text and HTML format.

Remember to add a link to your blog and/or web site where visitors can sign up for your e-mail promotions and updates.

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



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Name: David O'Neil

Email: donebc[at]yahoo[dot]com

Dates#1: Feb 3-Feb 9

Destination#1: Agonda, Goa, India

Dates#2: Feb 10-Feb 15

Destination#2: Hampit, Maharashtra, India

Dates#3: Feb 17-Feb 27

Destination#3: Varanasi, India

Comments: After Varanasi over to Jaisalmeer and Udaipur, and Bundi
Rajasthan, then back to Agonda, Goa by mid-April.

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SHARING TRAVEL TIPS -- Travel and photography always go hand-in-hand. Writing about one’s experiences or telling stories to friends are great ways to remember your trip, but it’s the photographs that really make things real and indelible. Aside from using photography as a means of documentation, it’s also a great way to make you want to visit more places, to create more fun memories, and to share more stories with the people around you. Here are some tips: http://blog.otel.com/travel-photography-tips/
PHOTO: smileyjkl.blogspot.com

I’M LOSING MY MEMORY! -- Easy Tip to Avoid Accidently Erasing Memory Cards – Richard Harrington: “I have a tendency to carry a lot (and I mean A LOT) of memory cards on a shoot. Between shooting panoramic photos, time-lapse sequences, and HD video, I burn through memory cards faster than most. I find myself needing to be certain that I avoid accidentally erasing data. Here’s my strategy for safety: http://www.asmp.org/strictlybusiness/2012/02/easy-tip-to-avoid-accidently-erasing-memory-cards/

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SOME RESPECT -- Photography project empowers sex trade workers; Carly Kalish: ”Women selected from among those who attend Toronto's Moss Park and Regent Park’s All Saints' Friday morning drop-in program for women in the sex trade, have received disposable cameras and photography lessons. They have been encouraged to take photographs of their lives. All Saints' Friday morning women's drop-in is a place where women who are involved in the sex trade and who use drugs can get non-judgmental support.. http://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/photography-project-empowers-sex-trade-145600328.html

SCHOLARSHIP -- Do You Know An Aspiring Professional Photographer In Need? – Scott Bourne: “The GoingPro Bootcamp is set for February 18, 2012 in Las Vegas, NV. GoingPro founders Skip Cohen and Scott Bourne know times are tough – so we set aside a dozen scholarships for needy photographers. Here’s how it works. Nominate yourself or a friend and send us one simple paragraph on why you or your friend should receive the scholarship. Details on the GoingPro Bootcamp event http://goingpro2010.com/2012/02/02/do-you-know-an-aspiring-professional-photographer-in-need/

NEW WORK -- Google Offers Businesses "Trusted Photographers" Barry Scwartz: “Back in May, Google launched Google Business Photos to help businesses make their Google Places listings more attractive by showing off the inside of your stores. Google said their has been such high demand that they have decided to open up a new program to let any business participate at a fee. http://www.seroundtable.com/google-trusted-photographers-14645.html

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STREET SMARTS LEARNING -- Beginner Street Photography Workshops. Lindsey: “Find out the best camera settings for street photography and get invaluable tips and hints for boosting your confidence ‘shooting people’ in public without fear. Themed challenges will help train new photographer eyes to notice the quirky detail that makes street photography so ace.” http://londonist.com/2012/02/we-shoot-people-beginner-street-photography-workshops.php
PHOTO: Dimitri Stepanenko

FOCUS -- Eric Kim ~ (In your face with a smile!) Valerie Jardin: “If you shoot street photography, you have most likely heard of California based photographer Eric Kim. He is so active in the social media and blogging world that it is virtually impossible to miss him and his big grin. Who is the person behind the Leica? I had the pleasure to ask him a few questions recently.” http://www.digital-photography-school.com/focus-on-street-photographer-eric-kim-in-your-face-with-a-smile

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CONVINCING BUYERS - Landing pages for photographers – Rosh Sillars “A landing page is a marketing web page designed to offer specific information related to the advertisement or link clicked by the visitor. The goal of a landing page is to convince the person on the page to take the desired action. People looking for a food photographer don’t want to see fashion photography.” http://www.roshsillars.com/2012/01/landing-pages-for-photographers/?

MARKETING TIP: Because editors often work on several publishing projects at one time, it is advisable that you include the project title, if possible, along with your submission of images. Often a photobuyer will include a project number; include that also. Photobuyers will accept .jpg (.jpeg) attachments but most prefer a Light Box.

What’s PhotoMetaData? What’s an Alt Tag?
Camera Canon EOS 7D
Exposure 0.003 sec (1/400)
Aperture f/5.6
Focal Length 700 mm
ISO Speed 400
Exposure Bias 0 EV

(Above) Typical photometadata that is included with each of the camera’s images. This data (information) is embedded in each picture with the snap of the shutter. Such image data is useless to most photo researchers. Caption text can be included in the interior of the image also, but like the photometadata above, it cannot be seen or retrieved by search engines.
If you want photo researchers to find your photos, your photo descriptions have to be embedded in the exterior of the photo as an “alt tag”. Check YouTube to learn how to make Alt Tags for your photos. They will also help your search engine ranking if you follow a stock photo specialization. –RE

07 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st






Should you build a website?

As an editorial stock photographer,
your primary aim is to build a site
that will serve as a landing
place for buyers of
YOUR kind of photography.


Here are some tips.



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EDITING-ON-THE-GO -- 5 Ways for Photographers to use an iPad to Jumpstart their Business. Darren Rowse: “The iPad is never going to replace a desktop computer for photo editing. However, it does come in handy when you are looking to quickly edit a few pictures.http://www.digital-photography-school.com/5-ways-for-photographers-to-use-an-ipad-to-jumpstart-their-business

07 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st



To scan or not to scan, that is the question....

Mike and Brian come through with some pretty good answers on that question.

If you are entering the field of editorial stock photography, a digital camera is a MUST -and at least 18 meg, according to Mike.

They both agree that off-the-shelf scanners don't have the reproduction results that most photobuyers we list in the PhotoLetter and PhotDaily demand. Trouble is, the photobuyers (or stock agencies) don't have the time to critique your work and tell you your scans won't pass the test that the publishing house they work with requires.

If you have some input on scanners, jump into the discussion.

It's at:
http://board.photosource.com/read.php?1,11345

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BREAKING UP IS NOT SO EASY TO DO -- Aaron Smith: “ Eastman Kodak is trying to end its sponsorship of the Hollywood theater that bears its name and hosts the Academy wards. "Kodak has filed a motion with the court to allow us to discontinue the sponsorship that included theater naming rights," said spokesman Christopher Veronda in an e-mail to CNNMoney. He would not confirm or deny reports that the contract was for $4 million per year. "We have not released the terms of the annual payment," he said. The filing comes just weeks before the Oscars ceremony, scheduled for Feb. 26 at the theater. http://money.cnn.com/2012/02/02/news/companies/kodak_oscars/index.htm?section=money_topstories

INSIDE OUT? -- Could Yahoo! be engineering Flickr's demise from the inside out? – Daniela Bowker: “Yahoo! undertook a mass cull of staff late in 2010, of which a significant percentage were Flickr staff. A little over a year later another bundle of Flickr staff have just lost their jobs. This time it's the entire senior tier of customer support. This could just be a case of naivety, if I'm being kind - mis-management, if I'm blunt - on Yahoo!'s part. But I've a feeling in my gut that it's possibly a bit more sinister than that.” http://www.pixiq.com/article/flickrs-engineered-downfall

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A MICROSTOCK EMPIRE -- Michael Zhang -- “German broadcaster Deutsche Welle produced an interesting segment on photographer Yuri Arcurs and how he turned his microstock photography into a million-dollar photography empire. Here’s a mind-boggling statistic: on average, Arcurs sells one of his images every 8 seconds. http://www.petapixel.com/2012/02/01/a-look-at-yuri-arcurs-microstock-empire/
TAKEAWAY: The greatest hurdle for editorial stock photographers is to provide premium value to photo researchers and art directors seeking to optimize today’s media channels. Ask yourself “What values are appealing to photobuyers?” In the area of editorial stock photography the answer is 1.) on-target images 2.) speedy delivery 3.) quality photography. As an independent stock photographer you can make microstock non-relevant to a photobuyer because you have positioned yourself to specialize in a niche that appeals to your picture-making expertise and makes a match with a small piece of the pie that has a substantial budget for your style and specialization of photography. Let the microstockers be. Some $5 pictures are great, but the targeting system most microstockers utilize don’t conform to the business practices in the media industry today. Learn the correct system for editorial photographers and how this system works: https://www.photosource.com/cart/marketyourphotos.php

Microstock Turns to Quality, Not Quantity – Dean: “Dreamstime’s strategy is to improve the quality of the images it offers at the expense of the quantity. Since 2010, the site has been imposing strict submission limits which rise as a contributor’s approval rating improves. Dreamstime then is trying to do its part to keep microstock viable by being more careful about what it offers to buyers”. SOURCE: Photopreneur; http://blogs.photopreneur.com/microstock-turns-to-quality-not-quantity?

07 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st



2012 LIST -- Better Than 2011…? Charlie Borland: “I have been pondering what I want the year to look like and which goals I will set for myself. Many photographers feel that 2011 goes down as their worst year ever. While the economy is certainly the main reason for many, it is the changing world of professional photography that has played a large role in the downturn for many photographers. I compiled my own list of challenges and how I plan to address them.” http://www.pronaturephotographer.com/2012/01/my-plan-to-make-2012-better-than-2011/

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LAZY PHOTOGRAPHY -- Steve Meltzer: “A British Court Finds “Similarity” Sufficient Grounds for Copyright Infringement. Amateur Photographer magazine reports that an English judge has decided in favor of a plaintiff because two photographs were “similar enough” to be a case of copyright infringement. Here’s the story and the photos, decide for yourself. If the judge’s decision goes unchallenged, it could have disastrous implications for photographers. SOURCE: PIXIQ; http://www.pixiq.com/article/were-all-bozos-on-this-bus-the-red-bus-to-hell
TAKEAWAY: Yes, the judge is saying, in a way, that an idea itself can be copyrighted. But we have a special factor also here to consider. It’s name in “intent”. This was not an honorable way to infringe on an idea. This is lazy photography and let’s face it, one postcard rack looks like the next. There’s great opportunity for people with a camera to infringe at postcard racks. It’s a wonder this is the first time that this kind of copycat activity was exposed for what it is. Maybe if an appeal is denied, copycat postcard photographers will have to dig deeper for some original shooting ideas -RE

PROS AND CONS OF WATERMARKS – Don Peters: “Tastes vary, but I've never seen an image with a watermark that wouldn't have been better without it. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/insights/blogs/bh-insights/pros-and-cons-watermarks.html?
TAKEAWAY: Thousands of editorial stock photos are bought everyday in the USA and worldwide. In the editorial stock photo industry it would be seen as a sign of an entry level (amateur) photographer for an art director or photo editor to receive a submission considered for publication that is watermarked. During the selection process, for a cover of a magazine, for example, a watermarked photo, despite its A+ quality would be instantly rejected. Why? Extra labor to remove the watermark would slow down the timeline for publication. Also, watermarking is an insult to photo editors in the publishing industry -- an indication that you don’t trust them. If you plan on entering the field of editorial stock photography, it’s best to group-register your best photos with the U.S. Copyright Office. ( http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/ ) And by the way, it’s not necessary to place any kind of copyright notice on your images thanks to the Berne Convention..-RE
PHOTO: Don Peters

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CHALLENGER -- College offers course in iPhone photography. Charlie Osborne: “Do smartphones have the capability to rival professional cameras like the DSLR? Perhaps not, but two London colleges are offering courses in support of iPhone photography.”
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/igeneration/college-offers-course-in-iphone-photography/15050
PHOTO: Charlie Osborne

Lomography cameras go wild for Valentine's Day
Jaqueline Seng: “We unearthed a line of limited-edition film cameras from Lomography just in time for February 14. These animal-themed Diana, Fisheye, and La Sardina film cameras would make an ideal gift for the hipster shutterbug.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57371342-1/lomography-cameras-go-wild-for-valentines-day/?part=rss&subj=latest-news&tag=title

FLEXIBLE -- Cameras That Share Like Phones; Roy Furchgott: “One of the charms of having a camera on your mobile phone is its ability to instantly share pictures, which may be the chief reason for the predicted demise of the point-and-shoot camera. But Samsung has taken a step to reverse that trend by adding Wi-Fi to a broad range of cameras. NYTmes. http://gadgetwise.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/31/cameras-that-share-like-phones/

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Nikki Wagner: “Why Wedding Photographers’ Prices are “Wack” - Earlier today my friend posted a link to a craigslist ad from a woman in Seattle looking for a wedding photographer. The woman thought that $3,000 for a wedding photographer was “wack” because all we do “is hang out at a wedding taking tons of photos and editing them”. I realized that this is probably a common misconception and that maybe I should try to explain why photographers charge what we do for our work.SOURCE: PetaPixel; http://www.petapixel.com/2012/01/26/why-wedding-photographers-prices-are-wack/

07 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st



NO CAN DO -- California newspaper fires photographer for manipulating pictures of herons. The Sacremento Bee newspaper has fired one of its veteran award-winning photographers for three cases of manipulating his pictures. The Sacramento Bee told readers on Saturday that it had sacked Bryan Patrick the day before for "violating the paper's ethics policy." A reader raised questions about Patrick's published photo of a great egret catching a frog, with a snowy egret reaching to grab it. SOURCE: Poynter/Sacramento Bee http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/greenslade/2012/feb/06/us-press-publishing-news-photography

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In pictures: Sony World Photography Awards shortlist
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-16831745

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A dolphin and a young friend

By Bob Grytten

I made this photo at the place where the movie Dolphin Tail was filmed, the true story of the dolphin, “Winter,” who lost it's tail when tangled in the rope from a crab trap in Clearwater Beach, FL.
The dolphin in this shot is not Winter (who is surviving thanks to a prosthetic fashioned by some enterprising and caring people), but another dolphin, who was injured and is also being cared for.

I learned about how to “make the marketable photo” from Rohn Engh.

Here are the four elements he teaches that make a photo marketable:

1. Non-distracting Background (the pool)
2. Person in the image (the girl)
3. Symbol (the dolphin)
4 . Involvement (the kiss)

”Rohn Engh's formula works no matter where you are.., in , nature, traveling, with editorial photographyadvertising photography. Once all the factors are in place… just keep shooting. It makes for effective and saleable pictures!” –Bob Grytten
copyright Bob Grytten bobgry[at]aol[dot]com http://lensluggerworld.com


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ANSEL -- James Brasuell: “Ansel Adams's 1940 Los Angeles Photos Getting First Ever Public Show. SOURCE:
http://la.curbed.com/archives/2012/
TAKEAWAY: The A.A. pictures look ordinary, don’t they? It’s a reminder isn’t it? Aim to capture one iconic photo, just one. And that’s how the public will remember you.
PHOTO: Ansel Adams

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HE MADE MILLIONS -- off a one-dollar app. Rob Lefebvre: “Earlier this month, Tap Tap Tap reported that its Camera+ iPhone app had raked in $5.1 million since launching in June 2010. In this exclusive interview with Tap Tap Tap founder John Casasanta, we talk about the company’s run-ins with Apple, the secrets behind its record download numbers, and developers’ hopes for the iPhone 5” SOURCE: Venturebeat; http://venturebeat.com/2012/02/03/how-cameras-john-casasanta-made-millions-off-a-1-app/
John Casasanta


07 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st



FROM PIXELS TO PRINT -- A conference in the sunshine state for photographers March 23rd through March 25th . Learn about the latest technologies in digital photography, image editing software and print making from conference speakers, and session leaders at the Naples Hilton Conference Center. All photo enthusiasts are invited to attend. The event is sponsored by the Florida Camera Club Council (FCCC) 2012 Conference. For information about the world-renown speakers and instructional outings at various nearby Naples locations, contact Eric Hansen, F3C 2012 Conference Chairperson, Florida Camera Club Council, 1-800-891-3258 President[at]f3c[dot]org. http://www.onlineprnews.com/news/203297-1328206855-from-pixels-to-print-a-photo-extravaganza-florida-camera-club-council-fccc-2012-conference.html

07 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st



If the photographer is interested in the people in front of his lens, and if he is compassionate, it’s already more then you need. The instrument is not the camera but the photographer.
– Eve Arnold

07 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st



1906 February 8 – Chester F. Carlson, the inventor of the photo copier, was born in Seattle, Washington.

07 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st



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