25 Jul, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

FULL-TIME WITH AN IPHONE - Why One Professional Photographer Ditched Her Camera. Caroline Moss: “Kat Sloma, an artist based in Oregon, has been using a 35mm camera for over ten years, including the two years her family lived in Milan, Italy. But she never wanted to learn Photoshop so she purchased an iPhone. Now she only uses her iPhone to take photographs and make art. SOURCE: http://www.businessinsider.com/kat-sloma-iphone-artist-2014-7
PHOTO: Kat Sloma

11 Jul, 2014 | Posted by: bswenson


- Andrew Mendelson: “Every day, celebrities and paparazzi are engaged in an ongoing struggle in cities, nightclubs and other public places around the world. The nature of this struggle is most often defined by celebrities, by those in their employ and by those sympathetic to their perceived plight, all of whom speak in terms of a fight for privacy — the right to be left alone. But there is another way to examine this conflict: namely, as a struggle for survival — not in a primitive sense for food or shelter, but for control of one’s image. Indeed, one’s identity. SOURCE:

11 Jul, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos


-- CHEERLEADER’s HUNTING PICS – ‘Here's Why We Deleted Them’. - Chris Taylor: “Facebook came under fire from hunting advocates and gun-rights supporters this weekend when it removed a series of pictures from the account of Kendall Jones, a Texas cheerleader. Jones' pictures showed her posing with a variety of animals she had shot earlier this month on safari in Zimbabwe, such as the leopard, above. It was widely assumed that the pictures were removed in response to widespread outcry from animal-rights groups over Jones' trophy snapshots. But that's not the case, the social network told Mashable — the pictures simply violated Facebook's terms of service. Specifically, the pictures were deemed to break a rule about "graphic images shared for sadistic effect or to celebrate or glorify violence," as outlined in this page on Facebook Community Standards.

via Frank Nowikowski

11 Jul, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos



-- Without You Noticing - Cade Metz: “Your Instagram photos aren’t where they used to be. This spring, even as some 200 million people were using Instagram on their smartphones, a small team of engineers moved the photo sharing service from Amazon’s cloud computing service—where it was built in 2010—into a data center operated by Facebook, which bought Instagram in 2012. “The users are still in the same car they were in at the beginning of the journey,” says Instagram founder Mike Krieger, “but we’ve swapped out every single part without them noticing.” http://www.wired.com/2014/06/facebook-instagram/

11 Jul, 2014 | Posted by: bswenson

ROMANCE IS BACK! -- How photography is getting it back - Charlotte Runcie: Nikon's Df digital camera offers photographers the chance to fall in love again. We've got used to serious digital cameras looking like large, black, plastic boxes. The more cutting-edge technology the manufacturers cram in, the uglier the camera seems to get. But photographers, by their nature, are interested in aesthetics. SOURCE: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/photography/10860147/How-photography-is-getting-its-romance-back.html

DARKROOM OVER DIGITAL -- Film photography still popular at some local schools - Daniel Dern: “In the age of camera-equipped smart phones and inexpensive digital cameras, the odds are good that most people in high school or younger have never seen a roll of film or used an “analog” camera — much less developed film and paper prints in a darkroom. But film photography isn’t dead yet, at least not in New England. Plenty of local people, in fact, are still teaching, learning, and doing “analog” photography. “We have at least 40 accounts with schools buying film, chemicals, and paper for classes.

CAPTURING THEIR THOUGHTS -- Jim Goldberg took hundreds of portraits of San Franciscans for his series Rich and Poor, then asked his subjects to comment on their photos. Their reflections are poignant and painful. SOURCE:
PHOTO: Jim Goldberg

THE NEW PHOTO AGENCIES - Paul Melcher: "Social Media opened our eyes to the reality that there is a massive talent pool of photographers that have not chosen the path of "going pro".
In the last 3 years we have seen the rise of what could be called the “new photo agencies”, companies who are building their business on the licensing of those “not really for sale” images. While traditional photo agencies solicit and manage images from pro or semi-pro photographers seeking to generate comfortable revenue with their images, these new agencies hardly solicit anything." SOURCE: http://kaptur.co/new-photo-agencies/

PHOTO: Chris Star chris[at]cstar-photography[dot]com

30 May, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

More Dangerous

Than Ever
Photojournalist Killings Make My Work Dangerous - Lynsey Addario: “According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 70 people in my profession were murdered in 2013 "as a direct reprisal" for their work. Of those, nearly a quarter were photographers. The death of a French photojournalist weighs on conflict photographers. Being a conflict photographer seems more dangerous than ever right now—or maybe the longer I do this, the more I feel my odds of surviving are wearing thin. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/05/140516-journalists-conflict-photographers-world/

30 May, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

NEW FORM AND NEW LIFE. Massive Problems with Digital Publishing Today - Danny Wong: ‘The future of publishing is hotly debated. The advent of the Internet and mobile technology has greatly revolutionized a formerly traditional industry, giving it new form and new life. Ten years ago, few experts could have accurately predicted what the digital age would have done to publishing. Before we can move forward, we need to identify the biggest issues the industry: Earn more reader trust. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/danny-wong/3-massive-problems-with-d_b_5276379.html

CANON'S EMPHASIS ON CREATION -- Marketing Strategy: “Capture Moments That Count” - James O'Brien: “Canon knows that in the digital age, you probably already have a camera — and it's in your smartphone. But now, the company that made its name as a legacy camera brand by marketing photography equipment designed to capture magazine-cover quality images is reaching out to its online consumer base with a fresh emphasis on creation. http://mashable.com/2014/05/08/canon-marketing-strategy/

CREATE WITH CARE -- Taking care with your photography - Keith Heppell: Many hours of my spare time are spent looking at other photographers’ images – and with admiration for those who find angles and lighting that have so far eluded me. There is a place for the ‘snap’, but if you spend a little while looking at other photographers’ images, the chances are that the ones you like are those created with care.
PHOTO: Joseph Stanski

23 May, 2014 | Posted by: bswenson

STASTICALLY INSIGNIFICANT -- Like a fly on your nose - Paul Melcher: "Several announcements in the last few weeks has made it clear that the stock licensing industry is due for final changes. Big companies are moving away fast from traditional photo licensing as well as from the pro/non pro distinction. Very soon, there will be no more of these platforms that sell you a license to use an image against a fee, besides maybe a few microstock platforms. Because the market will no longer exist. http://blog.melchersystem.com/2014/05/14/like-a-fly-on-your-nose/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=like-a-fly-on-your-nose

06 May, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

AUTHENTICITY: Paul Melcher: “Stock photos and stock agencies have a much bigger problem than declining usage fees. They just don’t work anymore. In the advertising web space, there is an expression that defines the fact that people do not click on advertising anymore. It is called “banner blindness”. What it means is that people have become so accustomed to those banner ads systematically posted on top and on the right side of websites that they just ignore them completely. Not only do they not click on them, they just don’t see them. The result?

29 Apr, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos


-- Stock photo former model: “My Former Life As A Stock Photography Model Haunts Me Because I Am Now Depressed And Childless.” Victoria Bond: ‘Part of what gets under my skin about the stock photos I posed for is that my image is used to sell values that alienate me and a lot of other women.” SOURCE: http://www.xojane.com/issues/my-former-life-as-a-stock-model-haunts-me-because-i-am-depressed-and-childless

22 Apr, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

JOHN HANCOCK DID NOT SIGN IT. Rolling Stone Cover is Weird, Wrong - Chris O'Shea: “On the cover of the latest Rolling Stone... Two thoughts: 1) It is weird, sexist and sort of pathetic. Why is Julia Louis-Dreyfus naked? What does that have to do with her being “The First Lady of Comedy?” It’s so over-the-top for no reason that it comes across as desperate. 2) It is wrong. John Hancock did not sign the Constitution, he signed the Declaration of Independence.” SOURCE: http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlny/rolling-stone-cover-is-weird-wrong_b209733

15 Apr, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

The Importance of Balance

- Chris Winton-Stahle: “As photographers and artists, we LOVE our work. Because our passion drives us, it is common to have areas of life that become unbalanced. Though you might feel overwhelmed, there are things you can do. Here are my best tips for maintaining balance. Keep in mind that it’s always a work in progress! Compartmentalize your time:

08 Apr, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

POWER OF PHOTOGRAPHY -- Promotes global awareness - social documentary.net. http://socialdocumentary.net/
PHOTO: Khalid Rayhan Shawon

01 Apr, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

A DOOR TO THEFT -- Watermarks, Theft And Visibility - John Lund: “In this new world of social media and sharing photos we can garner much more attention with minimal or no watermarks, but it sure opens up our imagery to theft. So what is better, to go for visibility and recognition, or try to maximize the protection of your imagery with large and intrusive watermarks? SOURCE: http://blog.johnlund.com/2014/03/watermarks-theft-and-visibility.html

FAREWELL TO AN ERA -- An Industry in Transition - Ron Leach: “For the past year or so some industry analysts have been ringing the death knell for digital point-and-shoot cameras and their larger and more sophisticated cousins—the interchangeable-lens mirrorless cameras. The narrative goes like this: As camera phones become more and more advanced, and offer a wider array of photocentric accessories, compact cameras and mirrorless models will fall by the wayside. Professionals and “serious” photographs will stick with full-size “system” DSLRs, while everyone else will grab a smartphone when they wish to take a photograph. True or false? SOURCE: http://www.shutterbug.com/content/industry-transition

TWEETING FAKES -- Photo Debunking Accounts -- They are springing up to call out viral fakes on Twitter - Craig Silverman: “Ordoveza, 37, follows roughly 100 Twitter accounts that share remarkable photos of earth, space, historical moments and other events. Then he calls them out from his @PicPedant handle for tweeting fakes, not crediting the original photographer, and for scraping images. In a little more than a month his oh-so-simple Twitter account has drawn more than 9,000 followers. http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/regret-the-error/242796/photo-debunking-accounts-spring-up-to-call-out-viral-fakes-on-twitter/

25 Mar, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

RESPONSIBILITY -- Why Recent Paparazzi Activities Are Dangerous for Photographers and Their Rights - Maaz Khan: “For those of us who are able to photograph freely in public, we’re already incredibly lucky. Those rights can just as well be taken away. http://www.diyphotography.net/photography-comes-responsibility-recent-paparazzi-activities-dangerous-photographers-rights/

WHERE’S THE CREDIT? -- Photo debunking accounts spring up to call out viral fakes on Twitter - Craig Silverman: “Paulo Ordoveza, 37, follows roughly 100 Twitter accounts that share remarkable photos of earth, space, historical moments and other events. Then he calls them out from his @PicPedant handle for tweeting fakes, not crediting the original photographer, and for scraping images. In a little more than a month his oh-so-simple Twitter account has drawn more than 9,000 followers. http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/regret-the-error/242796/photo-debunking-accounts-spring-up-to-call-out-viral-fakes-on-twitter/

EYE< MIND, & HEART. -- How Contemplative Photography Will Change Your Life by Changing How You See - Julie DuBose: I have passion for seeing and expressing my experience of seeing through my photographic images. I have trained myself to pay attention and stay open and available to see no matter what. There is so much that I don't see when I'm distracted and preoccupied -- a world that is amazingly vivid, unexpectedly gentle and often surprising, elegant, and jarring. There is an infinite range of possibility of what I can see when my mind and eye come together in a moment of direct seeing. SOURCE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/julie-dubose/how-contemplative-photogr_b_4876587.html

11 Mar, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

SUCCESSFUL ART -- Good Art Is Popular Because It's Good. Right? - Alix Spiegel: “The Mona Lisa is the most famous painting in the world because people believe there is something profoundly special about it, some quality so distinguishing that it deserves to be as famous as it is. But is that true? Several years ago, Princeton professor Matthew Salganik started thinking about success, specifically about how much of success should be attributed to the inherent qualities of the successful thing itself, and how much was just chance. “ http://www.npr.org/2014/02/27/282939233/good-art-is-popular-because-its-good-right

PHOTOGRAPHY'S FUTURE -- Photo expert Stephen Mayes on how the use of photography in social media has heightened awareness of the visual language of photography. http://www.imagesource.com/blog/stephen-mayes-on-photography/
Tim Hetherington (photo’s)

04 Mar, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING - John Lund: “On my recent trip to Yemen and Socotra, I was reminded again of the importance of attitude. While travel can be great at exposing bad attitudes, and emphasizing the importance of a positive attitude, what was really brought to my attention on this trip was the importance of attitude in photography. http://blog.johnlund.com/2014/02/in-photography-attitude-is-everything.html
PHOTO: John Lund

NEW CONVERSATIONS: Empowering Photographers to Embrace an Uncertain Future - James Estrin: “With a torrent of images from the mundane to the momentous on social media and online, Susan Meiselas has been thinking about how to empower and excite photographers about an uncertain future. Ms. Meiselas, a member of Magnum, was a guest editor for the latest issue of Aperture magazine, where she highlights how photographers can embrace their new tools to make new choices and start new conversations.” http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/02/26/empowering-photographers-to-embrace-an-uncertain-future/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=1&

GUESSING GAME -- Inside the Hive Mind of Stock Photography - Emma Green: “Sepia-tone coffee cups, emotive models, inexplicable still lifes: How a visual Zeitgeist gets created. One day, I'm going to create a board game called "You Get Three Guesses About What This Stock Photo Is." Here, I'll show you how to play: The photographers themselves are guessing at what their market is searching for, and creating illustrations of those ideas.

SMARTPHONES ARE CHANGING US -- David Einstein: “Digital-imaging technology has become so good, and so pervasive, that it's hard to tell whether a photo on a website was taken with a professional camera or an iPhone. SOURCE: http://www.sfgate.com/technology/article/How-smartphones-are-changing-photography-5260870.php
via: Joe Stanski

FROM NIGERIA -- ‘How I developed passion for photography art’ - Adewale Oshodi. Ademola Bamigbelu is a photography artist, with a specialisation in taking pictures of footballing moments. In this interview with ADEWALE OSHODI, he speaks on how he developed his photography passion, and the challenges of not getting sponsors for exhibitions. SOURCE: http://tinyurl.com/k856e52

FUTURE OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Disruption, innovation, etc. Roger Cicala reads the tea leaves: “The technology changes tend to be of two types: incremental improvements or disruptive innovations.” .

CAPTIVITY -- Moving Portraits of Primates. Jenna Garrett: “Desiring to cross the boundary between man and beast, Anne Berry‘s Behind Glass is an intimate portrait of primates living in captivity. From Belgium to South Africa, the Atlanta-based photographer traveled the world to shoot in various small zoos, taking time to truly reflect and capture the creatures on the other side of the barrier. http://tinyurl.com/mult7hu
PHOTO: Anne Berry

25 Feb, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

SHARING -- Photographers: Why You Should Give Away What You Know - John Schell : “I realize giving away secrets and/or technique is never going to be a popular idea but thing of it is, there really are no secrets and there aren’t any tricks. We each use what we know and have available to us at the time. And when our style and our tastes change, we move on to something new. What we’re giving away isn’t secrets and tricks, they’re just shortcuts we’ve learned, mostly likely from someone else who told us their technique in which we tweaked to make our own. SOURCE: http://fstoppers.com/photographers-why-you-should-give-away-what-you-know
PHOTO: John Schell
TAKEAWAY: “You can never give anything away. It always comes back to you ten-fold.

HE PREFERS FILM: - Anthony Lusardi: “Things were coming into focus Saturday at the Rockaway Township Public Library. The library hosted a free course in photography, known as “Getting to Know Your Digital Camera,” hosted and taught by professional New Jersey photographer Walter Choroszewski. “Film is quality, but digital is convenience,” said Choroszewski. “If I wanted the best possible picture, I would shoot film. We’re a lot better where we are now with digital, but in the end, film is superior.” SOURCE: http://newjerseyhills.com/the_citizen/news/noted-photographer-still-prefers-film/article_2a5f5976-941e-11e3-8dbf-0019bb2963f4.html

18 Feb, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

GENDER CLICHES Getty Images’ Pam Grossman explains why we need the new Lean In photo collection. Frances Stead Sellers: “Why is a stock photo collection needed to help womanhood lean in? Because, as the ever-aspirational Facebook chief operating officer puts it, “You can’t be what you can’t see.” And Sandberg apparently does not see much leadership in the current visual representation of women in the media. SOURCE: http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/getty-images-pam-grossman-explains-why-we-need-the-new-lean-in-photo-collection/2014/02/20/88d528b4-98b5-11e3-b931-0204122c514b_story.html
PHOTO: Getty Images

REVEALING DIAGNOSIS -- Photographer Reveals AIDS Diagnosis To Loved Ones While Capturing Their Responses On Camera - “Caught in a series of genuine reactions ranging from shock to panic to sadness, his subjects' faces reveal the intensity of emotion involved in a confession of this degree. SOURCE: Adrain Chesser http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/06/adrain-chesser_n_4732590.html
PHOTO: Adrain Chesser

11 Feb, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos



Use Of Remotely Controlled Aircraft The National Press Photographers Association and the law firm of Holland & Knight are launching a new study on the use of remotely controlled aircraft or drones in newsgathering. Everyone with an interest in the application of this evolving technology is invited to participate in the survey.

11 Feb, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

DIY CAPTIONS -- Does The NY Times’ Sochi Photo “Firehose” Do Photogs a Disservice? - Conor Risch: ‘Today The New York Times launched a live stream of images from Sochi, which they’re dubbing a “Firehose.” It funnels images by Times photographers and from the paper’s wire service feeds, and evidently there will be roughly 14,000 images per day coming through the, ahem, hose. The images are running without captions. And while there are many great photographs, there are many others that leave us to guess what’s happening in the image. SOURCE:
via Frank Nowikowski

04 Feb, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos


An Open Letter... Cheri Frost: “Dear Photography Thieves, I’ve always known you were out there, even in the days of film. In a photography world filled with negatives and prints, you crept quietly in the shadows and, let’s face it, it was harder then, wasn’t it? But now, with the digital age and that glorious thing called social media, it’s so much easier. It’s really a boom time for you. It’s like you hit pay dirt. And, after reading a month’s worth of Photo Stealer’s entries, all I can say is: You. Must. Be. Exhausted.

04 Feb, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos



-- Could the Morel v. AFP/Getty Case Rewrite the Rules of Licensing Negotiation? - David Becker: “In AFP’s view, the giant photo agency should be allowed to take whatever it wants from the Internet and later pays whatever it thinks is appropriate if the copyright holder fails to respond promptly to a request for permission to license,” says the motion. http://petapixel.com/2014/01/29/morel-v-afpgetty-case-rewrite-rules-licensing-negotiation/

04 Feb, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

RECOGNIZE IT AS A PHOTO? The Next Big Picture - Philip Gefter: “At first glance, viewers of “What Is a Photograph?” that opened on Jan. 31 at the International Center of Photography, will not even recognize the work on the wall as photographic. SOURCE: http://tinyurl.com/kyshgtt

Top-notch photography is an art form - Medicine Hat News Opinon. It takes a keen eye for detail and a knowledge It’s a skill the industry is slowly beginning to lose, as trained photographers are being phased out of newsrooms across North America, a symbol of the troubles facing the industry.

28 Jan, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

PHOTOGRAPHY: INSULAR OR SOCIAL? - Keith Heppell: “Photography can be a very insular profession and hobby, which can be both its attraction and demise. Out walking with the family, only to find that you have gone ‘missing’ taking a photograph, can make you unpopular with the rest of the group. While photography is so popular across the globe, few people except enthusiasts and professionals understand the true art in creating a lasting image and how to grapple with the technology. http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/News/Blogs/Behind-the-lens/Is-photography-an-insular-or-social-activity-And-can-selfies-really-be-any-good-20140117043035.htm
PHOTO: Keith Heppell

FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY FINISHED? -- Philippa Warr:” New technology is shaking things up in style photography. Philippa Warr speaks to legendary photographer Nick Knight about the radical shifts taking place. SOURCE: http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20131204-is-fashion-photography-finished
PHOTO: Nick Knight

21 Jan, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos


-- ‘Traditional Photography’ John Carey: “The end of the camera as we know it? I think not. Until I see a mobile camera share the same level of technical precision with which one is able to capture the same emotional depth and clarity of their more sophisticated brothers, I am not buying into these baitish articles about how traditional photography is dead. SOURCE: http://petapixel.com/2014/01/14/cameras-traditional-photography-certainly-dead/
PHOTO: John Carey

21 Jan, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

LOVE LOST: Going digital ruins the romance of photography - Thomas Walton: “More than 300 photos sit out of sight and out of mind in my smart phone, which isn’t very smart of me at all. I blame this whole digital and social media world we live in. But perhaps it is the camera within the phone that underscores just how much my life has changed since I went “social.” http://www.toledoblade.com/Tom-Walton/2014/01/13/Picture-this-Going-digital-ruins-the-romance-of-photography.html

14 Jan, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

Off to a Rip Roaring Start! - Joe McNally: “A great way to start off the year! We got a check for the use of one of my pictures, evidently a photo of a ‘man using laptop computer.’ Awesome! With funds like this coming almost every once in a while, we are set. The remuneration, a sum, a check…for $1.32! “ SOURCE:

07 Jan, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

Ben Lowy: EMBRACING CHANGE - Jim Colton: “The current state of photojournalism has often been described as a Digital Revolution. I prefer to describe it without the letter “r.” To me, we are experiencing a Digital Evolution. https://nppa.org/page/ben-lowy-embracing-change

54 REASONS to Love Photography in 2013 - Allen Murabayashi: “I spend a fair amount of time criticizing the photography industry, but I have a little secretI love photography! And 2013 brought yet another year full of strange,interesting and inspiring moments in photography. Let’s go on a little journey … in no particular order: http://petapixel.com/2013/12/17/54-reasons-love-photography-2013/
PHOTO: Greg Miller

INTERACTIVITY - Jenna Close: “I recently stumbled upon the most amazing project. Journalist Paul Salopek is walking 21,000 miles over 7 years in order to retrace the global migration of our ancestors. Along the way he is documenting what human life on earth is like 2,500 generations after we first walked out of Africa to populate the globe. The website includes an interactive timeline with video, photography, music and stories. I believe this type of interactivity will become more and more a part of the photography industry. http://tinyurl.com/mjy29al

CHEAP LABOR -- What Did Reuters Pay a Teenager to Cover the Syrian Conflict? - Holly Hughes: “ Molhem Barakat, the 18-year-old Reuters stringer who was killed in Syria on December 20, had told another photographer that Reuters paid him $100 a day for uploading a set of 10 pictures, according to a report on Global Voices.

PICTURES CHANGE HISTORY -- Why the World Needs Photojournalists. David Rohde: “It's never been easier to take photos—or harder to capture ones that matter. This week, Ron Haviv described to me the first time one of his photographs changed history.http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2013/12/pictures-that-change-history-why-the-world-needs-photojournalists/282498/
PHOTO: Osman Orsa
via Joe Stanski

17 Dec, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos



- Zach Sutton: “Aside from building a career as a professional photographer, the camera can be a really useful tool in remembering key moments and experiences in your life. However, a new study conducted by Fairfield University in Connecticut, shows that instead of helping our memory, the camera might actually be destroying our brains ability to remember things. SOURCE: http://fstoppers.com/is-the-camera-destroying-our-memory also:

10 Dec, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

OUT-OF-CONTEXT -- A cautionary tale on the use of a photo - Erika Schultz: The Seattle Times published a story headlined, "Women-only swim times spark emotional debate,'' about a controversy over women-only hours at a pool in Tukwila. The Fox News network aired a story about a Minnesota swimming pool using this photo without authorization. As a photojournalist, this incident was troubling to me. http://seattletimes.com/html/picturethis/2022396416_acautionarytaleontheuseofaphoto.html
PHOTO: Erika Schultz

03 Dec, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

BEEN THERE… SAW THAT -- Denver TV News Anchor Goes Viral With Rant on Boring Snow Photos. David Becker: “On the off-chance you thought photo blogs had some kind of monopoly on rants about lazy and thoughtless photography practices, witness the majesty of Denver TV news anchor Kyle Clark in action. Denver was hit by a major snowstorm last weekend. And, like clockwork, readers start showering Clark’s employer, NBC affiliate KUSA, with photos of snow… Sitting on top of their patio furniture… Doing nothing. SOURCE: http://petapixel.com/2013/11/25/denver-tv-news-anchor-goes-viral-rant-boring-snow-photos/
PHOTO: Tbridge

STEP ASIDE -- The future of the industry: Mobile. Paul Melcher: “Everyone is now fully aware that professional Dslr's are going to be replaced by mobile phone cameras. It is just a question of time. Already, this year, there has been more phone cameras sold than point and shoots. One main reason: Phone cameras can now do pretty much what any point and shoot delivers but are less bulky to carry, have multiple other useful functions and we carry them all the time. While Dslr cameras offer much more than point and shoots, they are already threatened by the high quality files delivered by phones. SOURCE: http://blog.melchersystem.com/2013/11/06/why-mobile-stock-is-the-future-of-the-industry

25 Nov, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

PHOTO SPEAK -- 32 things photographers say… and what they really mean – jmeyer: “Photography has a language all of its own; a rich mix of camera jargon, lens acronyms and technical buzzwords that can be an utterly baffling sea of noise to beginners." http://www.digitalcameraworld.com/2013/09/30/photography-talk-32-things-photographers-say-and-what-they-really-mean/

19 Nov, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

POISON PEN -- Musician’s Scathing Letter Offers One Way to Respond to Requests for Free Work - DL Cade: “A strongly worded letter has gotten a surprising amount of attention in photography circles recently. It was written by UK musician Whitey (aka. NJ White) in response to a TV producer who requested to use his work for free, and it’s gotten popular because, even though it was written by a musician, photographers really seem to love Whitey’s no BS response to a request many of them are familiar with.” SOURCE: http://petapixel.com/2013/11/12/musicians-letter-becomes-template-telling-publishes-want-work-free/
TAKEAWAY: Any successful pro knows, if they can remember back that far, the day they stopped trading free work for “exposure” was the day they finally became a pro.

12 Nov, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

CUSTOMIZED CONTENT -- Do-It-Yourself photo need fulfilling on the fly. Paul Melcher: “Why does it work so well on mobile ? Because everyone carries their phone everywhere, all the time and a demand can be fulfilled extremely quickly. No frustrated image buyers.”
TAKEAWAY: The author certainly is on top of the way the picture industry is moving. Of course, the faithful readers of PhotoStockNOTES know that his predictions of "customized content” are what we have espoused with our text-centric PhotoSourceBANK since 1999. Glad to see I have someone who agrees. The only technical difference is the photo need information is passed immediately through a phone in your pocket, rather than returning to your studio to find the photo need request on your iPad or desktop computer. His treatise is heavily weighted to the photographer and not enough to the photo researcher who has the task of finding ‘the right’ picture. After all, aren’t we in the business to please the photobuyer, not another photographer? Looking at pictures on a phone is slow and eye-weary. In the future, mobile pictures will be too cumbersome for the photo editor who needs the picture yesterday. The text approach of finding that ”just right” picture will prevail. Stay tuned. –RE
via Joe Stanski

REAL BAD STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY -- Jakob Schiller: “Most stock photography is terrible. Death to the Stock Photo is trying to change that. Contrary to their name, Death to the Stock Photo is indeed a fledging stock agency, but what makes them stand out is a fresh visual approach and a new way of thinking about distribution. http://www.wired.com/rawfile/2013/10/stock-photography/

YOUR ARTISTIC STYLE Science of Selecting Photos - Annie Tao: “From a recent session of one of my own children, I realized that choosing the final photos can be described as a Venn Diagram! One circle represents images photographers love and the other circle represents images clients love. Some images overlap and some don’t. In terms of photo selection, your job as a Photographer is to choose photos that represent your artistic style. You are also a Service Provider whose ultimate goal is to make your clients happy. http://digital-photography-school.com/science-selecting-photos
DIAGRAM: Annie Tao

DEFENSIVE PR -- Associated Press Photo Director Calls Obama White House Image Policy 'Propaganda'. The Associated Press' (AP) photography director attacked the Obama administration's policy of denying photo-journalists access to the president, comparing it to visual "propaganda." "The President who campaigned on promise of most transparency has tightest control over access for PJs," tweeted photo-journalist Greg Kendall-Ball. http://www.christianpost.com/news/ap-photo-director-calls-obama-white-house-image-policy-propaganda-107920/

TRUTHFUL PICTURES -- Photographer Rick Rocamora to lensmen: ‘Produce only truthful pictures’. Veronica Pulumbarit: “A homeless Filipina sleeping on a park bench, a mother feeding her three young children, unclothed children walking along a busy street—these are the sort of vivid images of human suffering that capture veteran documentary photographer Rick Rocamora's imagination.
TAKEAWAY: The ageless argument since the beginnings of the invention of photography: “Is the photographer a documentist or an artist?” Your point of view depends on your personal outlook (weltanschauung). Do you wish to document the world around you, or interpret it? It’s your choice, no one else’s.

05 Nov, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

KINGS WITHOUT KINGDOMS – Paul Melcher: “The misconception of the pro photography world is that, without their content, publications, blogs, and other companies cannot be successful. They believe that they are in a position of power in an economy that is rapidly doing without them.” http://blog.melchersystem.com/2013/10/24/kings-without-kingdoms/

28 Oct, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

Photographer Captures ‘Smoke and Mirrors’ Surrounding Media and Politics in America - Matthew Leifheit: “Washington D.C.-based photographer Jay Turner Frey Seawell’s series National Trust examines the way democracy looks. In these dark observations, pangs of red, white and blue light cut through black suited bodies and gray limestone masonry. An uncertain, lurching creepiness pervades the work.“
PHOTO: Turner Frey Seawell

21 Oct, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

IT TAKES TALENT -- Share How to Use an iPhone for Photographers - Matt Brandon: “There has always been a snobbery associated with the Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera, and now it's the same with the digital SLR (DSLR). It's as if you are not a serious photographer unless you use one. This, of course, is complete rubbish. SOURCE: http://www.nyip.edu/photo-articles/archive/how-to-use-iphone-for-photographers?code=D280

SUCCEEDING IN STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY -- John Lund: “Each of us needs to really understand what to shoot, how to take advantage of our own skill sets and shooting styles, and which distribution channels work best our own circumstances. If we can understand those things we can still thrive in stock photography...it just isn't easy. SOURCE:

16 Oct, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

A LOT OF GRAY AREA -- Ryan Smith: "I Could Be Shooting Right Now. Instead, I'm Writing This. There haven't been many times when I've actively said no to a job and until last week, there had never been a time where I turned down a good paying job from a respectable agency because of ethical concerns. That's right. I left money on the table because I didn't feel comfortable using my skill set to promote this particular client's product. http://www.playingworkblog.com/2013/08/i-could-be-shooting-right-now-instead-im-writing-this/
PHOTO: Ryan Smith

STILL PHOTOGRAPHY -- What's the Future? Gail Mooney: "I'm a storyteller and a photographer who creates visual content for communications. I'm also a business owner and I know if I want to stay in business, I need to look at the end goal and pay close attention to how people are consuming visual content and information. The mediums aren't just converging in terms of how we create content, but how we consume it as well." http://www.asmp.org/strictlybusiness/2013/10/whats-the-future-of-still-photography

07 Oct, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

OOOOOPS, SORRY. . . Student apologizes to owner of photo he stole to win contest. The University of the Philippines student who recently won a photo contest by passing off someone else's work as his own has apologized, but the man whose work he stole is doubting his sincerity. SOURCE:

ON VIEWING AN IMAGE -- Chris Bergeron: “Look at the photo by Rick Ashley in the Danforth Art Museum of a man with Downe syndrome wearing slippers and a superman costume, sitting in a wheelchair beside a stuffed dingo. Visitors to the New England Photography Biennial who don’t know the man in "Superman with Dingo" is the photographer’s brother might wonder how to view this striking image. SOURCE: http://tinyurl.com/lzrh7uw
PHOTO: Rick Ashley

BEFORE THE MOMENT HAPPENS -- Emily Maddren: “Smartphones, point-and-shoot cameras make photography hobby easy, affordable.” “It’s just made everything so much easier,” said David LaBelle, photojournalism director at Kent State University. “Everything is instant. Rather than invest in expensive camera equipment, people are choosing to simply use the device they already own for their photo needs. You can take a picture and send it off almost before the moment happens.”

GOING, GOING, GONE. -- He started photographing New York storefronts in the late 1990s, on visits from Los Angeles, and he fell in love with the stories they told: the hand-painted signs in colors of undisguised optimism, the inevitable rust and decay, the economic pressures exerted by the newer shops creeping in. When he returned on subsequent visits, the stories were often complete, the bodega replaced by an expensive restaurant, the video store by a Duane Reade. Randy Hage said, “I talk to the store owners, and they say they are glad there is less crime, but they also miss the old people, and they were vexed by the rent increases that were pushing them out, so they wouldn’t take advantage of the improvements.” SOURCE: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/09/29/nyregion/album-storefronts.html?emc=eta1&_r=3&
PHOTO: Randy Hage
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