Archive for May 2011

25 May, 2011 | Posted by: st

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

11 May, 2011 | Posted by: st

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

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

THE SUM OF THE PARTS -- Tips for a Smooth Photoshoot - Kate: “Whether you are running the show yourself or you hire a producer, here are a few simple tips that may help you run a smoother production.
TAKEAWAY: Thanks, Kate. And another presidential quote (President Teddy Roosevelt) and another point to add, “Speak softly and carry a big stick” All the great Hollywood movie producers seemed to have this attribute. -RE

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

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

04 May, 2011 | Posted by: st

BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND -- Scott Bourne: “ Photographers: As Much As We Hate To Admit It – Things Are Changing. We need to start re-thinking our business model. Nope – I am not suggesting you become a cheap shoot and burn photographer. I’m suggesting you take a measured, professional, well thought-out approach to deciding how digital file delivery can fit into your business model."

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