Archive for December 2010

29 Dec, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes

A CHANGING VOCATION -- vocation Snapshots from the Italian Photography Market – Daniel Kevorkian has worked in Italy and across Europe, as well as the United States. I can tell you from my travels that the virus that has infected the photography industry is a global epidemic.
TAKEAWAY: We’ve all heard the story of how the sewing machines destroyed the fine handwork of the seamstress industry in the late 1800’s. From Wikipedia: “For thousands of years, all sewing was done by hand. The invention of the sewing machine in the 19th century and the rise of computerization in the later 20th century led to mass production of sewn objects, but hand sewing is still practiced around the world. Fine hand sewing is characteristic of high-quality tailoring, haute couture fashion, and custom dressmaking, and is pursued by both textile artists and hobbyists as a means of creative expression.”Maybe the answer is we’ve got to recognize computerization of machinery in the digital age has changed our industry for good, at least the method of production and delivery. In other words, Managed Rights photos are are now “hand sewing” and we will charge accordingly. -RE

22 Dec, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes

PHOTO EDITOR CRITIQUE -- Self-Promo Likes (and Pet Peeves)… From the People You’re Sending Them To. What makes a promo stand out enough to get pinned up on the wall of the chosen ones? What promos get forwarded to the other creatives? What turns people off? Ask 5 different people, get 5 different answers. SOURCE: Jasmine DeFoore.

08 Dec, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes

INVISIBLE PHOTOS -- Businesses, ad agencies, Web design firms and online publications have increasingly turned to low-cost microstock images to fill up real estate on their websites. These images are cheap — but do they really offer the best value for photography clients? SOURCE: Jim Pickerell
TAKEAWAY: Photos not only enhance the readability of a text-laden site, but also, by virtue of an alt tag plus a caption and relevant keywords describing the meta content of the client’s photo give reason for the bots (web crawlers) to pick these up for a front page Google score. Nielson is reminding us that the great SEO formula is ‘relevance’ for the viewer landing on a static website featuring an invisible photo.
Isn’t that the mission of the client in the first place? To get on the first page of a Google search? To get to the head of the line before their competitors? The client’s chances are enhanced if they commission a photographer who is knowledgeable in the area of SEO and source code and knows not only how to make a professional photo but just as importantly to physically include symbols and icons in the photo that shout out (figuratively speaking) the client’s message. On the Net nowadays, photos play an even more important job than just being an interesting design relief for the page layout.

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GOOD PHOTO BLOGS -- Michael Shilling: “ 5 of the best photography blogs - Back by popular demand we’ve found some of the best photography sites around that’ll not only inspire you but hopefully make you a better photographer. SOURCE: Michael Shilling.

FUTURE OF ADVERTISING -- Rob Haggart “Several advertising photographers sent me this article in Fast Company on the future of advertising. The article goes on to tell us how the practice of advertising has “sat virtually unchanged for the last half-century” and that it appears to be next in line (news, and later on, music) to be destroyed by digital technology. SOURCE: Rob Haggart

PRO CRITIQUE -- Lessons from a Portfolio Review - Photoshelter offered one photographer the chance to attend NYC Fotoworks portfolio review in NYC. The pass was awarded to Meridith Kohut, a photojournalist and PhotoShelter member based in Caracas, Venezuela.Michelle Seekamp decided to follow up with her to see what she got out of the event and what advice she could share with photographers on maximizing your time at a portfolio review.

GETTING GOOD INFO -- Working A Convention - January marks the kick-off of convention season and whether you’re headed to PPA, WPPI, DWF or your state convention during the first quarter here are some reminders to help you get the most out of every convention.

01 Dec, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes

Fraction Magazine: (100% of Print Sale Goes To Artist) - Fraction Magazine is an online magazine/brainchild of award winning photo editor David Bram. Fraction is co-edited by Pulitzer-Prize winning photo editor Stella Kramer and Editor/photographer Jason Houston, and photographer/curator David Bram. It was created to "establish a new venue for documentary photography and photojournalism"

HANG IN THERE -- When New Photography Businesses Go Wrong – Photopreneur: “Everyone makes mistakes, and that includes photographers but when it comes to building a photography business, even the smallest error can prove to be expensive."

NO TRADING ALLOWED -- Alert: MARCO: Your high-res Access Accounts Are Being Traded - If you’re an image seller that gives special access to partners and accounts that allows them to download high-res images, you may want to check for abnormal activity on those accounts. One of our attentive readers points out that a site as been trading logins and passwords on leading imagesites.SOURCE: Marco ;