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:
http://tinyurl.com/mtmdsfr


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.
http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/02/inside-the-hive-mind-of-stock-photography/284060/



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.” .
http://www.imaging-resource.com/news/2014/02/19/disruption-innovation-future-of-photography-roger-cicala-reads-tea-leaves




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



DRONES IN NEWSGATHERING:

NPPA SURVEY:


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.
https://nppa.org/news/nppa-survey-use-remotely-controlled-aircraft-drones-newsgathering


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:
http://pdnpulse.pdnonline.com/2014/02/does-the-ny-times-sochi-photo-firehose-do-photogs-a-disservice.html
via Frank Nowikowski


04 Feb, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

TO PHOTO THIEVES:

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.
http://petapixel.com/2014/01/23/open-letter-photography-thieves/


04 Feb, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos


TAKE WHATEVER

IT WANTS ?

-- 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.
http://medicinehatnews.com/commentary/opinions/2014/01/top-notch-photography-is-an-art-form/


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
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

NOT DEAD

-- ‘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:
http://www.joemcnally.com/blog/2014/01/06/off-to-a-rip-roaring-start/


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.
http://pdnpulse.pdnonline.com/2013/12/what-did-reuters-pay-a-teenager-to-cover-the-syrian-conflice.html




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



CAMERA DESTROYING

YOUR MEMORY?

- 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:
http://www.imaging-resource.com/news/2013/12/10/how-photography-can-affect-your-memory-if-you-arent-paying-attention



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.”
http://blog.melchersystem.com/2013/11/06/why-mobile-stock-is-the-future-of-the-industry/
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.
http://preview.tinyurl.com/n2gpbl2
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






BEHIND THE SCENES --
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.“
http://www.featureshoot.com/2013/10/photographer-captures-smoke-and-mirrors-surrounding-media-and-politics-in-america/
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:
http://blog.johnlund.com/2013/10/succeeding-in-stock-photography.html
PHOTO: JOHN LUND



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:
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/327743/lifestyle/peopleandevents/up-student-apologizes-to-owner-of-photo-he-stole-to-win-contest






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.”
http://www.marionstar.com/article/20130922/LIFESTYLE/309220002?nclick_check=1



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
Via Roy Iwaki

01 Oct, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos





MISSING LEVERAGE -- Why Facebook Doesn’t Care Thomas Werner: “It is difficult to write about social media without addressing the recent changes in Facebook’s terms and conditions. Changes that are a reflection of the value and function of photography and time based media, not only in social media, but in society in general. Over the next few days I began to wonder, as we individually remove our imagery from Facebook are we making a stand or throwing in the towel? http://www.asmp.org/strictlybusiness/2013/09/why-facebook-doesnt-care/





REPLACED BY ROBOTS? Will We Be Replaced By Robots? – Tim Barribeau: “A new study suggests that some 47% of US jobs are liable to be computerized — where does photography sit in the mix? SOURCE: http://www.popphoto.com/news/2013/09/will-photographers-be-replaced-robots




A STORY TO SHARE -- When Being a Good Photographer Isn’t Enough – Alan Steadman In photography it doesn’t matter how good you might be behind the camera, if you sit at home and never do anything with your skills you’ll never be successful. What makes you a good photographer is experiencing life and the world around you and having a story to share with people through your photos. http://petapixel.com/2013/09/25/good-photographer-isnt-enough/
Via Joe Stanski


22 Sep, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos


GENDER IMBALANCE? -- Are Women Photographers Being Discriminated Against in the Editorial Market? - Conor Risch: "A week ago editorial photographer and artist Daniel Shea published a post on his Tumblr, titled "On Sexism in Editorial Photography," hoping it would 'initiate a broader conversation. It would seem that the biggest magazines with the most hiring power hire mostly male photographers." Without naming names, Shea cites informal conversations with photo editors who offered some interesting explanations as to why a gender imbalance might exist. SOURCE: http://pdnpulse.pdnonline.com/2013/09/are-women-photographers-being-discriminated-against-in-the-editorial-market.html

11 Sep, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

LOOK BUT DON’T -- Retouching:

Digital post-producers stand by their practice. Olivier Laurent: “The judges felt it fell within the contest’s rules.
Not everyone agreed. “
Addretouch creates aesthetic styles for photographers, who submit five references to produce the right adjustments © Alessandro Vincenzi SOURCE: http://www.bjp-online.com/british-journal-of-photography/feature/2285860/minority-retouch-digital-postproducers-stand-by-their-practice
mage credit: Black & White by DaveBleasdale

11 Sep, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos


FICTION TO REALITY

-- Should documentary photographers add fiction to reality? Olivier Laurent finds documentary photography belongs to the realm of truth, yet some photographers are testing the boundaries between reality and fiction in a bid to reach a public that is accustomed to these narrative forms in the literary and cinematic worlds. SOURCE: http://www.bjp-online.com/british-journal-of-photography/feature/2285829/stranger-than-fiction-should-documentary-photographers-add-fiction-to-reality
Photo: Erica McDonald



11 Sep, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos




BOUNCING BACK -- Fear and Self-Loathing in Photography - Ross Jukes: “ To those of you that have lost somebody close to you or have suffered hardships, this may sound familiar. Putting the natural grieving process to one side, I struggled to figure out how to regain my creativity and get out shooting again. After a few months of getting my mind straight, I decided I needed something positive to focus on, and that’s when photography came to the rescue!
http://petapixel.com/2013/08/31/fear-self-loathing-photography/



POWER OF ONE -- How Motion is Changing the Future of Photography - Gail Mooney: “I shared a link on Facebook to a blog that I had written 8 months ago, How Motion is Changing the Future of Photography. I didn’t expect to get thousands of hits in 2 day’s time – it had barely gotten noticed when I posted it the first time, back in February, 2013. What had happened was that Rob Haggart linked to it from his blog, APhotoEditor and it went viral after that – all around the world. That’s what amazes me about the age we live in, that something someone says, or writes can be heard globally in record time. http://kellymooneyminutes.wordpress.com/





26 Aug, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos





TOP 4 PHOTO BOMBS -- Confessions Of A Pro Photographer. Lauren Margolis: “Corey Rich is one of the world's most recognized adventure sports and outdoor lifestyle visual storytellers. Today I come to you with the true stories behind four of my worst gaffes as a photographer/filmmaker, if for no other reason than to confess: I’m in the club, too. http://blog.photoshelter.com/2013/08/confessions-of-a-pro-photographer-corey-richs-top-4-photo-bombs/
PHOTO: Corey Rich



THE DECISIVE MOMENT and the Brain - Joshua Sarinana: “As a photographer, you will sooner or later bump into the phrase the decisive moment. The decisive moment is a concept made popular by the street photographer, photojournalist, and Magnum co-founder Henri Cartier-Bresson. The decisive moment refers to capturing an event that is ephemeral and spontaneous, where the image represents the essence of the event itself. Bresson made a great impact on photography, in part, due to his ability to capture such moments. The time between observing, composing, and shooting must occur with foresight and instinct, or as Bresson said: Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. SOURCE: http://petapixel.com/2013/08/12/the-decisive-moment-and-the-human-brain/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PetaPixel+%28PetaPixel%29



20 Aug, 2013 | Posted by: bswenson




WHAT NOT TO DO -- Ways to Become a Hated Photographer. PT: “During this season everyone has lists for their lists. A way to try and keep track of everything that needs to be done – yesterday. So as you are worrying about what gear you need to pack or just exactly how you are going to make it through TSA in time, our friends at Photography Talk have come up with a pretty interesting list on what not to do – at least that is, if you want to avoid being ‘that photographer’. SOURCE: http://www.slrlounge.com/ways-to-become-a-hated-photographer



13 Aug, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos






CHANGING PHOTOGRAPHY -- Katarin Parisak: “Are smartphones doing it? Although cell phone cameras are a recent innovation, they continue nearly 150 years of tradition that photography should be broadly accessible and an extension of our own experience.
http://www.farmanddairy.com/news/are-smartphones-changing-photography/149733.html?icn=top-links

PHOTO: knowledgenetworks.com


06 Aug, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos






French court bans Yan Morvan's latest photobook - Olivier Laurent; “A French court has ordered photographer Yan Morvan to withdraw his photobook Gangs Story from bookstores and to pay a €5000 fine after it found that he had breached one of his subjects' right to control his own image. Yan Morvan has been documenting gangs in France's suburbs for 40 years, he's followed the Hell's Angels, Skinheads and even serial killer Guy Georges, who took him hostage in 1995 and tortured him for three weeks. This experience forced Morvan to call it quits but, in 2000, he released the book Gangs Story, providing a retrospective of his work. In the book, Morvan includes the portrait of "Petit Mathieu", a 17-year-old far-right activist who posed with a flare gun and a hammer - two weapons that were not outlawed in France at the time and which he could use in street fights. Sued by his subject, Morvan was forced to remove the image from the book. http://www.bjp-online.com/british-journal-of-photography/news/2285211/french-court-bans-yan-morvans-latest-photobook




SOUTH WALES GOVERNMENT CENSORS PHOTOS. Tourist board in Australia censors photo screening. Elizabeth Fortescue: “The curator-director of an international documentary photography festival has told The Art Newspaper how he lost control of his own event when the New South Wales government tourism agency heavily censored an outdoor screening of images by some of the world’s leading photographers. “
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/articles/Tourist-board-in-Australia-censors-photo-screening/30019

PHOTO: David Burnett

30 Jul, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos





PHOTOGRAPHY IS DIFFICULT -- Mike Johnston: “Stan B. has it nailed in the "Are You Real?" comments. Photography is a big house with many rooms. There are always going to be all sorts of people within it doing all sorts of things.
Making highly mannered, picturesque quasi-illustrations by overprocessing heavily is nothing new. Although it requires work and expertise, in some important ways it's a lot easier than taking an original photograph. Because when you're photographing a cliché, you have a guide: your pictorial notions of what the photograph should look like saves you from, well, deciding/discovering what the photograph might look like. And not knowing in advance can feel almost physically uncomfortable. Why risk failure? SOURCE:
http://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/




23 Jul, 2013 | Posted by: psn




Through a glass dimly: art, science & photography - Elaine Hesser: ‘Mike Steelman wants you to see the light: literally, because that’s what photography is all about. In his course, “So, Do You Know How to Use That Thing?” on June 19, he showed a small class of amateur and budding professional photographers some tricks of the trade. http://www.thecalifornian.com/article/





FRIEND OR FOE? --Web photography. Sean O’Hagan: “The internet is essentially stupid," declared Jörg Colberg this week. Colberg's photography site Conscientious is one of the key places to find out about new photography online, so there were an audible intake of breath as he said it. He delivered a manifesto for change at this year's PhotoIreland festival, describing the internet as a great adventure, but one that still exists for many as "a drive-by culture". SOURCE:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2013/jul/18/photoireland-festival-web-photography
PHOTO: Barry W. Hughes