Field Report:

The Non-Glamorous Side of Photography

Interesting Links – 7/30/08

Brand Essence – An Art Producer’s Perspective: Caitlin works as an ad agency art producer. Some good thoughts to think about here.

Stop Whining About Copyright Infringement and Do Something About It – Black Star Rising: Sean Cayton reasons that worrying about every single copyright infringement is a waste of time that could be better served doing other things. His philosophy is to make it inconvenient for people to steal his work.

Road Trip – Digital Railroad Marketplace Blog: Man. These photos of the southern states make me want to become a better photographer.

Alert: Digital Photo Frame Company Takes License of Your Photos and More – Photo Attorney Carolyn Wright. Just like with Facebook and MySpace, be sure to read the terms of use before posting images.

MagCloud: – Currently in beta test, but this promises to be an important step in the self-publishing movement. I think the advertising-heavy business model that the American publishing industry currently utilizes dilutes the quality of the product that magazines are able to deliver so I think there is still a market for quality self-published material even in today’s fragmented media marketplace.

Small Town U.S.A. / Local Artist – Sean Donnelly is a photojournalist intern at the Pittsburgh Tribune Review.

Is Professional Wedding Photography Dead? – Wedding photographer, David Ziser has an important article on his blog regarding the lack of professionalism amongst photographers. Remember that the actions of a few can negatively impact the perception of all photographers.

To share my own story: While on an elephant seal tour at Ano Nuevo State Reserve in California near the end of 2004, I asked the park docent who to speak to regarding getting permission to photograph wildlife until after sunset since I had seen similar postcards from Kennan Ward in their gift shop. What I received instead was an earful about how photographers never obey park rules by wandering off-trail and cause a big headache for everyone. I felt offended at that notion since I had done nothing out of the ordinary up til that moment. To be stereotyped like that is just not right. After a few minutes of being on the receiving end of her rant, she conceded that I seemed like a nice guy and “not one of the bad photographers” so she told me about how to get in after hours. It turns out that each employee of Ano Nuevo SR can bring guests for after hours hikes several times per year.

I haven’t been back to Ano Nuevo since.

July 30, 2008 Posted by | Weekly Links | , , | Leave a comment

Interesting Links – 7/23/08

Coal Hollow – Ken Light documents the families of Appalachian coal mining families.

Costs in Producing Photos – Anybody can sell photos, but how much is it costing you to produce them?

Nine Strategies for Quoting the Big Job – Good advice to know. Negotiation is an essential art form to master. Running a success photography business is 5% photography, 95% business.

Free is Killing Me! – The Sports Shooter website has a revealing interview with sports photographer Matt Brown about the difficulties in getting major college sports programs to pay for pictures.

fotoKeyword Harvester – Cradoc Bagshaw is best-known for developing photo industry-standard software such as fotoQuote for pricing and fotoBiz business management software. He now has a keywording program that seems much more advanced in features than others I have seen. I am tempted to get a copy of this program and review it here in the future.

Five Great Resources to Help You Set Up Your Photography Business – Photo Attorney, Carolyn Wright.

Nine Tips for a Profitable Blog – Solid marketing advice from Talent Zoo.

How much are your photos really worth? – A passionately written article by nature photographer Tom Vezo, who unfortunately passed away this week.

Surviving the Downsizing in Photography – Photo Business News & Forum. Changing times for newspapers and photographers in general.

The Whale Hunt – A very unique way to present a photographic story, though it could be more user-friendly.

July 23, 2008 Posted by | Weekly Links | , , | Leave a comment

Interesting Links 7-16-08

Orphan Works Legislation – The Stock Asylum. Proposed legislation from the U.S. Copyright Office could affect visual artists for years to come.

Getty Will Offer Some Flickr Photos For License – PDNewswire. An interesting development for the stock photo industry that has generated a lot of discussion. (I removed the majority of my 20 images from Flickr last week…)

How Getty is Killing the Stock Photo Industry – A Picture’s Worth / Photoshelter. A counter-point to the Getty + Flickr partnership. Keep in mind that Photoshelter Collection just opened for business this past November and most contributors have yet to make a sale including established professionals.

Facebook and MySpace and Your Rights – A thread from the Lightstalkers photojournalism forum. Key message: Read the TOS before proceeding.

Image Cataloging and Lightroom – Nick Onken has some great visual examples of how he manages his photo collection with Adobe’s Lightroom software.

Natural Design: Image Design for Nature Photographers PDF Book – Gloria Hopkins, Florida artist. Gloria asked me to review an early draft of her book and I found it to be full of useful ideas to photographers. The book was well-conceived and written in a way unlike that of any other how-to book that I have read. Check it out!

Breaching Orca – Ron Niebrugge recently took an awesome (killer) photo of an orca that is seemingly walking on water.

Vietnam – Forests to Furniture – Scott Dickerson recently went to Vietnam on assignment for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to document the furniture manufacturing industry.

July 16, 2008 Posted by | Weekly Links | , , , | Leave a comment