Articles by Patricia L. Ballard

Smithsonian Magazine 6th Annual Photo Contest

The finalists for the 6th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photography Contest are in. There is still voting going on for the winner. This is a chance to see some amazing photography. Also, the page for the 7th annual contest is up. For everyone who is a travel photographer, this is a wonderful way to get some great exposure and win a nice prize. They're accepting entries now. Take a look! It's a wonderful competition.Pat Ballard continue reading

Twitter, Face Book, My Space, Learn More Photography, Learn More Digital Imaging, Stay Creative

The flood of information and tools needed to have successful microstock sales has been overwhelming me at the moment. Add into all of that the need to keep learning more about photography and digital imaging, plus the need to keep progressing as an illustrator, and you have one frustrated microstocker. It's important to keep up with the publicity and networking side of microstock as it is a business. But, the creative side is just as important as without new creative input, the images start to get... continue reading

Design Feast

Periodically, I like to go back and study design basics. I find that this helps my work no matter what medium I'm working in at the moment. There are basic principles of design that apply to both illustration and photography. With this end in mind, I did a web search for graphic design bibliographies. The first site that I have explored from the search results is "Design Feast." This site has so many links to interesting design related web sites that it will probably keep me learning and entertained... continue reading

Make Your Own Print Fabric

Spoonflower is a new online fabric store located in Mebane, North Carolina. The web site has recently been featured in both the Raleigh News and Observer and the New York Tines. The most exciting thing about Spoonflower for me is that you design your own fabric for a flat rate of $18 per yard. It's printed on high quality cotton. While I'm not as in to textiles as I was a few years ago, I'd love to see a business like this one be successful. I haven't had the time to do my own designing or think up... continue reading

Sensor Cleaning

Most of the photography blogs that I read have a thread about sensor cleaning. It's the bane of digital cameras. While computers and digital imaging have opened up an amazing new world of vision for us, it's also given photographers some new frustrations. I can't remember ever being so frustrated by dust on the lens or mirrors of my old Canon A1. The occasional inexpensive cleaning and tuneup at my local camera shop always took care of the problem. All my old Canons from the late 70s and early 80s... continue reading

Smithsonian Magazine 6th Annual Photo Contest

It seems that either competition season is upon us, or I'm the new Dreamstime contest guru. Interesting photo contests keep popping up in magazines and on web sites that I frequent. Entering contests not for all of us, but for photographers who are so inclined, it's a great source of publicity.....and some extra cash for the winners.The latest one that I've run across is the Smithsonian Magazine 6th Annual Photo Contest. The entry deadline is December 1. There are 5 categories in which to enter... continue reading

A Few More Things to Enter

This must be competition season because I'm finding things to enter that look worthwhile almost everyday this week. Or is it just that I'm now on a ton of photography email lists?This was sent to me in the Santa Fe Photography Workshops email news letter. If they think it's worth entering, it is! Center is another photography non-profit in Santa Fe. It is sponsoring four juried events during the next year. It is mostly aimed at professional fine art photographers who have developed a style and... continue reading

LACDA

The Los Angeles Center for Digital Art is hosting a non-juried show. It's called "Snap to Grid." I have to admit that the title really attracts me. Most of us are currently emphasizing the commercial side of our art, but a little extra publicity never hurts. I've never entered a show sponsored by LACDA, but I know of photographers and illustrators who have. It seems to be a good organization. I'm entering this one. Just thought some of the Dreamstime crowd might be interested.Here's the link to... continue reading

How Far Do We Need to Take Backing Up?

After I wrote my original blog on archival CDs and DVDs, a friend on another site wrote that it's possible for even these two forms of back up to fail at the same time. It's a remote possibility, but it can happen. He suggested online storage as another form of backup. While this sounds great in theory, and I'm sure that the best online storage sites will ba around for most of our careers as photographers, and designers; it has it's problems, too. I have heard of sites failing and photographers losing... continue reading

Archival CDs and DVDs

This blog is for everyone who is so busy producing work that they don't always have the time to stay caught up on the technical side of digital imaging and photography.During a workshop that I took last week, the topic of long term media storage came up. I had totally missed the introduction of archival CDs and DVDs. I knew that regular discs didn't last forever and had planned to sort and re-burn my early work. This is not good enough, my teacher feels that we need to save to an external hard... continue reading

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