It's late Friday night in Alexandria, Virginia and from my nicely upgraded room on the 24th floor I can see the Capital and the Washington Monument. But I'm not here to sightsee. Tonight was the opening reception of the PACA (Picture Agency Council of America) annual meeting.I first joined PACA when we could all meet at a small table in a Chinese restaurant in New York City. Since then PACA's membership has grown to embrace all members of the stock photography world. Dreamstime became one of the... continue reading
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Wardrobe is key to a professional looking image. And the type of clothing that a model is wearing can enhance the salability of an image in more ways than one.Here is a terrific image of a teen writing on the board in her classroom. The model's top gives a clue to the season: it is clothing that would only be worn in very warm weather.And since school is usually associated with the cooler seasons in most parts of the Northern hemisphere at least, the image usage could be limited if... continue reading
When did Black Friday become Grey Thursday?Traditionally we started our Christmas shopping on the day after Thanksgiving – causing retailers balance sheets to turn into the black and spawning the origins of the name Black Friday.But then stores started opening early, then earlier, and then really early.Then people started sleeping outside stores to be first in line.Then things went from bad to worse when stores decided to open at midnight on Thanksgiving night.And now the opening... continue reading
Apparently every American has Martha Stewart on speed dial.At least that’s the impression you get when you look at holiday stock images.Just search keywords like Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving Dinner or Holiday Traditions.The images that are returned are all a mélange of smiling, happy families sitting down to beautifully set dinner tables with a perfectly cooked meal. I don’t know about you, but that’s not exactly how thing go down at my house.Do we always have a great meal... continue reading
In the previous blog I wrote about things that make us recharge our batteries. So, here is a short story about a trekking escape that I have done recently.The most convenient (time and distance) trails are in the Bucegi Mountains, which are part of the Romanian Carpathians. Whether by car or train, we can reach the bottom of the route in two and a half hours. This is a pretty fast way to escape to nature, leaving behind the city tumult. So, there I was, with my friends, in Busteni... continue reading
One of the most versatile backgrounds in portrait and commercial photography is the white background.Giving the appearance of a white room with no walls is simple to create once you have the knowledge to do so.The digital age has made it simpler and cheaper to use.When I started in photography, it required a lighting setup that was cost prohibitive.at least two flash units on the background and two on the subject were requires.Now all it requires is four lights that can be bought at any... continue reading
The irrational fear of Friday the 13th is so well know it has even been given it’s own scientific name – paraskevidekatriaphobia (which never fails to invoke my irrational fear of spelling).And while we all know that Friday the 13th is an “unlucky day”, have you ever asked yourself why?Or ever done a deep dive into a few other common unlucky superstitions you may have held over the years?Well, here is your chance to explore the meaning and symbolism behind 13 unlucky superstitions we... continue reading
I grew up in Florida and lived most of my adult life in New Orleans.That means that my life can be measured in hurricanes.Growing up, we never had to evacuate.Since we were in Palm Beach, we hosted about twenty family members for Hurricane Andrew. I was a college junior the year Hurricane Katrina hit and I sheltered with 15 friends in the attic of another student's family home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.We watched as our city, our home, and our life as we knew it all... continue reading
It’s the time of year when I traditionally use my photography to help local schools to achieve their targets. The dragonflies and butterflies are starting to hide away for another year, so I am turning my macro lens towards the ground in search of photogenic fungus. Luckily, Southampton Common has lots of wooded areas for me to scramble through in my quest for all things mushroom. This generally requires me to wander along muddy tracks and duck under low branches, seeking out that magical... continue reading
It’s not especially uncommon for me to be wrong, and this week has been no exception. I recently had a whinge about the local mute swans being difficult to photograph because of their propensity to position themselves in bright sunshine on dark ponds. However, they have been my photographic saviours of late because it has been damp and murky and anything even vaguely bright has been a beautiful gift to my camera.So the mute swans have had my vote almost every day this week (except for Thursday,... continue reading
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