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About and around CEPIC, Dublin 2010

We're back from this year's CEPIC conference and after gathering the notes and observations made there, we've put together this article to give you a general idea of what went on in Dublin. This year, more than ever, microstock was under the spotlight. Many advocated it as the future, others argued the revenue and a few proved even skeptical about it. In the midst of all debates, the general feeling was that the power of the community, the variety of content and the broad price range... continue reading

Lishui China Photography Festival

I have been invited to be a guest curator at this international festival. I would like to have comments from anyone who has attended in the past or who can tell me more about the city of Lishui. continue reading

Women (want to) RULE...

Truth in advertising requires ads to present the benefits and qualities of their products in an honest fashion. Of course, advertising has a very loose relationship to reality especially in the manner in which women are pictured. Advertisers recognize that women are responsible solely or as important decision makers on most family purchases as well as being big spenders on furniture, clothing and travel. The image of a strong and confident woman has replaced the white haired CEO type as a spokesperson... continue reading

What Time Is It?

There has been noise recently in the photo news about an email exchange that writer and Wired Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Chris Anderson, had with a hapless photographer who had sent Anderson a promo piece using bulk email from a purchased list. Anderson blasted back, accusing the shooter of being a time waster and practicing lazy marketing, indicating that all future emails would be blocked.I’ve managed to block a few emails myself including some with anatomical references, those from an ex-... continue reading

PACA International Conference

Amidst all the glitter, smoke, gambling and Elton John that was Las Vegas this week, picture agencies and archives sat down for a series of three day seminars and meetings hoping that 'what happened in Las Vegas' WOULDN'T stay there and that all contacts made would develop into long term relationships.Our goal was to keep up to date on the industry and to meet with partners announced(Brightqube) and others that you will hear about in the upcoming months. Michael Rogers' keynote speech, Futurist-... continue reading

Gay Pride

I have written about certain demographic groups that are important to marketers and advertisers. One of these is the gay and lesbian population. Figures show that approximately 10% of any population falls into the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender group. It is important to authentically represent any group when you photograph them.The US gay community is one that has a very high average family income of over $100,000 with single members averaging around $80,000 in the US. Many in the group travel... continue reading

Dreamstime coffee lounge

I know what you will say "Oh, no, not another metablog". :P. I have thought for a very long time to write a basic guide about blog, what to write, when to write, how to write. But then, who am I to set the rules? And being member of the Admin., my words may be taken as rule/law by which to abide...That is not and should not be the case. I am a very keen and skillful literary critic - so my professors said - but this does not make me an expert in blogging. This would make me a harsh judge of your discourse... continue reading

It's All There in Black and White

Advertising screams,‘We want color photos!’ and galleries yell back, ‘Only black & white matters.’ That was the past.Yes, it’s certain that color images dominate in print and web advertising and that classic photography found in galleries is more closely associated with black and white images but both genres can be found in all places.The use of B&W photography in advertising seems to ebb and flow. There was a big resurgent of its use in the 1990s and lately I’ve been hearing that... continue reading

The RGB of it all

Or is it the CYMK? (One matters online; the other in print). Do you dream in color? Did people dream in black and white before the invention of black and white film? If so, how did they know what the world looked like in black and white? When are color photos best and when do black and white images better solve the visual problem at hand? What moods and emotions do colorselicit?Pre-PhotoShop, manipulating color was limited to the photographer’s skill in using filters or other special effects.... continue reading

Masters of Light

Lots of blog talk lately about what differentiates a pro from an amateur.If an image has what it takes, I don’t care who took it. Could be a top photographer or my Aunt Nellie: it’s a professional image. But on the over all career level, it’s usually the light that separates the pro from the am.Top career photographers have to consistently execute tough assignments.The best professional advertising and editorial photographers relentlessly meet challenges posed by demanding conditions... continue reading

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