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
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I spent last Sunday afternoon listening to Jim and Jamie Dutcher speak about the six years they spent living with a pack of wolves in the Idaho wilderness. Those years have been documented in their still photography, films and books. Using photographic and scientific talent, they revealed many elements of a wolf pack’s life and in so doing, created understanding of the valuable part that wolves play in the wilderness ecosystemThe Dutchers raised the pack members from pups while they, themselves,... continue reading
How do you make it snow when it doesn’t? Hands down, the real stuff is best but sometimes you have to fake it There are all manner of tricks. There is phony snow that is mixed with water and some swear by instant mashed potato flakes.A discussion about the merits of various types of imitation snow is here. For a discussion that will help you cover an entire mountain with artificial flakes click hereHere’s some ideas to ponder while you get ready for winter weather to really kick in.And some... continue reading
Business and travel have shrunk the world. Our customers sometimes want images that represent local and regional lifestyles and symbols. How can you best illustrate the character of the country in which you live without using flags or depicting landmarks? The assignment beginning in mid October will request images that best characterize your country. To give you a head’s up, here’s a head start.Dreamstime has photographers in nearly 200 countries. What is the first thing that comes to mind... continue reading
A widely distributed video produced by a soap company shows that some long necked, wide-eyed beauties aren’t necessarily that way because of exalted strands of DNA. Go here to see how expert makeup and the judicious use of PhotoShop can transform a merely pretty woman into a supermodel. There are some tips there that you can put into your own bag of tricks.Speaking of tricks and changes…brings to mind ‘trick or treat’ and the seasonal change going on outside. If you tire of transforming your... continue reading
Religion has been much in the news over the last couple of weeks. Some of the flurry surrounds Christopher Hitchen’s best seller: God is Not Great and the tenth anniversary of the death of Mother Theresa. Organized religions down to the local level publish in print and/or online. What images are the most successful for these wide and varied uses in news and religious publications?A quick review across the magazines and websites of many faiths shows that the most popular stock image subjects... continue reading
It is time to look deeply into our hearts and admit the truth: we have not done our homework properly. Honesty is the best policy and we need to be honest with ourselves when it comes to something some of us tend to overlook when uploading images: keywords, title and description. Sensitive issue, right? I do not know how much you study other people's words but when I get bored, and being a words' fanatic, I browse the site looking at titles, descriptions and keywords. Now, throughout my... continue reading
“If I have seen further (than other men), it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants,” is a quote attributed to Isaac Newton in reference to his dependency on Galileo’s and Kepler’s work in physics and astronomy. There is certain nobility in giving credit to the great thinkers that went before to clear the mental pathways enabling clearer reflections in science or math. But there is no nobility in COPYING work. I often suggest photographer websites to illustrate how top professionals have... continue reading
As concepts go, ‘teamwork’ is a big seller.It may appear that images of business teams have been done to death.Not so: a great image of a group of two or more in an office environment working together in an authentic manner, will sell again and again.Styles in furniture and clothing change too so images must always be updated. Images of business teams that are downloaded the most, often feature a woman as lead or otherwise prominent person on the team. Trend research indicates that women... continue reading
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
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