The mention of a craft project no longer has to bring to mind clunky macrame window hangings or the dreaded and ugly scarf so lovingly knit by grandma. A change has come to the world of craft and with it, photo opportunities. As Rob Walker wrote in the NY Times last December, ‘…the new wave of crafters (have) infused uncool-sounding domestic skills like knitting and sewing with a postpunk attitude that revolve(s) partly around mall-rejecting self-sufficiency.’Along with the buy local food... continue reading
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Fresh out of ideas? Your creative meter stuck on zero? Got the late winter idea blahs?I recommend reading this. It’s rather long but hey, if you are stuck in a morass of boredom with your creative brain flat lining, what else do you have to do? Or you can go to YouTube for a shorter video reprise. Be warned though the video first comes off as a “just say no to all mind altering substances” but persist and you’ll get about 25 % of the jest of the full reading of the PDF text version.... continue reading
I have just reviewed some of the most popular images as selected by our users during 2007. I’ll first discuss what I learned about illustrations and then next week the lessons from the most popular themes/images captured in photographs. Some of my findings surprised me and I hope they will inspire you to create fresh images. Fair warning though: an image may be popular for a variety of reasons that aren’t necessarily the subject, the composition or the keywords. These are the key points but by... continue reading
Traditional stock photo agencies are heavily vested in ‘creative research’. This is the stuff that informs expensive stock productions and drives editing guidelines. The biggest stock producers look for sociological and economic trends that will impact general image needs in the near future.The on-salary staff that seeks out trends are called creative researchers. Their job is seeking out ‘cool’. They hire outside trend researchers or troll the internet looking for the next big thing.... continue reading
When I think of portraits, I don't visualize the standard, studio shot of a family or a high school grad oreven a scion of the business world. I think in stock pictures, so I see an image of a person or animal or an illustratedcharacter that looks like he/she/it is asking me to buy something. The portrait is probably the single most popular imagein stock photography used for marketing, promotions and advertising.For these spokesperson or testimonial portraits,the face needs... continue reading
Before you arrive in a new location, do research. Looking at map is not enough. Nor are guidebooks necessary the only printed form of information at your fingertips. Get a compass so that you will be able to anticipate how the light will be at different times in the day in different locations. If your shooting location is near the tidal zones, look up the tide charts. Read as much as you can about the place not just in guidebooks but go to the web archives of travel magazines to learn what's new.... continue reading
I'm in San Francisco this week, staying near Union Square. There is a photographer on every corner snapping every which way.So how do to create images of a beautiful and much photographed city that will stand out from the competition?A mentor of mine gave this advice to travel photographers. He said to visit all the places you think you want to photograph on the first day or two upon arriving... continue reading
All week I’ve been doing research on “how to blog”.I’ve read countless books and articles on how to write the best blogs.How to keyword your blogs, optimize your blog, set up your blog for Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and how to make money blogging.My wife Tracy decided we needed to go to the library to research this new endeavor of blogging.She always says that knowledge is power.As we talked in the car I was expressing my frustration with needing to learn all... continue reading
My name is David Cutts and I was born and raised in the great state of Texas.As a child, I spent many hours hunting and fishing with my father.Over the years I grew to have a deep appreciation for the outdoors and a love for nature and wildlife.As an adult, I’ve had the privilege and honor of being able to teach my kids some of the same things my father taught me. As I’ve grown older and wiser (mostly older!), I’ve realized that what I enjoyed the most... continue reading
There are some great opportunities, and challenges, in photographing the night sky. This is especially true if you want to include the Milky Way as in this photo below. Here are four steps to make it easier for you.1. Plan the location.You are looking for the darkest sky possible. In order to capture the Milky Way you will need to find a south facing location (in North America) where you are at least twenty miles or so away from a city or town. Plus the scene should ideally have no light sources... continue reading
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