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Archive for November 2007

Matt says it best,

“Here’s one of those “Holy Crap!!! I never knew that!” tips.

Check it out.

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Yea, it’s something all part-time photographers dream of:

A chance to walk into the boss’s office, announce that you’re leaving and head home to a studio in the garage, an SUV full of camera equipment and a diary full of high-paying bookings.

No more commuting. No more begging for a pay rise. Just all the freedom you could want in a job you’ve always considered a hobby.

But then reality hits. You have to stop and ask yourself the hard questions like where do the jobs come from? how do I market myself? how much should I charge? how long will it take?

photopreneur is at it again with some suggestions for some of these realistic questions just waiting to burst your bubble.

Yep, reality does bite sometimes.

Maybe what we all need is simply a sabbatical. You know, just some time off to pursue something and see how it goes, while still having the company foot the bill. Faculty get to pursue their dreams while the University foots the bill why can’t other professionals?

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American Photo has an interview with photographer Lynn Blodgett.

Photographer Lynn Blodgett has a demanding day job: He’s president and chief executive officer of Affiliated Computer Services, Inc., a Dallas-based Fortune 500 company specializing in information-technology outsourcing that employs some 58,000 people worldwide. But he has been avidly pursuing his avocation of photography for several years, a passion that eventually led Blodgett to study the craft with renowned celebrity portraitist Andrew Eccles.

In his most recent project, with Eccles’s encouragement, Blodgett has focused his lens on people with whom he might appear to have little in common — homeless citizens in various cities throughout the nation. His series of black-and-white portraits resulted in a remarkable monograph, Finding Grace: The Face of America’s Homeless (Palace Press, $55), which American Photo included in its January/February portfolio of the Best Photo Books of the Year. (Proceeds from Blodgett’s volume will go to a charity called the Finding Grace Homeless Initiative.)

“I hope we can see beyond the myths that all homeless people are lazy, addicted, or crazy,” Blodgett says. “These are real people, and we can learn from them.” Many of Blodgett’s photographs were made in cities where he was conducting business; he often sought out people to photograph after a day of corporate meetings. When American Photo recently caught up with Blodgett, he had spent the previous days dealing with fallout from a big shakeup on the board of directors of his corporation — and also touring to promote his new book and campaign on behalf of the Finding Grace charity during Homeless Awareness Week. Here he talks about the genesis and evolution of his photographic work.

Read the complete interview/article here.

Matt has some White Balance presets for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom users over on his Photoshop Lightroom KillerTips blog.

Well, the photography site wanted to launch their tutorial section quietly but I’m gonna let you in on the secret.

The monthly tutorials will cover a vast array [o]f photography subject matter for photographers (like you) on a mission to learn and to constantly improve your photography skills and the quality of your photographs. These information tutorials are about learning the facts and go way beyond a one page article overview. You can collect them, print them out and refer to them as needed. They will become a source of inspiration, guidance and even encourage creativity. The first issue is on the subject of How Body Posing Affects Composition. The link below will take you to the first page which is free of charge. The simple subscription procedure is explained on the next page…

If you like what you read, you can subscribe and have each issue delivered to you by email at a cost of $15.00 per month. The rest of this topic ‘Posing and Composition’ is only $4.95 as an introductory one-off. You can join up at the end of this extract page.

Check out their first monthly tutorial extract–How Body Posing Affects Composition.

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If you’re not happy with Flickr or Zoomr or any of the other photosharing sites out there, here’s another one.

I just learned of tagmee via photographr.

If you’re patient enough to sit and wait, you can really get some great photos.

Sometimes a photographer has to sit and wait for child to pose with just the right smile.
Sometimes a photographer has to sit and wait for the touchdown in the endzone.
Sometimes a photographer has to sit and wait for the sun to come up…or go down in order to get the perfect coloring of sky.

Let’s face it, lots of what photographers do is sit and wait. Well, here’s a good article on watching and waiting for the perfect bird pose. I have a friend who enjoys birding. I didn’t know that word could be an adjective until she showed me. She enjoys going out and watching birds. She identifies them, watches them, and … waits for them.

Check out the article for some great tips on how best, when best and perhaps even where best, to photograph birds.

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