Monday, June 30, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Remember, in photography it's always about light.
Friday, June 27, 2008
Of course what story the image is telling really comes from the viewer and what they bring to it. This picture is a good example of this. If I don't point out that this is a sunrise, some people would think sunset and others the opposite. It depends on where they're from.
People in California naturally think sunset, and yet this is a sunrise shot taken in California. How can this be? Well, there are a few spots along the coastline that "bend" and run from East to West, but that's not really the point.
It all comes down to a few simple elements coming together as an image, and whether or not those elements can elicit a connection with the viewer and say something.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
I was able to install it and begin using it right away. It's made by Acoustica and let me tell you they did an outstanding job.
If you're looking for a windows equivalent to GarageBand, this is probably it.
Check it out!
If anyone has a good source of Public Domain Music, or can explain how to go about using and licensing Creative Commons music, please feel free to share that information.
I'm sure there are many others like me who'd love to get a clear understanding on how this all works.
How about some maxims for the 21st century:
1. If at first you don't succeed, give up.
2. If your dreams aren't coming true, stop dreaming.
3. Failure is the path of least resistance.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
It's incumbent on us to stay focused, positive, and make the most of each day.
(Note: I've been posting from my flickr account and I hate the formatting. Things get goofy when I add a label or make an after the fact change. Sorry about that. I'm working on this issue)
Monday, June 23, 2008
One of these years I'm going to have to use a wide angle lens and shoot the parade from a low angle using the sky as a background. This should give everything a whole new perspective.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
As usual, the Summer Solstice Parade was unusual, fun, and wacky. It was hot, which kept the crowds a bit sedate and trust me that's not such a bad thing.
I'll most more photos on flickr as time permits.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Well my 2nd upload and I can say this YouTube thing isn't too difficult. Make a slide show or movie in the proper format and upload.
I've made sure that I'm using Public Domain Music with these slide shows.
I'm also looking into how one goes about licensing some Creative Commons Music. I think that would be a great way to go, and get people some exposure for the great music they are putting together.
YouTube for me is just a venue to get some exposure for my photos, not a quit your day job cash cow. And fun too.... but beware it can be a time sink.
Update: September 27, 2008 - I had to change out the music on this. Always try and use all your own content. I've found that even though something says Pubic Domain you can still get a take down notice. I'd rather use all my own content anyway.
Friday, June 20, 2008
If I can think of anything else, I'll add it to the list.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
This is great as getting work out onto the web is really the best venue to distribute things.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
So, here it is:
The value may only be the uniqueness of the image. Such is the case here. How often does a stadium fill with people dressed in red, white, and blue posing as a flag occur? Not often in my part of the woods...
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Things that you've forgotten about or just didn't notice are right there in front of you.
This alone can add a bit of value to these old photos.
Monday, June 16, 2008
If you're not familiar with this program, you should check it out.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
An image of a crowded harbor is just that, and yet it's filled with elegance and beauty waiting to be photographed. If you look around, something should speak to you visually and that is a good place to start.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
With a big project coming up, I had to go through some of my archived images and it didn't take much to convince me to make some time for morning shots.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
I received an interesting email from Alamy Images regarding what they call "Novel Use".
In essence what Alamy Images is trying to do, is target a market segment dominated by the microstock sites. Of course, it's not quite as simple as that, but that the gist of it.
Here's an excerpt of what I received:
"- Alamy Limited Use is not the same as microstock.Lots of folks have responded in shock and anger. The feel they've been misled. Alamy has given its contributors an option to opt out of this scheme. That's good.
- Microstock images are available to all buyers of stock photography.
- Alamy Limited Use restricts usage to three types of user - teachers,
students, and bloggers - none of whom feature in our customer base.
- This is not the beginning of a shift towards universally low prices
at Alamy. It is not in our interests to slash prices of our conventional
business to microstock levels, but nevertheless we think that we have
something to offer this market. In 2007 the market leader in microstock
generated over $70m in revenue and is projected to achieve over $120m
this year. This business model is here to stay and we are leaving
money on the table by not taking the opportunity to compete with them
in some areas."
I can understand where Alamy is coming from, and their business point of view. Unfortunately for them, they've got to walk a tightrope for a while and see how things play out with the market they are after and with the contributors who provide the commodity the images buyers are after.
I have to say that I wasn't surprised in the least. In fact I've been expecting something like this and frankly I'm surprised that this has happened sooner.
As the saying goes: "May you live in interesting times". We certainly do.... in more ways than one.
When was it taken and exactly where is it? I can look up the EXIF data and tell you when, but I can't tell you exactly where.
Right now, I keep a log GPS coordinates for images I want to tag with a certain amount of precision, and others I map using Google or Yahoo and their mapping tools.
I know there are units that you can get to plug into the camera's hotshoe that will embed GPS data for later extraction using mapping software. That's great, but it doesn't work with all cameras.
It won't be long when digital SLR's have built in GPS and a new era of mapping and photography begins.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
So, scratching my head I went back to the image and looked to see where that could be coming from. In the list that I typed in under the file info using Adobe Bridge, I had typed "Addition" when I meant "Addiction"....
All my fault, I need to slow down. I know I go too fast and the text is small and there's no spell check that I know of. Just a heads up to the rest of you sleep deprived micro stockers.
I do try and make all of my keywords as relevant as possible and used to type them in each and every time for each image after I uploaded them.
Lately, I've started key wording in batches using bridge to be more efficient and save time.
So, the lesson for me is wear my glasses and be even more diligent.
Correction (6/12/2008): This image didn't get accepted and then rejected. It simply got rejected for the reasons stated above. I've corrected the keywording problem and resubmitted the image .
It's a great way to discover the challenges that other photographers face getting their shots and gives you a nice perspective and appreciation of their work.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
On a non-photography related note: Today we should get a glimpse at what's in store for the iPhone. There's been lots of speculation such as 3G, GPS, Better Camera, etc. So, I guess we're going to find out.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
I know I'll be watching Steve Jobs Keynote tomorrow... It could be what finally gets me to upgrade my phone.
Update: 10/31/2008 - I'm still looking for some blogger software for my iPhone that is useful and practical. I haven't seen any yet that's compelling to use.
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Adobe announced that we should be able to buy Acrobat 9 in about a month. This might not seem like such a big thing to most folks, but given time and wide integration into people's work product and it will be. Not far behind the New Acrobat will be the Adobe CS4 Suite.
And Monday, even if you're not an Apple fan. Steve Job's keynote should give people a glimpse of where we are going with the mobile internet.
I know, you're thinking he's talking about the iPhone, and he is, but it's what the phone can and will do. That's what drives the competition, raises the bar, and moves us all along.
Friday, June 6, 2008
Thursday, June 5, 2008
An overcast day generally solves those problems. So, what do you do when it's not overcast?
What I do, and believe me this often takes patience, is walk around the car until you find a composition that seems compelling and not filled with specular highlights.
This often means photographing the side of the car in open shade, or just coming back to the car you want to shoot a little later, when the sun has changed position in the sky.
As for all of the people who will no doubt not see you and walking through your shots, practice and patience my friend. You will have to get used to that and learn to be aware of the crowd's movements. Remember, people can help or hurt your image, it all depends on what you're after.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
BTW - the Strobist Videos sold out. Not to worry though, more are on the way.
Monday, June 2, 2008
Sunday, June 1, 2008
This out-of-focus shot was part of that process. Don't worry though, I've got other shots that are in focus .
What started out as an idea of two shinny, reflective dice on a green background quickly evolved into something else.
The green background became money, and the shots we approached from different angles with different portions in and out of focus. Why? Because I started to think about how the State of California is proposing solving its latest budget crisis (interim stop-gap borrowing against the lotto), by asking the citizens to support an increase in personal gambling.
So, enough about that. Let's just say current events are a good resource if you're looking for photography ideas, though I don't like to get too political about my images and try to scale back any ideas to ones that will bridge longer time periods. Hence, an image about vice. Timeless, and a good stock image - IMHO. If I can get the right focus and lighting.