Archive for the 'Stock Photography' Category

Are my images shot on slide film now dead?

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Picture: Crescent Moon in evening light over oak tree on Palassou Ridge, Santa Clara County, California I have to wonder, from a business perspective, if many of my older images which I shot on professional-grade transparency slide film aren’t, for lack of a better term, ‘dead’? Earlier this spring I received a call from a […]

REVIEW: The Complete Guide to Luminosity Masks Video Tutorial

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Picture: Sunset over San Gregorio State Beach, San Mateo County coast, California This last summer, during my six-week family vacation hiatus, I knew I was going to get very little real work done. So to feel like I was still being productive, I reached out to a few fellow photographers who were nice enough to […]

Catching up, moving on, and turning off.

Friday, July 5th, 2013

Picture: Mount Rainier reflected in Reflection Pond, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington CATCHING UP: As I mentioned in a blog post few weeks ago, I’ve been spending a lot of time recently adding images to my image library. In fact, since wrapping up my last book, Photographing California; vol. 1 – North, I’ve added nearly […]

Chip Away, Chip Away at the Stone

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Picture: Neal Maloney, owner of Morro Bay Oyster Company, cleaning oysters at his schucking table on his barge in Morro Bay, California Some of you may recognize the title of this post as belonging to an old Aerosmith song. With that chorus pounding in my head, this image and that song describes exactly how I […]

Photo Call: Your Best Northern California Images

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Picture: Sunset light on Mount Lassen above Lake Helen, Lassen Volcanic National Park, California I’m inviting all photographers who are interested and would like to see their work possibly published in a book to submit images for a book project I’m working on about photographing in Northern California. Let’s just get all the ugly business […]

Yosemite Redux – why keeping those extra frames matter.

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

Picture: El Capitan and Half Dome during a late winter sunset, Yosemite National Park, California This week I had a potential client call and ask about a portfolio image similar to the one above. He asked about having Half Dome lighter. I gave him an example of how (IMHO) poorly trying to lighted Half Dome […]

A day in the life of a Photo Edit

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Picture: Sunset light on the Trona Pinnacles, near Ridgecrest, California Yesterday I announced through my Facebook & Twitter profiles that I’d just completed a weeks long edit of a 10 day trip I took last fall to Death Valley & the Sierra while working on my book, California; Yesterday & Today. It turned out that […]

I am Ground Rodent

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Gopher poking head out of ground burrow, Redwood Regional Park, Berkeley Hills, California Photographer Jack Hollingsworth is very popular in the twitter-verse and social media circles. He has recently been posting a number of excellent weblog articles using the title premise, “I am…“. I thought I would take a moment to ride his coattails and […]

Vultures & the Perils of Free Photos

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Picture: A California Condor at the Condor Ridge exhibit of the San Diego Wild Animal Park. Photo by Chuck Szmurlo. Now that I’m back from a week off with my family for Spring Break, I wanted to take a moment and respond to my last post, “Why I Like Free Photos.” From the buyer’s side, […]

Why I Like Free Photos

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

Picture: Shelter on Mount Whitney’s summit, Sierra Nevada, California; Photo by Justin Johnsen I know it must sound crazy at first; why would a professional photographer be happy about other photographers giving away their work for free? Given the dire warnings about how microstock was driving the stock photography industry in a race to the […]

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