Friday, December 6, 2013
Not all photography is sellable directly to the public and food photography is a good example of that.
If you are a food photographer THE place to sell your images is StockFood.com.
Glad you asked, because they care about their photographers and one of the ways they prove that is by consistently paying the highest percentage of each and every image sale right back to the person who created that image, you the photographer.
Another way they invest in our success is by letting photographers know what kind of imagery clients are looking for. No sense in shooting food images that are not currently being supported in the market place, so before setting up a shoot you can check out the Stock Food image wish list which will increase your chance of sellability.
You can also significantly improve your chances of success by understanding and following their well documented submission guidelines.
So if you photograph food, please check out StockFood.com, it's the only stock food agency I am registered with.
There are a lot of places online where you can sell your photography, but the vast majority take a hefty percentage of each and every sale... but there is one place you can avoid being gouged and that's over at Pixels.com.
And not only can you sell your work commission free, you can also join Pixels.com for free as well.
So if you are looking to sell your work I would suggest you head over to Pixels.com and take their tour, find out for yourself if their market place is right for you.
Monday, December 2, 2013
Here are just of the few deals available for you that will save you a boat load of cash (and FREE shipping).
You might want to forward the list to Santa.
This first one is my favorite (just ordered one):
Glow HexaPop 20" for portable off camera flash - $109
This softbox kit comes with everything, softbox, hot-shoe mounting bracket, heck, it even comes with a storage/carry bag!
Toshiba 8GB FlashAir Wireless SD Card - $18.85
Lexar 16GB Class 10, Professional 400x SDHC UHS-I Memory Card, comes as a two Pack - $32.95
If you want faster try this two pack of Lexar 16GB CLASS 10, Professional 600x SDHC UHS-I Memory Cards - $57.95
Lexar 16GB Professional 800x CompactFlash Card - Two-Pack - $75.95
SanDisk 32GB Class 10, Extreme Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Memory Card, 45mb/second - $24.95
Save $450 on a Nikon D5200 24.1 MP DX-Format DSLR Camera Kit with an AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens - $946
Save $250 on this Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR Camera 3 Lens Kit with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens, EF 75-300mm F/4-5.6 III Lens, and EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens - Bundle - with Flash, Camera Bag, 16GB SDHC Card, USB Card Reader, Tripod, and Adorama Memory Card Case - $899
You can also parooze Flashpoint Cyber Monday Deals, Nikon Deals and Canon Deals.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
First let me thank everyone for participating in our latest giveaway, as usual there was a phenomenal response.
Now, our two winners, drawn at random from all of the qualifying entries are... drum roll please...
Dennis Gingerich and Linda Montemarano!
Congratulations Dennis and Linda, all you need to do is email us with you snail mail address and we will get your Flex Lens Shades right out to you.
Friday, November 29, 2013
Without a doubt one of the best (if not THE best) online educational resource for photographers can be found over at Kelby Training.
And between now and December 2nd you can save some serious coinage on their annual subscription, you can get 12 months of unlimited access for just $159 (a $40 savings)
What that will give you access to is over 800 hours of training representing more than 7,000 lessons, and if that's not enough for you don't worry, because new lessons, tutorials, and trainers are added on an almost daily basis!
If you aren't ready for a long term commitment you can get one month for just $14.95 (a $10 savings).
Be it for a month or a year, your time at Kelby Training will be time well spent.
You have until the end of today to toss your name into the hat for a chance to win a Flex Lens Shade!
It's in celebration of our one million YouTube views and we are giving away two so your chance of winning are even better.
Get all of the details on how to enter our giveaway right here at this link.
You can read more about the Flex Lens Shade and see a few "example" images in our post "Shooting Into The Sun", our check out our YouTube video.
Stop back this evening when we announce the winner.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Yet another Thanksgiving is upon me, the older I get the faster they seem to come.
This is a day that I truly ponder the things for which I MUST give thanks, but not to worry, I won't bore you with the list, but as blessings go I feel like a very wealthy man.
The one thanks I will share is the thanks for this blog, the people I have had the good fortune to know from all over the world is amazing.
And because you are a part of this community hundreds of pounds of food are delivered to two food pantries and a soup kitchen here in southern Maine every Monday morning all year long. The need has become so great that we are now giving 100% of every affiliate sale to this cause, and because you use our affiliate link it really is you that makes the magic happen... and you get the recognition, when I drop off the food I say "I'm just the delivery man, it's my friends who made these donations possible".
So THANK YOU my friends.
I hope that today (and every day) you are surrounded by those you love and who love you, that you feel blessed and rich in spirit, and that you carry hope and charity in your heart.
There are many of you who are struggling in these troubled economic times I hope even more for you... that people reach out to support and comfort you, that your burdens become lighter, that you never feel alone, and I pray that in the days to come you can worry less, love more, and that when strangers see you on the street they wonder what you are smiling about.
Let me leave you with a few words from people waaayyyyyy smarter than I:
Thanksgiving, to be truly Thanksgiving, is first thanks, then giving. ~ Unknown
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~ John Fitzgerald Kennedy
What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others remains and is immortal. ~ Albert Pine
We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. ~ Thornton Wilder
Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. ~ William Arthur Ward
Grace isn't a prayer you say before receiving a meal. It's a way to live. ~ Jackie Windspear
We cannot do great things on this Earth, only small things with great love. ~ Mother Teresa
Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, that is the true measure of our thanksgiving. ~ W. T. Purkiser
Happy Thanksgiving everybody.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
We have been a huge fans of Jed & Vicki Taufer over at V Gallery Haven for quite some time.
You can read some of our previous blog posts like an outstanding tutorial on how to overcome photographing people who wear glasses, their "unleashed" product which is both a great marketing tool as well as a way for photographers to help support the community, and they even had the Weekly Photo Tips product of the year.
Jed and Vicki are talented artists, have great products, but most important is they are wonderful people who care.
There latest sale is an example of their generosity to the photographic community as well as those in need.
From now until December 3rd you can get EVERYTHING in their store for just $69!!! Not only are you getting a couple thousand dollars worth of products for this ridiculously low price of $69, but you are helping others as well because 20% of every single sale will be donated to the victims of those horrific tornadoes in Illinois on November 17th.
Even if you're not in the market to buy something be sure to head over to VGallery because you will find free actions, free holiday card templates, free video tutorials, and soooooo much more.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Canon has released a new prime lens, the EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM lens.
This 28/2.8 prime has a simple design, will give you a crisp, sharp image and displays high contrast with minimal distortion.
But the real reason for this post is not to review the lens, but to let you know you can get it for only $349 (with free shipping) over at Adorama.
This price is about $150 less than B&H and $100 less than Amazon!
Please keep in mind you will only see the $349 price during checkout (not on the product page), but trust me you will, I tested it myself.
So, if you are in the market for a fast prime lens for your Canon, this new 28mm f/2.8 might just be the ticket.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
In celebration of our one million YouTube views we are giving away a couple Flex Lens Shades!
You can read more about the Flex Lens Shade and see a few "example" images in our post "Shooting Into The Sun".
So for you to have a chance to win you need to do the following three things:
1. Like us on Facebook and/or Google+ (if you've "liked" us for a previous contest, this requirement is waved)
2. Leave a comment on any of our blog posts or any of our YouTube videos
3. Upload any image that you shot to our Flickr group
If you are new to Flickr (or have never joined) you can get all the details on how to join the Weekly Photo Tips Flickr group here.
The giveaway starts right now and both winners will be announced on the blog on Friday November 29 (2013).
Good luck everyone, we always look forward to seeing your images and reading your comments.
Here is our YouTube video that includes the Flex Lens Shade.
Here is the small print (literally):
All rights and ownership of submitted images remain with the photographer who took it.
friend us once, then 1 image upload + 1 comment = 1 giveaway entry.
You can enter the contest as many times as you like, no limit.
Winners outside of the US will need to cover the cost of shipping their prize package.
Monday, November 11, 2013
There have been some pretty good posts for Veterans Day passed, if you would take a moment on this special day to give them a look it would be greatly appreciated.
Here's the list:
Veterans Day 2012
Veterans Day 2011
Veterans Day 2010
Veterans Day 2009
Veterans Day 2008
If you are a veteran (or you know one) there are restaurants tripping all over themselves to give you a free meal today, The Military Wallet has a pretty substantial list here.
For those of you old enough to remember there was a time when the brave men and women of our military did not have our support. They represented what many believed was a failed American policy and they bore the brunt of that.
The video below does a beautiful job demonstrating how some veterans, those of us from the Vietnam era, sometimes don't quite feel as "welcomed" home. But the best part of the video is it also shows it being overcome.
Happy Veterans Day to my brothers in arms.
Friday, November 8, 2013
At what point does one step over the line and go from good photshop to BAD?
In my humble opinion, this is yet another example of Photoshop run far amuck.
It's one thing to "tweak" an image with Photoshop, it's another thing to hit it would a pound of C4!
This video is less than a minute, so please you tell me (leave a comment below), good thing or bad?
The title pretty much says it all, today we rolled past 15,000 subscribers and topped 1,000,000 views on the Weekly Photo Tips YouTube channel!
I know there hasn't been a new video in some time, but know that there are more in the works even as I write this, so stop by our channel soon to see some new posting.
I big THANK YOU to all of you, our success is a result of you supporting this community.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Molly, the oldest of my Irish triplets turns 19 today. It's a very happy happy/sad day.... I love the woman she is becoming but I miss the little girl she was.
When she was really little Molly thought all the hoopla on Halloween was in celebration of her birthday, and of course I did nothing to dissuade her from thinking that. I still don't.
I think there is at least one story that shows who you really are as a person, please let me share two quick stories that demonstrates what kind of person my Molly is.
She was 6 at the time, had long hair, way down her back long hair, and one day came into the kitchen and announced to us that she wanted to have her hair cut off so she should could "donate to the company that makes wigs for sick kids", then she turned on her heals and walked away. Her mom and I just looked at each other until one of us finally said "where did that come from?".
Our plan was to just wait and see if it was something she still wanted in a few days. Well, by the end of the week she had bugged us so much that I was ready to let her shave her head, get tattoos, and pierce anything she wanted.
So down to the hair salon we want, off came her hair, and it was sent to Locks of Love.
We really get into Christmas at our house, especially when the girls were still "believers", for weeks we'd tell elaborate stories about what we want most and why, and one year I wanted a telescope. We had marked the day on the calendar when Santa was going to be at the fire station (he lands on the roof and comes down the big ladder to see the kids) and when the day finally arrived it was cold and the line was long, Santa long, so it took quite some time before we reached the big guy. When it was finally her turn with Santa he asked Molly what she wanted and without hesitation the first things she said was "I want you to bring my dad a telescope".
Ya, I was speechless.
Now she is taller than her mom, looks far more like a woman than I like, and I am no longer the coolest man she knows (I have been replaced by some guy named Jason Aldean).
This has been a busy year for her, she has graduated high school, started college, and now drives around in her own car (his name is Steve), but she still kisses me before she leaves the house, will sit next to me on the couch while we watch TV, will say she loves me in front of her friends, and is still the same caring girl who gave her hair away and used her time with Santa for the benefit of someone else.
Happy birthday Molly, I love you!