business of photography

Photographers and Google Buzz

February 15, 2010

3-701-39  stock photo of Greece, Hydra, Man on donkey with cell phoneOn Tuesday Google released its new social media application Google Buzz and by Thursday it had 10 million users. Is this a harbinger of things to come? What does Buzz offer photographers seeking to engage with customers.

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Beware of Photo Contests

January 19, 2010

The cover of a travel guidebook is key to its success. Publishers have always put a lot of effort into picking just the right image to sell a book and its destination, and have paid well for the usage. That is, until now.

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Reading the Tea Leaves

January 14, 2010

3-494-91  stock photo of Food and People, Woman drinking teaWhat does 2010 hold for photographers? Will the economic recovery lead to a return to healthy profits? Will the abundance of digital media continue to drive up supply and drive down prices? Will newer technologies emerge to further disrupt the business of photography? or to offer startling new opportunities?

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Photography and Social Media

December 8, 2009

9-501-2  stock photo of Niue, Young Sunday School teachers, Avatele churchEverywhere you look the world of digital media seems in turmoil. Social media, location-aware and now augmented-reality…

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New FTC Rules that Travel and Photography Bloggers Should Note

October 29, 2009

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Travel photographers. Have you ever receieved free or discounted gear or travel ?
The FTC has proposed new rules on disclosure and endorsements which all travel journalists should review and understand.

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PicScout announces Image Registry and licensing affiliate program

October 12, 2009

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How do you identify an image you find on the web and find the copyright holder if you want to license the image?

This is the core question that concerns photographers when Orphan Works legislation is discussed, and the impetus behind the PhotoMetadata project to embed identifying information. Now a possible solution has emerged…

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Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars

October 6, 2009

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William Patry has recently written a fascinating book entitled Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars which should be illuminating reading for every photographer interested in copyright in the digital age.

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September 25, 2009

4-900-2162  stock photo of England, Gloucestershire, Two girls playing with binoculars

If we are to rethink the economics of media and find a way to cover the costs of production for what are increasingly quasi-public goods, then it might help to go back to the origins..

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Creating Value in Travel Photography

September 8, 2009

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With an ever-increasing supply of travel images, declining prices and a fixed amount of attention in the consumer universe, what are the best options for a travel photographer to create uncommon value?

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New Horizons for Travel Photography Pros

September 8, 2009

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The growing movement towards crowd-sourcing and automated image analysis in travel photography is a challenge for traditional professional travel photographers…

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