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Lifecycle of a Freelance Photography Job

Guides & Tutorials: 

Tony Luna has written a multi-part business series on Photo.net that discusses in detail the lifecycle stages of a freelance photography job. The link below takes you to the introduction where you will find links to the remainder of the series. Each part is presented as a stand-alone article. The entire series is a great read, whether you are new to photography or a seasoned pro.


Adobe releases Lightroom 2.4 and Camera Raw 5.4

Guides & Tutorials: 

This new version of the Camera Raw plug-in replaces the original one that was installed with Adobe® Photoshop® CS4; Adobe Photoshop Elements 7.0; and Adobe Premiere® Elements 7.0 software. Visit the Camera Raw page for a complete list of supported cameras.

The Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 2.4 update includes these enhancements:

Designing Websites Image Buyers Will Love

PhotoShelter published a free report from a 2009 survey of 550 photo buyers. The results are interesting. Over 90% of buyers surveyed hated flash-based introductions on websites. Click the link below to read a summary of the survey. They provide a place where you can enter your e-mail address and PhotoShelter will e-mail a free 22-page PDF with all of the results. I know I'm going to be redesigning my website based on this information.


The DAM Book, Second Edition

You’ll Never Work in this Town Again

[ The following text was written by Ed Greenberg, P.C., and is reproduced verbatim and with permission. ]

Google the above phrase or any of its permutations, e.g. “You’ll never shoot another job”, ”Now no one will ever hire you” and so on and you will get thousands of hits. The cliché, in one form or another, manifests when a creator, whose work has been infringed or whose bills have not been paid, has the temerity to express the intent to hire a lawyer. Obviously the "threat" of losing a non-paying client (especially in this economy) has been an effective deterrent when used on creatives. Yes, it is counterintuitive. Yes, it is illogical. And yes, clients know that it often works to prevent claims or lawsuits.

Blender Magazine Folding


Photo District News Online reports that Blender Magazine is folding. It is yet another victim of the down-turn in ad revenue due to the current economic conditions.

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FotoQuote Pro 6 Coming

As a user of FotoQuote Pro 5, I get periodic newsletters from the author at Cradoc Software. It has been some time since FotoQuote Pro was updated to include new pricing tables, new categories, new coaching, etc. I received the following newsletter recently and it got me excited to see what is in store for FotoQuote Pro 6.

The following letter is reprinted with the express permission of Cradoc Software ...


Elmer Valentine, Owner of Rock Clubs, Dies at 85

Elmer Valentine owned the Whisky à Go Go, Rainbow Bar & Grill, and Roxy Theater in Los Angeles, CA, starting in the 1960's. The Whisky was legendary for the acts it attracted: The Doors, Buffalo Springfield, Van Morrison, Frank Zappa, The Birds, The Kinks, The Who, Johnny Rivers, B.B.

Digital Railroad Derails

Doug Menuez - Survival as a Freelancer

This is the opening paragraph from an EP article and interview with Doug Menuez.

To survive the creative, economic and emotional chaos of a life in photography your career must be designed for longevity. To achieve longevity, you must reconcile the conflict between what you shoot for money and what you love to shoot. Ideally, you get paid to shoot exactly what you love to shoot, every day. Reaching this nirvana requires making tough choices, a careful business strategy and attention to basic business practices. (Or be super talented/lucky, born wealthy or marry a brilliant business manager.

Leica S2 Announced

Here is an interesting announcement from the oldest 35mm camera maker in the world. Leica has announced a 30mmx45mm sensor digital SLR called the Leica S2 that will record a whopping 37MB digital image in Adobe's DNG raw file format. The Leica S system will include nine lenses, some with leaf shutters in the lens for very high speed flash sync. Note that the 30mmx45mm sensor is a 3:2 aspect ratio like existing 35mm digital SLR systems.

Canon 50D & Nikon D90

This week Canon and Nikon announced new camera bodies. Canon announced the Canon 50D featuring a 15.1MP high density CMOS sensor and Canon's exclusive DIGIC 4 image processing technology. Nikon announced the Nikon D90 featuring a 12.3MP high density CMOS sensor and Nikon's exclusive EXPEED image processing technology.

Adobe Camera Raw 4.5

Adobe released a new version of the Camera Raw plug-in that replaces the previous release that was installed with your Adobe product. The following products are eligible to use the new Camera Raw plug-in:

  • Adobe® Creative Suite® 3
  • Photoshop® CS3
  • Photoshop Elements 6.0
  • Adobe Premiere® Elements 4.0 [ Windows only ]

You can use Adobe Updater via Help > Updates to download the update, or click one of the following links to download the update directly from Adobe's website.

Preventing Hotlinks

Guides & Tutorials: 

I wrote an article on my photography website explaining how to use the .htaccess file to prevent hotlinks to your valuable images. Check out the article "Prevent Hotlinks To Your Images".

Lawrence Lessig's NYTimes Op-Ed on Orphan Works

Lawrence Lessig, Stanford University Law Professor and author of the Creative Commons License, has an Op-Ed piece in the New York Times opposing the Orphan Works bills currently before Congress. The piece, called "Little Orphan Artworks", is well worth reading. He discusses why the Orphan Works bills currently before Congress should be stopped and what alternatives might satisfy the needs they are trying to address.