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OK Go's Open Letter on the music business

The band OK Go has posted an open letter to the world on their message board regarding the current state of the music business, but more specifically the current state of their record label EMI and how they and their label get paid. Here is one quote from the article.

Jim Marshall Presentation

Interviews: 

Lilith Fair 2010 Artist Lineup and Tour Stops

An October 2009 press release for the festival states that "Lilith 2010 promises to be a much bigger summer festival than it was in the past, traveling for the first time overseas and celebrating a mix of international artists and local up-and-comers."

Here are the current list of confirmed artists for the 2010 tour.

XXIX.XI.MMIX Nex Cultus Photography

Several photos to bring blog up-to-date:

XXIV.IX.MMIX in Salt Lake City, Utah
URGEHAL (Norway)


SPEARHEAD (United Kingdom)

Selecting Monobloc Lights (from Strobist's David Hobby)

Guides & Tutorials: 

Strobist editor and ace lighting guru David Hobby has written the first in what will be a series of blog posts detailing his personal experience in selecting a new set of monobloc lights. Read the first installment titled "Mono Monday: Choosing the Right Big Lights" over on strobist.blogspot.com and keep looking back there every Monday for the next article in the series.

Lifecycle of a Freelance Photography Job

Guides & Tutorials: 
Reviews: 

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.

http://photo.net/learn/photography-business/freelance-photography-advice/

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:

Noted Photographers

Interviews: 

This page contains links to the web sites or porfolios of legendary music photographers. These sites are packed with terrific photographs, knowledge from years of experience, and nuggets of wisdom you cannot get anywhere else.

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.

http://pa.photoshelter.com/mkt/photo-buyer-survey-2009

Wanted: Young European Music Photographers!

Popview is the European platform for musicphotographers younger than 35. Every year, photos of the seven best photographers can be seen in an exhibition. The selection is done by an international team of photographers and curators.

The exhibition will open during the Eurosonic Noorderslag musicfestival (Groningen, Holland) in the Noorderlicht Photogallery (Groningen), and can be seen for a month.

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

Industry: 

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.

Walter Rowe Photography
www.WalterRowePhotography.com

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 ...

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