Friday, May 28, 2010

Pink Peony

Pink Peony

from Kate's Garden
Batavia, Illinois
May 2010

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Getting Model Releases from Strangers

While I only do this sporadically (since I don't do a lot of street photography), here's my suggestion for the problem of model releases...and it's a problem most people photographers have.

Whenever I photograph someone I don't know, I ask them to write their email address ( and sometimes phone number) in my notebook, with a promise to email them the picture if it looks good. I then photograph the notebook page so that, when I'm looking at the pictures, the email address for the person will be right after any pictures I've taken. I can then easily send them the image and I can also contact them if I find myself in a situation where I need a release. I also give them my card when I'm talking with them - might as well do a little self-promotion.

Getting releases from everyone is time consuming, and unnecessary if the picture doesn't get used. But by getting email addresses, the interruption is short and not particularly threatening. Asking them to sign a model release full of legal jargon is intimidating both for you and for them. I know I wouldn't sign one. Why should I expect anyone else to sign one.

For some photographers, getting a signed release is probably easy. But I'll bet it's not a really transparent and honest situation. I'm a believer that anyone who signs a contract shouldn't be tricked and should know what they're signing. If you actually told people that what they're signing gives you the right to sell their picture for any use whatsoever, without further authorization from them, and with no compensation to them, who'd sign something like that? People do, but probably because they really don't understand what they're signing, or they, for some absurd reason, trust the photographer. ;-)

Finally, I have found that the act of photographing the notebook page with the email address always impresses people with my ingenuity. Because it is, after all, brilliant.



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Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Face of TORCWORI

The Face of TORCWORI

Hood ornament on The Old Rusty Cadillac West of Rochelle, Illinois (TORCWORI)
May 2010

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Don't dump too many pictures at once on Flickr

Big Yellow TruckThis is something that a few of my contacts and friends do, and it frustrates me because I don't give their pictures the time they deserve. If you want your contacts and friends to see your pictures, don't post 20 at a time. Even if they're great images, most folks get overwhelmed really fast by such volume. Remember, most of them aren't just looking at your pictures. They've got other contacts too.

My rule of thumb is to post about three pictures per day. Sometimes, if it's related to a special event, I may post a few more, but rarely more than 6. And I almost never post more than 10 at once. If I do post that many, I don't expect views or comments because they're usually not my best photographs.

Do your self a favor. By posting fewer pictures at once...you'll get more views and comments. But you'll also give your contacts a helping hand by not dumping a whole pile of pictures on them.

Here's a suggestion. If you want to unload a whole bunch of pictures to Flickr, only show a few of the pictures as public...the very best. Then, set up a private set with all of the other pictures. With private sets, you can "share" a link to them. Put that URL in the descriptions of the pictures you're making public. You can show the pictures you think are the best, and give people the option of seeing the rest of the pictures.



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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Some shots from a foggy morning

Foggy Morning

Foggy Morning

Cantigny Park, Wheaton, Illinois
May 2010

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Monday, May 17, 2010

The WSCF Meetup

Ashley's Eyes

Laura

Ashley's thinking about pain

WSCF had a meetup on Sunday in Geneva. It was one of our "Portrait Jams" where a bunch of us get together with lights and cameras and photograph whoever volunteers to be a model. Ashley, Laura and Ashley again were kind enough to pose in these shots.

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Blue Jay

Blue Jay

Kate's Garden
Batavia, Illinois
May 2010

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Metra 103

Metra 103

Taken during Amtrak's National Train Day

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In case you're curious, the ISO was 3200

May 2010

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Saturday, May 8, 2010

Illinois Central at Chicago Union Station

Illinois Central at Chicago Union Station

Taken during Amtrak's National Train Day

May 2010

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Friday, May 7, 2010

Redbuds in Late Afternoon

Redbuds in Late Afternoon

Island Park
Geneva, Illinois
April 2010

Jan.Crites posted this picture which inspired me to visit the same place in my quest for perfect redbud shots. Thanks, Jan.
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