Photo by Jak Wonderly

“Do your photographs stand out in the crowd? Does your portfolio have a identifiable style? Are you serving your equipment or is your equipment serving your vision? Are you creating the images only you can make?”

Learn Receptive Photography™ with Jak Wonderly.

Here’s how Jak describes his aha-moment with receptive photography: “Up to that moment, I realized, I had been so caught up in the making of photographs—or worse, the features on my camera—that I had rarely been truly present and seen my subjects with clarity. It was only when I slowed down to reflect on my subjects and allowed them to inspire me that I was deeply satisfied with my experience, both as a person and as a photographer.

San Francisco travel writers Jules and Effin Older made a 49-second travel video about San Francisco, and it’s a finalist in the 49 Hours of My SF Video Contest. Judging was based on “creativity, originality, entertainment value, and enthusiasm for San Francisco.” Visit the site before September 5th to view all five finalists — and vote for the Olders’ Lion Hunting in San Francisco, if you’re so inspired.

Voters who register will be entered for a chance to win gift certificates to renowned San Francisco museums, restaurants, attractions and more. Voting will end on September 6, after which winners will be announced and awarded. View the video winner prize package and official rules here.

The September issue of National Geographic features Jak’s image of an albino alligator (“Claude”) as a two-page spread, leading off the “Visions” section (formerly “Visions of Earth”). The magazine only publishes three images this way each month, selected from thousands around the world for their “intriguing” and “breathtaking” qualities.

You can see more of Jak’s photography on his Facebook page.

“It’s a photo opportunity of a lifetime. Since 2003, Smithsonian Magazine has run an annual contest, offering photographers the chance to have their winning pictures exhibited at the Smithsonian Castle in Washington, D.C. and published in the print edition of its Magazine. In that time, hundreds of thousands of shutterbugs from over 90 countries have submitted their best shots, but only a handful can win. We join judges behind the scenes and a winning photographer behind the lens to answer the question: what makes a simple picture a work of art?”

Thanks to John Montgomery for this link to aerial photos from around the world.

I love Bay Area photographer Jak Wonderly’s work. Here are his recent photos of bald eagles in Alaska (click image to see more). If you aren’t already a subscriber, you might want to sign up for Jak’s free photography e-newsletter with photo tips, event info, and new work. And if you’re looking for an excellent photography workshop, watch for Jak’s classes; I took one, and recommend them enthusiastically.

October 1, 2010
12:00 am

From the American Society of Media Photographers: PhotoPhilanthropy promotes and connects photographers with non-profit organizations around the world to tell the stories that drive action for social change. The PhotoPhilanthropy website provides a space for photographers, photo enthusiasts and non-profits to come together for collaboration, inspiration, and action.

Each photographer whose work is accepted receives a page on our website and exposure to a growing audience of concerned and committed global citizens.

July 22, 2010
7:00 pm

Grover Sanschagrin

From our friends at ASMP NorCal:

Join us on July 22nd at Blue Sky Rental Studios as PhotoShelter co-founder Grover Sanschagrin demonstrates how web sites must evolve in order to support photographers’ online business goals.

Grover’s talk draws on 26 years of photo industry and web technology experience as well as the research and findings of five PhotoShelter e-books he has helped to author on online marketing for photographers. (These exhaustive reports are free downloadable guides offering useful tips, expert advice and useful strategies for photographers looking to continue their education and build thriving photo businesses online.)

Thanks to Lee Foster for explaining the economics of selling mobile applications compared with selling (traditional, paper) books in his article, Apps – the Future of Travel Journalism? Here’s an excerpt:

“Royalty rates for authors of apps are much higher than for authors of books, and for good reason. The deal is that I get 30% of the gross income from my $1.99 app sale, or 60 cents. I am told that this is roughly typical of the app world—30% each to the author, developer, and Apple store, with 10% going to admin. For my book, I have a 15% of net rate, which is good and possibly a little high. So, for selling two apps for $3.98, I get $1.19. For a sale of my $14.95 book, my royalty is 15% net, and the book will probably be discounted 55% to sell on Amazon or through a distributor. My royalty for that sale is $1.01.”

What a thrill: the photo I took of a frog nestled in the leaves of a succulent won 1st place in the Natural World category of Smithsonian magazine’s 7th annual photo contest!

The photo is in the June, 2010 issue of Smithsonian magazine (page 69), and will be part of a photography exhibit on view at the Smithsonian Castle on the National Mall from July 1, 2010, through January 16, 2011.

I wish I’d been a little more prepared for my 15 minutes of fame, though. There’s a post on Laurie McAndish King.com outlining the 7 things I learned from the experience.

Thanks to photographer David Sanger for this link to a post in The Digital Trekker Blog with a good introductory overview of the photo-essay form. The post provides a shot list and excellent examples; I’ll be referring to it as I practice the art of travel photography.

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