Saturday, October 21, 2017

Old Barn with Weathered Siding Added as Stock Photo

I noticed this barn while photographing a nearby covered bridge. I couldn't resist creating this image and adding it to my online stock portfolio. I have sold many images like this over my years as a creator of stock images.  

Julieanne Kost Explains Lightroom CC and Classic Differfences

Julieanne Kost explains the differences between the workflow in Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic. This video certainly explains the benefits of each version.

 At this point, I have opted to use Lightroom Classic. For my workflow, it works for me.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Adobe Lightroom Classic CC for Stock Photographers

On October 18, 2017, Adobe Lightroom Classic CC for released. Now with a new name, this photographer's app is a favorite and a necessity for the working stock photographer. Now faster than previous editions (which had slightly different names), there are new enhancements and features in this latest version. Adobe lists the new features here.

You are going to hear more about a great new feature called Range Masking for fine selection control. This is going to allow you to have even more control of your images. Adobe says that can "Make precise color- and tone-based selections for local adjustments. Use the Adjustment Brush, Radial Filter, or Graduated Filter to define a rough mask, and then refine your selection using new Range Masking options."

Lightroom is not a luxury for stock photographers. It is a necessity.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

A photographer’s account: When a festival assignment turned deadly

LA Times has published stunning photos from a photographer on assignment covering the concert in Las Vegas when mayhem broke out.  Warning: these images are difficult to view.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Amish Buggies at Lime Valley Covered Bridge

I created this image for a stock photo at the Lime Valley Covered Bridge (also known as the Strasburg Bridge) which spans the Pequea Creek in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.  Catching two buggies ready to use a covered bridge here in the Pennsylvania Dutch Country is just a matter of luck and timing.  Being in the right place at the right time always helps to create an image like this. 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Discover Shutterstock Custom

A short Shuttrstock Video showing Shutterstock  Custom imagery. Learn more at

Blogger May Be Underestimated by Stock Photographers

Last month, I made a tactical decision to give up my WordPress powered website and move to I have been thinking about doing this for months. As a working stock photographer, I don't want to spend an inordinate amount of time building and maintaining a website. I'd rather spend my time creating more stock images.

So, I took the plunge. Here is why I switched:

  1. Blogger is free. It costs nothing to get started. No monthly fee. No annual fee. It doesn't get any cheaper than FREE!
  2. Blogger is owned and powered by Google. It's easy to get Google's attention by using Blogger. Google knows what you are doing.
  3. Blogger allows me to use my own domain name. It was surprisingly easy to point my domain name to my site. It even supports naked domain names ( just as easily as Total setup time was less than 10 minutes!
  4. Blogger does have free themes. Like I said, nothing better than free! I chose - so far - to use this simple layout. I might change it sometime in the future, but so far, I like the simple style.
  5. You can set up pages and not just posts on Blogger (I have two so far, and likely to add a couple more soon). 
  6. Blogger has WordPress-like widgets - several of which I have activated. They are what makes this page layout what it is.

I am not regretting giving up a website that included its own shopping cart. Nothing wrong with that, but I spent too much time programming versus looking for more things, places, and people to photograph. Afterall, I am a photographer, not a programmer. Let me get back to my core mission: creating stock.  And seems like it will allow me to do just that.

Chicago Tribune's 10 beautiful places to photograph fall

The Chicago Tribune has published a list of 10 Places to Photograph this autumn. The piece includes a nice gallery of scenics.  Click here for the article.