Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Mid West

So starting on April 20th I will be traveling to the mid west area for a client.  This project will take about 3 months to complete.  I will flying to each state and then driving to each location within the state (KY, IN, OH, PA, MI & WI).  So I decide to capture my own version of "Americana".  I will be posting images along the way and also would post a schedule of my driving.  And if you know of anything that I should see and shoot...post it!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Keira Knightley stars in Women’s Aid ad

This is powerful

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Harlan Ellison -- Pay the Writer

So this bring up a good point and how most industry are going it seems.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Did the Digital Camera kill the biz?

Has the digital camera killed the photography business?  

The Federal Bureau of Statistics states that "pro photography is one of the the only professions that has not had any income growth in 14 years. Only 5 percent growth in 27 years. Equipment costs 10 times what it did 30 years ago".

Since the digital camera has come into main stream hands, there has been a lot more competition with the average amateur.  That has also driven down the fees.  Should professional photographer be worried?  Yes and no.  I think digital camera has killed the "traditional business" of photography.  Meaning on time you had to know how to light a subject, product, interior or whatever.  You had to estimate the number of polaroids in your bid.  The more polaroids you used the more it was charge to you or the client.  Now with digital there is none of that.  You can keep deleting the file until you get it right.  You could shoot 200 frames to get it right from one shot.  Imagine 200 8 x 10 polaroids or 4 x 5 polaroids for on shot.  Cha Ching.   Not only do you have to know about the cameras, but the editing programs that go along with it.  

Personally, I find it a very exciting time.  With more people going after the same work it makes you step up your game.  For me, I feel I have an advantage....experience.  The longer you have been doing something , the more comfortable you become.  Can I handle 20 person production in several locations, of course.  Could I have handle it say 10 years ago.  Not on your life.  

So has the digital camera killed the business?  It has just changed it.  The camera is just a tool.  Same with all the all the other software programs.  You have to know how to work the tools,  of course.  But talent trumps all.  My experience has been the longer you are doing something the better you become.  Which in turn is the experience.  Having the new latest camera / program is not going to make you a better photographer.  You taking more pictures is going to make you a better photographer.

I write this to remind me that I need to practice what I preach. So off I go and shoot to become a better photographer.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

What Magazine are looking for

I created a few of the most asked questions to me about magazines.  So I asked the people I have relationship with.  These are magazine that represent perhaps the top 5 home decor magazine.  These answer have not been doctored in any way.  They have asked to remain anonymous for legal reasons. 

 Here are the questions and answers....Each color represents the magazine's response



I know your crazy busy. I was wondering if you can help me out for a second. I'm doing a "how to" or "do's and don't" video with interior designers that want to be published. Sorta like this one I did on a shoot on my blog: http://scottvandyke.blogspot.com/

 The idea is to inform interior designers what magazines are looking for from the source. I think this would be very good for interior designers not to waste the magazine time or get their expectation up. So if could just answer a couple of question that would be so helpful.

1What is the biggest oversight or mistake with submissions? You can limit one answer or add as many needed. (example...someone sent you a "heavy" country home look and we a contemporary magazine)


We need a very extensive explanation of the home’s green features. Also, we need scouting photos of both the exterior and interior (every room). Both of those are often overlooked.


#1 biggest mistake? When the person submitting hasn't looked at recent issues of XYZ home. Not understanding that a review process takes time and not understanding a monthly magazine's lead times.


I think the the biggest mistake is that people THINK they CAN’T send in a submission. They’re under a misconception that you have to know someone or that we’re looking for a particular style. We consider every submission equally.


it really  doesn’t matter if someone sends me contemporary homes even though that’s something we don’t cover...it’s the quality of the photographs that I’m interested in...only problem I have is with digital images – if they take long to open


I would agree with the above. Sometimes I get submissions of homes that are not appropriate to the magazine. Not be be a snob, but the home will not be "High-end" enough for the XYZ reader.


people sending content that doesn't match that of our publication.  



2. How does your magazine like to see submissions? (examples...Hard prints, prints with captions or digitally).


Digital is great…j-pegs and a Word document listing green features and other pertinent information.


how to submit? When someone doesn't know me or XYZ home....with a cd of low res images plus a project description sent in the mail.


Hard prints or laser printouts are the best way to present projects these days. 4x5 or 2 1/4” transparencies are still ok. Emailed submissions or disks aren’t good because we don’t have the manpower to make printouts of all the submissions. Captions aren’t necessary.


It doesn’t really matter but websites are easiest and portfolios are becoming more of a problem to deal with


I prefer digital submissions, with some sort of brief description of the home, and what makes it special or unique


we have an online submissions process through our website that is the best way.  second to that is someone emailing one of the editors with a story idea, and images of the project



3. Do want the submissions to be professional shot? (examples...no, it would be helpful or does not matter we send our own photographer's out...ect)


No…amateur scouting shots are fine. We will send out a photographer to do professional shots if we choose to feature the home.


professionally shot? No, we generate our own pix.


Submissions do NOT need to be professionally photographed. It absolutely does not matter


I think however it is executed would be in the best interest of the interior designer – so I would suggest professionally shot.


I prefer digital submissions, with some sort of brief description of the home, and what makes it special or unique


It makes it easier for us if the homes are already well photographed, and all the important rooms are pictured. If they are stunning, I also like to see an exterior and/or view and landscaping photos, as well.


We have accepted jobs that are pitched with only scouting shots. I prefer to use the photographer that submitted the home if possible (as long as their portfolio is good quality)


we will send out photographers on anything that we choose as a feature or my house, so all we need for those types of stories are good scouting shots.  if someone is submitting a smaller story, such as houses we love, then they will need to have good images in keeping with the style of photography in the magazine.  If something that would be a feature has been professionally shot, that is fine, but the photographer who worked on the story/shoot, should know that we might assign the story to someone else and have it re shot if the look is not in keeping with our style of photography.


4. Any other comments?


We are happy to send over a checklist of green features that the designer can fill out and send back to us. This guarantees we get all the information we need to consider the house.


The pictures need to fully portray the project, and we must see an image of the living room, dining room and master bedroom in order to make a decision.


You hit the nail on the head with number 1. I have received many submissions where the photographer was not familiar with our audience, and sent photos of homes that we would never be able to use.




Wednesday, February 18, 2009

This goes under WTF?

This nuts...as if  the police did not have enough to do.  Wait till your mother gets stopped!

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