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The value of good portraits on social websites and
WordPress for blogs and as CMS, Content Management
How to send photos and other big files
Sublime layout with one picture
maXx images - Representation of Image Source's
Fair Trade Collection World Portraits
Adam Jones: Explorer of Light in Bowling Green July
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FROM THE EDITOR
to the 30th issue of Stock Photo News,
an issue just before many of us go for vacation.
In a time when the price on oil is exploding and
the economy seems to be in recession in some countries
it is important to keep your business in control.
it is also important to keep an eye on new
opportunities, not least inexpensive opportunities
to guarantee your success. I hope you won't be
disappointed with the information in this issue
as that should give you an extra edge whatever
you are a picture professional using or producing
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THE VALUE OF GOOD PORTRAITS ON SOCIAL WEBSITES AND FOR
portraits aren't what you would think of first
with stock photography. But you should take some interest
in how you and your clients and colleagues are showing
their portraits on websites of different kinds.
I haven't paid that much attention to it yet,
but will do it in the future. Until now I have just
to differentiate a little, please compare yours truly
and more marketing is being based on the trustworthiness
of the seller and potential partner. The explosion of
websites like Facebook has dramatically supported this
even in an indirect way. You will see the same issue
portraits at the large article directories, like
to compare the versions of self promotion in these
small portraits at Facebook as an example:
and remark especially
" The size of the face compared to the frame
" How easy is it the see the head in this small
" The color of the background
" The use/ no use of hands and gestures
" The mood of the portrait - emotions
" Is the face inviting, neutral or negative?
" Are there distracting elements in the picture?
social websites are here to stay, yes, in fact to
explode further, I recommend you to take the quality
your portrait up to revision. And there is certainly
future business in being an expert in creating that
of compelling portraits for clients.
WORDPRESS FOR BLOGS AND AS CMS, CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
free blog application WordPress is becoming more and
more THE standard not only for blog websites but for
Content Management Systems. And it is easy to combine
two kinds of basic website functionality.
fantastic thing with WordPress (WP) is that hundreds
of developers are engaged in the further development
its functionality and in creating new designs for WP
of the unusual things with WP is that it is so easy
to change the complete design by changing to another
themes are free to use, like I use on
articles about island vacation.
themes have to be paid for, like my partner website
with resources and news
on exotic and attractive islands.
can download WP, now in version 2.5.1, at
have bought my WP themes here
have chosen the themes Organic, WP Remix and
WP Remix is for CMS web site development and you can
use it for many different sites at the same time.
The SimpleSite is especially for a portfolio of photography,
but can be used for presenting goods for a product site
HOW TO SEND PHOTOS AND OTHER BIG FILES
is something of a challenge to send professional
pictures attached to emails unless they have been
reduced in file size before. How many haven't been
stuck in the email box or rejected by the receiver's
am often using to upload my pictures with ftp to my
server and then to send the costumer the 'secret' web
address. It works well, but may not work for other
people who aren't used to ftp.
A solution to use from where ever you are in the world
is to use the free service at
It works quite well if you aren't sending lots of big
have earlier brought a useful article by David Riecks
in SPN about how to send pictures online, read it here:
SUBLIME LAYOUT WITH ONE PICTURE
to get the most out of using just a single picture
(photo or art) on a page? The page can be a page in
magazine, a book, a folder /announcement or a web page.
just one photo or picture may be seen as a challenge.
But the difference and impression between using no pictures
and a single picture is much bigger than the difference
between one picture and several pictures on a page
whatever printed material or online webpage.
A sublime layout with pictures has nothing to do with
number of pictures but how they are used.
Be inspired for your desktop publishing and web page
by the following ideas and tips.
A full page picture on the left page
full page picture on the left page in a magazine,
folder or book is a simple and functional layout.
If possible choose a picture that directs the attention
towards the text at the right page and be careful to
a really appealing picture of good technical quality.
A picture as a whole page background
picture as a background on a printed page can look
The real challenge is to find a picture that fits with
text on parts of it. The part of the picture that is
covered by text shouldn't have any structure and the
mustn't be aggressive. A thin blue sky will often be
choice if it matches the message.
effect will be improved if a few small white clouds
hang around but do not let them interfere with the text.
Do not compromise with these aspects of interference
between structures in the picture and the text.
the text is partly on an uneven background many potential
readers will avoid it or get a lower level of retention.
Background pictures on commercial websites have dropped
dramatically due to this effect.
One big picture on a page
classic layout with a combination of text and a large
picture on a page is a functional but quite boring layout.
The surface of the page covered by the picture might
be a half of the page on the top, or at the bottom or
vertical picture to one of the sides.
the picture in the centre of the page with
the text waved around may look much more attractive.
One small picture on the page
small picture or especially a very small picture alone
on a page should be treated with great care.
to say that any picture wouldn't help with the look
and feel. But the point is that just one small picture
may add a lot of attraction to a text page if used wisely.
Because of its small size the picture should have
- a simple object and message.
If it is in black and white it is even more important.
- a few and strong colors, mostly one color is fine.
Red and yellow can be fine as an 'accent'
but may also be too aggressive.
Clear blue or green may be excellent too.
The interaction between the font and the picture
careful with the choice of font for the text, if you
any influence on that. Especially how the title looks
with the chosen font and how it interacts with the
picture is important.
Where to get the pictures
can find hundreds of thousands of professional stock
photos including royalty-free photos at picture agencies
that have a good reputation.
For small sized pictures the price is very modest in
If you have a very slim budget and you are not too ambitious
with your products you will find cheap photos too, by
searching for "stock photos" or fotos in Google.
is a good source of cheap
stock pictures of good quality.
include just one picture on a printed page or a web
will enhance the layout of the page considerably.
You might even be able to produce a sublime layout with
your desktop publishing. Your goal should be to hit
interaction between the photo and the arrangement of
MAXX IMAGES, INC. ANNOUNCES THE REPRESENTATION OF IMAGE
SOURCE'S FAIR TRADE COLLECTION WORLD PORTRAITS
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 06/27/2008 -
maxximages.com, one of North America's top rights managed
royalty-free stock photography agencies, announces the
representation of World Portraits.
images, a North American stock photography agency,
is pleased to announce the representation of
Image Source's fair trade collection World Portraits.
Producing cultural royalty free imagery, World
Portraits showcases photography of people from all
corners of the earth, but especially from less developed
from the exceptional photography, we truly appreciate
and support the concept put forth by World Portraits,"
Dave Maquignaz, President of maXx images, "The
received from royalties is shared with the models via
micro-banking to ensure models receive their share of
revenue generated by their images. A true win-win for
Portraits is a truly unique collection" added
Image Source's Fernando Oliveira, "and we're very
to be working with maXx images in representing this
the highest quality rights-managed, royalty-free
and subscription based stock photos in both Canada and
U.S.A., maXx images' extensive stock photo collection
provides high quality images for advertisers, graphic
designers, publishers and multimedia producers worldwide.
maXx images, Inc.
maXx images, Inc. (maxximages.com), established in 1994,
is a stock photography agency located in Vancouver,
Working closely with our select group of professional
photographers and strategic global partners, maXx images
represents over 3 million rights managed and royalty
images making us one of North America's leading creative
sources for imagery. maXx images also manages StockFood
Canada, the world's leading source of food stock photography.
local news about a stock photographer:
JONES: EXPLORER OF LIGHT IN BOWLING GREEN JULY 22
June 27, 2008 5:02 PM CDT
Explorer of Light photographer Adam Jones is coming
to Bowling Green, KY on July 22nd. The event will take
at the Carroll Knicely Conference Center
(www.wku.edu/knicelycenter/location.htm) beginning at
event is sponsored by Canon, Delkin Devices,
Shutterbug Photo Mall and the Sunny 16 Camera Club.
Admission is free and is open to the public.
Jones has been a life long resident of Louisville, Kentucky.
Today this internationally recognized photographer specializing
in travel, nature, and wildlife, explores the U.S. and
world creating his distinctive images. Jones's award-winning
photography has been widely published in magazines,
calendars, books, and in national advertising campaigns
clients such as Canon, Ford, Eddie Bauer, Miller Beer,
Jones is recognized worldwide as an outstanding stock
photographer with his photographs represented around
world by Getty Images, Corbis, Tony Stone, Visuals Unlimited,
Photo Researchers, Oxford Scientific, and Danita Delimont
work has sold for editorial and commercial uses in over
30 countries. Adam is in great demand for his beautiful
ature images and his clean distinctive travel imagery.
is just as comfortable in some remote wilderness area
is hanging out of a helicopter capturing aerials of
publication credits also include: National Geographic
Life Magazine, National Wildlife Federation, Audubon,
Disney, People Magazine, Hallmark Cards, and hundreds
1995 the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest
Adam by selecting one of his images from over 19, 000
as the winner in the "In Praise of Plants"
has published seven coffee-table books, with three released
in 2004. These include his popular instructional book:
The Step-by-Step Photography Workshop, which he also
authored, The Great Smoky Mountains Natural Wonder National
Park, and Great Smoky Mountains Simply Beautiful. Adam's
latest book published by Farcountry Press is entitled
early 2006, Adam was selected to be one of Canon USA's
elite group of photographers, The Explorers of Light.
Canon describes the Explorer of Light program as such:
The Explorers of Light program is a group of 60 of the
best photographers united in their love and passion
photographic excellence. They share a common desire
contribute back to the industry with a willingness to
share their vision and passion with others.
is a popular and respected workshop instructor and
lecturer. Adam teaches photography workshops around
world helping students reach their full potential in
exciting world of digital photography. He has taught
Canon, Popular Photography & Imaging, Maine Photographic
Workshops, Rocky Mountain School of Photography,
Great American Photography Workshops and Joe Van Os
is noted for his enthusiastic down to earth approach
and his ability to communicate effectively with all
SINCE LAST SPN
is our time up to a vacation always so busy?
I guess you know it from yourself - you have deadlines
and personal goals you want to fulfill in time to be
to enjoy a relaxing (or exciting) time of holydays.
am going to Greenland with my wife and two couples of
good friends. Greenland is historical and also nowadays
bound tight to small Denmark, and it is a long standing
dream for me to be able to visit the world's largest
island. An opportunity for stock photography too, of
hope the ice hasn't melted yet! - In fact this is a
question not to take too light as I am very concerned
about the future of climate change. In Denmark we might
only experience less serious changes, but world wide
am very concerned about the risks for some vulnerable
populations of people in developing countries etc.
last SPN I have been engaged in learning better
the new trends on the Internet as I wrote a little about
in that former issue. The mechanisms of traffic generation
and marketing are changing rapidly, not least because
the effect of the social nets on social websites. It
for good reasons that I start this issue up with a focus
on something related to the visual profiles on the social
websites among other places.
you in next SPN.
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