Caribbean Color Chart

I love making color charts from my photos to save and use for making graphics and promos. These 10 samples came from this photo of a gallery sign in Placencia, Belize. Color calibration and monitor management in your work station is so important, and my colleague Martha DiMeo of Chroma Queen gives photographers many great…

The Google Game

That Google has taken over everything is not news. That I am finally succumbing to their dominance might be. I’ve tried to bypass their global snare for years (they still won’t be my search engine of choice) but now I am going to jump in and live the Google life. Why? Because they own SEO…

The Time it Takes

How long does it take to cook up something great? That question has baffled artists (and gamblers) for ages. When is it finally right or when is it time to walk away? My advice is to know your intended audience by platform or product. Personal shots and Instagrams can be spur-of-the moment. Proof-of-concept takes and…

Glazed Contracts

I am often sent contributor agreements for comment and my brain tends to glaze over, too. A lot of contracts are confusing and use contradictory language, usually because the versions have been hacked and saved then modified and re-saved and the result is a misleading document, often with bad formatting, too! Some red flags to…

But Does it Work?

Photo editors and researches have to ask themselves this question at every turn. Image choice is so subjective and what’s more, it can depend on how we’re feeling at any given moment. Then deadlines factor in. Searching for the right image ultimately means the photographer or agency has to tag the image to be found,…

How One Still Can Become a Movie

Still pictures and films are totally different photographic mediums. But here is one way to merge them. For editorial photographers, one frame should be able to convey your story. Start building: Single shots Article Book Exhibition Film As the project develops, incorporate the work of writers and other artists to add depth and texture. Practically…

Photo License for a Day

Okay, enough with the down time. I’m ready to get back to the fun stuff. Let me continue with Snapchat. Out of the 350 million photos people are sharing a day, I’ll bet a small fraction of the shooters are pros. After all, pros want their images to be indelible. What’s more, a lucrative transaction…