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…

Sometimes a Stupid Question

What is the difference between hunger and appetite? It’s not always a straightforward answer but it’s a simple one. You can’t be hungry for coffee or jelly beans. There is an “earned hunger” that comes from either chopping wood or making bookkeeping entries all morning. The difference is how much food you need to eat…

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…

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…

Never Explain…

…is a good policy most of the time, especially if you’re under deposition or something. One of these responses will suffice to answer nearly every question asked: Yes, No, Possibly, I’m not sure, I have no idea, That question is going to take some explaining! Still, I’m going to give you my explanation about why…

About Face, Forward Halt

Please be sure that you understand the full implications of Facebook’s Terms of Use (ToU) when you post images on their site. This is a separate issue from the outrage over Facebook’s change to their ToU policy which indicated they “owned” your profile. On pressure, they went back to their previous ToU. However, that policy…

All together now: We license!

Ah, semantics. Who cares? When it comes to talking about photography, it matters to me. Last week I went to Albuquerque to speak on editorial and educational photo licensing trends and terms. I also reviewed the portfolios of some twenty photographers at the North American Nature Photography Association’s (NANPA) Annual Summit. In many conversations I…

Deep and Deeper

I received this note from Kelly Sonora today: Hi Jain, We just posted an article, “100 Useful Tips and Tools to Research the Deep Web“. I thought I’d bring it to your attention in case you think your readers would find it interesting. Thanks, Kelly. This is a great resource. Photo people will find this…