Photo series celebrates hardbound children’s books

March 2020 issue News

The feel of the pages. The colorful illustrations at beginning and end. Observing that many children read books on e-readers, Ellen Cantor became nostalgic for her favorite hard copy volumes from childhood. Using a mixture of her own books, her mother’s, and her friends’, Cantor created a photo series that honors the loved and worn hardbound books. She made her images in camera (not Photoshop) with a Nikon D800 on a tripod with one on-camera flash and one soft box, she explains, using a... Continue Reading >

Photographer Rus Khasanov creates liquid lettering

March 2020 issue News

Remember the silver side of the CD? The way it shimmered with a rainbow of color when you tilted it back and forth in the light? That unexpected iridescence inspired Rus Khasanov to create his photo series “Marmalade Type.” He spotted a scratched CD of ’90s music lying on the street and was hypnotized by its hues, he says. “I immediately had a great desire to experiment in this direction.”To create his images, Khasanov collected CDs and DVDs and wrote letters on their surfaces with... Continue Reading >

Anatomy of an image: Flower-themed child portrait

2.25.2020 Tech

© Ceres Diaja HenryFlowers for AutumnPhotographer: Ceres “Diaja” HenryDate: May 5, 2018Location: Studio in Harlem, New YorkSubject: Autumn, Diaja’s 7-year-old niecePhotographer’s note: “For some time, I had been promising Autumn I would paint and photograph her. One day she and her mom visited me right after a photo session with a client. I had already broken down my equipment and put everything away. However, with my creative juices still flowing, I decided to fulfill... Continue Reading >

Stay motivated for the long run

March 2020 issue Business

“I like to think of goals as dreams you have with deadlines attached.”It’s a pleasant image from Jonathan Robinson, a psychotherapist, author, and professional speaker who specializes in teaching people how to improve their focus, memory, and communication skills. Robinson, who appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” numerous times and has been published in USA Today, Newsweek, and the The Los Angeles Times, believes that to be successful in business, you need to find what’s draining... Continue Reading >

Steve Heroux: Be a success by believing in your worth

March 2020 issue Business

Change one thing and charge more moneyThere are many talented photographers. What separates the photographers with high rates and good sales from those struggling to make ends meet? In many cases, it’s not the quality of the photography. And it may not be the actual sales tech-niques, either—at least not entirely.Steve HerouxUNDERLYING BELIEF SYSTEMProfessional sales trainer and speaker Steve Heroux has trained thousands of salespeople on what he considers the right way to be... Continue Reading >

5 tips for making the most of your ideas

February 2020 issue Business

What's your method of recording sudden inspiration? Will you be able to locate a record of your great ideas later? Will you even be able to remember you had them? It's important to have a system for recording your ideas that not only appeals to you but that actually works for you. You may need something multi-tiered, like a notation in a treasured notebook that's also photographed and linked to a reminder on your phone. It's important to not just record your ideas but also to schedule time to... Continue Reading >

6 ways of working with ideas

February 2020 issue Business

Nothing wrong with brainstorming as a way to work with and generate ideas, but there are other techniques that can jostle your mind out of a rut, too:1. Brainstorming: Let ideas flow without validation or constraint. Let your imagination go wild and review them later with a more critical lens.2. Abstraction: Look at a problem in general terms, taking out the specifics, and see if new problem-solving ideas come to mind.3. Drawing: Storyboarding or sketching concepts for lighting,... Continue Reading >

Creative analysis with Julieanne Kost

January 2020 issue Profiles

© Bob Coates Dennis Chamberlain and Julianne KostMany Photoshop users are familiar with Adobe Evangelist Julianne Kost. She’s a must-see at conferences and conventions as well as a helpful tutor via her blog, YouTube and Adobe Help videos, and her books “Window Seat” and “Passenger Seat.” She is looked to as the one person who can answer any Photoshop question.I first saw her in 2004 as she took command of an auditorium of about 2,000 Photoshop World attendees with her... Continue Reading >

5 ways to activate gratitude each day

December 2019 issue Business

No doubt about it: Gratitude is good for you. It has the power to improve your physical health, mental strength, energy level, sleep, and self-esteem. So says brain training expert Jim Kwik, who will deliver the opening keynote at Imaging USA 2020. Practicing gratitude on the daily enables you to better serve your clients and manage your business. Here are are five daily actions to rev up your gratitude.  Continue Reading >

How to focus on what really matters

December 2019 issue Business

We live in an amazing time. There is so much information at our fingertips, all the time. Photographers have access to a seemingly endless library of resources to build their businesses, perfect their processes, and hone their craft.But it can get overwhelming—quickly. There is so much out there, so many new tools and solutions and options, that even the savviest student of the digital economy can suffer from information overload. And even if you can process all this data, how do you apply... Continue Reading >