A tip of the hat to the Photo Business News & Forum blog for the heads-up on some upcoming, free symposiums, hosted by Photo Shelter and heading for a major metropolitan area (possibly) near you.
If you'd like to register for these free events, you can do so by clicking HERE.
Looks like they're going to be interesting meetings with photo-stellar panelists discussing the business of photography in the digital era. Unless you've been living under a rock, I'm guessing you're aware that the web and digital imaging have probably had the greatest impact on professional and amateur photography since the introduction of SLR cameras.
I've signed myself up for Photo Shelter's Los Angeles area "town hall meeting," and hope nothing gets in the way of my attendance... you know, like work. (It's over a month away and who knows what might end up on my schedule in the next month or so.) That aside, I'm looking forward to attending.
Regarding a more personal and selfish matter, I want to thank all of you who have purchased stuff from Amazon using my affiliates' link. It ain't like I'm getting rich off of it but I am getting paid in Amazon gift certificates and what's better than free books? Okay, maybe there's lots of things better than free books but thanks anyway! The first couple of books I'm planning on purchasing with my gift certificates are Light: Science and Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting, along with Michael Grecco's Lighting and the Dramatic Portrait: The Art of Celebrity and Editorial Photography. I've heard some really good things about both these books. And in case you weren't aware of this, you can purchase plenty of other stuff, other than books, from Amazon. Stuff like photography gear! Yeah baby! Gimme some more gear!
The pretty girl at the top is Victoria. I shot Victoria a few days ago. The location kinda sucked: They had me shooting her in a fairly small room against a white wall with that God-awful sculpture next to her. I decided to try out my skills(?) using PS's extract tool and putting something other than the white wall behind her. I have mixed emotions about the results--I ain't a Photoshop wiz--but I think it looks better than the freakin' white wall. MUA was Dehlia. Image captured with a Canon 5D w/28-135mm IS USM zoom, ISO 100, f/5.6 @ 200. Two lights and a white reflector to light it.