Save the Date: Photowalking Utah & Walk MS – 04.24.10

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Photowalking Utah has teamed up with the Utah Chapter of the National MS Society for a unique photowalk on April 24th, 2010 in Salt Lake City.  The group has been asked to capture images of the WALK 2010 event and its 4,000+ participants.  This is a great way for us as photographers to help ‘give back’ to a great cause through our photography.  Here are the details:

  • Date:  April 24, 2010
  • Time:  8:30 am – complete  (before noon)
  • Where:  Meet in front of the Apple Store at the Gateway (10 South Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City)

The Photowalking Utah crew will meet up near the starting point of the walk.  After some info and instructions on the day, we will fan out and take photos of the event.  For anyone who has ever wanted to try out ‘photojournalistic’ type of shooting, this will be a great place to do so.  After the event participating photographers will be asked to share any of their images that they would like with the local MS Chapter for it to use.  It’s worth noting that photos taken at this event in years past have been picked up by national publications.

As always, these events are free of charge and open to anyone regardless of your photographic skill or what kind of camera you have.  For more information and/or to let us know you’re coming, head on over to the event discussion at the Photowalking Utah Flickr Group.

I hope to see a good crowd on the 24th!


Paul Dennison will be heading a Photowalking Utah group to cover the Ogden MS Walk on the 10th. Here are the details:

Date: April 10th, 2010
When: 8:30 – Complete
Where: Lorin Farr Park 1691 Gramercy Avenue, Ogden, UT

Thanks for stepping up, Paul :)

March 31, 2010 at 1:47 am by | Categories: Post

My Presentation at PhotoCamp Utah

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Here’s the recorded video stream from the talk on Success in Microstock Photography I gave earlier this month at PhotoCamp Utah.  I covered a lot of material in a relatively short period of time (I get a bit rushed at the end), but hopefully the info I shared will give a bit of insight into me and the topic.  Big kudos to the hard working video team that were able to stream and record several of this year’s presentations.  To see the videos, visit the PhotoCamp Utah UStream channel.

March 30, 2010 at 11:10 am by | Categories: Post

Parchman Farms Freedom Riders


Check ’em out:

Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/50 second, f/4.0, ISO 3200

March 27, 2010 at 3:44 pm by | Categories: Post


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Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/125 second, f/5.6, ISO 100

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Going Infrared with a Canon G10


A friend loaned me her infrared converted Canon G10 to play with for a few days.  I’ve always wanted to try an IR converted camera and always imaged it would be a DSLR.  Getting the chance to carry around a compact point-and-shoot with the conversion is bonus.  It seems that most photographers I know who have a converted camera use it to capture stunning black & white landscapes, but I am more intrigued by the results from using it on portraits.

I had the camera with me today while having lunch with some friends and captured this natural light close-up of Alexis from across the table.  I love how the IR portrays her skin-tone and hair & eye color.  I am going to continue carrying around the camera for a few more days to see what else the IR can capture in a new and different way.  Who knows, maybe I will take it into the studio and see what I can create under studio lights.

Canon Powershot G10 (IR) – 1/15 second, f/4.5, ISO 200

March 24, 2010 at 4:34 pm by | Categories: Post

It’s Good to Have Friends

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Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 70-200 F/4L lens – 1/60 second, f/5.6, ISO 100

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Happy Anniversary

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March 23, 2010 at 4:39 pm by | Categories: Post

Image in Use: Davis Hospital (again)


Talk about getting your nickel’s worth, the Davis Hospital and Medical Center sure seems to like my image of Alyssa.  This is the third different place I have seen it used by them.  This is a great example of one of the advantages (and controversial?) of using Royalty Free Microstock images – the ability to use an image multiple times for a single purchase price.

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My 100,000th sale on iStockphoto


This past Saturday, shortly after I finished giving my talk on Microstock Photography at Photocamp Utah, I sold the 100,000th image from my portfolio at  While reaching this milestone doesn’t really change my life, it marks a major accomplishment for me personally.  Tomorrow is my third anniversary of being accepted as an Exclusive Contributor at iStock.  Back when I was accepted on 03.23.07, I had just reached 500 downloads.  Now just three short years later it is amazing to realize I have sold over 100,000 downloads and that this has been my full-time career since 2008.

The 100,000th download is a fitting image for marking the achievement.  Not only is it an older image (it was taken on March 24th, 2007 – just one day after going exclusive), it provides a nice visual for me to remember the journey that got me where I am.  It was my faith in what I was doing that allowed me to put the Rubber to the Road and build what I have today.

Lastly, if it were not for the help of family and friends supporting me in what I do, I would not be doing it at all. From the early support and understanding of what I was building to the countless friends who have modeled and assisted over the years, I cannot say Thank You enough for the help and encouragement.

Now, enough of this sappy looking back stuff. On toward 200,000! :)

March 22, 2010 at 1:29 pm by | Categories: Post

Camera Equipment Theft: A True Story


Note from Rich: Today’s blog post is a guest entry written by Utah photographer Jon Williams. This is Jon’s story of his experience of having his camera equipment stolen last year. I am sharing it here since I feel Jon is sharing important info for any photographer to hear.

By Jon Williams

I was one of the unlucky photographers that fell victim to the “Temple Square Thieves” last November. I lost a large Lowe Pro bag filled with Canon equipment. The loss was around $6000.00. The bag was stolen from my locked van which was parked at Crown Burger and/or Pictureline.

They had watched me shooting a wedding at Temple Square, and then watched where I stowed away my gear in the back of my full size Ford van (the van has my company name on the doors).  They then just needed to follow me until I stopped somewhere. I went in Crown Burger to use the restroom. I was in there maybe four minutes. I then stopped at Pictureline for maybe ten minutes. I parked where I could watch the van, but they still got me.

They drilled out the key hole, unlocked the power door locks, opened the rear, took the large bag, and relocked the van. I didn’t even know I had been robbed until that evening when I was on my say to shoot the wedding reception. Whoops! No camera gear! My brides temple pictures were also taken.

I thought I was well insured through Hill and Usher/Hartford. It wasn’t too good as it turned out. I found the claims process to be slow and tedious. Also the coverage did not allow me to buy what I had lost. Did you know they deduct 15% depreciation for items that were supposedly covered for “full replacement value?” Also many small items were not covered because I had not individually listed the items on the insurance inventory. Examples: Flash bracket, PC cords, Diffusors for flash, back up flashes etc. This added up to around $300.00. (I have since listed a Misc. package of unspecified equipment of $ 450.00 on my insured listing)

Salt Lake City police tried their best to catch this “ring” but with no luck.

This theft really – set me back– in terms of lost time, lost work, and reparations to the bride. Even though I received about $4000.00 from insurance, I have been forced to sell some of my beloved Hasselblad equipment to pay for new digital gear. My insurance company would not pay for anything under “Errors and Omissions” because they determined that I did not make any errors (strange but true).

I have been paying about $700.00 per year for this Hill and Usher policy which is advertised as “Package Plus” for Professional Photographers and endorsed by WPPI. I think there must be a better way to go after my experience.

Professional photographers need to carry a wide variety of insurance and it may not be feasable to have one insurance provider. I plan to send out a carefully worded RFP to several insurance companies to see if I can obtain a comprehensive policy to cover camera equipment, facilities, buildings, liability, computer equipment, office equipment, etc.  I’ve been told that Travelers Insurance is very good.

This is a good website and I appreciate the chance to share my story with other photographers.

Jon Williams
Professional Photographer
Ogden, Utah

March 19, 2010 at 8:15 am by | Categories: Post