So basically I need to swap out all the art on several websites with photos of California that we have the rights to use in perpetuity (as well as for print). I realize there's the "buy one at a time from Getty" avenue but I have neither the time or resources for that. What I need is a boatload of pics that I can use for commercial use that are all OF California (as well as some general use pics, graphics and art). A very big collection that I can hand to an intern so they can get swapping.
I think in the old days you used to just be able to buy a CD-rom of images. Can you still do that? Are there full collections with hundreds of pics? Or are there any free collections that anyone knows about that are just public use for this purpose? My budget for this is not high (no more than a couple hundred bucks) so I'm open to any options possible.
posted by rileyray3000
on Apr 11, 2013 -
I agreed a long time ago to do pose for a Centerfold with two of my best girlfriends in the school's 'alternative newspaper'. It's done as a foldout section in the middle pages of the paper, and we pretty much have full artistic control over it. I wanted to do something dynamic and avant garde because in the past, nobody has really taken advantage of the opportunity, and it's just been a lot of posing with dumb inanimate objects held over the crotch, or in the library, or standing around outside. I want to revitalize the genre. And I need your help! [more inside]
posted by howgenerica
on Apr 10, 2013 -
I'm looking for a listing of all laws and statutes relating to photography in Washington State, especially King County/Seattle. [more inside]
posted by artof.mulata
on Apr 9, 2013 -
I was wondering how photographers have their work featured by companies that mass produce them for sale and which companies would be best to approach? I do a minimalist/modern style of nature photography that I haven't yet seen replicated. Pros often approach me and tell me my work is great so how would I go about having it sold in places that do the selling for you? (I don't even know the term for this!)
posted by tenaciousmoon
on Apr 5, 2013 -
Do spirit photographs of ogbanje children or malevolent spirit children exist? I'm thinking of the plethora of spirit photographs from the turn of the 20th century that depicted deceased persons (from the spiritualist movement) -- do similar types of photos of ogbanje or spirit children in African culture exist? If so, where?
posted by mrfuga0
on Mar 26, 2013 -
Have had and have used Lightroom 3. Now have and will soon use Lightroom 4. Not exactly clear on the pixie magic involved in converting a LR3 catalog to LR4, though. What can you tell me? [more inside]
posted by mcbeth
on Mar 22, 2013 -
I'm going to be in NYC soon. I buy a lot of import (read: straight from Shenzen) photography junk (stands, lens hoods, macro rails, Benro tripods/heads, LED lights, etc). All cheap and low-ish quality.
I buy this stuff on eBay and it is almost always coming from Shenzen or NYC/Jersey. If I wanted to see stores or kiosks full of it, where should I look?
posted by fake
on Mar 20, 2013 -
About 3 years ago at the Strand bookstore, I encountered a photography book that seemed to be a retrospective of the works of one photographer whose name I wish I had written down. It was a huge hardcover book. Don't remember what the cover looked like. But I DO remember some of the photographs in it, and was hoping somebody here might be able to recognize the photographer from my descriptions. [more inside]
posted by Sa Dec
on Mar 18, 2013 -
When living in the city I had no problem finding photographers to look to for new ways of seeing that particular environment. Now that I live in a fairly rural area, I'm looking for recommendations of photographers—particularly contemporary ones—who have an interesting take on rural or wilderness photography. I'm specifically not looking for landscape/wildlife photography of the long-lens-ken-rockwell variety, but other than that anything goes. A couple things that come to mind as examples are Lee Friedlander's New Mexico
stuff or Stephen Shore's lonely dirt roads
(although iconic 50s gas stations are in short supply on the Gulf Islands.)
posted by Lorin
on Mar 7, 2013 -
You know that last time you drove through Mississippi or Louisiana and you passed by acre after acre of pine trees, all in nice rows? Help me find a publicly-accessible spot like that near New Orleans so that I can use it as a background in a photo. [more inside]
posted by komara
on Mar 5, 2013 -
Help me decide if I should sell my Canon Rebel Xti (EOS 400D) and buy a Sony RX100. [more inside]
posted by kdern
on Mar 1, 2013 -
I'm a photographer by hobby and by interest, but not for money. I'd like that to change, but just a bit. What are some good ways to sell my photos? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Feb 28, 2013 -
When shooting and preparing an image file for print, I've always tried to set things up so that the highlights are bright, the shadows are dark, and everything else is in the middle. At work, I've occasionally been told by my immediate superior that I'm overexposing my images, and that the highlight detail is, in their words, 'blown away'. Checking my files, the highlights in the images in question cut off around 245, sometimes as low as 240! Is there a reason why they'd want the highlights even greyer? [more inside]
posted by rhooke
on Feb 28, 2013 -
What to do for a one year anniversary with my SO that is also a San Franniversary? Bonus points for photographer expertise and relaxing suggestions. [more inside]
posted by mokudekiru
on Feb 24, 2013 -
I have this Phaidon Nan Goldin monograph written by Guido Costsa, and there isn't any info or even title/date of the (NSFW) cover photo. It is the same photo as you see here: link
I would like any info available about this photo. Does anybody know who the model is, what her relationship was to Nan, when the picture was taken? Any other interesting info?
posted by mermaidcafe
on Feb 24, 2013 -
I'm not a professional photographer, but I did some photography work (unpaid) for my company... is that work for hire or is it something else? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Feb 21, 2013 -
For my job, I'm looking for some material to create an audio soundscape for this photo.
I don't know much about hip hop or what might have been associated with hip hop culture in 1993 coastal Texas. What songs, ambient sounds, interview snippets, or other (very short) sound experiences would enhance your viewing of this photo?
posted by Miko
on Feb 20, 2013 -
I'm looking for examples of newspapers that use photographs particularly well -- for both quality storytelling images and strong design that showcases/utilizes news photographs well. [more inside]
posted by rinosaur
on Feb 18, 2013 -
I've got this image of a piece of ground glass mounted in a standard 4x5 film holder
. I've googled all sorts of things to try and describe what this is, but I cannot find where I can buy this. I've seen tons of pieces of ground glass that are for specific cameras, but that's not what I want. I want a piece of ground glass in (and sold with) a frame that makes it the exact size and thickness for putting into any sort of large format camera. Basically, what that picture shows. What is this and where do I buy it? Thanks!
posted by Brian Puccio
on Feb 17, 2013 -
I bought a Nikon D90 with the 50-105mm/f3.5 kit lens and a 55mm/f1.8 fixed lens. I liked it at first, but now I hate it. Is there any way now to like it even a little bit? [more inside]
posted by smallerdemon
on Feb 17, 2013 -
I'm looking for visual references for medieval / faux-medieval armor. Bonus points for something lightweight / leather and I'm really looking for rear views but anything would be useful. I've tried a bit of googling but haven't really found what I want.
posted by fearfulsymmetry
on Feb 13, 2013 -
I am trying to remember a website I vaguely remember. It was like lookbook.nu but everyone had their height/weight/body shape in their profile, so you could search for fashionable style posts/outfit of the days with people with a similar body type to you? [more inside]
posted by Huck
on Feb 1, 2013 -
As a photographer, I often spot people on the street who are interesting to me, and of whom I'd like to make portraits. With guys, that's fairly straightforward - I just approach them and ask. However, I'm unsure about how to approach women whom I think would be good portrait subjects. How can I do this without being creepy? [more inside]
posted by gmb
on Jan 30, 2013 -
I'd like to buy a bulk (i.e., 20+ in a stack) slide scanner that will work with recent-model (usb/firewire/thunderbolt) macs. I see prices ranging from $1200 for used Braun scanners, to some real cheapies that look like a mistake waiting to happen for under $200. What's in the middle? Most of the used Nikons in the $500 range on ebay are SCSI only; I'd love something that works with current hardware (i.e., NOT SCSI) and has a pretty wide gamut - something approximating the RAW quality I get from my digital SLR. Is there hope for me?
posted by luriete
on Jan 30, 2013 -
My girlfriend and I are leaving for a vacation in Chile in about a week. We'll be spending most of our time hiking and seeing glaciers and penguins in southern Patagonia, with a few days in Santiago at the end. I'd like to bring a compact, versatile, weatherproof camera with great image quality, 15-20x zoom, and good low-light performance -- but compromises must be made. What kind of camera should I take with me? My budget is $300-750. [more inside]
posted by Serf
on Jan 29, 2013 -
Looking for suggestions on how to thicken liquid, namely water or milk, for the purposes of photography. [more inside]
posted by phaedon
on Jan 28, 2013 -
I feel like I understand a thing or two about light, but I can't figure out how/why this particular phenomenon happens. This photo
I took shows a shadow line cast by my bank (on the right) that seems to just hang in the air. [more inside]
posted by heyho
on Jan 26, 2013 -
I only really have time to read a single book on the origins of photography. What do you recommend? Think Daguerre and Talbot, no need for hundreds of pages devoted to the camera obscura. I'd also prefer something heavier on text than actual photographs.
posted by Lorin
on Jan 25, 2013 -
What kind of equipment could I purchase within a $300 budget for the backdrop and lighting? My house is naturally very dark. I use white plates and minimal props for the food. My camera is a Canon 40D. I don't have much time lately so I'll spend a little more for convenience. [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88
on Jan 17, 2013 -
I had a successful Kickstarter
for a photography project, largely thanks to MetaFilter
. Now I need to produce the Big Book (photos of every dot on the map in North Dakota), and, while I can print and bind it myself, I'd like to find a publisher. Where do I start? What do I say? [more inside]
posted by afiler
on Jan 14, 2013 -
Someone has asked to license a photo I took of someone else's art. I have no right to the artist's work; I took the photo at a museum. I have no intention of licensing my photo unless and until appropriate arrangements are made with the artist and museum. How to proceed? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock
on Jan 14, 2013 -
I'm looking for the best quality portable camera and lens system for travel and street photography. My budget is between $8 and $10,000 for everything.
posted by Tziv
on Jan 13, 2013 -
I've been looking at environments, especially my home, and seeing how they impact me in terms of imagery. I'm specifically looking for images I could place in my home that are evocative of successful relationship. [more inside]
posted by diode
on Jan 10, 2013 -
I would like to make a poster of the cliffs at Lion's Head, ON
; however, in order to get a shot of the entire cliff without too much distortion, I would ideally be located on the other side of Isthmus Bay, about 4 km away from the cliff. How can I do this? [more inside]
posted by jamincan
on Jan 10, 2013 -
My fiance and I are getting married this October. We have a church and reception site, but are looking for recommendations on catering and photography for a small wedding (150 people) in Wauwatosa (near Milwaukee) WI.
If you have had a negative experience, I would appreciate hearing about that as well.
posted by biograd08
on Jan 9, 2013 -
I'm an established photographer with a large body of work in travel and performance/event, with a niche in circus arts. I've exhibited in the past, and I'm looking for resources on funding/grants to put on an exhibition in either New York or London. [more inside]
posted by felspar
on Jan 8, 2013 -
I am renting a DSLR camera for five days. If you were doing this, what would you shoot? [more inside]
posted by cribcage
on Jan 7, 2013 -
What is something funny I can think about while I'm getting a portrait taken? I like to have a sincere smile when getting photographed.
posted by Jason and Laszlo
on Jan 6, 2013 -
Looking for a source or reference for an obscure, half-remembered anecdote related to Surrealist art and photography. [more inside]
posted by majorsteel
on Jan 6, 2013 -
Photographers and photography buffs! Please help me find a really cool photography book (or photography-related gift) for my photographer boyfriend. [more inside]
posted by ad4pt
on Jan 5, 2013 -
Giving my sister my old dslr for her 18th birthday. I'd like to also give her a book that explains the principles of photography. I'd like it to be clear and easy to understand in regards to aperture, depth of field, dynamic range etc. , but I'd also like it to have some ray optics to get her to think about why the camera works the way it does (focal depth, optics etc). Any suggestion would be great.
posted by Large Marge
on Dec 16, 2012 -
I've decided it's time to upgrade from my Canon point and shoot. I'm going to get a Panasonic Lumix G5 DSLM. Now...what lenses should I get? [more inside]
posted by solotoro
on Dec 14, 2012 -