Archive for March, 2010

Working on a New Portfolio

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 30, 2010 by Tim McGuire Images

New Portfolio 20100322 – Images by Tim McGuire


Marketing for Assignments

Posted in Business, Marketing, photography, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on March 18, 2010 by Tim McGuire Images

After 14 years spent mostly working at rights managed stock photography production and leaving the bulk of the marketing required to the big stock agencies, I am making a big shift… something I probably should have done a year or two ago given the sorry state of the stock photography business.  I am starting a one year marketing campaign targeted toward clients who hire photographers for assignments.  I’ll get much more specific later.

To get started I’ve subscribed to Agency Access for one year. There’s no sense in doing any marketing for less than a year, plus I got a substantial discount for paying upfront for a year.  Through their basic service I will get a qualified list of potential customers in key markets in North America to whom I can market my services. This includes 13,0000 email deliveries with tracking.

Two additional services I signed up for with Agency Access are the Promotion Manager service with Christie Starace and  their Photography Consultant service with Amanda Sosa Stone.  Since most of my career has been in the stock business with others doing all the marketing, I felt I could use this added help and expertise to get me going. I’ll be reporting back here throughout the process with updates and reports on how it’s all going.

Here’s a few more photos from some random photo outings in the last two weeks.

Urban Trees / More HDR Testing

Posted in Creative Process, Creativity, photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 11, 2010 by Tim McGuire Images

For the last two or three months my wife and I have been getting up early 3-4 times a week to go downtown (Seattle, WA) to workout at Club Zum.  Every morning as we walk from where we park the car to the gym I would notice these beautiful tree forms amongst the downtown buildings… these organic / natural shapes contrasting with the man made hard edged buildings surrounding them.  I find it to be an interesting juxtaposition and had been meaning to make some photographs of them which I finally did.

These are some of the images I made of the trees and buildings last week while trying out this HDR photography technique. If they look a little fuzzy click on the image again to see the full resolution image.

Experimenting with HDR

Posted in Creative Process, Creativity, photography, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on March 10, 2010 by Tim McGuire Images

From time to time I go running and for walks in Discovery Park in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle. It really is a beautiful park. I was interested in trying out this HDR photography (High Dynamic Range) technique so last week I went to Discovery Park and a few other places to make some test shots.  HDR is made to capture contrasty scenes through multiple exposures and combine those different exposures to make one High Dynamic Range image.

I bought Photomatix, a software program many people say is useful for doing this technique and I tried following the instructions I found on Trey Ratcliff’s tutorial on HDR as well as those instructions I found on the Photomatix website. Both resources were just OK and left a lot of details out.  The software also seemed a bit “buggy” but maybe I just didn’t know what I was doing… I was frustrated they didn’t have very detailed instructions of how to using the Photomatix plugin for Adobe Lightroom using RAW files.  I guess Trey wants people to buy his book.

I will keep trying this technique because if done well it can make some truly unique imagery.  I found there is definitely a learning curve and not every subject works well for HDR.  I’ve found that complex and detailed subject matter combined with movement (tree branches moving slightly in the wind) can be somewhat problematic.  Wide angle lenses and chromatic aberration can also cause problems.

Here are some samples of what I came up with that afternoon.