Janet Dwyer’s Amazing ‘Scanography’

From time to time we find a photographer who is doing something very interesting or totally unique and Janet Dwyer is one. A fine art photographer from British Columbia, Janet has been doing ‘Scanography’ for years, creating a unique body of work that has gained her widespread recognition.

When I first heard the term ‘Scanography’ I, like many, thought “what?” In simple terms, Scanography is creating images using a scanner instead of a camera. Sounds cool! I gotta know more, so I contacted Janet and asked if she could tell us just what Scanography is, how she does it, her career, and show us some of her work.

Janet Dwyer:

The year 2013 will mark the fortieth year of my full time commitment to photography as a career.  During this time I have worked within the industry in many different capacities, primarily as a freelance photographer, photo instructor and photo artist.  My freelance specialty is documenting works of art for well known and lesser artists, museums and galleries.  I have conducted workshops on this subject across Canada and written an article which was published in ‘Stayin Alive, Robin Hopper’s survival book for artists.

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The Art of The Adventure With Photographer Tyler Roemer

Tyler Roemer is an adventure sports photographer based in Bend, Oregon. He shoots just about any activity for stock and has a growing list of clients such as Outside Magazine, Ibis Bicycles, Sporthill Clothing, and more.

We discovered Tyler being featured on the National Geographic Adventure website and asked him to tell us a little about his career.

Please tell us how you got started & how long you have been in the business.

I got into outdoor adventure photography in the mid 90’s with documenting my friends snowboarding & skateboarding. Skateboarding was a big part of my life back then, we wanted to remember & capture certain tricks of the random places we ventured to.  Seems that I always had my camera on my side with a fixed 50mm & a roll of B&W film in it.

Since then my photography has merged into other outdoor aspects that I love, such as mountain biking, hiking, camping, climbing & the outdoor lifestyle. I majored in the outdoor field through Oregon State University by getting a Bachelors Degree in Tourism & Outdoor Leadership. While still in school & taking business classes I decided it was time to make myself an official entity & I started my photography business.

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Business Resources: A Follow Up to 5 Reasons to Have a Business Plan

Editors note: in his post last week, photographer Drake Fleege provided some convincing reasons why we should all have a business plan and this week he provides some great resources to help you with yours.

Have you ever started on a trip only to have the wrong map, or your GPS constantly proclaims “recalculating”?   That’s about what it is like writing your first business plan, having no idea where to start.  As you attempt to put the words into a logical, meaningful document, your mind keeps reciting ‘recalculating’.

Following on the heels of “Five Reasons to have a Business Plan”, it was suggested that a second post include templates and links to business planning sites.  From that suggestion came the birth of this list.

An editorial disclaimer: This list is by no means complete of all possible sources.  Inclusion does not imply endorsement over sites that are not listed.  Where I have personally utilized the sites or information, I’ve so noted.

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Interview with Pro Nature Photographer Brenda Tharp

Brenda Tharp has been a professional nature and travel photographer for over 20 years. Her stock and assignment photography has been widely published and includes Sunset Magazine, National Geographic, Outdoor Photographer, Sierra, Travel Holiday, Audubon, British Gas, Kodak, and many more.

She has written for many publication about photography including Outdoor Photographer, Shutterbug’s Outdoor and Nature Photography, Apogee Magazine, Photo Migrations, Petersen’s, and more. She is a highly respected and sought after workshop and tour leader, has been featured in Canon’s Photo Safari television series, and is the author of the highly popular book: Creative Outdoor and Nature Photography.

We had the chance to chat with Brenda about her passion for photography, love of the outdoors, the business of photography, and her stunning images.

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5 Reasons to Have a Business Plan

by Drake Fleege

“Failing to plan is planning to fail”.  These words, credited to Winston Churchill, are as valid today as when he first shared this insight.  How appropriate to consider this phrase for our own business, not only in the current economic environment but into the future – the future of our choosing.

Making the assumption we want to be operating our photography as a business, a written plan is essential.  But why should I have a written plan when I have it in my head – one might ask? Read on for the answer…

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Favorite Places: Rockport, Massachusetts

There are plenty of fabulous places to photograph and each and every one of us has a place that we consider a favorite.

One of mine is Rockport, Massachusetts, a small fishing village North of Boston on Cape Ann. I first visited the area back in the 80’s and since that first visit I knew I would be back for a visit anytime I visited New England.

My first visit back then couldn’t have been more perfect. The first stop on my list a was the Rockport boat harbor with it’s idyllic look and quaint New England charm, it was the perfect example of a small and historic fishing village.  It was the first place I wanted to photograph.

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Planning Your Marketing Strategy for The New Year

It is the New Year and time to plan your marketing strategy for the next 12 months. With the economy still slumping, the need to plan a sound strategy is important. Customers have slashed budgets and maybe you have to, but the photographer whose entire effort is waiting for the phone to ring will probably be waiting awhile. An occasional direct mail promotional piece still works and is effective in branding and keeping your name out there, but there are plenty of ways to aggressively market with a low cost or non-existent budget.

Develop a plan and write it down. It is too broad to simply write “make more sales.” That is obvious. Rather, how do you plan to make more sales and get more assignments? Write down your ideas and organize them into logical steps with a plan of action. What steps will you do each month, each week, and each day? These ideas require their own steps of action and the more thoroughly you list those steps the easier to follow through.  They should include where you are now, where you want to be, and the strategy you will use to get there.

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The Role of Negotiations

by Drake Fleege

It’s a great day – the photo buyer has made contact to license your image.  To facilitate this transaction it is necessary to ask a few questions.  The generic questions are of importance.  These include: the image selected, intended utilization, (cover, inside, image size), publication, distribution, and frequency of use.  These questions are easily handled with most photo licensing calculators.  If this is all that is needed, the image can be licensed and sale made, assuming the calculator returned a figure within the licensee’s budget.  The transaction becomes essentially a commodity purchase, regardless of the price of the license fee or the quality of the image.

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Rights Managed Licensing and Negotiations

by Drake Fleege

In my previous life, before fulltime photography, I was selling large two-way radio communication systems for Motorola.   In addition to marketing our solutions, solving problems,  building relationships,  and ultimately selling the systems, a key part was negotiations.   To me, this was the most fun, as it required learning the customer’s needs and offer solutions that would satisfy those requirements.

Early on I learned that money (i.e. cost) was not the largest concern, though it was the one item most often mentioned.   I also learned (through many training sessions and experience) that a successful negotiations should have many points for discussion.  It is through negotiating different items that offers and counteroffers can occur, trust can be established, and a win-win solution can be obtained.  If there is only one item on the negotiations table, such as price, the result will never be a win-win situation.  There can only be one winner and one loser.  Unfortunately that’s not negotiations but rather a zero-sum game.  All or nothing.

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