Thursday, September 30, 2010 - photo website of the week

Last night I was reading PDN (Photo District News) magazine and I came across an article about a photo website called It is is a full screen magazine featuring photography and art, edited and published by Julie Grahame in New York.

Submissions are welcome. I just emailed some of my work to her. Maybe you or someone you know may be interested in doing the same?

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Graphic Designers/Product Photographers

In 2008 I was mostly freelancing as a Graphic Designer or Art Director and selling my photos as fine art. In many of the freelance gigs I was working at I was asked to either photograph products and or events because I have photography on my resume.

This gave me the idea that I needed to improve my lighting skills in photography so I could offer both services to help promote businesses. This is what I have been doing for the last few years as well as assisting pro photographers and marketing multi creative services to others.

Through my efforts many folks have asked me, "so are you a Graphic Designer or a Photographer?" I reply with, "I can do both".

What people don't understand is that photography has become less technical and a little bit easier to create beautiful images. You still need experience and technical knowledge under your belt but it is feasible.

This is why I was very satisfied when I read the Craigslist Graphic Designer/Product Photographer job post below (others are realizing that this concept is possible!) :

Graphic Designer/ Product Photographer (Hollywood, FL)

Date: 2010-09-21, 10:30AM EDT
Reply to: [Errors when replying to ads?]

Very successful and growing South Florida Company, requires an experienced Graphic Designer/ Product photographer for immediate start-full time position.

The job will entail designing banners for multiple websites for e-marketing and on site sales, some web-page redesign and updates, logo design, print ads for high end magazines, posters, certificates and instruction manuals plus miscellaneous design jobs. Some HTML knowledge is required, in order to work effectively with the marketing department in producing e-marketing campaigns/ newsletters etc.

Along with design, there will be Photoshop work in assisting the imaging department silhouetting product shots. Someone with additional product photography experience will be highly regarded. Strong Photoshop skills are essential along with entire Adobe Creative Suite Design skills InDesign, Illustrator, etc.

If you do not have the necessary skills outlined above please do not reply to this posting.

If you believe you do have the necessary skills, reply to this post with “Graphic Designer/ Photographer” in the subject line. Please include 3-5 samples of recent design/ photography work and your resume with a contact phone number. Please be ready to interview this week for the position.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Potato Digital - NYC Creative Studio

David Lawrence is a reputable product photographer in NYC that I assisted on a Ralph Lauren product shoot for Forbes magazine a month ago. His work is fabulous! I'd like to suggest viewing it at

This afternoon David and I met at 71 Irving coffee shop to talk about collaborating on an idea he has started about offering quality photos at reasonable prices. This concept has turned into

We were brainstorming about how Potato Digital can be different from the rest. Then thought to not only offer photo services but digital design services as well. For example, designing online and print marketing collateral (e-blasts, e-zines, mailers, brochures, etc) with the photos he shoots to help promote your business. This is possible because he has many years of professional photography experience and I have been a Graphic Designer for 10 years.

With Potato Digital creative services not only will you get quality photography but you also get colorful and creative designs to help bring your business to the next level.

What do you think of this concept?

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Guess The Lighting Blog

Do you ever look at a photograph and wonder how the photographer set his or her lights? If you would like to get a better idea of how photo pros light their subjects check out Ted Sabarese's blog. He looks at a photo and with his wacom tablet he draws how the photographer lit his or her subject. I think this is brilliant! Don't you?