Monday, June 22, 2009

A Photographic icon for 74 Years... Today KODACHROME Concludes It's Last Run

The Eastman Kodak Co. announced Monday it's retiring its oldest film stock because of declining customer demand in an increasingly digital age.
The world's first commercially successful color film, immortalized in song by Simon, spent 74 years in Kodak's portfolio. It enjoyed its heyday in the 1950s and '60s but in recent years has nudged closer to obscurity: Sales of Kodachrome are now just a fraction of 1 percent of the company's total sales of still-picture films, and only one commercial lab in the world still processes it. See the full story from Yahoo HERE. See Kodak site HERE for a tribute and Great Moments Taken with KODACHROME.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Tenderloin or Taco_?

The state of the advertising business can be summed up pretty easily, more for less. Give me more services for less pay. It is happening across the board right now. What is it exactly that you want? Do you want to sell your products? Selling your products consist of one of the most important things, a visual advertisement... professional photographic imagery that sells the product... and that costs money. After all the time and money going into developing and producing a product, it's the image that grabs the attention of potential buyers and sells the product ... Just look at most of the photographs that catalogs offer on the internet, they are cheap looking and very badly executed, camera inputs are wrong or they're shooting with a cheap camera that does not support camera adjustments, and lighting usually sucks. I do see a trend happening with some of your bigger companies producing better photography online, and there are many print catalogs that have consistently produced beautiful photography. You get what you pay for. Some companies don't realize how many more sales they can execute had they put more thought, and better photography (this costs more $money$) into their layouts, print or internet, but eventually they stay competitive and make money. Spend the money on a tenderloin, sales will benefit, and it tastes better.

Photoshop Tutorial

Blue Angels

Shot the Blue Angels at Wisconsin's Southwest Regional Airport this past weekend and learned that 1/1250 of a second still is not fast enough to stop action on these bad boys_God Bless America.