Earth Under Fire on Exhibit in DC

Gary Braasch’s large-scale color photographs from the book  “Earth Under Fire: How Global Warming is Changing the World”  ( a book called “essential reading for every citizen” by Al Gore ) are currently on exhibit.
A companion exhibit for kids, parents and school groups, “How We Know About Our Changing Climate” will highlight how scientists study climate change and how youth can learn to be citizen scientists. Includes kids taking action, in the films “Young Voices on Climate Change,” produced by Lynne Cherry
The opening is tonight November 18.
The exhibit runs from November 12 – March 15, weekdays 8-5 at …
American Association for the Advancement of Science
1200 New York Avenue NW
Washington DC 20005
Find a preview and and the book here.
Read Gary Braasch’s insights on global warming here.

Packing & Shipping

Getting there. It’s important. How you do this is a sign of professionalism.
Imagine. Your work is great. Your prints are great. Your mats are great. Your frames are great.  Your presentation and follow up materials are great. But, you ship it all in a thin cardboard box that looks like it was put together by a serial killer. You use a cheap delivery service, so, after having gone missing for several days, your work arrives late. The damp remains smell like they’ve been chainsmoking and they look like they’ve been stepped on by an elephant. Everything is damaged – including your professional relationships and your reputation. After all the care you put into your work, it looks bad and so do you. You’ll have to absorb additional expenses. You just made more work for yourself and for the person receiving your work. Your exhibit is in now in a state of crisis. Your customer is dissatisfied. You may lose the opportunity or the sale you just made. What can you do to avoid this?
1 Pack your work professionally.
2 Use a professional shipping service.
Read the rest in the current issue of Photoshop User.
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Use Writing to Help Clarify Your Story

I’m getting ready for my White Sands workshop this coming weekend. Reviewing my sketches and writings from previous trips, I got more ideas. After many trips to White Sands, I thought I knew exactly what I needed to do but now I’m sure there’s more. So I’ll write and sketch more on the way there, while I’m there, and afterward.
If every pictures tells a Story
Writing can help clarify your story.
You can read 8 different types of statements on White Sands in my free PDF.
Find out more about my White Sands workshop here.
Stay tuned for live blog posts during the workshop!

Creativity Quotes on Twitter

Everyday I post quotes on creativity on Twitter.
Here are some of my favorites.
If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite. – William Blake
Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground. – Rumi
We do not see the world as it is. We see the world as we are. – The Talmud
The only real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. – Marcel Proust
Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. – Andre Gide
Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. – T.S. Eliot
Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.  – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
You can read the quotes I post on Twitter in the top right of this blog.
You can find many more and “Follow” me on my Twitter page here.

Commercial Photographer – 1 of the 15 Most Stressful Jobs

Commercial photographer is rated one of the fifteen most stressful, lowest-paying jobs in the United States, according to a Payscale.com survey published on CNNMoney.com.
In alphabetic order here are the top 15.
1. Assisted living director
2. Commercial photographer
3. Curator
4. Film/television producer
5. Fundraiser
6. High school teacher
7. Marriage/family therapist
8. Membership director
9. Minister
10. Music ministry director
11. News reporter
12. Probation/parole officer
13. Social worker
14. Special events coordinator
15. Substance abuse counselor
Find out more about each here.
50 best jobs.
Top paying jobs.

Elements of Water – Deadline November 17, 2009

I’m selecting the winners for The Center for Fine Art Photography’s upcoming juried exhibit Elements of Water.
You could be included if you enter by November 17 .
Water is both physical and symbolic. Water can be a solid, liquid or gas. It covers 71% of the earth’s surface. Water fascinates us with the way it moves and transforms. It can be a destructive force and a life giving element. Without it we would not survive, but too much and our lives would be drastically altered. Elements of Water will showcase how diverse water can truly be.
Exhibition and Awards
With selection for this exhibition, artists and their work will be seen by an international audience of collectors, curators, art consultants and others who appreciate the fine art of photography.
• Juror’s Selection Award: $300
• Director’s Selection Award: $200
• Artists’ ShowCase Online Awards: Two artists will receive a year subscriptions to Artists’ ShowCase Online, a $120 value (preview at www.artists-showcase.org)
• Gallery Visitor’s Choice Award: $100
• All exhibitors are included in the Center’s online gallery
Entry Fee
• The entry fee for non-members is $35 USD for the first three images.
• The entry fee for members of The Center for Fine Art Photography is $20.00 USD for 3 images.
• Additional images may be submitted for $10 each. There is no limit to the number of images that may be submitted. Applicants signing up for membership at the time they submit their work for jurying may become a member and meet the entry fee for a total of $77.00 USD.
Important Dates
• Entries due: November 17, 2009
• Notice of acceptance: November 30, 2009
• Exhibition dates: February 19 – March 13, 2010
• Reception: March 5, 2010
Note: images accepted by The Center for Fine Art Photography for exhibition in the previous 12 months are NOT eligible. Images previously submitted but not accepted for exhibition may be resubmitted as often as you wish.
Find out more here.


Every picture tells a story. Every picture? Every picture!
Even abstract images tell stories. The stories they tell are not about their subjects. By definition they don’t have subjects. Or do they? They have themselves. So they tell stories about themselves. They tell stories about the things that make them –  color, line, texture, shape, proportion, etc. How all of those things relate is a drama of form.
How many kinds of stories are there? There are scientific stories that tell us what things are and how they work. There are historical stories that tell us how things were, how they changed, and what they’ve become today – some even speculate about how things will be tomorrow. There are emotional stories that tell us how people respond emotionally to things. There may be more kinds of stories, but these are the big ones. When it comes to images, the stories they tell are usually only about a few kinds of things. The images themselves. The things images contain. The processes things go through. The feelings people have in response to things and processes. The concepts created through interpretation. Things – Nouns. Processes – Verbs. Feelings – Adjectives and Adverbs. Concepts – Abstract Ideas.
So if every picture tells a story, one way to determine the strength of an image is to ask, “How strong is the story?” Put another way, one way to improve your images is to tell stronger stories. A story doesn’t have to be big or dramatic to be strong; it just has to be told well. Tell stories strongly. Tell them with stronger form; tell them by more clearly delineating actions; tell them by disclosing emotional responses more passionately; tell them by inspiring us to find the bigger picture beyond each picture or group of pictures …
Read the rest in the current issue of AfterCapture magazine.
Find more in my free Creativity Lessons.
Learn more in my Workshops.