Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Interview with a Photographer.

Hey! What's up, holy moly. I was interviewed recently by and Artist website called Jitzul.com. The girl that interviewed me was Alicia, she extremely well spoken and definitely asked all the right questions I thought. Actually I thought I talked a little too much but hey I'm a quarter Italian what can I say. Apparently she found us on photographers.com where for the most part we're always on the first page. Its a bit of a long interview about 30 minutes, so just work away and let it play in the background if your going to listen.

Yesterday I was chatting up my uncle, William F. Duffy. He's a world renowned sculptor in his class and he's carved everything from bronze, granite to white Italian marble. His works can be found literally from here to China. I've been to his studio in Baltimore, Maryland and he's just an incredible inspiration to me. I'm really stoked he called me yesterday to talk about art, politics and a possible new client for me largeart.com. They're located in LA and need their large statues archived so hopefully we'll be able to hook them up.

Also if you have the time have a look at this guy for Automotive Photography, yes his name is Michael Moore. Not the one you're thinking of though. We're photographing a sweet Volkswagon R32 this weekend, will post!

Monday, June 22, 2009

The "Why" of Social Media. (Repost from LinkedIn)

This is an awesome little blip about the reasons for Social Media in our generation. The gentleman who posted it to LinkedIn, Kyle Blades and his company Rebel, apparently do a ton of research in the evolution of what consumers want. I found it to be extremely upbeat and lifting.

The "why" of social media

For those of you that are sick of hearing me talk, here is what some other people have said about the power of social media:

Social media is not a fad. It is not going away. It is not just for teenagers. It is fundamentally re-engineering the way we communicate with consumers, with each other and the way we promote and sell our goods and services. If you are not making this a part of your business and marketing plan, know that your competitors are. The social media train is picking up steam. If you don’t get on board, you’ll be left at the station. (Chuck Schuele)

Social media is transforming marketing as we know it. Marketers should first of all listen or read what consumers are saying about their brand within these social networks before doing anything. They’re powerful communication tools and are becoming an essential part of successful marketing strategies. (Geri Weiland)

I use social media for networking and to reach additional groups of people that I may not otherwise have access to (those that are located in different states, etc). (Steffany Caputo)

I first got onto it out of necessity, as social media has become normal business practice. I’ve found that LinkedIn has allowed penetration into areas I would not have had otherwise. (Sue Rhodes)

If I don’t, I feel left out. (Scott S. Seroka)

I think it gives power to readers/audiences. They can come together and form communities either in support or against of anything. (Nitin Walia)

From a business, brand and internal alignment point of view, I/we use social media for relevance. Relevance for demonstrating truth behind a value proposition, relevance in demonstrating thought leadership, relevance in promoting/creating relationships and community interaction. (Lou Thurmon)

I have been using LinkedIn first and foremost to get connected and build a business network outside my physical area and secondly to use it to take the pulse of what is going on in with businesses–basically to see what the predominate thinking is on sales, marketing and the state of business these days. (Holly Rotman-Zaid)

Inbound marketing. From a business perspective, devoting a percentage of the marketing plan to allow for your audience to come to you, instead of you going to them. (Pete Iacovazzi)

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who put effort into describing why they choose social media.

-Kyle Blades

Friday, June 19, 2009

Agency Access.

Last year, I used this company to get in on some higher end clientele. It worked to some extent, but my subscription ended in January or February. Those were tougher months for us here and when things started looking up I jumped on the bandwagon of Photoserve.com, Photographers.com, and spent some monies elsewhere. Yesterday I joined Altpick.com and also took the time to rejoin in the fun of being able to get ACCESS to all the big wigs up at Saatchi & Saatchi for example with the service of Agency Access. So basically you build lists based on what you want to shoot. If you want to shoot Automotive Editorials, they'll have a list of the editor's emails for every vehicle magazine know to man. You purchase a region area with individuals, ad agencies, magazines, manufacturers, that are looking for the services of a photographer or artist. You also purchase an amount of emails say like 12,000. Meaning if I send out an e-flier/email to 600 agencies I can send those out 24 times. They also have the printing of postcards and mailers and so forth as well. Now, when you get this list you MUST come up with something catchy to send in your email blasts for your embedded e-flier. The idea is, say I'm an Art Buyer for a large Ad Agency sifting through TONS of photographers from all over the country, never mind the world, and I'm getting emails from a hundred everyday. So the Photographer that is emailing me THROUGH Agency Access (along with a hundred others that day) has to have a catchy "ad" and subject line to get my attention or else you get the old delete button. Its quite insane actually. Here's my three that I'm starting out with and scheduling today for the next four weeks or so. I'm going to tell them what I want them to do. And that's to "Come Create With Us." Enjoy.





She's my Queen and I am her King. She totally rocks. Its great to be in love with your best friend as well.



Thursday, June 18, 2009

A Tale of Two Photographers. (take two)

Part of posting these chats is, that you think, "Oh man, what is this going to do for my career." And my thought on that is, it will do incredible things! C'mon, not everyone is perfect or writes perfectly, or THINKS of everything in great taste... However its FUNNY at the time. I mean seriously, do you think that Dane Cook (as an artist) thinks twice about the jargon he's running on stage? Of course he doesn't, the better he makes it the more YOU laugh and the more success he has in his career. I'm sure he's a funny guy outside of his stand-up and movies, but I'm sure he's not running around chasing girls with his willy and talking about masterbation either. When you have two good friends with great chemistry and the atmosphere is full of laughs, shouldn't you SHARE that with someone? Otherwise it ends up in email box somewhere in cyberland. I say screw that. I want to show you I'm REAL. I think you can see from my work, I take it seriously and where I wouldn't post this stuff to my website, I think the BLOG is the website 2.0. made to let you understand that we as people can maybe be artists in every sense of the word.

I've changed my friend's company and name to keep it real for him. Just know he's a badass, just published a book and works for a major journalism publication.

11:36 AM Bob: "energy flows where attention goes" thats why I jerk off
me: lolol
11:37 AM no video chat with you??
11:38 AM Bob: haha, no... we just moved to a new building (its so fuckin dope by the way, posh, very posh... Greenwhich Village area) but I am closer to my boss and co workers so I can't be bustin a vid chat! haha
11:39 AM me: Ahhh
They upgrade the building
but can't pay the Bob huh?
Vanity Fare! spits
pa tooey
Bob: ? I get paid?
me: I meant keeping you
11:41 AM Bob: oh, well hopefully they will... my tombstone isn't engraved just yet there's still the fleeting chance. Plus, they set aside money for this building like 3 years ago but yeah WTF come on... hire a Bob today and you won't regret a single day... well unless you come drinkin with me!
11:42 AM me: right!
11:43 AM Just put 750 labels on postcards
Shoulda paid a monkey to do it
11:45 AM Bob: like Chabot? he climbs things and slings feces
me: I heard he got a tree in the tooth once
11:46 AM Picture this
You're over there at Vanity Fare editing away with headphones on, impervious to your boss standing behind you
Meanwhile we're having a video chat and a game of charades
11:47 AM Bob: holy shit... I just turned around to make sure
me: and I'm dancing around like a spider monkey
That would be right out of a comedy
Bob: and I am laughing and clapping
me: lolololol
Bob: hahaaa
clapping LOL!
me: Making seal noises
11:48 AM The funny thing
is I'm laughing and clapping right now
from that
Bob: hahaa
me: That's funny
Bob: right
me: ooooo
Bob: until it really happens
me: right again!
Bob: and I wouldn't put it past us
11:49 AM me: yeah me niether
"There was a time son,"
11:50 AM when you father worked for Vanity Fare in NYC
Bob: and he got fired
cuz ....
me: But your Uncle Peter Came on a video chat
Bob: hahahaa
me: "What's a video chat?"
It was before holograms son
Bob: hahaha!
me: "Oh"
11:51 AM Bob: hey, what did you type on Brando's facebook page
me: Why?
Was he pissed?
I wrote
Bob: no, he told me to check out his page.. but I couldn't right away and then when I got the chance nothin was there
11:52 AM me: That I was coming down to see him this Friday
or Saturday
and that he should just order the Coke
NOT the hookers
Because the recession was killing me
Bob: Peter.... hahahaa :(
are you still goin down
11:53 AM me: I think he's out
but I am as soon as he's back for sure
Bob: out where?
me: I wanna shoot his Audi
Bob: Catalina?
me: Oh who knows probable
They're D-Bags to him sometimes
11:54 AM We talked about it last time he was here
11:55 AM Bob: yeah, its hard when you have so many ideas and the big companies move like Gian Sloth's
11:56 AM me: Ok buddy
I'm going to shoot a new
Cadillac CTS up in Santa Barbara
Life's tough
Bob: right
me: I move like
a mongoose
No sloths here
Bob: or a bunny rabbit that just had an enima
but thats good
11:57 AM me: Gonna have a sweet portfoloi peice
Check this
Bob: hahaha
me: This guys is going to mentor me
Bob: God?
He does illustrations
for all the big car cos
11:58 AM but he's going to show me how to get some great effects from my images in Photoshop
Bob: shweet
me: Oh he's nasty
Check him out
I have to pay him
Bob: yeah, that industry is so much photoshop reliant
these days
me: but he's the shiz
Bob: cool
maybe if you sleep with him he will show you a few more tricks or two. LOL
11:59 AM LOL!!!!
me: Like trick pony
Bob: just joshin yuh
ok dude
been slackin at work to long now
gotta jetta 2. slow outta here
me: ok
Bob: adios

A Tale of Two Photographers.

I just thought that the chats that you get into while working sometimes are hilarious. This thought came to me last night and I copied and pasted to share in the funniestness. Maybe you'll find it funny, maybe you won't. I know we're having fun. He's currently an editor at a major publication on the moon.

10:34 AM Bob: you are somethin else Duffy
me: why?
10:35 AM Bob: hahaa, just jokin
me: oh
I was like
Bob: hahaa, guilty kid
me: I nose
See the new port piece?
Bob: I sent you an email just about a minute
10:36 AM me: #1 on the website
check it.
Bob: port piece? oh ok I am checkin it now
10:37 AM Bob: yeah, very nice
me: mmmm
Bob: car looks clean
but I got an idea
me: Its brand new
Bob: that branch in the frame
me: go for it
10:38 AM Bob: it would be cool if branches were all around the car and it felt like you were catching a glimpse of rare unseen car like a forrest fairy... HAHAHAA!!! but seriously.,, hahaa you know what I am saying?
me: I do
10:39 AM Bob: like this majestic car/unicorn
me: but yeah no
Bob: hnhahaaa
me: lol
I wonder if this woman for the
3 day wedding event
has more money than brains
Bob: but for real it could be kinda cool... "Introducing the new 4 wheel drive __ the only one like it in its class
10:40 AM yeah
me: Drivin by fairies
yes I get it
Talked to Brandon for awhile yesterday
Bob: hahahaa or San Franciscans or Cyboks... wait he has a bike... fairy
me: hahahahahahha
Bob: whats Brando up to
me: She could just hire a photobooth
10:41 AM or HIRE me to be there with a custom photobooth
Bob: yeah
I mean it sounds like there is some cash there
serious cash
me: Should I call her?
or email
10:42 AMBob: eh, think it through and then if you want to do it I would call
10:43 AM cuz when there's this much money there's usually bitches and fussy people so they may ask a lot of you but if the cash is right I would think about it. Maybe get a second shooter... a decent second shooter and both of you run the show
me: I can build a photobooth
no problem
small and nice
10:44 AM covered with whatever color
she has for the wedding
whatdya think
Bob: C stands or light stands w/ curtains pop a 50mm at 2.2 and you got a photobooth... oh straight on flash
me: right
Bob: right?
me: right
Bob: right
10:45 AM me: tight!
Bob: hahaaa
10:46 AM whats Brando up to?
10:48 AM Bob: word, where are they located
me: dunno
la maybe
Bob: col
me: I love the word "dunno"
Bob: right
me: its funny and effective
Bob: I dig
so whats brandon's deal dude
me: Like, "Duh... dunno"
Bob: hahahaa
10:49 AM me: He's good
Bob: lol
me: just working
Dylan: you goin down or he comin up..., lol
me: I was going to visit hime this weekend
Bob: wait
me: but he's Chief No-Cash
Got his car towed
Bob: wha?
me: Yeha

6 minutes
10:59 AM Gonna buy a bike soon
Road bike
11:00 AM Bicycle if you will

28 minutes
11:28 AM me: Hey you there
what do you think of this?

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Lunar Eclipse.

This was a Lunar Eclipse on the day the Red Sox won the World Series in 2004. Kinda neat. It was right about the time I knew I wanted photography to be something great in my life.


Retouch, take two.

Since this photog kind of gave me a bit of constructive criticism, and I haven't in awhile, I felt the need for a new post. She's right though, Halos in HDR reek of bad HDR. In my defense on the final image, (its #3 at that link) it was cropped so that the trees were out, and the skyline, though minimal was cropped out of the final image as well. I really just put those up to show the difference in an image out-of-camera and one that had been really retouched. The fact is on large automotive photography shoots, there is almost always a professional retoucher there as soon as the image is taken on a tether from camera to computer. We are still in the minor leagues, however I feel like we're getting there. I actually enjoy massaging and kneading the image until the final result. I feel like it is as much of the final look of the image as the photography is. Here's another from yesterday to illustrate my point, it took most of the day to do and I'm really pleased with the results.