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Featured and interviewed on the Daminion blog

Featured and interviewed on the Daminion blog

Daminion is a DAM software that I discovered quite a while back following an article I wrote here on DAMs (digital asset management systems). It is one of few modern and actively maintained and updated tool to manage your photo library. The founder of Daminion, Murat Korkmazov contributed a number of comments on my article […]

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Wine Companion Rioja feature

Wine travel feature in The Wine Companion with BKWine photography

It is a particular pleasure when a feature article is fully illustrated with your pictures. It is different from having the odd image used as an illustration. This is what happened recently when the Wine Companion did a feature article on wine travel in the Rioja wine region in Spain The Wine Companion, or giving […]

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Fish at a market stall in Italy

How to set the correct price on your photography

Yikes! Someone wants to buy my picture! How should I price my photographs? What price to put on your photography is important. For your own sake you should see to it that you get a fair price, even if you are not a professional photographer. And for the sake of all the professional photographers out […]

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Scattered tips on how to turn photography from a hobby to a professional business

Scattered tips on how to turn photography from a hobby to a professional business

A friend asked “I am an amateur photographer. What do I need to do to turn my hobby into professional photography?” I feel a bit guilty in this context since I have been telling him that he is really a very talented photographer. So now I have to own up to it. Here are some […]

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Pricing and licensing: the importance of licensing terms

Pricing and licensing: the importance of licensing terms

A comment from James Cook on the continuing series of posts on pricing and licensing tools points out the importance of the actual licensing terms. In most cases when you price photo licensing you agree terms for a specific use, especially if it is traditional “rights managed” (RM) licensing and not “royalty free” (although “RF” […]

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Oak barrel aging cellar

Useful info on copyright, licensing and pricing from ASMP

Following the two recent posts on pricing and licensing I had a suggestion from photographer Judy Herrmann to take a look at all the information that the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) makes available on their site. Indeed, you can find lots of useful info on the ASMP site. For example: On copyright in […]

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A street market stall selling red bell peppers

More photo pricing tools: HindSight’s Photo Price Guide

Yesterday I started a series on photography pricing and licensing tools. It is simply a link collection to applications and sites that can be useful for, you guessed, photo licensing pricing. The photographer David Riecks quickly came in with one additional pricing tool suggestion: HindSight’s Photo Price Guide. It is a pricing tool similar to […]

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Sign advertising sales of wine in the wine shop

Photography licensing and pricing tools & information

It is becoming more and more important that the photographer understands pricing and licensing and can set pricing terms independently. Historically there was more or less “industry standard” pricing, especially for editorial stock photography. That is still true to some extent, but much less so than before. I have started a new link list category […]

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A glass of wine filled with Moscato de Pantelleria in a restaurant on Sicily, Italy

Selected and exhibited at the Oenovideo Festival

One of my photographs has been selected to be featured at the Oenovideo festival in Carcassonne this year Oenovideo is a yearly festival and competition for videos on wine. Each year the festival takes place in a different wine producing region. This year it will be in the Languedoc, in the magnificent city of Carcassonne. […]

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Baccarat crystal glasses on a table

International Culinary Photography Festival – edition 2013

And competition on the theme “Luxury and Celebration” It is again time for the International Culinary Photography Festival in Paris. This year it will take place in Paris from November 8 to 26, 2013. It is a long time until then but it is worth while noting it already since there is also a competition. […]

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New computer, new Photoshop, new wide gamut monitor: setting Colour Management preferences

The importance of Colour Management settings in Photoshop Figuring out how to manage colour is not always easy. I have recently changed to a new computer that came with a wide gamut RGB LED screen that supposedly has fantastic colours. I also upgraded to the latest version of Photoshop. (On a side note: If you […]

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Barrel in the ageing cellar at Clos des Langres, Domaine d'Ardhuy, Nuits-St-Georges, Burgundy

Burgundian wine cellars and old barrels have a certain charm, thinks a Swedish newspaper

Many wine producers in burgundy are small. they have old, vaulted, underground cellars filled wine oak barrels with wine. It is almost a secretive atmosphere when you walk in one of those cellars. It certainly makes you think about time that passes, or seems as if it stands still and that time have not changed […]

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Hospices de Beaune sign, Le Bas des Teurons, Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Burgundy, France

An unusual Burgundian coat of arms in a French magazine

This coat of arms is placed in a vineyard in Burgundy to indicate that this specific vineyard is the property of Les Hospices de Beaune, the organisation that also runs the annual wine auctions in Burgundy. The picture was recently licensed to a French magazine.  

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Andre Perret of Cave P et Andre Perret in Chavannay, Rhone, France

Three recent publications: Chateau Figeac, Languedoc and Rhone

Here are three recent publications, all in the same issue of one of the world’s leading wine magazines: The back side of Chateau Figeac in Saint Emilion, Bordeaux with vineyard in the foreground Frédéric Pourtalié, Domaine Montcalmes, with big rocks called “tetes de mort” head of dead people or skulls. Terrasses de Larzac. Languedoc. Terroir […]

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The Creation of a Wine, cover

Our latest book wins prizes in Sweden and internationally

Our latest book is called Wine and the Environment, Organic, Biodynamic and Natural (“Vinet och miljön, ekologiskt, biodynamiskt och naturligt” in Swedish, the original language). It is a book full of facts and details about that kind of wine growing and those types of wines. Organic wines is a market niche that is growing rapidly […]

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Does Photoshelter “support” WordPress?

Had a question today on if you can use Photoshelter (as I do) and “skin” it with a WordPress theme. Here’s my answer: If Photoshelter “support” WordPress themes? Well, no and yes. 1 — Photoshelter, native Photoshelter (PS) “native”, with nothing added to it does not support WordPress themes. However, there are alternatives: A) there […]

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Should you use Photoshelter if you are a photographer?

There is a discussion going on on a forum that I participate in on if it is a good idea for a photographer to use Photoshelter. Why should a photographer consider such a thing as Photoshelter? Today it is more and more difficult for a photographer to work with “traditional” photo agencies. And they are […]

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Rose article by BKWine in Bolaget by Systembolaget, page 4

Rosé wine by BKWine in the world’s biggest (?) wine magazine

Feature article one rosé wines in Bolaget illustrated and written by BKWine Rosé article in Bolaget, with photos and text BKWine, probably the wine magazine with what may be the world’s biggest print issue. It is produced by the Swedish retail monopoly Systembolaget and is distributed for free in the shops. The print runt is […]

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The vineyard of Chateau des Fines Roches with Grenache vines and pebbly rocky galet soil and a view over the village Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Vaucluse, Rhone, Provence, France

Rhone pictures in Decanter

Earlier this year the UK publication Decanter Magazine (self proclaimed “The world’s best wine magazine”) had a feature on wines from the southern Rhone Valley. They covered regions such as the Vacqueyras, Gigondas, Chateauneuf-du-Pape etc and the wines and vineyards of all southern Cotes du Rhone. Some of the photography that they featured was from […]

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Sale is on here

A few reasons why Creative Commons for pictures is a bad idea

Here’s a question I just had from a friend when I told him that by using Creative commons he is loosing too much control of his images: “You say I shouldn’t use Creative Commons, but what do you suggest I do instead?” The first thing to think of is: “Why would you want to use […]

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Self service wine shop in Croatia

Interview with National Geographic’s Photo Editor

Listening to your customer: how National Geographic buys photography with Elizabeth Krist and Allen Murabayashi Listening to your customers is important. For stock photography it is not always obvious since you are not necessarily in direct contact with your end customer. Especially if you work with stock agencies who are usually not very keen on […]

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BKWine Photography in Four Seasons Magazine on Lisbon

BKWine Photography at the Four Seasons Hotel

Not quite in the hotel (I would like that though!) but on the Four Season Magazine’s web site. They have run a feature of great day trips from Lisbon and used one of our photos as illustration. The photograph is from a winery an hour’s drive away from Lisbon. Here’s the picture on their site: […]

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The lens / focus shifter on a DSLR

The focus / lens shifter for DSLR video focus: brilliant Kickstarter project

If you are using a DSLR to do video, and many people are these days, then you have realised that focusing on a moving object or shifting the focus from one place to another is really, really  hard. Unless you buy a pretty expensive piece of equipment that is bot heavy, bulky and sets you […]

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How old is old?

The world’s oldest living organisms in pictures How old do you think the world’s oldest living thing is? … … … No, it’s older. Rachel Sussman has made a photo project on photographing the world’s oldest living organisms. She has taken pictures of parsley, strangulating fungi, old trees, brain coral. Her starting point was that […]

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Reflections of sailboat masts in the water in the Barcelona harbour

The new Getty Images watermark

A trivial protection tool turned brilliantly into a marketing tool! Getty Images has taken a simple overlay image, the watermark, and turned it into a something that not only protects your image but also is a brilliantly engineered marketing and sales tool. To have or not to have: watermarks? Watermarks are a nuisance according to […]

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A bill and money on the table in a restaurant

US Copyright Registration with the Library of Congress, fee goes up

There is a peculiarity with US copyright legislation that is called “registering your photos with the Library of Congress”. There is no requirement to “register” your images. The copyright is yours for your pictures if you don’t as well as if you do. It is not the “ownership” of the copyright that is at issue. […]

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It is 20 years since the start of the war in Bosnia

I find it very difficult to comprehend that the war in the Balkans could and did happen. It is now twenty years since the war started in Bosnia. When the troubles started in the Balkans and when they ended depends, I guess, a bit on how you want to count. In 2006 we had the […]

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