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I am a professional photographer and I've been shooting for newspapers, magazines, commercial clients and artists for over 30 years. I have shot stock photography for dozens of years and in 1977 created West Stock (Seattle, WA) which was one of the first to produce stock photo CDs and later one of the first to establish an online stock photo slaes site. I have a new book on digital photography "PHOTOGRAPHING ARTS, CRAFTS AND COLLECTIBLES (Lark Books, 2007)which is available at, and in bookstores like Barnes & Noble and Borders. I have another book, CAPTURE THE LIGHT which will be puiblished in November, 2008. I write 20-30 feature articles and columns for regional and national publications a year. My education includes studying with photographers like Cornell Capa, Duane Michels and Oliver Gagliani (from the Ansel Adams Center.)

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2016-11-27 Craft Photography:

Nila     Small graduated backgrounds are difficult to find and most kits have either white backgrounds of a set of colors. You might contact Glazer's Cameras in Seattle as they sometimes have some.   

2016-11-26 Craft Photography:

Hi Nila   There are lots of really inexpensive backdrop/light tents systems. I've listed a couple I found on eBAy.   The trick to getting pop out of pictures is to use a background that emphasizes the

2015-08-13 Ze Whiz Kidz photos:

Michael  Well it is so good to hear from you. It has been to say the least a long time since I last saw you. How are you? What’s happening in your world?  Ze Whiz kids for Bumbershoot. Cool.  But first

2015-05-30 Aperture with studio strobes:

Starting with aperture stops. There are the standard F/stops of F/4, F/5.6, F/8, F/11, F/16 etc.. There is no F/10 or F/12. .     I have no idea what "many studio photographers" do but stopping down a

2014-11-05 Norddeutscher Lloyd photograph:

Gee Amber there really isn't much to go on here. While the activity is the unloading of what might be a crabber that doesn't tell me much.  But you have a great resource there in Seattle. The UW Library


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