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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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2017-04-16 Preparing images for my portfolio:

No paper size either English or European matches the frame proportions of any camera format 1:1, 9:16, 3:2 or 4:3 camera formats. And many frames sizes don't match either. The only solution I have found

2017-03-22 question:

Patty    You need to get some photo editing software and learn how to resize images. Picasa and Gimp are free programs and of course there is Photoshop Elements. Each lets you change the pixel dimensions

2017-03-03 Raw VS JPEG VS TIFF:

There is a bit of confusion on this particular when wanting to print my photos and blow them up into all sizes (small to big) from my canon eos 5d mark iv camera. I have adobe raw and also have the Program

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


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