Tear Sheet: Shooting Out Of Turn book cover

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I woke up to find a fun email in my In box the other day. The latest volume of Carroll John Daly stories, Shooting Out Of Turn, is now out now from Altus Press, featuring one of my noir images on the cover.

I’ve been working on this series of covers for a couple of years now. After our initial discussions and agreements, I shared a whole bunch of images that I thought may work. I don’t really know which one they select until they do…and I get an email like I got last week.

To be honest, I wasn’t surprised this image was selected for a book cover. Five years ago, when I first started working with Bard Constantine on his Troublshooter series of novels, I mocked up and pitched this very image as a possible cover to his book.

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I didn’t expect it to be used by Bard specifically, just tried to show how, in the way it was shot, it could potentially be used as a cover.

(By the way, you can pick up Bard’s latest Troubleshooter story for a super nice price over on Amazon.)

As I wrote at the time, if you’re looking for your images to be used in a broad way (prints, covers, marketing, etc.) you have to plan for it. We all like to shoot tight, but if you think it may get used in print, keep enough environment in the image. This way, the art designer can run headline or fit where it needs to go.

I still do that, especially with the corporate stuff I’ve been shooting lately. I shoot wide, leave a lot of environment. It can always be cropped down, or a horizontal can become a vertical.

Anyway, I was thrilled to see this cover. Hope to get the hard copy soon!

Here are some other posts about my work with Altus. And here’s where you can order Shooting Out OF Turn.

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Tear Sheet: Georgia Owen on NJ.com

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A couple of weeks ago, when I landed in New Jersey from Atlanta, I had a nice surprise waiting for me.

A link was texted to me to a NJ.com story about Georgia Owen, whom I shot earlier this year.

(Ok, Georgia’s mom sent me the link – hey, she was proud, as well she should be!)

You can read the article here. I loved  how they were able to use some of the photos we did together back in May to really help support Georgia’s story.

The one disappointing thing was that this story was just on-line with no print version to supplement. I still like seeing hard copies!

Georgia and her team (which includes Mom & Dad, Moto Records AP, and Lakehouse Music) have gotten good use out of the images we did: Press materials, a poster, business cards, thank-you cards, the “cover” for her digital CD are all in play now.

She’s had a big year with more to come, I’m sure. It’s been nice to help shape her visual identity!

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BTS Sunday: Working in Brisbane

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A couple of weeks ago, Gary Chapman caught me doing a little second-shooting with my FujiX100T.

We were doing some “corporate stock” images at a company in Brisbane, California. The company, Actelion, sits right on the bay, with a lot of window light to work with.

We liked their flavored water station in the cafe.

Here’s my final image.

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And here’s one of Gary at work, right next to that beautiful bay.

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JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 12.09.17

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This….was a tough tech week for me.

It started few weeks ago when I told you about my external hard drive issues.

It continued last Saturday. We came off our shoot on Friday in Pennsylvania and I had the images I shot on my laptop hard drive. Didn’t have time to back them up yet.

Well, I guess I did, but again, lazy.

Took my laptop to my son’s basketball practice to try to use my “sitting there” time wisely.

Except…a few image in, the laptop, balanced on my lap, fell off said lap. Not good.

Screen cracked internally. Since it’s my work laptop *yikes* I took it to our IT team on Monday. They told me the hard drive was damaged as well. Catastrophically.

Meaning I lost a good bit of data. At first, I thought no big deal, just some word docs and such.

Then I remembered all the images from the Friday shoot. Including one portrait I really liked.

Gone.

Week went on, I tried to get back on schedule from being on the road. Then I thought “Hey, maybe I can retrieve the images from my actual card.”

Did a little research and landed on EaseUS, software I could download (not free, though) to scan my card and get lost data. I wiggled and wagged about whether the $70 was worth it.

Finally, I bought it. If nothing else, at least I would have this software for future. And the rate I was going, I’d need it.

The scan worked pretty well. I got a TON of images back, including stuff from earlier this year, even though I’ve erased and reformatted that card dozens of times.

Data is really not lost, it turns out. You just have to pay to get it back.

Of course, that one image I wanted back from Friday’s shoot…not on there.

Oh well.

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This Week’s Links

Birthdays this week: Aaron Siskind, Anne Wardrope Brigman, Tim Hetherington, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Eliot Porter, Roy DeCarava

What I watched this week: Pushover (super good film noir)

What I’m reading: The Ongoing Moment

Photo composition tips.

Forget the b-roll.

Women photographers of World War I

The Soldier’s Camera

Stephen Shore’s Offbeat Sublimities

Is photography still worth it?

“Look, there’s nothing to it. F9 on the shady side of the street, F4.5 on the sunny side, 20th of a second, hold your camera steady!” ~ Walker Evans

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