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Do you smile while somebody takes a photo of you? A little more than a century ago, our ancestors smiled rarely for the camera. And absence of good dentistry was not the reason. In 1870, the grueling time required for a good exposure could reduce any trace of a smile. Besides, an opportunity to have your portrait taken might occur only once in your life, so it was prudent to take it seriously. Emotions played a small role in early portraiture, even though laughter was considered to be one of the qualities of an educated person.
"Illustration Now!" is a series of books about illustration art, edited by Julius Weidemann, an author of many Taschen digital and media titles. Illustration Now! Portraits The book is a spectrum of nowadays portrait masterpieces, from caricatures to realism. During last ten years illustration has been on easy street as for computer working artists, as for artists who work by hand. The most interesting and also difficult thing about illustrations is a portrait. It is usually used in editorials, advertising, and recently has become a subject of big exhibitions. "Illustration Now! Portraits" by German publishing house Taschen consists of exclusive and even not published portraits of artists from all over the world, also such famous names as Aaron Jasinski , André Carrilho, Hanoch Piven, Anita Kunz, Jody Hewgill, and Dugald Stermer. Steven Heller has written an introduction to the "Illustration Now! Portraits".
Microstock photography phenomenon Yuri Arcurs, at age 33, is the world’s top-selling microstock photographer. In 2008, he hit a record high of 1 million licenses sold. In 2010, PDN Magazine called him the most influential photographer of the century! Yuri’s clients include Hewlett-Packard, Time magazine, Samsung, MSN.com, Sony, Microsoft, Canon, MTV, and many other famous brands. It took him only seven years to achieve worldwide fame. He employs a full-time staff of 35 people in Denmark and Scandinavia, and another 50 in India, the U.S., and South Africa. He lives and works in Denmark, but spends six months every year in Hawaii, Norway, or South Africa. Yuri created his own photo studio in order to capture people in “real” indoor locations like spa salons, dentist’s office, business offices etc. In general, he chooses the most popular topics for the market, such as business, computer technology, family, and romance. In addition to photography, Yuri develops free programs for photographers. His program Easy Keywording has made photographers’ work easier, allowing them to speed up their work process in general. In addition, he writes tutorials for photographers, runs his video blog, and actively communicates with his fans.
Any photographer, photo editor and casting director will be curious to hear firsthand from colleagues how standards of beauty change over time, and how future standards of beauty depend upon today’s standards. Every little change in the field of beauty affects how it is perceived, and the public perception of beauty is extremely important for business, and one could argue, the growth of mankind. Still and all, the fleeting nature of beauty is its most compelling aspect. Standards change so quickly that, according to exhibition participant and British photo journalist Felicia Webb, “by the time I had my children they can't even recognize the world of fashion and beauty that I came up in.”
Dear Friends! As you know Christmas is almost here and it's best to be fully prepared. It's the time of year when you want to treat your loved ones or even yourself. When you come to Depositphotos you'll know you've come to the right place. Depositphotos is happy to offer to you a wonderful and bright collection of Christmas images that will help you to arrange your Christmas exactly as you want it.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 7 Dec. 2011 – Depositphotos, the fastest-growing stock photo agency in the world, announces that it is now accepting images for “editorial use only”. Depositphotos has expanded its license policy to accept non-model released and non-property-released images for editorial use as a descriptive visual reference to current events, newsworthy stories, social events, places and/or products. This new image category gives more flexibility to publishing houses, authors, newsrooms editors, journalists and bloggers to illustrate their stories by providing them with hi-quality images and news sensitive photos. The ‘editorial use only’ images will not be available for any commercial or promotional purposes.
WOW! When thinking about how to best describe the Microstock Expo in Berlin this year, the first word that comes to mind is always: Wow! I don´t think I have ever heard so many people thanking event organizers so many times and in such a euphoric fashion about what a magnificent job they have done. But trust me, it is well earned, and we can not thank Amos and Lee enough for the wonderful weekend. It was a perfect mix of meeting many people from the business; learning new ideas about microstock from professionals with many points of view, taking part in discussions on topics that matter; seeing professional photographers and photo-reviewers at work and, last but not least, having a lot of fun with a big bunch of really great people!
By adding over 1,000,000 images in 3 months, Depositphotos proves its claim to be the fastest growing stock photo agency in the world. Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 1 Dec. 2011 – Depositphotos, the fastest-growing stock photo agency in the world, announces the addition of its 5 millionth image. This milestone underscores its steady growth and commitment to be a huge player in the microstock industry. Depositphotos’ collection of premium, royalty-free images typically grows over 90,000 images each week. This rapid, steady growth ensures that users will consistently turn up fresh images during their searches. Whether you are a web designer, blogger, news editor or art director, Depositphotos makes it very easy, yet affordable, to buy a quality collection of premium, royalty-free stock photos and vector images. [caption id="attachment_267" align="alignnone" width="734" caption="Happy family walking on the beach - Outdoor © Yuri Arcurs #7707022"][/caption]
Redesigned website, 10 Times Better Performance, Increased Functionality and Improved Navigation. Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 29 Sept. 2011 – Depositphotos, the fastest-growing stock photo agency in the world, released a major website update. Depositphotos’ new website design is modern and attractive, and is created to satisfy customer’s needs and simplify the process of finding and purchasing the appropriate high-quality images.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 7 Sep 2011 – Depositphotos, the fastest growing stock photo agency in the world, announced a significant investment contract with TMT Investments. Based in Florida (USA), Depositphotos was founded in 2009, and soon established itself as a popular, cost-effective alternative for the acquisition of high-quality stock photo images. It proved itself as a first stock photo agency to offer bonus payments without hidden withdrawal conditions for every single image photographers uploaded for sale. Depositphotos’ image library grows by thousands of photos daily, and its ongoing programming effort strives to ensure site security and robust performance and improve its user interface to respond to users’ needs and desires. The state-of-the-art search engine helps buyers find high-quality images quickly and easily, and flexible pricing policies offer buyers several strategies to minimize cost and maximize quality. High commissions, coupled with special terms and the growing popularity of the service, provide image authors with an unlimited potential for earning. Continued improvements of Depositphotos’ service together with a successful marketing strategy contributed to the most significant growth in the microstock industry. During the last year the company website traffic increased tenfold and reached 1.8 million visitors per month. The number of images offered by the company exceeded 4 million.