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Movies about photography

What can the world’s famous restaurant chain and a movie about a disco of the late 70s share in common?  The day of the week! The T.G.I. Friday’s restaurants and the “Thank God It’s Friday” movie has made the TGIF expression extremely popular. TGIF stands for “Thank Goodness It’s Friday” or “Thank God It’s Friday”. In the middle of 1960s the TGIF expression became a common expression of relief at the end of the work week and anticipation of relaxing or partying over the weekend.  It was popularized by the restaurant T.G.I. Friday’s in 1965, but only at the end of 1970s after the release of “Thank God It’s Friday” the phrase became even more popular. The American chain of restaurants T.G.I. Friday’s focusing on casual dining asserts that it stands for “Thank Goodness It’s Friday”. Alan Stillman, a founder of the chain, had a goal to create a perfect place for single young people to meet each other. After Tom Cruise played him in the “Cocktail” movie, he understood that he had reached his goal. Now T.G.I. Friday’s has more than 1000 restaurants in 61 countries. The movie “Thank God It’s Friday” was produced by Motown Productions and directed by Robert Klane. It was produced at the heights of “disco-fever” and tells several stories about the patrons and the staff of the fictional Los Angeles club The Zoo. The real nightclub where the movie was shot is Osko’s at 333 S. La Cienega Blvd in Los Angeles which was closed in the early 1990s. A soundtrack from the movie “Last Dance” won the Academy Award for Best Song in 1979. Nowadays, TGIF  is used to express the excitement before the end of the work week and the anticipation of the upcoming two days-off. Depositphotos welcomes TGIF every week and wishes joy to all our readers and friends. Have a great weekend! [button text="More TGIF pictures" url="https://depositphotos.com/stock-photos/tgif.html" background="red"/]

Re-read: meritocracy and crowdsourcing by Jeff Howe

In 2006, Wired Magazine published an article by the reporter Jeff Howe devoted to the new phenomenon of the influence that crowds of like-minded people have on decision-making and progress. He named this effect “crowdsourcing.” Development of present-day stock photo houses would not be possible without the rise of amateur photographers due to falling costs of photo equipment and Internet access. The groundbreaking article written five years ago helps understand other important modern trends and gives a reasonable assessment of own professional chances.

Color of the month: Green

Green sets records for hue diversity even if all the shades are named the same. Experts have found almost fifty hues of the color in Snake Charmer (1907), the painting by Henri Rousseau; it is the color of youth and rejuvenation, of plants, sea grass and bacteria capable of photosynthesis.

Say Cheese!

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!

"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".

Start the New Year with some “New Yuri” photos!

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.

How Beautiful?

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.”

Happy Holidays!

Winter around the World

Every year people from all over the world celebrate winter holidays. They have different traditions, but what binds them together is the customs they observe during the winter solstice. Here are some examples how people from various countries celebrate their winter holidays.

Words about photos

“There is only one Coliseum or Pantheon; but how many millions of potential negatives have they shed,—representatives of…

Get 20% Off on Christmas Images with the Depositphotos Special Offer

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.

Depositphotos Starts Accepting Editorial Images and Launches Tax Center

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.

Microstock Expo 2011 in Berlin – Our Experience Exhibiting at Microstock Industry Conference

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!  

Depositphotos’ Image Library Hits 5 Million Images

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]

Depositphotos Stock Photo Agency Unveils Major Website Update

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.