Time Lapsed Photography Video

Dan Heller posted this time lapsed video from a bunch of images he took back on the night of June 29th in and around the Golder Gate Bridge in San Fransisco. Remember when watching this video that this is a series of photographs strung together in iMovie and made into a video. It’s amazing!

Click here to watch the video on YouTube.com.

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FRPS As a Meta-Stock Agency?

The Meta-Stock Agency

In reading Dan Heller’s Photography Business Blog today, he’s written a really good article entitled The meta-stock agency

This meta-stock agency is kind of where I want to push FRPS into becoming — a clearinghouse or cooperative for beautiful (regional?) photography. And the market for our photos would primarily be the Front Range of Colorado, but in theory, there could be no limit to buyers of our images. Since we live in a highly sought after, destination resort state, don’t you imagine there would be a lot of interest for any insiders view of this state, to be used for marketing/print/promotional uses? Can’t we offer up our excellent views of this state for sale, at fair market value? Can’t we pool our resources as FRPS and build a base of stock photos? And along the way, establish licensing, contracts, and usage verbage for the sale and benefits of our members?

Besides the local businesses that want Colorado photos, there are many out-of-state markets that need these same resources. But where will these potential buyers go to truly find unique photography of Colorado? Which stock agency can say they specialize in Colorado photos?

I’m always being asked by local businesses “Do you have this shot?” Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t. But wouldn’t it be nice to say, I don’t but my photo club does have that shot? Check them out at frps.com.

Other Potential Links

We could establish ourselves as a front range meta-stock agency and also hook ourselves up with the local PhotoBucket.com site as well as others, to enlist them to serve as the meta-search site or front end to our stock of photos. There are many other linkages like this, but you get the idea.

We could expand our sphere of influence across the entire state (and further), if FRPS had members with photos from across the state. All of us together should be able to provide for pretty good state-wide (or region-wide) coverage, if we set this as a FRPS goal.


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Another Blogger Added to my Favs List

Dan Heller’s BLOG – A Must Read

Just ran across Mr. Heller’s BLOG today on a tip from a friend to read Dan’s book. Thanks Andrew!. I thus spent a few minutes reading his latest posting and thought, WOW, this is what I’ve been searching for when trying to brainstorm ways to improve FRPS for all our members!

Click here and read through Dan’s lengthy post on the Virtual Stock Agency. It’s a very interesting idea/concept, taking the best of the “crowdsourcing” sites (aka, Flickr, Smugmug, etc.) and the proven business practices of the formal (some micro-) stock agencies (aka, Getty Images, iStockPhoto, etc.) and combining ideas into a virtual stock agency, with Editors policing the keywording of images and “listmania” (the creation of “lists” by users, similar to what you’d find on Amazon and iMix lists within Apple’s iTunes Music Store.)

Post comments back here on what you thought and how it might be applied to growing FRPS into something that produces results for its members.

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