Think Twice about Uploading to Free Microstock Sites

Free microstock sites include Unsplash, Pixabay, Gratisography, and Pexels.
Free microstock sites include Unsplash, Pixabay, Gratisography, and Pexels.

By Frank Gallagher, NANPA Blog Coordinator

For anyone making their living from photography, the appeal of free microstock websites is hard to fathom. Why would you give your photos away, free? Any why would you allow someone else to transform your image into something you never intended? A recent case involving a photographer from Atlanta, Georgia, and the government of the United Kingdom raises many questions.

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Weekly Wow! Week of October 26, 2020

Showcase 2020 Top 100 Winner: “Black Skimmer Makes a Dramatic Landing, Sarasota, Florida” © Peter Brannon
Showcase 2020 Top 100 Winner: “Black Skimmer Makes a Dramatic Landing, Sarasota, Florida” © Peter Brannon

All of this week’s Weekly Wow! images can be seen in the slideshow on the NANPA homepage at nanpa.org.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, October 26, 2020.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2020 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website. The 2020 edition of Expressions contains all of the top 250 photos from the Showcase competition as well as interesting and insightful articles. Order your copy here!

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Alaska’s Tongass National Forest: A Refuge

Tongass National Forest and Mountains of the Inside Passage as Seen from the Ferry. © Debbie McCulliss
Tongass National Forest and Mountains of the Inside Passage as Seen from the Ferry. © Debbie McCulliss

By Debbie McCulliss

“Another glorious day, the air as delicious to the lungs as nectar to the tongue; the body seems one palate, and tingles equally throughout.”

~John Muir

In November of 2018, 40 years after my first and only trip to Alaska when I hiked the Chilkoot Trail, I was traveling again on an Alaska Marine Highway ferry—an affordable, informal cruise that took me round-trip from Juneau (Alaska’s capital city) to Haines in Southeast Alaska, where, at times, there are more eagles than people.

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Apply Now for the Janie Moore Greene Scholarship Grant

Photo of Red Maple in Autumn in South Carolina © jon holloway
Red Maple in Autumn in South Carolina © jon holloway

By Frank Gallagher, NANPA Blog Coordinator

Know anyone going to college to study photography? Then they ought to know about this terrific opportunity from the NANPA Foundation. The Janie Moore Greene Scholarship Grant is a $2,000 award given biennially, through the generosity of Janie Moore Greene, to a student currently enrolled in, or who has been accepted to, an institution of higher education and will be specializing in the study of photography. The application window closes October 30th at 11:00 p.m. EDT. Don’t let this opportunity slip by!

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Necessary but not Sufficient: The Great American Outdoors Act

Photo of a brilliant sunset from atop Clingman's Dome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited National Park in the country with a deferred maintenance backlog of $235 million.
Brilliant sunset from atop Clingman’s Dome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited National Park in the country with a deferred maintenance backlog of $235 million.

By Jerry Ginsberg

Back in August the Great American Outdoors Act was signed into law. Among its provisions, it provides funding of approximately $1.3 billion per year for five years to address long-delayed maintenance needs of the National Park Service. Clearly, this is a good thing and a reason to rejoice.

That said, it isn’t a perfect bill.

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Weekly Wow! Week of October 19, 2020

Showcase 2020 Top 100 Winner: “Motion Blur of Trees and Bushes, Grand Marais, Minnesota” © Frieda Fast
Showcase 2020 Top 100 Winner: “Motion Blur of Trees and Bushes, Grand Marais, Minnesota” © Frieda Fast

All of this week’s Weekly Wow! images can be seen in the slideshow on the NANPA homepage at nanpa.org.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, October 19, 2020.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2020 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website. The 2020 edition of Expressions contains all of the top 250 photos from the Showcase competition as well as interesting and insightful articles. Order your copy here!

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Choosing an Ethical Photography Workshop

Grey owls typically punch through the snow to capture the prey moving beneath the surface, as seen in this image. However, we often see images of great grey owls swooping down to pluck mice off the top of the snow. That is indicative of a scene captured using store-bought mice. © Daniel Dietrich
Grey owls typically punch through the snow to capture the prey moving beneath the surface, as seen in this image. However, we often see images of great grey owls swooping down to pluck mice off the top of the snow. That is indicative of a scene captured using store-bought mice. © Daniel Dietrich

By Sarah Killingsworth & Daniel Dietrich

Getting started in wildlife or nature photography can be overwhelming, with gear to select, locations to identify and scout out, and numerous new skills to learn. Many photographers look to photography workshops or guides to help them build skills or capture a “dream shot.” But how do you know if the person you’re hiring for a photo workshop is ethical? Are the shots you see on Instagram truly wild animals, not manipulated in any way? Are they taken at game farms, where animals are bred specifically for photography? Are they lured in with bait? Are they captive animals simply not disclosed as such?

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The Positive Traits of Negative Space

Negative Space Surrounding a Stargazer Lily Bud  ©  F.M. Kearney
Negative Space Surrounding a Stargazer Lily Bud © F.M. Kearney

By F. M. Kearney

Simply put, “negative space” is the space around the subject in your photograph. Conversely, “positive space” is the area occupied by the subject itself. This is the most basic definition, but in theory, it’s a bit more complicated than that. Negative space should generally occupy the majority of the frame, but it should not be misconstrued with needless space (sometimes referred to as “empty space”) that was inadvertently added due to poor composition. It should be evident to the viewer that the extra space was deliberately included for artistic purposes – usually to denote feelings of loneliness, solitude, or even importance. It may sound odd that a subject’s importance would be emphasized if it’s not the predominant element in the frame, but when all other distractions are removed, the viewer will spend more time studying it. In essence, the smaller the subject is, the more noticeable it will become.

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Who Is NANPA … besides You? A Look inside the 2020 Member Survey

Photographers working in the field at NANPA's Michigan UP Regional Event © Tom Haxby
Photographers working in the field at NANPA’s Michigan UP Regional Event © Tom Haxby

By Frank Gallagher, NANPA Blog Coordinator

Every so often, NANPA surveys its members to find out more about who you are and what’s important to you. The answers you give inform NANPA board discussions, policies, programs and many other aspects of the association. So, who are you? Who are the members of North America’s preeminent nature photography association?

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Weekly Wow! Week of October 12, 2020

Showcase 2020 Top 100 Winner: “Female Jaguar Having a Walk with Her Cubs, Mato Grosso, Pantanal, Brazil” © Pablo Cersosimo
Showcase 2020 Top 100 Winner: “Female Jaguar Having a Walk with Her Cubs, Mato Grosso, Pantanal, Brazil” © Pablo Cersosimo

All of this week’s Weekly Wow! images can be seen in the slideshow on the NANPA homepage at nanpa.org.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, October 12, 2020.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2020 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website. The 2020 edition of Expressions contains all of the top 250 photos from the Showcase competition as well as interesting and insightful articles. Order your copy here!

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