Posts Tagged ‘Photography’

Can I Make A Living With Stock Photography?

February 16, 2010 1 comment

[tweetmeme] Source:  Fast Media Magazine

I get asked that question a lot, but it is really the wrong question. Despite all the gloom and doom, despite the declining RPIs, and despite the glut of images in the market, there are still photographers making a good living…and considerably more.  The question, then, is; are you willing to do what it takes to make real money in stock photography?

Gone are the days when you could run out and shoot a few images on a whim and expect to do well in stock. Now it is important to have a long-term strategy, to know what images are needed, to understand your RPI (return per image), your CPI (cost per image), and to understand your distribution options. There is still a great deal of money to be made in stock for those who can combine talent, dedication, and smart business practices.

In any business having a strategy, a plan, tremendously increases your chances of success. A strategy for stock could be as simple as determining your money goals, understanding what your average income per image is, then creating a schedule to create the necessary images to reach your desired income levels. The most successful continue reading



Pictures From My Airplane Window As We Departed Salt Lake City, Utah

February 9, 2010 Leave a comment

Below are incredible images that I captured from the plane window as we departed Salt Lake City, Utah yesterday.  It was definitely worth having my flight cancelled over the weekend due to snow in Maryland.

April Sims


Lensbaby Call for Image Submissions

January 26, 2010 Leave a comment


Lensbaby ( announced an open call for photographers to submit their best images created using a Lensbaby lens for a chance to be published in the new book “Lensbaby: Bending Your Perspective” by Lensbaby Guru and author/photographer Corey Hilz. Due out from Focal Press in the summer of 2010, “Lensbaby: Bending Your Perspective” will feature lots of “how to” and inspirational content, along with galleries of Lensbaby photos by some of the foremost Lensbaby photographers in the world. More information on the book can be found at

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Photoagency Aflo signs exclusive deal with Associated Press

January 18, 2010 Leave a comment


Japanese stock photography agency Aflo has announced a partnership with the Associated Press (AP).

Tokyo-based Aflo will become the sole agent representing AP Images starting on the first of February. The deal is with the commercial photo archive arm of the Associated Press, within Japan. This new arrangement means Aflo will manage the needs of AP Images’ existing and new Japanese customers. Aflo will also assume responsibility for all . . .

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WPPI 2010 Convention and Trade Show – MGM Grand Convention Center – Las Vegas, Nevada

December 30, 2009 Leave a comment

(Wedding & Portrait Photographers International) WPPI 2010 Convention and Trade Show * March 4 – 11, 2010 * MGM Grand Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada

Full Registration – Member
Early Bird Rate – $229 (Register by 12/31/09)
Regular Rate – $249 (Register after 12/31/09)

Full Registration – Non-Member
Early Bird Rate – $379 (Register by 12/31/09)
Regular Rate – $399 (Register after 12/31/09)

Full Convention March 4 – 11, 2010 / Trade Show March 8 – 10, 2010

March 4 & 5: WPPI Plus Classes
March 6 & 7: Print Competition Judging
March 6: Business Institute
March 6: All About Schools
March 8-10: Trade Show
March 11: Closing Program

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Groups and Associations for Photographers

December 30, 2009 Leave a comment

Groups and Associations for Photographers

Professional Photographers of America (PPA)

Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI)

American Society of Media Photographers

Advertising Photographers of America

Editorial Photographers


April Sims at Skip’s Summer School photography seminar

August 18, 2009 3 comments

I am currently attending Skip’s Summer School (photography seminar), located at the beautiful MGM Grand Las Vegas, 3799 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109.

There are so many inspiring speakers at the seminar.  The great thing about all the teachers is they are all photographers.  I am rejuvenated by all the inspiring speakers as well as the testimonials of other seminar participants.

I had the pleasure of taking pictures (see below) with some of the photographers.

AprilandDaneSanders.jpg picture by April0416

April Sims and Dane Sanders

Clutching my autogaphed copy of Fast Track Photography by Dane Sanders after sharing a few tears with Dane.  His story and his passion and willingness to help other touched me deeply.

AprilandRonDawson.jpg picture by April0416

April Sims and Ron Dawson

AndyJohn-BambiCantrell-AprilSims.jpg picture by April0416

Andy John Bambi Cantrell April Sims

All of the above photography by

I am sitting in class right now so I have to run.  More to come so stay tuned.