An Interview with Thomas Hawk

Thomas Hawk is the reigning blog guru of digital photography, has posted 7,000 of his own photos online, and now evangelizes for the photo-sharing service Zooomr.

And that’s just in his spare time — when he’s not doing his real job as an investment advisor. I spoke with Tom recently about current issues in photography, the future of stock and photographic rights, and other topics.

Why Are Photographs Worth Less Today? Here Are Eight Reasons

Recently, I was talking to a very experienced assignment photographer who has been in the business for more than 20 years. He told me, “One of the hardest things for photographers with some experience to come to terms with is that what we produce is not worth as much as it used to be.”

Which Portrait Studio Takes the Best Holiday Kiddie Pics?

The Nov. 30 Wall Street Journal conducted an interesting experiment: they dragged the same baby around to five photogs and portrait studios to compare prices and results. The contestants:

* Sears Portrait Studios
* Imagewell Photography (Jackson, Wyoming)
* Babies “R” Us
* Picture People
* Yun Cee Ng (Queens, NY)

On Digital Photography

On Digital Photography (O’Reilly, $40) is a book by photographer Stephen Johnson that discusses digital in depth — covering its history, the underlying technology, and techniques for achieving better photographs.

Are You Using the Same Stock Photos as Your Competitors?

The Nov. 28 Wall Street Journal article, “When Marketers See Double,” is sure to produce red faces in many corporate marketing departments.