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Volume 5 - Issue 8 - September 2008

PhotographyCorner.com Newsletter
Volume 5, Issue 8

Contents:
1) A New Era of Corner Newsletters
2) Sponsor: Canvas On Demand
3) Corner Contest Updates
4) Additions to the Corner Resource Center
5) From the Corner Blogosphere
6) Around the Forums in 30 Days
7) Tastes Like Chicken



1) A New Era of Corner Newsletters

Thanks to everyone who replied to the newsletter last month - I received tons of great feedback (almost 200 replies!). The majority of it was positive, and it's pretty obvious that a lot of you rely on the Corner Newsletters to keep informed as to what's going on around the Corner. So the verdict? The newsletter stays. Based on your feedback, however, we're going to start to do things a little differently. Some people thought the newsletters are a little wordy or a little too long, and therefore didn't read the whole thing. So I thought, if you're not going to read it all, maybe I should just make it shorter... But there's so much going on around the Corner, I found it hard figuring out what to cut out. So, instead of less content, I'm just going to change the format a little bit. I'll still let you know what's going on, I just won't blab on as much as I used to (if you want to hear me blab more, just subscribe to the Corner Blog by clicking on the orange and white button here: http://www.photographycorner.com/blog ). The new format will still have an opening section (like the one you're readying right now), and a closing section (like the one you're going to read down at the bottom). In between, there will usually be a sponsored section (like the one right below this one). The rest of the newsletter, while still split up into different sections, will be in the format of the old 'Noteworthy Notables' section of all the past newsletters: a heading, a link, and a 1 sentence description. Basically, all the same stuff, but in point form. So, in a sense, it's the same old newsletter you've come to expect and love, but at the same time, this marks the first newsletter in a new era of Corner Newsletters. Hope you enjoy!!


2) Sponsor: Canvas On Demand

If you’ve been around the Corner the past couple of months, in the top-right corner, you’ve probably noticed the Canvas On Demand banners showing up now and then (you know, the one that says “Got Photos? Turn them into beautiful artwork with a custom canvas gallery wrap”). Ever really wondered exactly what it’s all about? Well, whether you wondered or not, I’m going to tell you.

Picture one of your favorite photographs. Now picture that photograph printed on an artist canvas, stretched over wooden supports so only your photograph is showing (like what you’d see in a gallery, which is why they’re called ‘gallery wraps’). It looks pretty awesome, doesn’t it. There’s ‘something’ about gallery wraps that are so much better than a traditional print in a frame: they look professional and they literally stand out, floating on the wall with that added ‘third dimension,’ and there’s no frame to take away any of the focus from the photograph – just your photograph, sticking out from the wall. If you’ve been to a gallery and seen gallery-wrapped photographs, though, I don’t need to convince you. If you haven’t, check out some samples at www.canvasondemand.com.

So why would you order them from Canvas On Demand? With sizes from 8”x8” to 55”x100”, you’re bound to find the size you’re looking for. Turnaround time is 2-3 days, and they offer a 100% Money Back guarantee! And if that wasn’t enough, they’re also offering $25 off your first order for members of the Corner. Visit this link to get your coupon: http://www.canvasondemand.com/promo/PhotographyCorner


3) Corner Contest Updates

We hold numerous contests throughout the year, and this section will give you a brief run down as to what's going on 'contest-wise' around the Corner.

September 2008 Photograph of the Month
http://www.photographycorner.com/pho...sandhill-crane
Jim Neiger took the crown and won himself a 1-year subscription to a SmugMug Power Account with his photograph "Birth of a Sandhill Crane."

Contest Corner Challenge #55: The Face of Education
http://www.photographycorner.com/con...e-of-education
That's Me won a free year of web hosting from XLD Studios with her photograph "Absent."

Contest Corner Challenge #56: Overflowing
http://www.photographycorner.com/for...ad.php?t=77254
By the time you read this, the entry period will be over. Voting will start sometime on September 23rd.

SmugMug Scavenger Hunt Introduction
http://www.photographycorner.com/blo...t-introduction
The introduction to a new contest series around the Corner.

SmugMug Scavenger Hunt #1
http://www.photographycorner.com/blo...avenger-hunt-1
Our first SmugMug Scavenger Hunt. 1 prize has already been awarded, but there are 2 left to hand out - get your entries in ASAP.


4) Additions to the Corner Resource Center

We usually try to add several new articles/tutorials/product reviews to the Corner Resource Center every month (only 1 this month - oops!). This section will list the new resources we've added in the past month.

Tips for Photographing Wildlife
http://www.photographycorner.com/art...phing-wildlife
A great collection of tips on how to photograph animals both in zoos and in the wild.


5) From the Corner Blogosphere

Posts you may have missed if you're not subscribed to the Corner Blog (hint: you can subscribe by clicking here: http://feeds.feedburner.com/photographycornerblog ).

The Forums: Photo Gear For Sale
http://www.photographycorner.com/blo...-gear-for-sale
Check out the new feature we've added to the Photo Gear For Sale forum.

SmugMug Corner #41: Charles M. Herskowitz
http://www.photographycorner.com/blo...s-m-herskowitz
The SmugMug Corner photographer interview series is back starting with Charles M. Herskowitz from North Carolina.

Articles By Amy: Avoiding Overexposure Outside
http://www.photographycorner.com/blo...posure-outside
Another installment from our regular guest blogger Amy Renfrey all about avoiding exposure when photographing outside.

August 20th Corner Community Chat Recap
http://www.photographycorner.com/blo...ity-chat-recap
A recap of our Corner Community Chat held on August 20th (some big changes around the Corner were discussed, so if you missed the chat, know what's coming around the Corner by reading this recap).

Fall 2008 Corner Community Chat Schedule
http://www.photographycorner.com/blo...-chat-schedule
We've put together a schedule for the Corner Community Chats for the rest of 2008 - get your calendars out!

The Forums: Fine Art Nudes
http://www.photographycorner.com/blo...fine-art-nudes
Just a quick note that we've changed the entrance requirements to get access to the Fine Art Nudes forums.

Corner Community Chat Recap – September 10th, 2008 – Welcome to the Corner
http://www.photographycorner.com/blo...-to-the-corner
A write-up about the "Welcome to the Corner" Corner Community Chat we had a couple of weeks ago.

SmugMug Corner #42: Mike Roberts
http://www.photographycorner.com/blo...2-mike-roberts
One of our most popular SmugMug Corner interviews to date - Mike Roberts, an underwater photography instructor from Hawaii.

September 2008 Bling
http://www.photographycorner.com/blo...ber-2008-bling
Make sure to congratulate digital2006 for receiving some Corner Bling this month.

SmugMug Scavenger Hunt #1 - Pro Account Winner
http://www.photographycorner.com/blo...account-winner
Find out who won the SmugMug Pro Account from our first SmugMug Scavenger Hunt.

SmugMug Corner #43: J.K. Mann
http://www.photographycorner.com/blo...er-43-j-k-mann
This week, the SmugMug photographer interviewed is also a member of the Corner - jeffreaux2.


6) Around the Forums in 30 Days

Scavenger Hunt Forum
http://www.photographycorner.com/for...splay.php?f=73
Not to be confused with the new SmugMug Scavenger Hunts, newlove has started the hunts back up again - check out the list, and see if you can find and photograph everything on it.

Caption Contests Forum
http://www.photographycorner.com/for...splay.php?f=74
See a photo, post up a caption. It's as easy (and usually pretty funny) as that.

Photography has Nothing to Do With Cameras
http://www.photographycorner.com/for...ad.php?t=24688
Great discussion on a article in the Corner Resources Center... that's over 2.5 years old (but still a very active conversation)!

Show Us Your SmugMug Sites!
http://www.photographycorner.com/for...ad.php?t=77040
Have a site with SmugMug.com? Post it up here for all the world to see.

The Moon Thread
http://www.photographycorner.com/for...ad.php?t=65565
You know. The Moon. Orbits the Earth. Looks kinda like cheese? People love to photograph it.


7) Tastes Like Chicken

So, what did you think of the new format for the Corner Newsletter? If you love it, do nothing. If you hate it let me know (let's hope I receive no emails... for once, no emails = a good thing). The newsletter aside, I bet you're wondering why the title of this last section is "Tastes Like Chicken" (apologies to all vegetarians and vegans reading this). It caught your eye, so it at least fulfilled that purpose. But it's not just one of those titles meant to strictly capture your attention, I'm actually going to tie this into photography. You know how a lot of "random meats" apparently taste like chicken? It's not that chicken tastes bad... in fact, a lot of people love chicken. It's just that a lot of meats just happen to taste a lot like chicken. The same thing goes with a lot of photography. With the emergence of the digital age, there are A LOT of pretty decent photographs out there (and, ok, there ARE a lot of bad photographs out there, too). The problem is, a lot of photographs "taste like chicken." It's not that they're bad, they're just nothing new. There are millions of decent sunset photographs, portraits, wedding photos, car photos, etc., but most of them don't really stand out. Sure, they're pretty to look at, but when it all comes down to it, most sunset photographs taste like chicken. Most portraits taste like chicken. Most wedding photos and car photos taste like chicken. It's fine to take photographs of people, places and things that are frequently photographed (they're frequently photographed for a reason) but do something to make your photograph stand out - make it taste less like chicken. Try a different angle, different composition, different SOMETHING. Now, different doesn't always equal better squirrel meat is different from chicken, but I doubt many would argue it's better), but even trying to spice things up a bit when you're out photographing, you're bound to come across some better meat, errr, photographs than if you just took the same ol' same ol'. It's ok for some of your photographs to taste like chicken, but no one wants to eat chicken every day of the week.



See you around the Corner,
Tim L. Walker
www.PhotographyCorner.com
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