Last Posting for 2017 Plans for 2018 re photography etc.

Shoots
Shoots organised by me

For several years I have been organising photo shoots, mainly through Postings on Starnow and the Passionate About Photography Facebook page, and some through Pets Pics and South East Queensland Photo Shoots page.

These shoots have had anything from in excess of thirty participants and twelve photographers turn up to no one turning up except for me. One thing which has been consistent is that there are always more people who indicate that they will be coming than the number which actually turn up. Some shoots I organise are for submission to be considered for book covers etc. If any of the photographs are chosen, generally there is a fairly generous payment made for the photograph. If successful for the shoot in question, this income will be shared with the model(s). Details of the amount involved will be given before the shoot is organised. Otherwise, the shoot will be on a TFP basis. Regardless, the model will receive file copies of edited shots submitted. The agency I work with for these shoots is an international agency based in New York. I am a Premium Photographer with that agency which is called Image Brief. Clicking on the link will show my profile page with Image Brief.

There are several models with whom I have worked on numerous occasions who are very reliable, and who I would call on again and again to be involved in photo shoots.

I plan on still organising some shoots in 2018, but they will be on a less frequent basis than those which were planned up until the end of 2017. I am thinking at this stage of perhaps one each month at a pre-arranged regular place and time. This will be a reasonably central location in Brisbane which will make easy travelling to other fairly central photography venues. Perhaps for example the first Saturday of every month at 10am at a pre-arranged location.

Shoots requested

In the past I have responded to requests from models for shoots and have been let down on more than one occasion. There are at least three times that I can remember where I have gone to the pre-arranged venue for the shoot and the models have not arrived. One shoot was to have been at Kangaroo Point, another at the Sherwood Arboretum and the third at the Southport Spit. Each occasion has cost me half a day of my time, not to mention any travelling and other costs involved. Each of these shoots was for models who I had not previously met. Anyone I don’t know well wanting a shoot with me from now on will need to pay a non-refundable deposit of $100 into my bank account well before the shoot date. This will not apply to group shoots which I have organised. Details are on the web site www.aheadfoto.com

Publications

I have published numerous books on a variety of topics. A check just revealed 87 Kindle and paperback books on my Amazon Author’s page and 51 flip page books in my bookcase. I also have a few Lulu and Epub publications which are not included in the other lists.

Many of the books in recent years have been photo albums and even more recently, magazines. Also, I have republished quite a few old children’s books such as Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes in a large format publication with additional graphics and colour. Some of these original publications are still available, but the cost ranges from several hundreds of dollars per copy to thousands of dollars per copy. They are now available as paperbacks for much less, and as e-books for as little as one dollar a copy.

Photo albums

Photo Albums are all available as printed paperbacks each with their own ISBN. They are also available as Kindle e-books and as flip page books. Some are in Epub format as well. I generally make a bulk purchase of all of my paperbacks, and I think I have copies of most still available. The paperbacks and Kindle books are also all available from Amazon USA and Amazon UK. If you live in Australia, I can provide copies of these publications to you at a lower price than you will be paying through Amazon. Contact me for details. If you want to send presents to friends or relatives in the USA or UK, Amazon will deliver postage free. (Well they have in the past and I assume they still do, but check first.)

I have converted all of the photo albums, and several other books, into Flip Page format, and these are all available from my Flip Page Bookcase. For any of these publications, you can view the first ten pages at no charge. Simply click on the book in the book case and the click the “preview” tab directly under the book.

Flip Page Publications

In 2017 I purchased the flip page technology software and also paid for the hosting of multiple flip page accounts. My primary aim with its purchase was to publish magazines, but I have used the software to convert many of my books in addition.

Magazines

To date I have published four issues of Petography Magazine. It is being produced as a bi-monthly magazine. You can view the cover of issue one here, issue two here, issue three here, and issue four here. There are two others on the drawing boards, Models Actors Performers and South East Queensland Living. I plan on the first issue of Models Actors Performers being published in March 2018, and the first issue of South East Queensland Living being published in June 2018. The frequency of issues of both will depend upon the interest in the two magazines. For them both to be successful, I will need contributions from others. Let me know if you would like to be involved with any of the three publications mentioned.

Models Actors Performers

As may be implied from the name of this magazine, the demographic being aimed for is people involved in or interested in: film, theatre, TV, dance, other performances, modelling, acting, voice overs and any thing related to these areas. As with the Petography Magazine, it will be available as both a paperback and an instantly downloadable Flip Page Book. Each issue should be around sixty to seventy pages. (The same size had been planned for Petography Magazine even though the latest two issues have grown to ninety pages plus).

Each issue will have around three in depth interviews with a person, or persons, on a particular topic. Most of the content for the first of these interviews for issue one has already been obtained. Collaboration with other parties for the next two have commenced. The transcription of the interviews will be supported with numerous photographs.

Apart from these in depth interviews, the remainder of the magazine will consist of short stories with associated photos and other relevant photos, with or without captions.

Flip Portfolios

Flip Portfolios are being offered to any actors and/or models who would like them. The first one should be online in March 2018 for you to view. There will be a basic cost just for the publication if all the material is supplied to me. (That would normally be in one PDF file). There will of course be additional costs if I do the photography, editing and layouts etc. Have a look at the Flip Portfolio web site. There will be more information available for you after the first Flip Portfolio has been posted. Model Anna is the model for the inaugural Flip Portfolio.

Flip Calendars and Catalogues etc.

I have produced a Flip Page Calendar for 2018 with a pets theme. The calendar has also been produced as a paperback book. The Flip Page version, as with all of the Flip Page Publications, has its own URL which can be opened with any browser.

I plan on designing templates for both the 2018 and the 2019 calendars which will have a month to a page, with the other pages left blank for you to supply your own photos and advertising etc. This would be a great and inexpensive promotion for any firm. Contact me for further information.

The Flip Page Catalogue would be of a similar size to the calendar, but can contain colour images of your products and their prices etc. As with the calendars, contact me for further information.

Charges

Generally I have not charged in the past for photo shoots. I don’t do weddings and tend to avoid other commercial shoots that involve contracts. Photography has always been a passion of mine, and I plan on keeping it that way. That does not mean of course, that I object to earning any money from the pursuit of it, but my approach to it is much more relaxed than it is with most professional photographers. Details of any charges that I do make are on my web site Ahead Foto, but I shall summarise here how I generally operate.

Firstly, I work on the principle that if a client or a potential client does not really like the work I have produced and wants to purchase it, there is no need for them to spend any money on making a purchase. Regardless I make low resolution watermarked files of all edited shots from a shoot available to the client at no cost whatsoever, whether or not they make any purchases. These files are of a reduced size, but suitable for posting on sites such as Starnow or Facebook. They are not large enough for prints or other types of photo products. The one exception I make to the “no charge” rule is if a new client requests a shoot. I have been let down in the past by flakes, so now I charge a one hundred dollars non-refundable deposit when making the booking. However, if the shoot does go ahead, the deposit can be used as credit for making purchases.

There is something I do expect in exchange for offering free photo shoots. Before the shoot I expect a Model Release form to be completed and signed. Any models under eighteen years of age will need to have the form signed by a guardian. Basically, the form is confirming that I, (the photographer), have the copyright to the photos I have taken. If there is recognisable property involved in the shoot, a property release form may also be required to be completed and signed.

All the information in the above three paragraphs refers to photo shoot. If you wish to purchase Flip products, there will of course be a charge. Contact me for details.

Models Actors Performers

Early in 2017 I purchased software for publishing flip page books and commercial software for magazines and pages layout. Previously I had been using open access software for page layouts. This was good, but nowhere near as user friendly and as good as commercial programs. It is probably similar to comparing open access photo retouching programs like Gimp to Adobe Photoshop. Book publishing I have been involved with for years. I had published well over thirty paperback and e-books before purchasing the Flip Page software.

The main reason for the purchasing of the new software was my interest in publishing magazines. There were three main ideas for magazines which I had in mind at the time. The first was to do with people and their pets. The second related to models, actors, performers and film makers etc.; and the third about the south east corner of the state of Queensland. I even registered domain names and established embryonic web sites for each. They are: www.petographymagazine.com, www.modelsactorsperformers.com and www.southeastqueenslandliving.com. A fourth domain site was registered to cover each of the above three sites www.flippagemags.com.

My original intention was to have at least one magazine from each of the three areas published before the end of 2017. The people with their pets theme was the first area I decided to work on. After working on Petography Magazine for a while, I decided that I would get it established before attempting to work on the other two magazines. Four issues of Petography Magazine have now been successfully published both as instantly downloadable Flip Page e-books and as paperbacks.

It is now time to tackle the second publication, Models Actors Performers. Some material for the first edition is already available, but much more is needed. I shall be concentrating on this during January with the aim of having the first issue published by March, 2018. The third area, South East Queensland Living, I shall leave a little longer with the aim of the first edition being published by about half way through 2018.

I would like to discuss with you some of the ideas I have for the magazine Models Actors Performers.

Firstly, let me say what it is not. It is not planned to be a fashion magazine. There are heaps of those in the marketplace already. That is not to say of course, that people whose photos appear in the magazine, can’t be fashionable. The demographic I have in mind for this publication is people with an interest in: modelling, acting, performing, theatre, TV and film. The magazine will consist of both editorial content and photography, with the emphasis, over 50%, on photography. Each edition will have several feature articles such as: the making of a film or other projects; stories on individuals whether they be actors, performers, casting directors, talent agents or whatever. The articles should be interesting, easy to read, and as I have already said, have plenty of photos to back them up.

I plan on producing similar size and type of magazine that I have produced for Petography. Though, having said that, the recent Petography Magazines have grown a bit larger than was originally intended. The size I have in mind is between sixty to seventy pages for each issue. As with Petography Magazine, each issue will be available as either an instantly downloadable flip page magazine or as a paperback. I have kept the flip page magazine price at US$2.50 for Petography, and plan to do the same with Models Actors Performers. Even with conversion to Aussie dollars, that accounts for less than a cup of coffee cost for each purchase. The paperback versions will be more expensive and they will have a limited market, probably mainly those whose stories appear in the magazine.

For anyone living in the southeast corner of our state, I am happy to do the photography at no cost to the models involved. However, I am also happy to receive photos etc., from others regardless of where you reside, provided you own the copyright, or have permission from the copyright holder, for the material to be included in the magazine. Credit will of course be given to all other photographers whose work appears in the magazine.

My main reason for publishing this article now is to get as many people involved as I am able. I will not be able to do this project on my own. I will need lots of assistance from others who feel it may be of some value. Whether you are someone who has an interest in having your story told, you are a photographer, or you know someone who may be interested, please make contact with me. That you can do here on this blog site, on messenger if you are on it, or even text me if you prefer 0403 543 827.

I look forward to hearing from you.
Regards
Ian

Petography Magazines issues 3 & 4 published

The idea of publishing magazines about people and their pets came to me early in 2017. A web site was obtained and I let it be known that I was looking for models who had pets to photograph. Most shoots of people and their canine, feline, equine and other animal friends were taken during June, July, August and September. I had travelled as far as Toowoomba, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast to obtain the shots I was after.

I had decided to publish Petography Magazine bi-monthly and the first issue was published in August for September, 2017. The second issue was the November issue which was published in October. Around this time I started receiving enquiries from people I had photographed, whose photos had not as yet been published, about when they could see photos of them and their pets in print.

In those early months of the year I had spent considerable time on pet shoots and had accumulated a heap of material to use. Well; the good news for all of those who I have photographed but whose photographs did not appear in either the September, or October issues of the magazine; is that you and your pets photographs have now been published.

Following the formulae that I had been using, the third issue would have been the January, 2018 issue to be published late in December. A week or so ago I had been working on setting up of the January issue. I had got up to page ninety, and still only used about half the material I had left. Issue four would not have been due until March 2018, which was way too long for people to wait to see the photographs of them and their pets. So, I continued working on magazine compilation and as of today, have successfully published both issues three and four. I just have not put any reference to the date on issue four. I thought it would be a bit strange people seeing a magazine in late December, 2017 dated March, 2018.

Each publication since the first has grown in size. These latest two have over ninety pages.

If you are one of the people who has been photographed for the magazine, but whose photographs have not been published as yet, you may be wondering which issue your photos appear in. Basically, I have been working through the photos in chronological order of the shoots. If you were photographed prior to the end of July 2017, you will be in issues one, two or three. Anyone photographed after the start of August, 2017 will be in issue four.

Before I give you the links to these issues, let me share with you a couple of dilemmas I have had regarding them. One was with stories. I had some difficulties in obtaining some, and some others I didn’t receive, there are also some which I have lost. There was a hand written story for example from Zalia about her guinea pigs which I have not been able to locate. So for any of you whose stories I have lost, I am sorry. The other dilemma was with Starnow. In one of the letters I had sent out to participants I mentioned after the first issue was published, it was available for downloading for US$2.50. A Starnow staff member in their infinite wisdom decided that I was running a commercial operation and should therefore be paying models for the shoot. They subsequently deleted all correspondence to the models concerned as well as their contact details. The loss of these records means that there are some models I can not contact unless they contact me first. Any income received has no where near covered my direct costs, not even the petrol costs to attend one shoot. No, I am not whining. I am just pointing out how incredibly petty some people can be. This staff member maybe should take a look at the one hundred plus recommendations on my Starnow profile and wonder why I received them. Of the hundreds of models on Starnow for whom I have provided head shots and profile shots over the last nine years, none have ever been charged.

Okay, that’s off my chest. Below is the cover and link details for Issue 3 of Petography Magazine.

Petography Magazine issue 3

Buy Now

The buy now button will take you to the site where you can make a purchase for an immediate download. Some people in the past have been confused by the screen that appears immediately after making your purchase. On the right hand side of that screen is a row where you are to insert your email address exactly as it was when you made your purchase. Any mistakes in transcribing it will result in an invalid result. The paperback version of the publication is also available. I shall put up appropriate links on the web site later on tonight.

Below is the cover for issue four of Petography Magazine.

Buy Now

I am still waiting for the finalisation of publishing details for the paperback version of issue four, but I shall get them posted on the web site after they become available.

The cost of the electronic download for each of the issues of the Petography Magazine is US$2.50. I have been asked why the cost is in US dollars and not Aussie dollars. The answer is that I am using US software, and the only choice with pricing is US dollars. However, even with conversion, the magazine will cost only about $3.40 in Aussie currency, which has to be a bargain for a ninety page magazine in full colour which is advertisement free.