Speedlinks

I am going to take a page out of David Hobby‘s book and take some time to share some links that I think are well worth the time. I will be making more an effort to do this more often, as it’s a way to share with not a lot of jibber-jabber on my part and it gets you to the good stuff faster! So here we go! The Strobist Jet Pack is a great little DIY project that solves a few problems for the solo shooter out there that is always wishing that they could get that light off …

Prints are hanging, shows are booked, and custom prints are available.

Being the Easter season, I have a few confessions that I have to admit to. Things have been pretty busy and I have buckets of CF cards waiting to be shared with everyone. The first thing that I would like to confess to is that recently I have made a Fine Art push with some of my work. Not quite the size and stature of Chase Jarvis’ last gallery show of his New Zealand landscapes that was recently on display in Dubai, but none the less it feel really great to have my work on display for the locals. The …

The Hollands and Terra Guitarra at The Lake Pepin Art and Design Center

I’ve been hard at work over the past few weeks and haven’t had the time to make a post, so this one is going to do some catching up on what I have been up to. Mainly I have been putting in my 40-a-week at the day job. As we all know this is the down-time of the photo industry and getting work is just plain slow for just about every photographer is time of year. Zack Arias put together a great short about why many of us photographers (artists of all kinds) have stuck with it. Nick work Zack! …

Stopping Power – The power of a good photograph.

I was hanging out with a great friend of mine, Dawn Patel, that is a huge Refab-clothing entrepreneur. As most things have a tendency to do with small business owners alike, conversations most always have a way of looping back around to talk about the business. Dawn mentioned that she has seen a noticeable tendency with product pictures on her online stores. You guessed it, The items that had “good” photos are the most popular ones, have the most views, and ultimately sell faster than any other items that she is selling. I have decided to talk a bit about …

Economy excuse, photoshop excuse? Why not embrace it?

With as many think that the Economy shrinking is going to be a bad thing. I think that as photographers, it is one of the most positive things that could have happened to digital photography. Im going to use the studio-portrait industry as the main example here, mainly the dreaded “senior-portrait” area of portrait photography. The good thing about a struggling market is that it’s going to weed out all the bad photographers that are out there shooting professional assignments. I feel that with how fast the Digital Movement came upon photographers that the older generations of studio photographers were …

I Challenge You

Ok, heres the deal: I would like for you to take at most three minutes and take a look at my online portfolio and use the contact form or email me mike[at]michaelwiesman[dot]com and give me some critical feedback on what photo/s you like the most and the one that you like the least. Does not have to be three minutes and please take longer if you would like. What I am going for here is feedback, I want to know and here what each and every one of you think of my portfolio. That is right, it is open season …

Spread Some Holiday Cheer (and support) JPGmag.com

This past year I discovered a quite avant-garde photography magazine/web site called JPG. Please take a moment and click on my photo above and vote for me! At JPG, it is all about the love of, and for, photography on all¬†spectrums, talents, point-of-views, and general user addiction, mixed with a contest for publication and $100 for every photo picked to be published. Members of the site (membership is free) can upload images with retaining all copyright for a chance to get published in this bi-monthly magazine based on a mixture of vote from peers and how well the photo represents …

Should I Work For Free?

Being the huge fan of the barter system that I am and this being the holiday season, along with being fresh off of the Thanksgiving spirit, it seems that the banter of working for free is in the air. Chase Jarvis talks about it, David Hobby over at Strobist is talking about it, Doug Menuez is talking about it and Kenneth Jarecke talks about how it has always been going on. It obviously seems that the holiday season is not the only time of year when photographers are feeling kind. I have been shooting pro bono photography work for a …

NEW Nikon D3x – BIG files. Well worth it.

And in this corner, weighting in at 2 lbs. 11 oz., packing a punch of 24.5 Mega-pixels with a FX CMOS sensor is the Nikon D3x Digital SLR Camera!!!! Just when I was getting ready to purchase a D3, Nikon officially announced the release of the D3x. While the D3x is not aimed so much at the professional sports photographer like its predecessor D3, this baby still packs a whopping punch. Nikon has obviously captured the attention of the sports photographer with the release of the D3. Now they have captured the attention of the commercial photographer with the D3x. …

Here Comes Another Wisconsin Winter.

With the season just about fully transitioned to winter here in Wisconsin, minus the two feet of snow, the temperature has changed and the cold now chills one to the bone. Waiting for the snow to stick is what gets to me the most. After all, what is cold weather without snow? Everything is so gray and dull that I find myself struggling with my personal work in the midst of an unforgiving seasonal change. I love the outdoors and Door County had another sensational fall that helped capture some of my best images to date. Full of beautiful colors …

History Repeats Itself, over and over.

There is an expression that says “History repeats itself.” And I, being a photographer am a true and firm believer of this expression. After all, we as photographers are capturing history. Whether it be fashion, documentary, editorial, food, lifestyle, journalism, every area of photography is a historic documentation that otherwise would not have lived on outside of memories and stories of people that were there. This has always intrigued me as a photographer, I have the feeling that History depends on us to make photos. I recently did some very unique copy-work for a new client. She was a soft-spoken …

The Magical Mystery Studio Tour Chicago | An ASMP get together

Good things always happen when you get a load of creative minds in the same room, or a in the case of last night, a Chicago Trolly, three photogs and a bunch of ASMP members. With a name like The Magical Mystery Tour who wouldn’t attend? This being my vert first ASMP event that I have attended I was not sure what to expect, but I was sure that it would be mind opening as well as there would be some great exchanges of dialog and as always, business cards. The evening started at Helix Photography and Video with the …