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TWiP Guest

I  joined Frederick Van Johnson as a TWiP guest on his podcast, “This Week In Photo, episode #484” –  along with portrait photographer Joseph Linaschke.

Cheryl Machat Dorskind Guest Twip photo

Topics Discussed

  • DJI’s new Mavic Pro drone folds up and fits in your hand
  • Flickr remains relevant while Yahoo circles the drain
  • Panasonic’s GH5 to arrive in 2017 with 4K video at 60 fps & 6K video
  • Using clarity and flash to emphasize blemishes

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At the end of the podcast I recommended two inspiring books

M Train by Patti Smith

TWiP Guest book suggestion

Patti Smith is a writer, a performer, and visual artist.  Winner of the National Book Award for Just Kids, M Train is a memoir discussing Smith’s photographic muses; the how, where and why of the photographs, as well as other captivating ruminations.

“Some months before our first wedding anniversary Fred told me that if I promised to give him a child he would first take me anywhere in in the world. Without hesitation I chose Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni, a border town in northwest French Guiana, on the North Atlantic coast of South America….

A letter arrived. It was from the director of Casa Azul, home and resting place of Frida Kahlo, requesting I give a talk centering on the artist’s revolutionary life and work. In return I would be granted permission to photograph her belongings, the talismans of her life. Time to travel, to acquiesce to fate. For although I craved solitude, I decided I could not pass on an opportunity to speak in the same garden that I had longed to enter as a young girl. I would enter the house inhabited by Frida and Diego Rivera, and walk through rooms I had only seen in books. I would be back in Mexico.”

~Patti Smith

Hold Still by Sally Mann

TWiP Guest book sugggestion
Sally Mann is one of contemporary’s most renown photographers, having received NEA, NEH, and Guggenheim Grants and her photography is held in major institutions internationally. In this memoir, Sally Mann includes both narrative and images. It is a page-turner!

“These are not my children at all,” she writes. “These are children in a photograph. They represent my children at a fraction of a second on one particular afternoon with infinite variables of light, expression, posture, muscle tension, mood, wind and shade.”

“…the kids were visually sophisticated, involved in setting the scene, in producing the desired effects for the images and in editing them. When I was putting together ‘Immediate Family,’ I gave each child the pictures of themselves and asked them to remove those they didn’t want published.”

~Sally Mann

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5DayDeal Web Essential Bundle

Exciting Photo Industry News

I am pleased to announce the release of the 5DayDeal Web Essential Bundle!

Whether you’re a photographer looking to build a better online portfolio, create an exciting website, grow an audience through social media, design more attractive graphics, tell more compelling visual stories, or simply make your creative work more attractive online, this 5DayDeal Web Essential Bundle will instantly become an integral part of your professional development.

5DayDeal Web Essential Bundle

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Below is a list of some of the products I think you will love:

  1. Start Here: The Photographer’s Guide to Building a Website that Gets Client – eBook
  2. Power of Planning: Creating a Calendar for your Blog
  3. 9 Key Elements of Effective Photography website
  4. Search Engine Cookbook
  5. “Hashtag Hero” – video and Workbook- build quality engagement on Instagram
  6. Graphic Design for Photographers course
  7. Learn Web Desing and start your Freelance Business Video
  8. Virtual Postcards – Social Media and Email Templates

Buy the 5DayDeal Web Essential Bundle

The bundle costs $87 and is valued at $2,400. You can purchase the bundle and download the products and use them at your convenience…  And did  I mention there were 76 original designer fonts? There is something for anyone – you don’t even have to be a photographer – anyone who is interested in social media growth should purchase this package.

The only caveat is that you have to purchase by July 19th, 12 PM Pacific Time, 3 PM EST.

The best part of the whole event is that 10% of the bundle revenue ($8.70 per sale) goes directly to four (4) awesome, carefully selected charities: The BOMA Project, Tough As Her, The Exodus Road, and Mercy Ships. The entire photography community is rallying together to raise $40,000 in these five (5) days (July 14-19). Take a look!

I am an affiliate for the 5DayDeal and if you use this link, I receive a commission, so be a friend – I would appreciate it!

And also, please share this news with your friends and associates. They will thank you.

If you have any questions about the bundle, please email me,

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