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10 Tips For Aspiring Bird Photographers All photos Copyright Scott Bourne - All Rights Reserved Photo by Carolyn Wright Thanks to Scott Kelby for the high honor of being invited to post on his popular blog. I'm in some pretty nice company here, so it's a bit intimidating, but I'll do my best to inform and educate. I wish I could give you something as emotionally compelling as David duChemin or as stunning as Vincent Vercace. But hey - I'm just a guy having fun wearing Tommy Bahama shirts everyday and chasing the birdie - literally - so I'll stick with what I know. If you're familiar with my work you probably already know I am nuts about birds. I have a passion for avian photography that I'd like to share with everyone. I really like the challenge of photographing these beautiful creatures, so… a guy I really want to buy a beer, and give a big hug to. He's a tremendously well known photographer, journalist, Podcaster, and industry icon, but this week he's something more (see below). He's the man behind, it's Scott Bourne. Tomorrow Scott has a very cool post because it's a photography learning topic that hasn't covered here before (and a lot of folks will be interested in), but I'm so honored to have Scott here not just for what he brings in the way of education, but also for what he did for contest winner Alex Walker this past week. I think that says more about Scott than anything. :-) Join me here tomorrow for Scott's guest blog, and make sure you visit his site and give him a big high-five for me!

I thought I would follow Zack Arias's lead and do a video instead of a written blog entry. Don't worry, I realize the level of awesomeness is nowhere near Zack's video but hopefully it gets the message across. Thanks to Scott Kelby for allowing me to use this platform for such a great cause. A few additional thanks: -My business manager, Michael Moore, for his hard work filming and editing this video. -Brad Henderson for helping me figure out how to say what I wanted to say. -Kyle Chowning for putting the Help-Portrait Website together. -Matt Lehman for the great logo. Thanks for listening friends. I hope you can join me this Christmas in serving our neighbors! [Ed. Note: The information form on is now up, so if you checked earlier and it wasn't working, check back now!]

Photo by Tyler Stalman A couple of weeks ago, we had a party here in Calgary. Which isn't so out of the ordinary – we have quite a few parties. This one was special though. We had more iStock members together in person than at any other time before. There were more than a hundred of us: photographers, videographers & illustrators, from as far away as Argentina, South Africa, and Russia. People came to meet our staff, see our office, and have a few beers and laughs in person with the people they spend so much time with online. For the most part though, people came to work. They came to shoot, create, and talk about stock images. We'd organized a solid weekend for them, with a full squad of art directors, stylists and models, plus lots of time for talking and teaching with…

iStockphoto COO, Kelly Thompson!  Scott's out of the office, but he asked me (Brad) to let you guys know that Kelly will be tomorrow's guest blogger.  I've read his post, and he has a peek into a very special event they held recently that sheds a whole new light on micro stock photography that I've never even thought of!  Swing by tomorrow and see what Kelly has to share.


There is no perfect existence, but being blessed with a beautiful wife and working for Jay Maisel is pretty close – for starters my cubicle is more than TEN times the size of our entire NYC apartment.  At home we “share” the closet, at work I share space with a basketball hoop.  I got engaged at the bank building and we were married there.  (Yes, I’m currently in negotiations about a cemetery plot in the courtyard.)


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