My portfolio is now updated with a whole new section for Catalina Island pictures.
I hadn’t been to Catalina Island in a long time and decided it was time to take a trip to get in some photos. Catalina Island is a really popular day trip destination for the Southern California crowd. It’s like a mini tropical island but just off the coast of Southern California and one of my favorite places.
Catalina Island is definitely a unique place. It changed hands a bunch of times until the Wrigley chewing gum family took over in the early 1900’s and shaped it into what it is today. If you want to go there the most popular way is on a ferry like the Catalina Flyer in Newport Beach or Catalina Express which has service from Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point. You can also get there by helicopter, boat, and plans charters. There are very few cars on the island and there aren’t any available to rent. A lot of the cars are odd little mini-trucks I’ve never seen anywhere else. To get around you can rent golf carts, bicycles, or go on a vehicle tour.
Back in May of 2014 I did a fairly in-depth review of Photoshelter versus Photodeck. Both companies have made some changes since then that I thought were worth posting an update. And I’ve had over a year to learn more about both systems so I’ll share some thoughts. The original review is at http://photoblog.velgos.com/2014/05/photoshelter-vs-photodeck-photography-website-review
For you folks who don’t want to go back through the original review here’s a quick refresher. There are plenty of other website options out there but if you want a hosted website platform that provides functionality for complex Rights-Managed and Royalty-Free licensing, print fulfillment, and client management, the best options are Photodeck or Photoshelter. The result of that review was that both systems are decent website platforms for photographers. My thoughts were that Photodeck had a better mobile experience, video upload support, and no commission fees. Photoshelter had a public buyer portal, virtual agency option, and more print vendors.
So What’s Changed Photoshelter and Photodeck?
Client Spotlight – Chicago Tribune
One of my Chicago River photos was licensed by the Chicago Tribune for the Chicago Law 2015 section of their website. The Chicago Tribune is one of Chicago’s oldest and most popular newspaper and media companies. The Chicago Tribune was founded in 1847 and printed its first edition on June 10, 1847. The Chicago Tribune is owned by the Tribune Publishing Company which also owns the Los Angeles Times, The Orlando Sentinel, and other popular media companies.
My Chicago Photo: http://www.velgos.com/-/images/illinois-pictures/chicago-photos/chicago-skyline-buildings-photos/-/medias/63caf1e4-8c57-11e3-af5e-417d0f9232ce-chicago-cityscape-at-wells-street-bridge-picture
Milwaukee skyline pictures are now available as prints and stock photo licensing. When people think of city skylines I don’t think Milwaukee Wisconsin is top of mind but I’d say these turned out pretty nice. Downtown Milwaukee has some interesting building architecture and the Milwaukee lakefront makes for a unique setting with numerous break-walls and parks.
I recently added several new print products including aluminum metal prints, metallic paper prints, pearl paper prints, and Giclee cotton rag prints. The pearl prints have a really unique pearlescent finish. This is in addition to the traditional professional photo paper and canvas prints that I’ve always offered. New larger sizes of up to 40×60 are available for most products.
Here are a few Milwaukee skyline pictures. The entire gallery can be viewed at at http://www.velgos.com/-/images/wisconsin-pictures/milwaukee-photos