SuperStock Staff Writer - Tom Sheeter

Tom Sheeter is a Los Angeles based writer and Account Manager at Superstock. He specializes in film and tv licensing and clearance issues.

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Getting Piggy With It

By SuperStock Staff Writer - Tom Sheeter on December 11, 2018

In February, we begin the Year of the Pig. (The Earth Pig, to be precise. There are Fire, Metal, Wood and Water Pigs too, but those details are for some other blog.)

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In Chinese culture, pigs are associated with wealth and generosity. So far, so good.

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Topics: Stock Photography, Lifestyle Photography

Chiaroscuro Is Enjoying a Renaissance

By SuperStock Staff Writer - Tom Sheeter on October 29, 2018

The technique – let’s call it “Rembrandt lighting” so you don’t have to struggle with the pronunciation as you read to yourself – dates back to Renaissance paintings. In these works, a directional light falls on the subject, creating deep shadows and bold contrast. 

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Topics: Chiaroscuro Photography, Fine Art Photography

Drones of a Feather

By SuperStock Staff Writer - Tom Sheeter on September 25, 2018

Thanks to high-resolution cameras and better stabilization and navigation, drone photography has moved beyond novelty. Drones now capture sweeping vistas and real-time details of dangerous and dramatic situations, such as wildfires and volcanic eruptions. Aerial photographers have job opportunities in advertising, the military and emergency management, in addition to business services related to real estate and resource management.

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Topics: Drone Photography

To bee or not to bee?

 

The collapse of colonies has prompted many gardeners to adopt bee-friendly landscaping. One of the easiest things you can do is choose flowers for pollinators and plants that provide habitat for nesting and mating.

Below are five options. Can you spot the choice that actually repels bees?

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Topics: Nature Photography, Landscape Photography, Botanical Photography

Trend spotting a postcard-perfect location

Maybe you’ve admired Kilimanjaro from the Maasai Steppe, dined at an underwater restaurant in the Maldives and communed with the pink river dolphins of Peru. What’s next? Can you spot the next trendy vacation destinations based on these photos?

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Topics: Nature Photography, Travel Photography

Ready for my (extreme) close-up- A lesson in Macro Photography

William Blake challenged us to see the world in a grain of sand.

Some very talented photographers show us very small subjects can make a big impact. Macrophotography is generally defined as extreme close-up photography. It reveals the delicate details the naked eye misses.

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Topics: Nature Photography, Food Photography, macrophotography

The Bikini - Cultural Navel Warfare

Fashion dictator Diana Vreeland summed it up this way: “The bikini is the most important thing since the atom bomb.”

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Topics: Lifestyle Photography, Fashion Photography

I’m With the Brand?

There is no monolithic market. We are a nation of niches.

If your goal is to get potential buyers to identify with your brand, you must vary your representation of beyond the vanilla and generic in your advertising. 

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Topics: Fashion Photography, Lifestyle Photography

Did the CIA “Weaponize” Pollock’s Paintings?

Painter Jackson Pollock, dubbed “Jack the Dripper” by Time magazine, was both admired and influential, but did he work for the CIA?

Not exactly. However, the CIA did use abstract expressionism as part of Cold War propaganda aimed at the Soviet Union. In the ‘50s, American critics were encouraged to contrast the “freedom of expression” represented by Pollock’s work with the grim social realism associated with the European art scene. The political goal was to promote a cultural shift, making New York, not Paris, the epicenter of the art world. 

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Topics: Fine Art, American Art History

This Summer’s Hot Ticket Is from NASA

There may be nothing new under the Sun, but an adventure planned for this summer may reveal new things about the planet itself.

Sometime between July 31 and August 19, a Delta IV-Heavy launch vehicle will make a night launch from Kennedy Space Center. It will carry the Parker Solar Probe, years in the making.

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Topics: Science and Technology

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