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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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

Hygge Whispers a Promise of Comfort

Awareness of hygge started as a soft whisper in 2015. 

By 2016, the world took the Danish concept of deep comfort and contentment in simple moments and hugged it to its heart. Hygge how-to books hit the bestseller lists and Pinterest boards filled up with ahh-some images of steaming mugs of cocoa, slippers, napping kittens, and couples by the fire, cocooned in blankets.

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Topics: Lifestyle Photography

Step inside the world of John Newcomb

The Line Between Humans and Animals

Painter John Newcomb uses acrylic on canvas to quite literally blur the line between humans and animals. With each image, Newcomb introduces the viewer to a new combination of creature and human behavior. Often, animal heads and even torsos adorn human bodies in action, working out, incarcerated, having tea, or dressed impeccably. These hybrid creatures each maintain their own personalities, covering both a variety of positions in human society and an array of animals. Chimps, walruses, peacocks, toucans, gorillas and many others reside in saturated settings, painted in a straightforward manner.
 
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Topics: Fine Art

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