Duane Hallock Photography: Blog http://duanehallockphotography.com/blog en-us Duane Hallock duane@duanehallock.com (Duane Hallock Photography) Tue, 03 Jan 2017 16:20:00 GMT Tue, 03 Jan 2017 16:20:00 GMT http://duanehallockphotography.com/img/s7/v154/u436472029-o582409249-50.jpg Duane Hallock Photography: Blog http://duanehallockphotography.com/blog 106 120 2017 Calendars http://duanehallockphotography.com/blog/2016/11/2017-calendars Enjoy Midwest scenery year-round
 
For me, photography has always been a fun hobby. For years, I've enjoyed taking pictures and sharing them with family and friends on Facebook and Instagram.
 
Over time, people began suggesting that I publish my photos, perhaps in a coffee table book, on note cards or in a pictorial calendar. Though flattered, I didn't know how to respond. Never had I considered growing my hobby into a business.
 
Never was that my aspiration, so I deflected the early suggestions to publish my pictures. For starters, I had no idea where to begin. Besides, I was already busy working full-time at a job that I love.
 
Continued promptings, though, aroused my curiosity. After talking with a few trusted friends, I created a website to respond to people requesting to use my pictures in magazine, on corporate websites or as home décor.
 
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Eventually, I began exploring options to self-publish, and that led me to discover a specialty publishing company that would allow me to print high-quality products at a very reasonable price.
 
To test the waters, I recently ordered a limited supply of 2017 calendars. Though I won't be promoting them heavily, I am offering them for sale to family and friends. For anyone who might be interested, here is information on 1) the calendars, 2) the purchasing process and 3) my online gallery of favorite photos.
 
2017 Photo Calendar
 
Printed on sturdy, high-quality paper, the 11” x 8.5” landscape calendars are spiral-bound and hole-punched, making them ideal for hanging in your home or office.
 
2017-07 - July2017-07 - July Each month features a vibrant, colorful photo of scenic landscapes, historic buildings or seasonal colors around the Kansas City area. The format of the large, monthly calendar allows you to mark birthdays, remember anniversaries, plan vacations and schedule other important events.
 
As the new year approaches, I can envision the calendars making great gifts for family members, college students away from home, business contacts, friends and others who would enjoy the Midwest scenery year-round.
 
Purchasing Information
 
Reasonably priced at $19.95, each calendar can be shipped (for an additional $3.50 in postage costs) anywhere within the United States.
 
Orders may be placed using this two-step process:
 
1. Click on this PayPal link to make a purchase: paypal.me/DuaneHallock/23.45.
 
2. Send your postal address to me at duane@duanehallock.com.
 
You may also make a purchase via Facebook Messenger if you would prefer not to use PayPal.
 
My Online Photo Gallery
 
You may browse through a few of my favorite photos at duanehallockphotography.com. There you will find my photos available in a variety of formats – digital downloads, prints and even framed and mounted pictures. I especially like the look of the home décor products where the pictures are printed on canvas, metal or professional-quality photo paper.
 
I'm grateful for the many friends who have encouraged me to take this journey. And I'm thankful for the photographers, both amateur and professional, who continue to inspire me with their works on Instagram and other places.
 
Speaking of Instagram, I’d be happy to connect with you there if we’re not already following each other. You may find my profile at instagram.com/duanehallock. Thank you.
 
2017 CalendarThe colorful calendars will brighten your family room, kitchen, hallway or work place.
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duane@duanehallock.com (Duane Hallock Photography) http://duanehallockphotography.com/blog/2016/11/2017-calendars Tue, 01 Nov 2016 15:19:00 GMT
I've finally launched my new photo website http://duanehallockphotography.com/blog/2016/6/website-launched Photography has long been an enjoyable hobby, allowing me to express my creativity in new ways. Just for fun, I began sharing my photos on Facebook and Instagram where I appreciated the growing number of likes, followers and comments.

Over time, people began asking to use my pictures for various personal or business purposes. Some wanted to publish them in brochures or on a company's website. Others wanted to decorate their homes or offices with my framed pictures.

I was flattered, but I honestly didn't know how to respond. I'd never taken pictures with the idea that I might sell or license them. To me, photography was a fun hobby, not a business. I had no systems in place to share or even sell my photos.

Then several people went a step further by encouraging me to publish a coffee table book of my photos. Others wanted to buy a pictorial calendar.

Honestly, I didn't know the best ways to share my pictures, so I sought the advice of friends and other photographers. I began exploring various options and several months ago I purchased the domain name duanehallockphotography.com. After a steep learning curve, I have finally completed the first phase of building my website, though it will be an ongoing work in progress.

On my website you will find my photos are available in a variety of options, including:

  • Digital downloads. The pictures may be downloaded to your computer or mobile device for either personal or commercial use.
  • Prints. Prints are available in several sizes and in various formats.
  • Framed or mounted pictures. The photos can be printed on canvas, on professional-quality photo paper or even on aluminum. Various framing options are also available.
  • Photo books. Two books featuring my photos will soon be available, and more may follow.
  • Calendar. The 2017 calendar is in the works, but it's a seasonal item and probably won't be of much interest to anyone until October or November.

Well, there you have it! My new website has launched. In case you're wondering, I am not quitting my full-time job as a corporate communicator. This is just an extension of my photography hobby.

Since I'm new to this, I would greatly value your advice and feedback as I continue to learn. Thank you for your ongoing encouragement and support.

Duane

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duane@duanehallock.com (Duane Hallock Photography) http://duanehallockphotography.com/blog/2016/6/website-launched Sun, 12 Jun 2016 11:00:00 GMT
I've gradually found my niche in photography http://duanehallockphotography.com/blog/2016/5/photography-niche After snapping thousands of pictures and sharing hundreds of them online, I've gradually discovered my niche in photography. I now have a fairly clear understanding of who I am, and also who I am not.

For starters, I am a photographer who likes to shoot landscapes, scenery, historical sights and other things I find interesting.

By choice, I am not a portrait or event photographer. Although I'm flattered when people have asked me to shoot weddings, senior pictures or family portraits, I know that's not my specialty. I redirect such queries to other photographers who can do that so much better than can I.

My photography tends to focus on finding things I find uplifting, wholesome and inspiring. I look for beauty that is often hidden in plain sight. My style parallels the advice given in Philippians 4:8. Paraphrased for the context of this posting, the text says, "Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—then take pictures of such things."

Early on, I experimenting with using my camera for humor or sarcasm, but I did not find that to be very rewarding. I've also tried to document urban decay, abandoned neighborhoods or dilapidated buildings. I've chosen to look beyond the blight and to use my creativity to discover the positive within the negative. One can almost always find the extraordinary embedded within the ordinary.

A mentor once told me, "Whatever you focus on expands." I've found that to be true with my photography. As I've look for beauty, I have become more and more aware of it.

Photography has allowed me take a journey where I've discovered the abundant beauty that has always surrounded me, and always will.

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duane@duanehallock.com (Duane Hallock Photography) http://duanehallockphotography.com/blog/2016/5/photography-niche Sun, 29 May 2016 11:00:00 GMT
What I think about before clicking the shutter http://duanehallockphotography.com/blog/2016/5/three-things  
As I'm setting up a shot, it can be overwhelming to think about all the camera settings, the rules of photography and the story I want the picture to convey. Therefore, I tend to focus my thinking on three areas – composition, lighting and vantage point.
 
  1. Composition. I think about what’s going to be included in the picture. Through the viewfinder, I look for the rule of thirds where the main focus is off center. I like to provide context by framing a picture with a tree, a doorway or some other object. Growing up in Colorado, I learned that a picture of a distant, magnificent mountain range is much more interesting if it includes a nearby shrub, a tree or a person to provide context and perspective.
  2. Lighting. As I initially survey a photo opportunity, I look at how well-lit the subject is. I also pay attention to where the light is coming from. A midday sun is harsh and often washes out the vibrancy of a photo’s colors. Many times I have spotted a great photo opportunity at noon, but returned at sunset to capture an even better picture. I’m especially fond of shooting during the “golden hour,” that magical time during the hour after sunrise or the hour before sunset.
  3. Vantage point. I think about the angle I’ll shoot from. I even obsess over it, walking around the subject to get just the most interesting angle. I’ll take a step or two to the left. Then to the right. Then forward. Then backwards. Once I’ve found the right spot, I’ll consider shooting from ground level, or perhaps holding the camera high over my head. I'm looking for something out-of-the-ordinary, something unique and interesting.
If I juggle too many thoughts in my mind, I become a technician handling hardware. By focusing on these three items, I can have the zen-like mind of an artist trying to capture a memory worth preserving.
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duane@duanehallock.com (Duane Hallock Photography) http://duanehallockphotography.com/blog/2016/5/three-things Sun, 22 May 2016 11:00:00 GMT
What kind of camera do you use? http://duanehallockphotography.com/blog/2016/5/kind-of-camera The question implies that a good photograph must be the result of using a fancy, expensive camera.

I'm amused because I would never say to a writer, "You have such a way with words. What kind of pen do you use?"

I daily use an expensive fountain pen, but using that pen does not inherently make me a good writer. Neither does shooting with an expensive camera make me a better photographer. A pen, a computer and a camera are all hardware. As important as they are, they will always be a means to an end.

The talented, award-winning photographer Roy Inman tells the story about the father of the boy he was photographing. “Wow! Great shot," exclaimed the father. "That must be a REALLY good camera!” "Yes, yes it is," thought Roy. "Just like the REALLY good piano I have at home. But I can’t play it."

"Photography has nothing to do with cameras," says photographer Lucas Gentry. "Photography is all about the eye. Many people make the mistake of thinking that if only they had a fancy camera, then they would be a better photographer. Or they’ll think that if only they could take a trip to a more beautiful area, then they could take better pictures. I’m here to tell you that those sentiments are simply not true."

I love cameras. Yet I will always remember that a camera is just a tool to help me create pictures that are interesting, creative and artistic. I am not minimizing the importance of mastering the mechanics of a camera. After all, any tool should be used correctly. But I cherish the idea expressed by famed photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson who said, "It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head."

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duane@duanehallock.com (Duane Hallock Photography) http://duanehallockphotography.com/blog/2016/5/kind-of-camera Sun, 15 May 2016 11:00:00 GMT