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Bill Wells

Bill Wells 

Photographer whose best camera is the one left at home. Trusted by Google to create Street View panoramas. Missing beaches with blue water.

Occupation: Photography (creating "See Inside" panoramic spheres for Street View | Trusted.)

Location: Lansdowne, VA

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Lotus Carroll1,777,588This is the Event for our October Self Portrait Challenge: Your Greatest Fear. We figured we'd go beyond just a general "Halloween" theme, but still keep the "fright factor" alive. So show us something that absolutely terrifies you! Here is where you enter your ONE Self Portrait with a "Greatest Fear" theme. Your photo must have been captured during this month. This Event remains open until 11:59 CST October 31st, so you have until then to create and enter your best photo from this month. (The dates on the Event are truncated, but you can submit a photo anytime, all month long.) Please read all rules (scroll down). Not adhering to rules will get you disqualified. *Inspiration* Moderators of the Art of Self Portraiture Community are not eligible to win, but we'll be putting our photos into the Event in the hopes that you'll be inspired. If you have questions or need help, please pop into the Community http://goo.gl/M7XTQ and ask away! We have categories for questions and discussion and are happy to help with anything.  *Prizes* @100266938567862344330 Blue City Walker 20 http://goo.gl/LbDMIy $150 Gift Certificate for @108289626026839048870 http://www.borrowlenses.com @100424993750772730018 1 Year Awesome Account @101789561086090624750 Discontinued Strap http://www.capturingcouture.com/collections/the-sale-rack 1 Year of @118357019708110162087 Basic http://www.smugmug.com/photos/photo-sharing-features Please circle these sponsors - we love their products and services and it's great that they support our learning and growing together. Having them circled is a requirement to be a winner. :) There will be 5 winners. 1st place winner selects choice of 5 prizes. 2nd place selects choice of 4 remaining prizes. 3rd place selects choice of remaining 3 prizes. 4th place selects choice of remaining 2 prizes. 5th place receives the remaining prize. Winners must respond within 24 hours of being contacted or new winners will be chosen. At the end of the month, the Owners and Moderators of The Art of Self Portraiture Community will vote on the submissions and choose 1st, 2nd, & 3rd, 4th, & 5th place winners. Please note that this is subjective (art always is!) and so we'll be basing our votes purely on our own opinions. Everyone who enters a photo is already a winner, of course. :) *Please Remember These Rules:* *Enter Only Your Own Work *Enter Only ONE Photo *Only SELF PORTRAITS *Must adhere to this month's theme. *Photo Must Be Taken in October 2014 (EXIF data must reflect this) *Can Only Win Once Every 6 Months *Winners Must Respond Within 24 Hours of Contact *Circle Our Prize Sponsors *No Trickery or Spamming *We Reserve The Right To Remove Entries/Participants for Misconduct *Anything Outside Guidelines/Rules Disqualifies A ParticipantOctober Self Portrait Challenge: Your Greatest Fear2014-10-29 06:00:0093  
Victor Bezrukov1,661,955 Everybody welcome to join the coffee party BYC ( bring your coffee ) don't forget to upload your coffee-images ! Virtual coffee party2012-06-27 22:30:00144  

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Looks familiar ... Just can't put a name to the face.

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Happy Pi Day!

Happy Birthday to Albert Einstein!

Happy Pi Day!

Happy Birthday to Albert Einstein!___

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2016-03-09 20:34:13 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

13 Photography Channels on YouTube You Should Follow

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13 Photography Channels on YouTube You Should Follow

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2016-03-09 20:32:50 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

This guy combines portraits of A-listers to create flawless superhuman celebrities

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This guy combines portraits of A-listers to create flawless superhuman celebrities

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2016-03-08 01:56:26 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

With all the cat photos, this alternative shot from a Google Street View job this morning at a 'resort' kennel (doggy day care). A cute dog followed me around the shoot. As I was packing up, he checked out everything in my cases, then gave me a sneaky wet one on the cheek ...

Puppy love!

With all the cat photos, this alternative shot from a Google Street View job this morning at a 'resort' kennel (doggy day care). A cute dog followed me around the shoot. As I was packing up, he checked out everything in my cases, then gave me a sneaky wet one on the cheek ...

Puppy love!___

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2016-03-06 03:24:02 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Except this one, cat photos are usually bypassed. ..

The Two Biggest Reasons for Being Angry___Except this one, cat photos are usually bypassed. ..

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2016-03-06 02:58:41 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Our friends at +darktable org released a major new version of their free/libre digital photography software. If you are a Linux or a Mac user, check it out!

Our friends at +darktable org released a major new version of their free/libre digital photography software. If you are a Linux or a Mac user, check it out!___

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2016-03-06 02:53:11 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

New release 1.6.9 of the G'MIC image processing framework is ready for download. Nice improvements have been done on the computation core (particularly the math evaluator), as well as various new filters and bug fixes. I hope you'll keep enjoying G'MIC just as we enjoy doing it ! (even if this represents an insane amount of work for a small team like ours ;) ).

New release 1.6.9 of the G'MIC image processing framework is ready for download. Nice improvements have been done on the computation core (particularly the math evaluator), as well as various new filters and bug fixes. I hope you'll keep enjoying G'MIC just as we enjoy doing it ! (even if this represents an insane amount of work for a small team like ours ;) ).___

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2016-03-03 21:15:56 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Comic: Why You Should Befriend Failure as a Photographer

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Comic: Why You Should Befriend Failure as a Photographer

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2016-03-03 21:14:34 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Top 5 Make Up Artists on Instagram and How They Will Make You A Better Portrait Photogapher

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Top 5 Make Up Artists on Instagram and How They Will Make You A Better Portrait Photogapher

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2016-03-02 23:19:26 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

A Brilliant Photo Series That Captures the Deliciously Apprehensive Moment Just Before Disaster Strikes

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A Brilliant Photo Series That Captures the Deliciously Apprehensive Moment Just Before Disaster Strikes

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2016-03-02 23:14:52 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Eerily Beautiful Photos of Crumbling Utopian Housing Projects in Paris

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Eerily Beautiful Photos of Crumbling Utopian Housing Projects in Paris

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One month later. Snow still hasn't melted.

One month later. Snow still hasn't melted.___

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2016-02-22 22:57:56 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

The Simplest and Most Effective One Light Setup I've Ever Used

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The Simplest and Most Effective One Light Setup I've Ever Used

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2016-02-22 22:55:56 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Hack Your Reflector By Cutting a Hole in the Middle

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Hack Your Reflector By Cutting a Hole in the Middle

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2016-02-19 23:54:19 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Advice: Buy a micro 4/3 camera.
Picked up an Olympus OMD E-M10. Put a 9mm lenscap fisheye on and hit the touch screen (by accident). Don't know why it took so long to "see the light". Simply amazing features.

Advice: Buy a micro 4/3 camera.
Picked up an Olympus OMD E-M10. Put a 9mm lenscap fisheye on and hit the touch screen (by accident). Don't know why it took so long to "see the light". Simply amazing features.___

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2016-02-08 13:34:11 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

5 Deadly Terms Used by a Woman

Follow: +Interesting Things

5 Deadly Terms Used by a Woman

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2016-01-24 13:15:03 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Count the buried cars. So deep, the snow plows got stuck.

#TheMorningAfter

Count the buried cars. So deep, the snow plows got stuck.

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2016-01-23 14:44:05 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

TV 4 just flashed we need to shovel every 4 hours. Are you guys nuts ... another foot coming. Y'all should've paid more attention in physics class.

TV 4 just flashed we need to shovel every 4 hours. Are you guys nuts ... another foot coming. Y'all should've paid more attention in physics class.___

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2016-01-23 14:15:07 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

A color image of #Blizzard2016 in DC. I'll just pretend I'm Maldives and it's a little foggy.

A color image of #Blizzard2016 in DC. I'll just pretend I'm Maldives and it's a little foggy.___

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2016-01-22 18:20:28 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Snowmageddon '16 - Mention "snow" in DC and all signs of intelligence are temporarily lost.

Say "Epic Blizzard" (thanks MSNBC) and it becomes Zombie-Land. 

Snowmageddon '16 - Mention "snow" in DC and all signs of intelligence are temporarily lost.

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2016-01-20 01:21:22 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Looks familiar ... Just can't put a name to the face.

Looks familiar ... Just can't put a name to the face.___

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2016-01-18 17:24:13 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Humor: The First Movie Shot Entirely with a Toyota Prius Backup Camera

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Humor: The First Movie Shot Entirely with a Toyota Prius Backup Camera

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2016-01-14 16:58:16 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Perhaps GIMP ...

Can anyone suggest a Linux Light room replacement?

Perhaps GIMP ...

Can anyone suggest a Linux Light room replacement?___

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2016-01-13 01:41:04 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

How to Shoot with 3 Lighting Setups in 1 Second

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How to Shoot with 3 Lighting Setups in 1 Second

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2016-01-09 18:42:49 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

Good afternoon 

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Woman's Hilarious Parody Portraits Recreate Popular Celebrity Instagram Photos

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Woman's Hilarious Parody Portraits Recreate Popular Celebrity Instagram Photos

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Shooting 7 Headshots on 1 Wall with 1 Model

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Shooting 7 Headshots on 1 Wall with 1 Model

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2016-01-01 01:17:20 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

I'm done. See ya' later Photoshop.

My 2016 resolution is to cut the cord. I have only one Apple MacBook. Can't remember the year I bought it, but immediately upgraded the disk and memory. Got wet once. Didn't work for awhile, but does now despite the DVD stuck in the drive.

Heard about Affinity Photo in a tweet by David Hobby today. Checked the site. Couldn't believe my antique
Macbook met the system requirements. Downloaded the trial. It is absolutely amazing. Intuitive interface. No junk that I'll never use. And it's only around $40 (one time, not monthly}. Will finish my 10-day trial. Scrounge up some cash for a maxed Macbook Pro, and then ... Bye bye, Adobe Cloud.

This is an old Moscow photo I had previously worked in Photoshop. So easy to enhance in Affinity in about 1 minute.

I'm done. See ya' later Photoshop.

My 2016 resolution is to cut the cord. I have only one Apple MacBook. Can't remember the year I bought it, but immediately upgraded the disk and memory. Got wet once. Didn't work for awhile, but does now despite the DVD stuck in the drive.

Heard about Affinity Photo in a tweet by David Hobby today. Checked the site. Couldn't believe my antique
Macbook met the system requirements. Downloaded the trial. It is absolutely amazing. Intuitive interface. No junk that I'll never use. And it's only around $40 (one time, not monthly}. Will finish my 10-day trial. Scrounge up some cash for a maxed Macbook Pro, and then ... Bye bye, Adobe Cloud.

This is an old Moscow photo I had previously worked in Photoshop. So easy to enhance in Affinity in about 1 minute.___

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Check out @Microsoft's Tweet: https://twitter.com/Microsoft/status/679428906940690432?s=09

Check out @Microsoft's Tweet: https://twitter.com/Microsoft/status/679428906940690432?s=09___

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Ran across this older post of Don Giannatti. Do you believe?

10 Beliefs That Suck the Life out of Photographers

What if I told you that it’s not the industry, the bad economy, where you live, what camera you shoot with, how many lights you have or how small your Facebook following is that is holding you back. None of those are truly capable of stopping you, they are only challenges for you to meet — the same challenges everyone who creates art or starts a business has to meet and beat.

The things that are truly holding you back are your own beliefs. Belief that it IS one of those reasons above. Believing that it is a geography thing that keeps you from excelling, or what gear you use or how many lights you take with you is more damaging than any REAL challenge you will ever have to meet.

Because they have no substance, these limiting beliefs can grow to fitany... more »

Ran across this older post of Don Giannatti. Do you believe?

10 Beliefs That Suck the Life out of Photographers

What if I told you that it’s not the industry, the bad economy, where you live, what camera you shoot with, how many lights you have or how small your Facebook following is that is holding you back. None of those are truly capable of stopping you, they are only challenges for you to meet — the same challenges everyone who creates art or starts a business has to meet and beat.

The things that are truly holding you back are your own beliefs. Belief that it IS one of those reasons above. Believing that it is a geography thing that keeps you from excelling, or what gear you use or how many lights you take with you is more damaging than any REAL challenge you will ever have to meet.

Because they have no substance, these limiting beliefs can grow to fit any size needed to keep you from moving forward. If it was simply a wall in front of you, there would be many different ways to move on. Scale it, go around it, blow it up… all sorts of ways to get it done.
But if the wall is a creation inside your mind, there is no way around it, it will grow higher than any ladder you have and it becomes impervious to any and all attempts to blow it up. It does this insidiousness because we want it to. We control its size and power.

So lets look at ten beliefs and maybe offer a suggestion on how they may be more in our heads than in our reality.

#1: We must have professional level gear to be a pro.

No. We may need it at some point, but before we get to that point we need to make a gazillion images with the gear we have. And if we cannot make images that people want to pay us for with what we have, chances are they will still not want to buy them when they are made with pro gear. A crappy image is a crappy image no matter how many pixels there are.

#2: We have to live in a big city.

No. You may have to have access to a big city, but then again you do have Internet, FedEx, the USPS, and a phone. There are many photographers who are working for major clients while living in the rural town of their choice. They simply wanted to live there more than the big city, and they found the ways to do it.

#3: We must have a portfolio equal to Avedon or McCurry to even be considered.

No. We must have a portfolio of course. And it must have wonderful images in it, but everyone starts somewhere, and clients know that. You may not get picked up by Vogue for a shoot with a small portfolio, but there are indeed other magazines that will hire you, and pay you, and help you build your work to be worthy of Vogue.

#4: We have to have thousands of hours experience.

No… mostly. We DO need experience. We DO need to have some work under our belts in order to get the big gigs. But we need to do a lot of small gigs to build a book that will get us the bigger gigs… and then the really big gigs. It is a process, one that starts small and grows.

#5: We must never work for free.

No. Working for free is sometimes the ONLY way to get the experience, credibility and inroads that allow us to work for pay. NEVER be exploited by working for free, but learn to recognize opportunity as a huge currency that is many times worth more than the paltry fees the gig may pay. (Note: If you are not sure which is which, you may NOT be ready… so keep working on learning the business.)

#6: We must have a huge Internet following to be considered.

No. In fact most working photographers have only a portfolio and simple blog. Some do indeed have a big following on some social platforms, but the majority do not. Instead they have a following of clients that they work hard for, and couldn’t care less about social media fame.

The working world still has not caught up to the interwebs, and although I do think that building a solid online brand is important, it will mean less than diddly when you are pitching a real client for a real gig.

#7: We obviously suck because the pros do it so easily.

No. The pros simply have more experience, more hours setting up lights, a ton of history in doing that same thing, and they are still busting their butts to make it more perfect, more special than last time. They do make it LOOK easy, but take it from me – they are still sweating bullets. They’re just better at hiding it than you are.

#8: “All we need is…”

No. We call that the magic bullet syndrome. All we need is “one good job” or “that new lens” or “a bigger studio” or… NO. There is no magic bullet, no shortcut, no “easy” button or challenge buster that can be purchased. There is only a commitment to the struggle, and a focus on the outcome.

#9: Professional photographers are special, with special talents and special lives.

No. They are just like everyone else. They (aside from a very select few) didn’t get there by luck, or anointment – they worked hard and long and with focus to get to that point. Yes, some have incredible ways of seeing the world, but then they have worked at that as well. You see, they take a lot of photographs — a heck of a lot of photographs — to develop that vision.

#10: No one is able to make a living in this business anymore.

No. That is horse apples. There are thousands of working commercial photographers. And they are going to be shooting tomorrow. Some you may know, and most you will not have heard of – or from. Not every photographer is on Facebook whining about how bad it is out there… only the ones for whom it is bad out there.

And I can assure you for every photographer that is complaining or whining about it, there is one doing it. Making the images, doing the marketing, creating their vision and always ALWAYS holding that picture of what will be in front of their eyes.

Yes, there are a lot of other challenges that must be met. It is a different world than it was a dozen or two years ago, but it is still an occupation that has growth and possibilities. They youngsters know it. One couple turned weekend trips into free image giveaways that is now making them a a tidy living while starting to accept assignments. Another photographer who shoots for major corporations lives in a tiny town in West Texas. I know a product shooter who lives in Portland, and is marketing all over his region — and nationally.

I am not a Pollyanna, but I am a positive person when it comes to people and their capabilities. You may have to give up some things in order to do other things – we call that “duh” – but that is still in your control. Watch less TV, spend more time making pictures, capture a weekend a month for project work, and make building your photography business a priority.

Whether you want to go into business or simply make better photographs, the power to do that lies within you. What you listen to, what you agree with, and the people that influence you all have a big measure of influence on how you see yourself and this world of images.

You can control that measure of influence. It is YOUR life, and I would suggest you stop participating in the pity parties and the “oh whoa is us” crowd and make images. Obviously it didn’t work out for them, and now their main goal is to stop you from making it a go. What would it mean to them if you succeeded where they failed.

It’s far easier to blame the world for their failures than to watch someone else actually win. And even if that is not reality, it can become their reality if they believe it strong enough.

Before you believe everything question everything. When someone says “nobody can make a living in this anymore” look around for someone who is, and find out what they are doing. If something sounds improbable, it may be. Research it. Nail it down.

There is a simple way to work around these challenges. Make more images. Make images that compel others to view them. Making images is the best possible thing that photographers can do to advance their work and their business. So put this computer away and go out into the world… click, baby, click!

About the author: Don Giannatti is a photographer, designer, and writer who has never owned a Subaru or an Escalade. He once owned a PT Cruiser, but that it a long and tortured story not fit for telling without a few beers. He lives and works in Phoenix, Arizona, and prefers Mexican food to anything else. In fact, there may not be anything else.
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