Inside Photo Secrets for Authors
Storytelling through photography has long been a powerful method of connecting people emotionally. For authors and writers, the use of photography can greatly assist in reaching and retaining readers. However, the digitization of photography has left the public largely confused about this new medium’s rules and regulations.
At Sisters in Crime – Austin’s March 9 meeting, member Laura Oles, a photo industry journalist and author of Digital Photography for Busy Women, will cover some current issues surrounding digital photography.
Topics to be covered will include:
- Basic guidelines for using photos on your author blog & website
- Creative Commons: What it is and why it matters
- When you can and cannot use photos you find online
- How to determine if a photo has been edited (for fictional story lines, etc)
- What metadata is and what it tells you about the photo
- How to use photography to strengthen your author page and blog posts
- Tips for taking that perfect author headshot
- Examples & resources for writers to find photos to use under license
- General photography tips for powerful imagery
- Why authors should use Pinterest & how to get started
Laura Oles was fortunate enough to have entered the digital photography industry long before Photoshop had become a verb. She is a founding team member of Pixel Magic Imaging, which was purchased by DNP Photo Imaging America in 2006, and has continued to advocate for digital solutions that improve the experience for shooters of all skill levels. She spent over ten years building and leading sales and marketing teams and understands the challenges of helping businesses establish a strong, unique presence in a crowded marketplace.
Laura has published over 200 articles in industry and consumer magazines and has been a columnist for Digital Camera Magazine, Memory Makers Magazine, Picture Business, PhotoInduced, ClubMom (now Cafe Mom) and others. Her book, Digital Photography for Busy Women, was named a photography category finalist in USA Book News.com’s ‘Best Books’ awards. In addition, she has served as an expert speaker for a variety of imaging conferences and conventions across the country. She continues to consult and write for the digital photo industry.
Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter (Austin) meets the second Sunday of each month at 2:00 p.m., at Recycled Reads, 5335 Burnet Road, Austin. Meetings are free and open to the public.