Lessons from a Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher passed away today, and I heard a remarkable quote that I think we would do well to learn from. It is from the movie "The Iron Lady", which doesn't mean it is an accurate quote. It is at least in her character, if not her voice. But it is still something we can learn from her.

Watch your thoughts for they become words.

Watch your words for they become actions.

Watch your actions for they become... habits.

Watch your habits, for they become your character.

 And watch your character, for it becomes your destiny!

What we think we become.

~Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher 2011

Reminds me of something my mother used to say, though hers was much shorter: "Practice make permanent." 

When you take a shot, practice good habits, lest bad ones become routine.

Rest well, Lady of Iron.

Copyrights and Photography

I'm a believer of protecting your work with registering a copyright of the image with the Library of Congress. It is cheap (only $35 online for a bunch of images) and gives you options should your images be misused that you wouldn't have otherwise. I got turned on to it by reading a book on copyright from the Copyright Zone Blog. Ed Greenberg and Jack Reznicki have been talking about this subject for a while.  I would suggest you read their book, but it is out of print currently (ebook coming soon). 

The video is a tad over 2 hours, but worth every minute.

My Weekend Project

I have been wanting to get a new background for my photo studio setup. Up until last week, I only had two backgrounds. a 10'x20' black and a 10'x20' white background. I also have a roll of grey seamless (which is a great option btw, I'll go more into that in a future post). I saw a project on DIYPhotography about how to create your own background, so I decided to give it a try. I began with their suggested steps and recipe as ​a starting point, but I let my own imagination carry me in a slightly different direction.

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For New Years Day: A List of Photographic Resources in the Charlotte, NC area

I wanted to take a bit of time today to link to a bunch of resources I have found helpful to know about and utilize in the Charlotte area. The Charlotte photographic community is very large, as is appropriate for it's size.  We even have a couple of what I think of as unique resources.

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