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February 2012 Digital Dogbowl

January Photo of the Month: Kelly Scaccia

Congratulations go to Kelly Scaccia for winning the NoBS January Photo of the Month. The theme was New Beginnings. Here is Kelly's story:

"I'm going into my sixth year of being a NoBS member, and have made great friendships with many people on this board. I attribute much of my knowledge and growth for both my studio and myself as a photographer from the information posted here and through the friendships I have made. It's hard to believe how time flies.

Many of us members have had our share of exciting and joyous times as well as rough and difficult ones. Sometimes those roads can keep us astray from NoBS for a while, but we always make our way back, right? That's exactly what happened almost three years ago when my niece, Angelina, was diagnosed with Leukemia at 17 months old.

Naturally, my time was consumed with being there for my twin sister, Tammy, my niece and the rest of the family. If I wasn't shooting, I was at her house, on the phone with her, getting her out to get her mind off things or popping in at the clinic on chemo days to help out. Once in a while, I'd post my niece's progress on the boards, but I received many private messages from board members asking how she was doing. If I ever neglected to say it, thank you for keeping her in your thoughts and praying for her.

The right words don't exist to describe what Angelina's two and a half years of chemo treatment have been like for the family. It has been a learning experience for us all that each day of life is a gift and every one of us is a blessing to another.

The Oncology unit at Children's Hospital of Michigan (Detroit) installed a bell, separate from the lobby so it could be rung by the patient receiving his or her last treatment in private. I remember the day when my twin called me, crying, saying she just heard the bell ring for the first time. They were tears of happiness for the family who were closing their chapter on treatment and tears of hope that their day would come soon as well.

On Wednesday, July 27, 2011, it was Angelina's turn to ring the bell. The doctors encouraged each of them to ring it, and when it came Tammy's time, this image says it all...

The image was captured at 1/125 second at f/6.3, ISO 400. I bounced the flash using an SB-800, and of course, the body of my Nikon D700."

Hot Topics On The Forum

  • A New Sales Model? Files? Why or Why Not? " So, I've been doing a lot of thinking about this over the last few days, especially after hearing people use words like "bottom feeders" and "Craigslisters." While I only do digital negative sessions for the Fashion/Glamour and Wedding genres in my market, I wanted to extrapolate out the numbers and see just what they showed us" Digital Files For Sale

  • Do You Post Sneak Peeks? " I have a question and would love your comments on this. Do you post seek peeks on your fanpage and/or blog for clients BEFORE they come in for their sales session? I used too, But found that the client just kept asking for more to be posted and I wouldn't do it. sales were ok but could be better. To Post or Not To Post

  • Teaching Photography-Hot Market-My Flyer"Teaching photography is a very hot market right now and a great way to add to your bottom line. I got to chuckle to myself when I hear photographers sneer at the idea thinking they will be training their competition." Teaching your competition?

  • Toronto Inferno Members Registration "Inferno Workshop 3 Day Photographic Intensive workshop. You can pay in full or split the payments in two...." Sign Up!

  • I need help!! - "Hey everyone! My husband works in administration at a machining company. They produce parts for Caterpillar and Smith & Wesson. The CEO of caterpillar is visiting their shop tomorrow and presenting them with a certification. It's a pretty big deal. He just called asking if I would be willing to photograph his visit. Actually he pretty much begged This is NOT something I've ever done and I would have said a firm NO if it weren't for the fact that my husband asked after the owner of his shop requested me. " Help!

NoBS TeeVee
Catch episode 12 of NoBS TeeVee as Rob broadcasts from beautiful Costa Rica while James stays in the blustery cold of the great north to fish. Watch here.

Webinar Replay: Off Camera Flash with Canon Flashes

NoBS member, Warne Noyce, graciously did a webinar with NoBS to discuss how he uses Canon flashes for his off camera lighting. To watch the replay, click here.

Webinar: Elements of Design with Brian DeMint
If you ever wanted to know about the design elements that make an image really stand out, this webinar is for you. Oh, and Brian DeMint also happens to be one of the featured speakers at the upcoming Toronto Inferno. Here is a link to the replay.

Creative Seniors Ditto Cam

Talk about having the best of both worlds, NoBS members have the distinct privilege of being able to watch reruns of Rob and James on Photography Schoolhouse (aka PSH) Ditto Cam. This episode has Rob demonstrating how to shoot seniors indoors if you happen to live in an area where the weather might not be so great year round. PSH Ditto Cam Replay

Studio Tour: Angie

Angie just opened her studio in September of 2011 and recently had the Grand Opening. Join Rob as he tours the studio with her.


January Fireside Chat

If you missed it, Rob and James had their first "Fireside Chat" last month. It's a free flowing discussion in which the guys let us in on their thoughts about all things photography. Let us know what you thought of it!

Fireside Chat