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Susan Montgomery

I'm a stock photographer, with focus on editorial, classic cars, travel, and nature.
Susan Montgomery has written 136 posts for Susan Montgomery Photos

Writing an Artist Statement

I have written Artist Statements for a number of shows now, and I remember not knowing at first what to include in them, so for those of you who are new, here are some suggestions based on what I have done myself and from reading others’ artists statements at the shows I have been in. … Continue reading

Shooting stock photos – Tall Ship Celebration, Bay City, MI

This is one from last summer, catching up.  Went with a friend to the Tall Ship Celebration in Bay City, MI last summer, had a great time touring some of the masted ships: Since the point was to spend a lot of time looking at the ships I had plenty of time to take photos … Continue reading

Milestone – Car detail photos at local coffeehouse

I mentioned in May 2016 that some of my car details photos had been accepted for exhibit at Sweetwaters Cafe on Liberty in Ann Arbor, and it actually happened. The organizer, landscape artist Ruth Krzyzowski, of the Ann Arbor Women Artists, was super helpful in making the process run smoothly. Among other things, AAWA handles art exhibits … Continue reading

Milestone – Third Anniversary!

So today is the third anniversary of my blog. Stats for the first three years: 77 followers 137 posts 3574 visitors 8,528 views Glad to see people are reading, hope some got some useful ideas and advice from the posts – and I know, it’s not a huge number or anything, and some of you get this many … Continue reading

End of 2016 reflection – The American Dream?

So in the past few months I’ve done a lot of thinking about my photography, and coincidentally watched “Hope Floats,” one of my favorite movies…  One character, Justin Matisse (Harry Connick Jr.), who didn’t make it big when he left his hometown, returns home to paint houses while designing and building his dream home. The scene … Continue reading

Milestone – “White on Black” Accepted to Black and White exhibit!

So the Iceland exhibit I proposed to Gifts of Art didn’t pan out, BUT, “White on Black” was accepted to the Riverside Arts Center’s Black and White Exhibit August 5-27, 2016. I’m tickled to pieces… :)

Monthly reflections – June 2016 – Taking a break…

So it’s time for the end of June 2016 posting, and I realize that in a month when I would have thought I would have made time for photography… I haven’t. I think back to two years ago when I had such a blast taking photographs at the Ypsilanti 4th of July parade, I remember really … Continue reading

From Digital Photography School – Composition in Travel Photos

From Digital Photography School, another National Geographic photographer, Bob Holmes, shares composition tips. They include Knowing your equipment inside out, so it doesn’t get in the way of your photography Developing and educating your eye Finding the “punctuation” in a photograph Seeking strong colors, geometry Injecting excitement and interest Taking responsibility for everything that is in … Continue reading

From Picture Correct and B&H – Nature Photography Tips from a National Geographic Photographer

Many of us dream of becoming a National Geographic  photographer..  Picture Correct recently posted a video of a B&H sponsored session by photographer Michael Melford, where he describes some of his travels and experiences.  Definitely worth the time! Catch it here. You can access other B&H-sponsored videos about composition and technique in photography here there are many worthwhile ones! … Continue reading

Monthly reflections – May 2016

As in May 2015, day job took longer than I recalled, but did have a great week-end in Chicago that included some photography, so I’ll be writing about that soon.  I did find some logo photos I didn’t finish processing, plus the Lansing photos. So here are the most recent photos in my Shutterstock page, which … Continue reading

Milestone – second anniversary!

So today it’s been two years since I started this blog. Happy anniversary :) Glad I’ve been able to keep it up for a couple years, have tried to give back for all I have learned by sharing some ideas with others.  Let’s see the stats for those two years: 130 posts 2,966 visitors 7,361 views … Continue reading

Shooting stock photos – Lansing photo day

Had a good day trip with my sister to Lansing Michigan back in March, it was good to get away from the day job for a while.  Some reflections: I googled “things to do in Lansing” for some ideas of places to go Went with the flow when I ran into unexpected things like this … Continue reading

Monthly reflections February-April 2016

Well, so it’s been a couple months since I last blogged in mid-March, just noticed I didn’t even post a Monthly Reflections from February, so some catching up to do… What I realized around the end of March was that I was stretching myself too thin, and something had to go, and this blog was feeling more … Continue reading

Milestone – Accepted to AAWA Spring 2016 juried show!

Another update, that Big Blue, one of the photos I had exhibited at the BluePrint magazine exhibit was accepted into the Ann Arbor Women Artists‘ 2016 juried show, which took place March 13 – April 29 at the Ann Arbor District Library Malletts Creek Branch I had a great time at the opening reception talking to … Continue reading

Milestone – Car photos accepted for two month exhibit at local coffeehouse

So I mentioned back in August that I had become a member of the Ann Arbor Women Artists, who organize many of the art exhibits in coffeehouses around town. I was thrilled to learn in March they accepted 11 photos from the Car Details series to be displayed at Sweetwaters Cafe on Liberty in Ann … Continue reading

From Picture Correct – How to become a professional photographer

Picture Correct has a great infographic on how to become a professional photographer, with steps to take and resources for each step.  I’m glad to see I can actually consider myself a professional photographer after looking at it! The major sections they address, with many details within, are: Decide what kind of photographer you want … Continue reading

From Picture Correct – 28 Genius Photoshop Tricks

From Picture Correct, a bunch (28!) of really great photoshop tricks. I knew a few but I know I’m going to want to remember these: Quickly whiten teeth Merge all layers to new layer The rotate view tool Change layer opacity hotkey Choose layers trick Move layers trick Change unit of measure Undo more steps … Continue reading

Shooting Stock Photos – Detroit solo photo day

A couple week-ends ago I found myself with some free time on a nice sunny day, so I went into Detroit to take photographs, my small way to help out by providing positive images of Detroit for stock photo needs – I had a blast! Spent over an hour at Eastern Market, caught some new shots … Continue reading

Monthly reflections – January 2016

Other than the news of photos accepted to Blueprint, not much to report for January. I’ve made some time for photography, most of it photographing some logos between running errands and also submitting photos to other stock websites, trying to catch up there… I’ve been so successful with Shutterstock that it feels like a lot … Continue reading

Milestone – Photos accepted by Blueprint 2016

Got some great news recently – The four photos I submitted to Blueprint, my college’s literary magazine, were accepted!  They were: Alone – From the Skogafoss waterfall in Iceland Big blue – taken at the Glacier Lagoon in Iceland: White on black – Ice on the sand near the Glacier Lagoon: Stand out – It spoke … Continue reading

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