Q: Where are you?A:
Columbus, OhioQ: Where did you take these pictures?
A: I try to note where I take my photos on the Deviations, but I take photos in a variety of places, including Columbus State Community College
downtown Inniswood Metro Gardens
in Westerville Blendon Woods Metro Park
in Westerville Sharon Woods Metro Park
Hoover Reservoir in Westerville Alum Creek Dam
in Delaware, OhioQ: Why is your stock faceless?A:
There are several answers to this, take your pick:
Answer 1: I may try doing some stock that isn't, but I'm a private person, and some people seem to think that they have free license to treat models as if they're on AmIHot.com and frankly, that skeeves me out. It also doesn't help that I teach and it might just be too much temptation to students if I were to upload model stock that looks like me. I have great admiration for the stockers who post uncensored images of themselves -- especially nudes!
Answer 2: Over time, it's gotten to be sort of a trademark of my stock account, so why ruin the joke?
Answer 3: Besides, I think some of the neatest stock on DA is the stock that's faceless -- you can project yourself and your ideas into those images easily.Q: Do you take requests for photos?A:
Sure! Just be aware that I don't promise they will be done. I take all requests as suggestions for future photos.Q: Do you take requests for tutorials?A:
Absolutely! Again, I don't promise
to do each and every one, but I do enjoy doing tuts, so I will try to do the ones that haven't been done before. A couple of things to keep in mind:
I like to focus on photomanipulation and photomanip-related tutorials (look at my tutorials section
to get a sense of what I like to do).
I use Photoshop, and while I try to make tuts that will work with as many programs as possible, that's still the program I use, so that's what I know best. I do enjoy making Photoshop tuts, too.
I am open to doing "advanced" versions of tuts I've already done, so feel free to write, "You teach how to do x, but I'd like to do y, which is more advanced. How do I do that?"Q: Why are your stock rules so terse?A:
There's a lot of anger and hurt on DA among stockers whose work has been used without acknowledgment. (See [link]
and I have learned that being straightforward works better than being wishy washy so I don't have
to be angry later. Don't worry, I only bite if you make me mad; otherwise I'm a lovely person.
In the commercial graphic design world (read: where people do photomanips and get paid lotsa money for doing them), people are typically paid hundreds of dollars per image, so requiring the simple courtesy of acknowledgment is quite a bargain. We stockers like the acknowledgment that we contributed -- plus, we like to fav your work! In some ways, telling us benefits you at least as much as it does us -- you get the fav and usually a comment, too!Q: Can I use one of your images to create new stock images?A:
No. Some people do magnificent photomanips they then redistribute as stock for others to use. Though most do a great job of noting whose work they used, the artists who then use the new image often don't. For that reason I'm afraid I've chosen to prohibit the creation of new stock with mine. Sorry!