Take a Guess

Happy Tuesday everyone, This weeks blog is short and sweet. I’ve been goofing around with my macro lens lately during some free time and snapped an abstracted shot (below) I’d like to share. It has been added to the Abstractions gallery. Friends, family, colleagues, if you have been to my home you are ineligible, but anyone else can take a stab at what you think this is. Any guesses? I’d love to hear what you think. Be specific. I will respond next week to any guesses. As always comments, questions, suggestions, and critiques are welcome!...

Condolences to Creenan & Baczkowski Law Office Family

This weeks blog is going to focus on the loss of Attorney Walter F. Baczkowski from Creenan & Baczkowski , PC in Murrysville, PA. Creenan & Baczkowski was one of my first commercial clients several years ago, and I had the honor of shooting corporate portraits for the firm. Although Walter and I only had a chance to speak briefly during the shoot, he gave me the impression of being a mild mannered, soft spoken, and distinguished fellow. I wanted to take the time to pay my respects to Creenan & Baczkowski, PC and the Baczkowski family on their...

A New Heritage Train Engine Image to Add to the Collection

Hi everyone, So I decided to take a break on discussing the business side of photography this week to share a couple new Norfolk Southern Heritage Unit engine images that my son and I got today. Luka LOVES these trains! Those that follow the blog know that we have been trying to get a great shot of all 20 of these specialty trains, and it’s been an ongoing project for the last 2-3 years. This one is #16 of 20 so far for us. 4 to go! Visit the Specialty Trains gallery on this website to see more, or email me bobby@drakulicphotography.com to order prints for the train lover in your life. The special trains are a few years old now and are working engines, which means they travel all over the country hauling freight, oil, coal, or whatever. It is quite rare to capture photographs of them as some may not even be in the area (Pittsburgh) for months or years at a time. Each engine has its own unique throwback paint scheme and are pretty cool to see in person. This engine (below) is NS 8104 Lehigh Valley. It sports a pretty nifty striped “LV” diamond graphic on the nose, and a yellow “LEHIGH VALLEY” down the side. I also captured NS 8102 Pennsylvania a few days ago, but I am adhering to my professional standards and not posting it. It was after dusk, and even with my ISO/shutter speed cranked up I couldn’t get the proper shot of it that I’d want to share. Too much “digital noise” and too dark for me to save it...

More on Commercial Photography/Design/Video

Hi all, I hope that everyone is having a great and profitable week. Keeping with the theme of Commercial Photography from last week, I wanted to introduce 2 great visual marketing partners that I’ve teamed up with. My partners, Rob Hoffman of 77 Design Co and Eric Pensenstadler of Video Horizons LLC and I are working closely together to offer local businesses an opportunity to refresh the face of their business through our visual marketing strategies. Both are not only partners of mine, but I’m also honored to call them friends as well. They are also dedicated to helping your business succeed WITHOUT the use of stock photos/video/ and design work (see last weeks blog rant.) Our goal is to help customize your businesses look to better attract clients. Combined we can offer businesses a wide range of services that include photography, videography, aerial photos/video, a huge range of graphic design and logo creation or enhancement, printing and signage, content writing, social media campaigns, and much more. We can help businesses of all sizes, anything from a small sole proprietor construction company to large manufacturing or tech firms. If your business, or a business you know of is in need of a fresh makeover, give one of us a call today! We’d be happy to answer any questions on how we can help. Bobby Drakulic 724-433-9142 Rob Hoffman-77 Design Co 412-889-3495 Eric Pensenstadler-Video Horizons LLC...

Stock Photography and Stock Design for Your Business? Why?!

Hi folks, This is the 1st blog of the New Year and I hope everyone had safe and wonderful New Years celebrations! A couple of my personal resolutions are to practice my martial arts and meditation daily, better balance my life with only positivity, listen to more classical and blues music (because they help with creativity) and crush the notion that businesses should only use stock photography! I’m going to come out of the corner swinging this year! Stock photography, for those that don’t know, according to Allen Murabayashi of Photo Shelter, is: “one of the most basic components of marketing and advertising and is completely ubiquitous to the modern world. Businesses of all shapes and sizes license stock photos for specific uses that have been previously created to illustrate concepts, services, situations, etc.” You can read more about it here: http://blog.photoshelter.com/2008/06/what-is-stock-photography/ The phrases “completely ubiquitous to the modern world,” and “previously created to illustrate concepts, services, situations, etc” REALLY stand out to me. Is there anything in that description that uses the terms “personalized, customized, individual, unique, or distinctive?” That’s really what businesses should be striving for. As business owners, shouldn’t we elevate ourselves to be forward thinking, original people always looking to separate ourselves from the pack? Wouldn’t you like to stand out in your industry? If you are a business owner and use only stock photography for your promotional brochures, flyers, business cards, and the design in your website, I have to ask…why?! I understand some stock photography is relatively cheap to buy, it usually looks “nice, or good enough” and is possibly sometimes easier to use than having to schedule and...
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