Photoshoot at Castroville Regional Park

Kara and I just took some new profile photos at Castroville Regional Park. I have the same profile photo on my social media accounts since 2015; Kara thinks it is time for me to update.
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I agree with her. I must stay current. Though I do not choose my profile photo lightly since I will use it across all networks.
The question remains, does the above photo beat the current one? This is a very subjective question. I suppose I’ll get used to the new one. Facebook has been bugging me to update my profile photo for some time.
Kara does not agonize over updating her profile photo. She updates her profile photos twice a month. If only I did not overthink everything!
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Kara fell in love with these photos immediately. This one made it to Instagram. Another made it to Facebook.
Now she is just waiting for me. I really need to update my profile photo. Out with the old in with the new. Yep, I think I am going to do it.
What do you think? Too much deliberation? I should right?

My 100,000 Photos

When asked if I’m a photographer I typically respond, “Well I have 100,000 photos on my camera roll.”

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You see, I recognize that there are better photographers out there. They’ve mastered the art of manual settings. They know how to compose an image, not just capture what they see.

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My style is point and shoot. I capture what I see while trying to get the best angle. I don’t mess with makeup or ask my subject to pose a certain way. I’ve messed with manual settings only when absolutely necessary. Sometimes, I add filters.

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I photograph everything. Even my food. I capture life experiences. I take photos of my girlfriend. I photograph what’s in front of me to share it with others or just to save it for all time.

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Many of my photos never see the light of day. I snap it and then it remains unappreciated on an Amazon Cloud server somewhere in a distant land.

Sometimes I publish photos 6 years later on Instagram; those are always fun.

I capture memories and history; preserving them for all time.

So if you ask if I’m a photographer, well I’m not a snooty one. I know the tools, I’ve used them quite a bit. As far as my skill level — I’ll let you judge.

Canyon Lake

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Last year, I started a YouTube series called the Camera Roll Vlog where I take photos and video clips from my camera roll and turn them into a montage. I started the series as a way to stay creatively active and put my massive 100,000 photo library to good use.
I’m always taking pictures. I take photos of everything, but my photos from Canyon Lake I particularly love. It was a gorgeous day; blue skies, placid water, stillness in the air, and perfect weather.
My friend Charles had a day off from work and we decided to take a day trip. We hopped into his Jeep and took off to an unknown destination. After driving for awhile I asked Charles where we were going, he said that he had intended Enchanted Rock, but forgot they were closed. We came to Canyon Lake and made the impromptu decision to spend the day there.
It was a great decision. I took lots of photos and video clips of the waves breaking along the shoreline. When I look at these pictures, I feel happy. There’s something about nature that relieves stress. I probably shouldn’t spend so much time on the computer.

I should post these photos on a stock photo site someday and earn a few cents toward more camera gear. Speaking of which, I have posted some stock video clips and photos in case you’re interested in supporting my work.

No, You Can't Just Use Photos from Google

Not all of us know this, but you can’t just take photos from Google and use them in a website or marketing campaign – it’s illegal. For those who already knew that you’d be surprised by how many don’t.
Photos, like other creative works, are copyrighted by their creator the moment they are created. The intellectual property rights belong to the creator unless willfully surrendered. Some photographers have taken steps to ensure their rights are respected legally. With impressive tools like TinyEye copyright holders can easily find you and when found, they may sue you.
Make no mistake, when there is money to be made, copyright holders don’t miss an opportunity to strike. It’s important to understand copyright law and avoid finding yourself on the wrong end of a lawsuit.
Images that are marked as Public DomainCreative Commons or royalty free are safe to use as long as you follow the licensing guidelines. Never use photos that were not explicitly licensed for your use. For websites offering stock photos that you CAN use, check out my resources page at agarciatv.com/resources.


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