Archive for October, 2009

Read These!

Posted: October 30th, 2009

[by Blake Discher] Non photo-centric blogs that get my nod:  Photographer Bruce DeBoer (@brucedeboer) writes an absolutely superb blog about creativity.   Marketing guru Seth Godin’s blog at is read by just about every member of ASMP’s National board.  And for the latest in technology, both current and speculative, check out It’s hard to not [...]

Start Pounding the Pavement

Posted: October 29th, 2009

[by Leslie Burns-Dell'Acqua] Jump start your marketing by calling three targets every day for the next two weeks. Not the same three, of course. If local, try to get a meeting. If not, ask if you can send your book. (you can keep doing this after two weeks, but commit to that time to start) [...]

Use an RSS Reader for Easy News Gathering

Posted: October 28th, 2009

[by Jay Kinghorn] Blogs are a tremendous source for information, ideas and insights. However, they can also be a tremendous drain on your time and productivity. If you subscribe to more than a handful of blogs or news feeds, an RSS reader like Net News Wire (Mac), FeedDemon (Windows) or Google Reader is essential to [...]

Get Out of Your Routine

Posted: October 27th, 2009

[by Thomas Werner] Take 6 friends, drive into the forest, desert, to the ocean, a lake, and just photograph each other all day….feed off the energy, creativity and community, and do not worry about the outcome of the shoot.

It is Quick Tip Week …

Posted: October 26th, 2009

[by Gail Mooney] Make sure that when you take a class – like Final Cut Pro – that you have a project to work on. Even if it’s a project that’s self proposed – it will let you immediately apply your new knowledge in a real way.  Otherwise, the information you hear tends to go [...]

PhotoPlus 09 / Arnold Newman

Posted: October 23rd, 2009

[By Ed McDonald] Last night I had the great pleasure of attending the Arnold Newman impact and influence presentation given by Greg Heisler, by the Arnold and Augusta Newman foundation and the Maine Media workshops, Sponsored by PDN and the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP).  Greg Heisler told wonderful, touching, and humorous stories of [...]

First Day at PPE

Posted: October 22nd, 2009

[by Rosh Sillars] Why am I so excited about Photo Plus Expo? While I’ve photographed many trade shows in my professional career, I have never attended a major photographic industry show. This is an opportunity to learn from some of the top people in our field and to see some of the latest equipment and [...]

Free Offer for Photo Plus Expo Seminar with Peter Krogh

Posted: October 21st, 2009

ASMP and Microsoft are offering 20 tickets to Peter Krogh’s presentation on “Tagging Photos with GPS information.” The first 20 ASMP members to email Peter at can attend this seminar for free! Tickets can be picked up at the ASMP booth (#478) on Thursday or at the seminar door on Friday am. Friday, Oct. [...]

Registration ©ounts!

Posted: October 21st, 2009

[by Susan Carr] The copyright office tells us that only 5% of photographers register their images. ASMP wants to change that and this week at Photo Plus Expo ASMP will launch a new initiative called Registration ©ounts to create awareness of copyright issues, to encourage all photographers to register their work, and to provide the [...]

I want my ASMP Video….

Posted: October 20th, 2009

For as long as I have been on the ASMP board, first as Education chair and now as President, I have heard from members and chapter presidents that we need to know more about video / motion, that we should use video for our education programming and that video should be utilized on our ASMP website. [...]

ASMP at Photo Plus Expo – This Week!

Posted: October 19th, 2009

Many ASMP members, staff and leaders are traveling to New York City this week attending the 2009 Photo Plus Expo. ASMP has a packed schedule of events. Find us at booth #478 on the trade show floor. Representatives from the copyright office will be on hand to answer registration questions. Representatives from the Picture Licensing [...]

Gear to Go

Posted: October 16th, 2009

[by Judy Herrmann] About 8 years ago, after 12 years of being strictly studio photographers, we shot on location professionally for the very first time.  Preparations were stressful, to say the least.  We were so nervous about not having something we’d need that we practically brought the entire studio along.  We got through the shoot [...]

Tagging Images with GPS

Posted: October 15th, 2009

[by Peter Krogh] When I’m looking for one of my images, one of the most valuable tools I can use is the location list in Lightroom or Expression Media.  My awareness of where a picture was taken is deeply tied to my memory of that image. By using Country. State, City and Location tags, I [...]

Tips for Shooting on Location

Posted: October 14th, 2009

[by Gail Mooney] I’ve been shooting “on location” for over 30 years.  That’s all I do – location shoots.  Each job and location vary greatly, and that is the challenge of location shooting. So the key is to be prepared for a variety of issues, problems and challenges that you may encounter on location. Here’s [...]

The Executive

Posted: October 13th, 2009

[by Sean Kernan] Someone once said that executive portraiture is basically a still life problem. Still, crabby execs do things like turning up for their portraits early while you’re still setting up and insisting that you shoot right away because they have a meeting. On one annual report shoot an angry VP of Something-Or-Other walked [...]

Dealing With Security

Posted: October 12th, 2009

[by Paul Bartholomew] This is one of those situations you can never be too prepared for. I often do commercial architectural photography projects that involve public locations. Security or police may be notified or notice photography going on and may become suspicious. People tend to feel uneasy when someone is photographing certain areas. I wish [...]

Blog Smart

Posted: October 9th, 2009

[by Judy Herrmann] In the past few months, I’ve worked with a number of photographers who are struggling with their blogs.  Their technology is fine – they’ve been successfully managing their blogs for several years and have worked out the kinks.  They post regularly and have a rhythm down.  Their site analytics reveal lots of [...]

Attracting Readers to Your Blog

Posted: October 8th, 2009

[By Rosh Sillars] Attracting new readers is a big part of the blogging game. Many people keep blogs for their own satisfaction. It’s a place to share their thoughts or show off their creative efforts. But deep down inside most bloggers want more readers and subscribers. They want their blogs to be successful. In order [...]

Your Blog As A Client Resource

Posted: October 7th, 2009

[By Paul S. Bartholomew] Blogs are a great extension to a website. They keep people updated on recent activities and are a great way to bring up some constructive discussion. Another great way to use a blog is to educate and inform. For me it comes down to the topic of the week and what’s [...]

Top Ten Blogs I Read and Recommend

Posted: October 6th, 2009

[by Gail Mooney] Copyblogger – great tips on writing The Middle Seat Terminal – Wall Street Journal’s blog on travel Philip Bloom’s blog about video and filmmaking CNet Digital Media News – blog about digital media Guy LeCharles Gonzalez – marketing blog Seth Godin’s blog about marketing Mac Video News – current news in [...]

Don’t Blog

Posted: October 5th, 2009

[By Leslie Burns-Dell’Acqua] Here’s the thing about blogs: I don’t think you should do one. Don’t do one if it is a chore. Don’t do one if you have nothing of yourself to offer to others. Don’t do one if you wont update it. Don’t do one if it is nothing more than links to [...]

Quick Tip: Automate your social media

Posted: October 2nd, 2009

[By Ed McDonald] Unless you have unlimited amounts of time on your hands, you should automate as many steps of your social media as possible. Like cross-posting all content in multiple social media outlets. Take some time to set up a few steps to automate the process. Here are a few good tools for sharing [...]

Video Editing Tips

Posted: October 1st, 2009

[by Gail Mooney] Be organized – gather and import all your assets (video, audio, stills, logos and other graphics) into editing system before you start the actual edit. Make transcripts of the interviews.  I like exacting paper transcripts with all the “ums” and “you knows” included.  That way if I’m looking at the paper transcript [...]