Archive for November, 2009

‘Tis the Season …

Posted: November 30th, 2009

[by Gail Mooney] When my daughter was a young child she always used to draw a picture for our Christmas card.  Most times they were quite abstract and if we hadn’t titled her illustrations and written a Christmas greeting, the receiver might not have known it was a holiday card at all.  As she got [...]

Here’s a question for you: How many clients do you need?

Posted: November 25th, 2009

[by Judy Herrmann] No, really – 1,000?  500? 50? 10? If you’re like me, the number’s a lot closer to the right than the left.  In fact, what I really need, what I really want is a core group of repeat clients who I like and respect and who like and respect my work. If [...]

Good Data Supports Good Choices

Posted: November 24th, 2009

[by Rosh Sillars] Your opinion can cost you money.  The colors you choose for your Web site, the words you use, and the images you select all pay a role in the success of your site.  It is important to use good data to help you construct a Web site that attracts and retains your [...]

Web Design Essentials

Posted: November 23rd, 2009

[by Carolyn Potts] What’s the business objective of my web site? As visual artists we’re primarily drawn to the play of light, shadow, color and contrast as they often serve as the basis of our sheer delight. We’re also easily distracted by bright, shiny, and pretty things. A marketing trap that one can fall into [...]

No Time to Lose

Posted: November 20th, 2009

[by Leslie Burns-Dell'Acqua] A common complaint I hear from photographers is that they do not have the time to do everything. Welcome to modern life. We all are over-committed… but you can manage it if you do two things: use a schedule and say “no.” The schedule is simply required. Find a calendar tool you [...]

Five Boosts for your Photoshop Workflow

Posted: November 19th, 2009

[by Jay Kinghorn] Much of my consulting and training work with clients results in a faster, more consistent workflow and more time in my clients’ days. Below is a list of seven things you can do to speed up your image processing and take control of your workflow. 1) Actions: If you perform a step [...]

Routines Keep Me More Productive

Posted: November 18th, 2009

[by Rosh Sillars] If you are an independent photographer, routine may not be in your vocabulary.  I enjoy my freedom. To me, the word routine conjures up images of restrictive cubicles, repetitive tasks and stressful commutes. But, in order to keep my life on target I employ what I call my mini-routine.  It contains specific [...]

Time Saving Tips For Shooting and Editing Video

Posted: November 17th, 2009

[by Gail Mooney] The Shoot Have a plan – When I first started learning video at the Platypus Workshop, we weren’t even allowed near the camera until we could articulate our “commitment” or our story in a concise, one paragraph statement. Make a shot list if appropriate – If you go into a shoot with [...]

It’s Not Rocket Science

Posted: November 16th, 2009

[by Judy Herrmann] For decades, my Dad, a real live Rocket Scientist, has been telling me I’ll be more productive if I work fewer hours and solve problems faster if I take more breaks. But did I listen? Of course not! Until, that is, I heard it from someone else… The “Entrepreneurial Time Management System” [...]

Be a Professional with dpBestflow

Posted: November 13th, 2009

[by Jay Kinghorn] Today, many photographers find themselves having to justify their creative fees and post-processing fees to clients. After all, it seems everybody these days has a digital SLR and a copy of Photoshop and thinks they can do it themselves. The truth is, your relationship with the client only begins with creating a [...]

Using the dpBestflow Website

Posted: November 12th, 2009

[by Peter Krogh] We’ve packed quite a bit of information in the website, so we thought we’d make a movie to show you how to navigate. We suggest you spend a few minutes looking over the video before you dive in. We’re looking forward to hearing what you think. [div hVlog style="text-align:center; margin:0 0 12px [...]

dpBestflow – Join Us Tonight!

Posted: November 11th, 2009

[by Judy Herrmann] On December 3, 2002, Dave Harp, the president of ASMP at the time, asked Richard Anderson, Peter Krogh and me to meet with him and Gene Mopsik in Baltimore. The ASMP Digital Standards Committee was born that afternoon and I don’t think any of us remotely imagined the full import of what [...]

dpBestflow is a Multimedia Learning Environment

Posted: November 10th, 2009

[by Peter Krogh] As Richard points out in yesterday’s blog, the dpBestflow project is a muti-dimensional, multi-media effort.  We know you are visual people, and for some subjects, a movie makes the point better than text. You’ll find quite a bit of content on the site that walks you through some workflow by actually showing [...]

Introducing dpBestflow

Posted: November 9th, 2009

[by Richard Anderson] dpBestflow is short for Digital Photography Best Practices and Workflow. In August of 2007, the Library of Congress, through its National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP), awarded eight private-sector organizations funds to conduct research into the preservation of commercial digital artwork. The American Society of Media Photographers received a major [...]

Work Begets Work

Posted: November 6th, 2009

[by Susan Carr] I had the privilege a few years back of hearing photographer Ken Josephson speak at the  Society for Photographic Education Midwest Regional conference. While discussing his own struggle with blocks in creativity or direction, he clearly stated his own mantra, “work begets work.” These three simple words have hung with me and [...]

Make It Your Own

Posted: November 5th, 2009

[by Paul Bartholomew] I think most photographers struggle with direction and style from time to time especially when starting out. It’s a never ending process, at least in my opinion because I think artists are constantly striving and moving in different directions. This constant striving is very fluid, you may try to predict where you’ll [...]

What If ?

Posted: November 4th, 2009

[by Sean Kernan] In your wildest dreams, what would you do, you stopped take pictures, starting today,? What would you do your thoughts didn’t have to express as photos, or even be visible? What if they could be verbal or sonic, or could just streak through consciousness like shooting stars, like those peak experiences we’ve [...]

Lessons from Childhood

Posted: November 3rd, 2009

[by Judy Herrmann] My daughter, Julia, judges books by their covers.  At 2 ½ she walks through the library and says “I want the baby blue one” or “That one, with the dog.” She recently checked out a story called Franklin Goes To the Hospital in which a young turtle with a cracked shell is [...]

A Week Focused on Creative Thinking

Posted: November 2nd, 2009

[by Thomas Werner] This is an artists statement from an exhibition at my gallery a few years ago. The only time that I used an artists statement in promoting an exhibition was this one. I came across it again the other day and think that it addresses something essential about our work and wanted to [...]