Archive for February, 2010

I’m Gonna Sue!

Posted: February 26th, 2010

[by Jim Cavanaugh] When I was a Chapter President, I would often get calls from angry members who found that one of their photographs had been infringed. They wanted the name of a copyright attorney so they could sue the infringer. I was always stunned when I asked about what the person said after they [...]

Protect Your Assets

Posted: February 25th, 2010

[by Judy Herrmann] In a recent thread on ASMPproAdvice, a photographer asked about the necessity of obtaining releases when photographing his client’s employees. Several members of the listserv pointed out that releases don’t just protect the photographer, they also protect the client – especially if an employee who’s been photographed leaves under bad terms. The [...]

Equipment Backups

Posted: February 24th, 2010

[by Paul Bartholomew] It kind of goes without saying that having a backup camera is very important. The chances are high that you will eventually run into equipment malfunctions. Try to have a plan B in place. Did you think about a backup tripod? If your work is mostly accomplished on a tripod, everything will [...]

The Winning Path

Posted: February 23rd, 2010

[by Rosh Sillars] People generally take the path of least resistance.  Opportunities arise all the time, but we don’t always follow through on them. Think about the great opportunities you have missed.  What were your excuses? Did you have too much on your plate already? A scheduling conflict? You simply forgot? Most likely the root [...]

Private Disability Insurance

Posted: February 22nd, 2010

[by Jim Cavanaugh] Insurance statistics tell us that we are seven times more likely to become disabled than die during our work life. Many folks have life insurance but far fewer independent photographers have private disability insurance. Many assume, if they become disabled, that they will be taken care of by Workers Comp or State [...]

Please Release Me

Posted: February 19th, 2010

[by Blake Discher] Many photographers forget  that their websites are a form of advertising and as such the individuals in the images must be released.  ASMP has Property and Model Releases on it’s site, available to anyone, at  I keep copies of the simplified release in my camera bag and in my car’s glovebox.  [...]

Do You Have a Voice Mail Problem?

Posted: February 18th, 2010

[by Jim Cavanaugh] How many times have you heard people lament “I can’t get a hold of anybody. All I ever get is voice mail”. It can be frustrating until you realize that voice mail is really a perfect way for you to get your message to a client in a clear, concise manner. Just [...]

Save Time Getting Paid

Posted: February 17th, 2010

[by Paul Bartholomew] Sometimes an invoice payment is delayed because a W-9 form may be required by the client.  Whenever working with new clients you can send a filled out W-9 form along with the invoice or you can check with their accounts payable if one is required. This can also reduce the hassle of [...]

Use a Validated Transfer

Posted: February 16th, 2010

[by Peter Krogh] Whenever you move the primary copy of your images from one drive to another, you should perform a validated transfer. This makes sure that all files are transferred, and that every bit in the original is also in the copy. Read about the process and watch a movie of it in action [...]

Video Quick Tip

Posted: February 15th, 2010

[by Gail Mooney] Watch TV commercials with the sound off. You’ll quickly see how the footage was cut together in the editing room.

Take Back Your Power

Posted: February 12th, 2010

[by Judy Herrmann] At the SB2 conferences a couple of years ago, I noticed that many photographers were exhibiting the classic signs of mourning.  Back then, most were still in denial but many were grappling with a sense of helplessness, paralysis and loss as they faced what they perceived as the death of a profession [...]

Your Number One Asset

Posted: February 11th, 2010

[by Carolyn Potts] Do you know what is the most valuable asset you possess? You need a lot to run your photo business, but what is most deserving of protection? Hint: Its not your camera gear. Nor your computer hardware and software– or even your image archive or your portfolio. It’s your creativity. It’s what sets [...]

Defining Yourself By Your Vision – Not The Camera

Posted: February 10th, 2010

[by Gail Mooney] I’ve been giving quite a few presentations lately for ASMP – “Should I Be Thinking About Video”.  One thing I’m finding is that there are always a couple of people in the audience who think that buying a DSLR hybrid camera will get them in the business of video production.  Part of [...]

Taking A Personal Day

Posted: February 9th, 2010

[by Paul Bartholomew] I tend to feel guilty on non-shoot days if I’m not in the studio working on something.  Maybe I’m afraid of missing that important call or email, but then again that’s what an iPhone is for isn’t it?  On the other hand, maybe I’m missing the point if I’m not concentrating on [...]

Robert Frank Tweeting?

Posted: February 8th, 2010

[by Sean Kernan] Living in this blizzard of Tweets, I have to remind myself that doing really creative work requires a certain amount of silence, even boredom. There has to be space in which things can occur, and if you are constantly talking about what you are doing, you can’t really listen, at least not [...]

The Business of Video Production

Posted: February 5th, 2010

[by Gail Mooney] The “business” of video production encompasses a lot of things – one being good paperwork.  From the initial estimate on a job, through the final invoice along with obtaining the necessary releases – good paperwork is essential for a profitable business. I keep a database of past SOWs (Statement of Work) to [...]

New ASMP Resource for Video

Posted: February 4th, 2010

[by Susan Carr] ASMP has a new online resource designed for the still photographer who is moving into motion.  Gail Mooney is chair of the newly formed Motion/Video Committee and she embraced this role with the same gusto she uses in her own work. Gail interviewed fourteen members who have successfully incorporated video into their [...]

Digital Video: Lessons Learned

Posted: February 3rd, 2010

[by Judy Herrmann] A couple of weeks ago, my partner, Mike Starke, and I finished our very first digital video project.  We made our deadline with about 15 minutes to spare and only pulled one all-nighter; two facts I take inordinate pride in.  In the process we discovered a lot that we’ll do differently the [...]

Factors in Pricing Multimedia Projects

Posted: February 2nd, 2010

[by Paula Lerner] Pricing a multimedia project is not unlike pricing a still photography shoot:  usage is the key factor.  As a parallel example for a stills only assignment, I would price a shoot for photo usage in a hospital brochure or a university view book quite differently than I would price a print ad [...]

Why Multimedia Is the Future of Photography

Posted: February 1st, 2010

[by Jay Kinghorn] As the mobile phone begins to replace the television and personal computer as the primary screen for interfacing with the Internet, and print continues to decline in popularity, this shift will impact the way photographers create photographs. While a two-page magazine spread can contain a rich array of subtle tones and fine [...]