Archive for May, 2010

Photographers Helping Photographers

Posted: May 28th, 2010

[by Judy Herrmann] Photographers helping Photographers A few weeks ago, ASMP Minneapolis-St. Paul hosted my I Need to Jumpstart My Career seminar.  After the program, I went out for a bite with a small group of attendees including Steve Umland, who had served on the ASMP National Board in the 1980s, Bruce Kluckhohn, whose tenure [...]

My Road Map to Success

Posted: May 27th, 2010

[by Jenna Close] 6 months after graduating from photography school, I was lucky enough to attend Strictly Business 2 in Los Angeles.  The timing could not have been better, as I was new to the San Diego area and had just begun to think about setting up my business.  At that point I was an [...]

Glad to Help

Posted: May 26th, 2010

[by Todd Joyce] Environmental portraits in nineteen cities in three months was the commitment.   It seemed easy…  Nineteen in twelve weeks.   After about three weeks, it was apparent that the client was dragging their feet and was taking their time in getting the info for me.   As the deadline was approaching, it was obvious that [...]

Phase One Buys Expression Media

Posted: May 25th, 2010

Microsoft has sold Expression Media to Phase One, the Danish company that makes Phase One cameras and Capture One software. Phase One is offering the following to existing customers: * Capture One owners can get a free copy of Expression Media * Expression Media owners can get a free copy of Capture One * iView [...]

I am a Strictly Business 2 Grad

Posted: May 25th, 2010

[by Kevin Lock] The American Society of Media Photographers Strictly Business 2 was a defining weekend for me.  It was the beginning of a series of significant and concrete ASMP experiences that continue to positively affect my business some two years later. That weekend I received a wealth of information, was introduced to leaders from [...]

Step Up

Posted: May 24th, 2010

[by Thomas Werner] Soon after taking over the ASMP New York Chapter in 2001, our city and our industry was thrown into a dramatic state of change due to 9/11. Work virtually stopped as ad agencies and magazines did not know what to do next, photographers were lowering their rates in an alarming fashion just [...]

Keep Playing

Posted: May 21st, 2010

[by Jenna Close] Trying out new tools can lead to new discoveries.  Experiment with flashlights, LEDs, toy cameras and different reflective surfaces and objects.  Heck, don’t just experiment…PLAY.  You might find something to add to your bag of tricks.  Take, for example, this behind the scenes video of the Hennessy light painting campaign shot by [...]

Keep Your Blog Safe

Posted: May 20th, 2010

[by Rosh Sillars] Someone hacked the New Media Photographer site last week. It was a high-level attack through the servers. These attacks have occurred in last six weeks to blogs and Web sites large and small. You might want to enlist a service to monitor your site such as . If you discover [...]

Preserving Your Options in Photoshop

Posted: May 19th, 2010

[by Judy Herrmann] Want to keep the most flexibility with your data but still work in Photoshop?  Try using Smart Objects. Smart Objects allow you to import a stand-in layer that references your RAW data.  The stand-in functions similarly to a normal layer – you can apply several different types of filters, add layer masks, [...]

Maintain Your Marketing Momentum with a Google App

Posted: May 18th, 2010

[by Carolyn Potts] When it comes to increasing your productivity– for the non-image-making part of your business–there are many great applications to choose from. Lots of people use Apple’s account. Yet there’s another good way of developing the workflow of integrating all of your contacts, tasks, and calendar events–no matter what operating system you [...]

Save and back up your Photoshop Actions

Posted: May 17th, 2010

[by Jay Kinghorn] Don’t forget to save and back up your Photoshop Actions. Should Photoshop crash, you will lose any unsaved Actions. More likely, unsaved actions can be lost when you reinstall Photoshop or switch computers. To save your Actions, first group them into Action Sets then single-click on the Action Set within the Actions [...]

ASMP Copyright Symposium Videos

Posted: May 16th, 2010

On April 21, 2010, the American Society of Media Photographers presented an important symposium in New York City addressing the sweeping changes in the way images are used and distributed. The symposium, Copyright and the New Economy: Issues & Trends Facing Visual Artists, was a big hit with the packed TimesCenter audience. According to ASMP [...]

Copyright Is Important, But Not Like It Used To Be

Posted: May 14th, 2010

[by Thomas Werner] Copyright is an important right, it affirms ownership, allows us to protect our rights, helps control usage, and gives us the ability to collect damages when our imagery is misused. Though too few do so, as a content creator copyrighting your images, video, animation, etc., continues to be good business. What has, [...]

Copyright & The New Economy: What I learned

Posted: May 13th, 2010

[by Jay Kinghorn] The Copyright & The New Economy symposium held on April 21st was, for me, an eye-opening event. As the moderator for Copyright and the New Economy, I did a lot of research leading up to the event. A common thread that ran through the research, the morning presenters and the afternoon panel [...]

Copyright Registration – Protecting Your Investment

Posted: May 12th, 2010

[by Richard Kelly] With The Copyright Act of 1976 and later revisions including the Berne Convention, artists were no longer required to register for copyright nor to provide copyright notice. In my opinion, these two facts have led to two decades of visual artists thinking that they were protecting their visual investments. For a commercial [...]

Monetization Matters

Posted: May 11th, 2010

[by Judy Herrmann] My Mother’s day gift this year included a leisurely morning that allowed me to make a small dent on my rapidly growing stockpile of New Yorker magazines (I love the New Yorker but I mean, seriously, does ANYone have time to read an entire magazine every single week!?!). The issue I grabbed [...]

Copyright and Video

Posted: May 10th, 2010

[by Gail Mooney] As still photographers move and expand into video because of the convergence of their tools, they often ask me about copyright, licensing and usage and how to apply that to video. Essentially they are trying to apply a licensing business model from their still photography and sometimes that doesn’t work in video [...]

Cold Calls?

Posted: May 7th, 2010

[by Kevin Lock] Having a hard time reaching out to new clients?  Pick up the phone and personally reconnect with past clients that you may have not heard from or worked with in a while. You will be surprised how this will boost your confidence and assist you in making long over due “cold calls” [...]

Are You a Good Listener?

Posted: May 6th, 2010

[by Blake Discher] When you’re on that call talking to a potential new client, remember to count to two before you answer any questions or ask new ones.  This two-second buffer will help you to be a better listener because you won’t need to be thinking about what you’re going to say next while the [...]

Are You Using a Mac?

Posted: May 5th, 2010

[by Carolyn Potts] Want a rarely-used, no-brainer business tip for photographers who rarely read instructions because Macs are so easy-to-use. (i.e. about 90% of us!)? Invest just 5 minutes with any of your applications’ Help files. It will increase both your productivity and the R.O.I. of your Mac investment. Challenge: Take 5 now with the [...]

Consider Becoming an LLC

Posted: May 4th, 2010

[by Leslie Burns] Consider changing your business structure to an LLC for the liability protection it provides. Talk to a real attorney about this. A small investment in making the change now could save your personal assets down the road.

ASMP Specialty Groups

Posted: May 3rd, 2010

[by Paul Bartholomew] The specialty group forums and resources are a great benefit for ASMP members. Ask those who participate and you will find it’s a great resource that helps many of us with unique questions and issues within our specialties. Groups currently include architecture, food and fine art. See for yourself but remember to [...]