Archive for May, 2011

Insurance Tip

Posted: May 31st, 2011

[by Todd Joyce] My father in law used to be my insurance agent.  As he got to understand my business, he would suggest carrying different types of insurance to best suit my needs.   He suggested things like an umbrella, a care and custody clause and Inland Marine, while still working to keep my rates as [...]

Photography Isn’t Dead, The Business Model Is

Posted: May 27th, 2011

[by Thomas Werner] Photography isn’t dead, but the old business model is. While you will find many people mourning this disappearing model and trying to figure out what to do next, you will find many more who are problem solving the issues that face us. People become frustrated in the face of change, but it [...]

Tools for Success:Today and Tomorrow

Posted: May 26th, 2011

[by Judy Herrmann] As we all know all too well, the way photography is created, used, distributed and consumed has changed dramatically in recent years.  More photography is being used than ever before but much of that expansion comes from dramatically reduced costs; distribution of images over the internet is practically free and inexpensive imagery [...]

Rethinking Your Business Model

Posted: May 25th, 2011

[by Jay Kinghorn] Recently, I gave a presentation to students in the photojournalism program at the Missouri School of Journalism. Understandably, they’re a little daunted by their job prospects after graduation. Traditionally, students pursued an internship while in school, then moved into a full-time position at a newspaper after they graduated. Today, many of those [...]

Thoughts on New Business Models for Photographers

Posted: May 24th, 2011

[by Kevin Lock] I have been in the (“professional” photographic) business for almost 20 years.  So let me ask you “what the hell do I know about new business models”?  I imagine that I am not alone in my ignorance. While completing a Google search on “New Business Models,” (drum roll please…) number 4  of  [...]

Photographic Evolution

Posted: May 23rd, 2011

[by Jenna Close] “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”  -Charles Darwin I recently sat on a panel about New Business Models in Photography, as some of you that attended SB3 in Chicago may know.  [...]

You Talk to Your Grandmother with that Mouth?

Posted: May 20th, 2011

[by Colleen Wainwright] Some people steadfastly refuse to mix the personal and the professional. I admire their internal fortitude (not to mention their talent for establishing firm boundaries) but I think they’re missing out. First, because the inclusion of personal work in a professional portfolio can fill in the gaps when you’re starting out or [...]

Personal work in Business Portfolios?… Yes. Absa*#$*inglutely.

Posted: May 19th, 2011

[by Kevin Lock] I am taking that one step further.  I have been slowly building a body of personal work in hopes that, in the future, it will be the only work I show.  Why?  I want to move in the direction of securing the work that I want to do…. not what I currently [...]

If It’s Good, It’s Good

Posted: May 18th, 2011

[by Jenna Close] There’s nothing I enjoy more than wandering around photographing the environments of other countries.  While none of the resulting images feature what I shoot for money (solar panels), a few do end up on my website, Facebook, and in some of my portfolios.  Here’s why: 1) It’s about you and only you.  [...]

Naming Contest for New ASMP Resource

Posted: May 17th, 2011

ASMP is building a unique new social bookmarking resource and we need your help in naming the site with a catchy URL. Submit as many names as you can come up with by May 31 – the winner will receive a great prize package worth over $1500 including a Pro Account from PhotoShelter ($549 value), [...]

All Business is Personal

Posted: May 17th, 2011

[by Barry Schwartz] A great politician (they do exist), Tip O’Neill, famously once said “All politics is local”.  There are a lot of ways to interpret that idea, but it starts with the fact that politics is about people.  Business, too. Pretty much everyone in every business wants to work with people they like (and [...]

Show What You Want to Do

Posted: May 16th, 2011

[by Sean Kernan] Over the course of my career the strongest work I’ve ever done was what I did for myself, particularly in the beginning. I’d be wandering around with a camera in my hand and nothing on my mind (a crucial component) when suddenly I’d see…something! Unexpected, surprising, often a bit alarming. It just [...]

ASMP Comments on TwitPic Terms of Service

Posted: May 13th, 2011

Over the past few days, ASMP has been receiving questions relating to the terms of service imposed by TwitPic on its users and a recent change in that language. After reviewing the Terms of Service published on TwitPic’s website, it is ASMP’s conclusion that TwitPic’s terms of service are contrary to the best interests of [...]

Clarion Call II

Posted: May 13th, 2011

[by Susan Carr] This past February, commercial photography consultant Selina Maitreya created the first Clarion Call telesummit featuring 14 of the nation’s leading industry experts.  If you attended, you know how valuable it was.  If you didn’t, you won’t want to make that mistake again. On Friday, June 10, Selina is presenting Clarion Call II [...]

Pricing Video

Posted: May 12th, 2011

[by Gail Mooney] I get asked this question all the time “How do I price video”.  First of all I need to state that I do not position myself as a DP or Camera Operator.  I want to take the lead on a project and handle the entire video production.  So when I talk about [...]

Learning How to Price Video

Posted: May 11th, 2011

[by Judy Herrmann] Late last year, after creating some personal video projects, my partner, Mike Starke, and I started exploring the realities of producing video for clients. Over the years, we’ve learned the hard way to perform in-depth research before committing funds to any diversification scheme so  we started the process by doing a series [...]

Pricing Video: When Estimating, Don’t Forget Client Reviews and Output

Posted: May 10th, 2011

[by Jay Kinghorn] When estimating an upcoming video or multimedia job, it’s easy to neglect estimating the time necessary for client reviews and encoding your video files for output. These two areas alone can quickly eat through your profit margins . Here are a few tips to make sure you’re accurately estimating these aspects of [...]

Estimating Video

Posted: May 9th, 2011

[by Gail Mooney] First let me say that I position myself as a producer and that I estimate on the entire video production. I do not hire myself out as a Director or Director of Photography or as a Camera Operator. Many times I may also direct and shoot a project but when a client [...]

Less and Less is More All the Time

Posted: May 6th, 2011

[by Barry Schwartz] Brevity in writing: the key to clarity.  Honest. Want to get through to your clients?  Potential clients? Make it easy.  Make it count.  Make it sound professional. They don’t have enough time.  Who does?  Contacts with them should be like a good song or movie – no filler.  Memorable. Messages are more [...]

ASMP’s Kelly Receives IPC Photographer Leadership Award

Posted: May 5th, 2011

ASMP has announced that Past President Richard Dale Kelly, a Pittsburgh based photographer who creates environmental portraits with style, has received the 2011 International Photographic Council (IPC) Professional Photographer Leadership Award. He was selected by the association as the member who best represents the group’s criteria and ideals, and is one of six winners being [...]

Instinctual Behavior

Posted: May 5th, 2011

[by Shannon Fagan] Like all small business entrepreneurs, I have found that a constant state of chaos is common in my daily routine.  In any given day, I routinely juggle multiple potential projects, all of which depend upon my instincts to move them from theory to fruition. Trusting my instincts is as much about trusting [...]

Apples to Apples

Posted: May 4th, 2011

[by Todd Joyce] When a client calls or emails for an estimate, I ask as many questions as possible.   When I get a bulk email asking several photographers for their bids along with mine, I use “reply all” when I ask questions.   I’d rather be bidding on the same info, than to have everyone bidding [...]

Keeping Up With Upgrades

Posted: May 3rd, 2011

[by Jenna Close] Recently I bought a new camera.  Once that happened, I had to upgrade Lightroom in order to read the files.  In order to upgrade Lightroom I had to upgrade my operating system.  Buying a new camera turned into a much larger investment (in dollars and time) than I had first intended.  It [...]

Eugene Mopsik speaks out on ASMP’s ongoing advocacy related to new Getty Contract

Posted: May 2nd, 2011

Many of you know that ASMP has been carrying on a dialogue with Getty for some years; the new Getty contract is another acknowledgement that the market for images and the way in which those images are purchased is rapidly changing. While ASMP has had recent discussions with Getty, substantive results in the best interests [...]

Problem Solving

Posted: May 2nd, 2011

[by Ellen Boughn] Thanks to easy web searches on any topic, consultants in all fields are no longer valued as mere information providers.  What is still valuable in today’s world is the ability to use readily available data to consistently provide SOLUTIONS to business challenges. This is why photographers who constantly upgrade their professional proficiency, [...]