Archive for July, 2011

Save Your Photos for Web and Mobile Delivery

Posted: July 29th, 2011

[by Richard Harrington] I frequently see other photographers struggle in preparing their files for the Internet.  Some make files that are ridiculously big and take forever to download.  Others accidentally resize or flatten layers during the process and damage their files.  But I understand, you probably didn’t study to be a web developer. Fortunately, Photoshop [...]

Post Production Tips to Save Time

Posted: July 28th, 2011

[by Todd Joyce] Speed in post keeps you from wasting valuable time.   Here are just a few tips to save time. Learn common key strokes, like the bracket keys in Photoshop to shrink (use the left [ bracket) and enlarge (use the right ] bracket) brush size and the “X” key to swap bush colors, [...]

Post-Production for Video

Posted: July 27th, 2011

[by Gail Mooney] The post-production process for video is far different than it is for still photography. Most people think of post-production in video as “editing” and that’s certainly true to some extent, but the word “editing” in video production is far different than what that word means for still photography. Editing is not just [...]

More is (every now and then) More

Posted: July 26th, 2011

[by Barry Schwartz] Speaking aesthetically, less is usually more.  But not always so in business. Your contract has a list of what you’re going to deliver; how many files, what size, that sort of thing.  Expectations on both sides of the arrangement – what your client gets, what you expect in return – are well-understood.  [...]

Take the InfoTrends Professional Survey!

Posted: July 25th, 2011

[by Susan Carr] InfoTrends is conducting a study with professional photographers to better understand their use of technology, future requirements, and new business services. The results will be used to determine the impact of digital photography on your business, and to identify opportunities and threats to help you navigate through this rapidly changing marketplace. Manufacturers [...]

Get the Most from Post

Posted: July 25th, 2011

[by Jenna Close] Early in my career a solar industry client accidentally taught me a valuable lesson about post-production.  The conversation went like this: CLIENT: “I see this line item on your estimate about post-production.  We won’t be needing any of that.  We want the photos to look real.” ME (inexpertly ending the conversation): “OK.  [...]

Where Does a Teacher Go to Learn?

Posted: July 22nd, 2011

[by Richard Harrington] I’ve been writing books and teaching for about a decade. People mistakenly think that just because I get paid to share my technical thoughts that I must somehow know everything. As if. I began my professional career as a journalist.  What I know how to do is find answers  I also happen [...]

Take a Big Bite!

Posted: July 21st, 2011

[by Judy Herrmann] For the past 9 months, I’ve been hard at work bringing an idea to life.   For years, I’ve relied on a handful of trusted friends and colleagues to help me stay on top of books, blogs, articles, and other great resources that would keep me ahead of the curve.  Then, it hit [...]

These are a Few of my Favorite Things

Posted: July 20th, 2011

[by Barry Schwartz] In no particular order: The D-65 workshop gave me a professional workflow along with the tools to produce high-quality work – quickly – from camera setup all the way to delivery.  Was more fun than I thought it would be considering how often I thought my head would fall off.  At the [...]

ASMP’s New Social Media Tutorial

Posted: July 19th, 2011

[by Susan Carr] ASMP has a new online resource designed to guide imaging professionals through the ins and outs of social media. This tutorial includes guides on social media marketing, blogging and social networking as well as legal considerations, an overview of common Terms of Service and recommended best practices for posting images and video [...]

Whisper (three) Sweet Nerd Things in my Ear

Posted: July 19th, 2011

[by Colleen Wainwright] I’m not sure how I got anything done before computers, but I’m sure it involved a lot of sweat, confusion, and long walks to school five miles each way in the snow. Now that I’m a full-on digital junkie, here are three of my go-to resources for making life easier at the [...]

Resources for Getting Inspired

Posted: July 18th, 2011

[by Jenna Close] Every so often I find myself in a creative slump.  I hate my photography, my haircut, my camera gear…everything.  It’s the worst feeling and can be difficult to shake once it takes hold.  The best remedy (aside from a few nights wallowing in beer at the bar), is to check out the [...]

Cycling New Ideas

Posted: July 15th, 2011

[by Shannon Fagan] Cycling New Ideas I take my small point and shoot camera, and I go on a bicycle ride.  Bicycling is the perfect speed between walking and driving to observe the world around me.  I pick a spot and circle the neighborhood for a few hours.  And then, I do it again and [...]

Be Proactive

Posted: July 14th, 2011

[by Jenna Close] Some companies require more than just an invoice and a W-9 in order to pay you.  They often have their own internal paperwork, such as ‘new vendor’ contact forms.  A friendly call to the billing staff when submitting an invoice to a new client can result in speedier payments.  You make their [...]

Practice “Active” Listening

Posted: July 13th, 2011

[by Selina Maitreya] Listening, really being present, when in a conversation with another, is one of the most effective business skills you can develop and it is also a gift that you give to your self and to others. Costing you nothing but your time, attention and practice, developing the ability to truly hear and [...]

Plan Early, Save Money

Posted: July 12th, 2011

[by Kevin Lock] We are presently within “Daylight Savings Time,” where our clocks are set forward and I find myself forward thinking. I don’t know about you, but I plan on getting to the Photo Plus Expo this Fall, October 26-29.  It is well known that hotels in NYC can cost a fortune and fill [...]

Easy Travel Tip

Posted: July 11th, 2011

[by Thomas Werner] Keep your bags light and your travel simple. When traveling abroad you do not need to carry a heavy voltage converter or plug for battery operated items like your laptop, camera, and so on. You only need to carry a simple converter for your plug from US to whatever country you might [...]

Copyright Registration Alert

Posted: July 9th, 2011

ASMP is aware that photographers are receiving letters from the Copyright Office with recommendations on how to modify their registrations using the online registration system. The Copyright Office, in response to concerns over the recent court decision invalidating the bulk Corbis copyright registration, is making some new recommendations for online registration of both published and [...]

Thank You and Happy 4th!

Posted: July 4th, 2011

[by Susan Carr] Dear Friends, I want to take a moment and thank you, our readers, for making this blog a success. I also want to express my gratitude to our talented contributors for sharing their insights on all aspects of the photography business. Together we continue to build a valuable resource for the trade. [...]

Books to Get You Going

Posted: July 1st, 2011

[by Judy Herrmann] Those lazy hazy days of summer yearn to lure you into complacency.  C’mon, they whisper, soft and low, lie out by the pool, read a trashy novel or two, relaaaaaax.  And before you were self-employed…Aaah, those were the days and that was the life. Now, though, we are on,  24/7, 365.  So [...]