Archive for September, 2011

Searching Trends

Posted: September 30th, 2011

[by Judy Herrmann] We live in a world where a search for “How to Copyright Photo” brings up 1.1 billion results, “Audio for Video” yields just over a billion and “Marketing Photography” clocks in at a mere 233 million.  No wonder finding great stuff on the internet takes so much time. Seems I’m not the [...]

ASMP Seminars Launched

Posted: September 29th, 2011

We’ve set our sights on industry trends this week and you will not find better information and tools for staying on top our changing industry than the 2011-2012 ASMP Seminars.   This year, ASMP offers 4 invaluable programs from outstanding veteran SB3 speakers: Blake Discher, Tom Kennedy, Jay Kinghorn, and Colleen Wainwright: The Agile Photographer: A Multimedia [...]


Posted: September 28th, 2011

[by Richard Harrington] I spend part of my career speaking at industry conferences. This gives me an opportunity to see who’s exhibiting, as well as talk to vendors and photographers to see what’s on their minds. I wanted to quickly share five things that I’ve noticed popping up more and more. Consider adding these areas [...]

Trend-spotting: Intelligent Pixels Everywhere

Posted: September 27th, 2011

[by Jay Kinghorn] I’m constantly on the lookout for emerging trends I feel will significantly impact photography, video and visual marketing, computational photography and 3D projection mapping (a.k.a. spacial augmented reality). Here are some trends I see going places. Computational Photography Distilled to its essence, computational photography aims at adding intelligence to the process of [...]

We Are The Product

Posted: September 26th, 2011

[by Thomas Werner] As image makers we frequently talk about the change in the market place, the ability for so many to make and distribute imagery, and the falling value of our work. As we know, one of the main reasons for this trend is the spread of technology that has allowed a greater number [...]

Carry It… Check It… Rent It…

Posted: September 23rd, 2011

[by Richard Harrington] While I’m not a road warrior, I easily log 50 flights a year for my job. I’ve had to travel with equipment all over the world for both photo and video projects.  Traveling just gets more and more expensive these days.  Here are a few rules that I apply to getting there [...]

Working Abroad: Plan Ahead but Leave Time for the Unexpected

Posted: September 22nd, 2011

[by Thomas Werner] When traveling and working abroad good pre-production is essential. Produce your shoot and travel details as thoroughly as possible before leaving on your trip. Coordinate as many details as you can with your local partners, and develop and deliver a timeline to keep your schedule tight and your team on the same [...]

Tips From a Road Warrior

Posted: September 21st, 2011

[by Gail Mooney] I’ve been a traveler since I was 19 years old. Not only have I spent a big part of my career shooting desirable destinations all over the world for magazines like National Geographic and Travel & Leisure, I’m also on the road a lot shooting for corporations, institutions and non-profits and speaking [...]

Have Carnet, Will Travel

Posted: September 20th, 2011

[by Shannon Fagan] In the early part of my career, I “winged it” when entering foreign countries with my photography equipment.  Often there was a dance of excuses when I crossed a foreign border, and/or, a crossing of my fingers in hopes that Customs Officials would not check “that” suitcase…chock full of lighting gear!  As [...]

Proof Positive

Posted: September 19th, 2011

[by Jenna Close] My partner, Jon, and I carry giant Lithium Ion batteries (6x the size of an SLR battery) on planes on a regular basis. (These are for our remote control helicopter, by the way.)  We also check a whole lot of other gear.  Here are a few ways to ensure passage of all [...]

How to Collect on Every Invoice

Posted: September 16th, 2011

[by Judy Herrmann] I feel like I’m about to jinx us but in 22 years of business, my studio has collected on virtually every invoice we’ve written without ever once going to court. We do a lot of the same stuff already mentioned this week and a few things that weren’t: We ask new clients [...]

ASMP Announces Plans for dpBestflow

Posted: September 15th, 2011

The Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) has made a financial contribution to dpBestflow, and Peter Krogh has been named the new Project Director.


Posted: September 15th, 2011

[by Kevin Lock] Are they really clients if they refuse to pay up?  I don’t think so.  I have another word for them. Let’s call them what the court calls them: Defendants. I am not litigious, but I refuse to be taken advantage of.  I’d rather not sue, but I have had to.  As a [...]

Building Relationships as a Cash Flow Tool

Posted: September 14th, 2011

[by Selina Maitreya] Initiating a relationship with the accounts payable contact at each company hiring you, immediately after a job is confirmed, is a wonderful cash flow tool. When you reach your new “partner” introduce yourself, and in a friendly way inform your contact that will soon be working with their company and that you [...]

Know Your Enemy

Posted: September 13th, 2011

[by Richard Harrington] There are several reasons you might not be paid by a client (and most have little to do with a dissatisfied client, aggressive behavior, or conspiracy).  Here are a few practical strategies I employ at my office. Use s systems of deposits. We will bill incrementally for work.  An initial deposit, another [...]

Past Due Accounts and Collections

Posted: September 12th, 2011

[by Steve Whittaker] Timely payments are important in any business. Your reputation and credit depends on being able to pay your assistants, employees, vendors, loan payments and any outstanding balances. A clear contractual agreement on both sides in the beginning is important. Our terms require a 50% retainer in advance before assignment date. With the [...]

Archiving & Liability

Posted: September 9th, 2011

[by Todd Joyce] What do you promise your clients regarding archiving images?   We all know hard drives and DVDs fail.  Be sure you are archiving by using best practices as recommended by dpBestflow,  but also be sure you are not taking on liabilities (assumed or real) for archiving images for your clients.   Be clear about [...]

Why Photographers Fail…

Posted: September 8th, 2011

[by Selina Maitreya] As you begin another fall work season check your product. The number one reason why many photo businesses fail is because the photographer does not have a body of work that will sell in today’s market. Photographers often will spend time and money on developing sales and marketing materials when building a [...]

Paperwork Everyplace

Posted: September 7th, 2011

[by Jenna Close] Stash model and property releases in a variety of places, even if you have the iPhone app.  I keep extras in my glove compartment, my camping gear and every other bag, purse and lighting kit.  That way I will always triumph over dead batteries, a phone left in the car or plain [...]

To Do – Build Future

Posted: September 6th, 2011

[by Jay Kinghorn] Do you make room in your to-do lists for skills training, experimentation or creative exploration? If your to-do’s focus only on getting through your immediate business and personal tasks, but fail to move you forward, you’ll have a hard time pushing yourself into new creative endeavors, opening new business opportunities or quite [...]

Who’s on First….?

Posted: September 2nd, 2011

[by Kevin Lock] We all have our own reason for getting into this business.  For me it just kind of happened.  It was something I always did and to be honest I didn’t plan on making a living doing it.  Perhaps you had a similar experience and find yourself in business struggling to make a [...]

Are You Really the Buyer?

Posted: September 1st, 2011

[by Blake Discher] Of course, you can’t ask the person on the other end of the phone that question; at least I’d advise against that sort of blunt questioning. But when a prospective client calls on the telephone to ask about your rates for an upcoming project she has, it’s imperative to know you are [...]