Archive for November, 2011

No More Single Images, Please!

Posted: November 30th, 2011

[by Selina Maitreya] The day and age of your portfolio being a collection of single images is over. Clients in every area of our business are asking you to show up with a defined, deep and well focused body of work. Are you ready for this shift? Before we go any further, make no mistake, [...]

Get Real!

Posted: November 29th, 2011

[by Sean Kernan] When I look at photographers’ websites they are mostly built on the stuff they do for clients…you know, the stuff we all do. And there are lots of reasons to set things  up that way. But often there’s a page called Personal Work, or something like that, shyly tucked away.  And I [...]

Consistency of Vision is Key

Posted: November 28th, 2011

[by Susan Carr] Websites are often the first place we show our work to prospective clients. The prospect arrives at your site via an Internet search looking for a photographer to fulfill a specific assignment. In these tough financial times, the searches usually include a specialty and a business location. If you fit these criteria [...]

Giving Thanks

Posted: November 23rd, 2011

In the spirit of the days to come, we’d like to take a moment to give thanks. To our readers for making this work meaningful.  To our contributors for providing inspiration, information and wisdom.  To our vast and ever-changing profession for giving us good reasons to come together here and learn something new every day.  [...]

Tipping Point

Posted: November 22nd, 2011

[by Jay Kinghorn] This year marks the tipping point of a major technical revolution. According to the Economist  there will be more tablets and smartphones sold worldwide than desktop and laptop computers. How are you positioning your business to profit from this change in the way we access our news and entertainment and stay connected [...]

Positive Space

Posted: November 21st, 2011

[by Jenna Close] My friend Kat has a large collection of images, paintings and postcards tacked above her office computer.  I like the fact that her workspace is a constantly changing collage of things that inspire her.  I also like that the collage is not on a computer.  I know that the very process of [...]


Posted: November 18th, 2011

[by Jay Kinghorn] Email is a valuable tool I rely on every day to conduct my business, coordinate with clients and correspond with friends and family. As a result, I’ve become very careful about what I permit to enter my inbox and what can pull my attention away from other, more pressing (and more interesting) [...]

Attention – Opportunity to Claim Unpaid Royalties!

Posted: November 17th, 2011

Authors Coalition of America, LLC (“ACA”), has identified a number of American Photographers and Illustrators who may be due royalty payments from non-U.S. sources. These royalties have been received to compensate authors for the foreign reprographic use of U.S. copyrighted materials. Please visit the ACA website at and click on the Individual Author Distributions [...]

Safe Travels

Posted: November 17th, 2011

[by Kevin Lock] Make photo copies of your license, passport and credit cards and leave in each of your travel bags. You don’t want to end up stranded if your wallet goes missing. Kevin Lock is a current national director of ASMP. While Kevin does not get stranded he has been to change direction in [...]

What They Want

Posted: November 16th, 2011

[by Barry Schwartz] After Steve Jobs died I read over and over how he brought something extra to every product because Apple is a company of creatives as much as engineers. “A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them”, he told Business Week in 1997. Jobs didn’t [...]

Other Gear Besides Your Camera

Posted: November 15th, 2011

[by Jenna Close] Recently my partner and I headed out to a job very similar to many we are hired to shoot.  Mere hours into the trip the new marketing director called in a panic because he had just found out we needed safety gear to be onsite.  ‘No problem’, we said, ‘our goggles, safety [...]

Be Part of the Solution

Posted: November 14th, 2011

The 15 members of the ASMP National Board will meet this weekend to discuss and debate the issues facing our Society and our industry.  Like all good leaders, they welcome your participation and invite you to send feedback, suggestions, ideas and proposals for review and consideration. The meeting starts Friday, November 18th so be sure [...]

Photography & Society; The Pro’s, The Hobbyists and Me

Posted: November 11th, 2011

[by Kevin Lock] 182 years ago Louis Daguerre invented his eponymous daguerreotype and photography was born.  With this new medium came a competitive and complex world that has conflicted the artist within and simultaneously seduced him/her into the realm of capturing the moment for financial gain. Fast forward to 2011 and you will find that [...]

The Impact of the Camera Phone and Citizen Journalism

Posted: November 10th, 2011

[by Richard Harrington] While much justifiable criticism has been levied against the evolution of cellphone cameras, there is a tremendous beneficiary… journalism.  We know have a literal global network of camera operators with the ability to capture newsworthy events and transmit usable photos. Many photographers dismiss this technological shift. After all, how can a point-and-shoot [...]

Technology Changes Place New Importance on Visual Literacy

Posted: November 9th, 2011

[by Tom Kennedy] In an era of  maximum image saturation, where every iPhone is a camera and no aspect of human activity goes undocumented, no matter how mundane, new questions emerge as to the value and utility of photography as a means of understanding human experience. As someone who began as my career as a [...]

People Watching

Posted: November 8th, 2011

[by Judy Herrmann] One of the most important functions I perform as a business owner is paying attention to the societal trends that affect my business.  Every decision I make – from the visual approach I take to producing new imagery to the prospective clients I target and the income streams I pursue – is [...]

Wikileaks and You

Posted: November 7th, 2011

[by Thomas Werner] During the initial release of government documents via Wikileaks I had the pleasure of sitting in on a panel discussion addressing the ramifications of the event. There were the expected comments; one part of the panel celebrated the release stating the government needing to be more transparent and that people deserved to [...]

Putting the Fun Back Into Work

Posted: November 4th, 2011

[by Richard Harrington] For most of us, we got into photography because it was fun.  Sure the prospect of making a living off something we enjoyed was exciting; it was a dream job. But then reality set in… what was once fun increasingly became work. I liken the entire dynamic to that of a marriage.  [...]

What Goes Around Comes Around

Posted: November 3rd, 2011

[by Barry Schwartz] All business is personal – especially when you work for yourself.  I’ve never forgotten something I heard Blake Discher say in one of his fantastic seminars, that when he tracked views on his website, his personal work was the only gallery where viewers typically looked at every picture. I had just recently [...]

Too Many Client-Directed Projects Make You Stale

Posted: November 2nd, 2011

[by Rosh Sillars] Personal projects give you the freedom to think beyond the limitations of your client photography.  Yes, digital has allowed us to experiment a little more while photographing on assignment. Unfortunately we can only use so much of our client’s valuable time for personal experiments and pushing the limits. Take time to pick [...]

Get Your Business on Track!

Posted: November 1st, 2011

[by Judy Herrmann] I just found out that The Agile Photographer, Jay Kinghorn’s acclaimed program from SB3, is traveling to Nashville tomorrow (11/2) and St. Louis on Wednesday (11/3). A photographer, technologist, futurist and one of the most well-read people I’ve ever met, Jay shares strategies for how you can take advantage of existing and [...]

Picking the Perfect Personal Project

Posted: November 1st, 2011

[by Colleen Wainwright] As a lifelong sufferer of Shiny Object Syndrome, I’ve generally chosen my non-work pursuits based on whatever glittery thing grabbed me. While it’s fun yielding to serendipity now and then, bigger projects requiring lots of my precious time/energy/attention tend to work out best when they’re rooted in some deeper longing and aligned [...]