Archive for August, 2012

If I’d Only Known Then What I Know Now…

Posted: August 31st, 2012

[by Judy Herrmann] I’ve shared a lot of what I wished I’d known as a student and emerging photographer in my Breaking into the Biz program.  You can find a one-hour version presented during SB3, along with a ton of other super informative recorded seminars in ASMP’s Video Library. Here are a few additional tidbits [...]

Business and Pleasure

Posted: August 30th, 2012

[by Thomas Werner] Virtually every photo grad that I speak to wishes they had more of the business classes in college that they questioned having to take while they were there. Courses in business practices can be boring and, in terms of their structure, frequently impractical. Photography programs need to find ways to better integrate [...]

What I Wish I Knew Back Then…

Posted: August 29th, 2012

[by Blake Discher] I set my sights on becoming a professional photographer at a young age.  I wish I had been told right at the outset to assist for as many different photographers as possible.  One of my assistants told me how much she had learned by assisting that she wasn’t learning in photo school.  [...]

My Biggest Regret

Posted: August 28th, 2012

[by Kimberly Blom-Roemer] This touches on the very core of why I am so passionate about ASMP. Back in the ah-hem… cough… cough… late 80s when I found my passion of photography in College, the coursework was all about theory, creativity, and technique. Which, of course, is vitally important. But something that was never touched [...]

Never Really Finished

Posted: August 27th, 2012

[by Barry Schwartz] No matter how much you know, how many problems you’ve solved, or how ready you are for whatever comes, there’s always more to learn.  Professionals are never really finished being students. Rather than an ongoing horror, it’s actually a beautiful thing. For entrepreneurs like ourselves, you get used to never knowing it [...]

Strobing my Subject

Posted: August 24th, 2012

[by Kevin Lock] I started off with a Vivitar 283, and it sucked. Ok…..substitute “my skills” for Vivitar 283. Luckily there were options and I utilized what was at my disposal. For some of my first newspaper assignments I was able to substitute a Norman 400 B. With the additional power and mobility of the [...]

Negative Lighting with the Lenskirt

Posted: August 23rd, 2012

[by Richard Harrington] I just came across a new piece of gear that’s specifically designed to remove light, and I love it.  The Lenskirt is essentially a portable lighting hood designed for when you need to shoot through glass, but don’t want reflections. This makes it the ideal tool for shooting time-lapse or video from [...]

Lighting on Location

Posted: August 22nd, 2012

[by Richard Kelly] As a location based photographer, my equipment needs to be easily transportable, easy to set up and easy to use. Years ago I adopted wireless remotes and switched from packs to mono lights to streamline the wires on my location setups. My current favorite piece of lighting gear is the new Vagabond [...]

My Favorite Lighting Gear

Posted: August 21st, 2012

[by Charles Gupton] From my early days as a photographer, I’ve always been far more captivated by lights and lighting than I have with cameras. Although I continue to shoot stills, as a result of shooting more motion projects I need equipment that will serve both areas well. I shoot on location in a lot [...]

The Future of Your Creative Rights

Posted: August 20th, 2012

Mark your calendar for this free online event: Wednesday, August 29th at 12 pm pacific/3 pm eastern One week from Wednesday, chasejarvisLIVE in collaboration with ASMP presents: The Future of Your Creative Rights: the Good, Bad and Ugly Trends for Photographers in the New Media and How to Make it All work for You This [...]

Time-Saving Apps

Posted: August 17th, 2012

[by Richard Kelly] I am always in search of apps for my iPhone that will save me time and keep me organized. As interesting as many apps are, a lot of the ones I’ve tried may help with organization, but add extra steps instead of efficiency. I need streamlining not complexity. The five apps that [...]

Getting the InBox Under Control

Posted: August 16th, 2012

[by Richard Harrington] Missed messages, slow responses, lack of courtesy.  All of these lead to a loss of business and a hit on our professionalism.  But the deluge of email is overwhelming and keeping up on it (plus all the social media messages) seems like a full-time job. Here’s a few tricks I use to [...]

Sucuri: A Web App To Keep Your Websites Safe

Posted: August 15th, 2012

[by Jay Kinghorn] Recently, my WordPress blogs were hacked, so visitors to my site were redirected to a Russian malware site. This prompted Google to flag my site as a potential malware host (rightfully) scaring off visitors to my site. This couldn’t have come at a worse time as I was wrapping up a speaking [...]

Choosing Things You Can Make Your Own

Posted: August 14th, 2012

[by Colleen Wainwright] As the years pass and the pile of tried-and-failed doodads grows ever higher, I’ve discovered that the apps I truly rely on are the ones that offer a great deal of customization–ones that adapt to my way of doing things, rather than forcing me to adapt to theirs. Here are some favorites: [...]

Save the Date: Luminance 2012

Posted: August 13th, 2012

September in New York just keeps getting better! In addition to the ASMP Symposium at The TimesCenter in New York on September 27, we are looking forward to Luminance 2012: A Very Different Photography Event, September 12-13 at the BMCC TriBeCa Performing Arts Center. Created by PhotoShelter, Luminance promises insights into the trends, innovations and [...]

Moving Forward

Posted: August 10th, 2012

[by Jay Kinghorn] “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein A reminder to help you keep your momentum moving forward through the dog days of summer. Jay Kinghorn is keeping his momentum up as he prepares to moderate two panel discussions for ASMP’s upcoming Symposium.

Save the Date: ASMP Symposium

Posted: August 9th, 2012

Don’t miss ASMP’s Upcoming Symposium featuring: A Candid Discussion with Working Pros Panelists: – Andy Batt and Therese Geitler (AndyBATT Studio) – Ron Haviv (VII) – Gail Mooney (Kelly Mooney Productions) Moderated by: Jay Kinghorn (Kinghorn Visual) Current Distribution Models that Offer Compensation to Creators Panelists: – Liz Miller-Gershfeld (BBDO) – Allen Murabayashi (PhotoShelter) – [...]

Timeline Cover Photos Hack

Posted: August 8th, 2012

[by Colleen Wainwright] I love changing up my Facebook timeline photo, but hate the public trial-and-error. So I created a .PSD mockup with my current avatar on one layer and an 850x315p template on another, to test and crop my timeline cover shot. Saves time, allows me to keep a nerdy archive, and it’s actually [...]

Rescuing Your Receipts from the Black Hole

Posted: August 7th, 2012

[by Kimberly Blom-Roemer] Have you noticed your car is a black hole… for receipts? And, no receipt, no deduction on my taxes. What to do? Use that space between your seat and the center console to put a business sized envelope. Each time I acquire a receipt, instead of putting it in the shopping bag, [...]

Make it Snappy

Posted: August 6th, 2012

[by Jenna Close] There’s a great post processing app out there for iphoneography buffs called Snapseed.  I have no idea why it’s called that.  It’s made by the reputable NIK Software (hmmm, not sure what THEIR name means either…) and provides a great little set of tools and filters.  The filters are pre-determined in the [...]

Super-Charge the Time You Spend Working on Your Photography Marketing Plan

Posted: August 3rd, 2012

[by Carolyn Potts]  The time you invest working on your marketing has a real dollar value, so make every minute count – use time management tools and apps to help you FOCUS. If you omit vacation and holidays, there are about 49 work weeks/year. Invest just 20 min. per day on any marketing activity, and [...]

To Plan or Over Plan

Posted: August 2nd, 2012

[by Kevin Lock] As a young photographer, I quite simply jumped in. I didn’t look before I leaped and with that leap of faith, I was given little advice.  In all honesty, no one leaned in and said “Hey you know what?  That is a long way down… have you thought this thru?” Just silence. [...]

My Top 10 Tips for Photography Career Planning

Posted: August 1st, 2012

[by Judy Herrmann] For the past 5 years, I’ve been giving seminars, consulting and writing about business planning and managing change. Based on years of study and practice, here are my top tips for building a successful career or business plan: Get really clear about what you want. The single biggest stumbling block to making [...]