Archive for August, 2013

Finding Your Online Voice

Posted: August 30th, 2013

[by Rosh Sillars] A picture is worth 1,000 words, but search engines can’t read them. Develop an online voice and the search engines – and people – will find you and share your work. Where do you begin? The best place to start is thinking about the questions people ask you:  How did you create [...]

Find The Voice You Already Have.

Posted: August 29th, 2013

[by Sean Kernan] Most photographers clutch when they are told they have to write something–the dreaded Artist’s Statement, for example–but time and again I have shown them that they can do it, using an incredibly simple exercise. What they learn is that it’s not a matter of writing but of seeing. Here’s the assignment as [...]

Use Your Words

Posted: August 28th, 2013

[by Luke Copping] Some of the most poorly planned and written e-mails that I have ever received were penned by fellow photographers. There, I said it. From blunt, single sentence messages asking for assisting positions to long-winded industry rants fueled by rage and devoid of punctuation. These messages can be frightful cocktails of bad narrative, [...]

Write Like You Shoot

Posted: August 27th, 2013

[by Colleen Wainwright] One of the most common pieces of advice I hear given to non-writers who want to learn the secrets behind writing well is “write like you talk.” It’s terrific advice, especially when you’re stuck (I reject the notion of “writers’ block”). What trips up many of us is this insane notion that [...]

Make It Personal

Posted: August 26th, 2013

[by Jenna Close] “We are living the communication age”. (I got that quote from the internet). Whether through photography or by the written word each of us has a voice that is heard by more people than ever before. (That’s me just winging it). So what are the rules for attractive and effective communication? To [...]

Finding Your Voice

Posted: August 26th, 2013

As photographers, we put a lot of time and energy into developing our vision.  But in today’s digital marketplace, getting comfortable with your writing style matters more than ever.  This week, our contributors will set aside the picture and focus on the 1000 words.

Gearing Up for Fall

Posted: August 23rd, 2013

As the carefree days of Summer wind to a close here in the Northern Hemisphere, thoughts turn to preparing for busier times ahead.  As always, ASMP’s got you covered: Free Copyright Webinar August 27, 4 pm Eastern Our very own Richard Kelly will be joining PhotoShelter’s Allen Murabayashi for an important conversation about How to [...]

Prepping for Post

Posted: August 22nd, 2013

[by Abba Shapiro] Once you have your footage recorded, it is time to edit.  Usually there are three scenarios: You edit everything yourself. You hand off all your materials to a professional editor and let them cut your show. You do a rough cut of your show and hand that rough cut off to a [...]

The Power of a Designed Storyline in a Frame!

Posted: August 21st, 2013

[by Eran Stern] “A good film originates from a great still frame.” My first year students start their studies based on this statement. It’s even more meaningful to those who make their first steps in the field of Video and Motion Design. When we wish to tell a story using visual images it’s important to [...]

Camera Movement

Posted: August 20th, 2013

[by Jem Schofield] Cinematography is comprised of three disciplines. Lighting, composition & camera movement. While lighting and composition aren’t unique to the craft of cinematography (photography, of course, uses both of these), camera movement is. It’s that movement that helps create certain moods in a scene (in both scripted and documentary works), and that makes cinematography [...]

Post-Production Tips for Video

Posted: August 20th, 2013

This week, we turn our focus to what still photographers need to understand about video post-production.  Our guest contributors are all featured speakers at the Los Angeles Post|Production Conference, which runs September 25-27.  Early bird registration ends this Saturday.  ASMP members save an additional 10% off all package pricing.

ASMP Alert – The Instagram Papers

Posted: August 19th, 2013

For some time, the ASMP has been monitoring and reporting on the Terms of Service for social media distributors of images.  After studying the current Instagram terms, we have determined that they are too far-reaching and unreasonable. First, they grant Instagram a perpetual use license without any right of termination. Second, they appear to give [...]

What I Wish I Knew Then…

Posted: August 16th, 2013

[by Luke Copping] When this question came up as a part of this blogging assignment I was really excited. It seemed like a perfect chance to write about many of the topics that I often feature in my articles on Strictly Business: creative action, self exploration, involvement in culture, and crafting your own vision and [...]

Advice That I Would Give…

Posted: August 15th, 2013

[by Thomas Werner] What advice would I give if I could speak to my younger self? 1) Work harder and want it more than anyone else. If you don’t want it badly enough to make the next call or produce the next project, there is always someone else willing to do so. 2) Pay greater [...]

Advice to Self

Posted: August 14th, 2013

[by Charles Gupton] Although I don’t believe there’s any value in looking back on your life with regret, I do believe there is much to be learned by assessing your missteps. Why continue to make the same ones repeatedly? A couple of tips I’d share with my younger self would be to develop meaningful relationships [...]

A Message in a Time Capsule

Posted: August 13th, 2013

[by Gail Mooney] When I was first starting out after graduating from Brooks Institute, I was fortunate to get some great advice from some well-seasoned pros. Almost every one of them told me to learn the business end of photography if I wanted to stay in business. Wise words, but perhaps the best advice I [...]

The Most Important Skill

Posted: August 12th, 2013

[by Jenna Close] When I first started out in photography, I was often told that the business would be difficult, that I would have to work hard.  Looking at it from the relative safety of the classroom, I thought this advice meant I needed to learn more of what I was already doing: better lighting, [...]

Lessons Learned

Posted: August 12th, 2013

This week, in honor of all those College students preparing to go back to school, we’ve asked our contributors to share with us the advice they would give their own College selves from the perspective of what they’ve learned since then.


Posted: August 9th, 2013

[by Bruce Katz] One of the perennial questions that we get is “what separates a professional photographer in today’s marketplace from anyone with an a camera, internet connection, and instant access to making and distributing photographs?”  Here are some thoughts on what sets you apart from the great unwashed masses of hobbyists, and moms & [...]

Cheat Sheets – They Weren’t Just for College

Posted: August 8th, 2013

[by Kimberly Blom-Roemer] When I was first starting out, I struggled with ensuring a consistent and professional message/image to potential and current clients – remembering to ask all the right questions at the same time, and not going back to them for “one more question” – how annoying for them. I knew I had to [...]

Everybody has a Camera (and a lot of them are nicer than yours)

Posted: August 7th, 2013

[by Jenna Close] For the first time ever, just the other day, someone asked me, “What are you going to do, now that everyone has a camera?”  At first I was insulted.  I thought, ‘What, my work doesn’t stand out as that of a professional?  Is it not obvious that I’m a craftsman?  An artist?  [...]

Marketing Professionalism

Posted: August 6th, 2013

[by Richard Kelly] A few years ago ASMP commissioned a member driven marketing campaign geared to the modern photo buyer, someone who may not have been familiar with what ASMP/professional photographers offered other than just creative images and “correct” exposures. These “I am a professional” characteristics have been written about, here at Strictly Business and [...]

The Value of the Professional

Posted: August 5th, 2013

The following paragraphs have been excerpted from the Executive Summary and Prepared Statement that ASMP Executive Director Eugene Mopsik was invited to present before the U.S. Congress Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet on Thursday, July 25th.  We invite you to read his full testimony at Simply put, ASMP’s members and professional [...]


Posted: August 5th, 2013

This week, our contributors examine the role of the professional in a world where everyone has a camera.

Absolute Beginner

Posted: August 2nd, 2013

[by Colleen Wainwright] While I barely qualify as even a beginning hobbyist, photography-wise, I’ve been a writer since before I could hold a pencil. (Yes, making up stories counts.) The upside to this is that, when needed, I can bang something out with no problem: give me a word count, a due date, and a [...]

Go Ahead, Peek Over My Shoulder.

Posted: August 1st, 2013

[by Kimberly Blom-Roemer] Over and over again I hear the way to be inspired creatively is to visit a museum, gallery, or other artistic performance. But, I don’t live close enough to such venues that I can just “pop” in on one when my creative juices wane. Fortunately, I have museums and great artists throughout [...]