Archive for October, 2013

Lights! Cameras! People!

Posted: October 31st, 2013

[by Shawn Henry] Most people go to Photo Plus Expo for the show; hoping to see and handle the latest and greatest gear. Lights! Cameras! That’s their Action! (For the record, the new Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras could be a cool addition to your kit whether you shoot Nikon, Canon or Sony…) Others go for [...]

Who Turned the Lights On?

Posted: October 30th, 2013

[by Judy Herrmann] One week ago today, ASMP held our annual member meeting in New York where we launched our refreshed logo and color palette. For several years, we’ve been fielding member complaints that our old logo looked dated. Crowded online and social spaces have fostered a bolder, snappier graphic design aesthetic across the board. [...]

Practicing Safe Social Media

Posted: October 29th, 2013

[by Irene Owsley] The title was catchy, but the panelists were even more of a come-on.  Peter Krogh‘s panel at Photo Plus Expo included  a diverse and insightful group of speakers who came at the subject from every angle:  Richard Kelly, former ASMP President and enthusiastic adaptor of SM; Anna Dickson, art buyer/Photography Director for [...]

Pushing the Edge

Posted: October 28th, 2013

[by Jenna Close] This year the ASMP Members Meeting at Photo Plus featured photographer Ben Lowy as the keynote speaker.   As a photojournalist specializing in global conflict and crisis, Ben’s work is fascinating, raw and edgy.  Simply the act of documenting these situations is quite impressive, not everyone is willing to repeatedly put themselves in [...]


Posted: October 28th, 2013

This week, we’ve asked contributors who attended Photo Plus Expo to share something valuable -  an idea, an inspiration, an a-ha moment, a tool, a trend, a reminder – that they discovered there.   With over 12,000 photographers packed into the Javits Center, we’d love to share as much of the value as we can.  Join [...]

“Get Better” Goals for Continuous Improvement

Posted: October 25th, 2013

[by Tom Kennedy] Earlier this summer, I had the chance to catch up on some reading for pleasure that included a book by Heidi Grant Halvorson entitled “9 Things Successful People Do Differently.”  It is a quick read distilling information gleaned from her personal research and that conducted by other scientists who study psychological motivation. [...]

New Story Insights

Posted: October 24th, 2013

[by Charles Gupton] You can’t swing a stick in the business world these days without encountering the need for better stories in all aspects of a company’s communication. But how do you discover a better story to tell? One key to a better story is to tell a different story; to step away from the [...]

Thoughts on Social Media

Posted: October 23rd, 2013

[Anna Dickson] The landscape of how people access content is rapidly changing. When social networks launched, the main goal of a profile seemed to be updating the world on what you are doing at that moment– this has evolved into platform for users to share more. They’re sharing their beliefs, thoughts and interests through links [...]

Thoughts on Still & Motion Photography

Posted: October 22nd, 2013

A brief Q&A with Chase Jarvis ASMP: What roles do you see still photographers playing as more and more “still” clients request both still and motion from the same shoot? CJ: The craft has always required adapting to the available tools. We saw this happen more than a dozen years ago with the move to [...]

What All Marketing Is Meant To Do

Posted: October 21st, 2013

[by Colleen Wainwright] “Remind people that you’re talented.” ~Gordy Hoffman, writer-director of DOG BOWL, a narrative short that raised $22,855 (213% of its goal) on Kickstarter As part of my research for an ASMP talk on crowd-funding I gave recently at DV Expo, I interviewed a friend who’d successfully raised double the funds he’d set [...]


Posted: October 21st, 2013

Our posts this week feature a mix of regular and guest contributors.  Invited to offer insights into the topic of their choice, they provide a wide-range of ideas each of us can use to improve our businesses.

ASMP’s Hitting The Big Apple!

Posted: October 18th, 2013

Starting this Sunday, October 20, ASMP has a week of great stuff happening in New York.  If you’re lucky enough to be in town, come join us at these exciting and super informative events! Sunday 10/20 – Tuesday 10/22 PACA 18th Annual Conference: “Opportunity in Change” PACA, the Digital Media Licensing Association, is bringing creators [...]

Earning a Living as a Photographer

Posted: October 17th, 2013

[by Judy Herrmann] Last spring, I began my seminar at the Society for Photographic Education’s annual conference by asking the audience to share with me why they had chosen to attend a program entitled New Markets in Photography.  “What are your burning questions?” I asked, “Why are you in this room?” Their responses covered a [...]

How Motion is Changing Photography

Posted: October 16th, 2013

[by Whitney Shefte] As visual journalists, it’s our job to tell stories about a world that moves. It only makes sense that video should be regarded as a powerful tool for capturing the full spectrum of life. Photography will never be replaced as a commanding medium. But as more people consume stories on digital platforms, [...]

Shifting Gears between Stills & Motion

Posted: October 15th, 2013

[by Brian Storm] I started as a documentary still photographer and got bit by that bug that most people do when they see a still picture that moves them. But, I’ve found great limitations with still pictures. For me, it’s just not a complete storytelling vehicle; it’s rare to make single picture that tells the [...]

Social Media Terms of Service: Photographers Beware!

Posted: October 14th, 2013

[by Ross Buntrock] In the last nine years social-media sites like Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook have gone from being sites of niche interest to online behemoths with hundreds of millions of active users. In fact, Instagram just celebrated its third anniversary on October 6, now claiming over 150 million active monthly users. The site is [...]

Networking & Negotiating

Posted: October 11th, 2013

[by Blake Discher] Over the last three years or so networking is what enabled my Detroit-based photography business to remain viable. The business changed dramatically as my clients lost their jobs due to layoffs and cutbacks. I was forced to form new relationships and locate new clients. Networking became a priority and I networked everywhere [...]

Platforms and Channels

Posted: October 10th, 2013

[by Peter Krogh] As you think about the use of social media to promote your business, it’s helpful to make a distinction between Platforms and Channels. Platforms are foundational. You build upon them, using the tools they offer to implement your communication strategy. A Channel is a means of communication. You need to be much [...]

What’s the Future of Still Photography?

Posted: October 8th, 2013

[by Gail Mooney] I wasn’t prepared for the response that I received recently when I re-posted a blog post, “How Motion is Changing the Future of Photography.” I had written it back in February of 2013, and it barely got noticed.  Perhaps my timing was bad the first time around.  But when I posted it [...]

ASMP@PPE – Speakers Speak Out

Posted: October 8th, 2013

This week, we continue to feature posts from the impressive roster of speakers, moderators and panelist who will present ASMP sponsored programs at Photo Plus Expo. We hope you’ll join us at the Javits Center in New York for our annual member meeting followed by Photo Plus Expo,  October 23 -26. Learn more about ASMP’s [...]

The Changing Role of the Professional Photographer

Posted: October 7th, 2013

ASMP’s Inaugural evolution/revolution Webinar  Launches Tomorrow! Building on the success of ASMP’s Times Center Symposia, our newest webinar series features big picture future-focused conversations about the state of our industry today and beyond. Join us for our inaugural online webinar:
 The Changing Role of the Professional Photographer Tuesday, October 8, 2013 1:00 – 2:00 pm [...]

Shoot for Yourself

Posted: October 4th, 2013

[by Kevin Lock] Throughout my career I’ve had a few experiences that have forced me to reevaluate and modify my work. One such realization happened to me pre 9-11. I was on the set of a movie in Berlin, my first international shoot. It was supposed to go two days. It went five. On my [...]

It Can’t All Be About Business.

Posted: October 3rd, 2013

[by David Robert Austen] I did a 3-day fine art photography course at the Palm Springs Photo Festival last spring and it changed my way of seeing photography. To rediscover the art is liberating. It is like switching from a telephoto lens to a wide angle lens: I “take in” more. Is it a road [...]

Repeat Slowly

Posted: October 2nd, 2013

[by Barry Schwartz] Sometimes it takes awhile before I understand something is important. Not infrequently the way I achieve that state of higher consciousness is through repetition. Repetition is the basis of both our education system and advertising. After that, what else is there? So for instance. I’ve been told countless times what kinds of [...]

Choosing Your Vision

Posted: October 1st, 2013

[by Charles Gupton] The morning that two planes hit the towers of the World Trade Center, a traumatic wake-up call rang around the world. But a few months earlier, a call had come to me that had an even greater impact on our immediate lives. In that call, I lost – for most of the [...]

Eye-Opening Experiences

Posted: October 1st, 2013

We’ve all had them – those moments when the lightbulb goes off and you realize that you see your world differently than you did 5 minutes ago.   This week, our contributors share some of their eye-opening experiences and describe how their lives and careers have changed as a result.