Archive for December, 2013

‘Tis the Season

Posted: December 23rd, 2013

As we look forward to starting the 5th year of the ASMP Strictly Business Blog, I’d like to take a moment to look back and say a huge and heartfelt thank you to the many regular and guest contributors who have given so generously of their time and knowledge.  And, to you, our readers, for [...]

Working On The Interior To Get Better On The Exterior

Posted: December 20th, 2013

[by Carolyn Potts] What goes on between a someone’s ears can oftentimes be a more important component to their success than their photographic talent and/or their business savvy. How do we come to finally and consistently do what we need to do to achieve our goals? What sabotages us? Can we really make the changes [...]

Holiday Reads

Posted: December 19th, 2013

[by Charles Gupton] I frequently use the holiday breaks as an opportunity to catch up on some more intensive reading that I’ve put off because of the busyness of the everyday tasks that are screaming for priority. Among the books I’ve read but plan to revisit are: Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences by [...]

Great Reads

Posted: December 18th, 2013

[by Gail Mooney] The War of Art by Steven Pressfield Pressfield talks about overcoming the resistance in our lives so that we can do the “work” we are meant to do.  Resistance comes in many forms.  Sometimes it’s the people around us and sometimes it’s our procrastination or our pursuit of perfectionism that sabotage us.  [...]

In Which Our Writer Divulges Diversions, Entertainments, And Exclamatory Wonders To Make The Holidays Memorable Beyond All Measure (Or At Least Something To Do Between Over-Indulging Beyond All Limits)

Posted: December 17th, 2013

[by Barry Schwartz] In a perfect world, I would be sleeping 18 hours a day over the holidays, but that’s not practical because when else would I have the time to catch up on Breaking Bad? Whenever I’m not cringing at Walter White and his fellow characters’ preoccupations, here’s a few of the things keeping [...]

Paring Down to What Serves You

Posted: December 16th, 2013

[by Colleen Wainwright] My bookshelves are a testament to both my good intentions (I want to learn everything!) and my unrealistic expectations (time will expand itself to accommodate me!). So at the start of the holiday season, I began paring down my stuff—mostly, reading material—ruthlessly tossing, recycling, and regifting. (If you’re looking for a fun [...]

Going Places

Posted: December 16th, 2013

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. ~Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss This week, we’ve asked our contributors to share some of their favorite books, blogs, articles and publications that will help you get to the places you want to go.  [...]

Act Now, Save for Later!

Posted: December 13th, 2013

Join us for our free December Business as unUsual webinar next week, then save the date and save some dough (extra if you’re an ASMP member!) on some great 2014 programs: Social Media Risks & Rewards Wednesday, December 18 (that’s next week!) 1:00 – 2:00 pm eastern / 10:00 – 11:00 pacific Plus additional Q&A [...]

Be the Bigger Person

Posted: December 12th, 2013

[by Jenna Close] Client conflicts are awful, no doubt about it. It’s not a good feeling when someone isn’t happy with your work, and it can be very painful if they’re angry about it. The first step in this situation is difficult but very important. Make your best effort to remain respectful and open to [...]

Nothing Left Unsaid

Posted: December 11th, 2013

[by Kat Dalager] Conflicts between clients and photographers come down to one thing: lack of clear communication. It’s the client’s job to provide adequate information but it’s the photographer’s job to make sure they have all the information they need to estimate, produce and ultimately bill the project. I prefer to provide written specifications to [...]

Five Tips for avoiding conflict with Clients

Posted: December 10th, 2013

Editor’s note: I first encountered Michael Clark’s work when Rob Haggart featured his magazine-style newsletter on  A savvy business owner, articulate writer and powerful image-maker, it’s my pleasure to introduce Michael Clark as a new regular contributor.  ~JH [by Michael Clark] Over the last eighteen years that I have been working as a photographer, [...]

Put It All On The Table

Posted: December 9th, 2013

[by Luke Copping] Lets get a few things out of the way first: Never work without a contract Get a deposit up front. Always get it in writing Never let your client’s policies override your own. If it’s too good to be true it probably is. We’ve heard these all before – too many times, [...]

Conflicts with Clients

Posted: December 9th, 2013

We’ve all had them.  And, no matter who’s in the right and who’s in the wrong, they’re never good for business.  This week, we’ve asked our contributors to focus on how to avoid client conflicts and – when they’re unavoidable – come out the other end a little less worse for wear.

The New Photojournalism

Posted: December 6th, 2013

ASMP’s evolution/revolution webinar series returns this coming Tuesday! Building on the success of ASMP’s Times Center Symposia, our newest online webinar series features big picture future-focused conversations about the state of our industry today and beyond. Join us for our upcoming online webinar: The New Photojournalism: Revolutionaries Speak Out Tuesday, December 10, 2013 1:00 – [...]

Working with CGI

Posted: December 5th, 2013

[by Judy Herrmann] Learning CGI software is not for the faint of heart –every object has attributes, every attribute has its own attributes, and many of those have their own attributes as well.  The palettes. The windows. The tools. The choices!  The complexity and power of this software make Photoshop, Final Cut, Premiere and After [...]

CGI, One Big Toy Box.

Posted: December 4th, 2013

[by Jeff Glotzl] Or rather, an virtual machine shop with a photo studio in the back. My first exposure to an integrated CGI and photography workflow came when photographer Chris Clor came to speak to my ASMP chapter, to show his work and share his methodology. I was blown away! Chris’ presentation opened my eyes [...]

The Only Limit is Your Own Creativity

Posted: December 3rd, 2013

[by Walt Jones] Imagine a world where all physical limitations are removed. No longer do you care about how long your power cables are, whether you’ll need a 50′ lift to get the perfect angle or if you’re likely to get rained out of the only shoot day available. You get to decide if your [...]

Incorporating CGI Into My Business Plan

Posted: December 2nd, 2013

[by Chris Winton-Stahle] I like pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. I am constantly creating personal work that challenges me as an artist. Personal work is a great excuse to just play and CGI is one of my favorite toys! My understanding of how to utilize artificial components in photographic composites has opened many doors and I am [...]

Exploring CGI

Posted: December 2nd, 2013

Long the exclusive purview of Hollywood blockbusters, Computer Generated Imaging (CGI) has gained a growing foothold in a wide range of markets for still and motion imagery.  This week, we’ve asked a mix of guest and regular contributors to share their experiences working with CGI.