Archive for March, 2014

Is That a Micro Supercomputer in Your Pocket or Are You Just Happy to See Me?

Posted: March 31st, 2014

[by Richard Kelly] These days I rarely use what was formerly a phone as a phone much anymore. Now I am the first to admit that a micro supercomputer may not be the “best tool” or the only tool that I use. However, I have noticed that more and more I need my desktop/laptop less [...]

Smarter Smart Phones

Posted: March 31st, 2014

Can smart phones make you smarter?  This week, our contributors share what they do with their smart phones, and what their smartphones to for them.

Always Be “On”

Posted: March 28th, 2014

[by Blake Discher] Whenever I’m asked to share a bit of business advice, this is mine: “Every interaction is a networking opportunity.” I don’t mean just business interactions. No, I mean waiting in line at the grocery store. Watching your car go through the car wash. Sitting on a plane on the way to your [...]

Set Yourself Up For Success

Posted: March 27th, 2014

Planning to Fail

Posted: March 26th, 2014

[by Colleen Wainwright] Almost eight years ago exactly, I took a design business workshop that changed my outlook not only on design or even business, but, in the way of all truly great classes on narrowly-defined subjects, on life itself. The teacher, Peleg Top, who later became a personal mentor and dear friend, said these [...]

Survival of the Fittest

Posted: March 25th, 2014

[by Kat Dalager] The best business advice I can give photographers at this point in the industry can be captured in one word: Adapt. Universal shifts that are taking place throughout the industry are making adaptation one of the most essential skills to success – or just to survival. Work has become project-based rather than [...]

Your Work Is A Gift

Posted: March 24th, 2014

[by Paul Oemig] “Your work is a gift.” Those five words from James Victore make for some of the best business advice I have ever received. At first glance though, that perspective shift may seem rather counterintuitive to business. Consider four reasons why it is anything but: It reminds us of our contribution. That counsel emphasizes [...]

The Best Advice

Posted: March 24th, 2014

“The best advice I ever got was that knowledge is power and to keep reading.” ~ David Bailey It’s often said that it’s easier to give advice than receive it.  This week, our contributors test that theory by offering you the best business advice they have to give for photographers today.  We hope you’ll follow [...]

Free Association

Posted: March 21st, 2014

[by Paul Oemig] Suddenly, there it is. After so much time, and thought, and effort working on your project you’ve reached it: the proverbial brick wall. It was half-expected, but never could you have imagined it would be so staggering, or appear so suddenly. Whether it’s a wall of mental fear, or impoverished resources, or muddled communications, feelings [...]

Finding Inspiration

Posted: March 20th, 2014

[by Michael Clark] Finding inspiration can be difficult. As with any artist, constantly trying to come up with creative images is at the heart of what we do. I was recently talking with a good buddy, fellow pro photographer Marc Romanelli about the creative process and how he finds inspiration. He quoted one of his [...]

How Do Visual Artists Get Over Writers Block?

Posted: March 19th, 2014

[by Pascal Depuhl] “Artists refresh people’s vision and help them see the world in new ways.” ~ Mark Getlein But how do you refresh your vision, what do you do to see your world in new ways? We’ve all been there. You look through your photos and videos and they are a sea of sameness. [...]

Keeping it Fresh. Keeping it Real.

Posted: March 18th, 2014

[by Carolyn Potts] When you’ve been jamming on too many client projects– or worrying about not having enough client projects–it’s easy to lose track of your inner flame, muse, creative vision, passion, or whatever else you call it. You stop shooting images that excite you and/or you stop shooting any new images that aren’t directed [...]

Zig When Everyone Else Is Zagging

Posted: March 17th, 2014

[by Tom Kennedy] Earlier in my career, I worked for a brilliant editor.   After getting a new position, I went in to have a conversation with him about what he expected.   I described my own vision for my new role for several minutes, then paused, and waited for his response.   After a couple of minutes [...]

Keeping it Fresh

Posted: March 17th, 2014

Last Wednesday, our Business as unUsual webinar series featured Sean Kernan talking about Your Creative Vision.  This week, our contributors extend that conversation a bit further by providing tips and advice for those who are trying to find (or rediscover) their creative vision. Oh, and if you missed Sean’s excellent webinar, the recording will be [...]

Your Gift is Worth Something, So Give it Away.

Posted: March 14th, 2014

[by Pascal Depuhl] Every human being is born with it. An innate intelligence, a God-given gift. An amazing ability. You have it, I have it. They’re different and cover the whole spectrum of what people do, from accounting to zoo keeping. My gift is the ability to create visually inspiring stories. I trust you know [...]

On Volunteering

Posted: March 13th, 2014

[by Irene Owsley] It stands to reason that you might volunteer your time with projects or organizations whose ideals you admire and support. You develop an affinity for a group and align yourself with a community.  Early on, I picked up the food and drinks for ASMPDC’s monthly chapter meetings in order to meet photographers [...]

Serve Somebody

Posted: March 12th, 2014

[by Barry Schwartz] There are all kinds of assumptions about the act of “giving back”, and one is that it’s done for free, but that seems too limiting. Giving back can take all kinds of forms, including getting paid, like a job working for a charity or non-profit, where the trade is usually less pay [...]

The Power of Kindness & Giving Back

Posted: March 11th, 2014

[by Chris Winton-Stahle] A respected friend, and established director, once said to me, “I believe in the power of kindness. Pay it forward – keep the cycle going.” This is the mantra that my wife, Heidi, and I follow when giving back to the consumer and business communities. Why Give Back? Just think of the potential! When [...]

Avoiding Donor Burnout

Posted: March 10th, 2014

[by Colleen Wainwright] In my previous life as an actor, I was graphic designer of record for my theater company, handling every printed piece and web update for the four to eight shows per year that we produced. While I found the experience enormously gratifying in many ways (not least of which that it got [...]

Giving Back

Posted: March 10th, 2014

Paying it forward is a strong motivator for many of us. I’d be hard-pressed to find a photographer who has never been asked to donate their services and from what I can tell, more of us agree than say no.  This week, our contributors share their thoughts on giving back.

Worth Sharing

Posted: March 7th, 2014

As you dive deeper into Social Media mastery, be sure to hone your creativity and innovation skills by joining us for the March Business as unUsual webinar next Wednesday:   Your Creative Vision Wednesday, March 12, 2014 1:00 – 2:00 pm eastern / 10:00 – 11:00 pacific Plus additional Q&A on ASMP’s Facebook page In a world [...]

My Go-To Social Media Resources

Posted: March 6th, 2014

[by Rosh Sillars] How do the experts keep up-to-date on all the changes in social media and digital marketing? It seems like the industry changes on a weekly basis.  Below is a list of blogs and podcasts I depend on to keep me in the know: Twist Image Blog and Podcast: Mitch Joel makes me think. [...]

Pick Social Media Platforms that Fit Your Style and Goals

Posted: March 5th, 2014

[by Gail Mooney] It’s a noisy world out there.  Lots of folks are talking…..everywhere.  So, what’s the best way to be heard?  Like any other form of communication you should first determine who you want to reach and what you want to say. Social media platforms can be used strategically for business or for personal [...]

How to master social media: Read a book

Posted: March 4th, 2014

[by Pascal Depuhl] Bet you’re thinking: ‘In the ever changing landscape of Social Media, why would anyone want to read a book about it? Don’t those become outdated, before they’re even printed?” Absolutely. However, I for one, will use Gary Vaynerchuck’s “Jab, Jab, Jab, right hook” as my fightclub manual for social media marketing in [...]

Follow the #content

Posted: March 3rd, 2014

[by Colleen Wainwright] Chalk it up to burnout, complacency, or lessons learned, but in today’s mature networked-media landscape, I find my time is better spent creating and sharing exceptional content than in seeking out the newest—and, most likely, transient—methods for pushing it out there. So most of my research time is spent reading content that’s [...]

Social Media Resources

Posted: March 3rd, 2014

With so many books, blogs, YouTube videos and tutorials out there, figuring out how to utilize the increasingly crowded social media landscape can be tough. This week, our contributors share their favorite resources and approaches to mastering social media.