Archive for September, 2014

The Future of Work

Posted: September 30th, 2014

[Tom Kennedy] All visual communicators are subject presently to the twin disruptors of technology and digital media that have been constants for the past two decades. These disruptors have radically altered both the supply and demand sides of the economic equation and any consideration of future monetization strategies has to begin here. For most of [...]

Monetizing Your Work

Posted: September 30th, 2014

Earning a living in a world where everyone has a camera requires a willingness to reexamine and reinvent how you monetize your work.  This week, we offer a mix of perspectives from both regular and guest contributors exploring the future of compensation for photographers.  It’s a topic worthy of deep discussion and we hope you’ll [...]

Invest in Yourself

Posted: September 29th, 2014

Earning a living in a world where everyone has a camera means staying at the top of your game.  Take advantage of these great opportunities to gain new skills and knowledge for free or with dramatic price reductions for ASMP Members.  Join us: Reaching New Heights with UAV Photography Class 1: available on demand Class [...]

The New Right in Front of You

Posted: September 26th, 2014

[by Luke Copping] My girlfriend was always bugging me to take pictures of our dogs. Not just in the backyard running around on my iPhone, but well lit, posed, and formal portraits of our mastiff and our two great danes. I don’t really photograph animals, but when your significant other asks you enough you eventually [...]

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue …

Posted: September 25th, 2014

[by Pascal Depuhl] OK. So it’s not borrowed (and no, I don’t shoot weddings), but I want to write about something new, that I’ve been using for almost a decade now: LinkedIn. Lately I’ve been surprised at the effectiveness of this network, that Rosh Sillars calls “the Facebook for professionals”. LinkedIn is the social network of business. [...]

Don’t Wait…Too Late

Posted: September 24th, 2014

[by Kevin Lock] I read recently that the iPhone 6 is setting records, and it only just came out. Lines formed at Apple Stores around the country long before the big release on September 19. Sadly, I wasn’t there. I have never been one who had to have the latest. In fact, I am usually [...]

Rejuvenation In Stealth Mode

Posted: September 23rd, 2014

[by Colleen Wainwright] After a few years of doing the same-old, same-old, I had reached an impasse. My work, giving talks on and consulting with small creative businesses about marketing, had grown stale. Worse, my ability to write had all but dried up, and I’d lost my mojo for the few collaborative projects I’d begun. [...]

Expanding Horizons

Posted: September 22nd, 2014

[by Jenna Close] This is the year that I started offering video services as part of my photography business. It began with curiosity; a lot of my clients were asking for video and I wanted to see if it was something I would enjoy. I started by shooting a couple of 2-3 minute, corporate style [...]

What’s New?

Posted: September 22nd, 2014

We all know that the same-old, same-old doesn’t work so well in these rapidly changing times.  We’ve all got to stretch ourselves – take some risks and try new things. This week, our contributors share some new things they’re trying in their businesses and how that’s working out for them.  I hope they’ll inspire you [...]

Digital Asset Management as a Client Service

Posted: September 19th, 2014

[by David Diamond] Now that Digital Asset Management has (almost) become a topic companies understand, an opportunity has arisen for professional photographers. Today’s “please send me” request can be tomorrow’s new revenue stream. Digital Asset Management Services In addition to photo services, there’s no reason you can’t offer to store and manage digital assets for [...]

The Value of Being a DAM Smart Photographer

Posted: September 18th, 2014

[by Adam Hunter] Great! You have a kick-ass asset organizational system built into your workflow. You rock! But what about your clients? Do they have their own asset organization strategies? Do they leverage a digital asset management (DAM) tool? How do your practices help or hinder their systems? From experience, I will tell you that [...]

Using the PLUS Registry for Always-Current Embedded Metadata

Posted: September 17th, 2014

[by David Riecks] If you’ve loaned out a book, you’ve learned the lesson that if you expect to see it back, write your name in it. If you don’t know the borrower well, including contact info is a good practice too. Many bibliophiles will go so far as to have their own stamp or bookplate [...]

Why You Should Care About DAM

Posted: September 16th, 2014

[by William Moritz] Everyone has likely heard of Digital Asset Management by now; however, a large number of users we encounter do not use a DAM system, or fail to take full advantage of the system they do use. The most common thing we hear is, “Why do I need to invest time and effort [...]

Three Quick and Dirty DAM Tools to Enhance Productivity and Professionalism

Posted: September 15th, 2014

[by Corey Chimko] As a photographer, chances are you want to maximize your time taking great photos and producing great images. But then there’s all that DAM stuff—best practices, metadata management and application, vocabulary standardization. You know it’s important, but it’s so DAM boring, right? Well here are some simple tools to appease the guilt. [...]

That DAM Stuff

Posted: September 15th, 2014

Digital Asset Management is becoming increasingly critical for all businesses – yours and your clients’.  This week, members of the DAM Guru Program, a free service that connects digital asset management experts with those who need their help, share insights, tips and tricks that every photographer should know.    

What is the Difference Between Online and In-Person Networking?

Posted: September 12th, 2014

[by Rosh Sillars] I’m often asked what is the difference between attending a networking event and networking using social media. The answer is not much. Yes, it’s true. At the former, you need to dress for success; the latter can be done in your pajamas. Otherwise, it’s all about the same. Whether you are online [...]

Building Your Network

Posted: September 11th, 2014

[by Chris Winton-Stahle] Building your network is an exercise in finding the people whom you click with. Social media has been an incredibly useful tool for me, so let’s talk about using it to build a strong and effective network. First, you will need to think about being someone that people want to connect with. It’s of vital [...]

Listen & Learn

Posted: September 10th, 2014

[by Tom Kennedy]                  I believe any networking effort is best undertaken as an exercise in learning first about others’ needs. In order to be of value with your own work, you have to understand how your capabilities and interests might align with a need that others have [...]

Collecting People

Posted: September 9th, 2014

[by Richard Kelly] I’m a people person. Always have been. My grandmother told me when I was “twenty-something” that she always knew I would be a portrait photographer because as a child, I always asked people what they did and why. Apparently, I even had an imaginary friend named Bob. Like many “Bob’s” in pop [...]

Keep Building Your Network

Posted: September 9th, 2014

Building your network is such a critical part of growing your business that dedicating one week to it just isn’t enough.  This week our contributors share more insights into how you can build a supportive network that will help you achieve your business and creative goals. ~ Judy Herrmann, editor

Reach New Heights

Posted: September 8th, 2014

This Fall, ASMP helps you reach new heights as a professional still & motion photographer through in-depth e-learning classes, informative webinars and exclusive member discounts on classes, conferences and portfolio reviews.  Join us: FREE introductory class: Is UAV Photography Right for You? Monday, September 15, 2014 1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT / 10:00 – 11:00 [...]

My Business is My Pleasure: Six Ways I Keep My Priorities on Track

Posted: September 5th, 2014

[by Gail Mooney] I have never drawn a line between my labor and my leisure, simply because my work has always been my pleasure. I’m sure I’m not the only photographer who has a hard time separating their personal life, from their work. In my case it has been even more intertwined because my business [...]

On and Off: The Secret to Powerful Productivity

Posted: September 4th, 2014

[by Carolyn Potts] On and Off: Developing and maintaining a healthy balance between focused attention and relaxation is a key to long-term career success. As self-employed business owners, often working alone on projects, we have to to stay focused and be as productive as possible as no one else will pick up the slack. We [...]

The Great Balancing Act

Posted: September 3rd, 2014

[by Kimberly Blom-Roemer] If we all wanted a nine to five, punch a time clock job, we would have gotten one. Instead, we’ve chosen the precarious path of independent business people. But that choice doesn’t doom us to vacationless 70 hour weeks. Honestly, no one can do that for long and remain effective. So, what [...]

A Wake-up Call to Play

Posted: September 2nd, 2014

[by Charles Gupton] “It’s a miracle she’s alive.” The surgeon was reporting on the success of removing my wife’s burst appendix and the tumor she’d found while doing the procedure. Linda had miraculously walked around for two weeks feeling bad but having no idea her body was harboring a life-threatening medical condition. Like most of [...]

Labor & Leisure

Posted: September 2nd, 2014

The hectic life of a working photographer leaves little time for the relaxation, rejuvenation and play needed for true innovation and creativity. This week, our contributors explore the challenge of balancing labor with leisure and how photographers can get the most out of both.