Archive for October, 2014

The Only Way is Forward.

Posted: October 31st, 2014

[by Richard Kelly] I have had numerous conversations with creative’s of all types contemplating when “things” (meaning business) are going to get back to normal.  I have been a part of these conversations for quite a while, and even started a few myself.  I’ve come to realize that the only way to the new normal [...]

An Honest Job

Posted: October 30th, 2014

[by Barry Schwartz] A major perk of a creative career is the requirement to connect art with the world. One of the most influential newspaper editors of twentieth century, Ben Bradlee, former editor of the Washington Post, died last week.   Bradlee was instrumental in turning the Post into one of the best papers in [...]

Local, National, International

Posted: October 29th, 2014

[by Thomas Werner] We frequently, if not always, discuss image making in local or national terms. Yet over the past two years it has become apparent that access to multiple channels of international distribution, and a growing demand for socially engaged imagery, will substantively affect the careers of many photographers. As still photographs and motion [...]

Are You Indispensable?

Posted: October 28th, 2014

[By Michael Clark] Every four years, I start working on a new five-year plan to help me make sense of the industry, consider my place in it and to help chart the path I need to take to achieve my goals. From my conversations with camera manufacturers, it is my understanding that they intend to [...]

Big Ideas

Posted: October 28th, 2014

Photo Plus Expo brings thousands of photographers together to share ideas, both big and small.  For those who can’t make it – or who want a little something extra – we’ve invited our contributors this week to share the big ideas they think photographers should be thinking about.  ~Judy Herrmann, Editor

ASMP Hits the Big Apple!

Posted: October 27th, 2014

This week, ASMP will be joining thousands of photographers at Photo Plus Expo, the premier trade event for still and motion photographers.  We hope you’ll join us there and take advantage of these great opportunities to connect with ASMP. Not a member?  Click here to join and enjoy these great member only offers: ASMP’s Annual [...]

Giving Good Blog

Posted: October 24th, 2014

[by Kat Dalager] Okay, I’m going to name names: Chris Buck gives great blog. His posts are witty and fun and they make me want to read the whole thing. His stories are interesting and his photos help tell the story. Sure, not everyone will be able to blog about a shoot with comedian Steve [...]

No More Noise

Posted: October 23rd, 2014

[by Paul Oemig] About a year ago, the rather adamant designer Mike Monteiro blogged about an experience after talking to a Quaker near his home in Philadelphia. Not being religious himself, he inquired about how their religious services were conducted. The Quaker told him that during their religious gatherings they simply meet and sit together [...]

The Sphere of the Blog

Posted: October 22nd, 2014

[by John Welsh] Yeah, well, I never liked the word Blog. It’s clumsy. I think of Blah and Ugh and other reflections of ugly. And having heard “just read my blog” a few thousand times makes my eyes bleed at the thought of another rambling about a topic surely mundane. Enter the writer and journalist, [...]

The Blog is Dead! Long Live the Blog!

Posted: October 21st, 2014

[by Pascal Depuhl] Blog. Don’t blog. To blog or not to blog, that is the question. Well not really, but more on that in a little bit. First a brief history: In the late 1990′s people began keeping online journals, called weblogs (those morphed into ‘we blog’ as a joke and blog stuck). Posts would include the date [...]

Do Blogs Still Have a Place?

Posted: October 20th, 2014

[by Tom Kennedy] Circa 2000-2005, blogs were the primary way individuals could reach an audience on the Internet. Many used blogging to express themselves, offer insights and opinions, or address niche interests not being discussed in mainstream media. To a large degree, the emergence of Twitter, Facebook, and other social media streams in the past [...]

The Modern Blog

Posted: October 20th, 2014

When Blinkbid founder, Lou Lesko, asked the audience at a recent ASMP DC program how many had blogs, nearly every hand went up.  When he asked how many had updated their blogs within the past month, nearly every hand went down.  The days when bloggers posted daily and readers visited and commented almost as often [...]

I Know a Lot of People

Posted: October 17th, 2014

[by Todd Joyce] Having been involved with ASMP on a national level, I know a lot of photographers all over the country. Great people too. They’re all resources to contact to ask about assistants, talent agencies, scouts, stylists, etc. I get calls from ASMP members coming to my area, too, and I’m glad to help. [...]

Fellow photographer. Mentor. Friend.

Posted: October 16th, 2014

[by Kevin Lock] I met my mentor in college and didn’t even know it. While attending San Diego State, I took my first ‘paying’ photographic job at the Daily Aztec.  After only being on staff for a few weeks I attended a slide show presentation on Somalia, presented by a photojournalist whom had begun the [...]

The Phone Call That Made My Career.

Posted: October 15th, 2014

[by Pascal Depuhl] One of my best friends is a photographer. I’ve known him for almost 25 years, actually he is the first guy I ever assisted, I’ve produced for him, he’s used my house as a location, I’ve borrowed his studio, he’s hired my wife as a model…but I want to share how he helped me [...]

With a Little Help From My Peers

Posted: October 14th, 2014

[by Francis Zera] This may sound obvious for an ASMP blog, but the photographers I’ve met through ASMP have definitely made all the difference for my career and for my sanity. Last year, I was invited to bid on what would turn out to be the most valuable gig of my career to date. Problem [...]

Photographers Helping Photographers

Posted: October 14th, 2014

With everything changing so fast – technology, publishing, media, advertising, audience building, client needs, everything – going it alone is…well…it just doesn’t make sense.  It is time for photographers to come together, share knowledge, pool resources and support each other.  This week, our contributors share how they’ve benefited from building a strong network of peers. [...]

Come Together

Posted: October 13th, 2014

This Fall, ASMP has lined up some fantastic opportunities for you to learn from your peers for free or with substantial discounts for ASMP Members.  Join us: Online Today! LAST CHANCE – REGISTER TODAY! Reaching New Heights with UAV Photography Final Class: Safely Operating & Professionally Using Your UAV 1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT / [...]

Tips to Leading a Successful Production

Posted: October 10th, 2014

[by Chris Winton-Stahle] Planning a shoot well, problem solving on set and creating a great work atmosphere are essential for success. Here are a few pointers I’ve learned along the way. Keep in mind the big picture. Your main job is to solve problems for your client. Make your client’s day easier, help them look [...]

The Perfect Production Companion

Posted: October 9th, 2014

 I first met Francis through ASMP where he has served in leadership roles for the Seattle chapter for many years.  Every time I speak with him, I’m impressed by his clarity of thought and range of experience.  I am delighted to welcome him as our newest regular contributor. ~ Judy Herrmann, Editor [by Francis Zera] [...]

OEERB – A Nonsense Acronym That Makes A Project Go Smooth

Posted: October 8th, 2014

[by Kimberly Blom-Roemer] Since all my projects are on location, and not always a location that is actually owned/controlled by my clients, a few additional strategies need to be applied to ensure a successful shoot as well as not negatively impacting my client’s relationship with the building occupant/owner. – Options. When scheduling a day to [...]

On a Leash.

Posted: October 7th, 2014

[by Todd Joyce] I shoot tethered a lot.  Sometimes I feel like a dog on a leash, but despite the restrictions of being tied down, shooting tethered saves me a lot of time in my workflow. Whether shooting portraits or an advertising campaign, shooting tethered is a way to improve communication.  It allows the art [...]

What’s the Worst Thing That Can Happen?

Posted: October 6th, 2014

[by Pascal Depuhl] Airplane pilots talk through the worst case scenarios every time they take off. That’s in addition to checking the aircraft before every flight, keeping amazingly detailed maintenance records and following check lists, that get meticulously – well – checked off. A few years ago I had the chance to hear these worst case [...]

Smooth Sailing

Posted: October 6th, 2014

When it comes to keeping clients happy, there’s nothing better than having your production run smooth as silk.  This week, our contributors share tips, tricks and insights that will help you keep everything run smoothly on set and off.

Photographers It’s Time to Pivot, or #iwantpaid

Posted: October 3rd, 2014

[by Richard Kelly] For many years, professional photography was commissioned and paid for based on time or pages with no residual income going to the artist. The 1976 copyright act promised a new business model that shifted the ownership of commissioned work to the artist/creator. Licensing photography based on usage, when successfully executed was beneficial [...]

The Future of Image Pricing

Posted: October 2nd, 2014

[by Paul Melcher] The economics of photography are changing. What used to be a simple one picture/one price equation has now evolved into a complex array of options. The biggest change that we have seen in the last 20 years is the adoption and acceptance of the idea that a single image can have different [...]

Compensation for Photographers

Posted: October 1st, 2014

[by Eugene Mopsik] Throughout my 32 year career as a shooter, the business proposition was very stable and easy to grasp. Prospect for work, submit an estimate, shoot a job, edit, deliver selects with rights assignment, client uses and returns work within the limits of the rights assignment. Stock was a means to gain additional [...]