Archive for November, 2014

Giving Thanks

Posted: November 26th, 2014

As our contributors have pointed out this week, there is much to be said for the simple act of gratitude.  Not just during Thanksgiving, but every day.  In that spirit, I would like to thank you for your ongoing support of this blog, of ASMP and of this industry we all hold so dear. Our [...]

A Thank You Gift from Blinkbid

Posted: November 26th, 2014

Save over 30% when you purchase Blinkbid before 12:00 pm on Monday, December 1! Our friends at Blinkbid have are showing their thanks to all of our Strictly Business blog readers by offering a special discount on their excellent bidding software.  To take advantage of this special savings, download a copy of Blinkbid from, [...]


Posted: November 25th, 2014

[by Pascal Depuhl] Thank You. We are so busy in today’s society that we often don’t slow down to say thanks — although it’s the right thing to do. The kind thing to do. Mark Twain said that “Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see” and thank you [...]

Creating Space for Gratitude

Posted: November 24th, 2014

[by Charles Gupton] Creating time and emotional space to be thankful in the midst of a deep struggle — or even a time of emotional darkness — does not seem either intuitive or congruent with the over-riding fear of the moment. However, I’ve come to believe that it is one of the most important and [...]

Caution: Personal Work Could Kill Your Commercial Success!

Posted: November 21st, 2014

[by Pascal Depuhl] Be careful, personal work could kill your career! Over the last few weeks I’ve hosted a couple discussions in various LinkedIn Groups asking “does personal work matter?” Predictably, many of the photographers who chimed in answered a resounding YES! We get to show our capabilities without the constraints of a client brief, art buyers [...]

Getting Personal

Posted: November 20th, 2014

[by Francis Zera] Personal work is sometimes treated as a dirty little secret — these projects make a photographer’s heart happy but are often seen as everything from a detriment to the bottom line to a dalliance that uses time that could be better spent pursuing paying jobs. To the contrary, personal projects should be [...]

Playing with Fire on the Creative Edge

Posted: November 19th, 2014

[by Carolyn Potts] Create personal work because it feeds both your creativity and your humanity. It’s a practice recommended for all photographers. There’s also a strategic benefit for advertising and editorial photographers who regularly create personal work/self-assignments. You could end up becoming the next in-demand style leader/trendsetter. And, guess who gets to subsequently command higher [...]

Getting Paid to Play

Posted: November 18th, 2014

[by Todd Joyce] “Do what you love for a living and you’ll never work a day in your life.” vs “Do what you love for a living and you’ll grow to hate it.”   How are you working to be sure that you aren’t going to end up hating what you do? Go play! Exercise your [...]

The Value of Personal Work

Posted: November 17th, 2014

[by Chris Winton-Stahle] Personal work has been a vital part of my creative process and my ability to stay relevant as an artist. As commercial assignment photographers, we often rely on the scope of a particular project or the vision of an art director to inspire our images. It is easy to lose sight of [...]

Personal Work

Posted: November 17th, 2014

With everything else we’ve all got on our plates, carving out time to pursue personal work can be tremendously challenging.  This week, our contributors discuss the value of personal projects and the role personal work has played in their own careers. ~Judy Herrmann, editor

The Mobile Future

Posted: November 14th, 2014

[by Tom Kennedy] The world is going increasingly mobile. A slew of articles such as these posted by the PewResearch Internet Project and Reel SEO point to fascinating new usage patterns on various mobile platforms, particularly for the sharing of photos and the consumption of video. This shift has important implications for visual communicators. 1) [...]

The Big Picture is the Little Screen.

Posted: November 13th, 2014

[by Todd Joyce] You’ll often hear a movie promo or reviewer say, “this was a movie made for the big screen,” yet I bet you’ve never heard “this is a movie made for the little screen.”   But, maybe you should. An overwhelming number of netizens are viewing all web content, exclusively on handheld devices.  Apple [...]

Phone it In

Posted: November 12th, 2014

[by Bruce Katz] So, how can you be smart about the mobile phone/social media revolution and make your way through the almost infinite sea of snapshots and selfies on the web? Is it a useful tool for business, marketing and/or just getting a laugh from friends? I have found that it is a wonderful tool [...]

I Got a Phone in My Pocket

Posted: November 11th, 2014

[by Richard Kelly] In September of 2009 I took out my iPhone and using the camera app made a photograph. I made a few adjustments to color and contrast and uploaded it to Facebook. By the time I walked about 100 yards, I had “likes” on my Facebook page and I was seeing comments from [...]

The Mobile Revolution

Posted: November 11th, 2014

The mobile market is growing at an unprecedented pace and all indicators point to disruption as great as that of the desktop computer.  According to one Wall Street Journal article, American adults now spend 1/4 of their media time on mobile devices and spending on Mobile advertising is expected to hit nearly $18 billion by [...]

Develop Your Vision

Posted: November 10th, 2014

In a world where everyone has a camera, developing your vision and skills is critical to success.  ASMP has lined up 2 great opportunities for you to hone your creative vision this month! Join us online this Wednesday: Vision + U = Success Wednesday, November 12, 2014 1:00 – 2:00 pm EST / 10:00 – [...]

Don’t Worry! Today’s Gonna be a lot Worse.

Posted: November 7th, 2014

[by Pascal Depuhl] Turns out today is a lot worse than yesterday (here’s the backstory, if you’re interested in how bad yesterday really was). Like yesterday we’ve been shoveling the same never ending snow on the ramp since 5 am. Like yesterday there’s the announcement over the radio, you know, the one about the airport [...]

Own It and CYI

Posted: November 6th, 2014

[by Kat Dalager] When things go wrong – and despite your best efforts, they sometimes will – here are two things you can do to make it right. Own it When something goes wrong, don’t blame your assistant, your producer or your dog. The photographer is ultimately responsible for everything that happens before, during and [...]

Whaddya Mean, You Don’t Know How To Drive My Car?

Posted: November 5th, 2014

[by Francis Zera] Several years ago, I was doing an architecture shoot at a new development that was a bit off the beaten path. I’d worked with the client several times before, but I’d not worked with the new marketing person they’d assigned to the project. Being somewhat new to the job, she’d forgotten to [...]

Screwing Up Sucks.

Posted: November 4th, 2014

[by Todd Joyce] Despite the best planning, bad things can still happen.   All you can do is learn from it and make sure it doesn’t happen again. We’ve been doing a lot of video recently and with the added equipment and run time, there are more things that can go wrong in a recording [...]


Posted: November 3rd, 2014

[by John Welsh] I’ve only played it once, and it’s funny to think how removing the wrong structural piece can cause disaster in the context of winning the game.  It’s just like certain jobs – they hinge on one key piece of production, and if perfection isn’t achieved, you’re in a bit of trouble. It’s [...]

When Things Go Wrong

Posted: November 3rd, 2014

As hard as we try to make everything run smoothly, it’s inevitable that things will go wrong sometimes. This week, our contributors offer stories, tips and advice on moving past unanticipated problems and get back on track. ~ Judy Herrmann, Editor