Archive for March, 2015

“If You Want to Catch a Fish, You Have to Think Like a Fish.” - Dad     

Posted: March 31st, 2015

[by Todd Joyce] What does that prospective client want?  Why?  Who is it that they need to reach?  Why now?  What’s most important?  Is this their project/idea?  Are they passionate about the outcome?  Are they trying to please their boss?  Is there a tight deadline?  How important is this to them and their business?  Etc… [...]

Pricing & Negotiations

Posted: March 31st, 2015

These days, even the most experienced photographers seem to struggle with pricing their work, sussing out client needs and negotiating favorable fees.  This week, our contributors share their insights on the all important art of pricing & negotiations.

Bloom in the Desert

Posted: March 30th, 2015

While April may bring showers to many parts of the country, it brings two unique opportunities to hone your craft, hobnob with industry stars and fertilize your imagination. Don’t miss these great events:   ASMP Members Save $100 on NAB & Post|Production World National Association of Broadcasters Annual Conference & Expo April 11 – 16, [...]

The Chemistry of the Interview

Posted: March 27th, 2015

[by Gail Mooney] When I first started learning video storytelling, I took a class at the Maine Workshops. Our instructor, a crazy guy from LA who worked for the E-channel, broke us up into teams to go out and get man-on-the-street interviews for our class video project, The Cameras of Camden. The video was about [...]

Brought to you by The Letter T

Posted: March 26th, 2015

[by John Welsh] If you were asked to use three words to describe a formula for conducting a successful interview, which ones would you pick? For me, it’s Truth, Trust and Time. They are all in play before, during and after an interview. Everyone wants to be respected in a relationship. And that’s what we [...]

Know What You Want, Stay Engaged, Tilt Your Head and Shut Up.

Posted: March 25th, 2015

[by Todd Joyce] Three tips to make your interviews stronger: Know what you want your subject to say and ask the questions to get them to say it. Sounds simple, but if you’re asking general questions and letting them talk, then your editing time is going to be a nightmare.  Allow for discovery, but know [...]

5 Suggestions for More Effective Interviews

Posted: March 24th, 2015

[by Charles Gupton] The ability to ask good questions and draw people out of their anxiety over being photographed has always been an important skill set to have as a still photographer. But over the past several years, I’ve gone from being behind the camera exclusively to taking a more active role in interviewing subjects [...]

Selfishly, Selflessly Interviewing

Posted: March 23rd, 2015

[by Colleen Wainwright] For most of my career, I’ve been the interviewee more often than I have the interviewer. And everything I’ve learned from being the subject has taught me that the easier and more interesting I make things for the person I’m interviewing, the more fun we both have, and the better the end [...]

The Art of the Interview

Posted: March 23rd, 2015

More and more photographers are spending more and more their time doing something many of us never imagined – interviewing our subjects, not just for our own interest or to help them relax, but as part of the motion or multi-media project we’re working on.  This week, our contributors offer advice, tips and resources to [...]

The Magic of Vision

Posted: March 20th, 2015

[by Chris Winton-Stahle] Finding Your Vision It’s easy to get sidetracked from your career goals and there are a whole list of good reasons why it happens. Sometimes an artist has to reinvent themselves because their niche has dried up or they feel creatively unchallenged. Children are born or a parent needs caring for. It’s [...]

Vision + Values = Long-term Success

Posted: March 19th, 2015

[by Carolyn Potts] Talent and smart marketing are both critical to sustain your career. But they are much more powerful when they are allied with your vision and values. A vision-based business is tied to your core values. Values become the foundation of your vision statement which is something broader and deeper than “I want [...]

A Photographers Vision is “selbstverständlich”

Posted: March 18th, 2015

[by Pascal Depuhl] Vision is one of those uniquely personal experiences. Your vision is just ‘selbstverständlich” as we say in German. (Sorry, but there’s no really good translation for this word. Literally translated it means “understandable on its own.”) Your vision just goes without saying (the official translation). You know your vision when you see [...]

The Value of Instinct

Posted: March 17th, 2015

[by Jenna Close] In my experience, finding your vision is a journey without end. It’s a lifelong part of being a photographer. Previously, my forays into finding my vision could probably be better described as “finding a style”. I would spend a lot of time looking at other people’s work, work that I was drawn [...]

Finding Your Vision

Posted: March 17th, 2015

In today’s saturated market, having a unique vision – a way of seeing that differentiates your work from that of anyone else – has become a critical part of building a successful career as a professional creator.  This week, our contributors share their insights and experiences on what it means to find and share your [...]

Expand Your Horizons

Posted: March 16th, 2015

Almost 2 years ago, my partner, Mike Starke, and I made a commitment to start learning CGI (Computer Generated Imaging).  Much like our early adoption of digital photography back in 1994, CGI has opened creative avenues that we had never imagined possible.   Walt Jones, a photographer and CGI producer who has worked on the the [...]

Directing for Stills | Directing for Motion

Posted: March 13th, 2015

[by Rhea Anna] Over the course of my career I have seen agencies looking for a way to integrate their print and broadcast campaigns. Agencies often want to be able to offer their clients a solution that will allow them to combine resources for their print and broadcast projects so they can gain efficiencies while [...]

Engaging Your Subject

Posted: March 12th, 2015

[By Michael Clark] The “talent” I work with as an adventure sports photographer are usually professional athletes. As such, some have been photographed quite often while others haven’t. Depending on the athlete’s comfort level in front of the camera, I will have to spend more or less time with them to gain their trust and [...]

What I learned in Directing Actors Class

Posted: March 11th, 2015

[by Richard Kelly] My practice requires me to work with professional actors and models as well as working with non professionals, sometimes on the same project or in the same scene. I learned a long time ago that each person may require different types of direction. The trick is to have a few directing tools [...]

Taking it Further

Posted: March 11th, 2015

[by Sean Kernan] If this week’s bloggers have about 20 years of experience each, that’s 100 years of know-how right there, so I can’t wait to see what the others say. It should go well beyond “tips,” and I’m bound to learn something. Here’s what I’ve got: It is no secret that the writers and [...]

Find Your Natural Patter

Posted: March 10th, 2015

[by Jenna Close] It took me a long time to be comfortable working with people. My big breakthrough came on a job for NBC that required photographing upwards of 60 people in a very particular and stylized way. By the end of the first day I was completely exhausted from inventing things to say to [...]

Casting Counts

Posted: March 9th, 2015

[by Kat Dalager] Whether you’re testing or shooting an assignment, the talent and stylists you choose can make or break a shoot. Be Objective Not all people that look good in person actually look good on camera. Study the talent of successful photographers who are known to do it well. “Real people” talent may be [...]

Working with Talent

Posted: March 9th, 2015

Whether casting through agencies or working with real people – whether for stills or for motion – the magical process of finding and choosing the right person, and eliciting the right emotions and body language to create an image that best conveys the story you’re trying to tell is an art form that’s rarely addressed [...]

Can You Embrace Multiple Media?

Posted: March 6th, 2015

[by Charles Gupton] For several years, I avoided the idea like it was a virus. I associated it with the sleazy spam-meisters of the business world. Until I realized its value and embraced it. As I looked around, increasingly more and more creative people I respected were not only doing their particular craft well, but [...]

10 Year Old Technology Makes Photographers Obsolete

Posted: March 5th, 2015

[by Pascal Depuhl] Photography has had a good run. From the first photograph ever captured in 1826 until today, we’ve all witnessed countless, amazing advances. Unfortunately the demise of the professional photographer is almost complete. Decade old tech kills professional photography Ironically the death knell to the business of photographers turns out to be 10 [...]

Stories by Firelight

Posted: March 4th, 2015

[by John Welsh] Collaboration. New Media. Repurposing Content. Audience Building. These trendy buzzwords are reflective of how we’ve evolved as image making pros, but what do we do with them? You’ll have to find your own answer but maybe mine will help… Although I like gadgets and enjoy exploring new tech and social outlets, I [...]

Where Copyright Law Fails Photographers

Posted: March 3rd, 2015

[by Richard Kelly] When I speak to photographers about copyright, I often use a variation of William Patry’s metaphor from his book Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars: Picture a copyright battlefield. On the right-side are the traditional Copyright aggregators – publishers, record companies, and the licensing monoliths – including the artists that they represent. [...]

Industry Trends

Posted: March 3rd, 2015

Love them. Hate them.  Follow them or ignore them.  It’s in every photographer’s best interests to be aware of the trends affecting our industry and our clients. This week, our contributors share some of the trends they’re watching, which trends they’re responding to and how those trends are affecting the decisions they’re making.

Your Roadmap to Success

Posted: March 2nd, 2015

Join ASMP for a series of online and in-person events that will help you grow your business, master and monetize new skills, adapt to a changing marketplace, and inspire your creative vision. This week: ASMP Members save $75 on WPPI Wedding & Portrait Photography International Annual Conference February 26 – March 5, 2015 Las Vegas, NV [...]