Archive for August, 2015

Happy Business New Year!

Posted: August 31st, 2015

[by Todd Joyce] I treat Labor Day more like New Year’s Day than January 1st.  Each Fall, throughout our lives, we’ve been conditioned to start new school years.  At summer’s end, we would enter a new grade with new ideas and information.  We’d meet new people and establish new relationships.   I’ve been out of school [...]

Gearing Up for Fall

Posted: August 31st, 2015

As those lazy days of summer morph into the crazy days of fall, it’s a great time to step back and put some thought into how you’re going to make the most of what’s left of 2015.  This week, our contributors share their thoughts, plans and inspirations as they gear themselves – and their businesses [...]

Sequencing Your Story

Posted: August 28th, 2015

[by Rob Rosenthal] I’m a radio producer. Every story we tell is a “motion story.” There are no stills. While there is no single “silver bullet” for producing captivating motion stories, there are a few things that are essential. First, a sequence of events. Indeed, that’s the essence of narrative. This happened, then this happened, [...]

The Philosophy Behind Riveting Story Telling

Posted: August 27th, 2015

[by Pascal Depuhl] Story trumps everything Story is the most important part of any video. Great story trumps great visuals, amazing audio or an intricate edit every time. As a photographer, you’ve been a visual storyteller for as long as you’ve captured still images so I’m not gonna waste your time on how to craft [...]

Process, Theory and Other Things

Posted: August 26th, 2015

[by John Welsh] Perspective. Observation. Clarity. These words help me find vision. And vision is something we need in order to differentiate ourselves within the horde that’s creating images. But I believe these words are also a component and fundamental layer in storytelling. So, what if we took the Big Bang Theory and applied it [...]

“If You Want a Happy Ending…

Posted: August 25th, 2015

[by Gail Mooney] “…it depends on where you stop the story.” ~Orson Welles The story is everything, and as the director and/or the DP (Director of Photography), I must have a clear idea and commitment to the story that I want to tell. If don’t, I’ll confuse or lose my audience. When I set out [...]

Starting With The “Why” Of The Story

Posted: August 24th, 2015

[by Charles Gupton] Taking the plunge from being a still photographer for 30+ years to creating motion projects was a huge one for me. As I started out, I thought the greatest obstacles were going to be learning the technical aspects of editing and audio or the learning curve related to purchasing and understanding how [...]

Storytelling in Motion

Posted: August 24th, 2015

One of the biggest differences between creating an effective still photo and producing a captivating motion piece is how you approach telling the story. This week, our contributors share their insights, advice and practices for tellling engaging stories in motion.

Less is More

Posted: August 21st, 2015

[by Kat Dalager] Scheduling a Portfolio Review In-person reviews seem to be fewer and further between. If you can get an in-person review, consider it pure gold. Whether by email, LinkedIn or by phone, be concise in your messaging. If you’re sending an email or LinkedIn request, you should be descriptive in your subject line: [...]

A Strong Portfolio…

Posted: August 20th, 2015

With experience as an art producer for the likes of Arnold Worldwide, Wieden & Kennedy and Grey Worldwide, a rep for legendary British photographer Norman Parkinson, the creator of 4 book projects and chair/program director for the National Arts Club Photography Committee, Catherine Johnson‘s understanding of what it takes to produce a commercial or fine [...]

What Has to “Click” to Get Work?

Posted: August 19th, 2015

[by Carolyn Potts] What critical info– besides great and relevant imagery– is a portfolio reviewer actually looking for during your review? Since most reviewers are “speed readers” (consider how many thousands of books they’ve looked at over the course of their career), they can tell in micro-seconds if your work applies to their current account [...]

I Wish I Could Have a Do-Over For All Of My Portfolio Reviews

Posted: August 18th, 2015

[by Richard Kelly] I could write a book on how to not do a portfolio review. I have made all the mistakes and despite that I have somehow crafted a long and satisfying career. Here are 10 important tips I’ve learned along the way: 1) Know who you are going to see before you step [...]

What to Show, Ask and Do At Your Next Portfolio Review

Posted: August 17th, 2015

For over 20 years Julie Grahame‘s impeccable eye has curated some of the most impressive collections of editorial, commercial and fine art photography to be found. Both and the British Journal of Photography have lauded her blog as one of the best photography blogs in the world.  Julie has participated in countless reviews, including [...]

Portfolio Reviews

Posted: August 14th, 2015

[by Thomas Werner] My first bit of advice regarding portfolio reviews would be to save by taking advantage of the low cost reviews offered as a member benefit by ASMP chapters around the country. New England, Seattle/Northwest, Philadelphia, and San Diego are among the chapters that offer reviews, and New York offers both a fine [...]

Make Every Minute Count

Posted: August 13th, 2015

As the founder and publisher of Waltz Books – and Associate Director at Light Work before that – Mary Goodwin has reviewed hundreds of bodies of photographic works.  She brought her brilliant eye and keen aesthetic sensibilities to her role as juror for ASMP’s Best of 2015 annual and today, shares her excellent advice for [...]

Your Mother is a Liar!

Posted: August 12th, 2015

[by Todd Joyce] She loves you, but she doesn’t want to hurt your feelings. And, even if she does have a good eye, she’s not who you ask for an objective review. And that goes for friends and other family members. Don’t ask them to review your work either. And, don’t ask your clients for [...]

An Interview with Amy Yvonne Yu

Posted: August 11th, 2015

With over 13 years of experience on the agency, production and client side across still, video and experiential media, working alongside brilliant creators like Albert Watson, Cass Bird, Jill Greenberg, and The Selby, Amy Yvonne Yu knows exactly what makes or breaks a portfolio review. Amy has given many talks and interviews regarding the ever-changing [...]

Getting the Most From a Structured Portfolio Review

Posted: August 10th, 2015

[by Bruce Katz] Structured portfolio reviews are set up to provide feedback, constructive criticism, and networking for the attendees. Reviewers come from all across the photography spectrum – editorial, commercial, advertising and art worlds. Here are a few thoughts about getting the most from attending an event: Read the bios and select your primary reviewer(s) [...]

Getting the Most Out of Portfolio Reviews

Posted: August 10th, 2015

From structured review events to one-on-one appointments with clients, how you handle portfolio reviews can make or break your career.  What should you show? What should you say? What should you ask? What should your never show, or say, or ask, or do?  This week we continue to feature, a mix of experienced photographers and [...]

A Few Useful DIY Hacks

Posted: August 7th, 2015

[by Jenna Close] Gear is great, but sometimes you just have to improvise. Whether it’s a cash flow issue, piece of equipment forgotten at home, or you just like to make things to your exact specifications, here are a few simple DIY solutions that have made my job easier and/or saved me at least once. [...]

Out of Email

Posted: August 6th, 2015

[by Paul Oemig] The ongoing influx of email…It never ends. In an effort to simplify the email loop, if that’s even possible, I have found it helpful to try to take communications I regularly have with collaborators and clients out of email, and either 1) get on the phone or 2) switch to dedicated project [...]

Why You Should Immediately Create Your 5P: Powerfully POSITIVE Password Protection Plan

Posted: August 5th, 2015

[by Carolyn Potts] We all know that it’s important to change your passwords regularly–now more than ever. Want to make your hair stand on end? Just log onto this site regularly to see who’s the latest corporate hacking victim. There were almost 20 security breaches in July 2015 alone! [UPDATE: United Airlines' database of customer [...]

Five Lessons I Learned from my Dad About Photography

Posted: August 4th, 2015

[by Richard Kelly] My dad knows nothing about photography, but he is a mechanic who loves his tools. I learned a lot working with my dad on automobiles and home remodeling projects. I now pass these lessons on to my assistants, and I hope they pass them on to their assistants. 1) Always use the [...]

Easy Button

Posted: August 4th, 2015

Life is complicated enough.  Add being a photographer – let alone a self-employed photographer – and the complication factor goes through the roof!  This week, our contributors share tools, tips & tricks they use to make things a little easier. ~Judy Herrmann, Editor  

Save Now, Save Later

Posted: August 3rd, 2015

These last few weeks of summer are the perfect opportunity to save on some great learning opportunities available right now.  Save even more by registering early for Photo Plus Expo and the Palm Springs Portfolio Reviews coming up this fall! August 4: Portland | August 6: Sacramento | August 7: San Jose | August 9: [...]