Archive for January, 2016

A Tale of Two Infringements

Posted: January 29th, 2016

[by Bruce Katz] • •The magazine art director was on the phone, he told me that that my photo he licensed for the cover last month is now in an ad running in the magazine–just a friendly heads up… Yikes! • • My wife looked up from her laptop and casually mentioned that my photograph [...]

To Sue or Not to Sue

Posted: January 28th, 2016

[by Liz Ordonez] “Should I file an infringement law suit?” This is a question most photographers have to wrestle with at various points in their career, especially now that most images end up online. Unauthorized use of our images will rattle even the mellowest creative. So it went when I encountered my first images blatantly ripped [...]

11 Things You Should Do When You’ve Been Infringed

Posted: January 27th, 2016

[by Nancy Wolff] What should you do when you have discovered your photograph has been infringed? Before you immediately run to a lawyer, or start spending your recovery money, here are some tips to make sure that your time, as well as any attorney’s time is spent effectively. 1.     Make sure that the photograph is [...]

You’ve Been Infringed, Now What?

Posted: January 26th, 2016

We start off this series of posts with an invitation to join us tomorrow for ASMP’s January Business as unUsual webinar featuring not 1, not 2 but 3 Intellectual Property Attorneys discussing what to do when your creative work has been used without your permission: You’ve Been Infringed, Now What? Bruce Bellingham & Peter McCall [...]

Current Remedies for Copyright Infringement

Posted: January 26th, 2016

While ASMP diligently pursues improvements in Copyright legislation that will enable photographers to better protect their creative works.  The fact of the matter is that right now, we have to figure out the best way to work with the current system.  To that end, I’ve lined up a mix of regular and guest contributors this [...]

Heartfelt Thanks and a Fond Farewell…

Posted: January 25th, 2016

Dear Friends – When I joined ASMP back in 1995 during the first Strictly Business conference, I had no idea that I would become the President of my chapter, be elected to the National Board, serve as the National President or work as ASMP’s Director of Content Strategy.  It has been a wild and wonderful [...]

What’s New? You Are! Tips For Those Just Starting Out

Posted: January 22nd, 2016

[by Demetrius Fordham] Every photographer started somewhere (usually the very bottom). And though it’s difficult to imagine—especially when you’re just kicking off your own career—the truth is that all the successful photographers you admire were all “new” at this too once. That in mind, I tracked down 20+ professional photographers, photo editors, and industry leaders [...]

Master Your Productivity with 11 Amazing Tools

Posted: January 21st, 2016

[by Pascal Depuhl] With every passing year, it seems clients are expecting more and more from their photographers. Kat Dalager even foresees a change of the very word photographer in her recent Strictly Business blog post, Predictions for 2016: “The word ‘photographer’ will change. Maybe it will be ‘image maker’ or ‘content maker’ or ‘capturer.’  [...]

Just 5 Minutes a Day…

Posted: January 20th, 2016

[by Judy Herrmann] This past Fall, my 9-year-old daughter started learning Viola as part of her elementary school’s strings program. Like most music teachers, Ms Vaughn wants the kids to practice every day. But what’s novel about her approach is that she asks them to practice for just 5 minutes per day. Years of experience [...]

Zigging While Everyone Else is Zagging

Posted: January 19th, 2016

[by Michael Clark] Over the last year, I have been testing out a wide variety of digital cameras, everything from the latest and greatest mirrorless offerings to top-end DSLRs to high-end, super expensive digital medium format cameras. I don’t see a new camera as something that will revolutionize my photography necessarily, but I was looking [...]

My New Reality is Virtual and Somewhat Augmented

Posted: January 18th, 2016

[by Richard Kelly] My initial impressions of the Virtual Reality image concept was that VR seemed like a bell or a whistle but wouldn’t make much of a day-to-day difference to my image viewing experience. In fact, that was the impression I’d had since the mid-1990’s when photographers started playing with VR imaging. Last spring [...]

What’s New?

Posted: January 18th, 2016

It’s a new year and time for all of us to think about shedding the same-old, same-old and trying new tools, new techniques, and new approaches.  This week, our contributors share some of the new things they’re trying in their businesses, in the hopes it might inspire you to try a little something new yourself. [...]

2015: Successful Promotion with Mail and Email

Posted: January 15th, 2016

Our 30th webinar featured Agency Access consultants Angee Murray and Andrea Maurio who offered an insider’s glimpse of both the commercial and editorial markets, covering everything from finding the right prospects for your list and mastering the intricacies of both email and direct mail to figuring out what to show, when to send and how [...]

2014: The Art of the Estimate

Posted: January 14th, 2016

An experienced Art Producer who has worked on both sides of the table, our very own Kat Dalager knows exactly what makes or breaks an estimate. Her presentation focused on the estimating process – from the questions you should ask before developing your numbers to presenting your estimate, following up and how to build an [...]

2013: Do It Yourself PR 101

Posted: January 13th, 2016

The many excellent programs we ran in 2013 included one on a topic few photographers fully utilize – Public Relations, which featured Amy Flurry, author of Recipe for Press.  A professional editor and frequent contributor to Condé Nast Traveler, Country Living, InStyle and more, Amy described exactly what editors, bloggers and writers are looking for. [...]

2012: Identifying New Markets for Your Photography

Posted: January 12th, 2016

We launched the Business as unUsual series with the fabulous Mary Virginia Swanson, whose program focused on editing your work to show your unique vision, presenting your work in print and electronic portfolios, marketing your work to different audiences and identifying new markets for your photography. Packed with visual examples, this program will help you [...]

Business as unUsual

Posted: January 12th, 2016

On November 7, 2012, ASMP launched our first monthly webinar series, Business as unUsual. The 30  programs I’ve been fortunate enough to produce since then have focused on providing still and motion photographers real-world information you can use right now to grow your business and our guest experts have done an amazing job of fulfilling [...]

You’ve Been Infringed, Now What?

Posted: January 11th, 2016

If you’ve never had the experience of seeing your work used by someone who wasn’t authorized and didn’t compensate you for the usage, you are one lucky photographer.  Whether it’s a client who uses the work beyond the scope of the agreement or after the license has expired, a total stranger who saw your work [...]

Predictions for 2016 and Beyond

Posted: January 8th, 2016

[by Kat Dalager] Now, more than ever, photographers need to be thinking about content rather than just photography. “Content” includes still and moving images, sound and words. There will be less distinction between channels such as “print” or “digital.” Take Live Portrait for example. Like QR codes and other virtual reality apps, it provides an [...]

The Internet, Only More So

Posted: January 7th, 2016

[by Colleen Wainwright] I’ve advocated using the internet to do business since I fell backwards into it myself with a blog, LinkedIn, and one of the first 10,000 Twitter accounts. Most of my work and many of the relationships I’ve made over the past 12 years are either directly, or, more usually, indirectly attributable to [...]

Be More Social in 2016

Posted: January 6th, 2016

[by Richard Kelly] We have much more to learn about social media and the role it plays in our culture and communications. In 2015,I started the year by learning more deeply how these social channels that dominate the media (not just social) landscape. First, I downloaded to my Kindle, The Art of Social Media by [...]

Standing Out

Posted: January 5th, 2016

[by Michael Clark] Every year, between Christmas and New Year’s, I work up my goals for the next year according to my latest 5-year plan. Those goals are a not only a list of ambitions and dreams, but they are also a working document that helps me focus on where I want to go with [...]

A New Reality with New Opportunities

Posted: January 4th, 2016

[by Jenna Close] Video is commonplace now, everyone and their grandmother has a drone, and cinemagraphs have gone post-hip…so… what’s next? One of the most promising future trends I don’t hear talked about much in photography circles is Virtual Reality (VR). Many of us associate this technology with 360 degree panoramas and real estate listings, [...]

Big Ideas

Posted: January 4th, 2016

This week, in honor of the new year, we’ve asked our contributors to share what’s on their minds – the big ideas they think photographers should be thinking about in 2016. ~Judy Herrmann, Editor