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How to Be the Best Assistant Ever

Posted: May 5th, 2014

[by Ed McDonald] I graduated from photo school quite awhile back, and while many things in this industry have changed quite dramatically, being a good assistant remains pretty much the same today. By and large it’s the attention to detail, a positive can do attitude, and the hustle that you bring to the assignment that [...]

Are You Paying Your Dues?

Posted: June 16th, 2011

[by Ed McDonald] “Pay your dues!” You hear it all the time, but what does it really mean? While colleges and schools teach photographic technique, theory, and marketing, nothing can compare to the experiences of on-set learning from a seasoned professional. It’s not just in how he or she sees, lights, composes or captures the [...]

Pricing Help

Posted: April 12th, 2010

[by Ed McDonald] You can find out how other photographers priced and negotiated real jobs. Take a look at some on ASMP’s web site in the paperwork share section. Go to  under Business Resources/ Tutorials and forms/ licensing and paperwork share. Or, go directly by clicking here.

Did You Know?

Posted: December 17th, 2009

[by Ed McDonald] You can find a review of the top six (Facebook, Photobucket, Flickr, MySpace, YouTube and Twitter) Social Media Terms of Service agreements online at the ASMP website.  The report presents recommended best practices, considerations, common terms used, and hypothetical situations photographers may face when images are posted on social networking sites. Find this on [...]

PhotoPlus 09 / Arnold Newman

Posted: October 23rd, 2009

[By Ed McDonald] Last night I had the great pleasure of attending the Arnold Newman impact and influence presentation given by Greg Heisler, by the Arnold and Augusta Newman foundation and the Maine Media workshops, Sponsored by PDN and the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP).  Greg Heisler told wonderful, touching, and humorous stories of [...]

Quick Tip: Automate your social media

Posted: October 2nd, 2009

[By Ed McDonald] Unless you have unlimited amounts of time on your hands, you should automate as many steps of your social media as possible. Like cross-posting all content in multiple social media outlets. Take some time to set up a few steps to automate the process. Here are a few good tools for sharing [...]

The NFL and Social Media

Posted: September 2nd, 2009

[By Ed McDonald] Leave it to big business and old thinking to try and control Social Media. In a report released this week the NFL has revealed their plan for a Social Media Policy. One of the new rules of the policy would prohibit players or anyone representing them from posting to social media networks [...]

Quick Social Media Tip

Posted: July 31st, 2009

Increase your social media (linkedin, FaceBook, or Twitter) reach by a minimum of five qualified leads a week. Use programs & web sites to help you, like Mr. Tweet.

Tips For a Better Facebook Experience

Posted: June 26th, 2009

1.    Complete your FB profile by sharing as much information as you feel comfortable sharing, drawing a line to keep some of your private life private. But, let people know who you are, people and businesses want to know whom they are doing business with and they want to like you. 2.    Stick to your [...]