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Lights! Cameras! People!

Posted: October 31st, 2013

[by Shawn Henry] Most people go to Photo Plus Expo for the show; hoping to see and handle the latest and greatest gear. Lights! Cameras! That’s their Action! (For the record, the new Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras could be a cool addition to your kit whether you shoot Nikon, Canon or Sony…) Others go for [...]

Getting More Bank from Your Work

Posted: April 25th, 2013

[By Shawn Henry] We all know that editorial work doesn’t generally pay fees comparable to the corporate market, but it’s possible to boost the total income from editorial assignments with just a little extra effort. My standard workflow is to process every assignment through Lightroom: after making general adjustments to all the files, I produce [...]

What if Copyright no longer existed?

Posted: March 5th, 2013

[by Shawn Henry] Back in 2005 I completely gutted my house, stripping the interior down to the bare studs, expanding the kitchen and master bedroom and adding a new sunroom to overlook the backyard. I spent over a year rebuilding it, doing almost all of the work myself, from shingling the roof to laying the [...]

It’s Not Just About The Muscles…

Posted: June 15th, 2011

[by Shawn Henry] Assisting can be physically challenging — lugging heavy cases of equipment is no easy task. But as in most other aspects of life, brains matter far more than brawn when it comes to performing the duties of an assistant. Once the gear’s set, the real value of a quality assistant shines through [...]

Avoid Confusion – Talk About Usage

Posted: March 7th, 2011

[by Shawn Henry] The major point of confusion between clients and photographers with many photo assignments, both editorial and commercial, is the scope of the usage allowed by the photographer and those expected by the client.  This confusion often results because the photographer fails to address the usage issue up front, instead relying on “boilerplate” [...]

An Editorial Optimist

Posted: October 8th, 2010

[by Shawn Henry] Many photographers question the viability of a career in editorial photography these days. Magazines and newspapers especially have been hard hit not only by the economic decline of the past several years but by the shift in media consumption away from print to the web, as well. Ad pages are down, editorial [...]

My Terms & Conditions

Posted: October 6th, 2010

[by Shawn Henry] We all hate receiving “those” contracts — the multipage monstrosities, with line after mind-numbing line of legal jargon and syntax seemingly designed to confuse and obfuscate rather than clearly define the simple terms of an agreement. Is it any wonder that clients hate receiving that type of contract as well? And is [...]