Archive for Technology

Why the Middle Class Matters

Posted: July 6th, 2016

[by Jan Klier] Cross-posting from LinkedIn. These days there is a lot of talk about the state of the middle class in the world. As a matter of fact, the middle class does not only matter politically, but also within the economic bounds of a specific industry, such as the photography industry. Most photographers entering the [...]

Advertiser Pledge Sets Example of Accountability in the Fight Against Piracy

Posted: June 30th, 2016

With the recent establishment of our partnership with George Mason University’s Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP), ASMP will begin to include cross-postings in Strictly Business about  political, economic, and social trends related to a broad range of infringement issues being addressed by CPIP and its contributors. Cross-posted from the Mister Copyright blog. It should come as no [...]

Establishing A Unique Brand

Posted: May 31st, 2016

[by Chris Winton-Stahle] It’s often the case that finding yourself as an artist is difficult with all the distracting noise out there in the business. It is a difficult thing to look within, find that inner clarity, listen to that voice within and THEN build a strong brand-name around that vision. But, as artists, this [...]

The Struggle With Modern Day Usage

Posted: April 18th, 2016

[by Jenna Close] The single largest conflict with my client-direct jobs is limited licensing. Prior to the internet, promotional materials required a lengthy process of design and printing. Changes to existing materials happened neither quickly nor often, thus it was easy for clients and photographers both to keep track of image usage. These days change happens [...]

Why Am I Here?

Posted: April 11th, 2016

In Which I Write A Blog Post About Blogging And The Symbiotic Spokes In The Wheel That Is Social Media. [by Barry Schwartz] For the longest time I could not figure out what social media could do for me. So I did nothing. Or almost nothing: I had a mousy level of participation on Facebook, which [...]

From Contact Form to Contract

Posted: April 8th, 2016

[by Pascal Depuhl] Before I ever speak to a potential client… … I usually get an email that reads: “A lead has been assigned to you”. It’s my Customer Relationship Management system’s way of letting me know someone just clicked the button on the contact form of my website. By this time, that prospective client has [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

Tethering: A Case Study

Posted: October 9th, 2015

[by Rhea Anna] The following case study is excerpted from The Ultimate Tethering Guide. I love to shoot tethered whenever I can. I believe clients are more engaged in the process when they are able to see what’s going on via the big screen. I find it’s the most successful way to create real collaboration [...]

Wired or Wireless Tethering?

Posted: October 8th, 2015

[The Ultimate Tethering Guide] While wired technology currently offers more robust tethering support, wireless tethering has one huge advantage – no wires to trip over, get tangled up in or constrain the photographer’s movement. The following chart provides a detailed comparison of the other capabilities of wireless tethering as compared to wired tethering: Wired Tethering [...]

Tethering Software

Posted: October 7th, 2015

[The Ultimate Tethering Guide] There are quite a few tethering software options out there and it’s important to pick the right one for your needs. Your choices include: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Manufacturer Software 3rd party Tethering Software Of these, the most popular are Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, Capture One Pro, Canon EOS Utility, and Nikon Camera [...]

An Introduction to Tethering

Posted: October 6th, 2015

[The Ultimate Tethering Guide] Tethering is the connecting of a single device to another device. The term tethering encompasses the actual connectivity of digital devices as well as the integration and mounting of these devices. In the context of photo and video, both wired and wireless solutions may be used to transfer information (images, video) [...]

On a Leash.

Posted: October 7th, 2014

[by Todd Joyce] I shoot tethered a lot.  Sometimes I feel like a dog on a leash, but despite the restrictions of being tied down, shooting tethered saves me a lot of time in my workflow. Whether shooting portraits or an advertising campaign, shooting tethered is a way to improve communication.  It allows the art [...]

Digital Asset Management as a Client Service

Posted: September 19th, 2014

[by David Diamond] Now that Digital Asset Management has (almost) become a topic companies understand, an opportunity has arisen for professional photographers. Today’s “please send me” request can be tomorrow’s new revenue stream. Digital Asset Management Services In addition to photo services, there’s no reason you can’t offer to store and manage digital assets for [...]

The Value of Being a DAM Smart Photographer

Posted: September 18th, 2014

[by Adam Hunter] Great! You have a kick-ass asset organizational system built into your workflow. You rock! But what about your clients? Do they have their own asset organization strategies? Do they leverage a digital asset management (DAM) tool? How do your practices help or hinder their systems? From experience, I will tell you that [...]

Using the PLUS Registry for Always-Current Embedded Metadata

Posted: September 17th, 2014

[by David Riecks] If you’ve loaned out a book, you’ve learned the lesson that if you expect to see it back, write your name in it. If you don’t know the borrower well, including contact info is a good practice too. Many bibliophiles will go so far as to have their own stamp or bookplate [...]

Why You Should Care About DAM

Posted: September 16th, 2014

[by William Moritz] Everyone has likely heard of Digital Asset Management by now; however, a large number of users we encounter do not use a DAM system, or fail to take full advantage of the system they do use. The most common thing we hear is, “Why do I need to invest time and effort [...]

Three Quick and Dirty DAM Tools to Enhance Productivity and Professionalism

Posted: September 15th, 2014

[by Corey Chimko] As a photographer, chances are you want to maximize your time taking great photos and producing great images. But then there’s all that DAM stuff—best practices, metadata management and application, vocabulary standardization. You know it’s important, but it’s so DAM boring, right? Well here are some simple tools to appease the guilt. [...]

A Client’s “Virtual Presence Device”

Posted: June 5th, 2014

[by Kimberly Blom-Roemer] Many of my clients are not in the same town or even state as the projects I photograph for them. So, for them to travel to the site the day I’m photographing it can become a huge expense. Being sensitive to their budget, I have developed a service that many clients appreciate. [...]

Want to Get Better at Something? Practice. Want to Get Better at Practicing? Implement a Process.

Posted: May 2nd, 2014

[by Luke Copping] Some people run from lighting, while others run headlong into learning it – trying a bit of everything and experimenting with this technique or that. They might find one approach that works for the majority of their work. Maybe it’s big beautiful soft lights up close, maybe they like the drama of [...]

Expanding the Toolbox: Artificial Lighting

Posted: May 1st, 2014

[by Michael Clark] Learning to use artificial lighting is always a huge challenge but it will certainly help take any photographer’s skills to the next level. As a young adventure sports photographer, I remember very clearly having lunch with a prominent photo editor who told me, “You adventure photographers couldn’t light your way out of [...]

HDR Sees the Light

Posted: April 30th, 2014

[by Barry Schwartz] HDR (High Dynamic Range) is an automated process that layers different exposures of the same scene into a single image containing more information than sensors might be able to capture in a single exposure.  Layer-blending goes back to the earliest versions of Photoshop, so really except for the name, HDR is nothing [...]

Lighting is Simple – but not Easy

Posted: April 29th, 2014

[by Pascal Depuhl] Oh man! We’ve gotten so spoiled! I mean honestly – how many of us even own a light meter, much less use one? (I won’t even ask you about color meters). And why should you use these tools? Today’s digital cameras display a histogram and an image as soon as you’ve pushed [...]

Learning to Light is like Learning to Ride a Bike

Posted: April 28th, 2014

[by Richard Kelly] Photography without light is well, darkness. Our love affair with light starts by photographing what nature offers us. For some photographers, that’s enough; they follow the light and create beautiful imagery. For others, like me, the curious pull of controlling light in a darkened room is their passion. I remember the awe [...]

Everything at my Fingertips

Posted: April 3rd, 2014

[by Luke Copping] I’m slowly starting to merge with my iPad in a weird sort of involuntary Tetsuo: the Iron Man homage – we are become one.  Sometimes, it’s hard to tell where the technology ends and I start. This is mainly because of Evernote. Rather than focus on the fun visual tools that mobile [...]

Smart Phone Apps Can Support your Success

Posted: April 2nd, 2014

[by Carolyn Potts] The business side of a successful photography career has both an inner and an outer game. In my consulting practice, I most often work with clients on their outer game business skills (marketing, sales, etc.). But I sometimes find that a client’s inner game isn’t getting the attention it deserves. I’ve noticed [...]

Three Things That Have Made Me (almost) as Smart as My Phone

Posted: April 1st, 2014

[by Colleen Wainwright] Think outside the box when grouping Renaming folders–sometimes creatively–and eliminating capitalization when I do–keeps crowded screens slightly airier, while still keeping apps within easy access. It took me a bit of fiddling to figure out how to corral a mess of so-called productivity apps in a way that wasn’t forced or arbitrary. [...]

Is That a Micro Supercomputer in Your Pocket or Are You Just Happy to See Me?

Posted: March 31st, 2014

[by Richard Kelly] These days I rarely use what was formerly a phone as a phone much anymore. Now I am the first to admit that a micro supercomputer may not be the “best tool” or the only tool that I use. However, I have noticed that more and more I need my desktop/laptop less [...]

Working with CGI

Posted: December 5th, 2013

[by Judy Herrmann] Learning CGI software is not for the faint of heart –every object has attributes, every attribute has its own attributes, and many of those have their own attributes as well.  The palettes. The windows. The tools. The choices!  The complexity and power of this software make Photoshop, Final Cut, Premiere and After [...]

The Only Limit is Your Own Creativity

Posted: December 3rd, 2013

[by Walt Jones] Imagine a world where all physical limitations are removed. No longer do you care about how long your power cables are, whether you’ll need a 50′ lift to get the perfect angle or if you’re likely to get rained out of the only shoot day available. You get to decide if your [...]

Incorporating CGI Into My Business Plan

Posted: December 2nd, 2013

[by Chris Winton-Stahle] I like pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. I am constantly creating personal work that challenges me as an artist. Personal work is a great excuse to just play and CGI is one of my favorite toys! My understanding of how to utilize artificial components in photographic composites has opened many doors and I am [...]

Interested in a Digital Imaging Neighborhood Watch group?

Posted: March 21st, 2013

By [Carolyn Potts] Do you know the folks in your imaging neighborhood? Are they good neighbors? Should you fear them? Learn from them? Or help them? Photographers share an interesting creative landscape with other artists who sometimes work to make a viewer think that what they’re viewing is “real.” Last month I discovered a 3D [...]

Back Up Your Work Offsite

Posted: December 12th, 2012

[Guest Contributor: Jason Gardner] In this digital age, backing up files is important. In all the seminars and workshops about workflow, I’ve been exhorted, begged, pleaded — “backup your work!” Remember the 3-2-1 rule: 3 copies, 2 different media, 1 offsite. See for a detailed explanation. I had done the 3 and the 2, [...]

Wrangling Technology

Posted: September 26th, 2012

Tomorrow marks the launch of The ASMP Guide to New Markets in Photography at ASMP’s Times Center Symposium, Sustainable Business Models: Issues and Trends Facing Visual Artists.  We hope you’ll join us live or via live stream. The third chapter of the Guide, The Role of Technology, was written by Peter Krogh, who today offers insights [...]

Negative Lighting with the Lenskirt

Posted: August 23rd, 2012

[by Richard Harrington] I just came across a new piece of gear that’s specifically designed to remove light, and I love it.  The Lenskirt is essentially a portable lighting hood designed for when you need to shoot through glass, but don’t want reflections. This makes it the ideal tool for shooting time-lapse or video from [...]

Getting the InBox Under Control

Posted: August 16th, 2012

[by Richard Harrington] Missed messages, slow responses, lack of courtesy.  All of these lead to a loss of business and a hit on our professionalism.  But the deluge of email is overwhelming and keeping up on it (plus all the social media messages) seems like a full-time job. Here’s a few tricks I use to [...]

Sucuri: A Web App To Keep Your Websites Safe

Posted: August 15th, 2012

[by Jay Kinghorn] Recently, my WordPress blogs were hacked, so visitors to my site were redirected to a Russian malware site. This prompted Google to flag my site as a potential malware host (rightfully) scaring off visitors to my site. This couldn’t have come at a worse time as I was wrapping up a speaking [...]

My Favorite Apps

Posted: April 6th, 2012

[by Kevin Lock] Photo: Hipstamatic.  Even though this app may be over used, it continues to dazzle and start conversations (at least with my peers – e.g. beginners and my family).   I am continually amazed at the fun that can be had with this app and the ‘fruits’ of my labors.   Business: Keynote.  This [...]

Capturing-It’s Not Just For Images: Cloud-based Apps Support Creative Inspiration.

Posted: April 5th, 2012

[by Carolyn Potts] An untethered day is a good day. I’m happiest when not tied to my desk, so I love cloud-based apps. Two of my three favorite productivity apps, both Evernote,  and Blinksale are cloud-based. My third favorite app is Dragon Dictation which I often use in conjunction with Evernote. Evernote, as their tagline [...]

Rediscovering Photo Bliss Through iPhoneography

Posted: April 4th, 2012

[by Tom Kennedy] For me, iPhoneography is all about restoring a fundamental kind of creative joy that I had as a 12 year old first discovering the magic of image-making.  There is a fluidity to using the iPhone as a camera that is somehow triggering my imagination and visual responsiveness to the world around me. [...]

Evernote: Your New Favorite Everything Bucket

Posted: April 3rd, 2012

[by Colleen Wainwright] I’ve tried as many tools for the heck of it as I have out of sincere need. Like most productivity nerds, I just really, really like playing with apps and widgets. But the one tool I’ve found that’s both fun to play with and really useful is Evernote. Available as a web, [...]

My Apps…My Brain…

Posted: April 2nd, 2012

[by Kimberly Blom-Roemer] It is amazing to me how in such a short time, apps have become an indispensable tool in my business. Here are some of my favorites: LinkedIn This app is really well put together, and allows for easy monitoring of my connections via LinkedIn. In fact, I think it is a lot [...]

Jump In and Let Someone Else Drive

Posted: February 23rd, 2012

[by Kevin Lock] My suggestion for the day… do not re-invent the wheel to get where you need to go.  Borrow a friends car.  Better yet, their personal limo. If you are looking to improve your lighting skills and explore some new techniques, check out Dave Black’s “workshop at the ranch.”  Dave has been publishing [...]

Sundial in your Pocket

Posted: February 22nd, 2012

[by Jenna Close] I recently found an app called Sun Seeker (available for iPhone and iPad at this point) that has been a great help in shoot planning and execution.  While the Flat View compass is too wacky for me, the 3D view is particularly noteworthy, as you can aim your phone anywhere and it [...]

Delivering Images

Posted: February 21st, 2012

[by Todd Joyce] Hard drives are coming down in price so much so that you can factor a small drive into the cost of a big job for delivery.   It takes less time and hassle than burning several DVDs and clients love it.   Be sure to use a stable drive and package for transport though.  [...]

Resources For Learning After Effects

Posted: February 20th, 2012

[by Jay Kinghorn] If you’re working in multimedia and are interested in learning Adobe After Effects, a great tool for setting still photos or artwork in motion, there are loads of great training videos online. Here are a few of the resources I’ve found most valuable:  Video Copilot: A series of 10 basic training videos [...]

Easy Tip to Avoid Accidently Erasing Memory Cards

Posted: February 3rd, 2012

[by Richard Harrington] I have a tendency to carry a lot (and I mean A LOT) of memory cards on a shoot.  Between shooting panoramic photos, time-lapse sequences, and HD video, I burn through memory cards faster than most.  I find myself needing to be certain that I avoid accidentally erasing data. Here’s my strategy [...]

Get Your Business on Track!

Posted: November 1st, 2011

[by Judy Herrmann] I just found out that The Agile Photographer, Jay Kinghorn’s acclaimed program from SB3, is traveling to Nashville tomorrow (11/2) and St. Louis on Wednesday (11/3). A photographer, technologist, futurist and one of the most well-read people I’ve ever met, Jay shares strategies for how you can take advantage of existing and [...]

Off-Site Back Up

Posted: October 4th, 2011

[by Jay Kinghorn] Remember to store at least one copy of all your files off-site to protect in case of fire, theft, flood or other disaster. Jay Kinghorn will be presenting The Agile Photographer in a city near you. Check out the seminar schedule for dates and locations.


Posted: September 28th, 2011

[by Richard Harrington] I spend part of my career speaking at industry conferences. This gives me an opportunity to see who’s exhibiting, as well as talk to vendors and photographers to see what’s on their minds. I wanted to quickly share five things that I’ve noticed popping up more and more. Consider adding these areas [...]

Trend-spotting: Intelligent Pixels Everywhere

Posted: September 27th, 2011

[by Jay Kinghorn] I’m constantly on the lookout for emerging trends I feel will significantly impact photography, video and visual marketing, computational photography and 3D projection mapping (a.k.a. spacial augmented reality). Here are some trends I see going places. Computational Photography Distilled to its essence, computational photography aims at adding intelligence to the process of [...]

Archiving & Liability

Posted: September 9th, 2011

[by Todd Joyce] What do you promise your clients regarding archiving images?   We all know hard drives and DVDs fail.  Be sure you are archiving by using best practices as recommended by dpBestflow,  but also be sure you are not taking on liabilities (assumed or real) for archiving images for your clients.   Be clear about [...]

Your Favorite Bookmarks…

Posted: August 18th, 2011

[by Judy Herrmann] This week, we are focusing on our contributors’ favorite bookmarks.  The places we go when we’re looking for information, inspiration, insights, training, time-saving tools and more; the bookmarks we find more valuable than the millions of other potential bookmarks that populate cyberspace.  And there are millions. Now that the vast majority of [...]

Favorite Bookmarks

Posted: August 17th, 2011

[by Jay Kinghorn] Inspired by two short What I Read interviews with Clay Shirky and Chris Anderson, I’ve been focusing my attention on those writers and publications that provide deeper, thought-provoking content, rather than the daily media buzz. Here are a few of the blogs and podcasts I follow to gain insight into the trends [...]

Belly Up to the Bookmarks Bar

Posted: August 16th, 2011

[by Colleen Wainwright] There are dozens of useful Internet sites I visit daily (and yes, I realize this means I spend too much time online), but to know the ones I find most valuable, I need look no further than the bookmarks bar itself. Because it’s on that precious, narrow landing-strip of browser space that [...]

My Favorite Bookmarks and Why

Posted: August 15th, 2011

[by Richard Harrington] Clientcopia – This site lets me know that everyone has crazy clients. Good for a laugh and a pick me up. Basecamp HQ – I use this online project management tool for both my companies.  This keeps me organized and ensures open communication with my clients. Apple Trailers – [...]

Save Your Photos for Web and Mobile Delivery

Posted: July 29th, 2011

[by Richard Harrington] I frequently see other photographers struggle in preparing their files for the Internet.  Some make files that are ridiculously big and take forever to download.  Others accidentally resize or flatten layers during the process and damage their files.  But I understand, you probably didn’t study to be a web developer. Fortunately, Photoshop [...]

Post Production Tips to Save Time

Posted: July 28th, 2011

[by Todd Joyce] Speed in post keeps you from wasting valuable time.   Here are just a few tips to save time. Learn common key strokes, like the bracket keys in Photoshop to shrink (use the left [ bracket) and enlarge (use the right ] bracket) brush size and the “X” key to swap bush colors, [...]

Where Does a Teacher Go to Learn?

Posted: July 22nd, 2011

[by Richard Harrington] I’ve been writing books and teaching for about a decade. People mistakenly think that just because I get paid to share my technical thoughts that I must somehow know everything. As if. I began my professional career as a journalist.  What I know how to do is find answers  I also happen [...]

Take a Big Bite!

Posted: July 21st, 2011

[by Judy Herrmann] For the past 9 months, I’ve been hard at work bringing an idea to life.   For years, I’ve relied on a handful of trusted friends and colleagues to help me stay on top of books, blogs, articles, and other great resources that would keep me ahead of the curve.  Then, it hit [...]

These are a Few of my Favorite Things

Posted: July 20th, 2011

[by Barry Schwartz] In no particular order: The D-65 workshop gave me a professional workflow along with the tools to produce high-quality work – quickly – from camera setup all the way to delivery.  Was more fun than I thought it would be considering how often I thought my head would fall off.  At the [...]

Whisper (three) Sweet Nerd Things in my Ear

Posted: July 19th, 2011

[by Colleen Wainwright] I’m not sure how I got anything done before computers, but I’m sure it involved a lot of sweat, confusion, and long walks to school five miles each way in the snow. Now that I’m a full-on digital junkie, here are three of my go-to resources for making life easier at the [...]

Backing Up WordPress

Posted: March 4th, 2011

[by Judy Herrmann] If you’re running a WordPress blog or website, be sure to back it up properly. Sure, your host should be running their own back ups but that can’t protect you from corruption or human error plus if something happens, you’ll want to get your site up and running without relying on your [...]

Making Scans with a Digital Camera

Posted: March 3rd, 2011

[by Peter Krogh] Many photographers have a lot of film images that they wish to digitize, but conventional scanning techniques may be too expensive.  You can use your digital camera to make “camera scans” that are amazingly good, and very quick to produce. A basic camera scanning setup includes the camera, a close-up lens, a [...]

Target Drives

Posted: March 2nd, 2011

[by Todd Joyce] You can transfer the files on your Mac to another computer quickly by using your laptop as an external hard drive.  Start the computer while holding down the “T” key.   Link via firewire and it will be recognized as an external hard drive.   Drag the info off to your other computer and [...]

More Horsepower!

Posted: March 1st, 2011

[by Jay Kinghorn] If you’re looking to add video production to your client services, be sure to budget appropriately for upgrading your computer hardware to a desktop machine with a fast processor and lots of RAM. If you’re working with Adobe Production Premium CS5, you may wish to upgrade your video card as well. A [...]

DSLR Video Quick Tip

Posted: February 28th, 2011

[by Gail Mooney] When shooting video in the field with a DSLR camera here’s a tip that will help manage your footage.  Create a disk image (DMG file) of your card and back it up to several places.  It will keep all files in the DCIM folders which is essential when using the Final Cut [...]

Take a Look!

Posted: October 12th, 2010

by Jorge Parra Allow this 100 plus pages, from Creative Lab @ Google, to load both images and videos, and take the time to explore them, to find out how the world and all the rules are changing. This is just heart-stopping and life-changing. Go HERE!

Extending Battery Life of Mac Laptop

Posted: August 19th, 2010

[by Peter Krogh] If you need to get the maximum run time out of a battery charge on your Mac laptop, you’l want to be aware what is running in the background. If I have a long airplane flight, for instance, it can be annoying to run out of battery while I’m still in the [...]

Become a Flash (video) Master

Posted: July 9th, 2010

[by Jay Kinghorn] Despite the recent dustup between Flash Video and HTML 5, the majority of online video today is delivered in the Flash Video (FLV) format. To get the best video quality at the smallest file size, be sure to check out Robert Reinhardt’s Flash Video Bitrate Calculator. Not only does it help you [...]

Stars and Bars

Posted: July 8th, 2010

[by Judy Herrmann] Ratings and rankings – the star and colored label system supported by many image browser and catalog applications – give photographers a powerful way to organize images without a lot of effort. Most of us already apply stars and/or labels as we’re culling through our captures to segregate the selects from the [...]

Tips to make your Web site iPhone-friendly

Posted: July 7th, 2010

[by Jay Kinghorn] For most photographers, their Web site is their #1 marketing tool. As a result, your Web site should be compatible with as wide an audience as possible. Increasingly, this includes mobile devices like the iPhone, Droid and iPad. To make sure your Web site is mobile-friendly, follow these few simple rules: Make [...]

Phase One Buys Expression Media

Posted: May 25th, 2010

Microsoft has sold Expression Media to Phase One, the Danish company that makes Phase One cameras and Capture One software. Phase One is offering the following to existing customers: * Capture One owners can get a free copy of Expression Media * Expression Media owners can get a free copy of Capture One * iView [...]

Keep Playing

Posted: May 21st, 2010

[by Jenna Close] Trying out new tools can lead to new discoveries.  Experiment with flashlights, LEDs, toy cameras and different reflective surfaces and objects.  Heck, don’t just experiment…PLAY.  You might find something to add to your bag of tricks.  Take, for example, this behind the scenes video of the Hennessy light painting campaign shot by [...]

Keep Your Blog Safe

Posted: May 20th, 2010

[by Rosh Sillars] Someone hacked the New Media Photographer site last week. It was a high-level attack through the servers. These attacks have occurred in last six weeks to blogs and Web sites large and small. You might want to enlist a service to monitor your site such as . If you discover [...]

Preserving Your Options in Photoshop

Posted: May 19th, 2010

[by Judy Herrmann] Want to keep the most flexibility with your data but still work in Photoshop?  Try using Smart Objects. Smart Objects allow you to import a stand-in layer that references your RAW data.  The stand-in functions similarly to a normal layer – you can apply several different types of filters, add layer masks, [...]

Maintain Your Marketing Momentum with a Google App

Posted: May 18th, 2010

[by Carolyn Potts] When it comes to increasing your productivity– for the non-image-making part of your business–there are many great applications to choose from. Lots of people use Apple’s account. Yet there’s another good way of developing the workflow of integrating all of your contacts, tasks, and calendar events–no matter what operating system you [...]

Save and back up your Photoshop Actions

Posted: May 17th, 2010

[by Jay Kinghorn] Don’t forget to save and back up your Photoshop Actions. Should Photoshop crash, you will lose any unsaved Actions. More likely, unsaved actions can be lost when you reinstall Photoshop or switch computers. To save your Actions, first group them into Action Sets then single-click on the Action Set within the Actions [...]

Monetization Matters

Posted: May 11th, 2010

[by Judy Herrmann] My Mother’s day gift this year included a leisurely morning that allowed me to make a small dent on my rapidly growing stockpile of New Yorker magazines (I love the New Yorker but I mean, seriously, does ANYone have time to read an entire magazine every single week!?!). The issue I grabbed [...]

Are You Using a Mac?

Posted: May 5th, 2010

[by Carolyn Potts] Want a rarely-used, no-brainer business tip for photographers who rarely read instructions because Macs are so easy-to-use. (i.e. about 90% of us!)? Invest just 5 minutes with any of your applications’ Help files. It will increase both your productivity and the R.O.I. of your Mac investment. Challenge: Take 5 now with the [...]

New Technology = New Opportunity

Posted: March 25th, 2010

[by Rosh Sillars] Using new technology, photographers can test drive and implement new business models. One such way is the selling stock or print images directly to buyers without meeting in person, the assistance of agents or agencies. Sites such as PhotoShelter offer great image display options and delivery systems that make it easy for [...]

Your Computer: A low paid, yet highly productive assistant

Posted: March 19th, 2010

[by Jay Kinghorn] What if you could pay your best assistant $1.87 per hour to process your images for you? Consider this: A fully loaded, new MacPro with a stunning Eizo monitor, pro-rated over the three-year life of the equipment costs you less than two bucks an hour. It is tempting to save money by [...]

Beyond the Routine Back Up

Posted: March 17th, 2010

[by Judy Herrmann] Everyone reading this blog should already be backing up their data regularly.  If not, or if you’re not sure how to set that up, check out dpBestflow’s section on back ups. An equally valuable CYA habit is to create a bootable back up drive.  Bootable back ups include a pristine copy of [...]

Making Copyright Part of Your Workflow

Posted: March 15th, 2010

[by Jim Cavanaugh] Photographers often cite one of the barriers to regular copyright registration is assembling the submission of images. In the old film days, it was a significant challenge to get physical copies of all your work in an acceptable form for registration. In today’s digital world it is much easier to assemble a [...]

Use a Validated Transfer

Posted: February 16th, 2010

[by Peter Krogh] Whenever you move the primary copy of your images from one drive to another, you should perform a validated transfer. This makes sure that all files are transferred, and that every bit in the original is also in the copy. Read about the process and watch a movie of it in action [...]

Organize Your Image Collection with a Catalog

Posted: January 18th, 2010

[by Peter Krogh] One of the most powerful tools that we have for making the most of our photographs is an image catalog. Catalogs allow you to organize vast numbers of images into groupings that make sense to you. dpBestflow recommends that all photographers make use of catalog software as a critical component of file [...]

Spending Your Money Wisely on Digital Image Storage

Posted: January 14th, 2010

[by Richard Anderson] With every New Year, digital photographers, (which is pretty much all of us now), face decisions about how to make room for a new years worth of image files. Most of us have been shooting digitally long enough to know approximately how many gigabytes we create in a year’s time. It has [...]

Future Success

Posted: January 6th, 2010

[by Rosh Sillars] The last decade brought the standardization of digital photography, an increased interest in the craft and the commoditization of photographic images. Many of the bread-and-butter jobs that once fed our families are now gone. Let it go and don’t look back. Change is constant. Turn around and face the future. Technology, which [...]

Computational Photography

Posted: January 5th, 2010

[by Jay Kinghorn] As we close the book on the first decade of the 21st century and look forward to the next 10 years, computational photography looks to make the greatest technological impact on the craft of photography as we know it. Computational photography is a broad, if imprecise, term most often used for any [...]

Blu-ray Discs for Backup

Posted: December 10th, 2009

[by Peter Krogh] Consider Blu-ray disks as an way to backup your files. The dpBestflow project recommends that write-once media, such as CD, DVD or Blu-ray disk can provide needed protection for your valuable images. Many people feel that DVD is just too small, at 4 GB, to be worth the hassle. Blu-ray can hold [...]

Five Boosts for your Photoshop Workflow

Posted: November 19th, 2009

[by Jay Kinghorn] Much of my consulting and training work with clients results in a faster, more consistent workflow and more time in my clients’ days. Below is a list of seven things you can do to speed up your image processing and take control of your workflow. 1) Actions: If you perform a step [...]

Be a Professional with dpBestflow

Posted: November 13th, 2009

[by Jay Kinghorn] Today, many photographers find themselves having to justify their creative fees and post-processing fees to clients. After all, it seems everybody these days has a digital SLR and a copy of Photoshop and thinks they can do it themselves. The truth is, your relationship with the client only begins with creating a [...]

Using the dpBestflow Website

Posted: November 12th, 2009

[by Peter Krogh] We’ve packed quite a bit of information in the website, so we thought we’d make a movie to show you how to navigate. We suggest you spend a few minutes looking over the video before you dive in. We’re looking forward to hearing what you think. [div hVlog style="text-align:center; margin:0 0 12px [...]

dpBestflow – Join Us Tonight!

Posted: November 11th, 2009

[by Judy Herrmann] On December 3, 2002, Dave Harp, the president of ASMP at the time, asked Richard Anderson, Peter Krogh and me to meet with him and Gene Mopsik in Baltimore. The ASMP Digital Standards Committee was born that afternoon and I don’t think any of us remotely imagined the full import of what [...]

dpBestflow is a Multimedia Learning Environment

Posted: November 10th, 2009

[by Peter Krogh] As Richard points out in yesterday’s blog, the dpBestflow project is a muti-dimensional, multi-media effort.  We know you are visual people, and for some subjects, a movie makes the point better than text. You’ll find quite a bit of content on the site that walks you through some workflow by actually showing [...]

Introducing dpBestflow

Posted: November 9th, 2009

[by Richard Anderson] dpBestflow is short for Digital Photography Best Practices and Workflow. In August of 2007, the Library of Congress, through its National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP), awarded eight private-sector organizations funds to conduct research into the preservation of commercial digital artwork. The American Society of Media Photographers received a major [...]

I want my ASMP Video….

Posted: October 20th, 2009

For as long as I have been on the ASMP board, first as Education chair and now as President, I have heard from members and chapter presidents that we need to know more about video / motion, that we should use video for our education programming and that video should be utilized on our ASMP website. [...]

Tagging Images with GPS

Posted: October 15th, 2009

[by Peter Krogh] When I’m looking for one of my images, one of the most valuable tools I can use is the location list in Lightroom or Expression Media.  My awareness of where a picture was taken is deeply tied to my memory of that image. By using Country. State, City and Location tags, I [...]

Do Your Know Your Trackpad?

Posted: September 30th, 2009

[by Peter Krogh] On Mac 10.5 and above, you can get a right-click by double-tapping your trackpad with two fingers.  Go ahead and try. (If you’re not already using a multi-button mouse, you literally don’t know what you’re missing.) There is all kind of functionality hidden in these “contextual menus”.  Clicking nearly any onscreen item [...]

Email Marketing

Posted: September 21st, 2009

[by Carolyn Potts] To get high email promo delivery rates, you have to consider many variables. You’re probably already aware that without doing your email marketing homework, you’re more susceptible falling back on the all-too-common, mass-blast strategy, nick-named “spray and pray” ;-)  Do that, and you’re inadvertently adding to the delivery problem. If enough people [...]

Lightroom Tip: Save Your Metadata

Posted: September 10th, 2009

[By Jay Kinghorn] Save Lightroom’s metadata back into the original files by selecting images, then, from the Metadata menu, select Save Metadata to File. Alternatively you can use the keyboard shortcut Cmd+S (Mac) or CTRL-S (Win). This writes metadata into JPEG, TIFF, DNG and PSD files and writes metadata into XMP sidecar files for Camera [...]

Photoshop Quick Tip: Maximize Photoshop File Compatibility

Posted: August 20th, 2009

In Photoshop’s preferences, under the File Handling tab, be sure to change the Maximize PSD and PSB File Compatibility from “Ask” to “Always.” Although this makes your file sizes larger, it ensures your layered Photoshop files will display correctly in other imaging applications like Lightroom, InDesign, Microsoft Expression Media and Extensis Portfolio.

Quick Tip Week – Build a Technology Plan

Posted: August 17th, 2009

Most businesses think about business plans and marketing plans but it’s important to develop a technology plan, too.  Think about what new technologies (and skills) you need to invest in over the next year or two.  Include their costs in your CODB analysis and make sure you’re clear on how they’re going to help you increase [...]

Flash Site? Use Off-Page Optimization

Posted: August 14th, 2009

For me, the search engines (primarily Google) bring me about 60-percent of my new clients each year.  I work hard to keep my site high in the rankings. You should optimize your site for the keyword phrase that you think clients needing your type of photography will enter into the search engine.  But what if [...]

Website Solutions You Can Plug Into Quickly

Posted: August 13th, 2009

If you don’t have a website yet and need one, or want to get a portfolio or body of work onto the web quickly, you might consider using a template kind of web hosting service. These providers generally offer some kind of predesigned model that you can plug your work into quickly that will give [...]

Optimization Vs. Presentation

Posted: August 12th, 2009

This is one of those difficult decisions when designing a new website. You want your work to look it’s best and be presented in an impressive manner, but you also want your work to be found through search engines. Wouldn’t it be nice to have both? Unfortunately in many cases a compromise may be required. [...]

Are Your Photos Protected?

Posted: August 7th, 2009

If your studio were to catch fire right now, would your digital photos be safe? Many photographers make the mistake of backing up to two separate hard drives, only to leave both hard drives sitting on their desk. This protects against a hard drive failure, but does nothing to protect against fire, flood or theft. [...]

Vertical TV Sets

Posted: August 6th, 2009

Have you ever seen a vertical TV?  I haven’t, but I wonder with the hybrid cameras that look like still cameras and shoot video, will we all be turning our TV’s on end? The point is that just because the camera shoots video, doesn’t mean the operator will be thinking like a video shooter.  As [...]

Multimedia Made (Relatively) Easy

Posted: August 4th, 2009

If you’re looking for a way to produce a simple audio slide show (stills combined with either music or an ambient sound/interview track) that is fairly straightforward and does not require extensive training, look into a program called SoundSlides.  Labeling itself as “Ridiculously Simple Storytelling,” it is just that.  I have been producing multimedia for [...]

Lightroom Tip: If You Perform Any Step Twice, Build a Preset

Posted: August 3rd, 2009

I know you are too busy to keep repeating tasks in your photography workflow when your programs can do it for you. That’s one of the myriad things I like about Adobe Lightroom. One of Lightroom’s great advantages is it gives you the ability to quickly create and apply presets to streamline your image processing [...]

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.

Using Headphones

Posted: July 29th, 2009

When shooting video where the audio is also important – always wear headphones.  The camera meters might indicate that you are getting sound (visually) but it might not be good clean sound.  Headphones are important.

Email Troubles You May Not Be Aware Of …

Posted: July 8th, 2009

[by Carolyn Potts] This week, on three separate occasions, emails from photographers that I know and love, ended up in my spam bucket. Each person was already in my address book; we’d had many successful email exchanges-there had been no previous spam quarantines. Want to know what happened? In each of those cases the photographer [...]

Your Monitor: The Keystone of Your Digital Workflow

Posted: June 16th, 2009

Take a moment to appreciate your monitor. It sits there quietly on your desk or on your lap, helping you make image corrections, send correspondence with clients and connects you with the world via the Web. Of all the devices in your digital photography workflow, your monitor is the most important. It’s even more important [...]

Five Technology Trends You Should Be Watching

Posted: May 28th, 2009

You can view them as threats or as opportunities, but these five trends will have an impact on you, as a professional photographer, in the not-too-distant future. Multimedia: Perhaps the most familiar of the five trends, multimedia uses of photography are just starting to gain traction outside journalistic circles. While using photography in multimedia is [...]

Good Work From Your Trade Orgs

Posted: May 27th, 2009

In 2007, two professional photography trade associations, The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) and The Stock Artists Alliance (SAA), applied for and received matching fund awards from the Library of Congress as part of the Library’s National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP). Now that is a mouth full of an acronym, but [...]