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Passage of the Music Modernization Act Has Lessons For Photographers

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Cross-Posted from Variety [by Michael Huppe]  What does the music industry have in common with the photography industry?  Licensing and copyright and being fairly paid.  The music industry recently had a major victory in the quest for musicians to be fairly paid in the form of the Music Modernization Act being signed into law.  That victory was the result of many different parties – organizations of all kinds – working together for a single goal,…

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Paul Boag’s Ten Website Mistakes

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Cross-Posted from the Paul Boag blog.  Paul Boag is a well-known web designer who loves to pass on what he knows.  In a recent blog post Boag lists his ten biggest mistakes, laying them out for us so that we don’t have to make the same ones.  These are mistakes anyone can make, photographer or not, but they apply as much to a photography website as any other. User Interface Design: 10 Principles Learned from…

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Louis Stettner: An Unclassifiable Vision of New York and Paris

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Louis Stettner was one of the great documentary photographers of the last – and this – century.  His images of Paris and New York are poetic and singular, and reflect his friendships with both Brassai in Paris and Weegee in New York.  The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has mounted an exhibition of his work, to go until next May.  For those not on the West Coast, here’s a sample on PDN Online. An…

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‘I Like Your Photographs Because They Are Beautiful’

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In the Tophane quarter, 1986.CreditAra Guler/Magnum Photos Photographer Ara Guler, who recently passed away at age 90, was the foremost chronicler of his city, Istanbul, and one of the great photographers of the last century into this one.  His friend, Nobel prize winner Orhan Pamuk, recently wrote a beautiful appreciation in the New York Times.  Guler’s evocative photographs were used extensively in a memoir by Pamuk, Illustrated Istanbul, and many of those images are on…

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The Case for Plain-Language Contracts

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Editor’s note: There is a myth that only lawyers can truly understand contracts. While not in any way true, contract language can be more intimidating than it needs to be for both parties who sign the document. Here is an argument, from the Harvard Business Review, on how most contracts are unnecessarily complicated, convoluted, and generally designed to ensure lawyers can continue to make a living. It does not have to be that way. Cross-posted…

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How to Attend a Conference, Convention, or Exhibition and Come Back with Something Really Useful

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[by Barry Schwartz]   Attending a conference can give rise to either longing or loathing, whether attending or working.   It is of course fantastic to be around people excited about the same things. Yet, going to a conference requires spending time in enormous, sterile, noisy rooms with bad light, bad air, with bathrooms hidden hundreds of yards from anywhere. It’s enough to make you want to stay home, but that would be a miscalculation….

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Business Is Business

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By Barry Schwartz I recently read a short article written by a woodworker, Philip Morley, in Fine Woodworking Magazine, where he explains the logic he uses to price his work in three main points – along with a few mistakes made along the way. It’s worth noting Morley has over 41,000 followers on Instagram (including me). It’s also worth noting that in addition to designing the furniture he builds by himself, Morley manages his own…

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Interview: James Cavanaugh

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This interview by Barry Schwartz originally appeared in The ASMP Guide To New Markets In Photography, edited by Susan Carr, Allworth Press, 2012.   JAMES CAVANAUGH   Started career in 1975 Career summary:  Graduated from New England School of Photography, specializes in architectural, aerial, and location photography.  Clients are architecture and engineering firms, interior designers, corporations, contractors, and developers. Digital.  What we lost in providing prints or duplicate transparencies was more than made up by charging $60…

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Melissa Golden Interview by Barry Schwartz

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This interview by Barry Schwartz originally appeared in The ASMP Guide To New Markets In Photography, edited by Susan Carr, Allworth Press, 2012. MELISSA GOLDEN Started Career in 2006 Career Summary: Majored in International Affairs and Journalism.  Worked as a staff newspaper photographer for six months then went freelance.  Mostly editorial.  Portraits, documentary projects, and photojournalism. Personal Work I try to make all of my work personal, even the assignments.  I always try to shoot…

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Yahoo Issues Affecting ASMP Members and Others

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You may have heard that Yahoo was recently hacked, with at least 500 million accounts potentially compromised. Yahoo also owns Tumblr, Flickr, and Fantasy Football. Most of ASMP’s specialty groups use Yahoo for hosting our lists, so if you are a member of any of them, even if you don’t regularly use Yahoo or its owned websites, you should change all your associated passwords. Learn more about how to manage your accounts by reading this…

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