ASMP — American Society of Media Photographers

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Ed McDonald

How to Be the Best Assistant Ever

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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 will make or break your assisting career.  Before starting off in my own photographic career, I put in three years as a staff…

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Are You Paying Your Dues?

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“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 decisive moments, but the unique subtleties of the day-to-day running and operating a professional photographic studio or business. Frequently, “new to the industry”…

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Pricing Help

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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 ASMP.org  under Business Resources/ Tutorials and forms/ licensing and paperwork share. Or, go directly by clicking here.

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Did You Know?

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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 the ASMP site by going to the home page left hand grey column down to “News” then fly-out to Social Media Terms of…

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Quick Tip: Automate your social media

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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 and automating content through social media outlets : Hootsuite, Ping.fm, Involver, Tweet later, Social too. These are just a few. Make sure to…

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The NFL and Social Media

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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 during a prohibited block of time spanning from 90 minutes prior to kick off to 90 minutes after game time. This new rule…

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Tips For a Better Facebook Experience

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 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. Stick to your core message. Who or what do you want to be? What image do you want to portray to potential clients? Make sure…

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