ASMP — American Society of Media Photographers

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Irene Owsley

10 Tips for Graduating Photographers

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Offering advice to young graduates is a tricky business, especially for those going into a profession that is particularly fraught with challenges, but here are a few suggestions : 1)    Back up: be prepared to devise additional income streams, ideally related to photography. There are diverse opportunities in related fields, such as retouching, CGI, photo editing, styling, and curatorial & archivist positions, to name a few. 2)    Be a mentee: intern or find a seasoned…

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Beyond the Portfolio

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I can’t remember the last time I showed my portfolio. There are so many other ways to get eyes on one’s work these days, although I don’t deny the powerful impact of face-to-face meetings with potential clients. The value of pursuing personal projects is undeniable. These bodies of work allow the photographer to shine with authenticity, allowing their image-making to rise to the top in a world where everyone is a photographer. The talent and…

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On Volunteering

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It stands to reason that you might volunteer your time with projects or organizations whose ideals you admire and support. You develop an affinity for a group and align yourself with a community.  Early on, I picked up the food and drinks for ASMPDC’s monthly chapter meetings in order to meet photographers in Washington.  Eventually I joined the local board. Quite a bit later, I helped found and organize FotoWeek DC, a week-long celebration of…

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Practicing Safe Social Media

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The title was catchy, but the panelists were even more of a come-on.  Peter Krogh‘s panel at Photo Plus Expo included  a diverse and insightful group of speakers who came at the subject from every angle:  Richard Kelly, former ASMP President and enthusiastic adaptor of SM; Anna Dickson, art buyer/Photography Director for the Huffington Post; Florian Meissner, founder ofEyeEm, an alternative to Instagram, with TOS notably friendly to photographers; Ross Buntrock, attorney with Arent Fox…

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Art Without Compromise

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Let me be the first to confess that I usually prefer fiction and literary memoir for light holiday reading.  But I’m also fascinated by big picture thinking as we photographers find ourselves in such a period of rapid change in the industry. In her book, Art Without Compromise, Wendy Richmond exhorts the reader/artist to key into, define, and commit to his or her own process of creativity.  She suggests steps in what she calls the…

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