ASMP — American Society of Media Photographers

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Jenna Close

Get Out and About

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Socializing with photographers, videographers, graphic designers and other artistic types is a great way to feed your creative side.  If you’re in a slump (or even if you’re not), go out and find a Meetup group or other gathering of media types and hang out.  If you can’t find what you’re looking for, put together a social yourself.  The support you gain from your local community can go along way toward lifting your spirits and…

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Freshen Up

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The first few months of the new year are a great time to take a hard look at how you are representing yourself.  Go through the images on your website and in your book and make some tough choices about what should be there.  Ask a few people you respect to make a list of which images they feel are the weakest.  It often helps to have an unattached point of view when selecting work….

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Revive, Revisit and Rock On

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The end of the year always comes around more quickly than expected.  I hear holiday music and think to myself, “WAIT!  There are so many things I had planned.  So many things I didn’t get to”.  Whether or not you share this feeling, November and December are great months to sit down, look over your successes and failures, and set up a plan for the coming 365 days.  One thing I will do this holiday…

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Just Do It

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Copyright your images BEFORE they get stolen.  Don’t think it will happen?  Think again.  It happened to me last week.  While roaming the aisles of a trade show I came across my image displayed beautifully on a 6 foot wide backdrop….only problem was the image hadn’t been licensed to the business using it.  Ironically, the company who commissioned the original image had a booth across the convention hall.  Turns out both parties had used the…

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We All Get Lost Without a Map (and every once in awhile that is a good thing)

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Setting out towards the career you want is like planning a long trip.  It requires a balance of forethought and flexibility.  Just as with any adventure, stumbling blindly into unfamiliar territory without a map or a clue is not likely to result in wild success.  Consider your photographic path and ask yourself a few questions: Where do you want to end up?  When do you want to get there?  What are you going to need…

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Making the Best of Event Photography

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I will fully admit that events are far from my favorite type of thing to shoot.  It seems that the lighting is always difficult, the days are always long and the settings less than majestic.  That said, there are benefits to event photography that can be used to your advantage.  Often it is a great way to meet and interact with those who make the marketing decisions for large corporations.  If you play your cards…

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Staying True to Your Creative Fee

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As a general rule, I don’t lower my creative fee when negotiating pricing with a client.  Since (as the name implies) this is the price I put on my own creativity, I want to retain the initial value I have placed on it.  My feeling here is that negotiating pricing is a give and take.  If I am going to give the client a lower price, then I have to take something away to make…

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The Joy of Job Jackets

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Start a ‘job jacket’ for each new client you book.  Keep a folder with a copy of your estimates and all revisions, contracts and contact information for people involved in the shoot.  Don’t forget to include email correspondences.  This way, if a dispute arises you will have documentation.  It’s also a good reference point for contract terms and pricing should that client come to you with another job in the future.

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Taking Stock of Stock Photography

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I wasn’t involved in this industry during the glory days of stock photography, but from what I hear it was a time of plenty.  Plenty of money, plenty of freedom, plenty of fun.  It seems to me that royalty free images, market saturation and perhaps even the digital age have closed that chapter in history.  That said, I don’t think one should write off stock as a means of income.  With due diligence and a…

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Your Down Time Can Help You Up

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Got time on your hands?  A few days off between shoots?  Research photographers whose work you admire.  Go see an exhibition of art, photography, sculpture, etc, then ask yourself what it is about the art that moves you.  Go out and shoot some personal work with this in mind.  It doesn’t matter if you’ve been a photographer for ten days or ten years, there’s always room to grow.

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