ASMP — American Society of Media Photographers

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Shawn Henry

Lights! Cameras! People!

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Most people go to Photo Plus Expo for the show; hoping to see and handle the latest and greatest gear. Lights! Cameras! That’s their Action! (For the record, the new Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras could be a cool addition to your kit whether you shoot Nikon, Canon or Sony…) Others go for the seminars and panel discussions. And, as usual, this year there was no shortage of great ones: Gail Mooney and Peter Krough leading…

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It’s Not Just About The Muscles…

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Assisting can be physically challenging — lugging heavy cases of equipment is no easy task. But as in most other aspects of life, brains matter far more than brawn when it comes to performing the duties of an assistant. Once the gear’s set, the real value of a quality assistant shines through and a proverbial 98 pound weakling who’s attentive throughout the shoot proves far more valuable than a linebacker who daydreams about his own…

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Avoid Confusion – Talk About Usage

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The major point of confusion between clients and photographers with many photo assignments, both editorial and commercial, is the scope of the usage allowed by the photographer and those expected by the client.  This confusion often results because the photographer fails to address the usage issue up front, instead relying on “boilerplate” terms and conditions on the invoice to limit the use, while clients are sometimes ignorant about the issue of usage altogether, believing “we…

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An Editorial Optimist

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Many photographers question the viability of a career in editorial photography these days. Magazines and newspapers especially have been hard hit not only by the economic decline of the past several years but by the shift in media consumption away from print to the web, as well. Ad pages are down, editorial pages are down, budgets are down, and, in many cases, fees are down relative to just five or six years ago. But I…

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My Terms & Conditions

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We all hate receiving “those” contracts — the multipage monstrosities, with line after mind-numbing line of legal jargon and syntax seemingly designed to confuse and obfuscate rather than clearly define the simple terms of an agreement. Is it any wonder that clients hate receiving that type of contract as well? And is it surprising then that too many photographers shy away from getting paperwork signed upfront, relying instead on the terms and conditions of the…

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