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Thomas Kennedy

Launching of a New Small Claims Report Section

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Today, I am excited to announce the launching of a new Small Claims Report Section, on the ASMP website dedicated exclusively to the ongoing effort by ASMP and other visual artists’ groups to achieve our community’s top legislative priority in Congress: the enactment of legislation that creates a small claims court as an alternative to federal court litigation that routinely proves too costly and burdensome for photographers, as well as illustrators, graphic artists and other…

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Advancing a Small Claims Solution to Infringements

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The arrival of the digital age has brought with it a series of opportunities and challenges that are creating a world of paradox for independent creators, including ASMP members. On the one hand, digital technology aids and abets the expression of creative vision in ways unimaginable even just a generation ago. On the other hand, the same technology has fueled a great expansion of the possibilities for infringement as digital images get appropriated and shared…

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Guiding the Renaissance of Visual Language by Telling Our Own Story

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As humans first moved into southern Europe, they used cave walls as mural spaces to depict elements in their environment important to their lives. These images have come down through the centuries as silent testimony to their world and a potent reminder of the power of visual language to express fundamental truths about our life in the natural world. Today, photographers still have that same power to illuminate, inform, and leave a legacy that will…

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Explaining Value Starts with Questions

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Professional photographers often describe their value in terms of the ability to deliver superior aesthetic results consistently under any kind of pressure, but especially deadline pressure. I appreciate that definition as an expression of professional value and believe in its truth. They may also describe their value in terms of being able to prevent problems on assignment from the outset. Alternatively they may also describe their professional value as the ability to solve the problems…

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Setting Up for Effective Collaboration

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Effective collaboration depends upon finding partners who can fuel your own creativity. For me, it has often meant finding people who share the same passions, energy, and commitment to seeking excellence.   Their energy, drive, and capacity to focus have to be readily apparent. To make that assessment, I need to achieve a kind of clarity and transparency about what I am seeking from them and be clear about how much I will be requiring as…

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Reframing the Discussion

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When this post was first published on April 28, 2011, Tom Kennedy worked with ASMP as a keynote speaker for our SB3 conference and contributor to the ASMP Guide to New Markets in Photography.  Today, he is ASMP’s Executive Director and his insights into the value of relationships and the importance of deep listening ring just as true. ~JH SB3 was a wonderful tonic for what ails us currently as we struggle to live our…

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The Future of ASMP

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Our role as visual storytellers is critical today, regardless of the genre of photography we are pursuing as members of ASMP. We stand for creating visual images in all forms. Images that work effectively to carry forward messages about the world and enable our clients to make important connections. Our work informs, inspires, illuminates, educates and entertains. Through our images, we can literally change how audiences see and understand the world beyond the borders of…

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Developing “The Creative Habit” as a Path to Mastery

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Recently, I have been re-reading one of my favorite books on creativity, The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life, by the amazingly talented dancer and choreographer Twyla Tharp. I originally purchased the book shortly after it was published in 2003 when I was looking to strengthen my own creativity while guiding the multimedia team for Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive. Throughout the book, Ms. Tharp uses the story of her own career to illustrate her…

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The Mobile Future

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The world is going increasingly mobile. A slew of articles such as these posted by the PewResearch Internet Project and Reel SEO point to fascinating new usage patterns on various mobile platforms, particularly for the sharing of photos and the consumption of video. This shift has important implications for visual communicators. 1) How audiences consume media is changing. Another article from the PewResearch Internet Project shows that people using mobile phones appear to be particularly…

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Do Blogs Still Have a Place?

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Circa 2000-2005, blogs were the primary way individuals could reach an audience on the Internet. Many used blogging to express themselves, offer insights and opinions, or address niche interests not being discussed in mainstream media. To a large degree, the emergence of Twitter, Facebook, and other social media streams in the past decade has affected the landscape of blogging. Social streams offer “sound bites” or short posts containing many of the same elements as blogs,…

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