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The Fear of Pitching for Freelance Gigs

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Cross-posted from Freelancers Union Blog [by Lisa Fourman] One of the things a lot of us freelancers fear these days is pitching to companies. It doesn’t matter whether you saw a posting for a job on a job board or if you’re cold pitching them. There is bound to be a sense of fear in your gut as you send that email. The sense of fear when you call them is even higher since you’ll…

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Weekend Reading 12.15.2017

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Some of the most interesting/useful/fun stories from around the web to check out over the weekend (Warning: Highly Bookmarkable). A weekly roundup guest curated this week by ASMP National Board Chair Luke Copping. • Is social media ripping apart society? • How to make your retoucher happy.  • How to shut down a troll.  • Travel a lot for your shoots? Here’s how to eat around the world safely with food allergies.  • You’ll need these cameras…

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Election Central 2018: Call for ASMP National Board Candidate Declarations

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This is to announce the call for 2018 candidate declarations for the ASMP National Board of Directors. If you are a current ASMP Professional or Life Member and are interested in serving on the National Board, please review the election process and candidate protocol below. Becoming a Candidate In 2018, the National Board will have 12 members who must be Professional Members or Life Members of ASMP. (Professional Members were formerly known as General Members.)…

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Swag Bag Prizes Being Shipped to Best Of Contest Winners!

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The twelve winners identified in the 2017 Best Of Photo Contest are going to have their swag bags for the holidays! Thanks to our sponsor, Think Tank, for providing 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners with a fabulous camera bag. We’d also like to thank author, John Harrington, for providing copies of his new book, Best Business Practices for Photographers 3rd Edition for our 1st place winners. Swag bags contain several other ASMP goodies PLUS a…

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Join Arthur Meyerson on ‘The Journey’

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In The Journey, Arthur Meyerson, one of America’s most celebrated photographers and workshop instructors, traces his photographic life and illustrates it with some of his most compelling images, many of which have never been published before. The Journey begins with an all-inclusive interview conducted by one of photography’s premier curators, Anne Wilkes Tucker. From his early beginnings and successful commercial career to his personal inspirations and workshop teaching, Meyerson candidly discusses these topics and much…

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33 Incredibly Useful Things You Didn’t Know Google Photos Could Do

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Cross-posted from Fast Company [by JR Raphael] With its seamless cloud storage, platform-agnostic syncing, and simple options for sharing, Google Photos has shown that managing even a massive collection of digital images doesn’t have to be a nightmare. And there’s even more to this app than meets the eye. Ahead of the snapshot-heavy holiday season, it’s worth enlightening yourself about some of Photos’ less obvious but eminently useful options. They’ll save you time, enrich your…

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Questions with a Pro: Michael Berman

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This week’s Questions with a Pro features Michael Berman. Michael is a Brooklyn based photographer specializing in food, portrait, and documentary photography. He is very active on his blog Pizzacentric, which highlights his interest in New York pizzeria culture and very nicely supplements his Pizza, NYC project. Here, Berman tells us a bit about his translucent photography method that he primarily applies to food, his experience with cookbook shoots and his future publishing goals, as well as…

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Dear America, You Do Have to Register Drones with the FAA After All

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Cross-posted from [by John Aldred] Yes, that’s right, the drone registry introduced in 2015, and deemed unconstitutional back in May of this year is now back. When the drone registration system was first introduced it was met with mixed response. On the one hand, there’s those worried about privacy, and on the other the “Well, if you’re not doing anything illegal, what do you have to worry about?” Now, it seems privacy be damned,…

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How to Get Late Payments for Your Freelance Work – No Crowbar Required

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Cross-posted from [by Jen A. Miller] I’ve been a full time freelancer writer for almost 13 years and the worst part of the job — by far — is trying to get paid. This doesn’t mean publishers are always trying to stiff independent writers (I don’t run into this problem as much anymore because I’ll only work with companies that pay me on time without me having to show up to their front door…

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