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Election Central 2019: Call for ASMP National Board Candidate Declarations

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  This is to announce the call for candidate declarations for the 2019 ASMP National Board of Directors will be open from December 14, 2018 through January 4, 2019. If you are a current ASMP Professional Member and are interested in serving on the National Board, please review the candidate protocol and the election timetable below. If you have any questions about what the duties and responsibilities of the National Board of Directors would be…

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Renew Your 2019 Membership in December and Save!

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Dear ASMP Member, Happy Holidays from ASMP! We are about to enter into our 75th Anniversary year and we are feeling jolly enough to extend our discounted membership offer through the month of December… Act before December 31st and get a $25 discount off Professional, Associate or Individual Affiliate membership fees when you renew or upgrade to one of these three levels. Especially during this 75th Anniversary year as a trade association dedicated to educating,…

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Christina Force, Photographer Consultant

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Christina Force spent years working in an agency before becoming a photographer’s agent and running a production company – both at the same time.She now helps photographers navigate the world of advertising.  By the time she was 19, Force was working at the Saatchi & Saatchi ad agency in London doing layouts and typography, working on major campaigns.  The intense, always-on agency life took a toll, and after three years she needed a break. Force…

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Questions with an Educator: Gary Rittermeyer

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This week’s Questions with an Educator features Gary Rittermeyer. Gary is a Missouri based photographer, educator, and video camera operator who has taught at Benedictine College, the Kansas City Art Institute, and the Metropolitan Community College. Before diving into the photography industry and earning his Bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting and Film, Gary served in the Navy both aboard a submarine and as a Hospital Corpsman. Here, Gary explains where his passion for film originated, his advice for…

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From Creative Bridges to Copyright Cash Cows: 99U’s 10 Best Entrepreneurial Ideas

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Cross-posted from 99u.adobe.com [by Emily Ludolph] Entrepreneurial thinking was in the air this year, from bridging creativity and capital to scaling side hustles. We rounded up the best advice from 99U thinkers who have been there, won it all, failed big, and kept on coming back for more. A good entrepreneur mixes creativity, strategy, and smarts. From uncovering under-the-radar gems to the hard science of Gee whiz, how the heck do I price this?, we…

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Passage of the Music Modernization Act Has Lessons For Photographers

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Cross-Posted from Variety [by Michael Huppe]  What does the music industry have in common with the photography industry?  Licensing and copyright and being fairly paid.  The music industry recently had a major victory in the quest for musicians to be fairly paid in the form of the Music Modernization Act being signed into law.  That victory was the result of many different parties – organizations of all kinds – working together for a single goal,…

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Season’s Greetings

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  As the holiday season is upon us, we find ourselves reflecting on this past year, especially our members and colleagues who have supported ASMP throughout 2018.  We would like to say thank you and best wishes for the holidays and New Year.   _______________

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Paul Boag’s Ten Website Mistakes

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Cross-Posted from the Paul Boag blog.  Paul Boag is a well-known web designer who loves to pass on what he knows.  In a recent blog post Boag lists his ten biggest mistakes, laying them out for us so that we don’t have to make the same ones.  These are mistakes anyone can make, photographer or not, but they apply as much to a photography website as any other. User Interface Design: 10 Principles Learned from…

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Reminder: Health Insurance Open Enrollment for 2019 Coverage Ends Soon

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The Open Enrollment Period is a time at the end of the year when Americans can choose to extend or change their health insurance policy. Depending on the insurance coverage you are seeking, there are different deadlines for open enrollment: Employer-sponsored plans – Deadline dates vary by employer. Contact your employer’s benefits department. Federal employee or retiree plans – December 11th Self-purchased plans – December 15th Contact your current health insurance provider, log in to…

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Photographer’s X-T1 Took an Oil-Slicking and Kept on Ticking

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Cross-posted from fstoppers.com [by David J. Fulde] When Reddit user Grahamr1234 went out photographing with a friend, the last thing he expected was to go for a swim in some oily water and nearly ruin his beloved Fuji X-T1 and Samyang 12mm f/2. After trying on his own, he decided to turn to the Internet for some help recovering his beloved camera. After giving the camera and lens a gentle clean with a cloth, taking…

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