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Questions with an Educator: Kenneth A. Ragsdale

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This week’s Questions with an Educator features Kenneth A. Ragsdale. Ken is a New York based photographer and professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Ken has a very unique process based solely on personal memory that combines many art forms to create captivating three-dimensional constructions from which he derives his images. He hopes that his own innovative work inspires his students to continue innovating the photography industry. Here, Ken details how his work came to revolve solely around…

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Best of June 2018: Deadlines for Competitions, Grants, Festivals and More

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Cross-posted from LensCulture Part of our mission at LensCulture is to provide photographers everywhere with opportunities for both creative and professional advancement. With that goal in mind, we’ve compiled this short list of upcoming deadlines that caught our eye for the month of June. Each month, we will feature our picks for upcoming grants, photo competitions, jobs, and fellowships that seem particularly worthwhile for photographers around the world to consider. The texts below are taken…

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Maxine Helfman

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Editor’s Note: Maxine Helfman is one of those photographers who are a bit unclassifiable, and perhaps that’s why she’s worked so steadily in advertising, editorial, and fashion over the decades.  She tells us something about how she thinks and works in her interview below. Cross-posted from Communications Arts [by Dzana Tsomondo] It is not uncommon to hear artists claim that they don’t care what people think of their work. Of course, it seldom rings true, but it’s an…

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Navigating the Satisfaction Clause in Contracts with Portrait Clients

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Editor’s Note: Some contracts have a section called (informally) the “satisfaction clause”, which means, roughly speaking, that clients can refuse to accept the work presented to them, and thereby refuse to pay. This is particularly tricky for creative entrepreneurs including photographers in a wide variety of specialties. Rangefinder has published an article by Aaron Stark about this clause that refers to portrait clients, but the principles are the same for all kinds of contracts. Cross-posted…

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For Memories’ Sake

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Editor’s Note: Ashley Maynor is a filmmaker and educator in New York who grew up in the South. Her grandmother has taken photos all her life, documenting virtually everything and everyone she comes into contact with, and a fair amount of 8 mm film and video. After some years of avoiding her Southern heritage, Mayner came around to appreciate it, in part, through those photos, so she made a short film using her grandmother’s pictures…

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Questions with a Pro: Michael Gomez

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This week’s Questions with a Pro features Michael Gomez. Michael is a Nashville based commercial photographer with an emphasis in the music business. He also owns and operates Westlight Studios, a rental studio, in Franklin, Tennessee. After relocating to Nashville from England, Michael began building his career in the photography industry through assisting and wisely utilizing his connections within his community. Here, Michael details the origins of his career in photography, the marketing techniques he used to…

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Meet Your ASMP Experts & Masters Host – Tom Kennedy

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Luke Copping interviews ASMP Executive Director, Tom Kennedy, about his experiences as the photography director at National Geographic as well as his views on the current state of the photographic industry. View podcast on iTunes   About ASMP Experts & Masters Series The American Society of Media Photographers has introduced a new podcast and live broadcast event called ASMP Experts and Masters. The program brings candid conversations about the craft, business and the culture of…

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Google Image Publishing Guidelines

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Editor’s Note: Google has a new page describing what they consider best practices for image publishing. And where Google goes, so goes the rest of the web. On the same page you’ll find “Video best practices” and “Rich media file best practices.” Cross-posted from Google Support Google Images is a way to visually discover information on the web. Users can quickly explore information with more context around images with new features, such as image captions,…

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Questions with an Educator: Mary Farmilant

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This week’s Questions with an Educator features Mary Farmilant. Mary is a Chicago-based fine art photographer who is well known for her work photographing abandoned hospitals. She finds the foundation of photography to be in the intention of the work, and with her background in nursing, the intention and meaning of her abandoned hospitals project are extremely apparent. She now holds the position of adjunct professor at Columbia College Chicago, where she earned both her Bachelor of…

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