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Quick Tip: How to Deal with an Image Thief

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Cross-posted from PDNPulse [by David Walker] The best course of action when someone uses your photos without permission is to hire a copyright lawyer. But there are other steps you should also take, as photographers Jeff Sedlik and John Harrington explain in our story “What to Do If Someone Steals Your Photography.” 1. If your stolen image has been posted online, take a screenshot of the site with your image on it and download the…

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New Federal Rules Would Let Drones Fly at Night and Over Crowds

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Cross-posted from Ars Technica [by Timothy B. Lee] The Federal Aviation Administration proposed Monday to relax rules governing commercial drone operations. Since 2016, the FAA has allowed the commercial operation of unmanned aerial vehicles weighing less than 55 pounds under certain limited circumstances. New rules proposed this week would relax two of the restrictions in the 2016 rules: drones will now be allowed to operate at night, and they’ll be able to operate over people….

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Four Ways to Become a Better, Happier Photographer

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Cross-posted from Fstoppers [by Jonathan Reid] I remember the thrill of owning my first camera: the Panasonic FZ20. I was so excited; I didn’t need an alarm to get me up for sunrise. How things have changed! These days, if no one is commissioning the shoot I struggle to be motivated. This article tracks how this happened and offers four suggestions on how to keep enjoying photography. One of the genres I work in is travel…

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Key Dates and Numbers for Freelancers to Know in 2019

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Cross-posted from Freelancers Union Blog [By Ben Henry-Moreland] As a freelancer, you have a lot of dates and numbers to keep track of. That’s why I’ve put together this handy all-in-one reference for freelancers, with all the key information you’ll need to know in the year ahead about filing and paying taxes, saving for retirement, and enrolling in health insurance. Circle these dates in your calendar and/or bookmark this post for future reference. As with…

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Scam Alert: Fake Departures Magazine Shoot

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      Editor’s note: We have had several notifications from members that this particular scam as well as similar scams are making their way into their inboxes. We would encourage all members to report scams to the FBI at https://www.ic3.gov/complaint/default.aspx and post scam alerts in the ASMP Forums at asmp.org/forums – General Discussion forum so that other members can be made aware of ongoing scams, and hopefully avoid being scammed in the solicitation by…

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5 Online Proofing Tips to Improve Your Client Experience

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Cross-posted from SLR Lounge You may find this surprising, maybe even hard to believe, but capturing amazing imagery is NOT the most important part of a photographer’s job. Granted, you don’t want to deliver lackluster photos, but there’s something else that will always trump the quality of your pictures — your clients’ experience. An important aspect of that client experience is the online proofing process since that is, for many clients, the first time they see their…

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How to Raise Your Rates for 2019 Without Losing Clients

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Cross-posted from Fast Company [by Stephanie Vozza] The New Year is the time to make changes to your personal and professional life. If you’re self-employed, it can also be a good time to raise your rates. Charging a higher fee is easy to do with new clients; you simply quote the new price during negotiations. Raising rates with existing clients, however, can be tricky. “The underlying concern here is having the confidence to raise prices…

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Quick Tip: Jake Stangel’s Advice to Photographers Struggling for Assignments

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Cross-posted from pdnpulse.pdnonline.com [by David Walker] In our story called “How Top Photographers Conquer Self-Doubt,” Jake Stangel was one of several photographers who shared his advice about how to keep going when the phone isn’t ringing. Here’s what he told us: “[As a young photographer] I would go do a ton of meetings in New York and come back [home] and my phone wouldn’t ring. And instead of taking that as negative reaction, it was…

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Company Shuttered After Stealing Photographer’s Picture

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Cross-posted from Light Stalking [by Kehl Bayern] You know what’s not a good idea? Stealing someone else’s photography. But do you know what can really make your problems a whole lot worse? Not only stealing someone else’s photograph but using that picture, on the Internet, to make money selling a product – or at least give the impression that you are doing so. That’s pretty much what happened here and that in and of itself…

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Why Mentorship Matters

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Cross-posted from Freelancers Union Blog [by Tyra Seldon] Whether you are 18 or 65, there is value in recognizing when you need help or assistance. Many people who transition from other careers to freelancing, or who start off as freelancers, seek the advice and counsel of others who have, colloquially speaking, already put in the work. There is even greater value when you are in a position to help someone who can benefit from your…

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LensCulture Readers Favorite 15 Articles of 2018

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Cross-posted from LensCulture At LensCulture, it’s our mission (and passion) every week to discover and share a diverse range of exciting, new photography from around the world. We love all kinds of photography, and we’re fascinated by the countless ways people are using visual language to express so many different ways of thinking and communicating. Over the course of each year, we publish hundreds of new articles, interviews, essays, book reviews and profiles of photographers….

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16 of the World’s Best Places to See the Northern Lights

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Cross-posted from travelpulse.com [by Patrick Clarke] Light Show of a Lifetime The Northern Lights—often referred to as the aurora borealis or polar lights—is the natural phenomenon that occurs when electrically charged particles from the sun travel in solar winds and interact with Earth’s magnetic fields, typically in high-latitude regions. Those hoping to take in the unmatched light show this winter should consider one of these destinations.  Read further to see locations.

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