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Apply to Become a TED Fellow

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Every year, the TED Fellows program selects a new class of extraordinary thinkers and doers by open application. We look for innovators on the rise in their respective fields with bold, original work. All applicants must be 18 years or older. Image: TED Fellows Program   How to apply The TED2019 Fellowship application is now open.  Deadline for submission of applications is August 26, 2018. Apply now Application cycle dates We only accept applications for…

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Freelancers: Brace for Health Insurance Premium Increases in 2018

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Cross-posted form Freelancers Union [by Caitlin Pearce] Move over, rent. Health insurance premiums are also too damn high. Health insurance premium increases for the upcoming Open Enrollment are being announced around the country and… it’s not pretty. In New York, for instance, premiums are going to rise an average of 8.6% on the individual market, and some carriers are increasing their rates by as much as 17%. This is obviously extremely concerning news for many…

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Offer Clients a Modern Photo Delivery Option

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Cross-posted from Fstoppers [by Derrick Ruf] If you are a photographer who is utilizing physical DVDs, USB drives, or even digital solutions like Dropbox to deliver client images, then take note as there is another way. For some clients, those of whom may be seated in the old age of media sharing, acquiring a physical disc or storage drive equates to a perceived value. When these clients present themselves, although at this point rarely, it…

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Manufactured Beauty and Default Photographs

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Cross-posted from LensCulture [by Cat Lachowskyj] We tend to analyze photographs in specific contexts—often when they are hung on exhibition walls or presented in a documentary spread for a photojournalistic story. It’s easy to forget that photography plays an expansive and endless role outside of these situations, especially in passive moments on social media feeds, billboards or in shop windows. For as long as she can remember, artist Anastasia Samoylova has been interested in how…

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What the Arrest of Photographer Shahidul Alam Means for Press Freedom in Bangladesh

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ASMP Executive Director’s Note: I urge members to support the international drive to free Shahidul Alam immediately.  It is unconscionable that the government of Bangladesh jail him over comments made about a dangerous situation he was reporting on as a journalist.  The government of Bangladesh needs to end immediately policies that are targeting journalists such as Shahidul Alam and making it very dangerous to operate freely to report stories of importance to Bangladeshi citizens.  This…

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10 Ways to Lead a More Fulfilling Creative Career

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Cross-posted from 99U [by Emily Ludolph] What is the secret sauce to looking back on a job well done, a satisfying career, and a portfolio that makes you proud? We have gathered wisdom from some of the most iconic creatives on how to walk out each day and do what you love. Whether it’s Debbie Millman’s advice to invest in yourself or Amos Kennedy Jr.’s advocacy for setting your own values, these lessons act as…

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Road Tripping with Robert Frank and Inge Morath

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Cross-posted from PDN Photo of the Day Summer is the season for road trips. The open road, an enduring symbol in American culture, has represented discovery and freedom ever since cars became widely available. The American road trip has found a prominent place in literature, music, and movies. And it has had a powerful influence on photography. Some of the most acclaimed photographs in the history of the medium have been made in the midst…

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Black Photographer to Shoot Vogue Cover for the First Time in Its 126-Year History Thanks to Beyonce

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Cross-posted from Fstoppers [by Jack Alexander] Just when you think we’re making huge progress towards equality, a stark reminder of how far we’ve yet to go emerges. Despite 126 years of publication at a rate of 12 issues per year, not one Vogue cover has been shot by a black photographer. If the rumors are true, Beyonce could be about to change that. It’s quite remarkable to hear that such a modern, fashion-forward publication that…

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Client Communication Tips Every Freelancer Should Use

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Cross-posted from Freelancers Union Blog [by Sagan Morrow] Not sure why you aren’t getting clients? If you already know who your ideal client is, then it might be because you’re making a mistake in how you communicate with them. When it comes to communicating effectively with clients, here are 5 important tips you should keep in mind: If not done right, an email response to a potential client can come off as stilted, boring, or…

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Quick Tip: How to Avoid Excess Baggage Fees

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Cross-posted from PDNPulse [by David Walker] Clients are so budget-conscious that every dollar you save on expenses counts. And airline fees can add up quickly. In our story “Pro Photographers’ Favorite Travel Hacks,” several photographers shared their strategies for avoiding excess baggage fees. “Use curbside check-in to help with overweight [equipment cases],” Christopher Testani recommends. “If you use curbside check-in and tip the SkyCaps well, they are much more lenient with excess baggage fees. If…

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The LensCulture Guide for Emerging Photographers

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Cross-posted from LensCulture Helping photographers move forward creatively and professionally is at the core of what we do at LensCulture. Over the years, we have worked hard to develop resources, tools and opportunities to do just that. To create this guide, we asked our network of photography industry professionals to offer their advice on photo competitions, portfolio reviews and marketing for photographers. We also collected all of the previous resources and words of wisdom we…

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Photographer Who Secretly Donated Millions to Artists for Decades Reveals Herself

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Cross-posted from Fstoppers [by Alex Cooke] Imagine getting a call out of the blue telling you that you were being given $25,000 by an anonymous donor to do with whatever you pleased. One photographer’s organization has made that call 220 times, giving out a total of $5.5 million dollars, and now, she’s finally revealing herself. In 1996, the National Endowment of the Arts stopped supporting individual artists. In response, the Anonymous Was a Woman grant…

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