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The Instagram ‘Tricks’ You Should and Shouldn’t Be Doing

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Cross-posted from Fstoppers [by Paul Adshead] If you’re struggling to get the likes, followers, and comments you’d hope for on Instagram then there may be a few things you’re doing wrong on the social network. There are definitely a few tricks that can help you grow but also a few things you should avoid at all costs. There are so many great photographers on Instagram that let themselves down with the management of their accounts….

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President’s Tweet Using Iranian Photographer’s Protest Photo Raises Copyright Concerns

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On Wednesday of this week the New York Times reported that President Donald Trump tweeted an image taken by Iranian photojournalist, Yalda Moayeri, without her permission. As an organization dedicated to the rights of all photographers, and especially careful when examining potential infringements of copyright, ASMP is concerned about this sequence of events as reported. The exact status of the license of this image remains unclear, but the underlying issue presented serves as a reminder…

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Collaborating on a Creative Project? Tips for Making It Work

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Cross-posted from 99U [by Laura Entis] While creativity draws inspiration from many sources, the physical act of creating is often a solitary one. There’s a purity in wrestling a concept into words, or paint, or a photograph by oneself, without the competing influences of others. But sometimes working alone is overrated. The best collaborations fuse two complementary skill sets and points of view to create something greater than the sum of its parts. When effective,…

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Apple Tells App Developers to Disclose or Remove Screen Recording Code

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Cross-posted from TechCrunch.com [by Zack Whittaker] Apple is telling app developers to remove or properly disclose their use of analytics code that allows them to record how a user interacts with their iPhone apps — or face removal from the app store, TechCrunch can confirm. In an email, an Apple spokesperson said: “Protecting user privacy is paramount in the Apple ecosystem. Our App Store Review Guidelines require that apps request explicit user consent and provide a…

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The Tool Most Photographers Aren’t Using Enough

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Cross-posted from Fstoppers [by Robert K. Baggs] As photographers we’re in a fortunate era where we have more tools at our disposal than ever before. That said, there’s one well known one I have used consistently for years, that many photographers neglect. When I first started out in photography after buying my first camera, it didn’t take me long to realize I was in love with portraiture. As much as I enjoyed taking my camera…

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An Itinerant Photographer’s Diverse Portraits of the Turn-of-the-Century American South

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Cross-posted from Hyperallergic.  [by Allison Meier]  Hugh Magnum was a traveling photographer during the early 20th Century whose photos were forgotten and buried in a barn and chicken coop for almost a century.  The images are remarkably contemporary.  From the article: ““Through Mangum’s eyes, we see a diverse citizenry, and we see them depicted with democratic equanimity on the same glass plate negative in side-by-side portraits, which suggests that they waited their turn together, in…

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Still Don’t Have Disability Insurance? Fix the Gaping Hole in Your Safety Net

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Cross-posted from Freelancers Union Blog [by Lynne Lavelle] Did you know that illness, not accidents, is the cause of 90% of disabilities (according to the Council for Disability Awareness)? And did you know that you have a one in four chance of becoming disabled or sick for at least a year between age 20 and retirement? Let that sink in a moment. While healthcare is a priority insurance for freelancers (and rightly so), it doesn’t…

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Stop Going It Alone: Why I Stopped Being a Photographer Hermit

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Editor’s Note: This article was written by ASMP Connecticut Chapter Member Douglas Turney. Cross-posted from Fstoppers [by Douglas Turney] For many photographers, photography can be a solitary pursuit. Many of us run a single person business where the majority of our time is spent by ourselves. Sure there are times when we collaborate with clients, talent, and assistants, but this isn’t the same as socializing with our photography peers. I’ve been fortunate enough to find an excellent…

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These Stunning Polar Vortex Photos and Videos Show a Nation Frozen Over

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Cross-posted from Fast Company [by Melissa Locker] If you have been outside or at least on social media recently, you probably know that much of the American Midwest and now the East Coast are in the midst of a polar vortex, bringing record-breaking lows that have been linked to at least seven deaths. Temperatures in Chicago, for example, reached 21 degrees below zero, and that was before the windchill kicked in, according to the Chicago…

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Taking Photos of Extreme Weather Almost Ended in Disaster

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Cross-posted from Fstoppers [by Michael B. Stuart] Photographer Tim Shields recently took part in a photo walk in the city White Rock, British Colombia. As the weather started getting wild, the situation went from interesting to deadly in the blink of an eye. The morning started as a simple outing with his adult daughter to capture some impressive weather at the shores. Unusually strong winds made for choppy waves and cleared all the usual foot…

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Freelancers: How to Negotiate Like a Pro

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Cross-posted from 99u [by Laura Feinstein] If you aren’t a freelancer yet, your time may be coming. The signs are already there: research shows that more than a third of the U.S. workforce freelanced last year, an increase of 7% since 2014, while the non-freelance workforce grew just 2% over the same time. According to some estimates, freelancers and contractors could make up more than half the workforce within the next decade. While much of that…

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Reddit Thinks This is the Greatest Photograph in History

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Cross-posted from thephoblographer.com [by Brett Day] Ever since the very first camera was used, mankind has been capturing moments and freezing them in time. These moments have shown joy, celebration, and technological marvels, but they have also shown the epic struggles that we as a species have faced such as war, famine, and natural disasters. Photographs are so incredibly powerful, and the stories that they tell can leave impressions on people that can last a…

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