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Seeking Action — Not Just Talk — About Diversity in Photojournalism

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James Estrin interviews Tara Pixley, whose association, Reclaim, is surveying photographers globally about their experiences. There has been much hand-wringing this year over the persistent lack of diversity in photojournalism, an issue that has become even more urgent in a time of a racial and ethnic tension. There are few photo organizations in the United States that haven’t at least paid lip service to the importance of inclusion. Yet few have done much to turn…

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Stop Waiting and Get Your Photography on Stock Image Sites to Earn More Passive Income

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Mike Wilkinson says that making money through stock images is like fishing — the wider you cast your net, the better your results will be. So,  are you ready to take the plunge? For freelance creatives, earning passive income is a great way to increase your annual profits, but getting a large library of images uploaded can be a daunting task. Plus, which agency should you use? When will you find time? The simple answer…

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Google Proposes Solution That Makes Watermarks More Difficult to Remove

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Dunja Djudjic explains the process that is sure to benefit photographers and stock image companies alike. Google’s recent research has shown that an algorithm can easily remove watermarks automatically, making the images vulnerable to unauthorized use. In their latest paper, they present the solution that should help photographers and stock photo websites increase the watermark protection. The problem with watermarks is that they’re added consistently throughout the series of images, especially on stock websites. This…

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Most Famous Tweet EVER Supported with Photo by ASMP Member Pete Souza

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On August 12th, former President Barack Obama published a tweet that has become the most “liked” tweet in Twitter history. The tweet quotes Nelson Mandela. Former White House Photographer and ASMP Member, Pete Souza, is the creator of the image featured in the tweet that powerfully supports the message. Media outlets including US News and World Report, Vanity Fair, FStoppers, Washington Post, Market Watch and several others have reported on the tweet as being a great example of…

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Should Freelancers Ask Potential Clients What Their Budget Is?

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Amy Rigby asked eight freelance experts to weigh in on the pros and cons of the budget question. When I started freelancing in 2013, I did a lot of Googling to figure out how to handle meetings with potential clients. Many experts out there said I should always ask “What’s your budget?” before quoting a price. Ooph. Of all the questions to ask, that was the toughest. What I found was: Most of the time,…

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Is Yelp Bad For Photographers?

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Have you checked your Yelp business page lately? Danette Chappell looked at hers and was in for a shock. Recently as I was looking into some backlink research on Google, I realized that one of the first links that comes up when searching for my business is my Yelp business page. This isn’t surprising. Yelp is an established business and has an established website with high domain authority, of course it’s going to rank well…

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How To Photograph a Solar Eclipse – a Comprehensive Guide

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In case you might be interested in taking photos of the upcoming solar eclipse, Dahlia Ambrose tells you what you need to know. One of the most interesting astronomical phenomenon that we can photograph is the solar eclipse. A solar eclipse is when the moon passes between the Earth and the Sun. A partial or total solar eclipse offers interesting photographic opportunities, so if you are an umbraphile, here is how to photograph a solar…

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4 Ways to Get Work by Nagging Clients (Nicely)

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Are you sitting by the phone — or refreshing your email inbox — waiting for clients to offer you that next job? Mike Gluck says to go ahead and contact them, but make it about them, not you. He offers some ideas for getting the conversation started. What do you do when your clients and prospects aren’t calling you with new work? It’s tempting to call or email them and ask if they have any…

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BEST OF ASMP 2017 Contest On its Way

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ASMP BEST OF…is back! Start gathering your images and your series to submit to the BEST OF ASMP 2017! ASMP’s Best of 2017 celebrates its thirteenth year and will kick-off in mid-September with an all new selection process.  BEST OF ASMP 2017 will include a SINGLE IMAGE category that features work from these sub-categories: Commercial Editorial Personal We will also accept a SERIES of up to ten images. Winners will be featured in ASMP’s Best of 2017…

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How To Nail The First 90 Seconds Of That Big Meeting

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Instead of crashing and burning, Anett Grant has five things you need to do as soon as you walk into the room. It’s your big opportunity. You’ve been invited to join your boss for a major meeting–with upper management, or maybe with an important client. You’re the expert this time around, the eyes-and-ears-on-the-ground who’s here to share some insights from the front lines. Do that well, and you know your boss will trust you with…

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TFP Collaborations | The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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Brittany Smith lays out the advantages and disadvantages when working for free, and how to make sure all parties are benefiting from it. “Trade for print.” These three words are found to be nauseating and a slap in the face by a number of photographers, especially after paying one’s dues. What is even more alarming is the number of hypocrites among us asking up-and-coming hair and makeup artists and wardrobe stylists to provide their talents…

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David Slater and PETA Could Finally Settle Over the Monkey Selfie Case

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Dunja Djudjic shares an update on the monkey selfie lawsuit. In 2015, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) filed the most ridiculous lawsuit ever against photographer David Slater. The famous “monkey selfie” case has been going on for two years now, and it has done Slater a lot of harm. However, judging from the latest report, it could finally end in the settlement between the Slater and PETA. When one of the monkeys…

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