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#PhotoShelterAMA July 17th, 2019 with Joe McNally

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Editor’s Note: Joe McNally is an ASMP Professional Member. Cross-posted from PhotoShelter Blog [by Caitlyn Edwards] This Wednesday, July 17th from 12 – 1:30 PM ET we’ll be doing an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Twitter with award-winning photographer and PhotoShelter member Joe McNally. We hope you’ll pick his brain about business tips, workshops, behind-the-scenes stories and more.  Tweet @photoshelter for a chance to be featured in the AMA. Read more

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Recognizing and Managing Stress and Trauma as a Photographer

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Cross-posted from Fstoppers [by CS Muncy] No matter how long you’ve been shooting, there’s always been a kind of base level of stress that hangs in the background for every photographer, just out of sight. It’s one of those things that’s always there, even if you don’t notice it. For some photographers, it comes from the uncertainty of the job. Will I be able to make rent this month? Do I have to choose between food or…

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Wedding Photographers Called ‘Abusive’ and ‘Unprofessional’ for Refusing to Work With Influencer for Free

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Cross-posted from Fstoppers [by Jack Alexander] A pair of British wedding photographers have found themselves called “unprofessional” and “appalling” after declining to work for an influencer for free. A PR rep of the influencer had requested 1,000 photos and two videos, and in return would offer their followers a 25% off the photographers’ services — a discount the photographers don’t even offer. Photographers Frankie Lowe and Laura Dunning of Betrothed & Co were the lucky souls recently contacted…

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What to Do When Good Clients Send Bad Referrals Your Way

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One good professional relationship doesn’t necessarily lead to another. Here’s how to navigate client referrals — and spot bad ones. Cross-posted from Freelancers Union [by Suzanne Scacca] I take a lot of pride in the services I provide. Which is why I’m always flattered when clients send referrals my way. It’s one thing to have people approach me because something I wrote online resonated with them and it’s another to have them say, “Hey, your…

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Highly Skilled Freelancers Contributed Over $135 Billion to the Economy – Now They Need Protecting

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Cross-posted from FastCompany [by Brent Messenger] The United States is in the middle of an independent labor explosion–despite outdated government studies that suggest the contrary. The continued rise of on-demand platforms and the gig work they generate has pushed what was once a niche conversation on labor economics into the mainstream. Policy makers and businesses alike want statistical confirmation of what they know anecdotally to be true: the digitization of work has brought about a meaningful shift in…

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The Stock Photo Site Did It! Magazine Claims After Getting Caught Using Stolen Pic

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Cross-posted from Light Stalking [by Kehl Bayern] Don’t steal images or you might get caught. But if you do get caught, don’t try to blame the stock photo company even if the situation is really strange. UK magazine The Big Issue recently featured a cover photo of David Lynch taken by photographer Nadav Kander that Kander never licensed for commercial use. The Big Issue’s art department got the picture from stock photography website Alamy. Here,…

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What Makes A House A Home?

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By inserting found photographs throughout each room in a small house in Southern France, The Anonymous Project creates playful installations that illustrate the lasting importance of amateur photography. Cross-posted from LensCulture [by Cat Lachowskyj] This past week, Les Rencontres d’Arles opened for its fiftieth anniversary – a miraculous feat for a photography festival. The opening week brought together an ambitious program of fifty exhibitions to mark the five decades’ worth of the annual event. But…

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How Iconic Photographer Edward Weston Approached Photography

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Editor’s Note: Fine arts photographer Edward Weston was an ASMP Member. Cross-posted from ISO 1200 Magazine Edward Weston was one of the masters of 20th century photography. He’s been called one of the most innovative and influential American photographers. Truly one of the icons of photography. This film was shot by American filmmaker Willard Van Dyke, an apprentice of Weston’s, who went on to become a very notable photographer in his own right and in 1932…

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Have a Safe and Happy Fourth!

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ASMP would like wish everyone a safe and happy Fourth! Whether you are in work or play mode during this holiday weekend, we hope you will be able to find some time to enjoy events and activities with family and friends or catch that elusive image! We came across the historical and fun facts about July 4th below that we thought would be fun to share with others (or to quiz others, for those of…

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Photography Is Not About Gear, It’s About Your Subject

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Cross-posted from SLR Lounge [by Josh Line] 100 megapixels, 15 FPS, and 600ws of power won’t do a damn thing to make your subject feel better. Let’s face it, photography is gear centric and it’s a problem you may not even be aware of. I’m not talking about GAS (gear acquisition syndrome). I’m talking about being so focused on gear that we totally ignore the human being on the other side of our camera. Photographers…

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Lifestyle and Business Habits of Happy Freelancers

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When there is no formal structure to your freelance days, it’s important to develop your own. Here’s how. Cross-posted from Freelancers Union [by Mark Quadros] Freelancing is great! You have complete freedom over the whats, whys, and hows of your work. However, it comes with some serious caveats. From staying social and healthy to achieving financial security, here are some tips that successful, happy freelancers know. Set strict boundaries. The freedom that comes from freelancing…

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Remembering John Shearer, Photographer of Iconic American Moments

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Cross-posted from TIME [by Abigail Abrams] John Shearer captured on camera iconic American moments ranging from John-John’s salute of John F. Kennedy’s casket to Muhammad Ali’s 1971 fight with Joe Frazier. But his favorite project, according to his wife Marianne, was a story about the South Bronx gang known as the Reapers, which ran in LIFE magazine in 1972. Shearer lived with the gang’s leader for weeks, sleeping on his couch and taking pictures at…

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