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Pay Now or Pay Later: What 10 Years of Freelancing Taught Me

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Cross-posted from Freelancers Union [by Tyra Seldon] In August of this year, I celebrated my freelancing anniversary. As with many anniversaries, it was a time of reflection, celebration, and planning for the future. Amongst an avalanche of memories, I started to recall how timid I was about payment expectations when I first started.  I did not have clearly stated expectations— I was just so happy to freelance that the opportunity itself often slightly outweighed my…

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What Photo Theft Looks Like & What To Do When It Happens to You!

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Cross-posted from SLR Lounge [by Alice Houstons] Jason Lanier recently posted a video on what photographers should do when companies steal and use their images without permission from them of their clients. How does he know how to handle this? Because it happened to him, and he fears it’s going to be happening to more and more photographers in the coming future. The company Jason is referring to in the video is called Rory Lights. Back in…

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Sally Soames, Fearless Photographer With Personal Touch, Dies at 82

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Cross-posted from The New York Times. [By Katherine Q. Seelye]  “Known chiefly for her portraits, Ms. Soames, a rare woman in the testosterone-fueled world of Fleet Street newspapering, was a purist. She shot exclusively in black and white, considering color a “vulgarity,” and relied as much as she could on natural light. The results were celebrated portraits of prominent people of the second half of the 20th century — Margaret Thatcher, Sean Connery, Rudolf Nureyev, Margaret…

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A Small Story About the Value of Photography

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Cross-posted from Fstoppers [by Christopher Malcolm] This is a short story about a brief moment and the significance of a photograph. Today, I’d like to tell you a story that may or may not be true. It’s a small story, seemingly insignificant aside from the parties immediately involved. But the brief moment in time stuck with me for some reason, and I thought I might take a few words to share it with you. Last…

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David Hume Kennerly Has Photographed 10 Presidents, and Now UA Has Acquired His Archive

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Editor’s Note: David Hume Kennerly is an ASMP Professional Member. Cross-posted from AZCentral [by Rachel Leingang] The archives of a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist will join the University of Arizona’s collections, the university announced. The images and artifacts of David Hume Kennerly, 72, who has photographed 10 U.S. presidents and leaders from around the world, will be part of the university’s Center for Creative Photography in Tucson. In total, Kennerly’s archive includes nearly 1 million “images, prints,…

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A Response to: Six Reasons It’s Time for Brands to Replace Stock Photos With User-Generated Content

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Editor’s Note: Andy Batt is an ASMP Professional Member. Cross-posted from andybatt.com Recently I came across a blog post that essentially blamed professional photographers for creating boring stock photos, and that boring stock photos are the key reason that companies should be using User-Generated Content. To sum up: stock photos are bad/boring, therefore companies and marketers are forced to look elsewhere. Deep into the article, we get this gem: “People whose work is used don’t…

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Check Out This Photographer’s Response to Being Asked for Free Prints—By Multi-Millionaires

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Cross-posted from SLR Lounge [by Alice Houstons] Tim Wallace is a national treasure. A real American hero of high-end photography. So when he was asked to provide a high-resolution free print images to a high-profile client FOR FREE. His response was a hard and definite NO. Recently, Tim received an email from a ‘high-end interior designer’ based out of California. This interior designer had a ‘high-end’ client—a real big wig—who had just remodeled their $12m coastal retreat…

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Ever Wanted to Start a Photography Youtube Channel?

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Cross-posted from Fstoppers [by Scott Choucino] If you have ever wanted to start a YouTube channel, here is my experience of setting up a new channel and giving it a real go for 30 days. YouTube is something that I have wanted to have a play with for many years. I spend more time on YouTube than any other platform. In the 2000s, I learned photography from the site, as there was a wealth of…

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Going Once, Going Twice… and SOLD!

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Editor’s Note: Iconic photographers Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Richard Avedon, Imogen Cunningham, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Diane Arbus, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans, Robert Capa, and Joel Meyerowitz were all past ASMP Members. Cross-posted from PDN Photo of the Day [by Samantha Reinders] The first issue of Aperture, a quarterly journal devoted to creative photography, launched in San Francisco back in 1952. Founded by a small circle of photographers and critics — Minor White, Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams among them— Aperture’s stated mission was…

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Petition Goes Viral: Do Not Replace Disney Photographers With Robots

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Cross-posted from Fstoppers [by Scott Mason] The “Robot Revolution” is already underway, but it’s meeting pockets of resistance, including one based in our photographic community. Fans of America’s most-visited theme park and photographers alike have recently banded together to save a small group of talented professionals from replacement by machinery. Recent news stories have covered the emergence of animatronic photography, with most machines still in a “beta” testing phase.  And now photographers and fans of the Florida…

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Net 90 Payment is a Policy that Freelancers Can’t Afford

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Cross-posted from Freelancers Union [by Jocelyn Brady] This morning I called up my utilities company to share a proposal: “What if I decided I’m not going to pay you until 90 days after my bill is due?” Fay, my agent, wasn’t quite sure what to do with me. “I’ve never been asked that!“ she said. I told her not to worry, I was just doing some research. Putting hypotheticals out there, to see what kind…

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Know Your Rights: Photography in Public

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Cross-posted from Lifehacker [by Thorin Klosowski and Rebecca Fishbein] The ubiquity of camera phones has turned every layperson into a semi-professional photographer, and social media makes it even easier to spread photographs and video over the internet like wildfire. Sometimes, those photos and videos even end up changing the course of history, or igniting a movement. Still, the rules of photography in public spaces apply whether you’re wielding a $5,000 Leica or an iPhone. For the most…

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