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Build A Better Photography Business By Focusing On Your Clients, Not You!

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Cross-posted from SLR Lounge [by John DeMato] For years, I was under the impression that sharing portfolio work was enough to gain the attention of enough people to build a referable photography business. I would post headshots and portraits that I felt captured my skill set and that would be more than enough to form a crowd of paying clients. I was wrong. Why? Read more

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An Evening with Jay Maisel as Jay Myself

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Editor’s Note: This article about ASMP Life Member Jay Maisel was written by ASMP Connecticut Chapter Member Doug Turney. Cross-posted from Fstoppers Are you like me? Do you look for entertainment with some elements related to photography and is more than merely “behind the scenes” or “how to type” of videos? Something that provides a different insight into photography and the photographers who create world-class images? If so then perhaps, or maybe not, the documentary “Jay Myself”…

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New California Law Gives Photographers More Time to Pay Assistants and Crew

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Cross-posted from PDNPulse [by David Walker] The State of California has amended state labor laws to give photographers and producers more time to pay the models, stylists and freelance crew they hire. The change, which passed unanimously in both the California state senate and assembly, went into effect September 5 when Governor Gavin Newsom approved it. The law was introduced last February as the “Photoshoot Pay Easement Act.” It extended an exception to existing state labor law. Under that…

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Photographer Outs Shutterfly for Trying to Obtain Free Photos, Begins #NoBudgetNoPhotos Movement Backed by Industry Peers

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Cross-posted from Fstoppers [by Jack Alexander] Photographers are using social media to unite and prevent their peers from allowing global companies to use their images for free, via the hashtag #NoBudgetNoPhotos. The movement was started after one photographer revealed an international billion-dollar company refused to pay for the usage of her images. Writing for PetaPixel, Nafa Ribeiro, owner of Judah Avenue Photography, said: “As much as I appreciate whenever someone compliments or expresses admiration for my photography,…

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Robert Frank Dies; Pivotal Documentary Photographer Was 94

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Editor’s Note: Robert Frank was a former ASMP Member. Cross-posted from The New York Times [by Philip Gefter] Robert Frank, one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century, whose visually raw and personally expressive style was pivotal in changing the course of documentary photography, died on Monday in Inverness, on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. He was 94. His death, at Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital, was confirmed by Peter MacGill, whose Pace-MacGill Gallery…

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Avoid Tax Season Surprises! Check Out the IRS’s Freelancer-Friendly Estimated Tax Tool

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Cross-posted from Freelancers Union Blog [by Jonathan Medows] It’s no secret that the freelance economy is growing, which means more self-employed people who must pay taxes. This fact hasn’t gone unnoticed by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) which, of course, has a special interest in ensuring that self-employed individuals pay all the taxes they are obligated to in a timely fashion. Just in advance of the next estimated tax deadline, which is September 16, the…

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“Photography is still just evolving”

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Cross-posted from It’s Nice That.  [by Ruby Boddington]   “Renowned for his role in shaping photography as a conceptual art form, he was part of a movement that pioneered large format tableaux images of everything from mundane interactions to elaborately constructed scenes. His practice synthesises photography with notions more traditionally associated with other media, including painting and cinema, and some of his early works make specific reference to the history of image making.” “Photography is…

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Persistence Pays Off: Tips and Tricks for Applying to Awards & Portfolio Reviews

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Cross-posted from LensCulture [by Cat Lachowskyj] As the tides of the photography world continue to shift on a daily basis, the medium has become more and more accessible to individuals all over the world, with the photography community growing at an exponential rate. And while the technological advancements over past decades have made photography more accessible, it also feels harder than ever to make your work stand out amongst the wide range of practitioners that…

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Orlando Suero, 94, Dies; Photographed Notables, Including the Kennedys

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Cross-posted from The New York Times. [By Katarine W. Seelye]  “He photographed Shirley MacLaine dancing with Rudolf Nureyev at a party in Malibu. He shot the actor Dennis Hopper and the singer Michelle Phillips during their eight-day marriage, including a joint-smoking moment in the bathtub (both were fully clothed). And he caught Princess Margaret all but swooning over Paul Newman as Alfred Hitchcock stared straight ahead. The photographer Orlando Suero chronicled the lives of stars…

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Is Ansel Adams Overrated? (Nah, Couldn’t Be)

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Editor’s Note: Legendary photographer Ansel Adams was an ASMP Member. Cross-posted from PhotoShelter Blog [by Allen Murabayashi] Thirty-five years after his death, Ansel Adams is still one of the most popular (and most searched) photographers. He spent a lifetime creating some of the iconic images in the history of photography primarily using an 8×10 camera and black-and-white film. He developed the Zone System with Fred Archer, wrote numerous books, vigorously corresponded with contemporary artists, and…

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