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How Your Smartphone Can Help in an Emergency

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© AP Photo/Gregory Bull Cross-posted from msn.com [by Marc Saltzman] The catastrophic events caused by Hurricane Harvey put smartphones to the test, raising the question about what our trusty mobile companions can do to help in crises like these. After all, we rely on these pocket-sized supercomputers for much of our lives, in a normal state, so surely they can be useful during natural disasters, among other grave situations one might find themselves in. Your…

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Register Now: 2017 Southeastern Film & Photo Conference – Greenville, SC – September 15 & 16

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September 15 & 16, 2017 Furman University – Greenville, SC   Two jam-packed days of creative education and inspiration that will help elevate your game and build your film and photography business. ASMP/SC and the SC Film Commission are bringing to the Southeast world-class creatives and if you’re a film maker or a photographer, a seasoned pro, an educator or a student looking for a big break, you need to attend this conference. REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW!! Registration ends Wed…

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Gauging Your Options After a Career Setback

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Larry Mager offers the most important things to think about when your career feels like it’s stalled. Like many people, you’ve probably worked hard over the years to build a successful career. When setbacks occur–such as being passed over for a promotion, being refused a raise, or being laid off–it can feel as though all that hard work has been completely overlooked or invalidated. You may even be feeling low self-esteem, which can happen when…

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The Best Way To Introduce Yourself In Five Potentially Awkward Situations

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Michael Grothaus has some great advice for making a positive and lasting first impression. There you are, in front of the person or audience that you want to impress with your killer idea. You know they are going to love it, but you are so preoccupied with pulling off your pitch that you ramble and botch (or completely overlook) the most important part: telling them who you are. The point of introductions in the business…

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40 years ago, Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt drove through the Utah and Nevada deserts…

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                                                                                                                                                                  Image © Eric Meola Cross-posted from The Salt Lake Tribune [by Nate Carlisle] There was no limousine waiting when Bruce Springsteen landed in Salt Lake City 40 years ago this week. Springsteen, who already was one of the biggest names in rock ’n’ roll, would spend the next few days driving, riding and even sleeping in a used car. His closest bandmate and sidekick, Steven Van Zandt, accompanied him on the trip. Springsteen also was…

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How Do We Give Back as Photographers?

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Los Angeles-based photographer Christopher Malcom says that there are probably many people in the world who helped get you where you are today. Here’s some ideas on how to pay it forward. Crossposted from Fstoppers I find myself in a grateful mood this week. Well, to be honest, I find myself in a grateful mood every week. Through both times of feast and famine, it is impossible to escape the unbelievable good fortune bestowed on…

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Watch the Moon’s Shadow Sweep Across the Teton Valley in This 360° Video

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Cross-posted from TIME [by Jonathan Wood] Some people spent years preparing to view the Aug. 21 solar eclipse in the United States. Westport, Conn., photographer, artist and filmmaker Stephen Wilkes waited until 4 p.m. the Friday before. “We were sort of late to the party,” Wilkes told Time in an interview at the International Photo Festival in Olten on Saturday. With hotels, rental cars and flights all but sold out, Wilkes decided to fly to…

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Using Color To Define A Style | A Critical Look At Color Use & Why It Matters

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Wendell Weithers talks about the importance using color to define your style with the help from a video by photographer Sean Tucker. Creating a distinct and unique aesthetic for your photography can be an exceptional challenge. We constantly feel the pull of the undertow from different editing trends and, in an industry where everyone is looking to promote their brand, you are just as likely to settle on someone else’s style instead of your own….

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Maintain Your Sanity by Managing Client Expectations

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Ben Steele says the best way to protect yourself from nightmare clients is to start setting the expectations early and often. Plus – never work without a contract. Every freelance writer I know, including myself, has run into that client. Some of us seem to get nothing but that client over and over again. You know the one. Calling or emailing at 10 p.m. on weekdays, on weekends and at lunchtime, demanding immediate attention. Endless…

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Awards Announced for YPA’s 2016 Mentoring Program

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With support from  YPA founding sponsor, the American Society of Media Photographers Foundation, and four ASMP chapters, teams met in New York, Boston, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia where seven mentors worked with 24 mentees in interpreting this theme. The theme, “American Landscapes”, was enthusiastically embraced by a group of young artists for YPA’s 2016 Mentoring Program. YPA is pleased to announce the recipients of the four awards. BEST OF SHOW “The Walls” by Zhanna Kurmanova Team New York, Barry Rosenthal, Mentor…

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How Your Business Card Can Help You Win Photography Clients

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Mike Briggs replaced his cheap, bland business cards with new ones that cost four times as much — and what a difference it made. Picture the scene: you’re at a party and end up chatting to a stranger. In amongst the friendly chitchat, your ears prick up as you realize this could be a potential photography client. But you don’t want to pull out the full sales pitch, you’re at a party after all. This…

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How to Respond When Someone Calls Your Business “A Nice Hobby”

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Jenika has some great advice on how to respond when someone downplays your choice of career. You’re rushing to get on an airplane. As you sit down and pull out your headphones, the stranger next to you asks what you do. You answer, “Photography.” And they say “oh what a nice hobby!” and launch into a story about their niece who got a nice camera for Christmas, and is getting “pretty good” at taking pictures…

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