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ASMP at Photo Plus Expo – This Week!

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Many ASMP members, staff and leaders are traveling to New York City this week attending the 2009 Photo Plus Expo. ASMP has a packed schedule of events. Find us at booth #478 on the trade show floor. Representatives from the copyright office will be on hand to answer registration questions. Representatives from the Picture Licensing Universal System (PLUS) will also be with us at the booth. Free consultations, at our booth, for members. SOLD OUT…

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Gear to Go

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About 8 years ago, after 12 years of being strictly studio photographers, we shot on location professionally for the very first time.  Preparations were stressful, to say the least.  We were so nervous about not having something we’d need that we practically brought the entire studio along.  We got through the shoot without using half the stuff we brought and decided there had to be a better way. As we unloaded from the shoot, we…

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Tagging Images with GPS

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When I’m looking for one of my images, one of the most valuable tools I can use is the location list in Lightroom or Expression Media.  My awareness of where a picture was taken is deeply tied to my memory of that image. By using Country. State, City and Location tags, I can organize my images in a really useful way. (Add date information to this, and it’s even better.) But adding that information can…

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Tips for Shooting on Location

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I’ve been shooting “on location” for over 30 years.  That’s all I do – location shoots.  Each job and location vary greatly, and that is the challenge of location shooting. So the key is to be prepared for a variety of issues, problems and challenges that you may encounter on location. Here’s a typical pre-production list of needs that I work from: Travel arrangements – Arranging for flights, rental cars, hotel rooms, carnets, visas Crew…

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The Executive

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Someone once said that executive portraiture is basically a still life problem. Still, crabby execs do things like turning up for their portraits early while you’re still setting up and insisting that you shoot right away because they have a meeting. On one annual report shoot an angry VP of Something-Or-Other walked into the setup and said, “I don’t have time for this crap!” I replied that I understood completely, but that it was his…

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Dealing With Security

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This is one of those situations you can never be too prepared for. I often do commercial architectural photography projects that involve public locations. Security or police may be notified or notice photography going on and may become suspicious. People tend to feel uneasy when someone is photographing certain areas. I wish I had an answer to why but it depends on the situation. Here is my advice to help make things less painful. First…

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