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The Business of Photography

Operating a digital photography business is no small task. Our experts cover all the issues related to the business of photography from copyright issues to studio concerns, here.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Vision To Visuals: Back To School

Helping a learning institution define itself

Vision To Visuals: Back To School

Dr. Ben M. Corpus, Vice President for Student Development and Enrollment Management and Dean of Students of Baruch College, approached Duggal Visual Solutions recently with a fundamental request. The goal was to “communicate the standards of academic excellence and professionalism” that define Baruch College in a public forum. 

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Naked In The Courtroom - The Web And Copyright

The Internet has opened a can of worms for photographers struggling to keep control over images while also seeking to get their work seen by the public and image buyers

Naked In The Courtroom - The Web And Copyright

Have you ever had one of those dreams where you're standing in the middle of a courtroom defending the copyright of one of your images when you look down and realize that you're naked? You will. There's an unprecedented number of copyright challenges facing photographers occurring on the Internet. Images are getting lifted from services like Flickr and photographers' websites at an alarming rate. The hijack-ers are using the images to illustrate blog entries and YouTube videos. The harsh reality for us shooters is that it may be perfectly legal.

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Monday, June 23, 2008

Your eCommerce Solution

Partner with an online service that handles your orders, collects the money, ships the prints and leaves you with higher revenue

Your eCommerce SolutionA variety of sites have surfaced offering photographers online eCommerce solutions combined with the resources of a physical lab. The advantage to these sites, besides the nominal costs and time savings, is that they're providing quality products without your customer base ever knowing that they're dealing with outside entities.  Read More...

Monday, April 28, 2008

Vision To Visuals: A Traditionalist’'s View

Going digital doesn't mean ditching your aesthetics

Vision To Visuals: A Traditionalist’'s View

Many of the artists and commercial clients who work with me often present me with fresh creative challenges, requiring the application of old technologies in new ways. More often than not, however, it's the discovery and application of new scanning and printing technologies that helps them communicate in ways they didn't think possible. In the end, though, I often remind myself that it has nothing to do with the technology. In the end, everything that I do stems from my simple love of and passion for the art of photography—converting motion into a frozen, static image in the hopes of creating a compelling visual record that proves to everyone that the experience was indeed real.

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Monday, April 28, 2008

Pro Tips: Getting Copyright Right

Protect your images online and off with digital solutions

When it's created, it's copyrighted. This rule of thumb has protected artists and photographers (not to mention software designers, musicians and authors) since the current era of copyright law was established in 1978. Although the phrase is technically true, it's only part of the story.

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Monday, April 28, 2008

The Stock Trade

A look behind the turbulence and uncertainties of today's stock photography marketplace to help you find the best way to make a profit

The Stock Trade

The potential market for stock image sales is estimated at $2 billion a year. On every continent, there are photo buyers who need images and search for them online every day. The only question is how do you get their eyeballs on your images and get the wheels of commerce turning?

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Monday, April 28, 2008

Creative Commons

Addressing the key concerns of rights and licenses for image usage, an organization has proposed a revolutionary solution all pros should know

Creative Commons

Digital photography has fueled a revolution in online media consumption. As Internet use has evolved, online users have become increasingly dependent on photography. The expansive use of online imagery has rapidly changed the expectations of both image viewers and publishers. With the tremendous number of photographs making their way online, photographers need to have a firm understanding of the risks and rewards of publishing images on the web. To protect against the risk of copyright infringement, photographers have copyright law on which to rely, but is this protective legislation compatible with the fast pace of the online world?

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Monday, March 3, 2008

Your Studio And The New Economy

Pursuing a solid licensing strategy for now and the future will enable you to weather the storms of today's photo business reality

Your Studio And The New Economy

The landscape of the photography industry is changing rapidly. With fees for our services and other business issues, our work is becoming more akin to a commodities market. Effectively making money in a world that's offering more and more different venues for photography requires a new way to look at our business. The effective management of usage rights is paramount to making a great living as technology growth and innovation spur radical changes in the uses of our images.

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Monday, January 7, 2008

Click Chic - Fashion Photography As Social Commentary

Fashion photography gets a display as social commentary through an exhibition at the School of Visual Arts in New York

Click Chic - Fashion Photography As Social Commentary

As most any photographer profiled in these pages will attest, the dividing line between art and commerce is continually blurring. Photographic artists have long been sought to apply their talents to the commercial world of advertising and fashion photography, but the reverse hasn't always held true. Now, though, commercial photographers are finding acceptance in the world of high-art galleries and museums.

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