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.
Monday, April 28, 2008
Addressing the key concerns of rights and licenses for image usage, an organization has proposed a revolutionary solution all pros should know
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?
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
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.
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
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.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Sex, Money And Drama
Becoming grist in the gossip mill can damage the career of a professional photographer. You can't always avoid the scandal, but you can learn how to recover from it with your reputation intact.
There are three universal topics of conversation that people like to blab about no matter what industry you're in: sex, money and drama. One or all of these topics will affect your career at one point or another. The secret to surviving a few malicious words or a full-blown scandal is having a consistent reputation—and learning the art of self-control.
Monday, October 8, 2007
Book Smart - Creating Your Own Photo Book
The process of landing a book deal is a combination of hard work, critical evaluation and no small amount of luck
The process of landing a book deal is a combination of hard work, critical evaluation and no small amount of luck. Perseverance pays off because there's no substitute for pounding the pavement and making the phone calls to reach the key decision makers.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Red On The Set
When Epson wanted to photograph one of the world's rarest automobiles to test a new printer, they went to Stage 3 Productions in Detroit, where the staff knows how to generate maximum resolution
The next best thing to driving a $1.3-million Enzo Ferrari is photographing one. Epson America challenged us to photograph the legendary car in our studio at Stage 3 Productions and create the most detailed digital files possible. Dan Steinhardt at Epson specifically asked for a final file that was unflattened, 16-bit, Pro Photo RGB-captured to the highest resolution possible. Using a Sinarback 54HR, P2, the final size after retouching would be in the gigabytes.Read More...
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
The Upgrade Game
Keeping your gear up to date is part of the business of being a professional in the digital age. The decision on when and how to upgrade comes down to determining how to make the most of what you have.
You've probably found yourself thinking at times about how much easier life would be if you had an unlimited supply of money (and if you already do have an unlimited supply of money, drop me a line). For professional photographers, it seems that life before digital was simpler and less expensive. You bought a camera and a collection of lenses, and they served you well for many years.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Military Style - Order On The Set
Keeping order on the set takes a certain level of discipline for you and your army of talent and helpers
He sat behind a large 35mm movie camera with his eye glued to the eyepiece and a cloud of cigar smoke floating above his worn red baseball cap. There were dozens of other people on the set—extras, crew members, cops—all milling about a respectful distance from the man with the cigar who kept popping his head up from behind the camera to look at the cordoned-off street of downtown Los Angeles in front of him.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Refine Your Imaging Workflow
Wedding photojournalism is a day-in and day-out, high-pressure shooting environment but if you can master this workflow, you can do anything
I was drawn to wedding photojournalism because, for me, it's the perfect combination of documentary street photography and imagery that infuses moments of humor and levity; it simply makes people feel good. On a regular basis, I'm invited into the lives of strangers, armed with the task of finding the elements that make their worlds unique. A stage has been set with characters and lush backdrops. At times, I become a director; at other times, I'm a stylist or even a therapist. In most cases, I'm a silent voyeur recording the events as they unfold.Read More...