Why in the 21st century are we still seeing black-and-white photography books?
An excerpt from ESSAY, Issue Four by Daniel Milnor.
If you search Google for the “best photography books of all time,” you come up with quite a few black-and-white photography books, some of which have influenced countless photographers: The Americans by Robert Frank, The Decisive Moment by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph...
Creating stock photography while on a commissioned assignment isn’t as easy as it once was, but done right, it can still be a great way to boost the bottom line
By William Sawalich / Photography By Inti St. Clair & Christian Lagerek
Clients typically want full rights to all images you take while on assignment, but it’s possible to shoot stock if you negotiate this upfront with the client and create a clear distinction between images for the assignment and those for stock. One way to create such a distinction when working with models is to do a complete wardrobe change before...
Steps you can take to help protect your copyright when posting images online
By Samuel Lewis / Photography by Russell Brammer
Earlier this year, the court decision in the case of Brammer v. Violent Hues prompted a considerable amount of discussion and concern among photographers. This angst grew out of a lawyer’s article suggesting that the court ruled photographs are “factual depictions,” copying them is fair use, and the decision has the “potential to seriously erode...
How to market your photography with a world-class newsletter
By William Sawalich / Photography By Michael Clark
Bold full-bleed images with refined typography are used to open stories and create a visual experience that draws recipients to engage more deeply with the content than one might with a less-polished presentation.
As content creators, professional photographers are inherently well positioned to create interesting marketing materials. After all, we’re...
Inti St. Clair makes authentic and beautiful lifestyle images for advertising clients and significant stock sales
By William Sawalich >> Photography By Inti St. Clair
Stock photography is dead. That’s what everybody told me, anyway, until I met Inti St. Clair. She’s a lifestyle photographer who got her start in stock more than a decade ago. Stock photography, she assures me, is alive and well, even if it isn’t always treated with the respect it deserves.
“Stock photography over the years has gotten a bad...
Legal and business implications of working with stock agencies
By Samuel Lewis
Periodically, I encounter photographers who are frustrated with the agents and stock photo agencies that license their work. Although the particulars may vary, there are some common themes: agencies that take too high of a percentage of the license rates as a fee for passively licensing photographers’ images, agencies giving publishers favorable pricing...
Shooting stock photos and video can be as liberating as it is profitable
Creating content for stock means anticipating the needs of a wide variety of users. Images and footages need to be generic enough to fit multiple uses, but specific enough to suit the needs of a given project.
As a still photographer, videographer or cinematographer, making the same income or increasing your income can be challenging in our ever-evolving...
By Meredith Winn > Photography By France Photographers
The members of France Photographers are good friends and a great team.
Sara France spent years making a name for herself as a photographer in the wedding industry before she created France Photographers. Combining her love of travel and photography with her deep personal beliefs around empowering women in business, Sara designed a groundbreaking business...
Copyright law is changing, but will it be for the better or for the worse?
Recently, while thinking about the future of copyright enforcement, I was reminded of one of Robin Williams’ comedic visions of the future. “In the future,” he quipped, “we’ll travel at the speed of light; they’ll have to lose our luggage beforehand.” The same sort of vision of the future seems to apply to copyright enforcement. While...
With so many talented photographers in the market, creating and maintaining relationships with editors is critical to the success of your business. Here are simple tips for expanding your profile in the editorial market and getting your foot in the door with publications and brands.
Update Your Business Profile
Professional editors desire to work with...
Remaining grounded, profitable and moving forward as the video and cinema world shifts beneath you
The business facts, on their face, seem grim. In video and digital cinema, the tools are better, cheaper and more accessible to the masses than they have ever been. Software is quickly making many production tools and techniques obsolete. How people consume media is changing everything in our business. Award-winning films like Tangerine, shot on smartphones,...
We ask a major brand what it’s looking for in a social media photographer and in its online campaigns
Instagram influence is about nuance, and in this instance, the escape of riding off into the mountains with nothing but a bedroll and a long beard. Photo courtesy of R. Mankoff
Brands are turning to Instagram to find influencers, and we asked Sean Estes, the global PR manager of Specialized, a bicycle manufacturer, about the process. Specialized was...