Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Although you hope it won’t happen, you need to plan for the day when you and a business partner will decide to go your separate ways. Thinking it through up front can prevent a lot of angst and bad feelings later.

While Neil Sedaka’s signature 1962 hit “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do” may have attempted to put an upbeat spin on an otherwise painful experience, the reality of business breakups is that they’re generally far more complicated than simply facing another person and saying “goodbye.” However, the breakup can be less painful... Read more

Vision To Visuals: The SCAR Project

David Jay’s breast cancer survivors project

We live in a world of overwhelming statistics. We experience the most poignant human conditions in the form of numbers and abstractions, and in this most connected era in human history, our experience of reality and truth gets washed over by the onslaught of rhetoric and opinions that isolate us from critical issues that affect us. Disease is a subject... Read more

The New Photojournalism Frontier

VII The Magazine looks to reshape how visual stories are told, distributed and paid for in a tough, uncertain economic climate

The great demise of print media and, subsequently, photojournalism, has been talked about ad nauseam for years now. Frankly, the debate has grown a bit stale. Even before the recent economic upheaval, no one really had any answers, the questions continue to change, and while it’s clear that the traditional outlets, such as newspapers, used to... Read more

Vision To Visuals: A Moment In Time

Julian Lennon’s personal and profound Timeless exhibition

I have always felt that I have observed life, in a different way than others; probably because my life has been very different than most. Music has always been one creative outlet for me, but now I’m happy to add another one too, that being photography. —Julian Lennon A photographer, etymologically speaking, is one who “writes”... Read more

Creative Commons In Practice

While it can be a powerful tool for getting your work noticed, Creative Commons presents problems for unwary photographers

Imagine you’re a photographer trying to get your work noticed. You’ve heard that Getty Images and some publishers are utilizing the photo-sharing website Flickr as a way of locating stock images, so you open a Flickr account and upload images. And since Flickr makes it easy to apply a Creative Commons license to your images, you select one... Read more

The Photography Classroom

Amid changing technology and an increasingly difficult business environment, schools and teachers who are training tomorrow’s pros have their work cut out for them as they struggle to push forward while creating a foundation built upon the past

Photographers have seen an enormous shift over the past two decades in the way they approach their business. The arsenal of a Hasselblad, a quiver with a range of lenses, a Polaroid back and several film backs that would last for years has become a rarity rather than the norm. Now, a professional must have loyalty to a brand of DSLR camera body and... Read more

Vision To Visuals: Coming Up For Air

For Lane Coder, dramatic life changes brought him to a deeply personal new project

Lane Coder embodies everything that I love about the new generation of avant-garde photographers. Refusing to be boxed into a single genre of photography, Coder’s work blurs boundaries across fashion, landscape, aerial, portrait and fine-art photography. Equally comfortable with creating stunning fashion spreads for clients like Vogue along with... Read more

5 Tips For Avoiding The Rights Grab

Get exposure for your work without losing ownership of it

Read the terms and conditions of just about any contract, website and even some venues, and it’s almost inevitable that you’ll find some form of the "rights grab." Even doing something as seemingly innocuous as posting images on social media can result in a "rights grab." What Is The "Rights Grab"? At a fundamental... Read more

Vision To Visuals: Feed The Models!

Jane Gennaro’s extraordinary project to highlight the bizarre and troubling state of today’s fashion models

I want to love models. I want to feed them and take care of them and make them better… These opening lines from “Feed the Models!” a monologue performed on NPR’s “All Things Considered” by artist Jane Gennaro, are the genesis of her solo exhibition that Duggal helped launch at the World Monuments Fund Gallery in... Read more

Trademark Yourself Part II

Picking up where our May/June article left off, DPP delves into acquiring, registering and protecting your business trademark

In the first part of this article, we addressed some of the key reasons why a photographer should make use of trademarks and how to use and clear that trademark. In this conclusion, we’ll go over how to acquire your trademark and the registration process. Acquiring Trademark Rights And Deciding Whether To Register Trademark law varies from... Read more

Vision To Visuals: Preserving Image Quality

Staying true to the originals through successive generations or reproduction

I’ve written a fair amount in this column about the rich experience of working with artists who donate their works for charities. We’re so frequently involved in such projects that we’ve become quite adept at navigating the maze of stakeholders who make these artists’ exhibitions possible, namely the sponsors, collectors, exhibitors and the... Read more

Trademark Yourself: Part 1 – Trademark Law & Photography

The key to protecting business goodwill

Ask just about any photographer what area of law protects his or her business, and the answer you’re likely to hear is “copyright.” However, copyright law only protects a photographer’s work product and doesn’t prevent a competing business from attempting to capitalize on the goodwill that the photographer has built with... Read more
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