Friendship

It was a happy awakening in my first year of being a freelance photographer to learn that buyers are often people well worth knowing. Starting out it may seem as if the gulf between photographer and buyer is too great, since the buyers hold your economic life in their hands. But friendship between photographer and client is a pleasant byproduct of the process. Virtually every photographer you meet has developed some friendships with clients. Certainly, if you travel and work together on...

Names on the Internet

Going back to the subject of naming, realize that in the pre-Internet days, print was the major marketing medium. In print your name didn't carry the same weight as it does today. Previously, a simple name, such as Jane Jones Photography, was fine for marketing when buoyed up by strong design, fine photographs, and a good client list. Today, because of the competition on the Internet, it's hundreds of times more important to have a name that can be positioned well. You must find a name that...

Advertising Photographers

The following comments from PDN (Photo District News), a leading trade journal for professional photographers, are an excellent summary of advertising photography Over recent years, advertising was opened up to include a wider range of styles and techniques that let the handiwork and the humor of the photographer shine through. Slick ads were out, soft-sell was in, and new, more emotive and experimental styles of photography were showing up in national ads. The following comments are from a...

Definition Of Stock

What is a stock photograph The definition is straightforward a stock photograph is an existing photograph that is available in a photographer's files or on a stock photo agency Web site to be loaned (licensed) for reproduction use to a wide variety of clients. Stock photographs are different from assignment photographs, which a photographer is commissioned by a client to create. Stock already exists, whereas assignment is potential or proposed photography. Ownership is the key issue. If you...

Styles In Fine Art Photography

Where does fine art come from From virtually every discipline and style within photography and the visual world. Some photographer artists create photographs with the sole intention of creating art. Often these photographs come from photographers acknowledged by critics and museum curators and collectors as being artists. In addition to work driven by a photographer's fine art aesthetic, fine art can also emerge from documentary photography, photojournalism, and even from assignment or...

The Photographer Careers With A Camera

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Fine Art Photographers

This list of fine art photographers has been included as an inspiration. A colleague and I compiled the list from the heart and based solely on our love and respect for the work of these artists. Their names are listed neither alphabetically nor chronologically but loosely and abstractly under broad categories to encompass their commonality. There are surely major omissions, for which we apologize, and others which you may think don't belong, but all have been exhibited, collected, or...

Portals

Many photographers found themselves stranded when the midsized agencies with which they'd had a productive and lucrative relationship disappeared chewed up and swallowed by the giants. Some photographers left the new entities into which their agency had been merged because they didn't agree with the pricing policies some photographers weren't prolific enough to suit the new agency so their contracts weren't renewed. The response to the dilemma created by these mergers was that enterprising...