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ASMP Board Selects Next Executive Director
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The Board of Directors of ASMP has announced the selection of Thomas R. Kennedy as the Society’s Executive Director, effective January 1, 2015. Kennedy is an internationally known visual communicator with extensive experience in print and online journalism. According to ASMP National Board Chair Gail Mooney, “We are delighted to welcome Tom as the new Executive Director of ASMP and look forward to his vision and guidance.”

Kennedy said, “ASMP needs to help its members navigate through the turbulence induced by changes to the media landscape. That turbulence, which has affected how our ASMP members can make their living, requires building of community, wise positioning and agility in the face of the changes being unleashed. Notwithstanding these challenges, I see this as a tremendous time for professional photographers to be in the vanguard for visual storytelling.”

Kennedy has led teams of visual journalists, managed large departmental budgets and directed and edited journalism projects that have earned Pulitzer Prizes, Emmy Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, and multiple Edward R. Murrow Awards for web-based journalism. Kennedy has also taught for a number of academic programs as an adjunct professor and, most recently, he has been a multimedia consultant, advising individual photographers and organizations on the use of visual communication. Read more about Tom here.

ASMP at Photo Plus Expo
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It’s almost here — PhotoPlus Expo, the premier trade event for still and motion photographers. It’s the perfect place to catch up with old friends, talk with industry leaders and learn about the latest in photo technology and marketing. Don’t miss these great opportunities to connect with ASMP!

  • Annual Member Meeting + Test Drive: You are invited to ASMP’s Member Meeting on Wednesday, October 29 from 3:30 - 5 pm at the Jacob Javits Center, Room 1E13. You’ll hear updates from ASMP National Board Chair Gail Mooney and Executive Director Eugene Mopsik, meet incoming Executive Director Tom Kennedy, and hear a special presentation by Doug Menuez. After the meeting, courtesy of ASMP, enjoy the PhotoPlus Test Drive’s panel discussion from 5 - 6 pm and new product preview/networking event from 6 - 8 pm.

  • Free Booth Consultations: Once again this year, ASMP is offering members a free consultation or portfolio review with a leading business and creative consultant. Go here to get all the details. And a special thank you to Agency Access for providing the talent of Karen D’Silva, Jennifer Kilberg, Lynn Kyle, Andrea Mauro, Angee Murray and Jennifer Perlmutter.

  • ASMP, PLUS & U.S. Copyright Office Booths: ASMP staff and volunteers will be on hand at booth #873. The U.S. Copyright Office will be nearby at booth #974 and PLUS (the Picture Licensing Universal System) will be adjacent to that.

  • ASMP Sponsored Seminars: Friday, October 31 from 2 - 4, Growing Your Business when Everyone has a Camera with Judy Herrmann and Saturday, November 1 from 10:15 - 12:15, Road to Seeing: Nurturing Your Creative Sensibility with Dan Winters.

  • ASMP Members Save $150: on a Full Conference Pass (see more below under Exclusive to Members!).

Get all the details here!

Reluctant to toot your own horn? Let us do it for you!
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Do you have a project you are especially proud of? Work that is innovative, interesting, impactful? ASMP would like to showcase the work of members to our tens of thousands of Facebook friends and Twitter followers. To submit your work to be featured on ASMP social media, write to promotemywork@asmp.org and send us a link to the project you’d like to have displayed along with a sentence or two describing the project. We will try to post as many members’ projects as possible on an ongoing basis. This is an excellent opportunity to display your work to a large audience!

Join ASMP for Exclusive Foto Care Gift Card and PhotoShelter Offer
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Join ASMP as a Professional or Associate Member and get a $50 Foto Care gift card. New Student, Educator or Emerging Associates get a $25 card. All new members receive an exclusive offer for 2 months from PhotoShelter FREE! Enter promo code asmp1014 at asmp.org/special.

 

The U.S. Forest Service is working to finalize a new set of rules in November. As initially proposed, the rules appeared to require journalists to apply for a $1500 permit to photograph in wilderness area administered by the USFS. The proposal also specified fines up to $1000 per shot for failure to have a permit. ASMP joined NPPA and other organizations in a letter of protest to the US Forest Service. The Forest Service replied that the rules would apply only to commercial movie-makers who brought in sets, lights or actors, or otherwise caused an impact on the forest. Read our letter, and the Forest Service’s reply, here. For more information, go here.

 

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Vision + U = Success
Wednesday, November 12
1:00 - 2:00 pm eastern
Additional Q&A at Facebook.com/asmpnational until 2:30 eastern

Today’s market demands that photographers understand their visual voice and communicate it clearly. Respected Agency Access consultants, Jennifer Kilberg and Amanda Sosa Stone will show you what a vision based portfolio/online gallery looks like and how to develop your own cohesive body of work. Register today.

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ASMP Webinar MP4s

ASMP members are now able to watch and listen to recordings of ASMP’s popular Business as unUsual and evolution/revolution webinars whenever and wherever — with or without internet access. Simply download the new MP4 files at asmp.org/webinars.

 

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George Kamper has produced a new video, Beauty and the Reef, which is an underwater ballet. To see the video and read about it, go here.

Greg Vaughn’s guidebook, Photographing Washington, won Silver in the Travel category in the annual Benjamin Franklin Awards, which honor excellence in editorial content and design. Greg’s earlier book, Photographing Oregon, won Gold in 2010. Both books are part of a series of award-winning location guides for photographers published by PhotoTripUSA.

Scott David Gordon is part of a group portrait photography show, Face Value, at the Austin, Texas Davis Gallery through October 18. Learn more and listen to the radio interview here.

Al Satterwhite’s books are now available on iTunes: Carroll Shelby The Road to Victory; Hunter S. Thompson: The Cozumel Diary; and The Racers. For more info, go here.

Ed McDonald, a graduate of the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies at Daytona State College, was recently profiled in an Alumni Feature. Among his honors cited were his selection by the The Black Book AR100 for one of the top ten best photographed annual reports in the world. Read more.

Executive Director Eugene Mopsik represented photography creators at the Kernochan Center Annual Symposium titled Creation Is Not Its Own Reward: Making Copyright Work For Authors and Performers. Specific program info can be found here.

In Memoriam: Wyssphoto, Inc. founder Laura Wyss passed away from ovarian cancer after fighting it for the past few months. Her death is a tremendous blow to all who knew and loved her. She was a longtime friend of ASMPNY and a recent portfolio reviewer.

 

Save on Photo Plus Expo
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Register for Photo Plus Expo before October 28 to take advantage of their Advance Purchase pricing. ASMP members save an extra $150 on a Full Conference Pass, which gets you into over 80 conference seminars and keynote presentations and includes admission to Test Drive - an interactive event introducing new technologies — and a 3 day pass to the Expo floor. ASMP members click here for this special offer.

Blinkbid Offers Exclusive Deal

Blinkbid is the world’s best estimating, production, and invoicing software for photographers. Used by producers, photographers and agencies, the clear, readable bids are loved by art buyers and designers. ASMP members already enjoy a $50 discount off Blinkbid’s retail price. Now, Blinkbid’s adding another $20 to the discount — an exclusive for ASMP members through October 28th. For info, go here.

Get the Best Discount on Portfolio Reviews
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The Palm Springs Photo Festival’s Portfolio Review at Photo Plus (Oct 30 - Nov 1) is known as one of the premier in the industry and ASMP Members save 15% — the best discount available! Learn more about the reviews at palmspringsphotofestival.com. ASMP members, click here to get the discount.

Taylor & Taylor Adds New Insurance Option

Taylor & Taylor’s ASMP Prosurance is an insurance program designed specifically for professional photographers. They have recently added an additional option to increase the coverage for ASMP members for a small additional premium. Find out more here.

Discount on Illumination Experience Tour
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The Illumination Experience Tour delivers an intense educational experience about the fundamentals of cinematography. Taught by Shane Hurlbut, A.S.C. — Director of Photography for 18 Hollywood films — this full-day workshop will teach you powerful principles and techniques you can immediately use in your filmmaking projects. Tour ends November 17th! ASMP members get a $25 discount on all registration options. Find out more here.

Take advantage of all the great benefits offered exclusively to ASMP members! Go here to see all the ASMP Member Benefits that save you money, increase your knowledge and make running your business easier.

 

ASMP Chicago/Midwest to Hold Group Exhibit

ASMP/Chicago-Midwest will hold a group exhibit, “EXISTENCE,” from November 7 - 21st at the Martha Schneider Gallery in River North, Chicago - 230 W. Superior. The Think Tank Committee and its chair, Elie Berkman, asked “What does existence look like to you?” and encouraged members to search into philosophical interpretations while making new work based on EXISTENCE. This juried competition was judged by Martha Schneider, gallery owner; Dennis Manarchy, photographer; and Mrs. Yao Wang, president of the China Photographers Association in Beijing. An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, November 7, 2014 from 5-8 PM. The photographers will discuss their work at an Artists’ Talk on Saturday, November 8th from 10 AM - noon.

 

Take the 2014 InfoTrends Professional Survey!

InfoTrends, a leading market research and consultancy firm, is conducting a study with professional photographers to better understand their use of technology, future requirements, and new business services. The results will be used to determine the impact of digital photography on your business, and to identify opportunities and threats to help you navigate through this rapidly changing marketplace. The survey will take 15-30 minutes to complete. As thanks for your time and valuable insights, a $25 Amazon.com gift certificate will be sent to 100 randomly chosen respondents, and all respondents will be entered into a drawing for $500. Take the survey here

New PhotoShelter Guide Available
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PhotoShelter’s latest guide, How to Market Your Photography, is now available. To download, go here

YPA Lecture Series Presents Photo Editor Amy Wolff

As part of its ongoing photography lecture series, Young Photographers Alliance (YPA) is presenting Amy Wolff, Photo Editor of Photo District News (PDN) and Co-Founder of CoEdit Collection this month. Amy will discuss her career, her passion for photography, and what photo editors are looking for in a photographer’s portfolio.
When: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 from 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)
Where: Steve Giralt Photography Studio, 347 West 36th Street, New York, NY. For more information and to register for the lecture go here.

 

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