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Save the Date: Photo Plus Expo!

Mark your calendars for October 29th - November 1st at the Javits Center in New York! The PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo is the largest photography and imaging show in North America, attended by over 22,000 professional photographers and enthusiasts. ASMP will be at Booth #873 and will sponsor 2 seminars. PLUS…Members can save $150 on a Full Conference Pass — see Exclusive to Members ‘Save on Photo Plus Expo’ below for details of this great deal! Learn more about Photo Plus at photoplusexpo.com.

Executive Director Update

The deadline is closed for applications for the ASMP Executive Director position. The Search Committee is now beginning the next phase of the process. According to Committee Chair Jenna Close, “We are pleased with the level of interest in the position and will now dedicate the next few months to narrowing down the applications and conducting interviews. We believe we are in a very good place with the search.”

Join ASMP for Exclusive Foto Care Gift Card and PhotoShelter Offer

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. Plus you’ll get ASMP’s Business Bible, Professional Business Practices in Photography and an exclusive offer for 2 months from PhotoShelter FREE! Enter promo code asmp1014 at asmp.org/special.

 

Although the battle between drone owners and the FAA continues in terms of laws and regulations, it appears that progress is being made. According to a Bloomberg report, the FAA is looking to expedite the handing out of permits for owners of “low-risk” drones. Commercial flights of UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) will be allowed by permitted parties “so long as the devices propose no security risk and are under 55 pounds in weight.” The FAA hopes to have this ruling officially take effect by November, and is also looking to allow the use of even smaller drones before then. Meanwhile, drones are being used by various industries including photography and film making. A recent article in the New York Times focused on drones used for wedding photography.

NOTE: See ASMP Educational Programs below for info on a FREE introductory online class on UAV photography by expert Parker Gyokeres. Don’t miss this opportunity!

After a lot of work by a lot of folks, Washington state tax issues have been clarified. Lana K. Rich, Esq. represented members and all photographers in the state on behalf of ASMP. She was integral in communicating concerns, issues and confusion with the tax matters and conveyed those to the Department of Revenue. The result is a much anticipated tax guide. Member Doreen Harper had this to say: “If you question renewing your ASMP membership or weren’t sure about joining, then give it more thought. Without the support of ASMP, Eugene Mopsik and Victor Perlman… Earl & I would be living in a van down by the river. Our membership was invaluable and we would have had a tough time without their advice and support locally and nationally.” She added, “A lot of folks rallied and supported us in our fight and as a result, we won. Thank you to everyone who sent me their rulings, traveled to Olympia, and offered advice and words of encouragement.”

Did you work as a freelance photographer for Newsweek back in the 1960s, ’70s or ’80s? One of our members who did has tried in vain to reclaim assignment negatives and color transparencies of his 80 images. Apparently, with multiple sales of the magazine, the files are in unsorted boxes in New Jersey. If you have images you would like back from Newsweek, contact us at newsweek@asmp.org and ASMP will try to troubleshoot the situation.

The Wall Street Journal reports that European Union antitrust regulators are preparing to step up their investigations into Google Inc. on several fronts, including revisiting a proposed settlement over its search-engine practices that has met with unprecedented opposition. Read the article here.

Many thanks to ASMP’s New York Chapter for contributing $3000 in proceeds from the Image 13 and Image 14 competitions to the ASMP Legal Action Fund. Treasurer Teresa Kruszewski notes “We are proud to contribute to the ongoing National efforts in keeping the rights of photographers a priority.”

 

Is UAV Photography Right for You?
September 15 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm eastern
This introductory class is free to all!

In this free introductory class to ASMP’s new UAV photography e-learning course, UAV builder, pilot and photographer, Parker Gyokeres, will lay out the capabilities and limitations of this exciting new technology and provide a brief overview of ethical and safety considerations. Special guest Mickey Osterreicher, general counsel for NPPA, will provide an important update on legal issues including the current status of FAA policies and practices related to UAV photography. Don’t miss this important online class - Register here. Plus… learn more about UAV photography in Reaching New Heights as a UAV Photographer, ASMP’s new 4 week online course, which will cover everything you need to know to purchase, configure, control and safely operate the right UAV device for your needs. Click here to find out more about this new e-learning course.

Save the Date:
September 17, 2014
1:00 - 2:00 pm eastern

ASMP launches the 2014/2015 Business as unUsual webinar series with Adobe Evangelist Julieanne Kost sharing her favorite Photoshop® and Lightroom® tips and tricks! Take your skills to the next level — don’t miss this exciting interactive online webinar. Register here!

ASMP Webinar MP4s

ASMP members are now be 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.

 

Volunteer Spotlight: Judy Davis and Anice Hoachlander
As Chairs of the ASMP Architecture Specialty Group, Judy and Anice led the ASMP effort at the AIA Chicago convention in late June. There was a full day of setup and half day of teardown for the ASMP Booth and Photography Exhibit “ASMP/Architecture Best of the Year.” According to Judy, “It was a whirlwind — up and running early every day, lots to coordinate and excited to talk to the potential 20,000 attendees about why it’s important to hire a professional architectural photographer and share our professional info about ASMP.” She added, “We can’t thank our ASMP volunteers enough! Without their help, this Booth and Exhibit would have been impossible to accomplish. Special thanks to David Seide, our lead Chicago collaborator, as well as to W. Tanner Young and Phil Weston.”

Michael Weschler has received a Communication Arts 2014 Photo Annual Award. To see Michael’s work, go here.

In Cheryl Machat Dorskind’s new eBook, Photographing Children Naturally, she shares her hands-on, inspirational, and personal approach to photographing children in a straightforward and enjoyable narrative. Learn more/purchase the book here.

Mark Maio’s Silo City Workshop at Buffalo’s Grain Elevators, Francis C. Ward Pumping Station will be held October 2nd - 5th. For more info on this unique workshop, click here.

Gerd Ludwig will hold a 4½ day documentary photography workshop, The Art of Storytelling, in Los Angeles from October 23rd to 27th. This workshop is for professionals and serious amateurs who want to take their photography to the next level. Learn more here.

 

Save on Photo Plus Expo

Register for Photo Plus Expo before October 28 to take advantage of their Advance Purchase pricing. You 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.

Get the Best Discount on Portfolio Reviews

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! The first 80 people who pre-register by September 1 will be eligible to have a free page devoted to their work in a Portfolio Review Sourcebook, which will be distributed to each of the reviewers. Learn more about the reviews at palmspringsphotofestival.com. ASMP members, click here to get your discount.

Save $15 on Video Editing Workshop

The Cutting Edge Post-Production Tour, with Saturday Night Live Film Unit Editor Adam Epstein, covers everything you need to know to edit a high-quality, ready-for-broadcast piece. With technique, theory and editorial insights into what makes a great story, this workshop will increase your speed and story-telling effectiveness. ASMP Members click here to save $15 on the registration package of your choice. Learn more at cuttingedge.mzed.com.

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.

 

The Family. Life. Project for Students and Educators

Sixty years after the The Family of Man made its stunning debut, ASMP members Mike Davis, who holds the Alexia Chair at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School, and Andrea Wise, a graduate student at Newhouse, are spearheading a global initiative to engage photography students in an examination of Family, which will culminate in a website, books, gallery exhibitions and more. Click here to learn how your school can participate.

Announcing International Juried Exhibition

Focus Iran: Contemporary Photography and Video is an opportunity to expose and feature mid-career and emerging artists from around the world whose works relate to themes surrounding Iranian culture and heritage. Artists 18 years of age and older are invited to apply between July 21 and September 21, 2014. Approximately 25 selected photographs and videos will be displayed in a group exhibition to take place at the Craft & Folk Art Museum in L.A. from January 25 to May 3, 2015. There is no entry fee to participate, and submissions are being accepted through the free online service CaFÉ at www.callforentry.org.

China Photographers Association Organizing Online Celebration

CPA’s Emergence and Discovery is an international online celebration of the 175th anniversary of photography, and you are invited to submit photos of daily life or words/articles regarding photography. Later this year, 5 chosen participants will be invited to China for a one-week photo trip when the 16th China International Photographic Art Exhibition & 1st China Photographic Festival is held in 2015. You may submit words or photos by e-mail to jiewa2008@126.com or upload your works here. There are no entry fees. For more information about the event, the timelines and the judging criteria, please go here.

London Creative Awards Deadline Coming Up

Two prize-winners will be chosen by the jury for The London International Creative Competition, and there is a £2,000 cash prize for the professional category and £1,000 for the student winner. 15 Finalists will receive the LICC trophy. The jury-selected Finalists and Shortlist will be published in the LICC Annual Awards Book, on the website and will be announced to the creative arts and media outlets worldwide. Find out more and enter by August 30th here.

 

FYI

Two New PhotoShelter Guides Available

PhotoShelter has released two new free guides: The Photographer’s Guide to Instagram and 10 Branding Secrets for Photographers.

 

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