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ASMP Responds to the Copyright Office

We asked — and nearly 900 of our members answered! Thank you for responding to our online survey about the new fees recently proposed by the US Copyright Office. Judging by the overwhelming response, this is undoubtedly a red hot issue. Your concerns and thoughts have been incorporated in the comments ASMP and PPA (Professional Photographers of America) have sent to the Copyright Office. You can read the comments filed here.


ASMP Plays Key Role at CEPIC Congress

ASMP and the Coordination of European Picture Agencies Stock (CEPIC) will bring photographers and distributors from across the globe together at the CEPIC Congress 2012 in London. The Congress, which runs from May 16 - 18, has designated May 16th as "Photocentric Day," a day of inspiration and learning with the theme: Where Does the Content Provider Fit in the New Stock Photography Business Reality?  According to ASMP Executive Director Eugene Mopsik,  " ASMP has been honored to work with CEPIC on this unique event. We believe that "Photocentric Day" will  foster important dialogue and encourage future partnerships among participants."


New ASMP Book Coming Soon!

The ASMP Guide to New Markets in Photography, edited by Education Director Susan Carr, will be out in September and features the work of eight industry experts. The book will be available at ASMP's September 27th symposium "Sustainable Business Models: Issues and Trends Facing Visual Artists " at The TimesCenter in New York. The Guide examines the forces at play in our industry and shows how photographers can successfully exploit new trends to build successful businesses. It is co-published by the ASMP and Allworth Press, and you can pre-order on Amazon now.

  • ASMP, in conjunction with the Picture Archive Council of America (PACA), had a recent conversation with a representative of Pinterest regarding concerns over Pinterest Terms of Service and other intellectual property issues. Pinterest has updated their Terms of Service based on the overwhelming feedback they have received. Though they indicated that they will work to solve the complicated attribution/source issues which were discussed, to date there has been no resolution. ASMP Executive Director Eugene Mopsik, who was interviewed in a recent Photo District News article on the subject, explains the predicament of photographers: “Pinterest is like all other social media sharing sites in that it represents a double-edged sword for creators. The potential exists for it to be a very successful promotional tool and at the same time has the potential for extraordinary abuse,” he said. “They need a resolution to this issue and rights holders need to be fairly compensated for their works which comprise the backbone of this social media outlet.”
  • Oral argument was recently held in the class action lawsuits by creators of visual materials and text authors against Google. Google's motions to dismiss the association plaintiffs was considered in ASMP's suit as well as the authors', along with a motion to certify the lawsuit as a class action. The matter is currently in the hands of the Judge Chin, and ASMP awaits his decision.
  • The Senate Commerce Committee recently held a hearing on The Future of Online Video . In addition to the Senate Committee Members, the following individuals spoke on the topic: Barry Diller, Chairman and Senior Executive, IAC; Paul Misener, Vice President for Global Public Policy,; Susan Whiting, Vice Chairman, The Nielsen Company; and Blair Westlake, Corporate Vice President, Media & Entertainment Group, Microsoft Corporation. The hearing was primarily informational with no specific legislation on the table. However, arising from this discussion were a number of topics including protection for content providers, broadband policy, and rural access. There were several mentions of copyright and content protection. The witnesses seemed to believe that while current protections were strong, they needed to be enhanced.

You can read the highlights of the most recent ASMP Board of Directors Meeting  here.


The dpBestflow® team has been busy adding new material and reworking existing pages for clarity. Perhaps the biggest change is the addition of a significant amount of content that outlines Best Practices and Workflow for video. There's a lot of new material on motion imaging, and it's generally geared to the still photographer adding these capabilities. We think this will also be helpful for DSLR filmmakers in general. Go here to dig in.

In addition, ASMP has put a number of its video resources all in one place. With so many members adding motion to their product offerings, the new site has expanded information about this medium. To see the ASMP Motion site,  click here!


Sean Kernan's work was the subject of a recent New York Times blog entitled Breaking Into Prison. See the blog here.


Jim Krantz photographed the US Army's "Quiet Professionals" for GQ Style. The Green Beret Special Forces were geared up in Armani, Hermes, Dior, Adam Kimmel, Givenchy and Lanvin, accentuating the strength and style these men embody.


Brian Smith's second book, Secrets of Great Portrait Photography blends lavish celebrity portraits of a coffee table book with the technical how-to insights with a side dish of behind-the-scenes celebrity stories. Read more or pre-order here .

  Lynn Goldsmith's Double-Take: Portraits of Canadian Newsmakers debuted in the Portrait Gallery of the Library and Archives Canada. In addition, Rangefinder magazine did a story about Lynn's Looking Glass series which you can click here to read.

Margaret McCarthy has introduced A Vision and A Verse, a new e-Broadside. Four to six times a year, she will showcase one of her images along with a featured poem of hers matching them on a seasonal or timely theme. For a free subscription (4 to 6 times a year) click here.


Stephen Mallon's 3rd solo exhibition at The Front Room Gallery in Williamsburg, NY will be held May 18th - June 17th. The opening reception is May 18th from 7 - 9 pm. This body of work is a continuation of his ongoing series "American Reclamation," which chronicles and examines the recycling process in the U.S. 


Doug Plummer's daily photo blog, "Today I Saw," marked its 7th anniversary on May 11th. Doug has posted a photograph each day for 7 years without missing a day. To view, visit here.


Art Brewer's work in documenting and shaping surf culture around the globe will be presented by the School of Visual Arts (SVA). 'Art Brewer: Surf Evolution' is presented by the Arts Abroad Program at SVA, where Art Brewer teaches a course in Action Surf Photography. The exhibition will be on view at the SVA Gallery, 209 East 23 Street, New York City, from June 8 - 30, 2012 with a reception June 14th 6-8 pm.



ASMP Executive Director Eugene Mopsik traveled to New York to attend the Infinity Awards produced by the International Center for Photography. Mopsik and General Counsel Victor Perlman were among the experts who participated in a roundtable meeting on Intellectual Property small claims procedures held at the George Washington Law School in DC.     



Adobe Bootcamp Discount

Adobe Bootcamp is an all-inclusive event designed to provide the most cutting edge certified training courses, as well as certification exams - all in one location at one time. Get trained at all levels of Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, InDesign, Flash, Premiere Pro, and After Effects. The Bootcamp runs July 9-20 in Washington DC. and ASMP members get a 10% discount. To learn more and get the discount, go here.


New TCP & Co. Insurance Program

TCP & Co. is pleased to announce a new Photography, Video & Still Production Insurance Program. Having recognized the changing technologies within the photography industry several years ago, TCP created a program that is more relevant and reflective of the industry's transitions and convergences. Go here.


Get Free Pack  Until May 25th 

This exclusive promotion is for a free 4x6” Portfolio Pack of 80 postcards from This short run pack allows you to print 4 uniquely designed cards, 20 cards per design. Choose from a selection of premium papers and leave the back of your cards blank, print in one or two colors, or go full color. This offer expires on May 25. Go here for more info.



 Santa Fe Photo Workshops - Summer Special! 

Summer is always a great time to apply new energy to your photography, or add new skills to your tool kit. To take the sting out of the cost, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops is offering ASMP members a $100 discount off tuition for a number of summer workshops, many of which are taught by ASMP members. To find out more and get the discount, go here.


PhotoShelter News

PhotoShelter has announced Luminance 2012, a conference that will bring leading voices from across industries to explore the intersection of business, technology, culture, and photographyLuminance is a 2-day conference to be held September 12-13, 2012 in New York City featuring two dozen top speakers from a variety of organizations that help to create, consume and define photography in a myriad of ways.  Learn more here.

In other PhotoShelter news, Allen Murabayashi has moved to the Chairman of the Board role and Andrew Fingerman has become CEO. Read Allen's blog here.


Call for Entries

The Art of Photography Show 2012 is accepting entries until June 30 for their international exhibition of photographic art which will be exhibited September 29 - November 11, 2012 at the San Diego Art Institute. The judge for this year's exhibit is Julian Cox, the Founding Curator of Photography and Chief Curator at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. Click here to find out more.


Help Kids with Cancer

Many of you have already experienced the joy of giving back by volunteering with Flashes of Hope.  And, now you can bring hope to these courageous children by participating in a campaign to collect one million photo messages about childhood cancer.  Featuring your work in the “I’m Kicking It” campaign will make a difference and help kick cancer out of every childhood. Learn how you can kick it here.


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ASMP's resource sharing site is the place to find resources submitted, approved and reviewed by your peers. Want some strategic pricing pointers?   Check out CameraCake's most recently posted resource: Pricing Strategies for Creatives  submitted by Steve Dreiseszun.  Though targeted to designers, these strategies apply just as well to photographers.  Visit daily to find, like and submit your favorite resources. is photographers helping photographers.

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