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Friday Round-up 2-4-11: ASMP SB3, Squeeze 7, Mobile Video

I’m still on a high from ASMP’s Strictly Business conference two-weeks ago in Los Angeles. If you are a professional photographer, or want to be one, you owe it to yourself to attend SB3. You only have two more chances, Philadelphia Feb 25-27 and Chicago April 1-3. I hope to see you there! While we’re […]

A review of The Film Editing Room Handbook

As more photographers begin to shoot video, they often find it to be a wholly different animal.  They find themselves restructuring the way they approach a shoot and perform subsequent post-processing. While this is often seen as a technical challenge, it is really more of a conceptual challenge. With still photos, photographers have had several […]

Flash vs. HTML5: What do I need to know?

Right now, many photographers entering the world of digital video are finding it tricky to navigate the thick jungle of new file formats, technical jargon and workflow processes. Adding to the confusion is the latest “standards war” between Flash video and HTML5 that’s been raging since the announcement of the iPad. As a result, there’s […]

What’s a GPU and why should I care?

When most of us buy a computer, we carefully examine the computer’s CPU processing specifications, available RAM and hard drive storage capacity. What if there was a more important component we were overlooking? In most specifications, the Graphics Processing Unit, or GPU, is way down on the spec list and is rarely, if ever, considered […]

Online video will shape the future of the Web

The jaw-dropping quote of the day from the NY Times. “…video will account for 90 percent of all online traffic by 2013.” Granted, video files are significantly, even exponentially, larger than quick text-based HTML files, but still, that’s a lot of video. Are you and your company ready?

The Professional Photographer’s Starting Kit

In workshops and after speaking engagements, I’m often approached by amateur photographers looking for advice on making the transition to shooting professionally. My advice often focuses on honing one’s business skills to help cultivate a career in a difficult vocation. While honest, my advice is incomplete as it omits the nitty-gritty day-to-day details like marketing, […]

Tips for Integrating your DAM System with your Client Management System

Recently, I was asked by a photographer how best to integrate his client management system (CMS) with his digital asset management (DAM) system. Here are a few do’s and don’ts for keeping your jobs organized and associated with your CMS database.  Do’s • Store the files you deliver to clients in a separate “Delivery Folder.” […]

Finding solace in a surprising place

For the better part of a year, I’ve wanted to produce a multimedia story about my friend, Jim, whose hydroelectric plant has become a home away from home—a refuge, if you will, from day-to-day stresses. On a snowy afternoon, Jim was in his shop working and I shot this interview and short story. Video footage […]

Audio Matters: NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts

Over the past couple of years, NPR has developed a unique approach to covering music—a podcast channel for live concerts and, recently, a series of short video podcasts, the Tiny Desk Concerts. These intimate recordings feature live performances by popular artists recorded at the desk of Bob Boilen, host of NPR’s All Songs Considered. After […]

Could Google Gag the Stock Photography Business?

This week, conversations surround talk of Apple’s new tablet and how it may help save newspapers and magazines. While a disruptive new technology is an opportunity for those who take advantage of it, it can spell disaster for those who don’t. And so, I am thinking about Google, and how . . . are you […]