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NYC-Places To Get Headshots Done!

Shooting “Studio” Headshots in New York City is a Creative Challenge! Photographers generally need space to shoot in and space in Manhattan is at a ridiculous breaking point in terms of $$$$. Unless you are a very busy and or a somewhat well known photographer you may have a studio. But many times the reality is you have to work with a limited amount of space unless you are sharing a studio with 7 others in Manhattan and 5 others in Brooklyn. If its LinkedIn Head shots, Executive head shots, or even Lifestyle, shooting in Manhattan is a convenience for many as travel time outside the Burroughs can be time consuming. I have seen a wide range of offerings from other Photographers and everyone seems to be able to make it work! If you need headshots, feel free to reach out to me for free advice, it is totally free! As an added bonus I have a time lapse I am sharing to show how I shot an executive portrait photo. As a double bonus I am sharing Indiana Kwongs article Complete Guide to a Great Headshot” A great Headshot 101 Info Page. Enjoy.

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First impressions are the most lasting.


photographer liability insurance-Just in CASE!!

photographer liability insurance

Photographers who need to look into Liability Insurance should consider APA. You may not need it now or at a certain point in your career, but photographers like myself that live in York City, or major cities need this and use it regularly. If for example we are shooting a portrait of a business/finance person we need this insurance to get into the buildings as they all require a hefty premium in case something goes wrong. Of course light stands fall and in New York City corporate offices there are major pieces of artwork everywhere. Or just hurt someone in general. Not private property but physical property. You need insurance for that and for disability. I think it's roughly a $1000 a year and includes your photography equipment insurance as well. Contact Karen Stetz at APA Insurance Services and please tell her Donald Bowers sent you. She is excellent and she responds ASAP. There are some jobs I just would not be able to do if I didn't have this insurance. Another good practice is to join APA. There you will get discounts on insurance and also annual photo contests.

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Photographer model release form APP-My Life Just Got Easier!

Easy Release Model Release App Is For Sure One Or My Favorite Apps.

Shooting, paperwork, keywords and titles for Stock photography or sales of images in general is very very time consuming. The Easy Release Model Release app makes everything much easier on the paper, model and property release side. People can sign their name right on your phone (for model and property release) and a picture can be taken of them to highlight who it is. Then immediately a PDF and Jpeg e-mail is generated and the release to both you and the model can be achieved. I believe it was $5 on Google play worth every penny. Much more organized looking, professional and all of the major stock companies except this format. No more scanning of adding pictures re sizing etc.

Below is an example of The Easy Release Form. It is super organized and looks quite nice. Super Efficient and saves quite a bit of time on paper work.

A video showing the details of how The Easy Release App works so well for Working Commercial Photographers.

Do Photographers Complain Often? Or are they like any other Career Individual?

I stumbled upon another great article from Fstoppers. Entitled Eight Annoying Things Photographers Do That Harm the Industry. (By Paul Adshead)

His List, I broke down, is as follows:

1. By Being Creepy

2. Forgetting Manners

3. Name-Dropping Too Much

4. Not Giving Credit on Social Media

5. Breaking Promises

6. Obsessing Over Gear

7. Rejecting Any Kind of Criticism or Suggestions

and

8. Telling Lies

The read is interesting as there is a well written and detailed response under each segment. Worth checking out for certain. The one I responded to the most was #7 Rejecting Any Kind of Criticism or Suggestions. Now this goes both ways sharing AND receiving. If the ego is to controlled to accept criticism, this will not help. But at the same time I have received excellent criticism and also just down right insults disguised as criticism. You have to think both through. Giving criticisms takes some thought if your truly want it to help another. And the same goes coming back.

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What are The Most FAQ's Photographers often get?

I was talking to my photography friend Andrew Walker recently. I was asking him what people ask him about photography in general. You know the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions). He said he didn’t get many, as I realized he worked primarily with Clients and seldom with people who are hiring him directly. Of course my phone was listening to me and a wonderful amazing post flashed up on my screen from FStoppers about this very topic. People, it seems, are as interested in the fame of the photographer as well as the subject. Do you get FAQ’s? Even if you are not a photographer, What are they?

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