Protecting Photography as Free Speech
Jan20

Protecting Photography as Free Speech

Along with many other, including my friend Jack Neubart, I’ve written about encounters with law enforcement over making photographs in public places. It seemed like photography was being treated as a crime and photographers as terrorists and it also seemed that wee didn’t have any friends that could help until now. On January 2, 2015 Steve Stockman (R  Texas) introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives includes...

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Improve Your Photography Business in 2015
Jan02

Improve Your Photography Business in 2015

Business Fridays are back for 2015… I haven’t written any business oriented posts in some time but I know that many readers of this blog and my articles and columns in Shutterbug magazine are aspiring professionals. In the holiday spirit, I’d like to present a few business-related relations that you might try keeping next year.  1. Send regular marketing mailings to existing and potential clients. Don’t have a list? Make...

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Expect More Changes in 2015
Dec29

Expect More Changes in 2015

“More, better, faster, cheaper.“ Choose any two.” back in the film days, this was an 0ld photo lab expression that I had adopted for our studio. Before digital imaging came along, the introduction of new photographic technologies had been gradual, with each new product building on and backwardly compatible with what has gone before. Computer companies, on the other hand, are driven by  competition and the realities of Moore’s Law,...

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Outdoor Portraiture & The Law
Sep05

Outdoor Portraiture & The Law

Shooting portraits outdoors mean you’re going to have to be creative about where and when you shoot and look for places that will accommodate to your photographic needs. That doesn’t mean you won’t encounter problems. Shooting anything in post-911 America has made many people, especially those wearing badges, sensitive about photography and sometimes they can overreact. I was shooting a portrait of a fully clothed model outside a...

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What’s On Your Bucket List?
Jul18

What’s On Your Bucket List?

It’s Business Friday and I’m going to stray a bit from the normal business topics that I write about on Friday to talk about your—mine and your—future. You may know that I love cars. I love driving them, reading about them, photographing them, the whole megillah. I am car crazy. If you like cars, please visit my website JoeFaraceShootsCars. When I lived in Baltimore I had a friend named John who was a Volkswagen enthusiast...

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Dealing with the Client Pyramid
Jul10

Dealing with the Client Pyramid

The following excerpt from my forthcoming book, “A Life in Photography” is aimed mostly at portrait photographers I think there’s a word of wisdom or two that photographers of all types might find interesting…or not. One reason there’s a McDonald’s on every street corner in America and not a Ruth’s Chris Steak House is that Ray Kroc wanted to sell lots of products to lots of buyers. The average diner isn’t going to eat filet mignon...

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It’s Important To Become A Brand
May30

It’s Important To Become A Brand

Special Guest Post from Rohn Engh If you’re interested in making money from stock photography, you will want to follow a basic business concept: positioning. If your collection of photos is strong in education, position yourself so you become a valuable resource to editors who are in continual need of education photos. I know photographers who have positioned themselves so well in their specialty area that they get put on...

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