EP Feature Articles

An ongoing collection of articles by noted professional photographers and EP members.

Doug MenuezTHE FREELANCE DILEMMA
by Doug Menuez

ON CHAOS, FEAR, SURVIVAL & LUCK: LONGEVITY IS THE ANSWER

To survive the creative, economic and emotional chaos of a life in photography your career must be designed for longevity. To achieve longevity, you must reconcile the conflict between what you shoot for money and what you love to shoot. Ideally, you get paid to shoot exactly what you love to shoot, every day. Reaching this nirvana requires making tough choices, a careful business strategy and attention to basic business practices.
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BEST THINGS I'VE LEARNED IN BUSINESS

In the spirit of sharing that makes EP what it is, here are some pearls of wisdom from some current and former EP Board members. Read More »»

Rob Haggart and Martin SchoellerINTERVIEW WITH A PHOTO EDITOR

In the fall of 2007, the photo industry was captivated by a blog with the musings of an anonymous magazine photo editor within the New York photo industry. The blog aphotoeditor.com became a daily must-read for many in the industry and touched off rampant speculation as to APE's identity. Last December APE outed himself as Rob Haggart, the departing Director of Photography at Men's Journal who was headed off to Tucson, Arizona. Eager to know more, EP Board member Keith Green peppered Rob with questions.
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Brian Smith

Q&A WITH BRIAN SMITH, President of Editorial Photographers

Excerpted from "The Art and Commerce of Magazine Photography", Presented to ASMP Washington DC

Q: How important are relationships with editors?
I think it's less a case of being buddies with your editors and more important that you're someone they know they can count on to produce a great photo without fail, no matter what forces conspire against you.

Q: So, is it still possible to make a small fortune as a magazine photographer?
Absolutely. It's actually easy to do. Just start with a large fortune...
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ED GREENBERG'S TOP 10

Forget Letterman; new for 2007, here is attorney Ed Greenberg's Top 10 list of things experienced photographers insist upon doing (or not), despite logic, law, money, advice and screaming.
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THE VALUE OF PHOTOGRAPHY by Debra Weiss

[Superstar photographers] understand both the real and the perceived value of their work. They have figured out that the client can potentially generate millions of dollars from the use of their images. They recognize that it is not only the image, but the photographer himself that has value.
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Chip Simons

OUTCAST OF ORIGINALITY by Chip Simons

"I think that innocence; excitement, entertainment, wonder and just plain fun have taken over in my photography. I keep wondering if photography is a means to an end…and I will just quit some day (having gone so far off the deep end that nobody will hire me or buy my pictures)…or if these ideas will lead me to things I never imagined."
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David Strick photo

FILMOTOGRAPHY: SHOOTING ON SET by David Strick

The act of photographing involves shutting out the world while examining it through a camera, and it's very easy to forget that dozens of people are moving themselves and an array of large and even larger objects around a working set. Take the phrase "watch your back" very seriously!
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