Rumor has it that there is one man holding a Master’s degree in Photography way out in Fargo, North Dakota, and that man is Dan Francis. Dan was a photography instructor for 8 years, and works as an architectural and fine art photographer these days.
If you’ve been in this photography game for any amount of time, you most likely have some clients that you love, and perhaps a few who you’d be happy to never meet again. Having high-quality clients is the bedrock of a fruitful career. Without clients, photography is just your hobby.
You know we love talking about image licensing around here! Even more so, we love great licensing assets and educational resources. We were recently put on to two powerful educational resources by amazing architectural photographer Melissa Kelsey and are grateful to her for sharing them with the community.
From April 13th – 16th 2024, myself, Amanda Large, and Younes Bounhar of doublespace photography will host an exclusive workshop for eight students at Podere Rombolino in southern Tuscany’s Val d’Orcia region. Join us as we practice architectural photography, enjoy discussions on theory, business, and craft, and of course culinary delights such as wine, cheese, and amazing views of the Italian countryside.
We’re coming in hot with a quick PSA today about an Instagram account that you should be following as a professional photographer. Chock full of information, stats, and intel about the industry, Rob Haggart’s @aphotoeditor account is a fascinating litmus test regarding pricing, business trends, and best practices across various fields of photography — architecture and interiors included.
Psychologically, when we receive a document that’s flattened or includes only certain spaces to add information, we are conditioned to accept it as-is (well, most of us). However, until you sign it, nothing is set in stone.
Architectural photographer and helpful tip sharer Dennis Radermacher used to be an IT systems engineer before he jumped ship to photography. He knows that as artists, we don’t necessarily love thinking or talking about mundane office tasks like backups and data management.
Editors note: This is where we have to jump in and remind you that APALMANAC is proud to be partnered with California-based intellectual property attorney Leslie Burns. Please remember that the answers here are not legal advice, but rather for educational purposes.
On May 18th, 2023, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down its decision in the case of Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. v. Goldsmith. In a 7-2 vote, the Court ruled in favor of photographer Lynn Goldsmith, finding that pop artist Andy Warhol had infringed Goldsmith’s copyright in a photo she took of the music artist Prince in 1981. The outcome of the case hinged largely on the Andy Warhol Foundation’s assertion that Warhol’s use of the photo constituted “fair use.”
Regarding invoicing systems for photographers, it has always seemed like there are two options – billing software designed for wedding and real estate photographers, or on the flip side, general business invoicing systems that have nothing to do with photography. Finally, there is a new invoicing and billing system created specifically with architectural photographers in mind. The best part? The system revolves around licensing and cost sharing!
Seems like virtually everyone talks about how there is an abundance of content creators today, how there is more creative work than ever, and how everyone is a photographer, a writer, a curator (don’t get me started on how that word is misused), a musician, whatever.
It’s very difficult to start telling a story when you don’t really know where to start. Maybe it was in 2015 or 2016 when I first came across the visual designs, which immediately piqued my interest. An incomparable building was visible on them, one that I had never seen anywhere before, let alone in Hungary — it was a rendering of the future Hungarian House of Music.
After 10+ years of working in the industry, I have tried a lot of different processes for winning jobs. There is always a lot to learn from the sales process and while I have not figured everything out, I wanted to share some things that have helped me get to where I am today.
Let’s face it when photographing in the world of Architecture & Design photography, there are often other components that we are requested to capture by the client. A staged portrait of the client, lifestyle images, or food and drink photography for the hotel or restaurant.
As photographers, we spend a great deal of time thinking about how we can make money. In her latest journal article, photographer Marnie Hawson challenges us to think about how we can use our money. Marnie Hawson is an environmental scientist turned architectural and interiors photographer.
When it comes to search engine optimization, the internet can feel a little like the wild west. There are endless spam emails promising fast SEO results, expensive software, dense jargon... We've put together this article to share what we know about using your architectural photography website as a marketing tool and setting it up to do the heavy lifting for you without wasting time or money.
Back in 2012-13, photographers got a bit of a scare with the Riensdorf v Sketchers case. In that case, the photographer brought an infringement claim against his client for exceeding the usage granted in his license. The client-defendant tried a very interesting and, for photographers, dangerous defense: it claimed that they created the ad using the image with the photographer, making the ad a work of joint authorship
I think I’ve cracked the code! If you’ve ever submitted a copyright infringement / take-down form on Instagram, you know that it can lead to a bit of back and forth between you and Instagram requesting more and more information stating your case as to why a certain photo (or photos) should be taken down.
I wouldn’t necessarily call it a trend, but something that I’ve noticed recently is (some) professional photographers advocating for NOT using contracts. I don’t think there are a ton of photographers doing this, but I’ve seen random comments in Facebook groups and YouTube videos suggesting that you as a professional photographer should NOT be using contracts.I’m
Even within the category of A&D photography, shooting interior design can be its own “beast”. Not only are there nuances to shooting techniques, but (some) interior design clients can be a different breed altogether…and that’s not a bad thing.