Monday, January 4, 2010


I want to personally invite you to ASMP Pittsburgh Chapter is presentation of Susan Carr's What do I charge? a candid discussion on licensing and pricing your work. Take the mystery out of determining your fees and setting licensing terms. Get real world strategies for pricing in this tough business climate. Learn how to sell your prices with confidence.

This Practical Seminar Includes:

  • What you need to know about copyright.
  • A real world look at how to license photography.
  • Why are copyright, licensing and pricing connected?
  • Pricing models.
  • Learn the steps to determining what to charge.
  • Selling your price.
This is a program that grew out of the Strictly Business Series and has been updated to include recent market changes. This program is valuable to the emerging photographer as well as a great refresher for the established shooter.

Register here:
$25.00 ASMP Member$50.00 Non-member$40.00 Professional Association Members$0.00 Special price for students and faculty of Point Park University donating meeting space for this seminar*
$10.00 Student*

One of my strategic initiatives as ASMP president, is the emphasis on copyright registration, read it here. One important component to that is the hands on workshop Susan conducts the following morning after her programs. Register here:

If you have any questions regarding either of these programs please give me a call or send me an e-mail. It will be great to see you all next week.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

FREE Digital Seminar at Pittsburgh Filmmakers SOLD OUT

Basics of Adobe Photoshop Richard Kelly 6-8 p.m. October 15 2009

References for this seminar : Digital Shoebox blog Basic Digital blog

If you have never taken a class at Pittsburgh Filmmakers’ School of Film, Photography and Digital Media, or if Fall 2009 is your first term with us, you are invited to enroll in all or part of this free seminar that will introduce students to the potential of digital image capture, still image manipulation, editing and posting to the web. Each two-hour class will give students a broad overview of the subject, and students will go home with useful practical tips. There is no charge of any kind. Only new students, as defined above, may register. Enrollment is strictly limited, so please register only for the classes you plan to attend. These classes are available on a non-credit basis only.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

ASMP Position on Google Books Settlement

The Google Books Settlement between Google and the Authors Guild and The AAP seemed to be a solution for both parties, answering to some degree the video I posted earlier this week by Lawrence Lessig. Prof. Lessig wondered how a settlement might be reached when he produced that video three years ago. The problem with this settlement, is that it does not include all of the parties (photographers and illustrators) impacted by the Google Scanning and plan to post using the Google Books Search, based on their copyright status. ASMP has been investigating the settlement and offering our perspective to protect photographers interest. Read it here.

"Photographers File Objections To Proposed Google Settlement"

ASMP General Counsel Victor Perlman said, "The vast majority of photographers and graphic artists, whose works have been and continue to be digitized by Google without authorization, and who have been members of the plaintiffs' class since June 2006, would neither receive compensation for past infringement nor any benefit going forward." Perlman added, "The visual arts community has copyright interests at stake that are just as important as the copyright interests of authors and publishers that this Proposed Settlement is designed to protect."

"ASMP Position on the Google Books Settlement" - ASMP believes that the proposed settlement has far-reaching consequences for the work product and the livelihoods of its more than 6,000 member photographers, and that the settlement does not adequately protect their interests. Therefore, ASMP plans to submit its views to the Court on or before September 4, 2009, the new deadline for filing objections and other comments.

Friday, September 25, 2009

A Chinese Fire Drill Happy Hour invitation

Richard Kelly
Friday, October 9, 2009
5:30pm - 8:00pm
Richard Kelly's Studio
333 East Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA
Pittsburgh, PA
You are invited to come to Richard's studio for an evening of cocktails, food and photos from his recent trip to China.
Studio #437 in Bay 33 off Terminal Street and East Carson Street in the Southside.

Known historically as the Terminal Building-now know as Riverwalk Corporate Centre.

Richard just returned from a ten day journey to China as an invited guest of the China Photographers Association, to jury the 13th International Photography Exhibition. There were over 70,000 entries making it the second largest Photography contest globally. Richard also gave two presentations in Lishui China to university students and photography enthusiasts. He presented. "PITTSBURGH, an Urban Landscape" 8 images from this presentation were donated to the LISHUI PHOTOGRAPHY MUSEUM for their permanent collection. The second presentation was "Motivation for Shooting and the Value of the Photograph," Richard showcased his work from commercial projects to personal and very personal photographs, including images made using his iPhone Camera.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Back to Work and Google Books

Just returned from China, the new Semester has started at Pittsburgh Filmmakers and the ball is rolling on a number of client projects. The G-20 International Summit of World Leaders starts tomorrow in Pittsburgh. To say I am optimistic about the future would be an understatement. I am curious by nature and I try to learn as much as I can about a subject.

Especially one that may impact my business in some way. Google a wonderful and innovative company, I mean who can live with out their favorite search engine or gmail or this blog. Having said that their inovation sometimes has costs and challenges. They are always pushing the envelope and you have got to respect them for that, the question is do they respect me and my fellow writers and visual artists or are we just a source (free) for material to search?

Here is a 3 year old presentation by Lawrence Lessig worth watching especially the last few minutes. After you watch this stay tuned we will continue the conversation.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Concert Photography

It seems a lot of of my students want to shoot concerts. What's not to like music and photography. This week someone e-mailed a link to Todd Owyoung's blog I Shoot Shows, it has some great concert photos as well as practical advice on approaching a concert see the blog here.

Another concert photographer I like is David Bergman and his blog All Access here.

Here is a forum dedicated to Music Photographers here

Concert and Live events do have business issues you should be aware of. Here are some links to articles about contracts at concerts:

A Photo Editor here

PDN Pulse here

John Harrington has a concert photography primer on his site Photo Business Forum here

Good shooting