Posts Tagged 'NPPA'

What Are You Worth?

Photo by Amy Smith

If you’ve ever freelanced, you’ve certainly come up against the nebulous issue of what to charge. Granted, putting a price on your creative output is highly subjective and there’s no magic formula that will satisfy all. But you can use one of the many sites that will help you calculate your fee as a jumping off point.

•  The National Press Photographers Association has a good, basic resource that includes useful links and a “cost of doing business” calculator.

•  A Photo Editor does an occasional feature called “Real World Estimates” in categories like stock, ad campaigns, publicity. The writers, from photo agency Wonderful Machine, walk you through their shoots step by step, factoring in all the costs and fees.

•  Shakodo is a free online site where professionals and amateurs alike can virtually gather to discuss pricing and industry-related info. The site founders aimed to break down walls and make it all more democratic. In theory it’s a great idea, but it remains to be seen whether those afore-mentioned pros will really be giving up their hard-earned, and usually tightly held, knowledge.

•  Then there’s fotoQuote, which is not free — for $149.99 you’ll get a pricing guide on stock and assignment photography, and the most recent edition added video rates too. It is not cheap, but if you’re doing a fair bit of business (and even more than that, feel like you’re not getting paid adequately), it could be a good investment.

NPPA Protests JetBlue’s Treatment of Photographer

The National Press Photographers Association has come out in support of photographer Steven Sunshine, a New York Daily News contributing photographer, who was taking photos of blizzard-induced flight delays at JFK airport in December. JetBlue security personnel told Sunshine he should have requested clearance three days earlier, despite the fact that the Sunday storm’s severity was not known until the day before. Sunshine was escorted out of the terminal and, when he filed a complaint with the Port Authority Police, which oversees the airport, they threatened to pull his credentials.

“For you to have singled out Mr. Sunshine, who identified himself as a credentialed press photographer is an insult to our profession and members, who are also part of the flying public. While I appreciate your concerns for the safety of your patrons and employees I would hope that you can understand that photography/videography by itself is not a dangerous or pernicious activity.”

Source: NPPA Advocacy Committee

NPPA Comes Out Against Criminalizing Photographers

Yesterday, the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) issued a press release detailing their objection to the TSA’s poster depicting a photographer as a potential terrorist:

“Photography by itself is not a suspicious activity, and is protected by the First Amendment. Unfortunately the reliance by law enforcement officers to question, detain and interfere with lawful activities by photographers under the guise of preventing terrorist activities has become a daily occurrence. The abridgement of a constitutionally protected activity because of that erroneous belief is only reinforced by your generalized statements and the depiction of photography as some sinister act.”

Source: NPPA Protests TSA Poster Depicting “Suspicious” Photographer

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