Two Minutes With Todd

Two Minutes With Todd is my effort to very briefly break-down important issues that freelance photographers confront while running their business. It was born from many emails and requests I receive for information related to the business issues freelance photographers face regularly. From contracts to licensing, terms, fees, negotiating quotes, archive management, workflow, copyright, infringement and more, I will break down topics very briefly to give the viewer insight and direction. By no means are these videos meant as comprehensive analysis, but rather as important reminders, refreshers and fundamental insights that you can quickly reference. Check it out if you “got two minutes,” a phrase not adhered to literally, but figuratively (they are short videos, though, I promise!)

For more detailed information on these and other topics, please check out my upcoming Business of Photography Workshop dates where we delve deeply into these same concerns during two full days (15 hours) of instruction. In addition, my guidebook, The Freelance Photographer’s Guide To Success: Business Essentials, (Focal Press, May, 2021) offers much more extensive insight into running a freelance photo business and is available for pre-order. 

Thanks for checking them out. Please follow me at Business of Photography Workshop on Twitter for updates as well.  


 
For Aspiring Photographers: Which University Should You Pick? Now is when acceptance letters start to roll in & these 5 things can help you decide which program to pick and improve your chances of transitioning to a career.

 

Preparing Your Taxes: A key component to avoiding the payment of penalties and unnecessary taxes is organization. Keep these simple recommendations in mind.

Copyright And Controlling Your Work: Two examples from this week drive home why retaining copyright and controlling the photographs I produce is so important. One example resulted in a license and fee, one did not.

It’s The Little Things That Count: Staying in the freelance game for the long haul means paying attention to the often overlooked, small details that are key to creating a professional, efficient business.

Transitioning From College to Profession: Graduating from college into the profession is not easy, but diversifying will help you get started. You should also temper your expectations at the beginning and consider sources of income outside of photography as you grow your business

Documenting Historical Events: It demands that you keep some important factors in mind about how to handle, distribute and protect your photos.

Location, Location, Location: It’s one of the biggest decisions a freelancer will face: Where to base yourself. Here’s a few things to consider.

Short Term vs. Long Term: It’s easy to make decisions & only consider short term impact, such as you want to work so you take any freelance gig. But where does that leave you long term? Can you sustain a career? This week’s video looks at at 5 “Short term vs Long Term” decisions for freelancers.

Photo Insurance For Freelancers: Yes, it’s mundane and boring as hell to talk about insurance when you’re in a creative field, but freelance photographers are well advised to carry it and for reasons that go beyond protecting your gear.

Year In Review Photo Requests: As 2020 comes to an end, keep this in mind if or when your images are selected for a year in review curation.

Two Ways To Build A Photo Archive: A short look at two ways you can build a licensable photo archive and deduct your expenses incurred.

5 Key Aspects To Copyright Law: Briefly discussing five fundamental aspects photographers need to know about the US Copyright Law and protections afforded them. 

Exposure Compensation: Being offered exposure only as compensation is an all-too-common occurrence. I share how I’ve been been offered “exposure” as the only form of compensation for use of my photos and how I respond to counter those requests.

Model Releases: Not sure if a model release is required for someone to publish your photograph? This is what you need to consider.

Real Consequences:The choices we make as freelance photographers regarding image rights has real consequences when it comes to covering 5 basic expenses. 

“In Perpetuity”: There are many contractual terms and clauses to be mindful of and “in perpetuity” should definitely be near the top of that list. Looking at the ramifications of granting perpetual use of your work.

Pitching Your Projects: A short conversation on how to take your projects from idea to pitch and (hopefully) publication.

Valuing Your Images: The fight to control the value of your images is real and those requesting your work will often try to wrest control from you. 

Rights Managed License: How to manage use of your work via a Rights Managed License


The Archive: Let’s look at how an archive is set-up to serve your needs.


Work For Hire: A common contract issued to freelancers, so let’s see what it really means.


Work For Hire Part Two: Breaking down the real impact that signing these contracts has on freelancers.


Contracts/Successor Rights: A brief look at the importance of understanding how a contract clause allows for your image rights to be assigned and sold to others. Specifics related to the 2016 TIME Inc/Sports Illustrated contract which is now governed by new owners, Authentic Brands.