Guide: Find Agents

Guide: Find Agents

Bill Cramer 28 February 2021
At a certain point a photographer may need the support only a rep can provide. Our Find Agents page is a great place to start that search—by location, specialty, and name.
Guide: Unpublished

Guide: Unpublished

Bill Cramer 28 February 2021
Unpublished is a page on our website where clients can quickly browse through hundreds of photographic projects that have not previously been published and are available for licensing. With a login, photographers can find the Unpublished tab in the Account menu. There, you can upload 5-10 images and add a brief description of your project.
Guide: Find Resources

Guide: Find Resources

Bill Cramer 28 February 2021
At Wonderful Machine, we divide all the people and companies in our industry into 5 categories: Clients, Photographers, Crew, Agents, and Resources. In our massive effort to reimagine, redesign, and rebuild our website, our Find Resources page is the last step in our data migration process. While the other 4 categories are pretty specific, Resources is intentionally vague…
Guide: Travel Plans

Guide: Travel Plans

Bill Cramer 28 February 2021
With most photographer directories, your location is static. There is at least one directory that I know of that allows you to update your current location in real time, which is nice. But we have taken that idea one step further by allowing our photographers to update their Travel Plans to show any number of locations into the future.
Guide: Find Clients

Guide: Find Clients

Bill Cramer 28 February 2021
Besides actually making decent pictures, finding good clients is the single biggest challenge for any commercial photographer. At Wonderful Machine, we’ve been cultivating an internal database of companies that hire photographers for nearly 15 years. And with the launch of our new website, we’re making that information available to our photographers for the first time.
Expert Advice: Finding a Rep

Expert Advice: Finding a Rep

Bill Cramer 14 July 2020
One of the most common conversations we have with photographers is about finding and working with reps. Take a look at what we have to say regarding finding a rep, negotiating commission, and other important aspects of this business relationship.
Member Open House: Racial Injustice in America

Member Open House: Racial Injustice in America

Bill Cramer 10 June 2020
Spurred by the protests over the killing of George Floyd by police, we decided to focus this week’s open house on racial injustice in America and what it means for creatives.
Member Open House: Self-Assigned Projects with Mary Beth Koeth

Member Open House: Self-Assigned Projects with Mary Beth Koeth

Bill Cramer 29 April 2020
Photographer Mary Beth Koeth is featured this week in a discussion about self-assigned projects, covering both her projects “Off-Season Santas” and “Porn Moms.”
Member Open House: Stock Requests

Member Open House: Stock Requests

Bill Cramer 22 April 2020
Last Friday the Wonderful Machine stock photo staff sat down with member photographers to discuss stock photography and some interesting proposals for the future.
Expert Advice: Photographer Scams

Expert Advice: Photographer Scams

Bill Cramer 15 August 2019
In recent weeks, several Wonderful Machine members received emails with fake assignment offers. Bill Cramer offers advice on how to recognize scams and how to protect yourself against them.
Expert Advice: Wealth Management for Photographers

Expert Advice: Wealth Management for Photographers

Bill Cramer 20 February 2017
Photographers think a lot about how to make money, but saving it is a different matter altogether. It’s something that presents a unique challenge for many photographers who don’t collect a regular paycheck or have employer-sponsored retirement plans. But it is essential for anyone interested in owning a home, sending their kids to college or retiring someday to make savings plans.
Pricing & Negotiating: Regional Fashion Magazine

Pricing & Negotiating: Regional Fashion Magazine

Bill Cramer 26 April 2013
A regional fashion magazine needed advice on photographer and photo director contracts, and how to make the agreements more agreeable.
Pricing & Negotiating: DITLO Contract

Pricing & Negotiating: DITLO Contract

Bill Cramer 21 March 2013
Ditlo is a stock photography company that works with photographers and celebrities to license content to clients. Here’s a sample contract.
Pricing & Negotiating: Low-Budget Annual Report Shoot

Pricing & Negotiating: Low-Budget Annual Report Shoot

Bill Cramer 4 February 2013
Email correspondence between a graphic designer and an experienced photographer, concerning an annual report shoot for a medium corporation.
Pricing & Negotiating: Day Rate vs. Space

Pricing & Negotiating: Day Rate vs. Space

Bill Cramer 10 May 2010
Some magazines have their own rates and terms, others don’t. Either way, it’s good for photographers to have a contract template on hand.
Pricing & Negotiating: Here Media Contract

Pricing & Negotiating: Here Media Contract

Bill Cramer 5 February 2010
I recently had an interesting experience negotiating the terms of a contract with a new magazine client for a cover shoot. Here’s the process.