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Guide: Premium Data for Photographers

Guide: Premium Data for Photographers

Bill Cramer 17 July 2021
They say, “it’s not what you know, but who you know.” While that’s not entirely true – knowledge is power – and in order to be successful, photographers need to have ready access to all sorts of information.
Guide: Find Photographers

Guide: Find Photographers

Bill Cramer 2 June 2021
Welcome to our new Find Photographers search page! After getting used to it, we think you’ll love the new features and functionality.
Guide: Find Crew

Guide: Find Crew

Bill Cramer 23 May 2021
At Wonderful Machine, we’ve been producing photo shoots for a long time. Over the years, we’ve had the chance to work with excellent crew from all over the world.
Guide: Find Agents

Guide: Find Agents

Bill Cramer 28 February 2021
Sometimes photographers reach a certain level of success and they feel the need to have that extra level of support that only a photographer’s agent can provide. When that time comes, our Find Agents page is a great place to start that search.
Guide: Unpublished

Guide: Unpublished

Bill Cramer 28 February 2021
Our Unpublished Page is where clients can quickly browse through hundreds of photographic projects that have not previously been published and are available for licensing.
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.
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 making great pictures, finding clients is probably the single biggest challenge for any commercial photographer. At Wonderful Machine, we’ve been collecting information on publications, agencies, and brands for nearly 15 years.
Expert Advice: Photographer Scams

Expert Advice: Photographer Scams

Bill Cramer 1 October 2020
Wonderful Machine members often receive emails with fake commissions. CEO Bill Cramer details how to recognize and protect yourself against them.
Expert Advice: The Photographer/Agent Relationship

Expert Advice: The Photographer/Agent Relationship

Bill Cramer 14 July 2020
What does a photographer rep do? How do you find a rep? How should you contact a rep? We explain everything about finding a rep.
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.
COVID-19: Guide to SBA Loans

COVID-19: Guide to SBA Loans

Bill Cramer 7 April 2020
It seems like everybody in the world is talking about SBA loans, but nobody knows where to go to get them. Bill Cramer shares what he’s found during his research on the matter.
Portfolio Events: February 6, 2019

Portfolio Events: February 6, 2019

Bill Cramer 13 February 2019
In early February, we went up to New York to meet with creative director Socrates Gomez and publication/production agency Roads & Kingdoms.
Wonderful Machine Celebrates a Milestone: 10 Years Young

Wonderful Machine Celebrates a Milestone: 10 Years Young

Bill Cramer 4 July 2018
Wonderful Machine celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2018 and celebrates with a thank you to all the photographers that have worked with us along the way.
Pricing & Negotiating: Forbes Magazine Contract

Pricing & Negotiating: Forbes Magazine Contract

Bill Cramer 28 August 2014
Over the years, I’ve shot for lots of business magazines, but my favorite was always Forbes. The photo editors were experienced, smart, and nice. They appreciated good photography and they used it well.
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: AARP.org Contract

Pricing & Negotiating: AARP.org Contract

Bill Cramer 9 December 2011
For about six years now, I’ve been shooting for AARP. I’ve mostly worked for their member newsletter, but also the AARP Bulletin and website.
Pricing & Negotiating: Incentives, Bribes and Kickbacks

Pricing & Negotiating: Incentives, Bribes and Kickbacks

Bill Cramer 19 July 2011
Everywhere I turn lately I see people giving “incentives” for others to do business with them; even one photographer offering an iPad.
Pricing & Negotiating: Fast Company Contract

Pricing & Negotiating: Fast Company Contract

Bill Cramer 29 April 2011
Fast Company Assistant Photo Editor Lisa Parisi asked me to photograph a computer scientist at Carnegie Mellon for a story on robots.
Pricing & Negotiating: Nature Preserve Guidebook

Pricing & Negotiating: Nature Preserve Guidebook

Bill Cramer 8 February 2011
Here’s a project that spanned seven years and just finished. I got a call from a landscape architecture firm for a nature preserve guidebook.
Pricing & Negotiating: Exclusive Contract with University

Pricing & Negotiating: Exclusive Contract with University

Bill Cramer 3 August 2010
Wonderful Machine began as a small cooperative, which was great for developing client relationships that we couldn’t tackle on our own.