Negotiating Webinar September 19

Next Saturday, September 19, 10 AM – 11:30 AM
LACP – Los Angeles Center Of Photography

  • Telephone and email strategies
  • What to have prepared before you’re even contacted
  • What you need to produce a bid, how not to feel small, how to behave after the project is over.
  • Crucial importance of people skills
  • Paperwork, marketing materials, social media, and personal presentation matter.
  • How to research both the client and the project to prepare a better bid.

Participants who request them will receive a folder of sample contracts and other documents.

https://lacphoto.org/events/negotiating-with-barry-schwartz-webinar-sept-2020/

Two Publications

Two articles this month in very different publications.

First, The New York Times, in their Travel Through The Lens series that was started after the pandemic made traveling safely not so easy for writers, photographers, reporters, or anyone else. I submitted images I had taken three years ago as a self-assignment. I had two fantastic editors, Phaedra Brown for the photos, and Stephen Hiltner for the essay. What a pleasure to work with them both – they made me look good (which of course is the job) something I learned a long time ago and have been grateful for ever since, since it’s always the writer and photographer who gets the credit. They even came up with the title.

Quiet Reflections on the Enchanting Italian Village of Panicale

And then there is Preservation Magazine, produced by the National Trust For Historic Preservation, who I have worked for in the past. In this case, Meghan Drueding, the Managing Editor, contacted me and licensed images I had produced on my own for San Francisco Heritage, whose mission is to preserve the best parts of the physical – and, I would argue, emotional and spiritual – aspects of San Francisco. I spent three days photographing their headquarters, the Haas-Lilienthal House, after they raised over $4 million to bring the building back to life.

A San Francisco Victorian House Provides a Portal to the Past

When Work Begins Again

Boboli Gardens, Pitti Palace, Florence, Italy.
Photo By Barry Schwartz

The photography industry may start to open before too long.  While photographers’ skillset is unique, they will not be unusual in what they will be required to do after they go back to work. What is safe?  What is dangerous?  How does the Covid-19 shutdown affect pricing and scheduling?  When will things get back to normal?

That last one – about “normal” – is the easiest to answer: No one knows.  Maybe this year, but probably not.  Barring an usually rapid development of a vaccine, life may be better by the end of the year, but not normal.  Employee, business owner, politician, scientist, doctor will know after it’s over, not before.   In the meantime, there is plenty of good guidance from reliable sources on how to move forward as safely as possible to protect ourselves and those around us.

Anyway, it’s not for photographers to decide.  States and local municipalities make the rules, whether or not there is agreement with their civic neighbors, or what scientists or doctors advise.  So it is not the photographer’s problem.  They live where they live and work where they work.  Professionals have to abide by governmental directives.

There is plenty of knowledge already in place to help guide photographers in their professional lives. What we know is straightforward and easy to understand.  Don’t get too close to anyone but family or those you already live with; wear a mask in public to protect others in case you are asymptomatic; wash your hands all the time; don’t touch your face; sneeze or cough into a handkerchief or your elbow.  Everyone is stressed out; be extra nice, be extra considerate.  Tip restaurant workers extra well. How does this apply to working on set or on location?  How does it apply to photojournalists who (for the moment) usually work alone?  The behavior we have all been asked to adhere to is not new: it is standard protocol for all epidemics going back many hundreds of years.  It worked before there was the science to back it up, and it works even better now that the science has proven reliable.  Photographers have a bit of an advantage in that they will continue to adhere to common industry safety protocols.  Professional makeup and hair stylists, as a result of training and licensing, have known for years their tools need to be sanitized using autoclaves and barbicide solution – the same as in hospitals and medical offices – in order to not pass infections from one person to another – or to themselves.  They know to wash their hands a lot.  They know to keep cans of disinfectant spray handy.  They know it takes the time it takes, there are no shortcuts. 

Photographers who work in hospital operating rooms are familiar with the specific protocols that environment demands: wear masks, hazmat suits or operating gowns, protective glasses, don’t get too close, wash their hands, don’t work if they are sick.  Photographers who work on industrial sites know they also need to wear masks and protective glasses, but, unlike operating rooms, steel-toed boots.  Photographers who work with models know that, typically by law, they are not allowed to touch the talent. 

These are rules professionals are already guided by.  States and municipalities generate new directives until the pandemic has receded enough, way down the line, for the directives to be removed.  There are liability issues, too, as photographers who have contacted their insurance brokers have probably already discovered, which is that insurance companies are sometimes refusing to cover photographers without the backup of states and municipalities giving the go-ahead.

After they can work again, photographers will be responsible for having conversations with clients to work out safety issues and to encode them contractually.  Planning, of course, is a skill photographers are already familiar with.  They will be able to negotiate terms, but not safety.

Restaurants, grocery stores, mass transit have learned how to operate more safely than before the pandemic.  The science on how to keep ourselves safe, and those we love and work with safe, is public knowledge, and evolving. States and municipalities interpret that science as they see fit. As we hear often these days, we’re all in this together.  That’s not a metaphor.

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Following are resources addressing safety for large and small productions or even working alone.  All are subject to change, of course, like everything else.  Check back with them for updates.

The first few resources deal with current knowledge about the virus. Developing a handle on the biology is not difficult (a medical degree is not necessary), and makes it easier to implement safety protocols.


THE SCIENCE

The Risks – Know Them – Avoid Them.  By Dr. Erin Bromage
https://www.erinbromage.com/post/the-risks-know-them-avoid-them

Nieman Lab – COVID-Explained aims to translate hard science into clear answers to common questions.
www.niemanlab.org/2020/05/covid-explained-aims-to-translate-hard-science-into-clear-answers-to-common-questions/

COVID EXPLAINED
https://explaincovid.org

COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6

Covid-19 coverage in The Conversation
https://theconversation.com/us/covid-19

SIGMA XI COVID-19 PREPAREDNESS KIT
https://www.sigmaxi.org/programs/critical-issues-in-science/covid-19-preparedness-kit


GOVERNMENT

CDC guidance on Covid-19
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html

CDC  “Guidance for Implementing the Opening Up America Again Framework” – as of May 7 2020.
https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/6883734/CDC-Business-Plans.pdf

CDC – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – Cleaning And Disinfecting Your Home
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/disinfecting-your-home.html

Cal/OSHA Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workers from Coronavirus
https://www.labor.ca.gov/coronavirus2019/
https://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/coronavirus/Health-Care-General-Industry.html

OSHA – COVID-19
https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19
https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/controlprevention.html#interim

County of Los Angeles Dept. of Public Health: Reopening Protocol for Music, Television and Film Production (June 11, 2020 PDF
https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/6941686/HOO-Appendix-J-Reopening-Protocol-for-Music.pdf

Film LA COVID-19 RESOURCE CENTER
https://www.filmla.com/covid-19/

Washington State Guidance for Resuming Professional Photography
https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-issues-additional-guidance-construction-golf-and-photography-phase-2

Film Florida – Recommendations for Clean & Healthy Production Sets
https://filmflorida.org/news/film-florida-releases-recommendations-clean-healthy-production-sets/

European Film Commissions Network
RISK PROTECTION AGAINST CONTAGION OF SARS-COV-2 DURING FILMING Basic Safety Rules
http://bulgarianfilmguide.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/EU-FILM-GUIDELINES.pdf

Bulgarian Film Guide
BULGARIAN PRODUCTION GOALS IN THE COVID19 ENVIRONMENT
http://bulgarianfilmguide.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/COVID-19-Bulgaria-Production-Rules-and-Standards.pdf

[COVID – 19]  THE NEW RULEBOOK GUIDELINES FOR FILM PRODUCTION IN SWEDEN & DENMARK
http://nordicfilmguide.com


INDUSTRY

Tom Maddrey, ASMP General Counsel webinar: Safety While Shooting. Includes links to waiver, procedure, and policy templates.
https://www.asmp.org/covid-19/safety-while-shooting/

Alliance of Motion Picture and Television ProducersIndustry-Wide Labor- Management Safety Committee Task Force – PDF
https://www.sagaftra.org/files/sa_documents/IWLMSC%20Task%20Force%20White%20Paper%206-1-20.pdf

PERG Safe Return to Work Guidelines
Precautions for Preventing Transmission of COVID-19 for Camera and Lighting Rental Operations, Sound Stages, and Production Vehicles.
https://esta.org/PERG/Initiatives/return_to_work.html

Covid-19 News Organizations Safety Protocols (PDF)
https://c1a6a674-8e44-478c-a978-fcc60843c275.usrfiles.com/ugd/c1a6a6_4124138d62dc496baba9442eeeab4da2.pdf

ACOS Alliance Covid-19 Resources
https://www.acosalliance.org/covid-19

The Everyday Projects Covid-19 Guide for Visual Journalists
https://www.everydayprojects.org/covid19-guide-for-visual-journalists

SAG-AFTRA – The Safe Way Forward
https///www.sagaftra.org/files/sa_documents/ProductionSafetyGuidelines_June2020EditedP.pdf

Space for Arts – Safety Protocols for “Socially Distanced” Photo/Video Productions
https://news.spaceforarts.com/safety-protocols-on-socially-distanced-photo-video-productions/

Comprehensive guidelines and resources for photography production in Los Angeles/New York in the age of Covid 19
https://www.photoshootguidelines.com/guidelines

Insights and Advice from a COVID-19 Compliance Officer for Pre-production and Production
https://www.provideocoalition.com/insights-and-advice-from-a-covid-19-compliance-officer-for-pre-production-and-production/

Advertising Producers Association (British) 
Look for: APA Covid-19 Guidelines | Coronavirus updates

https://www.a-p-a.net

BECTU Health and safety during COVID-19 – (British union for crew)
https://bectu.org.uk/topic/health-and-safety-covid-19

Sports Video Group – a vast collection of articles and white papers, including Cleaning & Sanitizing, Crews & Freelancers, and much more.
https://www.sportsvideo.org/resources/covid-19-resources/

ProductionHubSafety Guidelines For Filming Interviews And Live Streams During The Covid-19 Crisis, by Jan Klier
https://www.productionhub.com/blog/post/safety-guidelines-for-filming-interviews-live-streams-during-the-covid-19-crisis

AICP – Association of Independent Commercial Producers
COVID-19 WORKPLACE GUIDELINES AND CONSIDERATIONS
https://www.aicp.com/business-resources/business-affairs-information/aicp-guidlines/covid-19-workplace-guidelines

Cinematographers Guild Local 600 – Covid-19 Member Resources and Updates
https://www.icg600.com/NewsFeed.aspx/NewsID/180

Graphic Artists Guild – Coronavirus Information & Resources
https://graphicartistsguild.org/coronovirus-resources/

DPA Microphones – Proper Microphone Hygiene
https://www.dpamicrophones.com/mic-university/proper-mic-hygiene


VIDEOS AND WEBINARS

ASMP – The American Society of Media Photographers – WEBINARS & RESOURCES. Most are in front of the paywall, available to the public.
https://www.asmp.org/asmp-covid-19-info-hub/

VII Interactive: In Conversation. “How can photographers cover the world’s deadly viruses?” with Nichole Sobecki.  Facebook Live
https://www.facebook.com/VIIPhoto/videos/283535375994949/

APA Biz Talk Episode 4 – What Work Looks Like Now & in the Future
https://youtu.be/-Cg-D0ZUYpI

APA Biz Talk Episode 5 – Liability & Safety On Set
https://youtu.be/GShtWczkFX

APA Biz Talk Episode 11 – Implementing Safety on Set
https://youtu.be/GxHqAeu1-MI

Intro Covid Safer Sets: Infection control Intro- Webinar April 30th 2020,  John Cordes and Samantha Isom
youtu.be/NdA3DAyvnhM