ASMP

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I'm a proud member of the American Society of Media Photographers since 1989.  Hands down it's the best trade association for photographers.  With nearly 7,000 members, ASMP provides education in better business practices, produces business publications for photographers, and helps connect clients with professional photographers.

If you're not familiar with ASMP, either as a photographer or a buyer of photography, please do check them out at asmp.org.  ASMP is currently gathering images from member for a yearly Faces Photography Contest.  The photo graphic for the contest features one of my portraits of a woman soldier.

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Hands-on learning

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Colleges and universities are increasingly instituting 'hands-on' work experience into the curricula.  This comes in the form of summer internships, work-study programs, and course work that incorporates time working with local companies.  This trend is perhaps greatest in business schools like the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. One allied program called the Tauber Institute is an interdisciplinary operations program between the business and engineering schools at the university.  Classes in the business school often pair teams of five students with a local startup or established business to work on marketing, finance and business issues.

It's definitely a win-win:  students work on real-world problems to hone their skills and perhaps get a leg up when they've graduated and are looking for a full-time position.  And businesses get the benefit of really sharp young students with insight into what young people are looking for in the modern marketplace. 

I photographed several of these collaborations for the business school in recent months, including at the Whirlpool Corporation in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Listening to members of the Whirlpool marketing team question the students about their take on current advertising programs, it was evident this mutli-national company was eager to pick the brains of these smart millennials. One startup company teamed with students was Nakee, maker of a new chocolate/peanut butter spread.  The gregarious, bearded owner invited the U of M team to visit his booth at Detroit's Eastern Market, and then his modest packing operation in the kitchen of a nearby restaurant.

Students end the semester's project with a presentation to the company's executives.

Other colleges within universities like U of M have their own programs, including Art & Design and Public Health.  Summer internship opportunities are a real draw for high school seniors deciding on a college to attend.

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This is a video piece I videotaped and edited for automotive supplier Schaeffler during media days at the Detroit Auto Show. It's for inclusion on the German company's website.

The auto show is open to the public through Sunday, January 28.


Along with photography one of the great passions of my life has been music.  And I've been blessed to be able to play with great friends and musicians over the years.  All through the 90s I played piano and accordion and sang with a group called One by One.  We focused on music of social justice, from a bluesy lament on sinking into debt, to calls for solidarity, to a lighthearted anthem to bananas.

In October of 2017 we regrouped to play a benefit concert, and had so much fun we did it again two months later.  But barely a week after that second concert the member of the group who was instrumental in getting us together again, Charley Gehringer, died from heart failure tied to his Type 1 diabetes.  He was 65.  He was one of the finest, most kind-hearted men I've every known.  A superlative pianist, he also played guitar.  He recorded a number of albums of original piano pieces, taught piano, and played thoughout the area for many years. 

In a world of bombast and inanity, I think the world should note that fine people like Charley are out there making the world a better place every day.  Goodbye my friend.

Creative Finder

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To view a quick overview of my 39 year business and sample images, take a look at The Creative Finder site: 

https://thecreativefinder.com/cendrowski

Nikon found 32 photographers from Africa, Asia and the Middle East to work on assignments in service of promoting a new camera.  All were men.  Not a single woman in the bunch.  This squares with my experience in the photography business going back almost 40 years.  Women have always been underrepresented and snubbed in this male-dominated profession. And reading stories like this, it seems any progress for women has been negligible.

Read the New York Times story here:

https://nyti.ms/2y21SO3

Gladiators to Football

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Today we react with disgust to so-called sport and entertainment of ages past. Roman gladiators fought, and slaves were fed to lions to entertain the citizenry.  Even more popular was deadly chariot racing.

Today boxing in the U.S. has only a sliver of its past popularity, though it continues to be popular worldwide.

My opinion is that American football as played today, given the emerging evidence of widespread brain damage among former players, will either change radically to ensure the safety of players, or be relegated to a niche sport favored by only the most brutal among us. Even the NFL itself now acknowledges the link between playing football and the brain disease CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

We can't continue to bury our heads in the sand concerning CTE and still call ourselves a civilized society.
I've photographed and videotaped in industrial settings for many years.  And that experience has taught me to come prepared.  150 feet of extension cord.  Check.  Extra lighting.  Check.  Earplugs, work boots, heavy stands, backdrops.  If you might possibly need it, make sure to pack it.  Of course discussions with the client and plant manager are vital to understand the parameters of the job and to know what to expect.

I photographed and videotaped a model automation process for a client for use in a trade show. While just one minute and 12 seconds long, the video required some fancy editing and music timing. And a GoPro camera helped for a close-in view inside the viewing glass. For the stills, complete white seamless backdrops made the final retouching manageable.





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An instructive post from photographer John McMurtrie about the state of copyright infringement in the age of facebook and twitter.  Eye-opening:

https://petapixel.com/2017/05/04/photographer-vs-internet/
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Everyone can see the slow decline of print publishing over the past number of years.  Newspapers and magazines continue to decrease staff and budgets.  And no one sees that more clearly than editorial photographers.  For many years I've photographed for business, trade and consumer magazines. But fees are declining.  And for the past 10 years that part of my business has done a steady fade.

I could see the situation in stark relief when I was reading the March 15 issue of Fortune magazine this week.  The issue listed the 100 best companies to work for, a yearly feature in the magazine.  When I checked the photo credits in the section, over and over again the credit read 'Courtesy of Quicken,' 'Courtesy of Whole Foods', and on and on.  Fortune is using photos sent to them by the companies. Of the 19 or so photos, 12 were supplied to Fortune by the company, two were stock photos, and five appeared to be assigned to photographers.

Unfortunately for photographers, magazines are going to use any and all methods they can to reduce expenses.  The world of fine photo illustration in the editorial world continues to diminish.
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