PhotoRESEARCHER
PhotoRESEARCHER Newsletter
for December Week Three # 447C

KEY WORDS: | Tax Tactics | Deductible | Internal Revenue Service | Business-Expense | Travel | Mileage Allowance | Entertainment | Social Photography | Make-Believe Photos | Editorial Photos | 9/11 | Advertising Pictures | Fairytale

 

NEWSWORDS: | Yes, They Can | Checking Out The Checks | And More | Photographer On Trial In Iraq | Using Children | Celestial Big Brother | Where’s My Data? | Animal Distress

 

 

 

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TAX TACTICS

Is Your “Meeting” Deductible ?


by Julian Block

Advance Notes : In these increasingly tough times, it is more important than ever for independent businesspersons to familiarize themselves with the steps they can take to keep their taxes to the legal minimum -- and, of course, keep themselves out of trouble.

To help you take year-round advantage of legitimate breaks while not running afoul of the rules, here is some expert advice on common tax problems. If you need additional information or guidance in specific areas, contact the Internal Revenue Service , or consult your personal tax advisor.

Question: I went to a get-together with some of my fellow picture professionals. There wasn't a speaker; it was more of a social event. But I see it as networking with my professional colleagues, and most of the talk was about work-related issues. Can I take a business-expense deduction for the cost of getting there? How about my cash contribution to the refreshments for the group?

Answer: The event qualifies for a deduction. You are entitled to claim the entire cost of round-trip travel between your home and the party's site. For travel by bus, train, or taxi, just keep track of your fares and claim them as business expenses; for auto travel, you can claim actual expenses or the standard mileage allowance. Whether you claim actual expenses or use the mileage allowance , remember to deduct parking fees and bridge, tunnel and turnpike tolls that you pay while you are on business, too.

As for refreshment outlays, they fall into the category of meals and entertainment , are subject to a cap, and are only 50% deductible.

Julian Block , a former IRS agent and a tax attorney, is the author of "The Stock Photographer's Tax Guide," helpful to all freelancers. For details on how to purchase this important 32-page publication: http://www.photosource.com/taxtips.php. For Julian’s tax saving and tax planning reports, go to http://www.photosource.com/products and click on "2004 Tax Tip Guides." Julian can be reached at julianblock@yahoo.com

  

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The New Age of Social Photography


Advance Notes:
There is a trend toward “realness” brewing in the stock photography world. It’s sometimes called “ social photography.” But don’t pin your hopes on it. The public is finicky. The pendulum may swing back to make-believe photos.


In 1987, I can remember talking with a California stock photo agency director who waved his hand toward his office files with the exclamation, “ Editorial photos? We have plenty of those!” The pictures he referred to, of course, were clean-cut models in a simulated work situation smiling at a computer screen, or an immaculate housewife pleasantly choring away with her modern vacuum cleaner. The viewing public in those days, it was assumed, preferred fairytale “editorial” pictures.

Catalogs of historical B&W photos from the postwar era also reflect the aspirations of the public (or at least that’s what the art directors figured), depicting a peaches-and-cream wonderland society, that, however, few people ever actually experienced.

Times have changed. Perhaps the shock of 9/11, or the turmoil in the Middle East, or the surge of social channels on TV, have all contributed to today’s portrayal of reality as it really is. The public is growing up and getting real. Publishers are wakening up also. We are seeing a growing willingness of publishers to tackle controversial social subjects with natural lighting and hand-held camerawork. Even major Hollywood films today reflect a cultural acceptance of the “real.”

Yes, the squeaky-clean advertising pictures we continue to see today have their place – in advertising. Magazine and book publishers, however, have shifted to a sense of realism in the images they choose for production. They perceive that their readership wants the “straight story.”

THE OSCARS

The nominations for “The Oscars” back in 2006 also reflect this willingness to tackle gritty, topical issues head on. The top nominations ranged from race relations (“Crash”) to the death penalty (“Capote”). In fact all four major nominees dealt with realism and the personal cost of making life decisions based on whether to conform to social norms or not.

Will the pendulum eventually swing back to the fairytale type of photos of the ‘80’s and ‘90’s? Only time will tell. One thing is certain, the focus on social photos today is creating valuable historical assets for the future.

Rohn Engh, veteran stock photographer and publisher of “PhotoRESEARCHER Newsletter,” has provided on-line targeted information for photobuyers, photo researchers and editors for two decades. No other newsletter brings photobuyers such up-to-the minute, practical information from a professional intimately familiar with both sides of the stock photo desk. For more info: http://www.photosource.com/photobuyer/.

 


 

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This week's featured photographer on PhotoSourceFolio:

Ed Cooper (http://folio.photosource.com/3004)
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We Specialize in Hawaii

David Lawrence
Prime Images
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http://www.prime-images.com/



 

 

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PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE NEWS

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YES, THEY CAN. Google Allowed to Display Thumbnails Under Fair Use - In a major court victory for Google, a federal appeals court in California has affirmed a 2003 ruling permitting unauthorized display of thumbnail images by search engines under the fair use provision of copyright law. http://www.pdnonline.com/pdn/
newswire/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id
=1003682851

CHECKING OUT THE CHECKS. SAA Seeks Accountability from Photolibrary on Obligations to Index Stock Contributors - Serious Issues Raised about Photolibrary's Index Stock reporting and payments. http://www.stockphotographer.info/
content/view/636/92/

AND MORE. PACA Investigating Ethics Complaint Against Photolibrary - Photolibrary is preparing a lengthy denial of all the claims the controller made, Chairman, Tim Moore said. The claims appeared in an e-mail dated Nov. 11 that newly hired Photolibrary controller Carlos Santos sent to Index Stock Imagery contributors. http://www.pdnonline.com/pdn/newswire
/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id
=1003680768

PHOTOGRAPHER ON TRIAL IN IRAQ. AP photographer gets first hearing. An Iraqi investigating magistrate on Sunday convened the first criminal hearing in the case of Associated Press photographer Bilal Hussein, who has been held by the U.S. military without charges for nearly 20 months. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071210
/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq_detained_photographer_3

USING CHILDREN. Before Their Time: The World of Child Labor, Photographs by David L. Parker He seeks it out in textile factories, coca fields — and red light districts. He shows us the predictable images of children combing garbage dumps — Along with the shocking images of tiny circus workers in Nepal. http://www.theglobalist.com/
storyid.aspx?StoryId=6616

CELESTIAL BIG BROTHER. Rights Watchman Uses Satellite Photography to Monitor Abuse in Crisis Zones - For the past two years, Bromley, a 32-year-old geo-information specialist at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, has been using satellite photography to help NGOs document atrocities in isolated crisis zones like Darfur and Zimbabwe. http://www.wired.com/techbiz/
people/magazine/15-12/st_bromley

WHERE’S MY DATA? Data-recovery firm reveals top client mishaps - Here aresome of the unusual fates that have befallen innocent data-storage devices recently, according to data-recovery company Kroll Ontrack's list of the most unusual recovery jobs it has faced in the last year. http://www.news.com/Data-recovery-
firm-reveals-top-client-mishaps/2100-102
9_3-6221699.html?tag=item

ANIMAL DISTRESS. Readers will put up with war, crime, accidents, natural disasters... but nothing generates outrage like an animal in distress! http://www.pdnpulse.com/
2007/12/they-shoot-cows.html


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The search engine, Google, adds and updates new sites to its index each time it “crawls” the Web. Google invites you to submit your Web page’s URL. They don’t add all submitted URLs to their index, and they cannot make any predictions or guarantees about when your website will be indexed. But it’s worth giving it a try. To add your website: http://www.google.com/
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"A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men."
- Roald Dahl

 


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Always Putting the Client First

Sandra Zelasko
Sandra Lee Photography
slzphoto@sbcglobal.net
http://www.sandraleephotography.com/


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TRAVELERS ABROAD

Photobuyers: Watch this column. For the e-mail address, phone or fax number of the traveling photographer, call the PhotoSource International office and ask for Rohn Engh (1 800 624-0266). For an expansion of this list: www.photosource.com and press the Travelers Abroad button, to learn of past international destinations of our photographers.

Ann Worthy
December 1, 2007 – January 18, 2008
New Zealand

Frank Nowikowski
December 15 – December 30, 2007
Buenos Aires, Argentina
January 1 – March 19, 2008
Mexico City, Mexico

Linda Ford
December 24 – December 31, 2007
Cayman Islands, Cuba

John Whiteley
December 26 – January 7, 2008
India

Fred J. Eckert
January 10 – January 31, 2008
India

David Smith
January 20 – January 21, 2008
Tahiti
January 23 – January 29, 2008
Bora Bora, Samoa & Tonga
February 1 – February 16, 2008
New Zealand & Australia

Mark A. Madsen
January 26 – February 2, 2008
St. Lucia

Alf Jacob Nilsen
June 5 – June 13, 2008
Svalbard & Norwegian Artic


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