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rocky • 7 years ago

Traveling is the most intaresting to me and i have many experience on traveling which experience from Apartmani Beograd

udi tirosh • 8 years ago

just noticed you changed the picture... so you have a middle name.....

DafEO • 8 years ago

Oh handy to know. Only a part timer but I've come close to the limit once or twice (weddings abroad etc).

However worth pointing out that a lot of them (well the 2 I checked - United and AA) will only do this for national flights only - not international.

Re card or not - I think it's safe to assume that if you need that much media kit then you have a valid reason for getting the allowance. I could imagine some carriers may check the accreditation though. Some associations such as NUJ in the UK do allow for temporary membership for those that are not currently full time in the field. NUJ requires recommendation from an existing member.

Bobby Blacque • 8 years ago

Yeah, great advice! Make up fake press passes to try and get airlines to give you deals or waive your luggage overages. Very smart. Airlines and other businesses long ago lost respect for photographers thanks to this kind of douchebaggery (tried to take any pictures in a public place, shopping mall, zoo etc lately?). This kind of advice is wrong, immature and unprofessional. It also does nothing to raise the profile or professionalism of photography and makes everyone who carries a camera to work look like a juvenile douche. What about those members of the press who are legitimately on assignment, working to tell important stories like those that James Foley gave his life for last week? Shenanigans like this might just result in the revocation of any special treatment these deserving people might be entitled to. Professional photography needs mature stewards and mentors more than ever, grow up and set an example for others.

Benjamin Von Wong • 8 years ago

Sorry you feel that way but in my opinion, there is nothing fake about calling myself a media professional.

Bobby Blacque • 8 years ago

Right, which is why you have to make your own card at a paintball store....Regardless, why offer this advice to others who are not likely travelling while on assignment for a news organization? It devalues a once valuable tool in the profession.

Benjamin Von Wong • 8 years ago

Because it didn't make financial sense to purchase a machine to print my own card. I've been a full time photographer for two years and only learned about it, why not share information that could be useful to others facing the same struggles?

Bobby Blacque • 8 years ago

You've missed the point entirely. It doesn't matter if you print your own media card or have one done in a paintball shop or buy one on Kao Sahn Road in Bangkok, the point is, you're not really entitled to the benefits of a travelling photojournalist which is who these "perks" were created for and for you to game the system, and worse still, tell others to, is just wrong. And it's not about the money either, its about the sanctity of the profession. Guys like Joe McNally, David Allen Harvey, James Nachtwey, Tim Heatherington (RIP) etc. etc. are heroes of the photography profession and who would never dream of pretending to be something they're not in order to save $45. They wouldn't discredit the profession in such a fashion and as a result, their work, character and status are universally held to be the last vestiges of the golden age of professional photojournalism. Trickery, deceit, and gaming only serve to blur the lines between professional and camera hobbyist and that's something this business does not need any more of.

You're a commercial photographer anyway. Not a news photographer or a photojournalist so, stop pretending. Sure, you might have to travel for commercial clients in which case, you should be charging appropriate rates to allow you to check in or rent the necessary gear on location. Why lower clients expectations of the cost of good photography by helping them save $50 in luggage charges? Charge appropriate rates, stop trying to game the system and raise the bar for the next generation. Otherwise, all the work will eventually go to the photographers who have the best scams for saving money and not to those who do the best work.

If people charged appropriate rates and didn't try to win jobs by relying on phoney tricks to save a buck, there would be much less "struggle" for everyone.

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Benjamin Von Wong • 8 years ago

I think you're the one missing the point - These aren't allowances that have been made exclusively for press photographers or videographers. Read them again. These are allowances that have been created for media professionals that transport a lot of expensive equipment regardless if they are sound, image or video. No one is pretending to be anyone they aren't.

Bobby Blacque • 8 years ago

Except for 80% of the people who read this post who probably are not "media professionals". Your post is not about about helping "media professionals" its about self promotion. When can we expect the $2000 a head workshop tour? If you've only been at this for two years, maybe you should focus on photography and save the advice until you've got 20 years under your belt.

Benjamin Von Wong • 8 years ago

Sorry you see things that way. No plans for a $2000 head tour yet but I'll be sure to let you know in the event that you wish to attend :)

I've built my career on sharing information for free and inspiring people to pursue their dreams. I don't have any plans to stop. If you find them uninformative, uneducational or false, feel free to not read them.

Bobby Blacque • 8 years ago

Here's your workshop: http://www.jaymaisel.com/wo...

Go kneel at the feet of a true pro. And since when is 2 years a "career"? In any other business, it's half an apprenticeship.

Danylo • 8 years ago

lol Troll . some people can get further in 2 years than others in a life time. hard to admit but true. I agree with Ben. Most amateurs wouldnt bother to do all this card work in any case. Thanks for the tips Ben! Didn't know this allowance!

Benjamin Von Wong • 8 years ago

Thank you for the suggestion! I'll be sure to check it out! :)

Wayne Thompson • 8 years ago

FYI - American Airlines specifically recognizes and lists the ASMP as a Media Outlet and you pay 1/2 of the cost of extra bags. i.e. $50 instead of $100. Bottom-line check with your airline before you fly.

Paulo Jordao • 8 years ago

Super Cool... What site did you use to make your ID Card?

Benjamin Von Wong • 8 years ago

I had a friend make it for me who works in a paintball store!

Amy Dragoo • 8 years ago

Southwest does too. http://www.southwest.com/ht...

tdayley • 8 years ago

Fantastic idea. Thanks for sharing!

Todd Beltz • 8 years ago

Cool stuff. Now I see how you packed that bag. :) Looking at getting myself one soon as well. Thanks for the tips...

Mystic Reality • 8 years ago

Was the ID made from a template, did you make it from scratch or was it from an organization? Just curious as it seems it could be handy.

Benjamin Von Wong • 8 years ago

i made it myself :)

keith • 8 years ago

can you post a up close pic of your media id :)

Mystic Reality • 8 years ago