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Member Benefits

A&I Books

APA members receive 10% off any custom book order from A & I Books. Designed for both Mac and PC use, Book Creator’s clean interface makes it simple enough for the novice book designer, yet the functionality is powerful enough for the critical artist. Photos, text and a variety of professional borders and effects can be added simply by dragging and dropping or clicking a button. Your creativity combined with our modifiable templates make for infinite possibilities, delivering photo books that are as unique as the person creating them.

To access this, or any other of your member benefits, go to the Discounts Code page, here.

This benefit is available only to Supporter and higher member levels. To upgrade, please contact members@apanational.org

AbelCine

AbelCine offers sales, service, rental, training and equipment financing on all levels of camera equipment, accessories and optics.

AbelCine brings over twenty years of experience providing production equipment and services to content creators. With rapidly evolving technology making video more accessible and prevalent than ever before, we are excited to offer our services to photographers in the still imaging world as well.

AbelCine is pleased to offer APA members 15% off any of our training classes. We regularly hold workshops and seminars, as well as free events, in our New York City, Chicago and Burbank, CA facilities. Our classes, taught by AbelCine experts and working professionals, are hands-on and focused on practical knowledge. Classes offered include camera specifics, fundamentals of HD video technology and audio, lighting, optics and much more.

For a full schedule, visit training.abelcine.com. Please email training@abelcine.com with any questions.

To access this, or any other of your member benefits, go to the Discounts Code page, here.

This benefit is available only to Supporter and higher member levels. To upgrade, please contact members@apanational.org

Agency Access

APA members can receive a 15% discount on their new month-to-month data plans.

Agency Access is a searchable database that brings creative decision-makers from the world's top agencies, companies, and brands and curates them into a comprehensive, easy-to-use directory to help artists grow their business. As the world’s most trusted marketing platform for visual storytellers for 23 years, Agency Access will help you promote your services to top-level creative industry clients looking to hire talent for their next big project. With an abundance of free content like downloadable Ebooks and webinars and a brand-new, fully functional 14-day free trial, which gives you the ability to browse their database and try your hand at building lists – why not jump right in and get started!

Start a free trial with Agency Access

This benefit is available to Supporter and higher member levels. To upgrade, please contact membershiprep@apanational.org

APA National Payroll

APA National Payroll Service is the preferred provider for American Photographic Artists and members of APA will receive a discounted handling fee. APA National Payroll is provided through Smith & Stilwell, Inc. This special member benefit program has been developed in collaboration with APA to keep the process simple and accessible, making it a no-brainer whether you have a part-time or full-time assistant, makeup artist, stylist, receptionist… or an entire staff. They’re ready to service all of your payroll needs.

Smith & Stilwell has been a major payroll provider to the entertainment industry for over twenty-five years.

APA National Payroll Service provides daily, weekly and salaried wages per individual client requests. Smith & Stilwell offers a quick turn-around of properly submitted timecards, provide direct deposit to all employees & customize invoices and projects specifically to our clients needs. Because Smith & Stilwell becomes the employer of record for your employees, they also offer:

  • Nationwide workers comp insurance
  • Unemployment insurance
  • Union fees if applicable
  • Accurate withholding for federal, state and city payroll taxes regardless of your location and the location of your crew members
  • No forms for you to file or sign since you are no longer the employer
  • Easy reporting for each employee’s time, day rate or hourly rate
  • Simple payroll invoice shows what you owe each member (serves as backup for expense billing)
  • Checks issued and mailed on your approval
  • Complete reports for all filings

This important member benefit of APA National Payroll is so inexpensive and simple to use that many members pay their own salaries through the service rather than going the usual payroll route. It can be used for office staff at reduced rates, is specially priced for APA members at 2% of gross pay, along with employee and employer matched tax fees, and best of all, is billable for each job.

Your liability is eliminated, payment is automatic and hassle-free, you completely avoid payroll bookkeeping, and it costs less than doing it yourself. (More info about your liabilities is included down below).

APA Payroll is provided through Smith & Stilwell. They're ready to service all of your payroll needs. For forms, information, and to sign up, contact Smith & Stilwell.  Current APA Membership number required.

How APA National Payroll Service can reduce your liabilities

Two very important liability issues face every photographer who hires assistants and other crew members.  Standard insurance policies for workers comp insurance (for job-related injuries) are costly and likely limited to in-state crew members.  This means that even with a standard policy in place, your policy will not be enough when shooting in another state.  But this is only part of the problem.

The far more serious problem may be assistants and other crew members who may be incorrectly classified as independent contractors (according to current IRS rules).  A discovery to this effect during a routine IRS audit can create huge liabilities for back taxes that can put a studio out of business.  Those who do it right have a huge overhead related to meeting these requirements (like employee unemployment insurance), and recovering these direct costs as job-related expenses can be daunting if not impossible.

The second liability issue is an IRS audit that reveals unpaid withholding taxes for assistants and other crew members who have been incorrectly classified as independent contractors (according to current IRS rules) can put a studio out of business.

The overhead related to meeting these requirements (like employee unemployment insurance), and recovering the costs as job-related expenses can be daunting if not impossible. APA's Production Payroll service solves all these and other problems by becoming the employer of record, relieving you of all related liabilities. The extremely low cost can save the fee for membership dues many times over in a single year.

Apple Discounts

To access this, or any other of your member benefits, go to the Discounts Code page, here.

This benefit is available only to Supporter and higher member levels. To upgrade, please contact members@apanational.org

APA and Apple, Inc. are proud to partner together to offer APA members preferred pricing on many Apple products and accessories online. This benefit is available to all members at the Supporter level and above. To access this, or any of your other online member benefits, please go to the Discounts Code page by first logging in, then click on Discount Codes in the right side vertical navigational menu. Scroll down the alpahbetical list of discount codes until you see Apple. Click on the link to go to the APA - Apple Online Store. The prices in the APA - Apple Online Store include the APA member discounts.

Partnership program benefits:

  • Special APA member pricing on Apple and third-party products
  • Exclusive promotions
  • Complimentary shipping on all orders over $50
  • Free engraving on all new iPod models
  • Mac customization
  • Flexible business financing options

Offer terms and conditions
Members can purchase up to 3 computer systems and 10 iPod devices per calendar year, as well as unlimited software and peripherals. Promotion details are listed on your store site. Terms and conditions apply. Not all products are available for discount. Discounts subject to change without notice. TM and © 2014 Apple Inc. All rights reserved.

Blazing Editions

Over the past 20 years, Blazing Editions has developed into a leader in the Fine Arts industry.  Based in Rhode Island, we are dedicated to providing the finest reproductions on the market. APA Members are entitled to a 10% discount. Go to the Discount Codes area to access that info.

BlinkBid

To access this, or any other of your member benefits, go to the Discounts Code page, here.

This benefit is available only to Supporter and higher member levels. To upgrade, please contact members@apanational.org

Save $50 off Blinkbid yearly plan, the leading photographic estimating software on the planet.

 Blinkbid is the world’s easiest way to create a bid. Features include:

  • Helps manage the business side of your creative life.
  • Prepare bids, produce jobs, and invoice for the delivery of projects.
  • Built-in item catalogs that can be easily customized for any workflow.
  • Collaborate with agents, and producers using Blinkbid’s sharing feature.
  • Protect your copyright, Blinkbid generates usage licenses or can be customized to fit any studio needs. 

If you are an APA member at the Supporter level or higher save $50 off your Blinkbid yearly plan. You will continue to receive the $50 discount each year that you renew as long as your APA membership is current.  Monthly plans receive $4 discount off first month with BlinkBid. 

BlinkBid has moved to an online subscription model. If you have the current desktop version it will continue to be supported but not updated. 

Blurb Discounts

Blurb® is a self-publishing and marketing platform that unleashes the creative genius inside everyone. Blurb’s platform makes it easy to design, publish, promote, and sell professional-quality printed books and ebooks.

APA members at the Supporter level and above receive an 30% percent discount. 

Clickbooq

Exclusive Offer for APA Members

25% OFF: PRO Annual or Lite Annual membership, recurrent while the account is in good standing.

Attract top-tier clients and maximize your online presence with clickbooq's all-new, all-in-one website design and management platform. With our user-friendly web application, we’ve made it easy to create and manage a professional, full-featured portfolio website. 

  • Get up and running quickly with our predesigned site templates – then make it your own with hundreds of design and customization options.
  • Show off your best work with full-size, fast-loading images. clickbooq's smart, responsive sites display your images larger and will scale your images beautifully to fit any screen, from desktop to mobile.
  • Customize the viewing experience for every gallery by displaying your images in a traditional slideshow, a horizontal or vertical scrolling page, or a modern thumbnail grid. 
  • Send select images to clients, prospects and friends as private, password-protected web galleries.
  • Store up to 5,000 images in a single, searchable archive with our Pro level accounts.

With clickbooq you can do all this and more. Come see why clickbooq is the portfolio site of choice for photographers by trying our free, 14-day trial.

25% OFF: PRO Annual or Lite Annual membership, recurrent while the account is in good standing

To access this, or any other of your member benefits, go to the Discounts Code page, here.

This benefit is available only to APA Supporter and higher levels. To upgrade, please contact members@apanational.org

Cradoc fotoSoftware

For more than 20 years Cradoc fotoSoftware has been helping photographers streamline their business and simplify their workflow.

15% off all of their new software purchases.

Offer applies to full versions only, additional site licenses and upgrades are excluded. The discount cannot be combined with any other offers.

To access this, or any other of your member benefits, go to the Discounts Code page, here.

This benefit is available only to Supporter and higher member levels. To upgrade, please contact members@apanational.org

CreativeLive

Complete details are here on the CreativeLive APA Landing page.

APA members at the Supporter level and above receive an 20% percent discount.

To access this, or any other of your member benefits, go to the Discounts Code page, here.

Crucial Crew

Why Crucial Crew? 

It takes a hive of workers to make productions run the way they should. 

Crucial Crew is your hive. 

Sign up now and APA Members receive 20% off the Production Tier 1 for 12 months! 

Visit Crucial Crew for more details 

Dripbook

APA members receive a 20% discount on Dripbook Pro and Premium accounts. This discount applies to your Dripbook subscription as long as you maintain a active APA membership.

To access this, or any other of your member benefits, go to the Discounts Code page, here.

This benefit is available only to Supporter and higher member levels. To upgrade, please contact members@apanational.org

DriveSavers Data Recovery

DriveSavers Data Recovery offers APA Members a 15% discount on all data recovery services. DriveSavers is the worldwide leader in professional data recovery services and provides the fastest, most reliable and only certified secure data recovery service available in the industry today. All major digital camera companies, including Canon, Kodak, Nikon, Olympus and Sony, refer their customers to them. They perform data recovery on all types of storage media, including memory and hard disk solutions such as SD(HC), xD, SmartMedia, Memory Stick(Pro), P2, SSD, RAID and more.

DriveSavers discount is available to members at the Supporter level and above.

To access this, or any other of your member benefits, go to the Discounts Code page, here.

This benefit is available only to Supporter and higher member levels. To upgrade, please contact members@apanational.org

First Entertainment Credit Union

Who we are:

https://www.firstent.org/our-credit-union/our-history

Our companies served; your organization and website is listed under “Entertainment Industry Organizations”

https://www.firstent.org/membership/companies-served

(more info soon)

Format

Format is a website and portfolio builder designed and built especially for photographers. We designed our platform with creators in mind. With Format, get access to beautiful dynamic themes, e-commerce, client proofing, marketing, and blogging tools.

(more info soon)

Hanson Digital

INOVATIV

INOVATIV is a California based company that designs and manufactures world-class mobile workstations right here in the USA. Everything from lightweight compact travel carts to complex studio-based workstations capable of holding a wide variety of monitors, cinema and broadcast cameras, specialized scientific equipment, and other high-end critical computation. Our products are known for their reliability, durability, tool-less assembly, and clever design.

APA Members at the Supporter level and above save 10% on their products.

To access this, or any other of your member benefits, go to the Discounts Code page, here.

This benefit is available only to Supporter and higher member levels. To upgrade, please contact members@apanational.org

Lürzer’s Int’l Archive

All APA members receive 40% off the cover price and can purchase an annual print subscription for just $66.30 or, full subscription for just $118.15 and you'll receive unlimited access to our entire Archive collection since 1984 on luerzersarchive.com and on your iPhone or iPad.

To access this, or any other of your member benefits, go to the Discounts Code page, here.

Nanuk

Nanuk is a Canadian manufacturer of top-quality waterproof protective cases for cameras, drones, microphones, and everything in between. Tried and tested in the Great North, Nanuk aims to provide gearheads and creatives alike with the means to keep their equipment in top shape through any adventure. Your gear is only as secure as the case holding it. At Nanuk, we make our cases for those who understand that small details can add up to big consequences. The product of a rigorous and relentless optimization process, each Nanuk case is fully resistant to water, dust, and all kinds of falls and shocks. They are the first, and last, line of defense between your gear and whatever life throws at it. Whether it be its lifetime warranty or its indestructible outer shell, Nanuk's higher standard of quality will provide you with the confidence to push your boundaries. 

All APA members now get a 30% discount on all Nanuk products at www.nanuk.com!

Palm Springs Photo Festival

APA Members save 5% on all Palm Springs Photo Festival activities including registration, seminars, workshops, portfolio reviews and more.

Login to your MY APA page and click on Discount Codes in the right side vertical navigational menu to access this APA Member discount.

PhotoDeck

https://www.photodeck.com

PhotoDeck is the professional's choice for a modern photography website:

- super-fast, responsive HTML5 websites, native video support
- highly customizable designs, full-page still and video backgrounds capabilities
- easy to use and flexible proofing suitable for commercial clients: secured by https, galleries protected by password or individual-level permissions, direct downloads, lightboxes, ... zero-commission ecommerce for downloads, stock, prints...
- SEO tools, social networks integration

APA members at the Supporter level and above benefit from an ongoing 15% discount on the PRO and STUDIO plans

Learn more and try for free now!

To access this, or any other of your member benefits, go to the Discounts Code page, here.

This benefit is available only to Supporter and higher member levels. To upgrade, please contact members@apanational.org

PhotoShelter

To access this, or any other of your member benefits, go to the Discounts Code page, here.

This benefit is available only to Supporter and higher member levels. To upgrade, please contact members@apanational.org

APA members save 20% off any of our monthly plans, in perpetuity. More than 80,000 photographers worldwide use PhotoShelter to power their photography business. Offering websites with e-commerce, searchable galleries, client log-in, reliable cloud storage and essential Internet marketing tools; PhotoShelter is the industry's leading resource for serious photographers looking to have their images found, sold and delivered online.

Offer details:

Customizable Website
E-commerce (for print & product sales, image licensing: rights managed, royalty free and personal use)
Enhanced SEO
Social sharing tools
Directory listing

If you are an APA member at the Supporter level and above login to MyAPA to access the discount code.

Samy’s Camera

All APA members are entitled to a full 20% discount on rentals by simply showing your current APA Member Card, or current APA Pro Media Photo ID when you pick up your equipment order.

For over 40 years, Samy's Camera has been the leader in sales of high quality imaging products and the ultimate resource for the professional and amateur photographer. Knowledgeable sales staff, exceptional customer service, and an impressive up-to-date inventory are the reasons that Samy's Camera enjoys a loyal following. Samy founded Samy's Camera in 1976 with a vision for a full service store. This vision is exemplified in all of our locations including our flagship store in Los Angeles, with three floors stocked with the latest and most exciting selection of photographic, video and electronics equipment available.

Samy's Camera rents a huge assortment of photography equipment, including digital cameras and lenses, photo lighting and studio grip gear. Our clients include students, professional photographers, movie studios, and more. We offer lighting equipment, a wide variety of digital cameras and lenses, camera kits, tripods, scanners, underwater photography equipment, video gear, and film cameras from 35mm up to 4x5 and 8x10, plus panoramic format cameras. You can pick up your rental gear at one of our locations throughout California or we'll be happy to ship it to your location.

Our Camera Department carries an extensive selection of digital SLRs, lenses and point and shoots from every major manufacturer. Samy's realizes that professional photographers, as well as amateurs and students are always seeking the most advanced photographic and video technology. Samy's rental department constantly updates its extensive rental inventory to provide one easy stop to prepare for any shoot or project. For those looking to "trade up" or find a rare and unique camera, our Used Camera Department buys and sells an extensive selection of used cameras and lenses.

The Pro Department carries an unparalleled selection of medium and large format cameras, digital backs, lighting and accessories. We have Apple certified specialists on staff ready to design any digital photo or video workflow system. Professional and amateur video equipment can be found along with expert assistance in our Video Department. Our Film and Printer Department carries all types and sizes of film, darkroom equipment, digital printers and scanners and supplies. Our state of the art in-house lab offers a large array of high quality digital imaging services from retouching and restoration, to large format museum quality prints in our Service Bureau.

Samy's Camera regularly hosts equipment demonstrations, special sessions with manufacturers, product training, and guest classes - all in addition to our own classes held in our state of the art computer lab at Samy's EDU. Our EDU blog is a place to find useful information online about classes, workshops and photo trips. It's also a place to connect to the photo community and see helpful videos from our instructors and friends.

In the past 15 years, Samy's Camera has expanded to include successful full-service stores in San Francisco, Pasadena, Santa Ana, Santa Barbara and Culver City. We now provide this renowned service, information and product inventory nationwide at samys.com or 1-800-321-4SAMY.

Smash File Transfer

Smash File Transfer

A magical new way to send (super) big files. No file size limit. Fast. Secured. Beautiful.

Like APA, send your (super) large files with Smash.

Save 54% on Smash Pro

Tether Tools

APA members at the Supporter level and above are entitled to a 15% discount on Tether Tools products at www.TetherTools.com.

To receive the discount, enter the promo code (available to Members in the Discount Code area) after you have items in your cart.

The Personal Photography Project

The Personal Photography Project is a new online sourcebook for advertising and magazine photographers to be rewarded for their personal work. Our goal is for art producers, photo editors, and other creatives to either license the work outright, or to discover new talent to hire for future assignments.

Your personal projects are a great way to show creatives how your work will translate to an ad campaign or feature article. Series of images carry a weight and thoughtfulness, and your personal projects show your natural creative DNA. They also demonstrate that you are able to conceive and execute work on your own. You are not just a button-pusher: you’re a creative partner who can bring fresh ideas to a tired brand or publication. It’s also an opportunity for you to show a different side of yourself, especially if you're already known for commercial work that may be different from what you do personally.

Either way: why not attract more of the work that you’d like to get?

APA Member Discount:

We’re offering APA members one free project for for their first year with us (a $50 discount), as long as they have paid for one or more projects.

Pricing is normally $50/project for the year (or $5/mth. if you want to do a payment plan). With your APA discount, you’ll get your first 2 projects for the price of 1.

Additionally, for every 5 projects, you'll get one free.

So for $250 (or $25/mthly payment plan) APA members will get 7 projects on our site for the first year.

Compared with almost any online sourcebook, this is a reasonably-priced way to share your work with potential clients.

Please contact Neil Binkley (Founder) at neil@tppp.photo to submit your work for consideration or to ask any questions. You can find out more about us at https://www.tppp.photo/join.

Think Tank Photo

APA members enjoy special privileges on Think Tank Photo products.  When you order $50 or more you receive free gear and free shipping with your order. Think Tank Photo is a professional photography equipment manufacturer, creating innovative camera bags, camera cases, photo backpacks and belt-packs for Professional Photographers that use digital SLR and Mirrorless cameras.

Member link: https://www.thinktankphoto.com/pages/camera-club/?rfsn=140583.b44052

To access this, or any other of your member benefits, go to the Discounts Code page, here.

This benefit is available only to Supporter and higher member levels. To upgrade, please contact members@apanational.org

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