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Model & Property Releases : My Top Ten Favorite Quick Tips

Posted: July 10th, 2012

[by Shannon Fagan] #10: Get all releases signed before shooting and fill out all sections of the release.  Always. #9: If you aren’t using the new ASMP Releases app, scan your paper releases at 200ppi in full-color at actual size and archive them along with your image files. #8: Never leave home without PDF copies [...]

Have Carnet, Will Travel

Posted: September 20th, 2011

[by Shannon Fagan] In the early part of my career, I “winged it” when entering foreign countries with my photography equipment.  Often there was a dance of excuses when I crossed a foreign border, and/or, a crossing of my fingers in hopes that Customs Officials would not check “that” suitcase…chock full of lighting gear!  As [...]

Photo Vest Be Gone

Posted: August 25th, 2011

[By Shannon Fagan] Photo nerds beware, there is a new vest on the market.  I like it so much, that I, er, uh, well, okay…I nerded out and bought two of them.  My discovery could be the perfect addition to gear up for photography this Fall. Scottevest is a company focusing on travel gear for [...]

Cycling New Ideas

Posted: July 15th, 2011

[by Shannon Fagan] Cycling New Ideas I take my small point and shoot camera, and I go on a bicycle ride.  Bicycling is the perfect speed between walking and driving to observe the world around me.  I pick a spot and circle the neighborhood for a few hours.  And then, I do it again and [...]

The Very Best of Annoying Twitter Accounts…

Posted: June 23rd, 2011

[by Shannon Fagan] I wish I had the guts to post a publicly disseminated list of the All Time Best Photography Twitter Accounts to Avoid!  I guess I wouldn’t win many friends, but then, I’d have less junk in my TweetDeck photo-trunk.  I just about had it this week when a photography branded account that [...]


Posted: June 14th, 2011

[by Shannon Fagan] Arg, I had to just let go of one of my photo assistants in China…both he and his underworked classmate.  Students of photography, be warned….your days are unfortunately numbered.  No longer is a photographers’ assistant’s role about downloading CF cards, setting up lights, and understanding how to finagle camera settings to perfection.  [...]

Avoiding Boredom

Posted: June 3rd, 2011

[by Shannon Fagan] In philosophical thinking, Kierkegaard pointed out in his essay “The Rotation Method” that all people are “boring”, that they become bored, and that consequently boredom is the root of all evil.  It is natural for us to gravitate to a path of least resistance when it comes to setting out to achieve [...]

Instinctual Behavior

Posted: May 5th, 2011

[by Shannon Fagan] Like all small business entrepreneurs, I have found that a constant state of chaos is common in my daily routine.  In any given day, I routinely juggle multiple potential projects, all of which depend upon my instincts to move them from theory to fruition. Trusting my instincts is as much about trusting [...]

My Two-Years’ Resolutions….

Posted: January 6th, 2011

[by Shannon Fagan] On Dec 31, 2008, we entered the “tip of the iceberg” in what we all can agree was a two-year introduction to a new and permanently changed economy for professional aspirations in commercial photography.  Taking a twist on “Auld Lang Syne”, I enjoyed looking look back at how the steps I took [...]

Staying Grounded

Posted: December 14th, 2010

[by Shannon Fagan] I usually wouldn’t highlight one service provider versus another in a publicly disseminated blog post, but a recent request to write about tactics for using “snail mail” in a digital era perked my interest in a topic that could easily be adapted to “tips and tricks of the trade.”  My snail mail [...]

But, I Don’t Know How to Price It

Posted: October 29th, 2010

[by Shannon Fagan] Over the years, I’ve developed a collective resource for image license pricing advice.  Here’s a list of some of my favorites, from the theoretical to the pragmatic.  Take them as a seed start for investigations on pricing, and also with a grain of salt.  When pricing complicated assignments and licenses, I often [...]

The Web is Dead, Long Live the Internet…

Posted: October 21st, 2010

[by Shannon Fagan] A subject line on one of the photography email list-serves that I follow caught my eye this week, “The Web is Dead!  Long Live the Internet!”  Hmmmm.  There was a link and click, click; I was taken Wired Magazine’s site.  There, Chris Anderson and Michael Wolff have prepared a compelling article about [...]

Placing Bets Away from the Middle: The Good, The Bad, The Traditional, and The Microstock

Posted: September 30th, 2010

[by Shannon Fagan] Bob Davies of PicNiche recently asked me, “There is a constant (and occasionally furious) debate about photography becoming commoditized by microstock producers and agencies. As a representative of photographers’ interests, do you think microstock or traditional stock offers the best opportunity for the stock photo industry as a whole to move forward, [...]

A Photographer’s Paperwork-Reduction-Act : Digitally Archiving Your Model/Property Releases

Posted: September 9th, 2010

[by Shannon Fagan] Earlier this year, I made a real spring-cleaning.  I mean a down and dirty grass-roots effort to digitally archive just about everything in my life.  And, as a result, I triple-backed-up not just my image archive, but also my file cabinet.  Sketchbooks, business cards, and seminar notes met old tax returns, contracts, [...]