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Shannon Fagan

Model & Property Releases : My Top Ten Favorite Quick Tips

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#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 of blank releases on your laptop/tablet computer/smart phone – even if you’re using the ASMP Releases app, it’s smart to have copies in…

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Have Carnet, Will Travel

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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 my operation became more and more robust, I took steps to ensure that my border crossings were a guaranteed success and that Customs…

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Photo Vest Be Gone

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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 the “digitapher” in all of us.  Their Men’s/Women’s Lightweight Travel Vest is my favorite.  This is isn’t your Grandfather’s photo vest.   This is…

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Cycling New Ideas

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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 again, on different days, at different times.  I’ve been amazed at the way that the world pops in detail out as it quickly…

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The Very Best of Annoying Twitter Accounts…

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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 I follow robustly on Twitter posted a link to a story about “What’s Really inside a Hot Dog?” Now wait a King Cotton-pickin’…

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Run!

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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.  This can all be taught and many photography tools do it for us all now.  However, fear not, as there is one skill…

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Avoiding Boredom

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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 success in something.  Once we have succeeded, we tend to stick with the same procedure in the future.  Surely if the method was…

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Instinctual Behavior

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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 ability to be wrong, as it is about trusting ability to be right. Going out of my way to get a fourth,…

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My Two-Years’ Resolutions….

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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 in 2009 affected my 2010, and undoubtedly will determine my 2011. 2009 & 2010 Resolution: Start a Blog. ….well, with the caveat, only…

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Staying Grounded

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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 secret…Fedex Ground.  What I’ll share could be easily adaptable to any number of shipping services.  My aim isn’t to endorse one company over…

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