Monthly Archives: August 2011

Road Trip 2

I can’t imagine traveling anywhere now without a GPS like my trusty Garmin here. We took the long way home from a shoot the other week and traveled through a beautiful part of Eastern Washington. Neither of us had been in that area before and it was well worth the detour. Shooting landscapes in motion...

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    Oregon Home – August / September Cover & Feature

    It’s been a little quiet on the blog front lately. Apologies in full, just a very busy summer. I’m pleased to show you this latest set of tearsheets for a feature I shot for Oregon Home magazine. This was a really great shoot and I had fun mixing up the architectural shots with some lifestyle...

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    Philly Vs Portland and a Look at Pricing

    Pricing your creative fee is a mix of three things: experience, complexity of the job, and usage. I saw this estimate today to shoot a job for a Non-Proft in Philly and thought I would share it. The original post is about bribes and kickbacks, but I want to talk about the photographer’s fee. The...

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    • Matthew Brush08/16/2011 - 11:24 am

      Yeah Lincoln. I just also read the post via Aphotofolio.com, and then decided to ask a question about whether he gave a buyout or just an unlimited exclusive license, thus retaining copyrights. What I found interesting was that he mentioned Blink Bid was giving him estimated numbers. I’ve been using Blinkbid for a number of years now, and I’ve never seen any “suggested” pricing feature in the app. Is this a new feature of it? I know fotoquote does this.

      Also, yes to the rates of PDX!!! Too many barterers and lowball estimates in this town. I just spoke with a new PDX photographer yesterday who is way underpricing. I’ve bin outbid numerous times, or should I say undercut.

      Why don’t we start a once a month round table discussion. Let’s just get a group of photogs together and talk about pricing and share experiences. This will get the wheels turning to start getting better rates and charging more. It’s gotta start somewhere.ReplyCancel

      • Lincoln Barbour08/16/2011 - 11:29 am

        I think that’s a great idea. We could even do a Google+ Huddle. That might get more people involved who can’t make it out.ReplyCancel

    • Boone08/16/2011 - 2:56 pm

      I’d love that.ReplyCancel

    • Boone08/16/2011 - 2:58 pm

      I’d love to be part of a conversation like that. Or beter yet, an on going place to get and give feedback. Plus as a group we’d all benfit just hearing from others experience.ReplyCancel

    • Keith Lanpher08/17/2011 - 8:02 pm

      Nice job Lincoln, thanks for posting this.ReplyCancel

    • Matt Neumann02/03/2012 - 2:14 am

      I’m a photographer based in Vancouver, Canada, and our city is suffering from a very similar situation as Portland, from the sounds of it. Being that it’s a liberal, artsy city, there are a lot of up and coming photographers, myself being one of them.

      I shoot some interior work, amongst other things, and while I know that my prices are not as high as the premium shooters in the city, I don’t believe that I’ve set them so low that I’m undercutting. I’m simply less experienced, with less high-end gear (I own no hotlights or tilt shift lenses, only flash and wide angles), and my pricing is set accordingly.

      A lot of photogs in the city do charge way too little though, and it’s definitely creating an atmosphere of expectation that we will work for cheap, or even worse, for free. “No pay, but it’ll be great for your portfolio”, is a common phrase heard here.ReplyCancel

    PDX11.org

    I think one of the most rewarding things about being a photographer is seeing your work in action. I recently donated a few images to PDX11 to use on their website. This small grassroots organization wants to “put Portland on the global map as the place to go when looking for software talent and investment opportunities.”...

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