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Case Study: Gallaudet Deaf Residence Hall for Dangermond Keane Architects

One of my greatest joys as a photographer is seeing my pictures help clients succeed. Just last week, I learned that my clients at Dangermond Keane Architects (DKa) were recognized by the AIA DC with the 2018 Presidential Citation in Universal Design for their work on the Gallaudet University Model Secondary School for the Deaf...

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    What are the Four Types of Photographers

    The other day, my barber asked me: “So what do you do?” I told him I was a photographer, so he proceeded to tell me all about his buddy who shoots weddings. And while I wanted to relate on this shared commonality, I had to be honest with myself: shooting weddings is extremely different from...

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      New Work for Prometheus Real Estate Group

      For the past two years, I’ve been flying out to sunny Silicon Valley to shoot architectural lifestyle for a truly great client: Prometheus Real Estate Group. The luxury apartment brand has a huge presence in the Bay Area as well as a growing number of properties in Portland and Seattle. I’ve shot ten properties for them...

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        Fall Update: Odin Gets Bigger, New Website & Portfolios, And…

        What a year it’s been! As you know, my wife and I had our first baby last December. Becoming Odin’s Dad has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.  It’s been a slight period of adjustment finding a balance between work and my new family life. So, that’s why I am seriously...

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        WEHN WRODS FIAL Campaign

        Speaking of GRAY Magazine, I am currently running this sweet ad campaign to promote my architecture/interior photography business to the Pacific Northwest. The campaign was brilliantly written, art directed, and designed by my friend Craig Skinner. I first met Craig when he was at Owen Jones & Partners and art directed the I Am Home...

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        Portfolio Refresh & New Work Section

        I don’t usually make big changes to my portfolios halfway through the year, but after some soul searching and various feedback, I realized I needed help in refining my vision. It’s easy to get personally attached to your own work and lose site of it’s marketability. After reading and listening to many photo marketing experts,...

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          Digital Processing Fees

          Lately, I’ve been getting a lot of pressure to reduce my digital processing fees and, in some cases, even hand off my RAW files and let a third party deal with the post processing. Well, let me state this once and for all: I won’t do that. If I’m hired to create images that are...

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          • Jen Wick03/10/2011 - 3:07 pm

            Smart. There are parallels here that allow a takeaway for other creative industries. I appreciate use of a formula here, which always helps in the bidding process. I only occasionally have to defend my rates, but it’s a worthwhile endeavor. When clients think something “shouldn’t take long” (and thus shouldn’t cost them much) they don’t consider what goes into the process: education, training, experience, equipment, rent, digital storage, etc. Very helpful.ReplyCancel

          • Christian Reed03/10/2011 - 3:24 pm

            Capture fee doesn’t make sense to me.

            Were I lucky enough to get an image as good as yours, it might take me 10x as many shots. Would I then charge a $1080 capture fee?

            Seems like you’re taking a roundabout path to an hourly rate.

            It doesn’t matter, though. This issue reminds me of Paul Rand and the NEXT logo. Wasn’t it along the lines of, “I’ll give you a logo. You get no input. It will cost $100,000”.

            Everybody and their half-ass brother thinks they’re a photographer these days. Clients are paying for your talent and expertise. You cost what you cost, but you’ll get it right. Smart clients recognize that and pay you your rate. Clients who don’t get that… Well, they’re not clients now, are they?ReplyCancel

            • Lincoln Barbour03/10/2011 - 4:00 pm

              The Capture Fee covers shooting to a card, downloading, basic adjustments, rating, and adding metadata. For architecture and food, I shoot very few RAW files, so a $1 a shot works for me. When I shoot lifestyle, I only charge for the selects and not the outtakes. I might shoot a 1000, but only give the the client 200 proofs. I would then bill them for the 200.

              I don’t like billing by the hour. If I were to bill hourly, I would buy the slowest computer on earth. Billing by the unit saves my client money and makes me more profitable the more efficient I become. It’s a win win.

              Like I said, do whatever makes sense to you. Just bill by the unit, not by the hour.ReplyCancel

          • lisa teso03/10/2011 - 3:35 pm

            perfectly stated, excellent approach.

            thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

          • Christian03/10/2011 - 5:50 pm

            Awesome post. I have been dealing with similar issues and think this is a straight forward approach. What are you thoughts about those “extra” processing requests that clients sometimes make, like cloning out power lines, etc? I usually charge a flat rate per image and any additional requests are billed hourly. Thoughts? thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

            • Lincoln Barbour05/06/2011 - 2:20 pm

              If it’s part of your vision to retouch the shot in any way, then that should be part of your creative fee. After you deliver the image and the client wants more retouching, then you should probably give them an estimate to do what they’re asking for. You could do it hourly or just charge a flat fee. Typical retouching rates are from $40/hr to $120/hr.ReplyCancel

          • Boone03/11/2011 - 11:49 am

            Great post Lincoln. Thanks for sharing.

            For me this is a super tricky thing to add as a line item. Honestly, it’s hard enough to work out licensing with many local clients who just don’t get it. But I appreciate the conversation and also encouragement to “stand firm” in practices that keep doing what we do sustainable.ReplyCancel

          • Erik Bishoff03/15/2011 - 9:55 am

            I’ve also been bouncing this stuff around in my head… for months. I even attended the ASMP SB3 conference in LA a couple months ago to learn more about pricing and fees. Everyone had a different answer, it was a little frustrating.

            I think yours is a good solution. It may not be for everyone, because we all have a different process to our work, but it’s important to address it and we ALL DO need to consider these issues.

            When you’re looking at the breakdown you use and the $1 increments… that’s something clients can understand. Bravo! (…and thanks for sharing this)ReplyCancel

          • andy05/06/2011 - 2:00 pm


            Hey I am a little late to the party here, but I just stumbled across this post after stumbling across your website/blog. By the way, I really like the layout of your sites. Inviting and easy.

            Anyway, my question is do you charge any other fees in addition to the $1 per capture to shoot digital and
            $1 per MB of final image(s) delivered? Model fees, digital storage fees, travel, insurance, permits, etc.? I assume so, but wasn’t sure if your pricing structure was intended to include all of this in an easy-to-digest way. And does this structure apply to commercial and editorial assignments equally?

            I appreciate you sharing your methods and for taking the time (hopefully) to entertain my questions.


            • Lincoln Barbour05/06/2011 - 2:12 pm

              Hey Andy,

              Thanks for commenting and the kind words.

              To answer your question, yes I charge for all expenses on top of my creative fee and digital processing fees. This includes (but not limited to) assistants, stylists, producers, equipment rental, travel, props, craft services, catering, location/studio fee, special effects, and so forth. The blog post was about what I charge for shooting digital (as apposed to shooting film).ReplyCancel

            • Lincoln Barbour05/06/2011 - 2:13 pm

              PS: I don’t charge for digital storage or archiving. I just charge for pulling out of the archive if someone wants it.ReplyCancel

          • Anthony03/01/2012 - 4:01 am


            Thank you for the sharing of information. This is one step forward to educating both clients and new photographers. I arrived in the country several months ago and nobody could tell me a rate structure that they were following. With respect to the industry one should always find that out so that you don’t undercut the competition and thus undermine all of us in the process. So thank you for sharing…

            In South Africa we get paid a day rate and a process fee. However, we don’t get paid usage and the law states that you don’t own your own pictures. the person who commissions the job does. The publications are demanding the RAW files there to do away with the process rate and to control all images… therefor only wanting a monkey to point and shoot.

            It is only when you have explained what the costs are in order to maintain the best equipment and up keep thereof, does a client fully understand the role of the professional photographers fees.


          • Jerry03/15/2012 - 3:53 pm

            I’m colour correcting a sandwich. It’s looking like a damn good sandwich – after 45 minutes. Processing fees make that happen!ReplyCancel

          Photography is just like…

          …music. You hear a pop song in commercial, but that company doesn’t own the song. …software. You buy software, but that doesn’t mean you own the code. …blueprints. You may own the building when it’s built, but the architect owns the design. …sculpture. You can buy art, but you can’t copy and sell it as...

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            Attach a Digital SLR to a View Camera

            So, imagine for a moment that Canon really does come out with a full frame  square sensor. Imagine it’s around 40mp. Now imagine putting that camera body digital back on a view camera and being able to use Rodenstock digital lenses (some of the sharpest and clearest lenses I’ve ever used). That would be sweet....

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              Architecture – Design & Spirit

              Earlier this year, I was invited by Newspace Center for Photography to teach an architectural photography workshop. I was very honored and humbled that they thought of me. I’ve done a few other classes/workshops, but this was a full day class and much more involved than what I’ve done before. The class consisted of a...

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