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Photographer writes excellent letter to the band Garbage about unpaid photo use

FridgeMagnet

Administrator
Depends how you look at it. I'm an amateur photographer with a little skill. If someone wants to use any of my photos for any purpose, they are welcome to do so, provided they ask of course. There is one website that uses four of my pictures, and I'm chuffed that they chose my photos. The emphasis is amateur of course, my pictures have no commercial value, because I do it as a hobby.
because you set no value on them: you should do, other people will.
Yes, your pictures have no commercial value because you don't charge for them, that's all.

I am also an amateur photographer, but if somebody were to want to use something I have on Flickr for commercial purposes, I'd at least charge them something, because to do otherwise devalues photography and is bad for people who do make a living out of it. I get very cross about how many chancers out there expect to be able to get everything digital for free.
 

alsoknownas

some bloke
don't ask never gets
When I was first starting out I did many asks of that nature. No dice. Ever.
Many things are supremely negotiable ime - locations, equipment rental, etc., even costume and prop purchases, but getting people to shift on the use of music that has been published is not something that I ever achieved.
 

8den

No I'm pretty sure that was 8ball...
Years ago at a reclaim the street in Dublin, about a dozen cops gotten baton happy, and ended up hospitalising 20 people. I was the only person there with a camera and got the whole thing on tape (my camera got trashed by a Garda). The next morning I turned the footage over to two tv stations. Being a young naive "the truth wants to be free" type at the time, I gave one, very reasonable, caveat to the use of the footage; that whenever it was shown, or reused they needed to credit indymedia.ie (I was a member of the collective at the time). I think one station managed to remember to do this. The other station just couldn't be arsed, and kept using it over and over again without credit, so I phoned up their archive dept, asked what their rate was for supplying archive footage. I worked out how often they used it, and then sent the invoice to their legal dept.

Similarly about 10 newspapers lifted stills from the video off the tv and ran the images on their front pages. Again I phoned their picture desks asked them their rate and sent the invoices to their legal dept.

Paid for a new camera.
 
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editor

hiraethified
Now this one is fucking priceless.

"I am writing you in order to introduce you my involvement in Concorde
Magazine, a lifestyle Mag, as design consultant. In this position I am
currently scouting around for outstanding emerging photographer
profiles or shootings to be published in the magazine.

The lifestyle magazine is published on-line as a monthly Briefing, and
will come up with an annual printed edition that will be distributed
through top lifestyle retail spaces worldwide. Now the major exposure
is in Europe and Far East and more and more emerging photographer and
entrepreneurs are sharing their works with us. Social media exposure
is becoming very wide spread with FB 8k and an enthusiast growing
Instagram crowd. Some of the best design articles featured outstanding
photographers such as Roland Halbe and Janie Airey with pure and
classy pieces of contemporary and modernist architecture.

I will be pleased if you are interested in publishing your Center
Point Tower shooting, without having any financial involvement between
the parties. We publish your shooting and you benefit from being
exposed to a refined audience among top emerging photographers.
"

"without having any financial involvement between the parties"

Got to love the new way of saying "for free."
 

editor

hiraethified
And now the Press Association have asked to use one of my photos which they want to use, "by the 80+ regional papers who subscribe to our news service."

Generously they said that they'd "happily credit me as the photographer," which is just fantastic news, so I wrote back and said that there would naturally be a charge for a commercial organisation using my photos to further their commercial aims.

Oh, but guess what - here came the reply: "I'm afraid we don't have any budget for photos so I better leave it."

Yes, you'd better. Fuckers.
 

ViolentPanda

Hardly getting over it.
And now the Press Association have asked to use one of my photos which they want to use, "by the 80+ regional papers who subscribe to our news service."

Generously they said that they'd "happily credit me as the photographer," which is just fantastic news, so I wrote back and said that there would naturally be a charge for a commercial organisation using my photos to further their commercial aims.

Oh, but guess what - here came the reply: "I'm afraid we don't have any budget for photos so I better leave it."

Yes, you'd better. Fuckers.
What they didn't say is that their subscribers' fees mean that subscribers pay for all content, so effectively those subscribers would be paying PA for text and images.
Cuntish, eh?
 

8den

No I'm pretty sure that was 8ball...
Your food is lovely. If you give me a free meal I will tell everyone you cooked it. Must try that in a restaurant some time.
 

editor

hiraethified
Man oh man - look at the fucking balls on these fuckers:

Weddings are expensive, and one of the big costs is certainly the photographer. So, why not ask a professional to cover your wedding for free? Which photographer wouldn’t be thrilled to shoot a strangers’ wedding in exchange for “eternal love and gratitude?”

It’s probably what one couple had in mind when they created this Craigslist ad, which caused plenty of reactions within the community. They look for not one, but three photographers with pro gear, experience, talent, portfolio and developed business. And in exchange – they offer love and gratitude, and a chance to say “I’ve shot a wedding before.” Wow, who would want to miss this?


A couple looks for a professional wedding photographer, pays with a chance to say "I’ve shot a wedding before” - DIY Photography
 

Gromit

International Man of Misery
I can't muster the same outrage. Weddings are stupid expensive.
Don't ask don't get. Worth asking, you never know etc.

It is hard for wedding photographers to get started as the majority of couples don't want an inexperienced person responsible for capturing the special memories of their special day.
They want references or sight of a portfolio of previous work.

It's like the actor who can't work without an equity card but can't get an equity card without work.

This is an actual opportunity to get a foot in a door portfolio wise and someone might actually fancy it along with an oppportunity to chat up bridesmaids, scoff cake and pinch some bubbly.

(I might personally say okay it's free but you pay expenses still not just gas).
 

sim667

Licking windows on the 303 bus.
I can't muster the same outrage. Weddings are stupid expensive.
Don't ask don't get. Worth asking, you never know etc.

It is hard for wedding photographers to get started as the majority of couples don't want an inexperienced person responsible for capturing the special memories of their special day.
They want references or sight of a portfolio of previous work.

It's like the actor who can't work without an equity card but can't get an equity card without work.

This is an actual opportunity to get a foot in a door portfolio wise and someone might actually fancy it along with an oppportunity to chat up bridesmaids, scoff cake and pinch some bubbly.

(I might personally say okay it's free but you pay expenses still).
A majority of couples also don't want to pay more than about £500...... which isn't going to get them a experienced photographer.

If you want a proper professional photographer, you pay the going rate. If not then you collect all your freinds iphone photos.
 

xsunnysuex

Life is a horizontal fall.
I found an absolute bargain of a photographer for my daughter's wedding last Nov. He covered the wedding from early morning till early evening. From the bridal party getting ready to the reception. And all for £250. And the photo's were stunning. Was so happy.
 

editor

hiraethified
I can't muster the same outrage. Weddings are stupid expensive.
Don't ask don't get. Worth asking, you never know etc.
That's because you're not a photographer and don't get this kind of shit all the time. You wouldn't expect a plumber to come around and fix your house for free for the 'publicity', would you? Or try to get him to work for free on some bullshit about "300 potential clients".

And this 'foot in the door' stuff is utter bollocks too. Have you any idea of how much the equipment they've requested costs? They're asking for people with top of the line pro gear costing many thousands of pounds.
 

wiskey

Albatross Admirer
I was confused that they want you to bring lots of expensive kit yet say there might be unknown gatecrashers... Hardly confidence inspiring that your stuff won't get nicked
 

editor

hiraethified
I was confused that they want you to bring lots of expensive kit yet say there might be unknown gatecrashers... Hardly confidence inspiring that your stuff won't get nicked
The 5D III costs two grand alone. The zoom they specified costs £1,800. I don;t think there'd be many photographers with that kind of gear desperate to do unpaid work for strangers, especially fucking piss taking ones.
 

Gromit

International Man of Misery
That's because you're not a photographer and don't get this kind of shit all the time. You wouldn't expect a plumber to come around and fix your house for free for the 'publicity', would you? Or try to get him to work for free on some bullshit about "300 potential clients".

And this 'foot in the door' stuff is utter bollocks too. Have you any idea of how much the equipment they've requested costs? They're asking for people with top of the line pro gear costing many thousands of pounds.
If they contact you direct then yes they are taking the piss. However, they put up an ad...

You see photographers taking the piss the other direction too asking models to work for free for exposure or portfolio shots. Many even charge the model.

I didn't notice the equipment demands. So okay that does alter the feel of foot in the door opportunity making those kind of demands. That's no call to an am hoping to go pro.
 

sim667

Licking windows on the 303 bus.
You see photographers taking the piss the other direction too asking models to work for free for exposure or portfolio shots. Many even charge the model.
You often find they're not actually professional photographers, just a pervy old man with a camera. Whattaboutism doesn't really work for this argument.
 

Gromit

International Man of Misery
You often find they're not actually professional photographers, just a pervy old man with a camera. Whattaboutism doesn't really work for this argument.
The pervy men will be the freebies but also some cheap ass small advertising firms.
The ones that charge are proper studios using a model's desire to obtain work to create a money market exploiting that hope.
 

Gromit

International Man of Misery
Don't get me wrong though. I have a lot of respect for the photography industry in which it's getting harder to make a buck since everyone got a camera phone.
 
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