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Over the weekend I was privileged to attend my friend’s wedding vows renewal. I took some pictures, of course. Dara was glad I did, but said, “Dave, I didn’t say you had to bring your camera.”
I replied, “You didn’t say that I had to breath, either…”
Took a trip out to the Grissom Wetlands (also known as the Viera Wetlands), which is one of my favorite places to see wildlife. Lots of birds nesting, but no hatchlings yet. Got some decent shots of a some osprey. One was not happy to see me, I think.
I tracked one for about 40 minutes, as he went fishing. He had no luck, and eventually flew off away from the lake, perhaps to sulk…
I recently had my biggest sale yet on ETSY. One of the items bought was a set of 4 note cards. No problem.
Two of the cards the buyer wanted I didn’t have on hand. Also no problem. This is why I have a printer; my Lexmark 810 is up to the task of making cards, and I do say in my store description that special orders are welcome. Plus, the customer said that she was in no great rush to get the order, as long as it was to her by Father’s Day (easily done; she lives in town).
Then the fun starts. I print out the two cards I don’t have, and realize that the two from my supplier are 5″x7″, but my blank cardstock is 5.5″x8.5″. Cutting down the larger cards might have been the better choice, maybe, but I decided to print out the other two instead.
Then, after wrestling with positioning, etc, I get all four printed, dry them, inspect them and… They look like crap. It takes me a moment to figure out why; I printed my bright colorful photos on paper with a matte finish. This worked just fine for my Christmas cards, but my landscapes, especially my sunset, were drab.
Back to Office Depot. I grab their glossy (still 5.5×8.5) blank cards, and head home. Wrestle with the printer (there are -four- places I have to over ride the printer driver to create a decently printed card), and voila’, ’tis done.
I’m not making as much money on this order as I’d hope, but hopefully the experience (and customer good will) will help in the future.
I also need to find some 5×7 card stock (I’m looking on the internet between pararaphs). This 5.5×8.5 sort of screams “home made”, IMHO, and not necesarilly in a good way.
A slight moral quandary…
Gulf Air magazine (one of those in flight magazines that try to sell you overpriced executive toys and gadgets) wants to use one of my pictures I took while in Bahrain.
The flip side is that the want to pay me with just a photo credit.
It’s not the lack of money that bothers me, per se…. I’m flattered they like the photo and thrilled to actually be in a magazine. However, if they get a photo from me for free, that means that some photographer that is actually trying to earn a living at his/her craft is going to be deprived of income. This has been a topic of discussion in many of the photography forums I frequent… I don’t want to be one of those guys who drive the prices down for everyone else. That’s almost as bad as scabbing.
On the other hand, I’ve never considered the photo to be commercially viable. It was one of the first pictures I took with my first digital camera. I don’t have it in a RAW format, and there is nothing outstanding about the shot. It’s just an average vacation photo (at best).
It would be nice to be published, and have this credit in my portfolio. It could drive traffic to my store (though I see that as very unlikely). I might be able to get some other work with the publishing company (Ink Publishing), since they have many inflight magazines for all over the world…
But do I shaft the photographic community by doing this?
In the end I decided to ask for compensation, even if it means being passed over for someone not as picky. I haven’t been rejected outright yet. While the editor is making remarks about how she has others under consideration that will allow publishing for free, I figure if she had a wide variety of choices we still wouldn’t be talking. I’ve just sent her two watermarked images for her layout person to play with, since she says the flicker images were too small to work with, and I don’t allow anyone to download different sizes (for a good reason, apparently…)
My decision hinged on three things. One, it didn’t matter what “everybody else” might do, I was responsible for my own actions, and the rightness or wrongness of them was separate from what the next person might do. Two, as others have pointed out, photocredit is pretty much worthless, especially on a plane where the viewer was unlikely to be able to act on the knowledge in any way. Three, Gulf Air magazine apparently makes 4 million a year and reaches 200,000 people a month… Why -can’t- they compensate me fairly?
I published this post in a couple of different places. One thing I found interesting was that the responses were more or less 50/50, even amoung pros and non-pros… I was expecting the people who earn a living from their photos to be a bit more hard core about “giving it away for free”, but I was wrong….
Updates provided as they happen…
Oh, and the picture in question…