Category Archives: The Photo Business

Disclosure

First, here’s a picture of the day. It has nothing to do with what follows, but I hope you enjoy it. . In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s guidelines regarding endorsements and testimonials, I want to take this opportunity to provide full disclosure about material connections behind any products I may endorse. I have […]

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When Charities Request Pro Bono Use

In yesterday’s post, I discussed how to handle for profit corporations which come to you, begging you for free use of your photos. Today, as a brief follow up, I’ll discuss how to handle non-profit corporations which come to you, seeking pro bono use of your photos. . I have sympathy for charities, and I’m […]

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When Publishers Request Freebies

Publishers have developed a bad habit of begging, over the last few years. They’ve taken to contacting photographers, seeking to use their pictures without paying. It’s not just the underfunded start ups, or those tottering on the edge of bankruptcy. In this environment of global financial crisis and increasingly commoditized photography, many of the biggest […]

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Photo Contests to Avoid

Do you have a great photo? Are you thinking of entering it in some contests, trying your luck? . Before you do, there’s something important you need to know. Many photo contests that seem free to enter actually come with a steep, hidden entry cost: they grab rights to the photos you enter. In some […]

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Professional Nature Photography: The Price of Admission

[Editorial Note: This is an article originally published on photo.net, on June 30th, 2003. I am reposting it, here, for you readers with professional aspirations. It remains mostly as topical, today, as it was when originally written. I hope you enjoy.] I’ve been an avid nature photographer, both for pleasure and some income, for several […]

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