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PhotoNetCast #85 – We’re Back!

Posted in PhotoNetCast Shows on 11-08-2014 | 6 Comments

We’re Back!

 

Has it really been 8 months? Surely not?

Just when you thought we had disappeared for good, we’re back. Job changes, house moves and family crises are (hopefully) behind us all so we’re hoping that we can now get back to something like a regular podcasting schedule. Keep your fingers crossed and keep watching!

In this episode, Antonio is joined by Dave and Sean for a general natter about some recent news topics and to answer listener questions.

During news discussion, Dave enthuses about the new Nikon D810, a camera that finally hits the function and price sweet spots for D700 owners looking to upgrade, we consider the value of photography in the light of a couple of news stories from ImageBrief and South African photographer Greg Lumley, consider Flickr’s newly-announced photo licensing marketplace and get confused about how Sony will manufacture their new curved sensor.

On a more light-hearted note, we take a quick look at some imaginative on-the-job engagement photos from a Chinese SWAT officer and note that DXO Film Pack 3 software is available free until August 15th.

Enjoy the show…

Questions from Listeners

  • Lee vs. B&W 10 stop ND filters? Although we like both of these options, the consensus was that the Lee system, though more expensive, is easier to use.
  • Web sites to support client proof galleries and offer print purchases? Several suggestions were offered with the two most popular in the host’s opinion being
  • What resolution of file is needed to print at a given size? This question resulted in lengthy discussion of the variables involved in figuring out the answer. There’s more to it than just the paper and printer with viewing distance also playing into the equation.

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Comments (6)

Hi gentleman, I found your discussion so interesting. I am a member of various micro-stock websites and frankly what a waste of time. The amount if income that comes from these websites are so miniscule unless you take a gazillion images and submit every five minutes…

These websites are truly taking advantage of the glut of images out there, forcing great photographers to grovel. Their “offers” are ridiculous… the “Cape Town $350000” picture is a direct reaction to that.

Is it worth it? Yes it is, TO SOMEONE… am willing to take that chance even if it doesn’t sell, YES!. I’d rather stand my ground than be screwed, hell if someone can gold plate a Ferrari for an extra million dollars then dropping $35K on the one and only high res copy of the image so they can say they are the only one that has it is nothing, I’m banking on that… or $0.00 I’ll take that chance!

The image went viral for a reason, it is indeed a lucky image… I was lucky enough to be there at the right time… I couldn’t do it again and my “skill” played a very small part it was a case of “f8 and be there”

To Dave and Sean, thank you for your positive comments… if nothing else I hope this helps other photographers to realize that their work has value! To all you who doubt this image, fine… just don’t doubt your own images if it is sought after… then command the price! Your images have value!

Hi Greg. First of all many thanks for your comment. As we mentioned on the show, the only bad thing about this story is people badmouthing for no real reason. You might or might not sell it, but it’s your business. If you get the price you want, then that’s the value of the image.
If for nothing else, just for taking a risky move and starting the discussion on value, you deserve the industry’s respect.

You’re very welcome! Best of luck with the picture!

Hi guys,

My name is David, and I’m the CMO of ImageBrief.

First off, Greg, we absolutely hear you and your comments on the industry as a whole. Photographers are having a tough time out there. We don’t pretend to have all the answers, but we are trying to make a difference, both through the amount of a sale we return to photographers (70% or twice the industry standard) and also through educating our buyers what an image is worth.

The shot the guys talked about on the show is an exception in terms of the price paid, but not that far off a bunch of other images we’ve helped sell. It’s worth noting the original budget was around US$10k, but once the format (billboard) and exclusivity arrangements were factored in, a larger fee was settled on. It’s a win for us, an even bigger win for the photographer, and telling that the client respected the talent enough to pay for it – something that doesn’t get talked about and celebrated enough.

As mentioned on the show, we do have a number of briefs that run the gamut from our “floor” of $250 up to several thousand dollars. We recognize that floor is an amount that many photographers do not think is reasonable, a position we absolutely respect. We are trying to strike a balance between finding value for our photographers, respecting their rights, and dealing with the realities of a market flooded with cheap (not to mention poor quality) photography.

What we hope is talented photographers like you will make a decision to work with ImageBrief over other options. We’re trying every day to raise the bar for the quality of photography that sells, and the price that it goes for. We are lucky enough to have a global community of over 20,000 photographers now, and that number is growing by the day.

If you’re ever interested in reaching out, you can contact me directly at dgillespie [at] imagebrief.com.

All the best in the interim, and Antonio, Sean, Dave, thanks for taking the time to talk about ImageBrief. We’d love to talk to you some more!

Hi Greg,
Thanks for the comment. I’m generally pretty anti-microstock, so was really glad to hear that there is a site and photographers who are bucking that trend.



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