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June 20, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

 

The World Beyond the Visible Eye

 

It’s been an action packed last few months, and as a result my blog posts have really taken a hit.  Not like I was lighting the world on fire the number of posts I’ve made, but it has been a while.  The truth of the matter is that I have been working on a number of time-lapse videos and so far have managed to get about halfway through two of them.

A daily routine for me is to check out other blog posts and observe the latest trends in photography.  I don’t know if it’s just me, but the business climate of photography has been changing.  We often hear that a company contacts a photographer for use of footage or pictures.  Typically stating in the email that we would love to use your stuff, and in return we will give you full credit for your work.  To me this is insane.  Sure when you watch a movie or a movie trailer you might ask yourself who was the director, but when watching a commercial when was the last time you asked yourself who shot the principle photography for this?  I know before I got into photography the amount of times that I asked that question was zero.  All I care about is how cool or entertaining it was.  I feel if the company that is using your video or photos is getting paid for it, you the photographer should be compensated as well.  I’ve been reading about more and more cases of companies rewarding photographers with credit instead of the cash that they deserve for their hard work.  It’s like getting on a bus and telling the driver, “If you let me ride for free, I’ll give you full credit for my commute when someone asks me how I got to my destination”. 

In this day and age I think putting out quality work, and being a constant presence on the Internet will help to get your name out there.  Sites like Vimeo, Flickr, etc., give photographers the means to promote their work in front of a very large audience.  It would be interesting to see just how much getting full credit has helped advance a photographer’s career for work that they gave away for free.  I’m just saying.

 

About the photo:

An infrared long exposure photo of boathouse row in Philadelphia, PA.  The picture was taken with my full-spectrum camera, a red filter and a ND400x filter.


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