I recently sold this crazy photo of myself (I was dressed up for a charity event with a disco theme) and I was really curious to see where it might show up.
A Google images search took me to this site called SpiderPic.com and there it was - with a watermark -among hundreds of other images stripped from stock agency websites.
This was not the purchased image, but I'm like, what the #$%## is this SpiderPic?
Looking around the site I found that "SpiderPic is a price-comparison search engine for Stock Photography"
Basically its a search engine for stock photography with the ability to compare prices. As you know, as your stock images become more popular, they increase in value. SpiderPics finds the lowest price for that image.
Rccster - I tend to think of these things in the macro sense and what makes long term sense for the health of the industry. When a buyer knows they can get the same images at a dozen different agencies it doesn't encourage much loyalty.
You as a individual might feel you haven't lost anything but to the over all group of contributors but you've gone along with the downward spiral of smaller and smaller payouts.
In the Industrial Revolution they started out using adults in the factories. Then they found it cheaper to use children. If the workers didn't like the conditions, there was always someone else willing to do the work for less.
Things didn't change until the workers stopped just thinking about themselves, came together and formed unions.
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It's been down pouring for the last three days here in New England but I'm looking ahead to one of my favorite local events, the Quechee Hot Air Balloon and Craft Festival held each year in nearby Quechee Vermont near Woodstock at the end of June. (Please weather gods...be nice to us again this year!)
Festival goers are allowed to mingle on the field with the balloonists and there are tons of photographers running around angling for shots of these huge colorful, beautiful balloons.
There is this magical moment that occurs when the conditions are right and the balloons are given the go ahead to take off. Over the next 20 minutes or so, balloons one by one start up their propane tanks and start firing five foot...
New advice on attending a hot air balloon fest. If it is over several days - plan to go more than once! At the last minute we decided to go on Friday night. They flew. Then on Sat and Sun nights they were grounded due to wind.
haha I know what you mean... love to photograph flowers.. hard to get them accepted or sold! still great to have fun. going to shoot hot air balloons in michigan in few weeks here... yours gave me some good ideas and the thought that its fun to capture that moment no mater what. thanks!
1. The later you are, the more excited your dogs are to see you.
2. Dogs don't notice if you call them by another dog's' name.
3. Dogs like it if you leave a lot of things on the floor.
4. A dog's parents never visit.
5. Dogs agree that you have to raise your voice to get your point across.
6. Dogs find you amusing when you're drunk.
7. Dogs like to go hunting and fishing.
8. A dog will not wake you up at night to ask, "If I died, would you get another dog?"
9. If a dog has babies, you can put an ad in the paper and give them away.
10. A dog will let you put a studded collar on it without calling you a pervert.
11. If a dog smells another dog on you, they don'...
This is why I prefer a human-being instead of a dog!
- Human photos sell better! LOL - A human can easily follow your posing instructions. - A human can smile. - A human will probably NOT pee (and even worse) on the ground. - A human have less fur then a dog :)) (well exceptions are always welcome. Watch the movie "Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006)" (this is a movie about a photographer) - A human is easier to isolate on white background! - Some humans can walk next to you, without extra effort!
:)) thanks for this nice blog, it made me smile! So I tried to add some counter opinions :))
Pinterest is a new and quickly evolving entity. Basically an infant social networking site trying to find its place in the world. One of its biggest challenges is dealing with copyright issues and finding a way to make money.
Currently it is making money via affiliate links. For example if you post a photo of the Nikon D800 under your "I gotta have" board, Pinterest adds a link to Amazon.com and if someone buys it via the link, they make a commission.
Recently Pinterest updated their terms specifically clarifying the notion that they could sell the images posted and addressing the copyright infringement issue:
"Our original Terms stated that by posting content to Pinterest you grant Pinterest the right for to sell your content. Selling content was never our intention...
And it will be repinned in perpetuity, without your copyright information. In fact, someone else can add copyright info and make it look like it is THEIR image. Pinterest may have added simpler tools to report "alleged" copyright infringement, but they are actively promoting copyright infringement. As is DT here, by putting Share buttons on all of our images, whether we consent or not, and also having their own DT pinterest account to upload images.
Just because other thieves on the internet steal contributor's images, doesn't mean DT should be actively involved, and even promoting, copyright infringement.
I had to chuckle when I ran across a stock photograph with the title "Real Man on the Phone". Real man? Like in the tongue in cheek book from a few years back "Real Men Don't Eat Quiche?"
All models are real human beings right? Well, guess the point of the term "real" is that the model was not a professional. Someone who isn't in the business of having their photograph taken. Salt of the earth, real honest to goodness "normal", "everyday" kind of guy. Someone you'd have over for a BBQ. That kind of thing.
Buyers really do often crave a level of "realness" images that are often hard to find in stock photography. Sometimes they want a photograph that screams "I am a stock photo" with all of its polish, white couches, white bookcases, perfect grooming...
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