Seattle based and California bred, John Keatley’s photography business is run with the help of a small staff who collaborate on a gamut of marketing projects, including a well-oiled email marketing campaign.
having a large pool of images ( over 6 billion images) is not enough to break-in the photo licensing world .
You are 18 years old. You just got a point and shoot digital camera from Mom as a high school graduation present. You are super excited, as you never had a camera before. A lot of exciting things will happen in your life surrounding photography. I wanted to write this letter to you and give you some advice I wish I knew. This is coming from your 26-year-old-self.
It’s how images are sourced, the process, that the industry needs to be vigilant over.
A Tumblr site called Who Pays Photographers? helps bridge the information gap with a wiki-inspired spreadsheet listing fees paid by numerous publications, both online and in print. The site also provides information about whether the client pays expenses, how long they take to pay, and what photographers like and dislike about the client. All the information is uploaded anonymously by photographers who have shot assignments for the clients.
Many of the blogs I read and the message boards that I visit all seem to be repeating the same message: There’s no work, there’s no money, and the competition is too intense to succeed. To quote one frustrated photographer, “How do you f’ing make a living shooting pictures anymore?”
There’s nothing wrong per se with lifting images off Instagram and using them elsewhere, the editorial and/news contexts being prime examples. But the moment you put such images on the wall of an art exhibition as a curator you better realize there’s a higher bar. Those images better be able to hold their own weight. Sadly, most if the work in Goin’ Mobile failed almost spectacularly to do that. Just like in the case of probably 99% of all Instagram images, the maxim might just be: what is on Instagram should stay on Instagram
is No Cameras Allowed real or just a faked story to get some money out of kids who believe this is how the music photography business works?
As you can see, nearly everyone who visited my site came for the original image, maybe scrolled once or twice through others in that set, then left. The shop page didn’t even make it into the top ten most-visited
Film blogger, Tony Zhou, recently published a video breakdown of Michael Bay’s signature style, which he hilariously refers to as ”Bayhem.” As a lover of cinema, I watched with rapt attention as Zhou broke down the technical elements that characterize films like Transformers – rotating shots, multiple moving elements, low angles, etc.
Popular saying declares that a photo is worth a thousand words. But how is it useful if those words are meaningless? How many times have we’ve read articles or books who bring us little to no information? Words, even a thousand of them, can be deceptively useless.
for many photographers, the market for stock photography has become far less attractive during the past decade
These photographers, including Chip Litherland, Brad Mangin and Ami Vitale are continuing to amaze us, churning out fantastic work and staying on top of their game.
Want to Be a Travel Photographer? Pro Photog Ken Kaminesky Tells Us Why It’s All About The Business (and the shoes.)
A sense of wonder and rampant curiosity are vital as is a passion for wanting to see awesome places and experience new things. You don’t get into this field for the money but rather for the things that enrich your soul.
The next big frontier for anyone involved with photography online is content curation. The value of a company dealing with photography is not in its ability to attract a large amount of content – that is the easy part- but rather in its ability to create value to the content by carefully and appropriately curating it.
the increasing cost of darkroom supplies and the astronomical rent the non-profit pays for its space in Midtown Manhattan has forced the organization to shut down its darkrooms.
Just don’t call it a “day rate” because John believes that is misleads the client into thinking that they are paying you on an hourly basis rather than on your work product
the fact that publishing has been in contraction for quite some time has displaced many image licensors, but to add insult to injury the advertisers are showing attrition as well.
David Guttenfelder, Lynn Johnson, Cory Richards, and Brian Skerry—each with an equally strong passion for the different subjects they cover—have been named as the members of this inaugural group
“Anytime a photographer talks to me and says, ‘I don’t have a choice because I gotta pay my rent or mortage or my car needs to get fixed.’ I would never begrudge a photographer taking a low-end, undervalued, underpaid rate…The key is to not find yourself in that situation on a regular basis because it will ultimately hit a downward spiral that is just not going to serve you well.”