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Old 07-11-2008, 05:59 AM   #61
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I think if I lucked into a shot they liked I'd be willing to split some money off of something that I would most likely never earn a penny from otherwise... something is better than nothing and all that... any of the pros are already going to be out there trying to make money anyway. This project will likely be like a photographic American Idol - a few good ones that can succeed, some so-so contributions, and the rest a lot of wasted time... only not as funny as William Hung.
I agree, it exposes people as photographers that wouldn't have otherwise been published. It's almost like the lottery though, as there are so many good (and bad) photos on Flickr, I would imagine the photos picked are still few and far between.

Seeing as that the odds are about the same, I'd rather win the lottery. $5 million is better than getting a photo published.
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Old 07-11-2008, 06:11 AM   #62
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my Flickr pics are as good as National Geographic !

why I haven't heard from the The Getty image editors yet?
maybe they are just sorting out which ones they want to publish
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my Flickr pics are as good as National Geographic !

why I haven't heard from the The Getty image editors yet?
maybe they are just sorting out which ones they want to publish
Obviously, they're trying to decide how many editions to publish and how large the coffee table books will be when printed. They face similar questions with my work!

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Old 07-11-2008, 08:54 AM   #64
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"Thoughts?" Beware of the hype... Another viewpoint on the announcement: "How Getty Is Killing The Stock Photo Industry"
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"Thoughts?" Beware of the hype... Another viewpoint on the announcement: "How Getty Is Killing The Stock Photo Industry"
A very valid argument. I'd have to agree with this.
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Old 07-11-2008, 07:07 PM   #66
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A very valid argument. I'd have to agree with this.
I'm not that familiar with the issues (and not a professional photographer) but it sounds like Photoshelter.com is one of those stock photo agencies where the photographer gets a greater percentage and they are upset "iphoto"/Getty is offering to buy photos at a cheaper price - so what? if a business wants a certain type photo why not buy it at the lowest market price ?
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Old 07-11-2008, 07:17 PM   #67
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Flickr has already been allowing other web surfers to do this, but up until now have been doing it without flickr users permission. Many users have found their pictures showing up on other web site's advertising. Those users had their images marked "all rights reserved". To flickr this really hasn't meant anything.

So now it looks as though they are trying to make up for their mistakes.

Did you ever hear of the story about the 15 year old girl who had a friend take a pic of her. The pic was put on flickr. Then some months later it was found that the pic was used in an advertising campaing in Australia. The company that used it never got permission from the person who took the pic nor from the 15 year old girl to use her likeness.

There are many types of software out there that will search flickr for tags, groups and names for different things, then it will just take the pic and give it to companies without telling them about any copywrite issues.

I have taken all my pics out from any groups I was in and also removed ALL my tags. I have had a few people email me about using one of my pics for different websites or books or something. I can only imagine how many didn't email me, but still used a pic without asking my permission.

I no longer upload images to flickr and once I get my smugmug account up to date I will remove all my images from flickr and cancel my account.
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I'm not that familiar with the issues (and not a professional photographer) but it sounds like Photoshelter.com is one of those stock photo agencies where the photographer gets a greater percentage and they are upset "iphoto"/Getty is offering to buy photos at a cheaper price - so what? if a business wants a certain type photo why not buy it at the lowest market price ?
To understand Getty is to understand the problem. They've grown not by beating the competition though pricing and superior offerings. They've done it primarily snapping up the competition and negotiating exclusive deals that have frozen out others. They've also become an "800 lbs. Gorilla" to both clients and photographer. The Flickr move, as stated by Getty, isn't expected to kick much money to Flickr users... it's to lock up another "library" so another company can't access it. It's the standard Getty playbook. In the press release it's made to sound like it's a wonderful thing, but it isn't going to amount to much to shooters selected and they'll lose control of their images in the process. And the squeeze continues on the photographer's incomes. Photoshelter is a recent "upstart" that has expressed an interest in serving both the clients as well as photographers and doesn't keep a lion's share of the royalties in the process. They aren't being hurt by Getty, they've taken business away from them.
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Alternative to Flickr Pro account?

Hello all.

For the last couple of years, I've had a free Flickr Pro account, as a part of my Verizon DSL service. However, I just found out that little bonus is going to be discontinued soon. In order to keep my Pro account, I'll have to pony up $25 per year.

I'm debating whether I'd rather pay the $25 to Flickr, or change to another photo hosting service. I do like the social aspects of Flickr however.

My needs are fairly simple I suppose. I only download JPG files, since I don't shoot in RAW.

Any suggestions for other photo hosting services? As long as I'm going to pay, I'd like to get the best bang for my buck.

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I'm debating whether I'd rather pay the $25 to Flickr, or change to another photo hosting service. I do like the social aspects of Flickr however.
Thanks!
why not continue with the free Flickr ?
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why not continue with the free Flickr ?
Well, I thought about that, but the free Flickr accounts are quite limiting. For example, you can only post 200 photos.

Any other suggestions? Thanks!
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Old 12-06-2008, 11:46 AM   #72
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I had the pro flickr account. When I first started using flickr I really liked it. I liked the idea of the groups and the comments and stuff. Then I started getting requests from people about using my photos for different publications which I though was cool. Then I started reading stories about images being taken from peoples accounts with out their knowledge and showing up in publications they didn't know about. The more I read the more I didn't like it. I can only imagine how many times my pictures have been taken without my knowledge. Even though flickr has one of those "all rights protected" things, they don't follow it and they don't enforce it. In fact they've sold their lists to outside companies to freely search for keywords in flickr so those companies can find images even quicker.

I have since removed ALL my tags, removed ALL my images from any groups and have started to delete all my images from flickr.

I now use smugmug (though zenfolio is just as good). Their privacy and security is worlds better than flickr could even think about being. I have a number of galleries on my smugmug account that are listed as private, unsearchable and password protected. I can choose whether people can purchase pictures from a specific gallery or not. I can limit which size they images can be viewed at. I can also (with the Power account) put a right click protect on galleries I want (my sister got mad at me earlier this week because she couldn't copy any of the new pics of the kids I uploaded there). With the Pro account you can also add watermarks and set prices on pictures if you wish.

I find it easier to set up galleries and arrange things how I want.

Now even with most of the security steps smugmug takes people can still find the images and download them, but it is much more difficult and much less likely to happen than with flickr. Flickr has some privacy measures, but I've found their customer service to be poor and based on ariticle I've read they don't want to change a lot of what they do.

This was the article that finally drove me to move away from flickr.

Others may have other opinions, this is just mine. Take it for what its worth.

If you do go with smugmug, I can save you $5 if you use this code: eeWMM89aMx1lc

Good luck with your decision.
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If you do go with smugmug, I can save you $5 if you use this code: eeWMM89aMx1lc

Good luck with your decision.

I'm considering using Smugmug......how long is the code valid for?

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Old 12-06-2008, 11:56 AM   #74
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Have you looked at www.smugmug.com ?

they have unlimited uploads and great communities as well.

If you like it you can use this code for a $5 discount. EDfLfDAAygNVM

I also get a little somethin' for referring you.

But a pro account is about $100 a year. IT has its own features like I can set my prices for photo sales.

the standard account at smug may be equivalent to the pro account at other places.

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I'm considering using Smugmug......how long is the code valid for?

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The code is good for as long as I have a smugmug account. I don't plan on leaving anytime soon.
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