From Photoshop User magazine, November 2012
It is getting tough being a creative.
My post, All Tech and Little Talent, explored the similar questions raised in the article above. A few readers commented that the amateurs are not affecting the professionals. I mentioned that there was noise brewing on this subject webwide, but really did not have places to send readers to see for themselves.
Then the magazine came in the mail a week later. A podcast on Photofocus appeared within days of my blog post where two professional photographers were discussing the impact that amateurs are having on the profession of photography.
Many of the points were almost verbatim of what I posted, so you can see these issues are hitting a raw nerve of photographers making their chosen profession increasingly difficult. Addressing the doom and gloom, many are abandoning their professions because their expenses outweigh their profits. Like the article says, “you can’t beat free.”
The article noted for the first time, low-end DSLR cameras are outselling point and shoots. This is telling as amateurs are taking their hobbies more seriously by investing in better equipment.
And to make matters worse…
The little bee above is letting these unscrupulous businesses know what I think about these practices!
There are too many businesses out there that are either stealing images off the web, like in my own experience, (It Had to Happen Sometime – ‘Beeware’ Fellow Petunias) or legitimately requesting the use of amateur images. Most would not commission an amateur due to the unpredictability of quality, but with all the millions of images from which to choose, do they have to?
My personal thoughts… I feel bad for those making a living and having work stolen from them. I abhor those doing it for pennies on the dollar or for free. It is taking food off the table of these hard-working souls and their families.
I do not promote my work for sale and only have sold enough (from legitimate requests) to keep me fresh in handy lenses and gear. I appreciate the fact that my hobby can at least pay for itself this way, (my newest acquisition – a Coolpix that SWIMS. I am getting excited for snorkeling in St Lucia).
I have been asked to do on site location shoots and have told those asking to hire a professional (some I have worked with before).
When I worked for the architecture firm, a professional was hired for all important shoots. I only filled in on work that was not for print or was for documentation purpose like if the firm needed images to help for a lawsuit for instance. But now… with budgets so tight and work so spread out among competitors, you have to wonder what is happening to photographers now in all fields.
The podcast tells what is happening to wedding photographers.
From GBBD in the Falls
Further developing chaos to photographers, and additionally more troublesome, images are being lifted and redirected to unsavory commercial sites when searched on Google Image Search. Some even get clicked on and end up at porn sites.
It happened to my two images of the Swallowtail. Drag them off the site and drop them in Google Image Search and get taken to another site in Niagara Falls (not porn at least), plus a few other places too. The image does not appear on their site, but is misdirected there by Google. When you Google Image Search my photo, it has lost all connection to my site. I have taken steps to rectify this, but will have to see where it leads.
The images were renamed and now are working for at least three other websites. And these are not the only two photos of mine lost in this manner. I lose around 100 photos per day. I am finding now they don’t link back. There is little recourse on this too, since the origin of the image is stored on an anonymous server and may have been sold to these businesses by the hundreds so they get numerous site visits.
I will keep posting them until Google gets this fixed or sees there is a problem with ownership. Come on Webbots, do your JOB right! Catch these bandits.
Coming up next is a series of posts on the garden. The series will run monthly.
Our area is expected to take a storm hit with high winds, flooding and power outages. We are experiencing high winds and rains right now. I am hoping the damage is minimal across the country, but by what I am seeing on TV, my prayers are with all those affected.
Here are the first three in the creativity series in case you have missed any.