Posts tagged photojournalism
Posts tagged photojournalism
Last month I removed my profile from Pinterest because after reading the Terms of Service I found out that Pinterest gave itself the right to sell my work without my permission and/or knowledge and without further compensation to me. Although they just changed that practice, they along with other mass media (except Tumblr) keep the right to use my work product for their own benefit without any compensation to me… ever. So the question becomes whether or not it is worth the price of entry for me to pay (even though the services are purported to be free—by grabbing the rights to use my work I am in essence paying for the service) balanced with the exposure my work gets. That is a question that each photographer and/or artist has to answer for him or herself. I, for one, think the price is too high.
The social media revolution is filled with opportunities for self-promotion, but it also poses challenges for photographers who are concerned about protecting their copyrighted, unique creative work. Here’s a balanced approach to protecting your work.
Professional photographers as well as many “weekend warriors” and serious amateur shooters have a love/hate relationship with the Internet, especially on social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Tubmlr, Google+, and Pinterest. On the one hand, it’s a great way to display your work to potential clients, generate print orders, and promote your business. On the other hand, it has never been easier for your copyrighted material to be used without your permission. All you need to know is how to right-click.
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My photographs of Occupy Chicago I took a couple of weeks ago where featured on the CBS Chicago website!! Check them out!!! Awesome!!! I found out about these totally by chance-I had previously uploaded the photographs along with authorization for their use without modification and with credit. I suppose CBS thought they don’t have to notify me—but I am still happy to see them being used! This motivates me to go out and get some more shots and put them up.
I spent Saturday with the protesters occupying the Chicago Streets. What I saw was happening was a grass root effort by the youth and some not so young people showing their frustration at the government. I tried to capture the fluid nature of the events and the decision making process. It appeared that everyone involved is or has been affected by the Wall Street and the Financial Institution’s economic manipulations that has led to the financial collapse that we have been experiencing for the past few years.
Regardless of the validity of the Movement and their reasons that has brought these people together, this is what Democracy looks like—Freedom of Speech and Peaceful Assembly.
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My Chicago street photography and photojournalism photographs taken during the Chicago Gay Parade were featured on the CrabbyGolightly.com website. Check it out: