daniel [at] framesmedia.com
Let me here call attention to one of the most universally popular mistakes that have to do with photography - that of classing supposedly excellent work as professional, and using the term amateur to convey the idea of immature productions and to excuse atrociously poor photographs.
As a matter of fact nearly all the greatest work is being, and has always been done, by those who are following photography for the love of it, and not merely for financial reasons. As the name implies, an amateur is one who works for love; and viewed in this light the incorrectness of the popular classification is readily apparent.
I have said this before, but I think, it’s worth a reminder:
Imagine a magazine, newspaper or a website with no photographs.
Images are valuable commodities. Keep that in mind before you consider giving your images away, for free.
It is one thing to donate your time and images for a cause that is near and dear to your heart.
It is also prudent to invest time and images for promoting your business.
But it is colossally uncool when companies and organizations expect to source free images, when they pay for the utilities, mortgage or rent, salaries, Internet Service Provider and all the other basic expenses involved with running the show.
This is not the typical “hobbyists are giving away images for free” rant, but an observation.
The point is, that there is a distinct difference between giving from one’s heart, and having that kindness exploited, or taken for granted.
The next time you get a freebie request, and if/when you feel that the request is unfair, consider forwarding them this link - Reasons Why Professional Photographers Cannot Work For Free