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Image usage, charging, rights etc.

Well, lately that's come under the spotlight quite a bit among South African photographers and artists. Generally our musician friends have got things right by subscribing to SAMRO, a great organisation administrating the movement of royalties etc.As photographers, we're pretty much left to our own devices, serving such a wide variety of clientele, that most of us don't even know the beginning or the end of what our images are doing, promoting, or what our rights to these images are.For years photographers have been told that "Copyright lies with the commisioner". This means the client owns the images. It seems though, through those who have read the law, that this would mean the FINAL image(s), and not the variations leading to the final selected image. Those remain the property of the photographer. Graphic designers, for instance, don't, to my knowledge, supply all variations of designs to the client, but only the final se…

Moving onto the next level

Ever been in a position in your business where you know you need to advance the quality (w.o.w. better-paying, faster-paying) of you clientele. I have very loyal and good clients, but due to the business they run, industries they serve etc, their budgets are not always that big. For me to get a raise doing more work doesn't always sort out the problem, but I need better charge-out rates. As an employee you wait for the next increase or promotion, but with a business its kinda difficult, because price-increases puts you at risk of losing your income. Imagine taking an increase at the risk of losing your job! How do I keep my existing clientele, and get more lucrative jobs? If I go the route of an agent, the clients will by default have bigger clients, but will I get enough work? If I keep on marketing myself, will I ever get the bigger clients? Mmm. What to do what to do.

Taking off.

Getting ideas of the ground and into functional units of gainful productivity is a rather tedious process, littered with disappointment, learning curves, unlearning curves, courage and sugar coated with luck. Or none at all.

I understand that the inventor of the Bic pen had a journey of sorts before finally getting his pen into production. He was turned down at every turn, because since pens were elegant creations, creating disposable ones was like creating disposable Kruger-Rands (any takers...?). Somebody gave him a break - Parker tried to break his spirit - but I'm not sure who it was. The point is it took years to get his genius into the hands of stock takers, secretaries, MD's, children, waiters, petrol attendants, astronaughts (though it failed in space because it relies kinda heavily on gravity to function - hoorah to the Russians who decided to use pencils, rather than spend millions on researching new writing utensils like the Americans did), lawyers (imagine the amou…

Inspiration

It's something I've been thinking about lately... excellence and inspiration. I'm not the type of artist/creative that feels the need to EXPRESS myself per se. I find a lot of enjoyment in taking up an assignment and making the ordinary look extraordinary. I'm not a photographer who does a lot of abstract, creative, art photography. I don't know if it's that I lack something to say, but I seldom feel this urge, although I have felt it.

I've been thinking a lot about inspiration. I WANT to express myself a bit more. I fear that I might start losing the ambision to have an edge creatively. For that I need to do some more creative, off the cuff and spontaneous work - JUST FOR ME. Maybe that's the big problem here: my work as a commercial artist revolves around the client's brief and my interpretation. Maybe I just need to kick it once in a while, and not care one bit about what others will think.

I struggle to find things to photograph just for kicks. I…