I don’t get pro photographers

I’m a big fan of Ben Saunders, mostly because I get to vicariously live through him (and I do plan on donating to his next big adventure), but in this entry he says:

I’ve taken the photos down again for now – I’m slightly concerned about people nicking expedition photos that I’ve nearly lost digits trying to take…

It goes on, and I know Ben’s not a pro photo guy so I don’t mean to pick on him specifically, but I’ve seen the same message from a lot of other people that used flickr and happen to make their living taking photos. “I don’t like people nicking my photos” and “Is there any way to prevent others from making blog posts about my photos, using my photos?” are the things you often hear from them in the flickr forums.

Photos are jpeg files on the internet. Everyone that looks at a photo online makes a copy of the file at flickr.com just to view it in their browser. Sometimes people like photos and save them and maybe even make them their desktop background. Sometimes those same people add you as a contact and become fans of your photography. These are all good things for people that like looking at photos and photographers.

Free Flickr contest over

I got a handful of great responses in my earlier Flickr Pro giveaway thread. I love the idea of repurposing flickr for a wedding photographer — you could use the private gallery options to show photos to clients and keep the negatives. I love the idea of helping out budding photographers, limited by the free account’s storage boundaries, I’ve always felt artists should never be limited by tools.

But I love helping non-profits more, so I have to give the top nod to the Free the Slaves site. I think having a way to email photos from the field or from members worldwide could really shed light on their work and hopefully help end the practices of forced labor and child labor.

Several others said they might give away their extra flickr pro accounts to other posts in the thread, so if you hear from a random stranger about it, that’s why.

Oh, by the way, if anyone from the Free the Slaves site could email me their flickr free account name, I can then upgrade it to pro status.