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I have been contacted by a design company in Germany asking if they can use a couple of my photographs of the riverside museum in Glasgow. They would credit the photographs and have offered my a Flickr Pro account as payment. I am unlikey to use a Pro account as I hardly use my current ordinary account - I am also aware that the offer seems a bit mean. However, at this stage I am more keen to promote my photography than to earn a huge amount from such commissions and this seems like a good oppportunity for promotion.
I'd like to know your thoughts on the matter and what, under normal circumstances, would be a reasonable offer for the use of the photographs.
Thanks in advance
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I run two e-magazines and make it very clear to contributors that I cannot pay for either articles or photographs because, quite simply, the magazines are free to browse and generate no income. In that sense, a Flickr Pro account might be better than nothing (although, like you, I would have no use for one).
On the other hand, if the particular magazine has a revenue generation potential, than maybe they should be paying. But remember that they can get royalty-free images of just about any subject for pennies from the millions lodged in image libraries.
Edit: Just had a look at Alamy. They have loads of images of Glasgow Riverside Museum available for £5 for web use. Maybe use that as a guide.
Ta very for your response. I must admit I tend to agree with you. Although this magazine is commissioned by a big furniture design company who seem to have quite a few high profile projects and are not short of a penny or two I take your point about free images; the value of the credits on the magazine may well be worth more than anything they would offer to pay. Now, what would be a useable alternative to a Flickr Pro account (I already have my owne website)?
I personally think credit bylines are a poor substitute for hard cash, to the extent that I don't particularly care if my pictures are credited or not. High profile competitions and the like might be a different thing and be worth a punt, but random photo credits and half-baked promises are the typical bait of freeloaders.
If the Mag is only published in Germany - will it help you being credited?
If the credit now seems less of little value to you I'd initially ask for them to paypal email you 50-100 Euro's for each image on the basis that if you don't ask you don't get, and the flickr account will expire in a year forcing you to pay to see your own images if you have used it.
The mag is published worldwide in English and the company has global connections, so the distribution is pretty good.
Jack, thanks for your suggestion. I have made the offer to the mag. I'll let you know how I get on.
I've proposed charges for each photograph at the low end of Jack's suggestion and the contact says it should be OK. He's off to check with his client.
I see you have come to a satisfactory conclusion, but I wouldn't have discounted the flickr pro account quite so readily.
It would have given you a secure back up of your high res images, and if you have a bespoke site you will have an area to store the images that you link to in your gallery.
I know it's probably teaching grandmothers to suck eggs, but if someone is just starting out it is worth pointing out the benefits of these on-line repositories.
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