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Note: Update to this blog post at the bottom…
A funny email exchange yesterday between a rural Australian newspaper and myself that I thought I’d share with anyone who may care to read. If you’re a keen amateur photographer or a professional with no business sense be wary of newspapers offering a byline as payment on their belief that it will act as ‘publicity’ for you.
Thanks again for your help. This is the url that I found the pic – http://www.cameronlaird.com/keyword/20060901%200764#92346091_28iMp
Like I mentioned it was taken in 2006 so if you happen to have a more updated one of him that we could use, that’d be great. If not this image where he’s playing for the East Tigers in Townsville Qld will be fine. And of course we will attribute the image to you.
Thanks for your email. I didn’t realise that ————- was a Rural Press newspaper, a wholly owned part of Fairfax. As of yesterday Fairfax (FXJ) had a market capitalisation of 1,790 million dollars. That is a LOT, LOT, LOT more than mine and the only way I will ever get closer to that valuation is if I get paid for my photos.
How about I give you a discount and sell you the photo for 1/10,000,000 of the value of Fairfax? $179.00 (+GST). My normal price is $250.00 (+GST)
Thanks in advance, I’ll wait to hear back from you.
I totally understand your reasons and need to charge for the publication of your photos and I will put forward your request to my manager, however the problem is we need to photo today (for tomorrow’s paper) and the whole process of going through management may take too long. And I can’t promise anything – we don’t usually pay for photos but rather we give the photographer publicity.
I’ll let you know if my manager gets back to me in time.
No problem ———, I’ve been working in the media industry for 15 years – I understand how slow the pencil pushers are. ’Publicity’ might be handy for budding amateur photographers in the —– area but as I’m a professional and about 3000km from you I can’t see what good ‘publicity’ in — —– ——- is for me.
Here’s a tip that is always fun – Wander in to your COS or editor and say “I need to run a photo of Luke Branighan and a professional photographer from Townsville has a great one that he is willing to sell me for only $179 which is actually a good discount”. I’m willing to bet his response will be something along the lines of “F*ck him, we don’t pay for photos” or “Tell him the most we’ll pay is $50″. You can then respond with this – “He is willing to give us the photo for free if we give him a byline but it has to read – “We shafted Cameron Laird for this free photo”
Let me know the response.
I didn’t hear back from her.
It appears that the newspaper didn’t use my photo which is both good and bad. Good because they didn’t use a photo without permission and bad because it also means they didn’t use my suggested byline of ”We shafted Cameron Laird for this free photo”. That would have been a real shining beacon in my career if they had!
Whilst they didn’t use my photo without permission they have found another photo of Luke Branighan. Interestingly though – it seems to have proof or copyright markings on the image. I’m not accusing them of anything, just surprised that they would run a watermarked image when they
have should have the rights to the unwatermarked image.
Here’s a screengrab from their site, no idea what ran in the actual hardcopy.. (click on the image for a fullsize version)
Yesterday I was fortunate enough to meet and photograph a VERY lucky young Townsville boy who survived a sting from a deadly box jellyfish. Osborne Kewe, 7 was swimming with his sisters at Townsville’s Palleranda beach when the deadly marine stinger locked on to his arms and legs. Osborne was pulled screaming from the water by sister Desiree, 12 and was soon unconscious. A passing nurse administered CPR and brought Osborne back to life, not once but twice. Once paramedics arrived the nurse disappeared without the Kewe family finding her identity. Townsville journalist Roanne Johnson found the mystery nurse and she has appeared on the front of the Townsville Bulletin here.
Osborne’s eldest sister Tracey shot video of the incident and gave me a copy to edit together. I’ve attached it below along with a pic of Osborne and sister Desiree.
Yesterday I was commissioned to photograph Tonka, the 2yr old wombat at Billabong Sanctuary who has been diagnosed with depression following the sanctuary’s closure after Cyclone Yasi. Seems Tonka has been missing all the cuddles and hugs he’s used to and has dropped 20% of his body weight. Well, a bit of shameless PR and the reopening of the park on Saturday should solve that issue – Tonka won’t know what hit him when the kids start arriving in droves at the weekend!
Last Thursday I travelled to Weipa on Australia’s Cape York to photograph Eddie Sigai who amazingly survived a vicious attack from a saltwater crocodile. Eddie had just got out of hospital after suffering terrible wounds to his hand and back. Despite this he was really great to chat with and photograph. Eddie’s the star of Weipa at the moment and has been tagged “Crocky Balboa” and “The new Mick Dundee” by papers around Australia and the world.
Here’s a look at how my pics appeared in Sunday papers around Australia including the Sunday Mail (QLD), The Sunday Mail (SA), Sunday Telegraph (NSW), Sunday Herald Sun (VIC) as well as a few news websites around the world.
Yesterday I travelled with Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan, Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig and my old Walkley mate Member for Kennedy Bob Katter around areas devastated by Cyclone Yasi. We travelled to Ingham, Cardwell, Tully, El Arish, Cowley and Innisfail. The power of Yasi was incredible but the resilience of north Queenslanders from towns like Cardwell, Tully and Mission Beach was even more amazing.
I shot an iPhone video on the Blackhawk ride home from just north of Townsville through to landing at Townsville RAAF Air Movements. Some snaps from the day are tossed in as well.
Many of my pics will probably never see the light of day so here’s a few fyi.