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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)
Big night for me tomorrow – my wife and I are heading to the Crown Casino in Melbourne for the Walkley Awards where I’ll collect my 2010 Nikon-Walkley Australian Portrait Prize! Will be awesome to catch up with a lot of my news colleagues from around Oz and it’s also VERY rare for me to get in a full tuxedo so that should be fun (or funny depending on how you look at it).
Independent Member for Kennedy Bob Katter MP today issued a press release about my award and he discusses his thoughts about the pic and its relevence to the federal election campaign. The full PDF of the release is available here or you can click on the image below to read a JPG version.
I’ve also been on ABC local radio today where I was interviewed by presenter Paula Tapiolas. You can listen to an MP3 of the interview here (Cam’s interview on ABC Radio) and visit the ABC website here to see their blog/story about my Walkley along with an extra pic.
Tomorrow morning I’m live on Melbourne talkback radio MTR1377 with ‘shock-jock’ Steve Price. You can listen to me make a fool of myself (hopefully not!) live online at this link. Hit the ‘Listen Live’ button for all the fun!
And here’s my winning pic fyi…
I guess I’ve earned the right to blow my own trumpet, at least for today. Last night I was honoured to win the 2010 Nikon-Walkley Australian Portrait Prize at a presentation in Sydney. I’ve never entered a photo competition as, to be honest, I have never really found made the time. This year I was prompted by fellow snappers Peter Wallis and Derek Moore to enter a couple of my Bob Katter pics in Australia’s equivalent to the Pulitzer Prize, the Walkley Awards. There are a few news clippings floating around the web – here, here, here
The Courier-Mail reporter Peter Michael assisted me to pen this entry statement that was included with my entry.
Kingmaker Bob Katter has almost become a caricature of himself with his maverick reputation, ten gallon hat, and cowboy boots.
Everyone in Katter Country, the vast electorate of Kennedy, knows the wily 65-year-old MP where he boasts a cult like status enjoying three-quarters of the two-party preferred vote.
But in the rest of Australia, the lawmaker who is likely to cast a deciding vote in Australia’s cliffhanger election is virtually unknown.
For insight into his political pedigree before turning Independent in outrage at rural de-regulation by the National Party, his dining room is dominated by a huge portrait of Red Ted Theodore, one of the giants of the Labor movement.
There’s also an impressive collection of bayonets and old Enfield rifles above a swag of war medals in the silver cabinet.
Love him or loathe him, Bob Katter is today one of the most powerful men in Australian politics.
“In some parts of my electorate the Coalition is about as popular as a black snake in a sleeping bag.
“Equally, in other parts a Labor supporter is as rare as a feathered frog on the Murranji Track.
“I simply want to go with whoever offers the best deal for the bush.
“I’ve been screaming into the wind for years. It’s time for a get square.”
I had the opportunity to photograph Katter as he arrived in Townsville on a light plane after travelling from his Charters Towers home on the day after the federal election. He had brought his grand-daughter Kate, 11 along for the ride. Katter was glued to the phone and Kate, being a little cold, threw on Katter’s jacket and ten gallon hat. Sitting with her lanky grandad between the ladies and gents bathrooms in the tiny aerodrome hanger she seemed excited to be thrust into the limelight.
The next day I headed out to Katter’s home in Charters Towers where I sat down to tea and lamingtons in the family lounge room. Katter, once again glued to the phone, threw a leg over the lounge chair and with his Enfield rifles proudly displayed on the wall I thought this was a perfect reflection of Katter, ‘the unknown’.
Photographs: Cameron Laird (0418 238811)
Shot for News Limited group
Published in The Courier-Mail, The Australian, Daily Telegraph, Herald Sun in the week following the federal election.
Yesterday I was sent out to Queensland Nickel’s Yabulu refinery to provide a pic to go along with a story about the new Emissions Trading Scheme introduced to parliament yesterday. The Australian newspaper ran the pic on page 5 today along with Natasha Bita’s story.
Saw this on the web earlier and it gave me a great laugh. Those old school reporters not embracing the web had better either get a bit geeky or risk being ‘so yesterday’.