I totally agree with you. I have for some time jave stopped donating my
photographs. No matter what the worthy cause one must always remember the
the photographer not only uses his creative talents to make the images but
most have a very large sum of money invested in equipment, travel, and
From: Vermont Birds [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Bryan Pfeiffer
Sent: Friday, June 13, 2008 12:53 PM
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Subject: [VTBIRD] On Donating Bird Photos
Recognizing that VTBIRD isn't quite the venue for this, allow me nonetheless
to take issue with two recent requests posted here for free bird photos -
one from the Burlington Free Press and the other from Rutland Magazine.
First, a disclaimer: I sell my bird and insect photography. So I stand to
lose when others donate photos. Hey, I realize it's a free market. Any of us
is free to give away bird photos.
But when you do so, please recognize that you are giving away something of
value to help a publication make money. Would you donate one of your
favorite prints to Wal-Mart so that it can sell it to customers and pocket
the income? I myself have on occasion (and reluctantly) donated bird images
to newspapers when the accompanying article would help a conservation cause
or organization. But newspapers and magazines, while arguably providing a
public service, have budgets and make profits. They pay writers for
articles; they should pay photographers for photos. That includes you.
Thanks for reading.