There is a reason for the blank screen on the above video. You’re just going to have to press play to find out.
PLEASE READ THE FINE PRINT
Once upon a time, there was a vast image library, they ran a promo to get more photographers, or should I say to make more money. It was a simple plan.
The photographer would pay them US$50 per image to have them place the picture in this prestigious agency. In return, the photographer would say **** represented them, plus they would receive industry-leading percentage returns on any sales.
It was such a great promotion that in a few days, they had to close the offer. They were inundated with new stock images and presumably $50 notes.
Fast forward a few years, and we find some of our stock images have made their way over to this agency. Not via a direct route. Instead, via a series of mergers and take-overs.
The above picture was sold and a commission of $0.11 was paid into our trading account. That money only being forwarded to us when the account reaches $100 or more:
You see our pictures where on a portfolio site. Not for sale, as it was a back-facing folio accessed only via invitation. However, the service provider was taken over by a much larger fish. Who, in turn, was swallowed by a much larger marine creature:)
To make a very long story, very short. A limited number of our pictures ended up for sale via the same mega-library mentioned at the start of this story.
And, true to form, they are now asking us to pay them to have continued representations. Not $50 per image, but from memory, about $100 per year.
The moral to this story is to be careful what you sign-up for and read every word of agreements to host your images. Plus, read every single sentence of any emails you get from the service provider.
LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT AUSSIE COPYRIGHT
This is a great place to start.
The Move to MEWE
The downsides to this is it costs us $$ to have business pages additional storage and a number of other things provided free by FB. Free that is if you don’t count giving FB the keys to your privacy:)
Friday Foto Tips Tricks and Tutorials
If you haven’t already guessed, state borders will be “slammed shut” in an instant if new outbreaks of Covid occur.
Certainly not the news I’d been waiting for:) But, then again, this isn’t news that we hadn’t expected.
Back, way back in the early days of my photography journey, I use to dabble with a technique called split-toning. Briefly, it went like this.
While making a chemical print in the darkroom, we treated the paper to several chemical processes to change the perceived tone of an image. Mostly we would make the dark tones more cool or blue if you prefer while shifting the colour of the lighter areas to warmer or brown tones.
We called that process split toning, obviously we also toned with single colours. For example most people will be familiar with the Sepia toning, which was in the days of film and chemically processed prints was simply another chemical step in the process of print making.
The above image, captured on the edge of the Coorong in South Australia is the digital equivalent of that process. You can find dozens if not hundreds of filters/plugins to do this. Or you can modify the colour of the darker tones and light tones separately in your chosen image editing software.
A DSLR AND A MIRRORLESS CAMERA WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?
We have an explanation HERE.
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