With todays mass amount of photographs available, some long-time pro photographers have been hit pretty hard in the pocketbook and today’s new-on-the-scene photographers are struggling to make it in this business. And to top it off, businesses are now expecting to get images for free. Some businesses promise exposure, recognition, credit, but nothing monetary. The business benefits from the free art, and the photographer - well the photographer gets to give away their work for free. Then some just take it, without asking, without giving credit.
Now realistically some of the blame should be placed on the photographers themselves. They are allowing this to happen, they are the perpetrators. With so many amateur photographers available today - credit, recognition or just for the fun of it, is more than enough compensation for them. The problem is they are dragging down a whole industry, an industry that use to be profitable for those that were serious about it and needed to make a living from photography.
The answer - well there really isn’t one that I am aware of. Times are changing and changes will have to made. It can just be frustrating.
Where do we draw the line between 'free' photography? And paying for the 'use' of photos?