Whether it is a wedding photo shoot or capturing the journey of becoming a parent – photography has somehow become a major part of today’s lifestyle to capture and recreate beautiful moments. Despite its huge demand, till date, many people come up with weird requests of free photography to many professional photographers. Let’s find out about the common things that people generally say to you for showing your photography talent for free.
Giving Credits for Your Photos
If you are struggling to make your career in the field of photography, most of the times, you are going to get requests like “You’ll be given photo credits. Your website link will be shared with your images”. Now, do you know what is the saddest but truest part? Photo credits or free photography is not going to pay your bills. When photography is your profession, this is the way you earn and manage your expenses. Therefore, you absolutely should not entertain or accept such kind of eerie proposals.
Serving Charity Purpose
Another common instance of asking for your stock images at free of cost is by saying that they are going to be used for charity purposes. Well, if you support the cause or if it is for a cause with higher morals and social engagement, there should not be any problem to allow them to take and make proper use of your photos. Probably, charity purpose is the only reason, where photographers would not give a second thought before allowing their photos to use at free of cost.
Budget Issues for Photography
When any publication comes up with this excuse that they have some budget issues and they can’t pay you now, except giving you the exposure, it is better to learn to say “NO!”. Usually, the publications have fixed budget for everything, even for the photography. If they cannot pay you for using your photographs from your image library, do not get assured that they are going to provide you that great level of exposure at all.
Promising to Give Great Exposure
Yes, a scope to get a great exposure is always lucrative for a professional photographer. However, one thing you must remember that exposure is good, but once again, it is not going to pay your bills! People would see the unfamiliar and rare images from your image library, would appreciate your stock images, but would their appreciation bear your expenses?
Hence, make sure that if you’re good at something, you get paid for it to put it to use unless you yourself wish to do it for free.