Yet again I have had a query about a picture of mine on Flickr wanting to use it for free! This is from a commercial publisher producing print for a commercial organisation. They chose a picture from a professional photographer but are not prepared to pay for it.
I am the General Manager of a small publishing firm that produces wine, olive and timber magazines and directories. One of my staff members from our production department came across a photo of olives on Fickr (sic) which would be ideal for the use in our xxxxx xxxxxxxxx (refer attached PDF bottom right hand corner). While we do not have funds for use of this photo, we would be pleased to make a reference to your name and website in our Directory for its use. If you are happy with this arrangement, please confirm by return email and include a high resolution copy of the photo for our use (we would only use specifically for this Directory).
I look forward to your prompt reply.
Thank you for your enquiry – and for not using the image without permission.
I am a professional photographer and the sale of images is how I earn my living so I am afraid I will require a fee for the use of this image – I am sure your olive producers do not give away their olives! I am happy to let use this image for a modest fee of £65 – well below the market rate. If this arrangement is acceptable I will forward my Paypal details and send the image to you as soon as the funds are received.
With very best wishes
And her answer:
Thank you for your reply. We have sourced an alternative photo so will not be requiring the purchase of your olive picture.
I only hope they haven’t conned some other poor photographer into thinking that a small credit in an obscure publication is fair recompense for their creativity and skill.
If you have other examples of people asking for pictures for nothing please comment about them here – perhaps a little naming and shaming might be productive?
I have had to remove references to the starter of this correspondence as she threatened legal action. Obviously exploiting photographers is a matter of shame!