A note from a web site that has used my images and unique words for free and when they were going to publish the 4th set they said my blog website was down and this is my reply to them.
Yes, I know my web site is down, this is due to non payment of the web hosting fee’s, If you are wondering why I cannot pay them is that everybody wants to use my photographs for free and not pay me in any context. This is aimed at everyone who approaches me on any matter, I am not singling you out here. Even the major companies do not want to pay either for the use of any images and they have the resources and money to do so.
I cannot go on like this, in fact it is making me bankrupt, as I am in debt due to this practice, and will have to go back to a 9-5 job and not get the photographs I want to produce just to survive life e.g. rent, food and usual life’s expenses. This is not something I relish as it will depress me and will probably hang up my camera for any more editorial work on the environment which is a shame as it is an avenue I wanted to peruse.
I was hoping the exposure of 20,000 visitors to your web site someone or two would be in contact with myself in order to buy photographs from me, or get me to collaborate on another project where they pay me. In fact I have had less than 10 visitors per month from your site, if I look very deeply it is less than 5. This is not an acceptable rate for a web site of 20,000 visitors per month if those figures are correct.
So if this was the real world old school before digital really took hold and using real examples of how much I would get paid per article, using the Cradoc Caption writer engine via Photoshelter who I am hosting with, my photographs would cost as follows. The words rate for editorial can be found on https://www.the-efa.org/rates/ But the fees below are currently what agencies like Gettys do charge you for the use of my photographs.
4 Photographs world wide rights, based on editorial/education and up to 1 year license on a 1/4 page usage the fee per image is $382, Words can be paid from 26 Cents to 50 cents per word, so a mid point around 38 cents for this calculation is 38 cents. Other stock photo sites for these unique images would be similar prices and the prices on Gettys and others are a very similar price. Please note I do not use micro stock libraries and the work I that I have done is unique and not generalized so would not fit on micro stock libraries. My images are up on a major stock photo web site.
4 Photos x $382 $ 1528
350 words x 0.38 = $ 133
$ 1661 per article
If I put that into perspective to get the Photographs from Nepal cost me flights (KL to Nepal) $400plus each 3 night accommodation at $10 per night, food $20, Visa fee $25,= $875 min, if I go to Australia the flight costs are $200 each way KL to Sydney, accommodation $ 75, food $50 = $525 and the list goes on.The balances from paid per article minus cost allows me to travel more within that country and take more photographs and write more articles that can be published. The remainder is use for my internet usage, camera equipment, computer insurance and other related costs
Please Note if I get paid, I am happy, Pay my bills and are more willing to go to difficult countries to get similar images, but without payment, I get one set and leave it at that, no follow through, as there would have been a lot more opportunities in Nepal, Australia, & Philippines (where it was very dangerous as I walked by houses and people openly had guns of all kinds where I was photographing).
Other photographers and journalists get paid, So why not me I ask you?.
You are going to come back to me and say there is no budget and I ask why there is no budget for this (as any accountant will ask), when you did the cost calculations for the magazine, where was this line on the spread sheet?, your internet providers get paid, plus office and staff in NY which is not cheap I know. Yes you are providing a free resource web site, but as you are company with many sponsors/contributors there will be a fee coming from most of them.
So why do you not pay photographers for their articles?? (no budget is not an answer)
So I thought this was going to be an opportunity to get exposure and sell my work to a few people, but it has not happened like that and I am very very disappointed. I do have a solution to the blog , but I await your reply first, as so far I have given you 3 articles with 3 sets of unique images and words which should have netted me around $4500 plus dollars based on real world prices and with this next article that brings it up even more. Even if we negotiated on the above rates, I could have kept my web site up, bills paid and plan more travel to get unique environmental images. It does not matter where I am based or what nationality I am. You and the “magazine/web industry” now needs to pay a fair rate for the work us photographers do and bringing you unique images with suitable words to illustrate them.
I await your reply
my web site is www.imagesfromaroundtheworld.com and the photographs can be found on these direct links
I have submitted an article to them on using images from this gallery and this is where the response to them is coming from
They have used images from these galleries, plus my own unique words of 250-600 each time