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My friend Corey spotted a Twitter avatar last night that looked just like mine. He followed the user’s link and low-and-behold there was a huge website wallpaper featuring my one of my stock mugshot images. The funny thing about this one is that I am the model in the pic. The website is ZAPRAG.com and it features products that help defend our rights as photographers. Looks to be a great use of my image and an interesting product for photographers, so head on over to their site and check it out.
I went to my very first KISS concert last night (yeah I know, how’d I miss seeing them in the 70’s?!?). It was really quite enjoyable and dare I say “family friendly”? One thing I didn’t plan on seeing though was everyone in makeup. So armed with my trusty Canon SD780IS point-n-shoot (I didn’t sneak in an SLR like another photographer we all know), I set out to capture quick pics of concert-goers looking their KISS best. Other than creating a set on Flickr, I won’t every use the pics – but it was a lot of fun taking them and interacting with the pseudo-band members.
Oh, and for the record: After attending this year’s Photoshop World, I will never be able to listen to “Rock and Roll All Nite” again without thinking of Scott Kelby (link)
Canon SD780IS – 1/13 second, f/5, ISO 1600
Thanks to Randy Lee on Twitter for spotting this in his local area and sending it over.
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Nicole Young posted a “definitely worth reading“ piece today on her blog about the recent royalty structure change for contributors at iStockphoto (link). She comes at the change with a significant amount of credibility, since she stands to lose over 10% of her royalty percentage beginning in 2011. I have mostly kept mum on the subject, but I will go on record in saying that I can see both sides of the situation. Having worked in the past for over a dozen years in a management position for a large corporation, I have been involved in making some unpopular decisions. It is never easy and when you add the community aspect of iStockphoto the difficulty compounds. On the other hand though, it is extremely hard and discouraging to take a hit to your wallet. In the case of many iStock contributors, this hit will be in the 12-25% range – ouch!
What I have taken away from the ongoing forum discussion on the subject over at iStockphoto.com though is complete disgust and disappointment. The largely one-sided comments by some of those affected (to extremely varying degrees financially btw) has literally made me sick to my stomach. I have seen hateful comments aimed at not only iStockphoto and its parent company Getty images, but also at employees of iStockphoto – hard working people that I am proud to call friends. These comments have gone beyond business and become extremely personal and threatening at times. If you think I’m exaggerating, check out this snippet from the forum discussion:
When it all comes down to it, it is business. If a person, customer or supplier doesn’t like the policies of a certain company then they can choose to not do business with that enterprise. But the threatening, insulting and general foulness I have witnessed in this situation goes beyond how civilized people should interact.
As for me, my royalty percentage will stay put at least through 2011. I still support iStockphoto and still believe in the business model.
And now it’s time to get back to work…