h14nha wrote in post #16883673
The thread was about someone who had a business, asking someone else who also had a business, to provide free labour for them. I can't think of any business strategy that can sustain that. If it were to lead to paid work in future then yes, but this was a dead end street.
I then posted that I had been an accomplice to this, no more though. Like I posted earlier today, many people enjoy building/plumbing/painting etc, I suspect none of them would offer to paint McDonalds for the kudos of saying they had.
Well said. To continue the analogy, I too would never paint a McDonalds "for credit/acknowledgement." I have often, however, done construction work on the homes of disabled veterans, victims of natural disasters, etc. Similarly, I would not give my photos to most for-profit corporations for free unless I believed that the credit I received would yield substantial monetary returns in the future. I have, however, given the right to use photos to friends, informal blogs, churches, and educational institutions. The difference in each latter case is that such actions make me feel that I am giving something of value in exchange for something of value. I think a lot of photogs let their egos get in the way of evaluating the worth of "credit." No one eating at Pizza Hut is going to take the time to write down the name of the photographer who took the photo above their table, look him up on the internet, and pay for his services. But I guess it's cool to be able to point out to your friends that you basically decorated the place...sufficient enticement for some.