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Jul 29, 2008 20:47 |  #1

Well, it finally happened to me. A small magazine wanted to use one of my pictures on their cover and would credit me as I wish. Oh, be still my beating heart. A freaking cover and only a stinking credit?

I'll admit that I'm feeling even more negative about the whole thing as I completely disagree with the magazine goals to begin with. (And further discussion would be outside the policies of POTN.) Heck, I doubt I'd even sell it to them, but still the nerve.

This is the photo. Not really cover quality IMO.

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Jul 29, 2008 21:22 |  #2

Magazine covers are a different style of photography than conventional (sic) photography.

This photo may be just what they need to illustrate an article they are running or some event they're sponsoring.

Being so small, it's hard to get a real feel for the quality, but placement of Logo and "headlines" take away a lot of unused space on the photo.

As far as getting just a credit, I say Go For It. You can always use the cover as an example of your work, a reference, and an opportunity to show off to those cousins that think they shoot better than you.

Here's my example,


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Jul 29, 2008 21:26 |  #3

DAMphyne wrote in post #6010170 (external link)
As far as getting just a credit, I say Go For It. You can always use the cover as an example of your work, a reference, and an opportunity to show off to those cousins that think they shoot better than you.

Well, as I said, I strongly disagree with the goals and opinions of the magazine and don't want my name anywhere near it.

(Nice cover, BTW)


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Jul 29, 2008 21:34 |  #4

I missed the part about the mag not being your taste, I agree with you, don't let them use it.
As far as the photo goes, you can see what I mean, yours would be a usable photo.
And I do think 'credit' can be good, in the right situation.
I enjoyed this cover, the credit got me some other work, not bird photography related.


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Jul 30, 2008 09:17 |  #5

tiktaalik wrote in post #6010190 (external link)
Well, as I said, I strongly disagree with the goals and opinions of the magazine and don't want my name anywhere near it.

(Nice cover, BTW)

Stick by your principles!
Also, Credit only for a cover is unacceptable! The cover is what they bank on to sell magazines on the rack.

If the MUST have it and were willing to pay, jack up the price, request your name not be used, and donate the proceeds to the opposing camp. One you do support:D But I do understand, there are some organizations I would not sell to at any price.

Shooting for covers is a whole different game. When I am out for a cover shot I have to constantly make myself recompose a shot. It is not natural, rules are out the window....Got to leave space for this, that, and the other....


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Jul 30, 2008 10:17 |  #6

Milner wrote in post #6012933 (external link)
Stick by your principles!
Also, Credit only for a cover is unacceptable! The cover is what they bank on to sell magazines on the rack.

I would probably feel differently if this were a local neighborhood publication or a tiny magazine produced by folks I know, but this magazine definitely should have a budget for cover photos, even if is small.

If the MUST have it and were willing to pay, jack up the price, request your name not be used, and donate the proceeds to the opposing camp. One you do support:D But I do understand, there are some organizations I would not sell to at any price.

Yep, they are definitely an organization that I cannot support in any way, shape, or form, even if it's just a picture.


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Jul 30, 2008 10:21 |  #7

What an intriguing question... what magazine could you possibly hate so much that would want a picture of a lizard on the cover?


(apologies to the actual reptile who may or may not be a lizard)


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Jul 30, 2008 10:24 as a reply to  @ TheHoff's post |  #8

The Hoff has a point - we're all intrigued. you've gotta tell us!


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Jul 30, 2008 10:28 |  #9

TheHoff wrote in post #6013305 (external link)
What an intriguing question... what magazine could you possibly hate so much that would want a picture of a lizard on the cover?

They are extremely anti-science and the photo, of a marine iguana from the Galapagos Islands, would be used to distort the realities of the Islands and what can be learned from them.

I'm dancing around forum rules here, but if that doesn't answer the question, a small hint is to be found in my nickname, and a bigger one from the name of the magazine left in my Pbase comment area for the picture. Yes, it's one of my hot-button issues.

(apologies to the actual reptile who may or may not be a lizard)

It is a lizard - the only sea-going one in the world.


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Jul 30, 2008 10:29 |  #10

Ah I thought it might be something like that ;) Good for you, I'd tell them to stick their credit into their well-designed eye.


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Jul 30, 2008 10:31 |  #11

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Ah I thought it might be something like that ;) Good for you, I'd tell them to stick their credit into their well-designed eye.


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Jul 30, 2008 10:31 |  #12

TheHoff wrote in post #6013356 (external link)
stick their credit into their well-designed eye.

lol


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Jul 30, 2008 10:37 |  #13

TheHoff wrote in post #6013356 (external link)
Ah I thought it might be something like that ;) Good for you, I'd tell them to stick their credit into their well-designed eye.

We are all right behind you, yelling and waving sticks on your behalf!

Good for you!


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Jul 30, 2008 10:39 |  #14

Thanks everyone :)


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Jul 30, 2008 16:52 |  #15

Milner wrote in post #6012933 (external link)
If the MUST have it and were willing to pay, jack up the price, request your name not be used, and donate the proceeds to the opposing camp.

Scratch that:oops: Just looked at you PBASE. I understanding;)
You have some great shots!


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