Recently, I posted my view about why it is important to pay photographers for their work that accompanies the written word. You can see the post at The Women’s Outdoor Media Association’s site.
What are the obligations of a writer to a photographer or vice versa, if you have been on the same media trip and one of you sells the story idea or photographs and the other holds the key to the success of the sale?
The gist of the story is that a writer asked a photographer if she could use that photographer’s photo for free. The writer gets paid, but it’s a “package deal.”
Also, I’m wondering … what are the ethics involved if you’re out on a media trip or otherwise, and someone in the business asks you to photograph her with a fish or trophy or whatever on her camera? OK, so it’s her equipment, but your artistry. I’ve decided not to do that any longer, recently having been burned on that one, where the photograph showed up in a publication that I would never sell to, and also, without my photo credit.
That will just make things simpler. Just say no and handle my own camera equipment.
This is the stuff that comes between friends in the industry, and it really doesn’t need to, does it?