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« Reply #25 on: July 17, 2014, 12:26 »
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Well and I just got another one today! Here it is:)

"My name is ****, I am currently just a regular  17 year old studying for my a levels. I have a dream that one say I will own my own social media website. This summer I am currently in the middle of building that social media website called ***. I want this website to be the finest social media website out there. Then I saw you incredible photography and are amazed by your skill. So I was just asking for your permission to use one of your photographs on my website. For you it would be great advertisement for your company and your work can deserve as much recognition as possible. I will provide an ink mark and a link to your website on the image.For me it would be a honour to have one of your pieces on my website. I am sorry if this has been a waste off your time reading this and you do not want to give me your permission its just I want my website to be perfect and your work would make it complete. In reality I am just a kid trying to make something for themselves but I cant afford these big rental fee's some photography charge so it would mean a lot if you could help me out and make my dreams come true.

Please could you reply as soon as possible

Many Thanks,
***** "


And here is what I replied:
"Dear ****,
I appreciate your kind words about my photography. However, I do not need "credits" or "advertising" - my business is to sell photos and I am doing quite well. I am a bit confused that you mentioned "big rental fees"; you can easily purchase a legal right to use my images on your website for as little as $5 (at www.elenaphoto.com, web resolution). Surely it would be worth to sacrifice a couple of coffees to make your dreams come true?
Good luck with your project,
Elena."


Am I mean?



Sweet as honey.


« Reply #26 on: July 17, 2014, 12:31 »
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Am I mean?

No.  It was very well put.  I get the starving students all the time too. 

« Reply #27 on: July 17, 2014, 12:49 »
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We were once asked by the XXX Bankers Association for free photos, since the are a non-profit agency. We pointed out that their members were multi-billion dollar corporations and they could perhaps donate some money to cover the cost. Another time a company recently started by an investment banker who had just purchased the most expensive townhouse ever in Manhattan balked at paying a relatively small fee to use a photo. It's unbelievable how cheap people can be about photography and its value. 

« Reply #28 on: July 17, 2014, 13:32 »
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Well and I just got another one today! Here it is:)

"My name is ****, I am currently just a regular 17 year old studying for my a levels.....it would mean a lot if you could help me out and make my dreams come true.

Please could you reply as soon as possible

Many Thanks,
***** "


And here is what I replied:
"Dear ****,
I appreciate your kind words about my photography. However, I do not need "credits" or "advertising" - my business is to sell photos and I am doing quite well.  Surely it would be worth to sacrifice a couple of coffees to make your dreams come true?

Am I mean?

I'd be surprised if the author was in fact 17 and not some fat 52 year old charlatan.

If they are indeed 17 I'd be inclined to point out the majority of us get nothing for nothing in this world and that anyone aspiring to create the "finest" social media website ever really ought to toughen up asap and get a newspaper delivery job or tap their parents for a few quid, rather than writing begging letters.

I am being mean.

« Reply #29 on: July 17, 2014, 15:27 »
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Well and I just got another one today! Here it is:)

"My name is ****, I am currently just a regular 17 year old studying for my a levels.....it would mean a lot if you could help me out and make my dreams come true.

Please could you reply as soon as possible

Many Thanks,
***** "


And here is what I replied:
"Dear ****,
I appreciate your kind words about my photography. However, I do not need "credits" or "advertising" - my business is to sell photos and I am doing quite well.  Surely it would be worth to sacrifice a couple of coffees to make your dreams come true?

Am I mean?

I'd be surprised if the author was in fact 17 and not some fat 52 year old charlatan.

If they are indeed 17 I'd be inclined to point out the majority of us get nothing for nothing in this world and that anyone aspiring to create the "finest" social media website ever really ought to toughen up asap and get a newspaper delivery job or tap their parents for a few quid, rather than writing begging letters.

I am being mean.

Sometimes the truth hurts.  Any kid begging for free images that can be had for $5 needs to hear it.

« Reply #30 on: July 17, 2014, 21:24 »
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Non-profits have plenty of expenses.  Check out your local college or hospital.  They have millions of dollars worth of expenses (i.e. payments)

« Reply #31 on: July 17, 2014, 23:05 »
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How can people even write such emails. Ok you are running a non profit organisation, so what, i am not running any non profit organisation.
I think she was successful with this email earlier somewhere so she just pasted the same to try on you.

« Reply #32 on: July 17, 2014, 23:32 »
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It's not just emails, it's real life too. I was called up 2 days before new years eve by a promoter. They were launching a new drink. They had sponsored a whole new year's eve party, had paid hostesses lined up for the evening to work the floor. She wanted a photographer from 9 pm and more or less the whole night. And her budget was less than 100 euro for the photographer! But the photographer would of course 'be at the party' and get free drinks, i.e. this is a fun event for you to hang at!

« Reply #33 on: July 18, 2014, 07:56 »
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It's not just emails, it's real life too. I was called up 2 days before new years eve by a promoter. They were launching a new drink. They had sponsored a whole new year's eve party, had paid hostesses lined up for the evening to work the floor. She wanted a photographer from 9 pm and more or less the whole night. And her budget was less than 100 euro for the photographer! But the photographer would of course 'be at the party' and get free drinks, i.e. this is a fun event for you to hang at!

You should have gone, drunk as much of the free drink as you could manage, taken plenty of photos and sent them in with the comment, "This is what paying in booze gets you" ;)

ShadySue

« Reply #34 on: July 18, 2014, 08:08 »
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Well and I just got another one today! Here it is:)

"My name is ****, I am currently just a regular  17 year old studying for my a levels. "

"Dear 17 year old,
I presume one of your A Levels (notice capitalisation) isn't English Language."
IOW, caught out in your very first sentence.

In reality I am just a kid trying to make something for themselves
Take your own photos, then.

The funny thing is the whole of that contact sounds far more American than English, yet the English exam reference.

« Reply #35 on: July 18, 2014, 11:15 »
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I'm still shocked when I let someone know they can purchase what they want for a few dollars and they walk away...  With music the vast majority of people accept paying $0.99 for a song or an app that they can't use commercially, it is that with photos people think anyone can take them?  Kind of contradicted by the interested party starting out with 'your work is amazing'...

« Reply #36 on: July 18, 2014, 11:21 »
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I'm still shocked when I let someone know they can purchase what they want for a few dollars and they walk away...  With music the vast majority of people accept paying $0.99 for a song or an app that they can't use commercially, it is that with photos people think anyone can take them?  Kind of contradicted by the interested party starting out with 'your work is amazing'...

Yes.  Very confusing to say. ' your work is amazing'  but then assume it has no value at the same time??

Shelma1

« Reply #37 on: July 18, 2014, 11:21 »
+1
Well and I just got another one today! Here it is:)

"My name is ****, I am currently just a regular  17 year old studying for my a levels. "

"Dear 17 year old,
I presume one of your A Levels (notice capitalisation) isn't English Language."
IOW, caught out in your very first sentence.

In reality I am just a kid trying to make something for themselves
Take your own photos, then.

The funny thing is the whole of that contact sounds far more American than English, yet the English exam reference.

It doesn't sound American to me...sounds like a form email written by someone who speaks English as a second language.

ShadySue

« Reply #38 on: July 18, 2014, 12:24 »
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Well and I just got another one today! Here it is:)

"My name is ****, I am currently just a regular  17 year old studying for my a levels. "

"Dear 17 year old,
I presume one of your A Levels (notice capitalisation) isn't English Language."
IOW, caught out in your very first sentence.

In reality I am just a kid trying to make something for themselves
Take your own photos, then.

The funny thing is the whole of that contact sounds far more American than English, yet the English exam reference.

It doesn't sound American to me...sounds like a form email written by someone who speaks English as a second language.
Could be; but it certainly doesn't read like someone who is studying or A Levels.

« Reply #39 on: July 18, 2014, 14:59 »
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Well and I just got another one today! Here it is:)

"My name is ****, I am currently just a regular  17 year old studying for my a levels. "

"Dear 17 year old,
I presume one of your A Levels (notice capitalisation) isn't English Language."
IOW, caught out in your very first sentence.

In reality I am just a kid trying to make something for themselves
Take your own photos, then.

The funny thing is the whole of that contact sounds far more American than English, yet the English exam reference.

It doesn't sound American to me...sounds like a form email written by someone who speaks English as a second language.

I was going to say the same thing. In my whole, long life as an American-English speaker, I can't recall ever hearing anybody say something like "I am currently just a regular 17 year old". No way, Jos, would an actual 17 year old here say that.
« Last Edit: July 18, 2014, 15:02 by marthamarks »

ShadySue

« Reply #40 on: July 18, 2014, 15:01 »
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Well and I just got another one today! Here it is:)

"My name is ****, I am currently just a regular  17 year old studying for my a levels. "

"Dear 17 year old,
I presume one of your A Levels (notice capitalisation) isn't English Language."
IOW, caught out in your very first sentence.

In reality I am just a kid trying to make something for themselves
Take your own photos, then.

The funny thing is the whole of that contact sounds far more American than English, yet the English exam reference.

It doesn't sound American to me...sounds like a form email written by someone who speaks English as a second language.

I was going to say the same thing. In my whole, long life as an American-English speaker, I can't recall ever hearing anybody say something like "I am currently just a regular 17 year old". No way, Jos, would an actual 17 year old here say that.
Thanks for the insight Shelma and Martha. That was the very phrase I couldn't imagine a British teenager saying.

« Reply #41 on: July 18, 2014, 17:00 »
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I can commiserate:


Hi! I am sending an email to request use of your picture : African American woman on stability ball" for my website. I am creating a small business in Pittsburgh , PA that is for senior citizens. Our company is aimed to deliver quality in-home exercise programs right to the living room. Your picture would be perfect!!
Please let me know if I have your permission at:

Columbus, the leading travel magazine in the Netherlands, is interested in an item about islands.
Is it possible to request free images (high resolution, minimal size 1 MB) of all the aerial pictures you have from the islands for our upcoming edition? (The bigger we receive the images, the bigger we can place the article.)
Naturally, we will credit the images accordingly and include your URL in our magazine.
Is it possible to receive the images within a week?
Looking forward to your reply.
With kind regards,


I am currently helping two people with choosing photos for them to be used on their company's home page. I am helping by contacting the photographer and asking for permission to use said photo above and to find out from photographer if there will be a fee charge and how much of a fee.
Please feel free to email me back with questions and comments, and please do let me know, and thank you.
I look forward to hearing back from you soon.


    
Hi there,
How do I get permission to seu some of your photos for fliers for SSCC training program? THanks

I'm helping my wife with her first kindle book and thought this picture would be a good one to use for her book cover. Title of her book is: "". If we can use this picture, we will in turn give you credit in the book as well as the website.
We a bit press for time; therefore your earliest response is greatly appreciated.
Thanks

I am in the process of writing an article for MSN Cars UK (cars.uk.msn.com) on unusual fuel sources and would like to feature viruses in my article as one such source, and your photo is perfect for that. Please can you let me know if you will allow me to use your image of that if I provide you with a proper credit? My article is due to go live this morning, so I would be grateful for your earliest reply. Please also advise me under what name you'd like me to credit you if you agree to the usage of your image.
Best regards,

Good day!
I'd like to ask your permission for using your photograph  for a sales kit.
upon permission, I shall credit your name at the end of the page.
Hope to hear from you soon.
Thanks & best regards,

Hello
My name is T! I really liked your picture of "Electronic components" I have to ask you a favor!
I am participating in the competition for the design of the folder from UB in Barcelona, Spain, and I want to include your picture in my design, I need the permission of the copyright holder of all photographs that I will settle. I hope you can help me to use yours!
Thank you very much!
greetings


« Reply #42 on: July 18, 2014, 22:06 »
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Barf.

« Reply #43 on: July 19, 2014, 10:43 »
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@ Zeus.  OMG!!!  You got the most free loading A_holes of anybody!  At least the one guy designing the website for client did ask about a fee.  Crazyest part is all these bloodsuckers are in such a hurry!

Did you answer back or ignore requests?
« Last Edit: July 19, 2014, 17:18 by PixelBytes »

Shelma1

« Reply #44 on: July 19, 2014, 11:30 »
+4
I especially love the request for ALL your aerial island images in high resolution for free, from a leading travel magazine. Boy, does that take a set of...well, you know.

« Reply #45 on: July 19, 2014, 17:34 »
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I especially love the request for ALL your aerial island images in high resolution for free, from a leading travel magazine. Boy, does that take a set of...well, you know.
Well said Shelma. I do some work for free or discounted for charities I support and that is it! Charities do have budgets for the printed and web site materials. The trouble is Google and Facebook etc have given the general population the idea that all photos and illustrations should be for free.  :'(

« Reply #46 on: July 19, 2014, 17:52 »
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I blame fashion magazines as well.  Where else do photographers fund entire shoots and then submit them in hope of publication, their only reward seeing their name credited (and of course the hope that someone will see it and offer them paying work).

I was approached by a men's magazine in another part of the world.  They had very specific ideas of what they wanted, and of course they wanted exclusive use of the images.  They were cagy about payment and wanted me to name a figure.  So I named one.  And they came back with one less than half of mine, for 30 images involving six different models and a three month exclusive.  So I said thanks but no.  They'd already wasted more of my time than they were willing to pay for.  But I'm sure they'll find someone who's willing.

« Reply #47 on: July 21, 2014, 09:24 »
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I was stuck in the middle of typhoon Haiyan last year. Got some aftermath photos and eventually with batteries and dodgy internet got them onto some stock sites and Flickr.  I got a load of requests from places all stating "no budget" asking for freebies.  These destitute agencies were ones such as Fox news, msnbc, international red cross and banks.
All the photos were on microstock so not bank breaking for them.
Some of the requests I noticed later had licensed the images from stock so I guess they try for free first before paying.
The USGS is another one that had no budget for a large print run information brochure.

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« Reply #48 on: July 21, 2014, 10:11 »
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lol, u should write back to this bozo and say,
"dude/duda, i am non-profit too, and i need u to send a cheque for $---
as a donation to a starving photographer."

oh, btw, i used to make a lot of money in the heydays of photography,
when we used to get paid. but these days with even the top newspapers
telling us they give  photo credits and people can actually remember us when they eat their fish n chips,
and come to the bottom to see... "oooooh, photo credit Paulie...!!!"
wow, this dude is well-known photographer, really!!!

you can then have an angle, " you know me... i am at the end of your tummy
at the bottom of your fish n chips !!!"

« Reply #49 on: July 21, 2014, 19:31 »
+5
FWIW that is only some of the ones I've received. I have taken to being terse and to the point. Thanks but I gotta feed the kids. They hate not having shoes in winter -- that sort of thing. Some will actually pay the fee but most just go off searching elsewhere usually commenting about not having the budget. The only freebie I ever gave out was to an organization that helped habitat preservation in the Monterey area. I spent a month there once and loved the place. And yeh, the one asking for all high res aerial images of islands really choked me >:(. Like avgas and planes just sit around for whoever wants to use them.


 

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