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« on: April 04, 2007, 18:57 »

As of April 2nd our marketing process has begun.  We are initially contacting those involved in the publishing of wildlife images, since we have a large quantity of those now.  We can always use more, if you have some to upload.   Be sure and put the type of animal or plant in the name of the file so that we can add Latin names.  Even better, add Latin names yourselves.  Theyll sell better!

In looking through our database of images I see a gap.  We have very few pictures of people enjoying nature.  I suppose that this is due to the fact that many are not comfortable with asking people for model releases, so dont take a lot of people pictures.  In my experience, people are not too concerned about it, when you explain that you are a freelance photographer creating images that might be used in books and magazines.  Most will happily let you photograph them.  The model release issue is usually just an issue in our own minds.  People are generally pretty friendly when they are out enjoying nature.  Why not ask the next ones walking by if they mind your taking a few pictures of them.  Afterward ask them to fill out this model release in case you get to use any of them in a magazine, and tell them that you will provide them with free prints if they will just contact you. (Give them a card) Most will happily sign the release and many will never contact you.  If they do, you can give them some low-cost 4x6 prints. Try it.  Its pretty easy. 

Also, youve got your family.  Dads, moms, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, and your children.  Most of the time they will happily allow you to take pictures of them.  Plus, since you are licensing your images through a natural stock agency, they may be happy to see themselves in a natural magazine or book.  I will do my best to let you know who have licensed your images, so that you can check their materials for your work. 

The upcoming months will provide lots of opportunities for you, as a photographer, to get some good people pictures.  Remember, the main theme of our site is:  Images of Life Lived Naturally in an Active World.   With that theme in mind, go out there and get some great images of people hiking, swimming, reading a book on the beach, surfing, sledding, running, cycling, climbing, boating, or anything else showing the active lifestyles of people enjoying nature.  If it is your family, or even YOU, the model release part will be easy.

We look forward to marketing your natural lifestyle images.  Send the ones you have now, and go make some new ones.  Soon, our site may well be providing you with income far above the others where your images are buried under 50,000 other photographers.  Your images really make a difference to us!

New Photographer Sign-up Webpage:

Warm Regards,
Digital Darrell


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