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« on: April 18, 2018, 18:57 »
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In the past couple of years I have made note of some of my images that were used for large well known national publications. Since the image was purchase from a stock agency I as an artist was not given credit within the publications, however, my images were still published. I would love to show that my work was published either online or in print by these amazing publications. Do you think that I can put on my website and resume that my work was published by XYZ magazine? I know they didn't contact me directly or curate the images, but they are my photographs...what are your thoughts on this?


steheap

  • Author of best selling "Get Started in Stock"

« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2018, 18:59 »
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Of course!

Steve

« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2018, 19:04 »
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I'm mostly just scared that if a recruiter or interviewer reviews my resume that they will check the publication and without seeing my name (since I wasn't given credit) will think my claims are bogus. The magazine technically was never a client of mine, they are a client of XYZ Stock Agency. I've noticed a trend of what consistently happens when I tell people that I am a stock photographer. People's eyes glaze over... they don't get it... even after I explain what I do... then, after explaining my work, they ask me if I photograph weddings and if I can take pictures of their kids. I'm worried that potential employers will misunderstand what I do as well - since most photographers who shoot for large publications have their name included in the credits. Maybe I'm thinking way to far into it.
« Last Edit: April 18, 2018, 19:08 by Fruitcocktail »

steheap

  • Author of best selling "Get Started in Stock"

« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2018, 19:28 »
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You could cover that eventuality by putting "Time magazine (via Shutterstock)" or something like that. I suppose a potential employer might contact the magazine but that would be a lot of effort to go to and how would the magazine know who the photographer is if they use agencies?

Even if the magazine credited you - as in Steve Heap/Shutterstock - would they keep a record of that such that they could answer a query about it? Would they even bother to answer the query?

Steve

« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2018, 19:38 »
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Thanks Steve, that's an excellent suggestion.



I guess I just worry that they might get the wrong idea, (you know expect a photo story instead of a small product image that was used to illustrate this year's trends etc.) I'm still proud that they used my images! Using what you recommended would clearly show how my images were used and clarify any confusion that might be created. Ah, I should probably give myself more credit than I do. I wonder if anyone else struggles with it. Having my work published with an editorial in a high end fashion mag was always a dream of mine, it just happened differently that I had dreamed... but it still happened!
« Last Edit: April 18, 2018, 19:43 by Fruitcocktail »

« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2018, 02:34 »
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I'm mostly just scared that if a recruiter or interviewer reviews my resume that they will check the publication and without seeing my name (since I wasn't given credit) will think my claims are bogus. The magazine technically was never a client of mine, they are a client of XYZ Stock Agency. I've noticed a trend of what consistently happens when I tell people that I am a stock photographer. People's eyes glaze over... they don't get it... even after I explain what I do... then, after explaining my work, they ask me if I photograph weddings and if I can take pictures of their kids. I'm worried that potential employers will misunderstand what I do as well - since most photographers who shoot for large publications have their name included in the credits. Maybe I'm thinking way to far into it.

Nobody in the real world knows what a stock photographer is.

So just say you are a commercial photographer

« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2018, 03:44 »
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Nobody in the real world knows what a stock photographer is.

So just say you are a commercial photographer

I'm always very curious about this fake world we're all apparently living in.

« Reply #7 on: April 19, 2018, 07:47 »
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Nobody in the real world knows what a stock photographer is.

So just say you are a commercial photographer

I'm always very curious about this fake world we're all apparently living in.
Yes its a very odd concept my world is the only one that's real to me.

niktol

« Reply #8 on: April 19, 2018, 09:49 »
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Thanks Steve, that's an excellent suggestion.



I guess I just worry that they might get the wrong idea, (you know expect a photo story instead of a small product image that was used to illustrate this year's trends etc.) I'm still proud that they used my images! Using what you recommended would clearly show how my images were used and clarify any confusion that might be created. Ah, I should probably give myself more credit than I do. I wonder if anyone else struggles with it. Having my work published with an editorial in a high end fashion mag was always a dream of mine, it just happened differently that I had dreamed... but it still happened!

You are definitely overthinking it. What you created is yours whether someone puts your name on it or not. And being published in a "high-end" magazine is just something you brag about only to your family and friends. Just don't mention you only got a couple of bucks for it and they'll be impressed.

niktol

« Reply #9 on: April 19, 2018, 10:04 »
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In the past couple of years I have made note of some of my images that were used for large well known national publications. Since the image was purchase from a stock agency I as an artist was not given credit within the publications, however, my images were still published. I would love to show that my work was published either online or in print by these amazing publications. Do you think that I can put on my website and resume that my work was published by XYZ magazine? I know they didn't contact me directly or curate the images, but they are my photographs...what are your thoughts on this?


And something for you to have fun with, if you don't know that already

I just find additional publications, for paper issues.

you go to the website:

Issuu

http://www.issuu.com

you get your username (microstock) into the search bar and you will get some publications in magazines.

SpaceStockFootage

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« Reply #10 on: April 19, 2018, 11:43 »
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Depends what the job is. If you're applying for job as a photographer, or something related, then it's likely they'll know what a stock photographer is. If you're applying for a job as a dolphin wrangler, then they probably won't know what a stock photographer is... but they're also considerably less likely to check up on (or care about), the accuracy of your credits. 

Uncle Pete

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« Reply #11 on: April 19, 2018, 13:24 »
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Nobody in the real world knows what a stock photographer is.

So just say you are a commercial photographer

I'm always very curious about this fake world we're all apparently living in.

Sorry but my controllers have forbidden me from confirming or denying, or to admit the existence of any world.  ;)

« Reply #12 on: April 19, 2018, 15:24 »
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I take screenshots of the pages  of my pictures I find on the internet and keep them in a folder. I also print them out. Of course give yourself credit!

« Reply #13 on: April 21, 2018, 11:16 »
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These are all great suggestions! I will be giving myself credit more than I have been. Now if I can only explain what a commercial photographer is hahaha. In the area I live that is generally what I do tell people (outside of the business world) but then they still ask if I they can recommend me for taking pictures of their cousin's coworker's nephew's kids. I give up. I think I'll just start saying that I take pictures of "stuff." It's confusing to people. I think people outside of the photography world where I live (from what I've observe) think there are three types of photographers:

1. Wedding and Family photographers
2. Hobby landscape/nature photographers
3. Cell phone instagram photographers

It's nice to be a little bit "different" in the photography realm, so thank you all! I'm going to show that off more.

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