Now I’m sure you’ve all thought about this before but just in case you haven’t, I am pondering about this on-line library topic that I am am researching in my Professional Studies module. Just in case you have never thought about it, as I hadn’t, I have to admit; you know, it kind of makes a lot of sense.
As photographers, we take so many, many photographs just for the pleasure of it, and many also for our projects but what happens to the ones we don’t use personally? Ok, so they maybe get shared on Flickr etc, but wouldn’t it be great if they were used elsewhere, and there were a little bit of money paid for their use.
I have a friend whose images have been picked up by the National Trust to use in their promotions, but they aren’t as yet, offering any reimbursement. His photos are amazing, as I’m sure so many of yours are. So how about it? If you aren’t doing it already, take a look at some of the on-line libraries like Alamy and Millenium Images. Check out the British Association of Picture Libraries and Associations, http://www.bapla.org.uk.
And any good info you get, send it back to me for my module. Just Kidding. Whoa, but that would be cool! Fancy the amazing diversity my work would have if my degree were made up of images and essays by other Bloggers! Shame my Tutors read this blog, I could have had some fun there.
Now then, though, on a more serious note. It really is the case that photographers are having a really hard time of it making a career out of the profession, what with the impact of the world wide web and the amazing camera phones out there now, to say the least. However, if handled professionally, with clean sensors, I might add, HA HA, on-line libraries might really be a route to some small token. Indeed, if your images hit the spot or make the mark, as they say, you might really make something of a small business out of it. Worth a thought anyway. Hope you didn’t mind my prattle. Oh, and by the way, there are image libraries throughout the world wide web, so anyone, from any location across the globe, can access them. How about that? (Oh dear, I’m beginning to sound far too enthusiastic)
Anyway, what I would really like to know is if any of you have any experiences of on-line libraries that you would be prepared to share. If so, please do comment. Now, that would be genuine prime research for my module! Regardless of outcome! And thanks for listening, if you got to the end of this image-less post, that is. 😉 ONLINE LIBRARY