Why You Cannot Work for Free

I’m sure this has happened at least once to most of you who share your photos online. Someone sees your work and contacts you praising you for your great photos. They want to use them for a commercial purpose, but here’s the catch…they have no budget. They will however give you credit and supply a link to your website. Sound familiar?

Check out the following excerpt from an informative article on why photographers should not work for free.

Getting “Credit” Doesn’t Mean Much


Part and parcel with requests for free images premised on budgetary constraints is often the promise of providing “credit” and “exposure”, in the form or a watermark, link, or perhaps even a specific mention, as a form of compensation in lieu of commercial remuneration.


There are two major problems with this.


First, getting credit isn’t compensation. We did, after all, create the images concerned, so credit is automatic. It is not something that we hope a third party will be kind enough to grant us.


Second, credit doesn’t pay bills. As we hopefully made clear above, we work hard to make the money required to reinvest in our photographic equipment and to cover related business expenses. On top of that, we need to make enough to pay for basic necessities like food, housing, transportation, etc.


In short, receiving credit for an image we created is a given, not compensation, and credit is not a substitute for payment.

For the entire article : http://jimgoldstein.visibli.com/share/ow6jR0

New Leica M9 Firmware Update to Fix SD Card Compatibility

Leica it seems has isolated the problem with the M9 and various SD cards. A new firmware for the Leica M9 will be released for testing in a few weeks.

The following is from Leica :

STATUS 11.10.2011 (Update of the report from 8.8.2011)
Thanks to the close collaboration with SD card manufacturers, Leica has now managed to rectify the fault by making adjustments to the firmware. To ensure compatibility with as many cards as possible and to ensure that all the related processes remain fault-free and are not compromised, comprehensive testing must be carried out in the development phase.
In the coming weeks we will test a beta version of the firmware in practice in cooperation with affected and selected customers.


As soon as the firmware solution is proven in practice, we will name a date for the release of the update.

For background on the compatibility issues, go to our earlier blog post : http://camerawestblog.blogspot.com/2011/08/leica-m9-sd-card-compatibility.html

Highway 395 Workshop Pics

Hal and Tom led another great Camera West workshop, this one along scenic Highway 395 in the eastern Sierras. They picked a great time to go as you will see in the photos below, including one unexpected surprise…an early season snowfall! Hope you enjoy these photos from Hal and Tom.

Entrance to Bodie State Park
Tom Brichta at Bodie
Hal Kam at Alabama Hills

Archway to Mt Whitney

Bristlecone at 12,000 ft elevation

Bruce Wahlberg packing 3 Leicas

Dennis Sasaki uses a graduated ND filter

Fall color against granite

Photo op at Alabama Hills
Rob Thomas and his Leica M9
Early morning light on tufa formations at Mono Lake

Bodie in the Snow

Hal sent us this iPhone photo from the entrance to Bodie State Park on the eastern side of the Sierras. Seems our Camera West Highway 395 Workshop participants got a little bit of snow over night. Don’t know if they were able to actually get into the ghost town due to the inclement weather, but if they did, I’m sure we’ll be seeing some incredible images from them!