• Nakey boy

    Why.. am.. i.. completly… not… suprised…

    Stick to your guns Neil. that pic is honestly worth it

    December 24, 2008
  • Neil, I’ve used the stock photo price calculator before too – it’s definitely very useful.

    Good on you for not backing down, and I think you might be right that they were looking for a cheap photo.

    December 24, 2008
  • Hey Neil, thanks for the mentions way up top there! The site is looking great too — the front end looks very professional and it shows that you put some serious time into it.

    As for the stock photo… the situation sucks, but that’s how it goes. Some publications will be willing to pay the higher price, while others won’t. Since you’ve priced yourself out of the microstock range, you’re going to get this kind of response fairly often. Neither approach is wrong (traditional vs micro), just different. If you feel more comfortable using traditional prices for licensing, stick with it.

    December 24, 2008
  • Mike Mason

    Hi Neil, long time reader first time commenter.

    You did the right thing sticking to your guns on the use of your photo. All non-charity publications have some kind of budget for images, even if image editors are being asked to cut their costs all the time. Your image is excellent, unusual, high quality, and you would have done yourself a disservice, as well as all other aspiring professional photographers, by doing it cheap or for free.

    I know of no other professional endeavor where someone who has spent years studying and thousands of dollars on equipment, where people are cheeky enough to ask for stuff for free. Try doing that at your local car repair shop!

    Martin Bailey says it better than I do in his podcast here:

    December 27, 2008

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