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13-11-09, 10:09 PM
Join Date: Jul 2009
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Picture credits - It stings, but don't get crushed when you don't get a credit. I bet most of the staff photographers don't get one! Pic ed's hate this, but it's decided by the newspaper editor and chief sub-editor and all down to the in-house style. Some papers do, some don't. However most local rags don't. Why? Usually time constraints by the sub-editors working the page, sometimes forgetfulness and sometimes it's a space issue.
As far as I was aware photo credits are a legal requirement not just a nicety, of course some editors omit them, but if they do most photographers aren't going to bother much, after all most would like to sell their images again to the user!
Flake - Of course the legal process could force a paper credit a photographer, but it would only happen after the event and be meaningless. Remember that a picture credit won't pay the mortgage. Seasoned photographers and the circle of press snappers will know who took the shot anyway. We don't worry too much that Joe public isn't shouting our name from the rooftops. The press industry isn't like other photography disciplines. Deadlines are too tight and images are pretty much throw-away chip wrappings.
Karen - If you want to work in the industry and be a jobbing photographer do a vocational course with an industry qualification. Even better, forget collage and get involved with your local paper/website. Only go for a Degree qualification if you want to teach photography or pursue a more artistic path. There aren't many docco/press togs with degrees.
Doing free work... Hmmm. Depends how you look at it. Doing free favors is ok, but free work, no. I used to do odd jobs for my local rag as favors, but they'd keep me stocked up with free film. Soon after that I was charging for images used. Getting your name known is a matter of doing jobs in the local area. However, you won't be very popular with the other snappers in the area if you do jobs for free.
I hope that helps a bit.
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