April was a great month for my photo a day challenge and there were two really big highs that I want to share. First I entered 15 of the images from the series so far into The Łódź Fotofestiwal Portfolio Review. This is an opportunity for me to meet with photographers/editors and for them to critique my work as well as a little bit of networking. I was quite apprehensive about entering but sat down with my wife and culled 6 months of photos down to a cohesive 15. After a bit of waiting I finally got the email to say that I had been got a place in the review. I now have a week before I and the other participants get to choose who critiques our work, eek.
This month I also got a few messages from Lego saying that they liked my work and they wanted to use them on their sites. That is cool and I was pretty hyped, until I read the Terms and Conditions. It seems as though Lego wanted a Royalty Free License to do whatever they wanted with the photos and could not guarantee giving me credit whenever a picture is used.
After I sent them an email and they still kept request uses for other pictures, I went to twitter asking them to respond to my email and they continued requesting images, I Finally screen grabbed their message and got an email back. They said that the initiative was to publish pictures to inspire others.
I responded generally saying that is a great initiative but the terms and conditions don’t represent this and it feels more like a crowd sourcing of images and ideas for them to keep for future use.
There final reply was they would pass on my concerns to the team. I have not let them use my images of yet, but I do feel great that they wanted to use 5 of my images in this initiative.
All were photographed with a Canon G10 using a combination of on camera flash, natural light and lamps. 90% of editing took place in Lightroom, if Photoshop was used it was usually for combining exposures.
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