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Portions of this column were originally written for the January 2010 edition of News Photographer Magazine.

Mark Loundy is a media producer and consultant based in San Jose, California. Full bio.

The opinions in this article are those of the author alone and do not necessarily represent the official views of the National Press Photographers Association.

January, 2010, Volume 87
By Mark Loundy

"Welcome back, to that same old place that you laughed about"

— John Sebastian (Theme to "Welcome Back Kotter")

Welcome_BackThe Good, the Bad and The Ugly built up during my month off for the POY issue. Here they are in all of their businesslike goodness:

The Good
BulletPreservation Magazine. Reasonable rates and only asks for one-time rights. Yes!

The Bad
BulletCavan Images for offering $50 per selected image in exchange for all rights.
BulletACP Hospitalist for its $350 rate for cover images. They charge more than $2,600 for a page of advertising.
BulletThe Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning for its all-too-typical all-rights image harvest disguised as a photo contest.

The Ugly
BulletFor this, there needs to be a category lower than merely "Ugly." Time Inc. deserves its own special circle of hell for offering to pay its contributors in a reasonable amount of time — for a price.
BulletThe Fort Worth Star Telegram for its payment on publication policy. This is what the terminal gurgle sounds like as the newspaper industry takes the final plunge.
BulletFederal District Court Judge Denny Chin for ruling that photographers are not authors for the purposes of settlement between Google and several authors groups.
BulletMarketing agency Story Worldwide for requiring pro-level skills for its unpaid internships. I don't care if it's common practice in advertising for interns to be unpaid. It's exploitative and it's wrong.
BulletThe "client" in Fredericksburg, VA who needed a photographer to shoot some press kit photos. For free. In their generosity, they did say, " we will consider you for future paid projects."

Please let me know of any particularly good, bad or ugly dealings that you have had with clients recently. I will use the client's name, but I won't use your name if you don't want me to. Anonymous submissions will not be considered. Please include contact information for yourself and for the client.

  • Photographer Rosh Sillars offers-up "189 Business Building Ideas for Photographers" in his New Media Photographer blog. #187:" Remember your copyright has value. (If it didn't, people wouldn't be asking for it.)"
  • The American Society of Journalists and Authors has brought back its Contracts Watch feature, this time as a website. Missing since 2007, CW covers contracts trends and developments.
  • Freelancers can now get some unit benefits from the California Media Workers Guild's freelancers unit. Although freelancers can't legally participate in collective bargaining, the guild offers contract advice, bidding for group benefits such as health insurance and job search assistance.
  • If you've ever had a client from you-know-where, check out the hilarious, fictional (I think) and totally not-suitable-for-work exchange by "27b/6" at
  • You know a high school football event has gotten too full of itself when its media information looks like an NFL attorney wrote it. The restrictions for the Maryland Crab Bowl run more than 1,000 words.
  • Beware using the CVS Pharmacy photo lab. Their terms of service allow them to do whatever they want with your images.
  • I'm seeing reports of repeated unpermissioned usage in Business You might want to keep an eye out for your work.