Working for free


Strobist posted an article about when photographers should work for free, and it’s been picked up by the photo blogs a bit. Vincent Laforet has thankfully weighed in with a more sensible take on the issue, especially given his “free” work with the 5d video. In his response to the Strobist piece he mentions that he managed to sell his 5d video to Canon after the fact and for a larger sum than he would’ve gotten had he been hired to make the video. The moral of the story is not to work for free unless other people aren’t getting paid or there’s an extremely clear way to make money or business off the work in the immediate future.

While we’re at it, Tim Gruber presciently posted a link to an NYT article about the image that working for free sends to your and others’ clients.


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