Thought I'd share a recent/current experience with you in regards to selling photography.
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Upon my return from Afghanistan, I had a number of photos depicting a company's parts bolted onto helicopters, and in flight over there - they wanted to buy them. Great.
President of the company is first class, but the deal was subsequently passed on the the Marketing guy who, it turns out, is not first class...
I sent a low-res sample package of the photos, water marked of course, for him to choose from. They decided on three shots, and the rate was substantial, so I was quite pleased with the deal.
Issue #1. It's been over a month, and I have yet to receive payment, despite assurances from said marketing guy that it is coming... Fair enough, large companies take time to process these things on occasion.
Issue #3. At the end of the show I go back to their booth for a chat about the missing copyright. Once in the booth I notice a 40 inch monitor set up with ALL 19 of my sample photos scrolling through in an endless loop..... You can't be serious? Oh yes, you can. This is theft, end of story. Needless to say I was flabbergasted, and have since been in touch with the President of the company who is livid at this indiscretion. There have been formal letters sent and replied to, and while I'm sure the matter will be resolved to my satisfaction, had I not attended the show, would have never known about the copyright infringements, or the theft of my work.
So, if you are selling photos, BE VERY CAREFUL about who, where, and how you send your work. This isn't the slide era anymore, and I've just learned the hard way that people will abuse your trust, even people in large, well respected companies with good reputations....
Anyway, thought I'd pass that on.