I Discovered a Treasure Trove of Unpublished Rock and Roll Photographs

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These Stunning Yoga Portraits Can Deepen Your Practice And Help Those In Need

“I have found my best work comes in the form of ‘environmental portraits’,” photographer Christine Hewitt writes on her website, “where I am able to capture the subject and their surroundings in a fine balance of aesthetic appeal, visu…

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4 Questions Amateur Photographers Need to Stop Asking — And What They SHOULD Ask Instead

“Love your photos! What kind of camera do you have?” “… …” Look, I get it. Being an amateur photographer is tough for a lot of reasons, but a large one is

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Protecting Your Photos From Uninvited Pinterest

I’m thinking most photographers would have heard about Pinterest by now given all the discussion recently, but for those who missed it, Pinterest.com is a social networking site where users can ‘Pin’ content of interest to a virtual scrapbook and share it with others.

As you’d expect, most of the ‘content’ is photos and videos, and most of it is ‘discovered’ by Pinterest Members on the internet and used without the owners express permission.

As you’d expect, a lot of photographers aren’t happy about it. Photographers provide the content, Pinterest users do the publishing, and Pinterest generates some nice advertising income.

The good news is there’s a code that can be added to websites to prevent content being ‘pinned’. We’ve added it to our websites, but if you have your own site and you’d like to prevent this kind of unauthorised use, you should add the following meta tag to the head section of your pages .

<meta name=”pinterest” content=”nopin” />

You can also check to see if any of your images have been ‘pinned’ with the following tool:

http://pinterest.com/source/globaleyeimages.com/

… and replacing globaleyeimages.com with your own domain.

If you find any of your images being used without your permission and you’d like them removed, just fill out the Copyright Complaint Form on Pinterest:

http://pinterest.com/about/copyright/dmca/

Or click on the image, look for the Report Pin link to the right, and then the ‘Is This Your Intellectual Property’ link.

The flip side to all this is, with Pinterest being the fastest growing social network, and already in #3 position (after Facebook and Twitter) perhaps it’s worth looking at how photographers might put it to work?

The big question/problem is how to track whether any interest generated is in fact ‘commercial’, but these days when almost-everyone is a publisher, it follows that almost anyone could be a buyer … so possibly, even a relatively small level of interest on such a massive platform could generate useful leads?

Any thoughts?