running with the seagulls

Publications are no longer the place where photography is consumed, social media is. The so called professional market has become an infinitesimal portion of the marketplace. The big Internet companies have understood it and are waging a take no prisoners battle to control it. They want it all. They want to be the place where photographs Read More →

Lowa

The misconception of the pro photography world is that, without their content, publications, blogs, and other companies cannot be successful. They believe that they are in a position of power in an economy that is rapidly doing without them. True, a decade or plus ago, it was very hard, if not impossible, for a print Read More →

Another brick

The only two things you need to know about Facebook new terms are : – ( already exists) “you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook.” – ( revised) “You give us permission to use your name, and profile picture, content, and Read More →

Light Painting

Organizing the flow of images and extracting value. Finding, in the millions of images being shared daily, those that have a potential to be sold. How do we figure out this riddle ? In a time where everyone is talking about big data and how to make sense and profit from  huge amounts of information, Read More →

free lunch

There is a popular saying that says there is no such thing as a free lunch. Likewise, there is no such thing as a free photograph. Here is why. Photography could be divided into two actions, taking and sharing. The first act of taking a picture is an act of voluntary selection, one by which Read More →

Illustrated front cover from The Queenslander, August 16, 1934

Another shot was fired this week in the killing fields of photography. Just after announcing the purchase for $1 billion of Tumblr, Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo declared “ There’s no such thing as Flickr Pro today because [with so many people taking photographs] there’s really no such thing as professional photographers anymore.” This is Read More →

Here’ ’s the deal: Photography is all about sharing and social media is all about sharing. In fact , social media is all about sharing photography. So why is it that the extreme majority of those who take pictures for a living cannot make a living with social media ? After all, if there was Read More →

It’s the end of the year and soon the beginning of a new one. Time to review the past year and what better way them giving out awards, especially if it doesn’t involve a three hour long ceremony. Here goes, the first annual Thoughts of a Bohemian awards, or otherwise called the Bohey’s. Best Photo agency : With close Read More →

Rockeffeller

Mark Getty had famously said that IP ( Intellectual Property) is the oil of the XXI st century. What he should have said is that photography is the oil of the 21 century. Four  mega tech companies today are making Rockefeller turn in his grave with envy. As you might remember from your economy classes, Rockefeller Read More →

The next major disruption  in the photo world will be individual licensing. The ability for any individual to license images directly. There are a few forces pointing in  that direction. First, and most visible , is the sheer volume of photos taken. Among those, probabilities tell us, are images of high licensing value. Currently, they Read More →