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Michael Warnock
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/3/2005

Might have sold my first photo...questions.

First, some background info...

I have been climbing both rock and ice for many years now and as a result have done some high angle photography (shooting while hanging on a rope suspended over the edge of a rock face) over the years. Two years ago, on a climbing trip in Quebec I had the opportunity to shoot a friend sending a long standing project. A "project" is any particular climb that one has not climbed from bottom to top without falling or resting on the rope.

"Sending" a climb means successfully climbing from bottom to top without falling or allowing your weight to be supported by the rope. While technically you can send a climb any number of times, the first time is usually regarded as the greater accomplishment. Anything after the firat time is just repetition.

What makes this particular event special is that the climb is in the upper end of the difficulty scale (5.14a for those who are in the know), it was the first time my friend sent the climb and my friend happens to enjoy some amount of celebrity in the climbing community. And I got the pictures!

Another friend is involved in making a film about climbing in Quebec which will be distributed in Canada, the US and Europe. I have been asked to sell one of the above mentioned photos to be used as the packageing photo for the video. My question is this...what on earth should I charge in this situation and what should I be aware of as far as rights to the photo?

Thanks for your input. Please don't hesitate to ask for clarification if needed as it is almost 3am and I may not be thinking very clearly at this late hour ;)


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5/28/2005 11:47:42 PM

Brendan Knell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/17/2005
  hi mike,
well some of the stuff i'm going to tell you someone has already said, but I don't know where so i'll just repeat it. how unique is the photo? could someone else get this photo very easily? if not then I would charge more. also it's a matter of what they're willing to pay, so ask them about what they're willing to pay.
about rights for the film, first, make sure you are only giving them rights for that film, so they can't go and use it for anything they want. second, make sure you reserve your rightsto the photo. well that's about all I know about the subject, and I hope it's helped. if not I hope someone else does.

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5/29/2005 8:09:08 AM


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5/31/2005 9:13:52 PM

Michael Warnock
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