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SNAPSHOT - PHOTO NEWS FROM BETTERPHOTO.COM
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Welcome to SnapShot, the weekly newsletter on
the art of photography from
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IN THIS ISSUE - Tuesday, August 23, 2005
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* SPOTLIGHT: Ready, Set, Go: Get a Jump Start to Digital Photography!
* BETTERPHOTO: New 4-Week Courses: Camera RAW, Strobe Lighting, Color Management
* BETTERPHOTO: Getting Your Own Web Site Is Sooooo Easy
* BETTERPHOTO: Join Charlie Borland on Location ... in Utah
* FEATURED GALLERY: Moon Photography: These Pictures Are Out of This World
* PHOTO TRIVIA QUESTION: Steady As It Goes / BP on Talk Radio
* THIS WEEK'S TIP: Highlights: Specular Vs. Diffused ... by Charlie Borland
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 1: Remote Cords: Pros? Cons?
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 2: Battery Caught On Fire!
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 3: Red Eye Reduction
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 4: Selling a Photo for a Business Logo
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 5: What Imaging Software to Buy?
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 6: Model Release for a Parade?
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 7: Organizing Stock Photos
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 8: People Photography: Light Metering
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 9: Selling at Art Shows
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 10: How to Photograph the Moon
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 11: Outside Wedding at High Noon
* CONTINUING PHOTO Q&A 1: Awaiting Payment from Newspapers


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IN THE SPOTLIGHT - ADVERTISEMENT
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Ready, Set, Go: Get a Jump Start to Digital Photography!
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WHAT'S NEW AT BETTERPHOTO.COM
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Welcome to the 226th issue of SnapShot!

Hi {FirstName}

As August starts to wind down, preparations for the BetterPhoto Summit are revving up. It's going to be such a fantastic weekend of information and inspiration Among the exciting presentations from BP instructors are the following: "Digital Exposure" with Bryan Peterson; "Making Money with Your Photography with Jim Zuckerman; and "The New Features of Photoshop CS2" with Ben Willmore. I hope to see you September 10th and 11th in Seattle. For details:
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In this issue of SnapShot, don't miss instructor Charlie Borland's latest Photo Tip on lighting, and the Featured Gallery and Q&A thread on photographing the moon.

If you live in New England or environs, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston has a treat for you: a special Ansel Adams exhibit. According to the museum, the exhibition is drawn from "the largest private holding of his work in the world" and includes many rarely exhibited images. For specifics, visit:
http://www.mfa.org/exhibitions/sub.asp?key=15&subkey=516

That's it for now. Have a great week!
Jim Miotke
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New 4-Week Courses: Camera RAW, Strobe Lighting, Color Management
Our next online school schedule is going to be terrific ... our very best ever! Among the new offerings for fall are these 4-Week Short Courses: Jon Canfield's Camera RAW Processing and Color Management for Digital Photography, and Charlie Borland's Beginners Guide to Strobe Lighting. Check out these courses, plus our entire lineup, at:
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Getting Your Own Web Site Is Sooooo Easy
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Join Charlie Borland on Location ... in Utah
Grand Staircase-Escalante NM in south-central Utah is a region of multicolored cliffs and eroding sandstone sculptures offering unlimited photographic opportunities. These rainbow-colored formations of the Colorado Plateau form an extraordinary landscape of towering cliffs and glistening domes. Join Betterphoto instructor Charlie Borland, September 21st-25th, for an unforgettable photo adventure to the remote reaches of this spectacular park. Special Note: BetterPhoto members and former workshop participants receive a $50 discount off the workshop price of $695 for the remaining couple of spots. For more information, visit "Red Rock and Sandstone: Grand Staircase/Escalante" at:
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FEATURED GALLERY
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Moon Photography: These Pictures Are Out of This World
The moon is a beautiful object in the nighttime - and twilight - sky that affects the tides, gravity, and, of course, werewolves. Want some shooting tips? Read the excellent tips and tricks in "How to Photograph the Moon" - in the Q&A below. Want some inspiration? Check out the beautiful images of BetterPhoto shooters at:
http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGall2.asp?catID=369

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PHOTO TRIVIA QUIZ OF THE WEEK
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Last week, we asked:
The first lens to offer technology for reducing the effect of camera shake and vibration made its debut in what year? Extra credit (but not part of the quiz): Who was the manufacturer?

The first, best answer - entered by BetterPhoto member Robert Bradshaw is:
Canon introduced their EF 75-300 f/4-5.6 IS USM in 1995 featuring their "Image Stabilizer" technology.

Editor's note: Right you are, Robert! The question, by the way, came from Outdoor Photographer's "20 Years of Photo Innovation" - June 2005 issue.

To see all answers to this question, visit:
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And Now... This Week's Photo Trivia Question - BP on Talk Radio - entered by BetterPhoto member Kerry Drager

On Friday, August 19th, two of BetterPhoto's luminaries appeared on a Web radio show. Who are they?


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THIS WEEK'S PHOTO TIP
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Highlights: Specular Vs. Diffused ... by Charlie Borland

Specular highlights are described as spot, hot spot, or mirror like while diffused are wide and soft. Here we are talking about highlights rather than light quality. Imagine that you are shooting a car in front of a house and the sun is shining on it. When you walk around the car looking for an angle to shoot, a hot spot of the sun appears on the car. It could be on the hood, the windshield, or anywhere that you see the suns reflection. Now come back and look at the car when the sky is overcast. There will be no hot spot, but rather one large soft highlight.

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PHOTOGRAPHY Q&A - NEW THIS WEEK
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NEW QUESTION 1: Remote Cords: Pros? Cons?
Hi everyone: My camera is capable of supporting a remote cord. I'm thinking this is good for when you are doing babies, toddlers, etc., so we can be up tickling them and stuff and then flashing the camera when they smile, etc.? Am I right on this?? And does anyone have any thoughts good or bad on it ... I'm doing a 10-month-old next week and didn't know if it would be worth the money to get one or not?
- Michelle Ross

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ANSWER 1:
Hi Michelle: I just got a remote for mine last week and really like it. I used on the bridal shoot that I posted in the "cooked husband" thread. Mine was fairly inexpensive and can clip onto the tripod or clothing, turns my camera on or off, has zoom capabilities and, of course, takes the photo. I haven't tried it with any little ones yet, but think that it is going to be a great advantage too when working with children. I have been wanting one for so long and definitely think it is worth getting.
- Liza M. Franco

ANSWER 2:
Okay, maybe this is a dumb question: But do you get the person/child set up and then focus in manually or do you used auto?? I guess I'm just trying to figure out how to make sure my subject stays in focus.
- Michelle Ross

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ANSWER 3:
Not a dumb question at all. It's only dumb not to ask a question:) The remote that I have has an autofocus button that works just as the shutter button on the camera. So I hold it down until it's focused and when I see what I want then press the rest of the way. Keep in mind that I've only gotten to use it on a grown-up, so I'm assuming it would work the same way with children. I don't know how long of a pause period it allows, though. I'll have to get my 3-year-old to pose for me and see what happens. I know we have different cameras, but I believe most of these remotes work in a similar way.
- Liza M. Franco

ANSWER 4:
And I have the wireless for the D70. And love it ... it makes working with kids and pets much easier.
- Debby Tabb

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NEW QUESTION 2: Battery Caught On Fire!
I had a very peculiar and scary thing happen this weekend. I was charging the battery for my Canon 10D and it caught on fire. I was gone for about and hour and when I returned, it was totally charred and had sent burning embers into the wood floor and left deep burn marks. Obviously my question is, has this ever happened to anyone else? I am planning on contacting Canon, as well.
Signed,

Scared of Recharging
- Betsy Drew

ANSWER 1:
Was it the original Canon battery and Canon charger? Just wondering.
- Chris A. Vedros

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ANSWER 2:
Cell batteries have been known to explode.
- Gregory La Grange

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ANSWER 3:
I'm not sure whether it was the original battery or a replacement. I have two batteries, but they are both Canon products. I'm talking with Canon right now, and they are very concerned. I'll let you know what happens.
- Betsy Drew

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NEW QUESTION 3: Red Eye Reduction
My camera doesn't seem to be doing a very good job of reducing the red eye in my subjects. I set the camera to red eye reduction, yet many of the people in my photos still have red eyes. My camera software cleans the images up a bit, but in some shots I can't correct the eyes as much as I would like to (especially blue eyes). Is there something else I can do while I'm photographing that would minimize the red eyes? Thanks!
- Tammy M. Richards

ANSWER 1:
The red-eye function on most cameras fires off a pre-flash or series of pre-flashes to try to get the subjects' pupils to contract before the picture is taken. Sometimes this works, sometimes it doesn't.
The only other thing you can do while shooting the picture to minimize red-eye is to increase the distance between your flash and your lens. This is usually done by putting an accessory flash on a flash bracket.
There's not really much else that you can do when using the built-in flash on your camera.
- Chris A. Vedros

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ANSWER 2:
Chris, doesn't red eye occur when the subject looks directly into the lens? Well if this is true, then you could put a little sticker right to the left or right of your lens and advise your subjects to look at the sticker instead of the lens. My camera (Canon Elan 7E) has a small light on it instructing the subjects where to look and this helps deter them from looking directly into the glass of the lens.
justin
- Justin D. Goeden

ANSWER 3:
Thanks for your wonderful suggestions, Chris & Justin! I have been thinking about purchasing an external flash and bracket for my camera, so I may go ahead and do that.
- Tammy M. Richards

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NEW QUESTION 4: Selling a Photo for a Business Logo
I know there have been a lot of questions about this kind of stuff, but I can't seem to find exactly the answer I'm looking for, so here goes...

I've been asked by someone to sell him a large print of the Buffalo Staredown. He will be using it as a logo for his very reputable business. If he buys it as a business logo (in addition to the print), does this mean he has the right to use it for anything related to his business? Also, if so, how much would I charge him? If he decides to just buy a print of 24x30 (not as a logo), how much would one charge? I know it's all relative, but I just want some figures thrown out at me.
- Cynthia L. Wanyonyi

ANSWER 1:
Cynthia,
Check out photographersindex.com with help determining a price. Sell him a license to use it only in his logo and your invoice needs to state as such.
- Charlie Borland

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ANSWER 2:
I just checked out that Web site, but I'm still not sure about the pricing for using it as his logo. Would I charge him EVERY time he wants to use it? For example, if he uses it for 5,000 brochures this week and next month he wants to use it for a magazine ... do I charge him two different times with two different invoices?
- Cynthia L. Wanyonyi

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NEW QUESTION 5: What Imaging Software to Buy?
Are there any reviews about the various digital image-editing software out there? Is it Photoshop hands down, or are there other software that should be considered? If I purchase Photoshop, do I need the full-blown version? Is there other software that is not quite as expensive? What are the pros and cons for what's available? What's good and what's better?
- Janet Oldaker

ANSWER 1:
Janet, for me, Photoshop was a "hands down" decision, and I've never looked back. Sure, there are other photo post-editing softwares available. However, Adobe Photoshop has led the pack since its origination, and is arguably the industry standard. I have used the full version for several years, beginning with 5.5, and now owning CS. At $99, it would be hard to find a better application than Photoshop Elements 3.0. And 3.0 does have most of the photo-editing tools available in CS2. I've always strived for quality products, believing that "quality" is far more economical in the long run. I'm pleased with what I can do in CS, and have the assurance that I can always buy a specialized plug-in if necessary.
Michael H. Cothran
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- Michael H. Cothran

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NEW QUESTION 6: Model Release for a Parade?
I recently took a lot of photos at my hometown Homecoming Parade. I want to use some of the shots in a portfolio and Web site to show my work. Do I need a release since they were in a public event? Also, are children different than adults, in that I need their parents' permission, or are they granting permission by having their children in the parade as a public event?
- Tracy Turner

ANSWER 1:
Tracy, you have a person in the picture, so you get their permission to use the image. If it is a child, you get the parents' permission.
- Kerby Pfrangle

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ANSWER 2:
I'm pretty sure that you can use it in a portfolio without a model release. But yes as Kerby said, you would definitely need a model release to post it on a Web site.
- Brendan Knell

ANSWER 3:
Tracy,
The biggest issue that gets photographers in trouble is the commercial use of an unreleased photo or person(s) or property. They have to prove damages to prevail, and once you have made money, they have a legitimate issue.
Charlie
- Charlie Borland

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NEW QUESTION 7: Organizing Stock Photos
I have been marketing my own photos with much success, including regional and national magazine publications. I have been building up a substantial collection of stock photos and am now searching for an appropriate stock agency. I am looking for a good software package to allow me to keyword and organize the photos. I read about one in either one of my photography magazines or on this site, but I haven't been able to find it since. Can any of you stock pros make any recommendations for me? Your replies are much appreciated.
- Kelly Andrews

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ANSWER 1:
Kelly,
I use Extensis portfolio for organizing my own files. But that won't matter to your stock agent. They just want clear reading caption labels and, for that, I use Boyd Norton's "Norton Slide Captioning System".
- Charlie Borland

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ANSWER 2:
Hi Charlie,
Thanks so much for your response. As I am all digital, I am looking for the best way to submit large digital files. If I were accepted, would I just burn several CDs? With each file 20-30mb, that would only be about 20-35 per CD. To submit 500, ends up being a whole bunch of CDs. Would I just put the keywords as the title of each file, or add it to the general info tag (in the same area as the EXIF data)? At Fogstock, do you have the capability for people to upload large files via FTP or some similar protocol? Probably each agency has their own preferences. I just want to be prepared.
Thanks!
- Kelly Andrews

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ANSWER 3:
Kelly,
Every agency is different. The first step is to get accepted by an agent and you start by submitting up to 200 low resolution files of your best images for review. They may want a cd or proof sheets. From there, you follow their guidelines. At Fogstock, we require 50mb files produced by a camera no less than 8 megapixels. That actually will be changed to 10mp shortly. The industry is demanding it. At Getty, they have switched to digital submissions only and require they are shot with a 12mp camera or better. Keywording is done by the agency. This is actually a sophisticated process. In the backend of the Fogstock Web site, where keywording takes place, we have about 1000 keywords that are checked and applied to an image. Most agencies do not allow the photographer to upload any images to the site, as they prefer to review for quality, etc. Alamy is one where you do all the work yourself, but I have heard that they are plagued with getting too much bad photography and are starting to get more involved in image editing. Best of luck in your search.
Charlie
- Charlie Borland

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NEW QUESTION 8: People Photography: Light Metering
I have heard people say that when photographing people outside you should meter off someone's white or black shirt. I don't understand this. If anyone does I would love to have it make sense. I sometimes try the exposure lock on someone's face but don't know much about metering light at all. I have a Canon 20D.
- Michelle B. Prince

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ANSWER 1:
When people talk about metering off something specific in a scene or portrait, usually what you do is zoom in or move in closer so that one particular thing or color fills the frame, or at least fills most of the frame. Then you push the shutter button halfway to get an exposure, and use exposure lock, recompose and shoot.
By the way, if I were photographing someone who was wearing a white or black shirt, I would meter off their face, not the shirt. Large white and black surfaces in pictures are what confuse meters and throw off exposures.
- Chris A. Vedros

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ANSWER 2:
Perhaps what you read was to White Balance off a white shirt. That would make more sense. Exposure metering off white would cause the subject's face to be well under-exposed.
Pete
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- Pete Herman

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NEW QUESTION 9: Selling at Art Shows
I am considering looking into having a booth trying to sell my work at small, local Art Shows. What successes or horror stories can anyone share with me about their own efforts with this?
- Scott Bonine

ANSWER 1:
Scott, let me give you some starting-up info.
You are wise to stay local at first. To do this full speed requires a large financial investment. You need a good 10x10 tent, walls and browsing bins, plus various sundries in order to "open" your booth to business. In addition, you need to have a fully stocked booth - browsing prints, normally mounted and matted, in 2-3 different sizes, plus enough framed images to hang on your walls. This is all pretty much standard operating procedure, although you will always find some variations.

You CAN start out with much less. The tent is the first big issue - you'll need a show that can either rent you a tent, or that has a large "community" tent that holds several exhibitors. Also, you can pick shows that are totally indoors.
Your display can be pretty much jimmy-rigged for the time being. Just be sure it looks as decent as possible. More "professional" looking walls and displays can be purchased once you have decided to jump off the deep end.

You don't need to overdo the amount of stock you have, but don't underdo it either. Experience is the only key to knowing what to bring, and how much of each to bring.
Michael H. Cothran
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- Michael H. Cothran

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NEW QUESTION 10: How to Photograph the Moon
I've recently attempted to photograph the moon with the Nikon D-70, 70-300mm zoom, and using a high-quality tripod. It appears there is camera shake (I'm assuming it is due to mirror slap?). The photos are not too sharp, although I can see some larger craters, seas, maria etc...

Question: Is the cause of this a crappy lens or more likely "mirror slap?" Any suggestions appreciated.
- Pete Herman

ANSWER 1:
Pete,
I think you will need to use a cable release. Just pressing the shutter button with your finger will make the camera shake.
- Ric Henry

ANSWER 2:
Lack of sharpness could be due to subject motion. The earth and moon are both moving pretty fast. What shutter speed(s) did you use? A rule of thumb I've found for longest shutter speed that still freezes the moon's motion is:
5 x (film frame diagonal) (lens focal length)
So with a D70 (diagonal = 28mm) and 300mm lens, the shutter speed should be
5 x 28/300 = ~1/2 second or less.
- Jon Close

ANSWER 3:
Pete,
I've been practicing this same thing all summer throughout the various moon stages. I have found that the best shots are at less than a full moon, on nights when the moon is high in the sky. I try to adjust using the aperture priority mode for the sharpest spot on the lens. Exposure times vary, but aren't that long (1 second or less most often). Using mirror lockup will help, and I recommend it. You'll also want to use a earth ground to minimize vibration - not a wood deck or sidewalk/driveway/pavement.
Using a 300mm telephoto (480 mm digital) is about as short as I'd attempt. If you can get your length up to 800mm or better effective, you'll see a good improvement over a 300mm. My 500mm (800mm digital) fixed does a pretty good job, but it's a cheap lens.
- Gary Gray

ANSWER 4:
If you're wanting to take a picture of the moon, you should expose it more for daylight. So, try something like ISO 200, 1/320 second at f/13. As long as the moon is pretty bright in the sky, you would do best exposing as if you were taking a picture in broad daylight. This is because the sun is lighting the moon. I have a picture in my gallery using my Canon 20D with 200mm (320mm Canon x1.6) lens at this setting. It's not the superclose image but the other one. Hope this helps! Also, bracket, especially since you have digital. While it's always good to use a tripod, you don't NEED one to shoot the moon.
- Andrew Laverghetta

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NEW QUESTION 11: Outside Wedding at High Noon
How do you get the best photos of an outside wedding at noon? There are no trees for shaded photographs during the ceremony ... it's a garden. Any special precautions for bright sunlight? Or special filters for either sunny or cloudy weather?
- Marty

ANSWER 1:
You might try using a polarizer, but I would pray for clouds.
- Kerry L. Walker

ANSWER 2:
If you have someone to help you, you could always try to use a scrim or some kind of diffuser to soften the harsh light a little bit. Even though the light will be directly above the subject, maybe you can figure something out. I would be testing some different ideas now so you can be prepared. Good luck!
- Chauncey R. Huffman

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PHOTOGRAPHY Q&A - CONTINUING FROM PREVIOUS NEWSLETTER
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CONTINUING QUESTION 1: Awaiting Payment from Newspapers
I've been doing some freelance writing and photography. Recently, two weekly newspapers published two of my stories, both which contained 2-4 photos each, but they have yet to pay me. I've submitted invoices, although initially the editor claimed that he didn't recall discussing compensation. I have his original email quoting what he'd pay. The articles appeared in June and July. I'm tempted to go over his head and contact the publisher, as I feel frustrated. Is this common with smaller publications? What's the usual time frame to be paid for work you've done for a weekly newspaper? I know they don't have much money, but still ...
- Mary B. McGrath

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ANSWER 1:
Usually they pay at the end of the month. If anything has been run within a certain time, like the first three weeks, then put all check requests in at the same time so all checks get sent out at the same time.
Based on principle, you can go over his head, which is something I'd do. Expect to not have him want to use anything from you again, if you do. Can't say it's common, but it's not a surprise. When it comes to money and photos, never take it for granted that they'll follow their word. You're not paid until the check cashes.
- Gregory La Grange

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ANSWER 2:
Assuming you gave some indication what the costs would be in your emails to the editor ... and not just left it open ... I suggest you re-submit your invoices. Include a copy of the email in question, but more importantly elaborate somewhat on the copyright issue (which can be frightening), stating you have released these stories and photos for this publication only.
State also "payment within 10 days" (put a time limit on it). After that, maybe send a follow up invoice stating "if this Invoice is not paid within the next 10 days, legal advice will be sought and costs incurred therein will be added to this Invoice". That should do the trick. If this also fails, get your solicitor to send a nice threatening little note.
- Roy Blinston

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