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I'd say that most of you protect the copyright on your photos, and many of you use "protective" language and labelling.

I myself make all of my photos available via Creative Commons. While this doesn't yield me "sales", it does yield publication. I typically get 4-5 images electronically published per week, and this has included such outlets as Wired Magazine, Atlantic Magazine, InformationWeek, and Wall Street Journal. My windmill pic is particularly hot, being used this week on the cover of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency publication. Even a picture of my dusty behind walking into the Grand Canyon has found its way into travel brochures.

The bottom line is that there's a lot of need for publishable material, but most people don't want to or can't pay for it. I tag my photos so would-be publishers can find the right image.

One day maybe I'll do otherwise and keep the copyright so I can sell stuff. But if you don't care about making money on photos and just are happy seeing them used, consider changing the "permission" on the picture to Creative Commons.

Image of Lake Michigan from New Buffalo, Michigan with Diana+ medium format toycam. (Explore)

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  1. ►bynini◄ [slightly away] 68 months ago | reply

    love the wideth and the pure colours.

  2. jotka26 68 months ago | reply

    thanks for sharing your thoughts with me/us Kevin...

  3. Sati Kobashi [deleted] 68 months ago | reply

    Serenity...

  4. DeborahsDreamPhotography 68 months ago | reply

    Solitude! really great shot! Love the reflection of kight.

  5. André Pipa 68 months ago | reply

    Bravo Kevin - terrific image, enigmatic and intense...

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  6. Moon Shine Photography 68 months ago | reply

    This looks like the edge of the earth is meeting the sky!!! The reflections are just beautiful!! Awesome photo!!!

  7. ~lala~(Lisa) 68 months ago | reply

    Love this capture...an instant fave, kevin!

  8. Yves* [deleted] 68 months ago | reply

    Marvelous capture!

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    Bravo !

  9. sciencesque 68 months ago | reply

    long live creative commons. I do photography for kicks and giggles. when $$$ concerns start to creep in, the fun vapourizes, and that ain't no fun

  10. Jan Kratochvil 68 months ago | reply

    great shot kevin, diana is in the proper hands

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    Seen on your photo stream. (?)

  11. Eddi van W. 67 months ago | reply

    Hallo, ich bin der Administrator der Gruppe Creative Commons- Free Pictures, und wir würden uns freuen, wenn Du dies zu unserer Gruppe hinzufügen würdest.

  12. pareeerica 67 months ago | reply

    Congrats on your Publications! :)

    Thank you for the use of your image :)
    * Peta Evans-Taylor *

  13. PPRimage 64 months ago | reply

    this is a great picture, I used it as a header for a member's website

    keep up the great work

  14. peggyhr 63 months ago | reply

    Fantastic, Kevin. Have a great day!

  15. zPRIME 34 months ago | reply

    Simply wow ... absolutely stunning. I can't stop saying it!

  16. Brian~Mac 23 months ago | reply

    Interesting thoughts on CC, Kevin. How do you know if a photo has been published by someone? You say they have to credit you, but do they also have to let you know?

  17. Ian Sane 22 months ago | reply

    I like the way you think, my friend. I totally agree, too.

  18. symphony of love 14 months ago | reply

    Thank you so much for making this available under Creative Commons License. I have used this with a quote by Desmond Tutu on doing good at Symphony of Love.

    Infinite Gratitude, Blessings and Love to you,
    BK

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