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Open source photography -- are you in or out?

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For anyone interested in their work being seen by many others, you are being forced into the future--right now. (Explore)

You have to decide whether you want to make money, or not.

If you don't care about making money from your images (at least at this stage of your life) but want them broadly seen, then you have to label your photos as Creative Commons and get on the open source photography bandwagon.

Yahoo!, who owns Flickr, is by far the biggest user of my photos, accounting for thousands of visits a day to my photo stream. It thrills me to think that on a given day my images are being seen by millions of people by (e.g.) being on the front page of a Yahoo! home page.

And it's going to get a lot bigger as Getty Images, the leader in stock photography, and Flickr have launched their new joint service.

You're in or out--decide now. Open source is the wave of the future.

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  1. Sati Kobashi [deleted] 63 months ago | reply

    Hellish!!
    Awesome!

  2. peggyhr 63 months ago | reply

    Explored! Congrats, Kevin!

  3. swimmingintheether (working overtime) [deleted] 63 months ago | reply

    love this.. very wicked looking

  4. ABUELA PINOCHO  63 months ago | reply

    Photos Explore Group

    FOTO VISTA IN EXPLORE!!!! COMPLIMENTI!!!!CONGRATULATIONS!!!
    I This is an excellent photo!!! invited to insert your photo in the group -
    Sei invitato ad inserire la tua foto nel gruppo
    PHOTOS EXPLORE GROUP

    and please remember to tag this photo Photos Explore

  5. Melinda ^..^ 63 months ago | reply

    A warm shot!

    i dont care much about this issue at this stage, taking photo is one of my habit, just wanna share it.. hhehehe....

  6. i_still_believe_in_u 63 months ago | reply

    glad i reread this kd, good to know...

  7. Time Share 63 months ago | reply

    Perhaps I do not understand the issue well enough but I am under the impression that someone could use your image for their own commercial means to generate $$$'s and all they would have to do is make reference to your image. To me that seems wrong ? Not that I will ever make money from photography but it just doesn't sit well that someone could use an image that I may have taken the time to compose or set up.

    Interesting debate. Thoughts?

    Great shot BTW

  8. AmsterSam - The Wicked Reflectah 63 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Let there be Light!, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    I'm in! No, out...no, wait, I don't know ;-D

  9. kstoon 63 months ago | reply

    hmmm, so much to consider on this topic. i have been thinking about it a lot but have only come to the conclusion that until i know where my photography hobby (addiction) is going to take me, i will keep my stuff and my rights. and that was a pretty easy decision as no one is beating down my door :-)

  10. Roberto Gardella [deleted] 63 months ago | reply

    I should be in or maybe I'm out!! Great shot though!!

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  11. Rozanne Hakala 63 months ago | reply

    Awesome abstract.

  12. :chris: 62 months ago | reply

    This is fantastic. Wonderfully exposed. I love it.

  13. ihave3kids 48 months ago | reply

    Thanks for your photo!
    Your Times Up!

  14. Jon Matthies 36 months ago | reply

    Cool shot, and I'm enjoying reading through your thoughts and analysis on this thing called Flickr. :)

  15. Jamie Sarner 30 months ago | reply

    Amazing shot, thank you for CC license! I used it for the article about home fireplaces on my Toronto real estate blog.

  16. symphony of love 14 months ago | reply

    Hi Kevin, thank you so much for all your great photos and for making them available under Creative Commons License. I have used this with a quote by Albert Schweitzer at: Symphony of Love.

    Infinite Gratitude, Blessings, and Love,
    BK

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