Paulstw Posted November 15, 2013 Share Posted November 15, 2013 The more I submit to the news feed, the more and more I'm noticing that the media companies that operate in Glasgow and the West of Scotland, tend to have their own photographers that are sent out to locations to shoot the event for the publication in question. Some of these photographers I have spoken to, and respect them dearly, so I'd never want to pretend to be the same as them. My point is that apart from the pretty much staged events, and well known functions, unless you manage to get really lucky and snap something close to you at a moments notice that's newsworthy, there's not a lot you can do to get your work sold if it's a local event. Yes better images could work, a different perspective and idea could also work, but if the media outlets are sending their own guys in, you'll have a hard time trying to sell any pics if the media outlet is getting the pics from their own guys. The Scotsman - has their own photographersDaily Record & Sunday Mail - I've sold a couple to themEvening Times - They have their own guysKirkintilloch Herald - has their own guys (my home town) Glasgow Herald - Use the same guys as the Evening Times BBC Scotland - Never seem to buy any pics, and also have their own guys. STV - Always want images for free via crowd sourcing. That's just a number of the big players. I was in Glasgow last night for the switching on of the Christmas lights. A big event in the calendar, so I made a point of getting tickets and getting close to the action. I took about 200 shots. 43 of which I felt suited the theme and they went on the news feed. The Scottish media seemed to glaze right over the fact that anything happened at all. The Evening Times were the only people that ran a story on it, and they had pics from their own guys. A few weeks ago, a major flood wiped out rush hour traffic on Glasgow's busiest road causing major delays for hours and it was a scene of major frustrations and upset. STV ran a small story about it, and asked if anyone had images to send them in. I sent the alamy news link and it fell on deaf ears. My experience of selling to other publications are that if your image is generic enough, you will attract nationwide. The Daily Mail, for instance, cropped one of my pics of footsteps in the snow, probably because there was an identifiable glasgow landmark in the distance. My instinct is that I'll carry on regardless, however, sometimes you are left confused by what you think is news and what they actually run as 'news' that day. It must be very frustrating for the guys out everyday capturing this stuff all the time. I'm trying hard here not to look like I'm moaning. Anywho I'll shoosh now lol Cheers for reading, Paul Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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