We recently had a lecture with Jamie Beeden, a freelance photographer who’s main lines of work focus on music photography and stock photography as well is previously working for a car magazine. He’s been working in photography for 15 years, 3 of which he was Rankin’s assistant photographer. Which he said that if you can put up with Rankin, you’ll be able to build your portfolio up nicely. When speaking about music photography, he mentioned that he has done photo shoots with the likes of Kings of Leon, Muse, Dizzee Rascal, Coldplay and The Killers, describing the experience as very rewarding, yet very competitive. To my surprise, he also mentioned that there isn’t as much money in the music photography industry as one might have thought, and it’s lead him to go down other routes of photography at the same time to create a good income.
Beeden then explained that he has began to do Stock photography stock libraries such as Istock and Stocksy and the benefits it gives. Stock imagery is a good way to make money in between commission work, and eventually, it could become your sole line of work. He also explained that stock libraries have an interest of the income of around 60% – 70% yet you can still make an incredible amount. Beeden spoke about a conference he’d recently been to, in which two people had collectively made 60 million dollars for Istock. Halved between the two, with the interest taken away, both people still made 10 million dollars each! When I heard this, this really got my thinking about how simple and great stock imagery is for making some easy money on the side.
Beeden also gave us some good tips and interesting facts on copyright law. He mentioned that the London eye, tourist attractions and logos are all copy-written, and if you can see the name or logo of a company even when zooming in, you have to remove it from the image. He also told us that you’re able to take photos of the Eiffel tower during the day, but not at night, as the lights on the tower are under copyright. He also gave us a useful tip, telling us we must use file info on our digital images, as this gives your work and identity, and can be used as proof that it’s your photograph.
Check his LinkedIn out here: http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/jamie-beeden/1a/284/b6