Thursday, October 9, 2008

Get the Job Done: I've been Schmap'ed

Ready for a Bouquet, originally uploaded by Sheba Wheeler.

I got an email today confirming that two of my images (one seen above) has been selected for inclusion in the newly released fifth edition of the Schmap Boulder Guide featuring Eldorado Canyon State Park. The second image featuring Denver street festivals can be seen here.

Schmap also created this widgetized version of the guide to include on my blog.

Several of my trusted colleagues say they have not gotten any exposure from having their photos featured in Schmap, while others on the Flickr forum say the inclusion has led more referrals to their account, although no royalties for using the photo. There also seems to be some controversy over whether anyone should allow Schmap to include their photos without payment as seen in these various Flickr discussions. The jury is still out for me, as this is the first image I've had accepted, and as of yet have not had any other inquiries for purchasing this image. It's also one of the images that is available for sale in the Heidi's Deli in downtown Denver.

What do you think? Is this an instance where a photography shouldn't allow usage of a photo unless they are being paid for it, or is the free exposure payment enough?

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