So this is how they're using my images?!
I've always been curious (and maybe a little apprehensive) about where and how the photographs I've submitted to Dreamstime are being used-- and now with reverse image search functionality in Google (Google reverse image search) (and built into Chrome browser , as described here), I've been merrily finding out!
Most of them make sense, as in the case of a toad photo I took at the local aquarium.
I suppose I wonder why they didn`t just take their OWN photograph at their own aquarium. I`d like to think they just preferred the expertise and care I took in shooting and editing my particular capture! (A library using my toad photo)
Sometimes, I see the pictures turning up in an unexpected scenario: (a surprise book cover!)
I`m reluctant to inform my models of some of the photo usage examples but I do have more respect for the bravery it takes to pose for stock photos ( and I`m not even including the case of that poor girl who appeared on the Obamacare website). I admit I feel satisfaction when I see a favourite photo being used in a worthwhile way; I feel more connected to the work when I see a direct result of the effort poured in.
So far I`ve been lucky and I haven`t seen any photos being used without permission, so I`ll continue to track the pictures just out of curiosity and amusement.
Hope everyone is enjoying the year`s end and here`s to more photographic adventures in 2014!
Photo credits: Alphonse Leong.
Nature and Wildlife Photography