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Just say NO to editorial leeching.

Published August 25th, 2011

For my first blog post here on 500px, I thought I would post a little something for you to think about and hopefully remember next time someone asks you for use of your photos for nothing.

Dear Mr. Editor

Thank you for your interest in my photography and for your generous offer to use my work for free to promote your book/magazine/website that you use to generate business for yourself. I would love nothing more than to help feed your family while mine goes hungry, because that is just the type of guy I am. Maybe I could feed them the free copy of the book you are offering me. I bet it would be tasty with some salt and pepper. I am also excited for the overwhelming exposure that I will be receiving and the vast number of customers that will be directed my way because of that teeny tiny photo credit you tried to bury in the spine of your magazine. I just don't know what to say. You have done so much for me.

Now let me tell you the truth.

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