If you've seen the new issue of Carve then you might have read my Sharing Is Caring article on the ongoing death of professional surf photography.
It's no secret I hate Facebook. The content farms (and or companies) that just steal photographer's work and post them for Likes with no credit or reference to the creator are a real issue. It's baffling when FB has an inbuilt Share button. So if these many pages, with fans in the thousands, want to share surf pics all they need to to do is Share from the respective photographers' pages. If they did this no one would mind. But they don't. They steal and post with no credit.
If you put your photos on Facebook or any network you are consenting to have it shared far and wide. I limit my unwatermarked online images to my 500px account, which at least has a basic download blocker on it, but still that's not screengrab proof.
The only solution is ugly watermarks or not sharing at all. Which to be honest is the way I'm going. As sharing does nothing for your photography business. It does not bring surf photographer's new clients. The only paying clients: the magazines and brands actually push the other way. If a photo has been on FB then you've no chance of selling it. Likes and Fans do not equate to Income.
This post was inspired by a little ding dong the talented and extremely ballsy water photog Russ Ord had with one of these Like Farms. See the screengrab from my iPod.
He simply asked for a credit on one of his awesome water shots of the Right in W.A. An image he risked his life to shoot. This is the response he gets from fucktard commentors and the actual admin of the page.
I mean seriously? Total, utter, massive kooks.
They have no idea how hard it is to swim, shoot and actually maintain a photography business. If this is the future then I want no part of it.