The trouble with putting them on line is that people will persist in reproducing them without permission or payment.
The trouble with not putting them on line is that nobody gets to see them, and nobody receives payment.
This is the quandary at hand for us stock shooters.
Speaking as someone who has a few thousand slides of '70s and '80s So. California racing, the REAL problem is getting the stuff out, sorting it, scanning it, and then getting it online in a semi-organized usable manner. If someone could find a way to PayPal me a few hundred hours of spare time I might be able to make a dent in the problem.
PM me if you wish, I have created a great numbering and filing system that makes it much, much easier. I'm in your same boat, and your images are too strong to not be getting sold.
If going on line then spoilers and downsizing, adjusting quality is the way to go and expected...
...If you can't be bothered then you should sell your collection on.
No offense, Luca, but this is really a misunderstanding of the issues we photographers face. For one, if success is expected, there is no point at all in displaying any
piece of our work, ever
, in less than everything it can be. In the case of old motorsport photographs, preparing these images takes an extraordinary amount of time. I spend roughly one hour each to scan, clean, and correct each image to publishing standards‚ and have 11,000 racing images to do. That's 5.5 years of a normal work schedule, up front and without payment. I ask, in what other profession does anyone face such a task, and how many of us share such a commitment in our work?
Many of my associates in this business do just the same. In my case, I am mainly a stock nature photographer (50,000 images there, 7,000 of which are 4x5 images and ultimately over 2,000 of them need scans of 500mb or greater) and that occupies extraordinary time, eight years so far just to make my life's work in sell-ready condition. All this to bring back my files back to "sellable," exactly like they already were before digital came along and made everything better for the amateur, or the peruser, or the person who downloads everything for "personal use" such as printing scrapbooks from our toil at no benefit to us who trusted people not to do this exact thing. This is a fine time for the amateur, and a brutal one for the professional.
All this said, there are shortcuts the professional can and must take, in scanning everything sellable at full-res (the smallest time-taker of all), then downsizing and correcting in Photoshop Layers, then copy-pasting Layers to the "master" files later. I have resigned myself to having to do this if I ever hope to archive my racing files, the savings in clean-up alone make this necessary.
Just last week I had to spend three days to be instrumental in shutting down a Flickr site which was pointed out to us as displaying many of our copyright GP Library collection images without permission, without reproduction payment and while also inferring that copyright was held by that site!... This was plainly in our view common theft.
Our GP Library collection includes something like 1.7-1.8-million images, 1902-2002. Running our own website proved beyond our very limited knowledge of internet operation, and our available time. Many scans of our material may be browsed on <www.motorgraphs.com>. That they survive at all is thanks largely to our predecessors who invested enormous time, effort, skill and cash in creating them, preserving them, salvaging them and collecting them. We have followed their lead, investing much more time, trouble and treasure, over the past twenty years.
How then can it possibly be reasonable for any outsider to expect - and in effect to demand - free access to such material, merely because "It interests me..."?
As I have declared here several times, we happen to be perfectly happy to post images on here from time to time for the enjoyment or interest and edification of fellow enthusiasts, but we do that more or less on trust that nobody will then abuse the access we provide by either presenting or seeking commercial gain from capturing these scans without first having the common decency to seek our permission, since this material is our property, bought and paid for over many years.
Is this unreasonable? And if some consider it is, well tough cookies, because we will...and do...pursue unreasonable infringements, and will continue to do so.
Doug, I have nothing to add to that, you are 100% correct. Make no mistake, fellows, using our work without permission is thievery
in any and every sense of the word.
I don't see it a huge task at all. What's the rush. Just add material and feed material over time. To enthusiasts this is a hobby but all I hear is cost. Rubbish just make the images small enough that there not worth stealing. It's more a case of knowing what your doing.
Ever heard of "upsizing software?" Any size image on the web is now fodder for thievery. That you don't see the task involved is understandable — but you might learn why it is before telling us what to do with our life's work. "The rush" you are overlooking is sheer time, time to prepare, and time left in our lives. Most of us with motor racing archives are not 20 anymore. Suggesting we don't know what we are doing, but that you do, is downright rude.