In the world of photography, a recent Facebook post has stirred up a big debate. Keon Gibson posted on Facebook, asking photographers and videographers to volunteer on “The Reunion Tour.” This raised a big question for photographers and industry experts: Should photographers choose to work for exposure without pay or get compensated for their skills? In this blog, we’ll explore this topic and try to find some answers.
Keon Gibson’s post on his personal Facebook page invited photographers and videographers to volunteer their talents for “The Reunion Tour,” featuring famous artists like Kirk Franklin, Tye Tribbett, and others. At first glance, it seemed like a great chance to work with top names in the industry. But it sparked a big debate in the photography community.
Photographers quickly responded with mixed feelings. On one hand, some felt it was wrong to ask for free work when their skills deserved payment. They worried about how their images might be used and whether they’d get credit or compensation. On the other hand, not everyone saw it the same way. Some experienced photographers thought it could be a good opportunity for newcomers, offering exposure and networking chances.
The main issue here is about control over your work and getting paid for it. In a world where digital images are in high demand, many photographers felt uneasy about working for free, even if it promised exposure.
While this debate hasn’t turned into a massive industry-wide discussion, it has highlighted a long-standing issue. Balancing the desire for exposure with the need for fair pay is a challenge that photographers face regularly.
Hearing from the Experts: Let’s take a look at what some experts had to say:
Tomayia Colvin, a Photography Educator: “Photographers that are interested – I have a photography group that supports Black photographers, Tomayia Colvin Education – The Business of Photography. Would love to support you on your journey and provide some ways to make this opportunity work for you.”
Tomayia posed a question on her page, “So you want photographers to work for free and use the photos to make more money. Make it make sense in the name of Jesus.”
Another Photographer’s Perspective
“Depending on where you are in your business, this could be the perfect opportunity for you to add your first logo to your portfolio, your first music director, your first PR manager, who all have major influence on future hiring decisions… It’s exposure that you can’t pay for as a newbie.”
As of now, there’s been no official response from Keon Gibson, and the debate continues. Some photographers are interested, while others are staying cautious.
This debate sparked by Keon Gibson’s Facebook post sheds light on a big question in photography. Should photographers work for free in exchange for exposure, or should they always get paid for their skills? As the photography world keeps changing, this conversation will keep evolving, challenging photographers and industry experts to find the right balance between creativity and earnings.
So, what’s your take on this issue? Join the conversation and share your perspective with us. Leave a comment below and let’s keep the discussion going!