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The Value of Free

The Value of Free
I used to do a lot of work for free. I had just got my camera, people said “hey, you have a nice camera, want to take some pictures for me?” When it’s my wife, asking about my kids, I don’t really have a choice.

It felt good, having something that was appreciated, but as I sunk more time into the work I was dong for free, and more money into my equipment, and even breaking and losing things while on the job… a job that I wasn’t getting paid for. So it didn’t take me long to start charging, and now, very rarely, do I do any work for free. This blog is free, to you, obviously, and there are other things I get to choose to do if I’m so inclined. But free doesn’t put food in my kids mouths and it doesn’t repair my camera when it breaks down.

Some folks don’t share this perspective. Like the folks at Craft & Vision. They’ve released a FREE e-book that is filled with 11 different ways you can improve your photography. It’s got snippets from a number of world-class photographers, so you’re not stuck reading the endless tomes of that DuChemin guy the whole time.

This is the sort of free that makes sense. You get to read some of the excellent content over at Craft & Vision, maybe get a taste for it – the first hit is free after all – and then you come back for more. Each chapter is short and sweet, you can read it on the bus, on the toilet, basically wherever you have a iPad-e-thing that you can take with you. PDF’s are the way to go, BTW… apps are so proprietary 😉

3 thoughts on “The Value of Free

  1. Jean Labelle says:

    I've been thinking about getting registered as a charitable organization so your post is very timely. 🙂
    Thanks for the ebook link… great info!

  2. Mervi says:

    Yep, free is good. Although one must be careful with it: Sometimes (some) people get too used to free they start to demand _everything_ for free.

  3. Cherie-Lynn says:

    I agree free has it's place- like a registered charity. If your business makes money you can pay money for services. I find when doing free work nothing is valued and the demands are high. I too need to feed my kids and if most people bosses asked them to come to wor, 2 hours early stay two hours later and than say oh yeah we aren't going to pay you this week not many would show up but yet we are expected to jump at the opportunity for the photo credit- FYI- nobody reads photo credits (except photographers)