I’ve been getting an average of three or four inquiries a week about licensing my photos. This is a good thing. It’s fun to interact with people who are enthusiastic about my work (and, hey, even willing to pay to use it!). These inquiries are coming almost entirely from my web presence in Photoblog 2.0 and on Flickr.
The size of these licensing deals has ranged from fairly small (for example, an image to be used by an alternative medical practioner in New Zealand for a logo) to book covers and global advertising campaigns. The international reach of the Internet, as shown by this commercial interest in my digital photo library, thrills me.
The volume of these licensing inquiries has been getting to the point that I felt it was time to create an information page about licensing Harold Davis photos. Of course, my hope is that by putting information about how to find my photos and license them in one place I will spur additional interest.
As I put together the licensing information page, I was really struck by what a “mash-up” my online presence is: I handcode web pages in PHP, I use WordPress to manage my blogging, and I use Flickr as my web image repository. I’ve also “out sourced” my comment management to Flickr, and I use Flickr’s taxonomic categorization tools and tagged searching mechanisms. For full-text search, I’ve got a Google search box tied into my blog and content sites. Paypal lets me easily accept international payment for web usages that would otherwise not really be practical.
I know it’s been said before, but what a tangled web we weave…