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Why you should not give away your images (anywhere)

Posted on 23rd January 2022 in .  So far there are No comments

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It is very tempting to use social media as a marketing tool for your photographs, especially if you are an aspiring photographer who wants more followers.

In itself this doesn’t seem like a bad idea. Who doesn’t want to get their name “out there”? After all, it’s free and you could reach a large audience through sharing by third parties.

What is not a good idea is using social media as if it was your website, uploading hundreds of images at a time.

If you do this on a platform like Facebook you might as well be giving them away, because Facebook provides a handy Download button to facilitate taking the images people want. You will have no idea.

Perhaps you are not interested in selling your images., either because you are not a professional, have another job and don’t want the money, or maybe you plan to sell them later at a later date but for now you just want the advertising.

This article should why giving away your photographs is a bad idea.


  • Images have value
  • If you want to be respected, don’t offend other photographers
  • Channel social media to your website
  • Are there any situations where it is OK to give images away?
  • Conclusion

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About Nico

I am an equine photographer, website designer and hosting provider living in Lincolnshire.

I work with clients who are sole traders and others which are FTSE companies. They are equally important to me.

If you need commercial photographyeditorial photography, event photography, lifestyle, equestrian or wedding photography, then I can help you, with over 30 years experience in these areas.

I also teach photography. I mentor photographers with a range of experience, from beginners to working professionals and run an equine photography course which gives members access to articles about the business of equestrian photography.

I have a varied set of skills, having worked for well known web design, SEO and analytics companies in parallel to my photography.

I design, host and maintain websites for clients as varied as farms, interior designers and equestrian centres, as well as for bloggers and sportspeople, including many riders.

I am the Public Relations Officer for the Midlands Area Point-to-Point Association, a role which utilises my PR and social media skills to promote horse racing both online and in the National press.

If you think that I could be the right person to help you, whatever your project, then please get in touch and we can discuss what you need and the ways in which I can help.

You can find out more about me here.

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