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09/03/2008 02:37:25 PM · #1
So, I was doing a google search on my name and BLAM! I found this:

The Wars of the Green Berets: Amazing Stories from Vietnam to Present

The back cover has my copyright information. I'm so excited that I don't even care I only made $.20 for the picture off istock.com. What makes it even cooler is that it is a picture of me.

The only drawback of the whole deal is that I'm portrayed as a Green Beret... the Marine in me doesn't like that.

The picture is actually from the Pride challenge in 2005:
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' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' sempermarine, if you see this I hope it gives you hope... if you keep working on your photography skills and learn how to look tough like me then you might get published. Well, maybe there isn't much hope for the looking tough thing, but you've got some photography skills... maybe... kind of... sorta...
09/03/2008 02:38:53 PM · #2
Shouldnt you have made more than .20??

That is awesome though!
09/03/2008 02:49:15 PM · #3
That's cool. Also the way stock photography works. The shot you get .20 for may be used in a weekend church flyer, or on the cover of a book. You just don't know.
09/03/2008 02:51:09 PM · #4
Congrats, Todd. I like the photo.
I don't mean to be rude, but this makes me understand why some photographers dislike these stock image sites. Twenty cents? It's one thing to undercut the competition, another to essentially give it away.

EDIT:
Originally posted by yospiff:

That's cool. Also the way stock photography works. The shot you get .20 for may be used in a weekend church flyer, or on the cover of a book. You just don't know.

That puts the twenty cents in another light. :-)

Message edited by author 2008-09-03 14:52:27.
09/03/2008 02:51:34 PM · #5
Cool and congrats. Well ok not on the .20 cents. But it's a start.
09/03/2008 02:52:09 PM · #6
Congratulations -- maybe if you write to the publisher they can at least send you a couple of copies!
09/03/2008 02:56:01 PM · #7
Originally posted by yospiff:

That's cool. Also the way stock photography works. The shot you get .20 for may be used in a weekend church flyer, or on the cover of a book. You just don't know.

Well, you "know" when you agree to the contract and upload the photo ... actually, there are some limitations even on the microstock licenses -- a book which goes best-seller and prints 400,000 copies will yield somewhat more to the photographer under most micro-stock licenses, while the image is also affordable for some veteran self-publishing a run of 500 copies of his memoirs.
09/03/2008 02:58:19 PM · #8
How cool is that?! Congrats!
09/03/2008 02:58:35 PM · #9
HOW COOL IS THAT?! BIG Congrats!
09/03/2008 02:59:05 PM · #10
Thanks! I still can't get the smile off my face!

The way I look at it is this... if I wouldn't have had it out there I wouldn't have ever been published. To be honest, if someone would have written me and asked me if they could have used it for free I would have said yes. Photography isn't a business to me... unless someone offers me money.

Message edited by author 2008-09-03 14:59:54.
09/03/2008 02:59:21 PM · #11
LOL! We posted the exact same thing almost at the exact same time, ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' CassieDoodle! :)
09/03/2008 03:02:09 PM · #12
By the way, I made $1.20, not $.20! I'm loaded...
09/03/2008 03:13:01 PM · #13
The other potential here is that you said you received a credit on it. That now makes you "searchable." Who knows?
09/03/2008 03:14:16 PM · #14
Originally posted by LydiaToo:

LOL! We posted the exact same thing almost at the exact same time, ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' CassieDoodle! :)


JINX!

:)
09/03/2008 03:14:31 PM · #15
Originally posted by toddhead:

By the way, I made $1.20, not $.20! I'm loaded...


See that's all the better. A big congratulations, nice work

Don't spend it all in one place!
09/03/2008 03:18:26 PM · #16
Awesome, Todd! Congrats! And I love this quote:
Originally posted by Not_A_Green_Beret:

Photography isn't a business to me... unless someone offers me money.
09/03/2008 03:27:32 PM · #17
Congrats Todd! Too bad they got the wrong service but it is great to be published. Soon you will be known far and wide.
09/03/2008 03:50:36 PM · #18
Congratulations!!

Maybe Farmers Almanac will use this one of you:

//www.drbukk.com/images9/toddheadington.jpg

Message edited by L2 - Changed large image to link.
09/03/2008 03:58:50 PM · #19
Oh, you're funny... maybe they can use this one for the Losers Almanac

//www.honorcoins.com/RIVARDi.jpg

Message edited by L2 - Changed large image to link.
09/03/2008 04:00:56 PM · #20
Note to self: Think twice before entering a self-portrait challenge. ;)
09/03/2008 04:04:20 PM · #21
touche
09/05/2008 11:30:36 PM · #22
Originally posted by sempermarine:

touche


I take it you two know each other outside of DPC? :)

Congrats, big time, Todd. Very, very cool.

Hey, both of you should come to the DC GTG next weekend!
09/05/2008 11:48:39 PM · #23
that is so amazing! I think anyways :)
Personally I would be stoked to have my picture used in a book cover
i would write and get some free copies at least! lol
i even showed my husband and he said the whole thing was cool too
im excited i dont even know why LOL
09/16/2008 01:24:49 AM · #24
Congrats big time, thats really good news, and yeah, it may not be alot of money but for me its more about the exposure ( no pun intended!) you receive, especially if you are just starting out. Hope it continues to get even better for you, and it does give the rest of us hope!
09/16/2008 01:40:35 AM · #25
That's really cool, congrats!

Bummer about the Green Beret thing, but at least they didn't say you were in the Navy.
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