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Nick Temple-Fry
9th August 2011, 05:40 PM
This may be of interest to some. (from a link in the latest ALAMY newsletter)

Welcome to the BAPLA Academy

An online membership for semi-pro and keen amateur photographers, our aim is to help you get better at photography and give you opportunities to expose your work to the commercial picture industry.

Members can learn through our online coaching models created by some of the industry’s leading people, submit their work to be reviewed by the Picture Editors at places like Getty Images and Alamy; through our online shop, members have a place to sell their work as prints to the public, and, with our BAPLA Academy Top 10, they have a place to be seen.

where BAPLA stands for The British Association of Picture Libraries and Agencies (http://www.baplaacademy.com/)

Note the BAPLA shop operates through Media Storehouse (http://www.mediastorehouse.com/)

Nick

danellis
15th August 2011, 12:55 PM
Link forwarded home to look at when I've not got five minutes of my lunch break left!

Thanks, Nick

dJE

Zuiko
15th August 2011, 06:42 PM
Very interesting, thanks Nick. I don't have £49 spare at the moment but will keep this on file.

smartwombat
20th August 2011, 06:17 PM
This looks weird, why are BAPLA apparently competing with their member agencies!
Is it not the function of the agencies to "expose your work to the commercial picture industry" for which they take their percentage?
Why is the parent association apparently treading on their members' toes?

Zuiko
20th August 2011, 07:05 PM
This looks weird, why are BAPLA apparently competing with their member agencies!
Is it not the function of the agencies to "expose your work to the commercial picture industry" for which they take their percentage?
Why is the parent association apparently treading on their members' toes?

I suspect it is more a case of exploiting the wannabe's who will gladly pay nearly £50 to sign up for the service. Not that it's necessarily a bad thing, I might be interested in due course, but it's funny how often we get drawn into spending money in the usually unlikely hope of actually making some! :D

Nick Temple-Fry
20th August 2011, 09:50 PM
Well I posted it as information rather than recommendation, and my views about it are uncertain.

I do see advantages as it might give a certain degree of visiblity of your work, perhaps to editors of more specialisd libraries.

The ability to list prints for sale (albeit at 10 new a month) on Amazon. And an awful of things are bought that way as presents.

(I know Photo4me do the same thing as a community, but I stay clear of services that I dont understand).

But its up to you to make the choices.

Nick

Zuiko
20th August 2011, 10:03 PM
Well I posted it as information rather than recommendation, and my views about it are uncertain.

I do see advantages as it might give a certain degree of visiblity of your work, perhaps to editors of more specialisd libraries.

The ability to list prints for sale (albeit at 10 new a month) on Amazon. And an awful of things are bought that way as presents.

(I know Photo4me do the same thing as a community, but I stay clear of services that I dont understand).

But its up to you to make the choices.

Nick

It's the critique on submitted pictures, from a marketing point of view that interests me the most, plus advice on keywording with examples. Different people will get different benefits from this service, some more than others, but I think it's very useful to at least know it exists. Thanks Nick. :)