You Should Pay For Your Photos — Right?

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Photo by lucas souza from Pexels

Exposure as a traffic driver

According to the Unsplash stats (as of December 2020), they have reached 464 billion views and 2.5 billion downloads. Close to 240.000 photographers share their photos on the site and this month 90.000 photos were uploaded.

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Photo by Omar Lopez on Unsplash

Can you use the photos without feeling guilty?

Yes.

How do you pay the photographers?

When I reached out to some of the photographers via Unsplash or Pexels, it felt really awkward. For those without a donate option, I had to go to their site and find their contact information.

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lucas souza from Pexels
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Kaique Rocha from Pexels
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Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels

How much do you pay the photographers?

When you manage to find a way to donate, you have to ask yourself how much you want to donate. Do you go for a percentage, do you go for a predefined amount?

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Donating 7 dollars to the photographers via PayPal, screenshot by author

Final thoughts

When I started this short journey, I was expecting it to be easy.

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CG supervisor with 17 years of experience in the Animation- and VFX industry. Studying Design, Use and Interaction (UX) at the University of Oslo

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