I had two experiences of people using my pictures this week. One good and one bad.
The good one was exceptionally good. I received an email from Randy Wakeman, a keen game shooter and editor of several US magazines on the subject of guns and shooting. He enquired about a photo on my site and asked to use it on his own blog. It’s lovely to get requests like this and needless to say I was delighted to help out. You can see the photo here. My knowledge of shotguns is pretty limited, but I’m told the article is very informative too!
The bad experience? Well, I have google alerts watching for hits and links on my blog. I was alarmed to see a link site using my pictures to drive traffic. Googling tells me that they grab images from sites and then use tactics to push themselves up the image results list. People see the image and click the link which takes them to a site covered in ads and not my blog. They use a hotlink to my image so I can’t even say they stole it. I’m planning a quiet chat with the friend who deals with my hosting to see if there is something I can do. Seriously, this is a low traffic blog and there are a lot of better pictures out there. How desperate are they to rip off me?