I just ran across an event specific image that I had taken earlier this year on a sports associated web site and my simple image watermark had been cut off. Guys, the event in question cost me more than $400.00 to attend. I camped in my truck and provided for all of my meals, etc. I hoofed it around on the side of a dusty hill for three days in direct sunlight (hot). I had more than $50K in photo gear to clean and make ready each day. I have annual business expenses (license, legal, insurance, etc…), family healthcare… you get the idea. Again, I received zero compensation of any kind. Per my published comments the use of my watermarked images were free (as long as the watermark remained intact). A clean non-watermarked low resolution web optimized digital image was available for purchase for $30.00. Photography is not my third rate hobby. My efforts must generate a sustainable income in order for me to return again next time. Use the images, please. But use them with the non-obstructive watermark or pay for the clean image. Better yet, purchase a 30×40 inch professional mounted print (clean web optimized digital image is free with print) for $700.00; sign it; date it; add a few ‘sponsor me’ business cards to it; and place the image in a high traffic location where your chances of getting additional sponsorships are good. Turn your $700.00 investment in both of us into four times that in new sponsorship $$.
I was forced to abandon my Nokia Lumia 1520 Windows Phone today for lack of adequate application support. I really did like the phone… the simple interface with my Windows PC, the quality of the camera, the wireless charging, the ability to wirelessly broadcast to my 4K Smart TV, and the simply amazing screen. However, aside from the fact that the OS is uglier than a Post-It-Note covered fridge door… wide spread application support has still not materialized for this mobile market bottom feeder. I just recently tried to leverage my Windows Phone to take on the role of my primary business phone. Oh, mistake. The last straw was when my local bank confirmed that they had no plans to create a Windows Phone app for their mobile banking experience (Android and iPhone apps already exist). Additionally, the credit card reader application for the Windows Phone is so ridiculously expensive, that it should just be called the “how to bleed a business” app. So, I went from my bank straight over to the Apple Store and paid outright for an iPhone 6+ to use as my business only phone. I am now able to finally use my mobile phone to interact with my bank – which is a rather critical business function. I also now have full social media app support as well as FPV support for my DJI Phantom. My Windows Phone has now been permanently relegated to desk drawer while I wait out the last year of my two year contract. I should mention too that the financial investments (in both phones) has been so significant… that I realistically cannot simply or readily be lured back to Windows any time soon. This is now the third Apple product that I have purchased in the past six months. What is going on Microsoft? Apple 3; Microsoft 0.