Photography by Zaiss

I don’t really consider myself much of a photographer. More like an amateur picture taker. Point and Click! That’s why I was so surprised today to get an email from the folks at Schmap Seattle Guide asking to use (well, consider) in the third edition of their guide.

Now, I don’t really know the woman in the picture. This was more a shot of opportunity that 5 other people also took advantage of while this tourist was posing with the the Pike Place Fish Market worker. Just look at the lower left corner of the picture.

While this an opportunity to get my name out there for my stellar slightly below average amateur photography, I still worry about submitting the picture. I can’t help but picture this woman coming back to Seattle in a few years, seeing a photo of herself in this guide with my name on it. Would you be freaked out? I think I would.

Edit 8/3/07 : I kept my photo in the competition, and it made the online magazine!

The conversation continues...

  1. On July 3rd, 2007 at 11:57 am, Eric said:

    No way, don’t withdraw from consideration. You should mention that you don’t know any of the subjects, but let them make the call on whether to use it. I don’t think it is uncommon for tourists to appear in promotional material about touristy places. She posed for the picture in a public place, so I think it is part of the system.

    The photo is a good one, and I think it is a great idea to use actual shots that normal people have taken. If they use your photo will you be compensated?

  2. On July 3rd, 2007 at 12:01 pm, zsz said:

    No compensation. :( Just the prestige and fame from having my name listed next to my photo. Whoo!

What do you think?