jamichelson wrote:I have simple question (so don't want to create separate topic) - where can I find some pics (for free) of the sport to use on one of my sites? Thanks!
Gonna depend a lot on what type of site it is and what sort of pictures you're looking for. Tournament action shots? Pictures of top players? Pictures of courses? Pictures of casual players? Are you planning to use the pictures to help sell stuff, to promote a club, to liven up a site with articles about the sport?
Generally speaking, people like me who shoot at tournaments and such aren't looking to make money off their efforts (which is good, because there's not much there to be made), but we generally also aren't thrilled about someone using our pix to make money without some appropriate compensation (not necessarily monetary). If you're publishing articles about the sport -- tournament coverage, how-tos, articles on equipment or courses, etc. -- and aren't charging for access, most of us would be willing to let you use our pictures. If you're charging for access to content, then you shouldn't be surprised if those of us who might provide content to you would want to be paid (at least in trade) for it. Or, maybe, we'd do it if you just ask nicely -- Innova has used pics of mine in their last two catalogs, and all I got from them were a handful of copies of the printed catalogs (as well as the exposure and the satisfaction of having my stuff out where lots of folks will see it). That's fine.
The other consideration is what the subject of the photo thinks about it. It's all very well and good for me to give you permission to use a photo I took of Ken Climo at an Atlanta Open, but if you're using it in something other than an editorial manner (i.e., to sell something rather than to illustrate an article on Climo, the tournament, or something like that), then you would definitely need a release from him to use it in that way. I don't bother getting photo releases from people I shoot at tournaments -- they're public events, and I don't need their permission for journalistic uses, but I would definitely contact them and get a release for most other purposes. And I wouldn't give permission to anyone else to use the photos in a commercial mode without explicitly noting that the photos do not have releases from the subjects and that obtaining such releases would be the responsibility of licensee.
It shouldn't be too hard to turn up my pix and those of lots of other folks online -- most of what I shoot ends up posted somewhere. If it's on a photo sharing site, the terms on which it can be used are posted there. If it's on Facebook or something like that, there's not much I can do to stop you from grabbing a copy and using it however you like, but I won't be happy about it if I think they're being misued, and it might ultimately make me restrict who can see my pix on there, which I'm reluctant to do unless it becomes a problem.
In general, searching for "disc golf" on something like Flickr should turn up plenty of hits. If you see something you like, contact the person who posted it and ask nicely, with a description of how you plan to use the picture. Odds are decent they'll say yes, unless they are shooting professionally and expecting to sell the photos in question, or if they have for some reason given an exclusive license for that particular photo to someone else (for example, someone shooting an event on behalf of a publication or web site and being paid to do so might have an agreement with the publisher that they could use the photos themselves or post them on a social networking site, but not license them for use in other pubs or web sites).