Over the past number of weeks I’ve had a quite a few solicitations for paid article placements. I have no idea if these approaches were from legitimate photographers, or were from scammers, as I ignored all of them.
NOTE: Click on images to enlarge. Photographs have been added as visual highlights.
Some of these requests have been quite aggressive. The worst example of this was one party that sent follow-up emails to me two to three times a week for over two months. Each follow up was worded differently.
Some of the email solicitations that I’ve received have contained links to a ‘sample article’ about a specific photographic topic. Being prudent I did not open up any of these links.
I bring these solicitations to your attention to help ensure that none of our readers falls prey to potential scammers as some of you may have your own websites.
The downturn in the camera market has negatively affected many photography websites. Especially those that survive on paid advertising clicks, and commissions on ‘click through’ sales. Scammers are likely aware of this financial duress and target websites accordingly.
I encourage all of our readers to remain vigilant when it comes to online safety and security.
The photographs in this article were captured as part of the field work I am currently doing capturing images of butterflies in flight. This subject may become a future article.
Photographs were captured hand-held using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. Image were produced from RAW files using my standard process.
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