When I first saw these photos taken of the US Olympic Team in Texas in Outrage Over the Photographs of the US Team I thought, okay, some inexperienced photographer took some really bad photos but no one would have actually published them!
Wrong! Then I found the link to CBS News and there they are. It also became apparent just why they were so bad. The source of the image? Getty! Getty has been working hard to cut photographers out of commissioned work in a number of markets by sending several of their best shooters to an event, or to photograph a celebrity, etc and then convincing those who need the images to save a fortune by not sending their own photographers to cover the event.
There are a number of similar operations and it is one where everyone loses. Several photographers will work to shoot an event, but all but one will not be paid for the effort in most cases. And the one that is paid won’t get what the work is worth, or what it cost him to produce it!
However in this case, the REAL loser is our US Olympic Team and the nation. The photos make our team look like anything other that professionals. And the second loser is ABC, who despite saving a few bucks by not bothering to find and commission a competent professional (or use a staff photographer) is now paying the price of the loss of credibility. If this is an example of the standards, it is no wonder the public is no longer looking to mainstream media for their information.
I’m not going to post the images here. They are copyrighted. But do take a moment to go to CBS News and see just how bad a photo can get.
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