Requests for free work come in more ways than one. Would you agree to work for free? The visual art industry—including photography—is split into two with people on either side arguing vehemently on the virtues of whether or not we should ever do spec work. One way to think about it is to imagine the same requests for free work being made in other industries. That’s what Zulu Alpha Kilo has done:
Would you dare to ask your architect, “You give me the designs on spec and then we’ll see how I like the finished product; maybe I’ll pay for the bills?”
Or something like this to your personal physical trainer: “I will own all the rights to all the different training methods we’ve gone through.”
Or maybe something like this to the chef at your favorite diner: “You guys can make me a spec breakfast, right? And then if I enjoy it, I’ll make you guys my ROR (my restaurant of record).”
I suppose no. So why agree to free photography work?
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