Oi! Fancy being a Paparazzi

So you can now join the people the celebs love to hate, and be a public paparazzi. Darryn Lyons, owner of Big Pictures, and who features in the BBC Three show Paparazzi, has launched Mr Paparazzi.com. Simon has an editorial about it in this month’s BJP

So, here’s my photo of Madonna getting into her car taken with a k700 and it’s slooooow shutter lag

And here’s a very similar shot of Madge that apparently sold for £100,000 taken by a pro.

Dunno about you but I sure could do with a £100,000. But would a PubPap (?) really get that kind of money, even if they’re using a 10 megapixel cameraphone? The guy who sold the photo of Gazza eating a Kebab in Soho before an England match to the Sun got what, a couple of hundred quid if memory serves.. Even now the Daily Star’s got a story? page says:

‘GOT a picture of celebs letting their hair down? Let us see them! Get your camera phones working and send your photos, with details – who, where, when etc – to 07843 500911. Messages cost £1 plus usual network charges, but we’ll pay a whopping £200 if your pics are used on the Goss pages.

But a look back at Monday’s Media Guardian see this:
“There has been disproportionate coverage of blogging, still only a minority ever read blogs and a tiny proportion publish them,” said Mr Vagg. “This suggests there is an over-hyping about how big the idea of people’s journalism is through using technology like camera phones and weblogs.”

So that’s people’s journalism – no thanks, people’s paparazzi – bring it on! Just sit back and wait for that first user generated up skirt car exiting shot.

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