What Do You Understand Stock Photography

Submitted by: Timgy Bond

Stock photography, groups of photographs that people take, grouped and licensed for selling purposes. Instead of taking new pictures every time they need pictures, many people make use of the stock photography method. People that actually work for magazines, as graphic artists, and advertising agencies sometimes use public pictures instead of hiring photographers for individual projects.

Alternate names for stock photography is picture libraries, photo archives or image banks. Typically, to use these pictures, although publicly available, there is a small fee or a purchasing of usage rights that is included with a fee in order to use the images. Sometimes a membership purchase allows you to gain access to a particular group of stock photography.

Not waste time and money, stock photography is a good way to enhance newsletters, blogs, advertisements, company brochures plus more. It is obviously less expensive than placing a full time photographer on staff and takes a shorter period if you need images of something specific. Many times, it is as easy as using a internet search engine or checking an email.


Sometimes full rights and usage is available for purchase. Other times, full rights are limited. In those cases, photographers may be requiring that they receive a certain percentage of sales and or royalties of usage. Agencies usually contain the images on files and negotiate fees. With the technology and simple access that the internet provides, negotiations are quicker and simpler.

The cost of using stock photos depends upon how long the pictures will be used, what location the photographs will be used, if the original photographer wants royalties and just how many people the photo is going to be distributed to or seen by. Prices for stock photography may be anywhere from one dollar to two hundred dollars.

There are several different pricing arrangements. Royalty free stock photography allows the customer to use photographs multiple times in multiple ways. When you get royalty free pictures, there’s only a one-time charge for unlimited usage. When the photographs you purchase have a royalty free section, the agency is able to resell the image to others. If an image is rights managed, there’s a negotiated price for each time that it’s used.

Sometimes a buyer of stock photography might desire to have exclusive rights to the images. In that position, no one else will be able to use the pictures once exclusive rights are already purchased. It may cost thousands of dollars to get exclusive rights because agencies who handle the sales must make sure that they are making a profitable sale. If a photograph would make more money staying in circulation, they’d lose out selling exclusive rights.

Stock photographers sometimes use agencies producing images on their behalf alone. Different subjects and categories may need multiple varieties of images. Sometimes contributors work for multiple agencies selling their photographs for a fee. They work out arrangements for royalties or they offer their shots for full rights. It has proved to be a big business for photographers around the world.

Stock photography started in the early 1920s. It especially grew as its own specialty by the 1980s. Galleries hold hundreds, thousands as well as millions of pictures available for purchase. Stock houses sprouted in many different places. By 2000, online stock photography became microstock photography, which we call photo archives online. Companies like istock photo and bigstock photo provide you with the opportunity to purchase so many pictures so when you use them up you can add more credits for the next fee. Photos that are distributed online are typically less expensive than those that are sold hard copy.

Websites like www.shutterpoint.com and www.fotolibra.com allow stock photographers to upload and sell their images. It is a great approach to market pictures and build an income with photography. You can also purchase images at those websites too. With all the stock photography sites available, many find pictures you never even heard about before.

About the Author: TIM is an IM’er with 5+ years experience. He loves to work online and help loacl business. He Newest product he was workign on was




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